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The Powerball Jackpot- jumped to a half billion dollars after another weekend with no winner. Only a half billion jackpot in May 2013 and a half billion jackpot in November 2012 have topped this week’s. Seven players in California, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Texas matched five numbers in Saturday’s drawing for a win of a million dollars each. A Massachusetts ticket holder claimed a two million dollar prize. Saturday marked twenty drawings held with no winner.
Ohio’s Marines Reserve- Everyone can now visit a memorial paying tribute to a central Ohio-based Marine reserve that lost many Marines and a Navy Corpsman in Iraq in 2005 once again. The display of the exhibit continues from Monday through Feb. 22nd in the Statehouse rotunda. The exhibit that was first displayed at the Statehouse in 2008 has been viewed at 130 sites across the country. The majority of these past Marines come from Ohio. The memorial includes paintings, names, statistics and boots of those killed, with space for visitors to leave mementos. Statehouse officials are hosting a service there while the memorial is on display to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the unit’s deployment to Iraq.
Ohio’s Driver’s License- All new adult drivers have to take a driver education course before obtaining an Ohio driver’s license under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers. The Ohio Department of Public Safety also wants to expand teen driving restrictions and make “distracted driving” – including using your cell phone – a fine-able offense with fees funding driver education for those who can’t afford it. The “Drive Toward a Safer Ohio” proposals are part of Gov. John Kasich’s state budget, which lawmakers began reviewing this week and will revise several times before Kasich signs it into law before July 1. The department wants to make distracted driving an offense that could be added to other violations, punishable with a fine at a hundred dollars and a little bit above. That money provides driver education for students who cannot afford classes. Distracted driving includes any activity while driving a motor vehicle that takes the driver’s attention away from the road – including using a cell phone or an activity not necessary for operating the vehicle – according to department documents.
Manziel Therapy- Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Brown’s newest star player, has entered rehab for unspecified reasons. Manziel was drafted by the Browns with the 22nd pick last May, and ever since then his off-field antics have been well documented by the paparazzi and social media. Two of his more notable moments pictures of him swigging champagne while floating on an inflatable swan at a Texas nightclub and in a video of him slurring words into a wad of cash held to his face like a phone. Manziel’s celebrity lifestyle quickly took priority over his career and affected job performance, such as when he missed the team's final regular-season walk-through. As a result he was not ready to play in December when the Brown’s finally made him their starter, and gave no reason he would be ready to be no. 1 quarterback next season. Since this is the time of year NFL players are free of team responsibilities, it will be a good time for Manziel to try and change. All fans can do is hope that he will be changed for the better when April comes around and voluntary off-season workouts begin.
Gordon Suspended- The Brown’s rocky offseason continues with further bad news for the team. One day after it was announced that Manziel would be entering treatment, the NFL announced a one-year ban for wide receiver Josh Gordon on grounds of testing positive for alcohol. Both he and Manziel were punished by the team for missing the final regular-season walk-through the day before the Browns' Week 17 game at Baltimore. Gordon was suspended for the game and Manziel was not allowed to watch from the sidelines. Both major off-field offenses come after upheaval on the coaching staff, letting Kyle Shanahan out of his contract, while firing quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. With all of these problems on the team’s shoulders, no one knows what the Browns’ defense will look like in April, since they did not draft a receiver last year even knowing that Gordon faced a lengthy suspension.
Pebble Beach Golf Tournament- Time to switch gears to something a bit more relaxed. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament will start up on February 9th and go until the 15th. Contested annually on three of the Monterey Peninsula's premier golf courses, the tournament is expected to attract over 150,000 spectators and millions of television viewers. The tournament will feature 156 professionals and another 156 amateurs. The playoff will be sudden death starting at No. 18; then No. 17 & No. 18. The winning purse will be $6.8 for professionals, and $1.2 million for amateurs. Last years champion, Jimmy Walker, will be defending his title as well. Past champions of the tournament include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart, and Tiger Woods.
Bobby Kristina Brown- Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21-year-old daughter of the late Whitney Houston, remains in a coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brown, was found unconscious by her friend Max Lomas on Jan. 31 in a bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia home. According to Lomas’ attorney Ashleigh Merhant, Brown could have been submerged for as long as 10 to 15 minutes before she was found. “The Odds are against her,” Bobbi Kristina’s counsin Jerod Brown wrote on his Instagram page on Thursday, ‘doctors don’t see any home for change’ in her condition. Still, pray for BK,’ he said.
Suge Knight Faced with Murder and Injured- Former rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, charged with two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case, faces up to life in prison if convicted. Authorities allege Knight killed one man, Terry Carter, 55 and injured another, Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, with his pickup truck on Jan. 29 near a film set in Compton, California and then fled the scene. The collision followed a fight involving Knight and at least one of the men he struck in a restaurant parking lot, the district attorney’s statement said. Knight, who has a history of convictions and run-ins with the law, was out on bail in a separate robbery case at the time.
