The news out of Japan is getting worse as the country inches closer to a nuclear meltdown. An explosion further damaged a nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Experts say the result could be worse than Chernobyl. (NY Times)

Meanwhile, construction on nuclear plants in Europe has halted (NY Times), and those living near Illinois’s six plants are split on their safety (Tribune).

The first rule of Twitter should be “Thou Shalt Not Make Light of Tragedies,” a credo lost on comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who was fired from his job as the voice of the Aflac duck (Tribune), and WNBA’er Cappie Pondexter, who apologized for her insensitive comments (Deadspin).