IN THE NEWS: TRUMP WEEKEND TWEETS
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If this wasn’t the “mother” of all presidential tweet storms, it has to be pretty close. While the nation was marking the holiday weekend honor its presidents — the current occupant of the White House was literally all a-Twitter. He sent out a series of tweets, lashing out at everyone from the FBI, to the Robert Muller investigation against his campaign and finances — and even Oprah Winfrey. Among other things, Trump claimed Russian efforts to meddle in the electoral process predated his candidacy. He also claimed the Obama administration bears some blame for the meddling — and incorrectly insisted he never denied the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign. By Sunday night, Trump turned on Oprah, saying he thought her interview of a panel featured “biased” and “slanted” views and incorrect “facts.” He said he hopes Winfrey runs for president in 2020 — “so she can be exposed and defeated just like all the others!” For all his tweeting, Trump was mostly silent on the Florida high school shooting and the escalating gun control debate. He even suggested if the FBI wasn’t so intent on investigating him, it might have been able to respond to some of the alerts about the confessed gunman in the Florida shooting.
IN THE NEWS: HOCKEY PLAYERS TRACKED AT WINTER GAMES
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Sometimes it can seem like you need a computer to keep track the fast-paced action at a hockey game. It just so happens they’re using computers to do just that at the Winter Olympics. Data on players’ speed, acceleration, stopping, distance traveled, shift length and ice time is available in close to real time. The system features microchips in the backs of players’ jerseys that can feed stats to a computer. Even the referees’ whistles are digitally connected to the clock — eliminating the time lag between a referee sounding his whistle and the timekeeper stopping the game clock. The NHL has been working with technology companies to develop a system that can be used in pro hockey — and so the Olympics are seen as a big test run for the concept.
ON THE WEB: KENTUCKY FRIED ???
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Taking the “C” out of KFC? It’s a problem in both the U.K. and Ireland. Most of KFC’s 900 outlets had to close — because of a chicken shortage. The company says the problem is due to what it calls ‘teething problems” with its new delivery partner, DHL. The lack of chicken cropped up a few days ago — and in an update yesterday, KFC said about a-third of its stores have reopened. It does not say when the rest of them will.
KFC site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.kfc.com”>http://www.kfc.com</a>
IN STORES: TAX TIME HELP
UNDATED (AP) — It appears not everyone used the weekend to watch “Black Panther,” shop for cars — or see what kinds of deals on mattresses and furniture could be had. It appears the Presidents Day weekend is a time when tax returns surge — with the IRS saying it gets more calls over that weekend than any other time of the year. The flip side of that — is it’s hard to get through to the IRS by phone. So, online help is the way to go. The IRS site has answers to most tax questions. It can direct you to outside tax help. There’s even a program that provides tax tips to the elderly. And for those whose income is $66,000 or less, there’s free filing. All you have to do is go to the main site, get the free tax-preparation software — and file your return.
IRS site: <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.irs.gov”>http://www.irs.gov</a>
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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