February 22, 2019: What to Know 

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  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to deliver the results of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election within a matter of weeks, two officials briefed on the preparations said. NPR reports Mueller was not asked to write a narrative in the report, much like the narrative published by the 9/11 Commission. All that said, the investigations into Trump are far from over. The special's counsel's office has partnered with other parts of the Justice Department to conduct separate probes, including the U.S. Attorney's offices in Manhattan; Washington, D.C.; and Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Officials at the Boise Rescue Mission told KTVB-TV that donations to the homeless shelter have "plummeted" due to a tax law change that doesn't give donors as much tax credit as they received in the past. CEO Rev. Bill Roscoe says the nonprofit is rethinking whether it can offer as many programs for children as it has in the past.
  • Actor Jussie Smollett, facing a felony charge of filing a false police report, posted a $100,000 bond Thursday, which released him from jail. Later in the day, he returned to the set of the TV show Empire. Variety reports that Fox TV is "struggling to decide his fate."
  • Vanity Fair says the estate of Michael Jackson is suing HBO for $100 million in an attempt to stop the broadcast of the documentary Leaving Neverland. The film chronicles the plight of two men who say Jackson molested them as children. The documentary is slated to air in two parts, on Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4.
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    After a seemingly endless parade of missteps, the producers of this year's Oscar ceremony, which will air this Sunday, March 24, say the show is in "good shape." MediaPost.com reports that ABC has sold out all of the commercials for the broadcast, with some advertisers paying $2.6 million for a 30-second commercial.
  • There are film festivals and music festivals by the dozens. But the Coffee & Donut Festival, opening tomorrow in San Bernardino, California, got our full attention. Organizers say it's "a jelly-filled day of donut-eating contests, competitions, prizes and an awesome kid zone."

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