In honor of President’s Day, a holiday officially recognized as George Washington’s birthday by the federal government, here’s our top five favorite Washingtons of all time:
1) George 2) Nationals (suck it, Astros!) 3) Denzel 4) Booker T. 5) Huskies
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“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
– Robert J. Sawyer
This Week at a Glance
Tuesday: NY jury begins deliberations in Weinstein case, telephone hearing in Roger Stone case
Wednesday: Nevada Democratic debate
Thursday: Roger Stone scheduled to receive sentencing
Friday: Iran’s parliamentary election
Australian Bushfire Briefing
Australia’s unusually dry conditions sparked uncontrolled fires that have raged since last June. Following a week of heavy rain, fires in New South Wales – Australia’s most affected state – were officially declared “contained” last Thursday, though more than a dozen fires are reportedly still burning across the country.
Moving forward… Australia’s record 28-year-run without an economic recession may be at risk, as damages are expected to surpass $3 billion (U.S.). A government agency has been established specifically to help communities affected by the fires, while an estimated$500 million has been donated by the general public to organizations providing emergency services in the region.
So… what are people saying?
This is the age of the megafire – and it’s being fuelled by our leaders
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On Friday, officials in China’s Hubei province reported over 15,000 new cases of the coronavirus and more than 250 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins’ real-time online tracker, there are more than 71,000 confirmed cases and 1,770 deaths, overwhelmingly located in mainland China.
A top U.S. health official confirmed that 44 Americans aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship – currently quarantined in Japan – have been infected.
The U.S. and Taliban have reportedly agreed to a seven-day “reduction in violence” deal. If the cease-fire holds for seven days, the two sides would then sign a peace agreement under the terms of the reported deal.
On Friday, the DOJ said it will not seek criminal charges for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who allegedly lied to investigators about a leak to the media. Separately, more than 1,100 former Justice Department officials have signed an open letter calling for the resignation of AG William Barr after he lessened the DOJ’s initial recommended sentence for longtime Trump aide Roger Stone.
On Friday, the live-video trivia game company HQ Trivia laid off its full staff of 25 and ceased operations after a potential deal to acquire the company fell through. HQ Trivia was started by two former Vine founders in 2017, and, at one point, had more than 2.3 million players vying for daily cash prizes, but the death of co-founder Colin Kroll and a failed internal coup led to the company’s eventual dissolution.
Watch a recording of the crazy, drunken final HQ Trivia game here.
On Saturday, a jury ruled against Bayer AG and BASF SE, determining that the German pharmaceutical companies encouraged farmers to spray a hard-to-control weedkiller which damaged other farmer’s nearby crops. The federal court awarded a Missouri peach farmer $265 million after thousands of his trees were destroyed by the companies’ products.
Note: The settlement is separate from Bayer’s legal troubles surrounding their weedkiller, Roundup, which has been linked to cancer.
You Know WHO
Last week, more than a dozen tech giants (including Amazon, Google, Verizon, and Twitter) met with the WHO at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus to discuss the problem of misinformation with regards to the coronavirus. Apple, Uber, and Lyft were reportedly invited but did not attend the meeting.
Play It By Ear
For those born with impaired hearing, listening to music has long been a dream just outside their (literal and figurative) reach – until now.
Thanks to the Feel the Music Project, deaf audience members can now ‘listen’ to classical music through the physical vibrations of the instruments.
Coming Up Roses
Valentine’s Day can be tough on women who are missing their romantic partners – especially widows and military wives.
Research shows that more than one in five children in the United States is living in poverty and in desperate need of clothing essentials, including 500 students at a local Dallas elementary school.
When Dallas native Ashley Bosse Lubetkin heard of her hometown’s dilemma, she stepped up to raise $12,000 in concert with nonprofit Shoes That Fit to buy a brand new pair of shoes for nearly every single student.
$aving Live$… a recent study published in The Lancet found that a single-payer, universal healthcare system in the U.S. would save more than 68,000 lives and $450 billion dollars per year compared to the current system.
Forbidden City… Manchester City has been banned from competing in Europe’s most prestigious football (soccer) league for two years and fined €30 million ($32.5m) for “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play rules.
Bug Out… learn more about the Insectothopter (video) – a tiny dragonfly spy drone created by the CIA in the 1970s to covertly gather audio intelligence
Water Under the Bridge
Five out of the six longest bridges in the U.S. can be found in which state?
Louisiana is home to the world’s largest bridge across water – the 24-mile-long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – featuring an eight-mile stretch where drivers completely lose sight of land in every direction.