Staff Picks: Week of February 22nd

Singer Kesha works through a legal battle with her producer.

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Every other weekend, MDO staff picks articles of interest to share with our readership. These articles range from serious political issues to updates on celebrity life and everything in between. We hope you enjoy these further readings!

U.S.

Mars has recalled many of its candy bars because they suspect there to be plastic found in their candy bars.

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-02-23/mars-recalls-items-in-uk-after-plastic-find/

 

Gunfire was reported on Tuesday morning at  the San Diego Naval Medical Center. However, upon further investigation, “absolutely nothing” was found to substantiate the claim. Though inconclusive, this incident makes us more aware of the fickleness of human condition.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/san-diego-naval-medical-center-shooting/

 

Donald Trump’s rivals are planning on standing up to him during the caucuses Tuesday in Nevada. Although it may be difficult to stop Trump, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are establishing serious operations for Tuesday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/24/us/politics/nevada-caucus-gop.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=

 

After tragically spinning out of control on the highway and crashing into trees, Miss America contestant, Cara McCollum, passed away shortly after the car accident

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/miss-america-contestant-dies-week-car-crash-37109898

 

Science

Scientists in Brazil have discovered 8 new species of whip spider, a type of creature related to spiders and scorpions with huge mandibles and thin, whiplike front arms.  This makes Brazil the country with the largest number of whip spider species in the world.

http://www.livescience.com/53754-new-whip-spider-species.html

 

International

In Egypt, officials are claiming mistaken identity after a toddler is given life in prison.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/23/africa/egypt-toddler-sentenced/index.html

 

Entertainment

Pop star Kesha was told by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge that she cannot cancel her contract that binds her to Dr. Luke, a man who drugged and raped her when she was only 18. Sony has offered her to work with another producer, but it’s widely known that Kesha would lose almost any promotion she previously had. Dr. Luke was never criminally charged for the rape, and Kesha must continue to face him frequently as she is bound to her record contract.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/kesha-sobs-judge-denies-sony-records-injunction-request-article-1.2537490

 

Pope Francis commented for the first time on the 6016 American presidential election this Thursday February 18th, 2016, stating that if Donald Trump was calling for the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants he is not a christian.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/politics/pope-francis-trump-christian-wall/

 

On Monday, Kim Kardashian West shared the first picture of her son, Saint West, on her website and instagram. She posted the picture in honor of her late father’s birthday, captioning the picture “Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So i wanted to share this picture of Saint with you all.”

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/entertainment/saint-west-makes-photo-debut/index.html

 

Good Samaritan calls police about an injured otter on the side of the road, when police arrived they found a faux fur collar instead.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/injured-otter-police-fur-collar_us_56cc5276e4b0928f5a6d2452

 

The Secret Garden concert, which features stars such as Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo, was presented on February 21st and 22nd at David Geffen Hall. Videos and photos can be found on playbill.com.

http://www.playbill.com/article/secret-garden-concerts-with-sydney-lucas-daisy-eagan-sierra-boggess-and-ramin-karimloo-begin-tonight-com-387799

 

Author Deaths

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, passed away Friday at the age of 89. This groundbreaking author will be long remembered for her contribution to the battle against racial injustice.

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/2/22/headlines/harper_lee_author_of_to_kill_a_mockingbird_dies_at_89

 

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