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Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz died with 149 others when he crashed an airliner in the French Alps. His mental condition can never be known, but speculation continues. We'll hear about depression, aggression—and how much reporting should be required for pilots, bus drivers, train engineers and others involved with public safety.

Also, Kenya attacks al-Shabaab camps in Somalia in response to last week's university attack, and journalistic failures in Rolling Stone's college rape story.

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Kenya Attacks al-Shabaab in Somalia in Response to University Attack 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In response to last week's killing of nearly 150 students on a university campus, the government of Kenya has bombed two training camps of the Shabaab militant group in Somalia. Jeffrey Gettleman reports from Nairobi for the New York Times.

Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times (@gettleman)

Mental Illness and the Myths about Violence 32 MIN, 48 SEC

Last week, a second black box was found at the site where a Germanwings AirBus A320 crashed in the French Alps, killing 150 people, including the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. That and a search of Lubitz's apartment have provided more evidence that he deliberately caused the crash. Since then, news reports have focused on his history of severe depression. But experts on mental illness say it's dangerously misleading to suggest that depression alone was the cause of mass murder. They warn of unnecessary fear -- and a stigma that discourages people from reporting treatable symptoms. Feelings of aggression and hostility do complicate the equation, raising conflicts between privacy and public safety.

William Boston, Wall Street Journal (@berlindiary)
John Grohol, PsychCentral.com (@DocJohnG)
Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University School of Medicine (@@jeffswansonduke)
David Kroll, pharmacologist, and freelance science and medicine writer (@DavidKroll)

Columbia University on What Went Wrong with Rolling Stone Rape Story 10 MIN, 32 SEC

Before it was retracted by Rolling Stone magazine, the story "A Rape on Campus" generated 2.7 million page views — more than any story it's ever run that wasn't about a celebrity. Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely, described a nightmarish, multiple attack on a freshman called "Jackie" during a fraternity party at the University of Virginia. Rolling Stone retracted the story after police found no evidence that any such party occurred, although they said something terrible might have happened to "Jackie." Editors are now responding to a scathing assessment by the Columbia Journalism Review, which reported last night on the failure to corroborate details she — and only she — had provided. Erik Wemple is media columnist for the Washington Post, which first reported inconsistencies in the Rolling Stone story.

Erik Wemple, Washington Post (@ErikWemple)

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