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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant has passed away. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

You know Kobe Bryant as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was drafted out of high school in the 1990s and quickly became one of basketball’s biggest stars. He spent his career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five championships - plus he was an All-Star eighteen out of his twenty seasons. And to this day, he is listed as one of the top five all-time scorers. 

 

THE DETAILS. 

Yesterday, Kobe Bryant suddenly passed away in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. The helicopter, which was carrying nine passengers, reportedly slammed into a hillside due to dense fog and low visibility. Everyone on board was killed, including Bryant’s thirteen year old daughter, Gianna. Bryant was 41. 

 

THE REACTION. 

The world was heartbroken and shocked over Bryant’s death. Celebrities paid tribute to the basketball legend both on social media and at the 62nd Grammy Awards. See: Lizzo (who went on to win three awards) opened - and dedicated her performance to Bryant. Alicia Keys (who hosted) paid tribute to him, and Lil Nax X (who took home two awards) included Bryant’s jersey in his performance. Billie Eilish (who broke records, swept the Big Four, and won five awards) sent her love to Bryant’s family. 

 

SO…?

Kobe Bryant’s death came as a tragic shock for the world. RIP. 


THE ACTION

IMPEACHMENT: All eyes are on the Senate impeachment trial. Hint: Prez Trump’s legal team - who says Trump “did nothing wrong” - is currently taking the stand, with opening remarks almost over. But things have been shaken up a bit by two new leaks. First up: recently, a newly released recording revealed that Trump told Lev Parnas (aka the guy who’s been at the center of the Trump-Ukraine scandal) to “get rid of” Ukranian ambassador Marie Yovanavitch. Plot twist. And meanwhile, ex-national security advisor John Bolton’s draft book manuscript detailed how Trump told him to keep freezing aid to Ukraine until they opened an investigation into the Bidens. Not yet clear how this will affect the impeachment trial. 

 

POLITICS: A lot is going on in Iraq. Reminder: in the wake of Qasem Soleimani’s killing in Iraq, the country voted to kick all US troops out of the area. Problem, since the US didn’t pull its troops - leading to mass protests in Iraq that’ve grown increasingly violent. Case in point: over the weekend, at least 12 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between police and protesters. And recently, three rockets hit the US embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Multiple people were injured. No word yet on who’s behind the attacks. In other news, Bolivia is not happy with its interim prez, Jeanine Anez. Think: after pinky promising to avoid running for office, she’s...running for office. And asking all her ministers to quit. Stay tuned. 

 

WORLD: The Wuhan coronavirus keeps spreading. Reminder: last month, a mysterious new virus popped up in the city of Wuhan, China. The virus - dubbed the Wuhan coronavirus - has pneumonia-like symptoms and is giving the world flashbacks to SARS (aka Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). And already, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed over 80 people and infected thousands, including more than 50 cases outside of China. Plus the first case has been confirmed in Shanghai, the world’s third biggest city. Speaking of which, two people were killed recently during a shooting at a South Carolina bar. No arrests have been made. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Nintendo:” the new theme park Universal Orlando will be adding in 2023. Time to Mario Kart on over to Orlando. 


SAY WHAT?

“You’re dead wrong” - an Arizona police dept, responding to a man who thought he could use a skeleton to drive in the carpool lane. 

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