POLITICS. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid endorses Hillary Clinton: “I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary. I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe. She was the first lady. She started the trend toward looking to do something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was the front on the health care during that administration. I also think she’s the woman to be the first president of the United states that’s a female.”
TECH. Apple reportedly working on an iPhone even it can’t hack following standoff with FBI over hacking into phones owned by the San Bernardino terrorists: “If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company would create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage. The F.B.I. would then have to find another way to defeat Apple security, setting up a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by Apple.”
FREE KESHA. Adele declares support for Kesha at Brit Awards.
CASTING. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda rumored to star in Mary Poppins sequel alongside Emily Blunt. Rob Marshall will direct.
EXTREME WEATHER. Three killed as a result of storm system that hit Virginia on Wednesday: “A rare February tornado watch was issued for parts of the Northeast. The watch area includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, central and eastern Maryland, southern New Jersey, southeast Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia. The watch is in effect until 11 p.m. ET Wednesday. A few tornadoes, along with damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph, are likely with some of the storms, the Storm Prediction Center said. The heavily traveled I-95 corridor from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia are included in the watch area.”
GENDER-BENDING. Eddie Redmayne nails this Audrey Hepburn monologue from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
#OSCARSSOWHITE. List of Black directors and actors not attending the Academy Awards on Sunday.
PREDICTIONS. Is a Trump presidency certain if Hillary wins the nomination?
SPACE. SpaceX will attempt to land another rocket at sea tomorrow: “The rocket’s target is yet again a drone ship at sea, but SpaceX doesn’t have high hopes that the vehicle will stick the landing this time. Still, the launch itself is sure to be a good show, and if the rocket does land, it will be an even more impressive feat.”
BEAUTY STANDARDS. Chris Crokcer criticizes those who say he “got hot” since his “Leave Britney alone” days: “We should always feel attractive, not just when society tells us that we’re attractive…For many years of my life I have identified as transgender and I have not had the finances to transition. Living in a town where it’s not safe for me to be my full self, I have adapted to my surroundings. So when I hear I’ve got ‘hot’ I immediately think, ‘was I not hot before because I was androgynous?'”
PLOT TWIST. Dodo birds may not have been dumb after all: “A study published Tuesday in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society suggests that the birds had brains of about the same relative size as a modern pigeon’s. Brain size is far from everything in the intelligence game, so for all we know these birds were still total bozos. But the research highlights just how little we know about the biology of the birds we ate into extinction.”
REAL ESTATE. Take a tour of Michael Jackson’s $100 million Neverland Ranch.
HUMP DAY HOTNESS. Meet male model Terence Telle.
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