What We're Following This Afternoon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Officer’s trial in the Freddie Gray case is postponed:  The trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., the Baltimore police officer who drove the van that transported Gray, has been postponed by Maryland’s second-highest court just as jury selection was about to get underway. The court said it must first rule on whether Officer William Porter, also charged in the death, must testify at Goodson’s trial. Goodson faces the most serious charge in Gray’s death, that of second-degree depraved-heart murder.

The New Republic is for sale: Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder who bought the venerable publication in 2012, announced the decision this morning. He said he’d spent $20 million on it so far.

How to become a billionaire: Buy a Powerball ticket, apparently. The jackpot is now at a record $1.4 billion, though the odds of winning: 1 in 292.2 million. A lump-sum payout would be worth $868 million, no small change.

Our headlines from the morning are here.