Tweets of the Week: A new Pope, sugary drinks and sinkholes

Image caption Pope Francis, Kristen Bell, star of Veronica Mars, and Li Keqiang

For the week ending 15 March, here is a look at the news in America - all in 140 characters or fewer.

1. I am as proud as a Jesuit who is supposed to avoid pride can be. #Jesuit #Pope #Francis

Father James Martin, SJ, (@JamesMartinSJ) Jesuit priest, and author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. Catholics around the world welcomed the surprise announcement this week that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was the new Pope.

2. Instead of taking my family on a Carnival cruise for spring break, we're just going to half fill the bathtub, climb in, and poop.

Actor Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina. The beleaguered cruise line - which made headlines earlier this month after a ship was stranded at sea without working plumbing facilities - has had to end three other cruises early due to mechanical problems.


New York Daily News opinion editor Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman). DC was one of several cities to suffer from a sinkhole recently. Meanwhile, political gridlock continues in the capital.

4. Guys, I'm most of the way to my Kickstarter goal to make season 6 of "Lost" unhappen!

Television writer Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) is one of many inspired by the online fundraising success of Veronica Mars. Fans of that cancelled American television show have rallied behind a Kickstarter drive by its creator and star to fund a new movie.

5. Now that the big sugar-drink ban is overturned, I'm thinking I shouldn't have put all my money in soda speakeasies.

Editor of The New Yorker Ben Greenman (@bengreenman). Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial city-wide ban on the sale of sugar-heavy drinks was overturned this week. The ban, which would have begun on Tuesday, would have made the sale of soda in containers larger than 16 ounces illegal.

6. Google Reader killed. iCloud down. What's next, AltaVista outage?

Executive Editor of The Magazine and writer for The Economist, Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF). Google set off an internet firestorm this week after announcing it was killing off its RSS client Google Reader on July 1. The RSS standard became popular in the early 2000s for aggregating online sources but its use has waned in recent years.

7. Overheard College Republicans in CPAC elevator: "Ah man, I wore the wrong handkerchief."

Political reporter for Yahoo! News Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody). Republican White House hopefuls Mark Rubio and Rand Paul opened the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, an annual who's who of the American political right. The hardline conservative gathering is seen as the first showcase in a long vetting process for the next Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

8. Hey Obama, if your defense is ever "well at least I'm not Dick Cheney" you should probably rethink your case.

Citizen Radio host Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein). The president defended his drone policy by comparing it to that of former Vice-President Cheney. It did little to quell critics who say he wasn't transparent enough and was using deadly force too liberally.

9. Years from now I will tell my grandchildren I was there when Li Keqiang bested nobody to become China's premier. #China

Wall Street Journal editor in Beijing Carlos Tejada (@CRTejada). Communist Party legislators officially transferred power to Li Kequiang this week, who begins a 10-year term as premier of China.

10. I'm bringing a knife when I fly so that I can defend myself against shampoo and water smugglers.

Podcast house Duncan Russell (@duncantrussell). The Transportation Safety Administration relaxed rules against carrying pocketknives on commercial flights. Liquids, however, are still forbidden if more than three ounces.