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Top Morning Stories March 28, 2011

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Grammy award-winning bluesman Pinetop Perkins' funeral is at 5 p.m. Monday in Austin.

Pinetop Perkins' Funeral Today

Funeral services will be held in Austin today for legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.  He passed away last week at the age of 97.  Perkins was the oldest Grammy award winner ever.  His funeral will be at 5 p.m. at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home on North Lamar Blvd.  YNN spoke to one of Perkins' friends, Guitarist Derek O'Brien:

At a visitation service held Sunday night, O’Brien said he will always remember Perkins as patient and kind. "The way he treated people — he was a great example to young kids about how to treat your fellow man and your fellow musician. Even under the worst of circumstances he was really nice to people,” O’Brien said.  

Antone's is holding a tribute to celebrate Perkins' life later tonight.

Arraignment Today for Student Accused in Bomb Plot

A Texas college student from Saudi Arabia accused of planning to build a weapon of mass destruction is set to be arraigned this morning in Lubbock.  Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari faces up to life in prison if convicted.  Prosecutors say he planned to attack several targets including former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas. 

Report Says Facebook May Cause Depression in Teens

A new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics says Facebook can be harmful when it comes to the mental health of some teens. "Facebook depression," the researchers call it, is defined as "depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic signs of depression."

The Associated Press explains why Facebook may have this effect on preteens and teens:

With in-your-face friends' tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don't measure up. It can be more painful than sitting alone in a crowded school cafeteria or other real-life encounters that can make kids feel down, O'Keeffe said, because Facebook provides a skewed view of what's really going on. Online, there's no way to see facial expressions or read body language that provide context.

Texas A&M to Take on Baylor in Regional Championship

The Baylor Bears women's basketball team will play Texas A&M Tuesday in the NCAA's Dallas regional final.  Top seeded Baylor advanced by beating Wisconsin-Green Bay 86-76 last night.  Texas A&M beat Georgia 79-38 Sunday. The Aggies have lost to Baylor three times this year.  Those teams meet again tomorrow night in Dallas.