Weekly News Roundup: February 20, 2015
Here’s your Weekly News Roundup for the week of February 16th – February 20th.
Harris Wittels, executive producer of ‘Parks and Recreation’ was found dead in his Los Angeles home Thursday night. Wittels was 30 years old. Comedian Sarah Silverman eulogized him on Twitter, saying “Harris was brilliant beyond compare – his imagination was without limit – he loved comedy more than anything.” Police believe he may have died of an overdose but are awaiting autopsy results.
John Oliver upset tobacco giant Philip Morris International this week on his HBO show ‘Last Week Tonight’ when he called them out for practices in developing countries. He spent 20 minutes criticizing them, noting the company’s sale of cigarettes for a dime outside Indonesian schools and the lawsuit against Togo, whose $6 billion GDP is just a fraction of the company’s annual revenue. Philip Morris responded that the show “segment includes many mischaracterizations of our company . . . which have been embellished in the spirit of comedic license.”
The Eastern United States is breaking records this week with temperatures 20 to 40 degrees below normal for this time of the year. Schools and public transit have been affected, and freezing temperatures are expected to continue into the weekend.
Colorado is expecting cold weather as well, with snow predicted across central Colorado and the front range. Fort Collins may receive upwards of 15 inches of accumulation over the weekend.
The 87th Academy Awards will take place this weekend with performances expected from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, and Anna Kendrick. The nominees for Best Picture are American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.
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