5 issues it’s best to know on Monday
“Historic and crippling” winter storm drops over 25 inches of snow
Winter and spring collided on Sunday as parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nebraska were blasted with up to 4 feet of snow, while Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri braced for heavy rains, high winds, floods, and possible tornadoes. Over the weekend alone, more than 2,000 flights in and out of Denver were canceled and a number of highways were closed due to dangerous conditions. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has classified the avalanche risk as high and warns of “very dangerous avalanche conditions”. Cheyenne, Wyoming, recorded snow totals of 25.8 inches that weekend – a record 2 days since 1979, according to the National Weather Service. And more could come – the weather service warned some areas could see up to 50 inches of snow and gusts of wind up to 60 miles per hour before the weather subsides on Monday.
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift make history at the Grammys
Pop prodigy Billie Eilish won the record of the year for the second straight year, while Taylor Swift became the first female singer to win Album of the Year three times – honored with “Folklore” that year – and Beyoncé set a new record for most wins one artist and most victories from one singer, male or female, at the Trevor Noah ceremony of “The Daily Show”. It was Eilish who won the biggest prize of the night after winning the 2020 record for “Bad Guy” with this year’s win for “Everything I Wanted”, but she only wanted Megan Thee Stallion the honor for “Savage” give, “The Houston rapper’s collaboration with Beyoncé. The Sunday night show also featured performances by Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile and Haim.
Derek Chauvin Process: The racist makeup of the jury is a key concern if the selection continues
The jury selection for Derek Chauvin’s murder trial for the death of George Floyd last May has not yet been finalized. The process takes about three weeks. Given the circumstances surrounding Floyd’s death – a black man who dies under the knee of a white cop – the racist makeup of the jury is a key concern. The court closed Friday with seven jurors who had been sitting so far. Four of the jurors identify as white, one as multiracial, one as Spanish and one as black, according to Hennepin District Judge Peter Cahill, who leads the case. Six of the judges are in their twenties or thirties and one in their fifties. On Friday, Minneapolis city leaders approved a settlement with George Floyd’s family for $ 27 million in an unlawful death trial for his murder in police custody.
Los Angeles County is reopening indoor restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms
Los Angeles County, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, opens restaurants, movie theaters and gyms on Monday. The county moved to the “red tier” of California’s animal-based system after achieving its goal of giving 2 million doses of vaccine to residents in its deprived areas. The county also released its reopening plans, including indoor dining with a state-approved 25% capacity and retail reopening at 50%. It’s a welcome sign in a county hit by COVID-19 two months ago.
The Odd Awards season continues with Oscar nominations
As our reviewer Brian Truitt notes, March Madness was not coined for this year’s Oscar race, although it certainly seems appropriate. Even if you ignore the delays, virtual film festival season, new rules, and other varied havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic on the way to the April 25th Oscars, there’s a lot of chaos with few actual front-runners. But film buffs will finally get the answers they have been looking for as the Oscar nominations will be revealed on Monday morning. Celebrity couple Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra were tapped to drop the nominations. The ceremony will air live on YouTube and ABC starting at 8:19 p.m. ET / 5:19 p.m. PT. In two key races, Truitt expects musical history “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” to be nominated for Best Picture, and says the film’s late star Chadwick Boseman is on bans to earn a Best Actor award.