Horror in Kiev: A leading medic working with protesters says at least 70 protesters are confirmed dead (up from 25 yesterday). The AP also reports witnessing at least 21 bodies in Independence Square, the stronghold of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovich, who has partnered with Russia to prevent the former Eastern Bloc nation from becoming a trade partner with the European Union. The death toll is expected to rise today. Make no mistake: The government is out for a wholesale massacre at this point, seeking to declare protesters as terrorists, and gunning down innocent people in the crossfire. Exhibit A: A 21-year-old medic tweeted that she is dying after allegedly being shot (apparently in the neck) by a government sniper.

Mayor Murray's "Collaborative Style"? Mayor Ed Murray counted on music industry endorsements to help get elected, and he is using task forces and commissions to demonstrate he collaborates, but it turns out he ignored the city's music commission on a key decision. He fired former Mayor Nickels appointee James Keblas from the Arts + Culture office based on his "personality," without consulting these experts. As Anna Minard reports, the commission was furious with Murray last night (Murray didn't show up). Not only did Murray apparently make a emotionally-driven, unpopular decision, his "collaborative" ethos looks like theater.

More Mess at Fukushima: One-hundred tons of radioactive liquid reportedly spilled down a drainage pipe, but official promise that none of it leaked out into the ocean.

Text Message from Silicon Valley: Facebook agrees to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.

More Pot Taxes in Colorado Than Expected: Governor Hickenlooper says the state will collect $98 million, not the $70 million their square, stoned state expected.

Fast Food Boycott: Today in Seattle, refuse to eat at fast-food giants as part of the push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. What will that do? Small demonstrations of protest, on their own, rarely do anything. But that's a stupid debate. Collectively protests carried out well in the public eye identify victims of bad policy, perpetrators of bad policy, and establish society's dialogue for reform. There's zero doubt fast-food workers have been exploited for low wages while the fast-food giants responsible horde profits. Consider this bit of today's news:

A former McDonald’s franchisee will pay out a six-figure settlement after allegedly subjecting student guest workers to 25-hour shifts, substandard housing and repeated retaliatory threats. The settlement, announced Tuesday by the federal Department of Labor, includes $205,977 in damages and back pay to 291 workers, the majority of whom landed at McDonald’s under the State Department’s J-1 visa program for “cultural exchange.” Fifteen of those workers drew international attention and support after mounting a surprise strike last March.

Matt Taibbi Leaves Rolling Stone: The plucky li'l writer is leaving old media to put his paddle in the water for new media.

No Pussy Riot Control: It's official, they are the best thing in the world right now, crashing the Olympics with a new song that attacks Russian president Vladmir Putin on "human rights, media suppression, judicial and constitutional failures, and his use of police force to maintain order." Here's their new video, filmed in Sochi: