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Links from the Times for March 26: Orcas in the gulf



Killer whales in the Gulf of Mexico
It was a fish story that even veteran boat captains found fascinating: Up to 200 killer whales feeding on tuna in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. "It was like being at SeaWorld because they'd come right up to the boat," said Eddie Hall, captain of the Shady Lady, the charter boat that spotted them. It was also hard for some skeptics to believe: orcas, as killer whales are also known, typically are thought to live in cold water and eat seals.

White House sets online town hall meeting Thursday
Post your questions on the economy and vote on submissions from others. President Obama will answer some of the most popular. Online town hall is at 11:30 a.m. Voting will close at 9:30 a.m.

Bloomingdale rape victim's poignant reunion with coworkers
It had been almost a year since the 18-year-old girl last walked down this hallway to her job at Abercrombie Kids inside the Westfield Brandon shopping mall. On Wednesday, still wheelchair bound following a brutal attack last April at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library that left her blind and unable to talk, she returned for a special visit. | Backstory: Attack at the library

Epilogue: Timothy "Big Tim" Walters, 66
Timothy "Big Tim" Walters, the owner of Big Tim's Bar-B-Que, died Saturday at St. Anthony's hospital. He was 66.  Walters attracted hungry admirers and at least a few enemies over 41 years. Despite arrests over the years on charges of assault, burglary and racketeering, Walters will most likely be remembered by locals for his garlic-and-molasses barbecue. | Backstory: Big Tim lived by his own set of rules

She has a bad hair day every day
Rebecca Aragon, of St. Petersburg, nominated herself on a whim for Live with Regis and Kelly's Bad Hair Week. "I need help," she said. She'll get a makeover on the show Friday. | Video | Poll: What style would you suggest for Aragon? | You say

Duke historian John Hope Franklin dies at 94
John Hope Franklin, a towering scholar and pioneer of African-American studies who wrote the seminal text on the black experience in the U.S. and worked on the landmark Supreme Court case that outlawed public school segregation, died Wednesday. He was 94. | Times interview | Duke remembers Franklin | Guest book

South Dakota struggles with ice and rising water. |  View gallery.

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