"RIP, Scout!" tweets science writer and editor George Leopold in the wake of the breaking news that Harper Lee, beloved author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at 89. "She was an icon in the truest sense of the word," concludes Houston Chronicle's Monica Rhor. Her death comes only months after the controversial publishing of Mockingbird's so-called sequel, "Go Set a Watchman." "I guess we'll never get that sequel to Go Set a Watchman now," laments Eric Griffith at PCMag.com. "Ms. Lee, like her alter ego Scout, was a tough little tomboy," writes NYT's William Grimes, whose obituary somehow manages to offer up uncovered gems about Lee. "How did I not know this?! 'Ms. Lee wrote a column called Caustic Comments for @TheCrimsonWhite'," reacts David Simpson. "All I want to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama,” Grimes quotes Lee, and we're certain she has accomplished far more than that.
In 2002, Donald Trump apparently did say he supported invading Iraq, after all. "Pres candidate Trump lied about opposing Iraq War ... So did pres candidate Wes Clark in 2003," points out Peter Hart. And while we're on Trump, The New Yorker's Andrew Boynton was so kind as to copy-edit Trump's rebuttal to the Pope yesterday. "Trump, impervious to fact-checkers AND copy-editors," muses Vanity Fair's David Friend. Checking in another one of yesterday's top stories, here's how Tim Cook became a bulwark for digital privacy. "Apple asked FBI to request iPhone hack under seal—FBI went public. So it's not just one phone—Feds wanted showdown," observes The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch. Filling in even more blanks, a Bloomberg piece reveals the secret memo on the government's broader strategy to crack phones. "A must-read Bloomberg story on why the FBI is moving so aggressively against Apple: the White House has their back," explains P.G. Eddington. Elsewhere in cybersecurity, the Beijing government is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China. Sportspress Northwest's Art Thiel responds, "So much for China's 'coming out party' at '08 Olympics. Foreign media gets trap-doored as of March 10."