March 2, 2018: What to Know 

  • REI, the nationwide outdoor retailer, announced Thursday it is joining a growing list of U.S. corporations that want to restrict gun sales. While REI doesn't sell guns, the company said it is severing ties with CamelBak, which is owned by Vista Outdoor and has strong connections to the National Rifle Association. Within the past week, Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger and L.L. Bean all agreed to raise the age for gun sales to 21. Dick's said it would discontinue the sale of assault-style weapons altogether.

  • Meanwhile, President Donald Trump met with the top NRA lobbyist late Thursday, and The New York Times reports the NRA representative "had positive things to say after the White House meeting," suggesting that the president's embrace of comprehensive gun control might be short-lived.
  • In more NWS news, the agency saw its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite blast into space Thursday. CBS News reports that the next-generation satellite will "provide fast, multi-spectral images of weather patterns affecting the Pacific Ocean as far west as New Zealand, including Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Central America and most of the western United States."

  • With just a couple of days before the Oscars, an unusual statue has appeared in front of a residence close to the site of the Academy Awards: a golden likeness of a bathrobe-clad Harvey Weinstein, seated atop a chaise longue with an Oscar in hand. The Associated Press reports that "Casting Couch" is a collaborative work between a Los Angeles artist and the woman who designed a number of nude Donald Trump statues placed in major U.S. cities in 2016.
  • Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who will return to host the Oscars for a second year, told Vanity Fair that he's well aware of the balance of putting on an entertaining show while responding to serious issues, such as the Weinstein scandal.

    "There are some people who feel causes have no place on the Oscar broadcast," said Kimmel. "There are some people who feel that should be what we do with that platform. Like everything else, you just have to find that balance. Part of it is luck, part of it is making the right choice."

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