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Issue: "O Jerusalem," April 10, 2010

Easter

April 4: As the sun rises on Easter in Argentina, the cheap fish runs out. In an unusual tactic to combat inflation, the Argentine government took over about a dozen mobile fishmonger vehicles and sold already-cheap haddock for half price during the Lenten weeks leading up to Easter. Fish consumption often rises during Lent in nations with many Roman Catholics. And with the price of beef soaring, the government's fish mobiles were a surprising success.

NCAA basketball championship game

April 5: For many who picked Kansas, Villanova, or Georgetown to win it all in their brackets, the NCAA 64-team tournament nicknamed March Madness will blissfully come to an end today when the two teams left standing square off in college basketball's national championship game.

Tartan Day

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April 6: Scots across the United States and Canada will have cause to don their kilts, strap on a bagpipe, and pour a single malt today. About 20 million Americans claim at least some Scottish heritage-and Tartan Day in the United States and Canada offers those partial Scots a chance to celebrate the signing of the Scottish Declaration of Indepen­dence on April 6, 1320.

Opening round of the Masters

April 8: All eyes will be on Augusta, Ga., when Tiger Woods makes his return to professional golf more than four months after an early-morning car accident outside his home became national news and led to the downfall of the world's greatest golfer.

Dust Bowl anniversary

April 14: Of the many dust storms that plagued the Southern Plains during the 1930s, the one 75 years ago today may have been the worst. After nearly five years of drought conditions, winds reaching 60 mph whipped across Western Kansas and other drought-ridden states, taking with them enough topsoil to blot out the sun, turn the afternoon dark, and cause many victims to believe Armageddon was nigh. An Associated Press reporter touring the area later termed the drought region the "Dust Bowl."

Taxes due

April 15: According to IRS figures in March, the average American received a $260 refund on 2009 taxes-a 9.6 percent increase over last year's average income tax refund.

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