2.25.2020

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Need to Know
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Weinstein Convicted on Two Counts
Former Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein was convicted yesterday of sexual assault and rape in New York, marking the culmination of one of the biggest cases brought about by the #MeToo movement. Though more than 80 women have spoken out against Weinstein, the case rested on incidents involving two women. The jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Miriam Haleyi in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013. The highly anticipated trial was full of graphic details and included supporting testimony from a number of women. Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison though jurors found him not guilty on three other charges, including two predatory sexual assault charges that carried life sentences. Similar charges filed in California await Weinstein, who is likely to appeal yesterday's verdict. 

See reactions from around Hollywood here.
Virus Fears Hammer Stocks
Global markets plunged yesterday as signs the coronavirus outbreak may be reaching pandemic levels emerged over the weekend. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1,032 points (-3.6%), its worst drop in two years, while the S&P 500 dropped 112 points (-3.4%) and the Nasdaq fell 335 points (-3.7%). Technology stocks were hit particularly hard, as Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook - which make up one-fifth of the S&P 500 - collectively lost $238B in market value. Health officials had been cautiously optimistic the virus was slowing in China, but countries such as Italy, South Korea, and Iran all reported massive spikes in confirmed cases. Almost 2,700 deaths have been reported along with 80,000 confirmed cases, and the World Health Organization appears on the verge of declaring a pandemic - or global epidemic - emergency.

Have a question about the virus? This is the best overview we've found and check out this real-time map.
'Hidden Figures' Mathematician Passes Away
Famed NASA scientist Katherine Johnson, whose work on orbital mechanics is viewed as foundational to the success of US crewed space missions, passed away yesterday at the age of 101. One of the first African American women at NASA, Johnson is considered one of the agency's finest mathematicians as well as a pioneer who helped break gender and racial barriers in science and technology. In 1958, she became the first woman to be credited on a paper from NASA's flight research division. Known as one of the best human computers, astronaut John Glenn is said to have requested Johnson hand-check calculations done by the agency's new electronic computers before his mission to become the first American to orbit Earth. Johnson's life was featured in the 2016 biographical hit film "Hidden Figures" with Johnson portrayed by actress Taraji P. Henson. President Obama awarded Johnson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture
> Vanessa Bryant files lawsuit against helicopter company, alleging pilot was responsible for husband's crash (More) | See photos from Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s memorial service (More) | Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu speaks at memorial before scoring triple-double against No. 4 Stanford; Ionescu becomes first college player ever with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists (More)
> Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett enters not guilty plea on six charges of disorderly conduct stemming from January 2019 incident in which Smollett allegedly falsely reported a hate crime (More)
> Justin Bieber dethrones Elvis, becomes youngest solo artist in history to have seven No. 1 albums as “Changes” tops Billboard 200 (More)
Science & Technology
> In groundbreaking measurement, NASA's InSight lander reveals Mars has seismic activity; combined with subsurface heat probe, measurements can reconstruct 3D details from below the Martian surface (More)
> Drugmaker Moderna unveils first experimental vaccine to prevent new coronavirus, begins clinical testing (More)
> Analysis of bacterial genome suggests the transition from nomadic lifestyle to farming gave rise to salmonella; findings are the first DNA evidence linking agriculture to human-adapted pathogens (More)
Business & Markets
> Intuit, owner of financial software brands such as TurboTax and QuickBooks, to acquire consumer finance website Credit Karma for $7.1B in cash and stock (More)
> JPMorgan will no longer provide financing for oil and gas development in the Arctic, will reduce financing around burning of coal (More)
> Fast-casual American food chain Shake Shack shares down 9% after whiffing on earnings expectations (More)
Politics & World Affairs
> Election 2020: Democrats look to challenge frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 10th primary debate tonight in South Carolina (More) | Influential House Rep. James Clyburn (D, 6-SC) set to endorse Joe Biden ahead of state's Feb. 29 primary (More
> Dozens injured after car drives into crowd at high speeds during parade in German town of Volkmarsen; police say crash may have been deliberate, motive not identified (More)
> President Trump visits India to discuss trade, defense cooperation; an estimated 100,000 gather to hear speeches from Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi (More)
In-Depth
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'We're in a Petri Dish'
NYT | Motoko Rich. An inside view of how a slow and disorganized response turned the Diamond Princess, a Japanese cruise ship, into a floating hot zone and sparked the biggest outbreak of coronavirus outside of China. (Read, $$)
Millennials Built LuLaRoe. Then They Paid the Price.
Buzzfeed | Stephanie McNeal. Like most multilevel marketing businesses, clothing company LuLaRoe sold its associates (or "fashion consultants") a dream of financial freedom. But for the vast majority, the road to riches actually led to unsold merchandise, lawsuits, and suffocating debt. (Read)
 
 
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Etcetera
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Today is Fat Tuesday, but New Orleans has been partying for a while (w/photos).
... and read about the history of the city's famous krewes.
Meanwhile, Brazil threw an extravagant Carnival celebration.

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Frolicking seals named the best underwater photo of the year.
Harry and Meghan drop "royal" from their brand and lay out their future plans.
Not all heroes wear capes: New Orleans city worker welds manhole cover amid parade
An 84-year-old fan sinks an unbelievable full-court putt to win a new car.
TikTok stars could make up to $1M per post, and they don't even have to be human.
Clickbait: A 62-year-old Marine sets world record, planks for eight hours straight.
Historybook: Hiram Revels becomes first African American in US Congress (1870); Beatles guitarist George Harrison born (1943); Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, defeats Sonny Liston to win his first world heavyweight title (1964); HBD actress Téa Leoni (1966); RIP playwright and poet Tennessee Williams (1983).
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