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*Olympic Doping - Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky is facing a doping charge after winning a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Krushelnitsky, who finished third in mixed doubles along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance that increases blood flow and improves exercise capacity. The country’s team was already banned from the Olympics in connection with a giant doping scheme from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. 


Disaster struck the U.S. ice dancing contingent today (Tuesday) in PyeongChang.

First, Madison Chock and Evan Bates took a disastrous spill as the entered a combined spin. They finished ninth. Their skate blades appeared to collide at the start of the spin.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates take a tumble during their ice-dancing routine at the Winter Olympics. 

Fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue had their own issues, with Donohue losing his balance on a slide on his knees, and putting his hands on the ice. They finished fourth.

It wasn't all disaster for the U.S. Maia and Alex Shibutani -- a.k.a. the Shib Sibs -- won bronze.

The U.S. men's hockey team had more success on the ice, finally finding some offense and beating Slovakia 5-to-1. They'll take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals tomorrow night (Wednesday). 

NBC Sports, USA Today


Major GOP Donor To Cut Off Politicians Who Aren’t For Banning Assault Weapons -

 One GOP donor with deep pockets thinks money may talk when it comes to gun control legislation.

Al Hoffman, Jr. was, like many people, rocked by the Florida school shooting last week. He decided to step up and offer an ultimatum to political campaigns: advocate for an assault weapons ban or you don’t get my money.

According to the “New York Times,” he told Florida governor Rick Scottfirst, then Jeb Bush. Another donor has signed up for the “boycott” as well. The next step for Hoffman is sending out letters to other donors to sign on.

Seven states already have their own bans. 

Source: NBC News


Woman Accuser Calls For Impeachment Of Supreme Court Judge - 

A woman who levels allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is calling for his impeachment.

In an op-ed yesterday for the "Huffington Post," Angela Wright Shannon says it's time for impeachment after several women have accused Thomas of inappropriate behavior. Shannon has said Thomas harassed her when they were co-workers at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the 1980s.

Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the “New York Times” says in the latest “New York Magazine” issue that the justice lied in Senate hearings about making sexual comments and discussing porn.

Wright says that women of color have a harder time being believed when it comes to making claims against men. She pointed to Anita Hill,criticized for her accusations in 1991 after testifying in Congress. 

Source: New York Daily News


Parkland Students Head To The State Capitol - 

Kids who were at Stoneman Douglas High School keep putting pressure on politicians.

At least one hundred students from the Florida high school where 17 people were murdered last week are going to the capital today to lean on state lawmakers. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are busing 400 miles to the capital grounds in Tallahassee.

The students are planning a rally tomorrow to pressure legislators to take up a sweeping package of gun-control measures. Some Republican lawmakers in the GOP-controlled legislature said yesterday they'll consider the package. The Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the League of Women Voters of Florida will be joining the students.

Source: Orlando Weekly


South Korea-U.S. Drills Will Resume After The Olympics - 

South Korea and the U.S. are planning to hold a delayed joint military exercise.

South Korea's defense minister says the announcement will come before April. The drill had been postponed because of the Winter Olympics being held in South Korea. The regular drills anger North Korea who paint them as a pretext to invasion.

In an odd twist, the South is toying with the idea of hosting the 2021 Asian Winter Games with North Korea.

Source: Reuters


SPORTS

Dallas beat St. Louis on Friday 2-1, they play the Sharks tonight

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