The Grammys- It’s not a stretch to call the Grammys, televised nationwide at 8 p.m. tomorrow, “music’s biggest night” because the hits being honored are so so massive, that isn’t likely anybody out there isn’t familiar with many of them. What with Rapper LL Cool J returning for hosting duties for the 4th year in a row and a list of stellar nominees including reigning Diva Beyonce,who is up for several awards, “Happy” hitmaker Pharrell Williams and soulful newcomer Sam Smith, and the lineup of performers including Madonna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, song-of-the-summer queen Ariana Grande and Super Bowl entertainer Katty Perry (who could forget her flight across the University of Phoenix Stadium at last Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show) The 57th Grammys airing tonight are sure to be a stunner. Be sure to check out the Grammys premiering tonight on CBS at 8pm E.S.T. and online at cbs.com.
Chicago Measels OutBreak- Five infants at a suburban Chicago KinderCareLearning Center are the latest to be diagnosed with measles, part of an outbreak that has sickened more than one-hundred people in the past few weeks.Health authorities in Illinois said they anticipated more measles cases, but that there was no known link between the new cases in Palatine, Ill.,and last December's Disneyland outbreak. KinderCare has notified families nationwide that it will now require staff working with children under the age of 15 months to be vaccinated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed at least 102 measles cases in 14 states, not including newly diagnosed cases in Illinois. Of the 102, 94 were related to the Disneyland outbreak, which has sickened dozens of people. The CDC's immunization chief said that some U.S. measles cases this year were linked with travel to Indonesia, India and Dubai.
Among the latest developments:
• The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday said it is investigating a suspected case of measles that if confirmed would be the first in New Jersey this year. The child was not in a day care facility and there was "no identified connection" to the measles outbreak at Disneyland.
• In Santa Monica, Calif., 14 babies were held in voluntary quarantine this week after a baby at Santa Monica High School's childcare center was diagnosed with measles. The center was closed until further notice, district officials said.
Train Hits Jeep- Six people were killed Tuesday evening after a Metro-North commuter train struck a Jeep just north of the train station, the MTA confirmed. At least 12 others were said to be injured in the crash.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the driver of the car — a woman who was possibly outside of her vehicle when the crash occurred — and five people on board the train were among those killed. Officials earlier said that seven lives had been lost in total but revised that Wednesday morning. Experts, however, say that all crashes are different and that one car isn't necessarily safer or more dangerous than another. In fact, they say, you're much more likely to get hurt or killed driving to the station than you are riding on the train, no matter where you sit. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, thrirty-two thousand three hundered sixty-seven people were killed in roadway accidents in 2011. By contrast, seven hundered fifty-nine deaths were attributed to rail transportation that year, but about five hundered of those were pedestrians or drivers who stopped on railroad tracks.
Health Care- President Obama devotes Tuesday to defending his health care law. In the morning, Obama meets with 10 people who have written him letters about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. The Obama event with letter writers takes place as the Republican-run House plans to vote again Tuesday to repeal the law, saying it has led to higher insurance premiums and canceled policies. Obama has vowed to veto the House bill, though previous efforts to repeal the health care law have stalled in the Senate. Republicans campaigned against the health care act during last year's elections in which the GOP expanded its House majority and won control of the U.S. Senate. Obama's schedule Tuesday also features a Cabinet meeting in the afternoon. The agenda includes the proposed budget that Obama unveiled Monday, and the dispute with Republicans over Homeland Security funding that expires this month. The president and his Cabinet plan to discuss "the importance of Congress passing a clean funding bill to ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to carry out critical national security priorities," says the White House.
Ukraine Peace- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday but produced no new cease-fire plan for Ukraine. However the talks were constructive and work is underway on a possible joint document at implementing the cease-fire agreement signed last September in Minsk. Merkel and Hollande arrived in the Russian capital following talks Thursday in Kiev with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. German and French media have said Putin has proposed giving separatists more territory and autonomy than agreed to last September, but Ukraine is likely to reject it. Western diplomats have aid the two leaders are coming with a counter-proposal to a detailed nine-page letter Putin gave earlier. Russia continues to deny U.S. and NATO accusations that it is arming separatists or that its troops are operating in Ukraine. Yet, images collected by the data-mining site Bellingcat show various kinds of military vehicles — including armored vehicles and Pantsir rocket launchers only used by Russia — that have been photographed in Russia last month, and later in Ukraine.
