I am so not giving that Bieber miscreant more press, so let’s get on to some actual news stories, both political and entertaining.
In Ukraine, protests against the government, who have favored stronger ties with Russia instead of joining the EU, have turned violent. Mainly centered in Kiev, at least two people have died since January 22, and opposition leaders are attempting “crisis talks” with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
I’ve linked to the BBC News above, and I might have used one NBC News link for variety, but apparently they think it’s more important to cover “How U.S. will rescue Olympians if terrorists hit Sochi” as their top world news story. I’m not saying that’s not important, but the Ukraine news is relegated to a video spot, “below the fold,” so to speak.
Theoretical news vs. news happening right now. Yep.
However, I do have one link from them that just the headline will make you WTF?! (to put it mildly): “Indian village ‘court’ orders gang rape of woman as punishment for boyfriend.”
Another WTF?! Story, but for different reasons: “Ghost ship full of cannibal rats could be about to crash into Devon coast.” This seems like the beginning of an X-Files episode.
In otherworldly news: “A Star Just Exploded ‘Next Door’ And It’s A Huge Deal,” so that’s interesting. Story comes with a .GIF of the explosion and everything.
Canada is on alert after the first confirmed case of the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in North America, when a man who had recently returned from China died on January 3. No cases have yet been reported in the U.S.
And in entertainment…
Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is adding to their Wizarding World of Harry Potter features with the opening of Diagon Alley sometime this summer:
To accomplish it, the park dismantled the popular but aging Jaws attraction and built a themed area that recalls the London of the Potter books. Hidden behind the Muggle (or non-magical) facades, visitors will find the magic-infused world of Diagon Alley — a secret street of shops, restaurants and wizard-related activity.
(That Jaws ride was kind of disappointing, even if the all that splashing was nice on a hot day.)
Colorlines has rounded up the PoC film offerings at this year’s Sundance. Meanwhile, Esquire has some fantastic tin-type portraits by Victoria Will, who spent the festival having celebrities sit still for these 1860s-style portraits.
Finally, continuing on my tradition of slipping in a bit of Doctor Who news at the end of these posts: Someone has made a DW-related version of Cards Against Humanity. AND it’s free. Get in.
Until next time, friends.