2.25.2019

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Bohemian Rhapsody Tops Oscars
Films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody stole the spotlight at the 91st Academy Awards last night, with the former taking home Best Picture and the latter topping all entries with four awards. Bohemian's haul included Best Actor for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddy Mercury, the frontman for the classic rock band Queen (full list of winners). In the night's biggest upset, Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, beating out Glenn Close and her performance in The Wife. Close was considered a shoo-in for the award, and is now the most-nominated living performer (with seven) who has yet to win an Oscar (more snubs and shockers). Black Panther became Marvel Studios' first Oscar winner, taking home three awards. The first host-less Academy Awards in three decades received positive reviews for being smoother and more entertaining. 

And don't forget the best from the red carpet (with an extra shout-out to actor Billy Porter's show-stopping tuxedo dress).
R. Kelly Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges
Star R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Friday after being charged with 10 counts related to aggravated sexual abuse of minors. Prosecutors indicated a number of the charges, which reportedly involve four girls between 13-17 years old, date from incidents spanning 1998-2008. Accusations of sexual misconduct, including keeping women as virtual "sex slaves," have dogged Kelly since reports in 1994 that he married then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah (see accusation history). Kelly was also acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008 after video surfaced (paywall) of him allegedly having sex with minors - the victim in the case did not testify. If convicted on the new counts, Kelly could face a maximum of up to 70 years in prison. 

Michael Avenatti, who also represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her case against President Trump, is representing two of the victims
Venezuela Clashes over Border Aid
Four people were killed and at least 285 injured as activists clashed with security forces as they attempted to bring aid shipments across the country's borders with Colombia and Brazil. The effort was organized by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president last month, against a blockade on foreign aid instituted by current president Nicolas Maduro. Guaidó is challenging Maduro's increasingly tenuous grip on the country, which has spiraled into a deep economic crisis under Maduro's watch. Government officials have said the aid shipments amount to foreign intervention seeking to undermine the Maduro regime - despite widespread famine and a near-complete lack of medical supplies. So far the military has stuck with Maduro, though an estimated 60 soldiers abandoned their posts and fled into Colombia over the weekend, while Maduro's government severed diplomatic ties with Colombia. 

Virgin CEO Richard Branson managed to ratchet up tensions further, holding a high-visibility Venezuelan aid concert right at the border with Colombia on Friday night. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting sex as part of larger prostitution-ring bust (More)
Stanley Donen, Singin' in the Rain director and lifetime achievement Oscar-award winner, dies at 94 (More)
> Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneel during national anthem in response to pro-Confederacy march taking place near the campus (More)
Science & Technology.
> Recently announced controversial CRIPSR twin infants may have had their brains accidentally enhanced; deletion of CCR5 gene that gives immunity to infection to HIV also enhances cognition in mice (More) | Read about the CRISPR twins (More)
> Popular apps that rely on Facebook logins found to share sensitive personal data, including ovulation tracking data, with Facebook without user knowledge (More)
> Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe briefly touches down on asteroid Ryugu; second asteroid landing in history (More)
Business & Markets.
> President Trump to delay Chinese tariffs scheduled for Friday, citing “substantial progress” in US/China trade talks (More)
> Warren Buffett releases famed annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter (More) | See Buffett's archive of shareholder letters, a treasure trove of business counsel (More)
> Food delivery giant DoorDash raises $400M at $7.1B valuation (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Top Vatican official admits files were destroyed to prevent documentation of sexual abuse of minors (More)
> White House approves rules that prohibit clinics from receiving funds supporting family planning services if groups also provide abortion services; Planned Parenthood may lose up to $60M in federal family planning funding (More)
> Trump to nominate current Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as UN Ambassador (More)
Etcetera.
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See the most famous beach that nobody can touch (anymore). 
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Historybook: Hiram Revels becomes 1st African-American in US Congress (1870); HBD George Harrison (1943); Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeats Sonny Liston to win his first world heavyweight title (1964); HBD actress Tea Leoni (1966); RIP playwright and poet Tennessee Williams (1983).
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