Feb. 12, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The New York State Attorney General filed a major lawsuit Sunday against the Weinstein Company, alleging that the brother and business colleagues of Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein facilitated sexual abuse, sexual harassment, coercion and gender discrimination. The lawsuit threw a wrench into the fire sale of the Weinstein Company, which was supposed to be finalized Sunday.

  • A Boise family was left homeless after fire destroyed much of their house Sunday morning on West Skycrest Drive. High winds fanned the flames, which ripped through a garage and a back bedroom of the house. No one was injured in the fire. Boise Fire is still investigating the cause, and the Boise Burnout Fund is assisting the family.
  • The United States won four medals, two of them gold, in the first two days of competition at the PeyongChang Winter Olympics. Jamie Anderson became a back-to-back gold medalist, defending her Olympic snowboard slopestyle title. Her win came on the heels 17-year-old Red Gerard's victory; he won the gold in the male snowboard slopestyle competition. Chris Mazdzer slid into Olympic history by being the first American to win a medal in the men's singles luge event. Mazdzer took home the silver. And the USA won the bronze medal in the relatively new event of team figure skating. The team was elevated by a dazzling debut from male figure skater Adam Rippon, and by Mirai Nagasu, who made history by completing the first triple Axel by an American female in Olympic competition.

  • Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones is killing it on her Twitter feed as she reports from the Winter Games. At the curling event, she wrote, "Is it like marbles?" Watching snowboarders wipe out, she wrote, "How every one of my relationships end." And after watching figure skaters get some terrible marks from judges, she wrote, "Their sportsmanship is to be awarded. Cause I would be pissed!"
  • Hollywood's Writer's Guild handed out its annual awards Sunday night, giving another indication of who might take home on an Oscar on Sunday, March 4.  Best original screenplay  went to Get Out and best adapted screenplay went to Call Me By Your Name. In television, best drama series went to The Handmaid's Tale and best comedy went to Veep. Saturday Night Live won the Writer's Guild award for best variety series and HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won best Comedy Talk Series.

  • Sony Pictures is apologizing for making a joke about food allergies in its latest box office hit Peter Rabbit, which opened this past weekend. The New York Times reports that a scene in the film shows blackberries being used as a weapon against a man who is allergic to the berries. Filmmakers apologized Sunday, writing, "Food allergies are a serious issue. Our film should not have made light of Peter Rabbit's archnemesis being allergic to blackberries, even in a cartoonish, slapstick way." Peter Rabbit raked in $25 million at the U.S. box office over the weekend.

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