The Nightshift: 20 February 2018

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Good Morning, it’s Tuesday, 20 February 2018,  and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
The U.S. Olympic team pulled has down more medals. The “Shib Sibs”, Maia and Alex Shubutani, brother and sister, won the Bonze Medal in the Ice Dance final. As expected, Canada’s Tessa Virtue (what a name) and Scott Moir took Gold and the French pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guilluame Cezeron won Silver. You will remember Gabriella as the incredibly focused skater who moved right past a “wardrobe malfunction” in the middle of an on-ice program to put the pair into contention for a medal—-true Olympic competitive spirit. Norway currently leads the medal count with 29 medals total; Germany is second with 23. The U.S. is further down the list with 12 (scoring as of 7:45AM Central). Canada and Germany tied for the Gold Medal in two-man bobsled; Latvia took 3rd. The U.S. Men’s hockey team played their way into the semi-finals by beating Slovakia 5-1; they’ll face the Czech Republic next. France’s Martin Fourcade, who is the world’s best in an event you probably have never followed–biathlon–won his second Gold of the Olympics. And finally, just to let us all know that no matter what they call the team, Russia is still in the Olympics, a Russian curler has failed a doping test. Doping in curling?  Oh my.
You can see the running medal count with this direct link.
The New York Times has reported that Russian “internet bots” jumped into the debate about gun control just hours after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting that left 17 people dead. The goal was to stir up contentious and divisive comment and debate all across the state and America. It worked.
Today is National Love Your Pet Day. Take bowser out for a walk or cuddle the cat or the bunnies but today–like all other days–be nice to your pets. And, if you don’t have any pet and think you have nothing to celebrate? It’s also National Cherry Pie Day. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice of Cherry Pie and you’re celebrating.
What we’re listening to in The Media Bunker: The Valentines 2018 playlist, compiled by our music editor/producer/DJ Tschugge. 
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Boston Globe (Boston)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris) (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Local (Oslo)
Sputnik (Moscow)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
Ars Technica  
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