Pilot Burning- The recent brutal killing of a Jordanian pilot at the hands of ISIS has been added extra pressure to issue a forceful response to the militants. A video was posted to social media on Tuesday, showing Lt. Muath al- Kaseasbeh being burned to death in a steel cage. Jordan responded Wednesday by executing two al-Qaeda prisoners, including Sajida al-Rishawi, who had been sought by the militants in a trade for the pilot. The deal had fallen through after ISIS refused to give proof the pilot was still alive. The incident caused King Abdullah II to cut a trip to the US short and return home Wednesday night. The pilot's father called on Jordan to avenge his son's death. Safi al-Kaseasbeh said in an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, "I expect the government to seek revenge, severe revenge for the blood of (Muath) against this horrid organization, this criminal organization, this organization that is far from Islam and the spirit of Islam." Other nations beyond Jordan have reacted with shock and the gruesome death is expected to bolster public support in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State.
Taiwan Crash- Dozens of people have been confirmed dead after a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday. The final moments of the Transasia flight were recorded on a car’s dashcam, showing it flying low over several tall buildings, banking to its left and clipping a highway overpass before crashing into the river below. Rescuers were quick to respond and tried to find all 58 passengers as soon as possible. However, only 15 were recovered alive, including a small child. Workers continued well into the night to find those who remained missing as people waited to hear the fate of their loved ones. Officials have said the cause of the crash is currently unknown. Pilots sent out a mayday signal shortly after takeoff, and a recording of the conversation reveals no hints about what may have happened. This is the second Transasia plane to crash in the past year, when last July 48 people were killed in Pengu during stormy weather conditions. The cause of that crash is still under investigation as well. The plane model of both crashes, the ATR 7, is a top of the line aircraft and one of the most popular turbo-prop jets in the world. Transasia says the one involved in Wendesday’s crash had been in service less than a year. A black box was pulled from the wreckage however, and is hoped to provide answers about why the plane crashed so shortly after takeoff.
This Day in History
The First National Football League Draft- Speaking of last week’s Super Bowl, the First National Football League Draft was held Feb. 8-9, 1936 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. Approximately 90 players were on the board. After 5 rounds Bert Bell, the then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and future NFL Commisoner who came up with the idea as a way to keep the league fro going broke, moved that the draft continue for an additional 4 rounds. George Preston Marshall of the Boston (now Washington) Redskins seconded the motion. The motion was carried unanimously
President Harding Installed Radio in the White House- Feb 8, 1922 was a big day at the White House. On this day President Warren Harding had a radio installed. At the time radio was the hottest and highest tech in communications and it put the White House on the cutting edge. Almost two years later, Calvin Coolidge, who followed Harding, was the first president to broadcast from the White House. Coolidge’s address for Washington’s Birthday was heard on 42 stations from coast to coast.
Bob Marley- The one and only Bob Marley would have been 70 years old today. The legendary reggae singer died in 1981 at 36, but he still left an indelible mark on music, pop culture and the world. Some of his well known works include No Woman No Cry, Get Up Stand Up, Song of Redemption, and Three Little Birds.
Nose Chop- As the Daily Mail reports, 37-year-old Henry Damon of Caracas, Venezuela has undergone several procedures, including cutting off a part of his nose, to make himself look like the villain Red Skull from the popular comic book. Damon has already had "several subdermal implants on his forehead" as well as several facial tattoos. His end goal is to get silicone implants on his cheekbones, chin and cheeks and then tattoo his face red to complete the look.
Bra & Bullet- A Brazilian news report says an underwire bra saved a woman's life after she was struck near the heart by a stray bullet. Globo television network says Ivete Medeiros (Me-Dare-Ruse), a merchant in the Amazonian city of Belem, was hit after she heard a commotion and emerged from a market to investigate. A thief holding up a passer-by on the other side of the street opened fire, and a bullet struck Medeiros under her left breast. Medeiros's husband told Globo he thought his wife had died. But the bullet lodged in the underwire of her black lace bra. Thursday's report showed images of Medeiros' dress, with a small hole, the bra and a squashed bullet. Medeiros told the network, "It was a deliverance from God."
Suspended For Myth- The father of a fourth grader in Kermit, Texas claims his son was suspended from school because the boy stated he had the “One Ring” — as in, the one featured in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit — and that he could use the ring to make his friend disappear. The 9-year-old was accused of making a terroristic threat, his father, Jason Steward, told the Odessa American. Steward said that the family recently watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and his son was enthusiastic about the film. It should be noted that such a suspension indicates somewhat of a lack of familiarity with Tolkien’s works. If the boy used the word “disappear,” that would surely be a reference to the One Ring’s ability to render the wearer invisible. The Ring does not actually make anyone “disappear” in the sense of killing them or ending their lives.