Protests planned against Trump’s national emergency
Protests across the nation are planned Monday in response to President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. The protests are opposing the order signed Friday that freed up billions to construct a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico. The move has divided Congress over the president’s use of executive power and whether there really is an emergency. At least two lawsuits by watchdog groups are challenging the legality of the declaration, and California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Sunday he will “definitely and imminently” file a suit. Some of the rallies are being organized by MoveOn.org, a political action organization. Others are also listed on rallylist.com.
Hundreds stranded after British airline collapses
Traveler Hannah Price told Sky News she had planned to return Monday to Britain from Brussels on British regional airline Flybmi before it ceased operations without warning, stranding hundreds throughout Europe. “I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” Price said. British Midland Regional Limited, the airline that operates as Flybmi, made the announcement Saturday after filing for the British form of bankruptcy because of inflated fuel costs and uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the European Union. The announcement left travelers who’d already paid for flights to fend for themselves with little notice and no refund.
Tennessee’s reign at No. 1 will come to an end
Tennessee has spent the past four weeks as the nation’s top-ranked college basketball team. That reign will come to an end Monday after its jarring 86-69 loss to No. 5 Kentucky. The Vols shot 40.7 percent from the field Saturday, marking their third-lowest total this season. They also shot 28 percent from 3-point range, making only seven of 25 attempts.“The things that we said we needed to do tonight, we didn’t do,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Saturday. “We were a really poor, selfish team offensively.”
It’s Presidents Day. Here’s what to know.
The third Monday of every February is a time to remember presidents (or at least one) and, for some, enjoy a day off work or school. Presidents Day, known also as Washington’s Birthday, is a federal holiday, meaning many government institutions will close. The day was originally established in the 1880s to honor President George Washington but later became viewed as a time to recognize all presidents, past and present after it was moved to a Monday as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which took effect in 1971. At that time, the name was also changed to Presidents Day.
Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway: ‘Blue Chips,’ 25 years later
“Blue Chips” debuted No. 3 at the box office the day of its release 25 years ago Monday. The film, which explores the inner workings of college recruiting and illegal player payoffs, is consistently ranked in the Top 10 basketball movies of all time. Critics have said that has to do with its authenticity. By Roger Ebert standards, “Blue Chips” might not be acting at its best and it wasn’t Oscar-worthy. But the characters make it real. Dive into a behind-the-scenes look at the film, including Bobby Knight’s heated moment on set.