BruNews: Thursday, February 27

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The federal budget deficit fell from $1.1 trillion to $680 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, the Treasury Department said today. This marks the smallest deficit since 2008 and the first time since then that the deficit has been below $1 trillion.

Russian nationalist gunmen seized government buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea region today, raising the Russian flag outside the buildings. Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych declared today that he remained the country’s lawful leader. Russian news sources reported that he has already arrived in Russia. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned Russia to stay out of Ukraine today.

Spike Lee, speaking at the Pratt Institute in New York last night, went on a seven-minute “rant” against gentrification, claiming many New York hipsters are guilty of “Christopher Columbus Syndrome.”

Cinemetric analysts found that the Oscar-nominated lead actors average 85 minutes on screen, while lead actresses average only 57 minutes, exposing an already hinted at gender gap in screen time.

The World Bank delayed a $90 million loan to Uganda, as World Bank President (and Ogden Memorial lecturer) Jim Yong Kim ’82 stated that Uganda’s homophobic legislation “cannot be tolerated.”

Police busted four University of Utah students were caught smoking weed in a 5-foot high igloo that police described as “quite an elaborate job.”

President Obama launched his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative today, a program intended to create more opportunities for young minority men. Obama, when asked what the project meant to him, said, “In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, [we] need to bolster and reinforce our young men.” The program’s outline can be found here.

The Egyptian army claimed it has invented a cure for AIDS and hepatitis C. The announcement received negative backlash from the Egyptian medical community, which called the proclamation a “scientific scandal.”

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries today.

While on average, women take more selfies than men, more men than women over the age of 40 snap selfies, according a study released today.

Despite previously working for TransCanada, the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a State Department contractor who helped author the environmental analysis of the pipeline did not violate conflict-of-interest rules, according to a State Department inspector general’s investigation.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB-1062 last night, garnering praise from politicians on both sides of the aisle, including John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

The Senate blocked a Democratic bill that would have provided $21 billion for medical, educational and job-training benefits for veterans today.

The New York Times Magazine featured an article today outlining the process of bringing extinct animals back to life, a process that is already underway.

North Korea fired four short-range missiles into its eastern waters today in response to U.S.-South Korean military exercises North Korea view as a “rehearsal for invasion.”

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