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Katherine Johnson, NASA Pioneer And Inspiration For ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies At 101

Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who was depicted in the film “Hidden Figures,” died Monday, NASA said in a tweet. She was 101. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement:  “Ms. Johnson helped our nation enlarge the frontiers of space even as she made huge strides that also opened doors for women and people of color in the universal human quest to explore space. At NASA we will never forget her courage and leadership and the milestones we could not have reached without her.” ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty On Two Charges, Including Third-Degree Rape

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sex act on Monday. After over five days of deliberation, jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court cleared Weinstein, 67, of the most serious charge against him, predatory sex assault. He faced five charges, including predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, for the alleged sexual assault of Miriam Haleyi inside his SoHo apartment in 2006 and the alleged 2013 rape of Jessica Mann inside a New York hotel room. ...Read more

New York Governor Cuomo Announces Jewish Community Center Evacuated In New York After Bomb Threat

New York’s , Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the Albany Jewish Community Center in New York was evacuated and searched Sunday morning, after it and several other centers around the country received anonymous emails with vague threats that mentioned a bomb. Cuomo went to the Albany center after police evacuated about 100 people, searched the building with dogs and declared it safe. ...Read more

3 Killed In West Texas Small Plane Crash

Three people were killed in a small plane crash in Abilene, Texas on Thursday morning, authorities said. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the twin-engine Beechcraft BE20 Super King Air disappeared from air traffic radar just before 6 a.m. Feb. 20. Officials said the pilot was trying to return to an airport because of an electrical problem. ...Read more

President Trump Commutes Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence, Pardons Many Others

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted the 14-year sentence of disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption, including seeking to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat and trying to shake down a children’s hospital.  But Trump said he had been subjected to a “ridiculous sentence” that didn’t fit his crimes. The commutation will allow Blagojevich’s release from prison four years before he would have been eligible for parole. It will also clear his convictions. ...Read more