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Published Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 8:33 PM EST
Feb 12 2018

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This is the KGB Report for Tuesday, February 13, the 44th day of 2018 in the Gregorian calendar, with 321 days remaining.

This is the 389th day of Donald Trump's presidency, of which he has spent 93 days at golf courses at a cost to taxpayers of $50,860,444. There are 1,073 days remaining in his term, assuming he doesn't resign, is otherwise removed from office, or his unhinged, psychotic behavior results in the destruction of the republic.

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On this date in 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. It was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago (since demolished). From there, it has been successful on both stage and screen, but the content has been diluted and its teenage characters have become less Chicago habitués (the characters' Polish-American backgrounds in particular are ignored with last names often changed, although two Italian-American characters are left identifiably ethnic) and more generic. At the time that it closed in 1980, Grease's 3,388-performance run was the longest yet in Broadway history. It went on to become a West End hit, a successful feature film, two popular Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007, and a staple of regional theatre, summer stock, community theatre, and high school and middle school drama groups. It remains Broadway's 15th longest-running show. (Full Wikipedia article)

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Also on this date: In 1578, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system; in 1663, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun; in 1866, Jesse James holds up his first bank, stealing $15,000 from the Clay County Savings Association in Liberty, Missouri; in 1880, Thomas Edison observes what becomes known as the Edison effect.

More of what happened on February 13 from On This Day and Wikipedia.

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Among other things, today is Dream Your Sweet Dream Day, Employee Legal Awareness Day, Extraterrestrial Culture Day, Get a Different Name Day, International Natural Day, International Pancake Day, Kiss Day, National Tortellini Day, Madly In Love With Me Day, Fat Tuesday, Palentine's Day, World Radio Day, and Pączki Day. (from Checkiday.com)

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Naked woman plows car into Florida day care center.

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Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager ((b. February 13, 1923) is a retired United States Air Force general officer, flying ace and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. (Full Wikipedia article)

Quote of the day:

"If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it's an outstanding landing."
-Chuck Yeager (Click here for more quotes.)

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Instant karma. Suspected poacher mauled to death and eaten by lions near South African national park. Police say lions attacked and killed the suspected poacher in a private game park, leaving "just his head and some remains."

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The flu is killing up to 4,000 americans a week. The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn't had a chance to develop any defenses.

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A nearly invisible oil spill threatens some of Asia's richest fisheries. A fiery collision that sank an Iranian tanker in the East China Sea a month ago has resulted in an environmental threat that experts say is unlike any before: An almost invisible type of petroleum has begun to contaminate some of the most important fishing grounds in Asia, from China to Japan and beyond.

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Ride-hailing is deepening social and economic inequity in the US. Public transit used to be the great equalizer, but affordable private rides have become the new favorite of the middle class. When richer people give their money to private ride-hailing or carsharing companies, public transit loses money- and that's not good for cities, societies, or the environment.

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The next recession is really gonna suck. The extra help unemployed people got during the Great Recession has emboldened states to mistreat them.

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Why purebred dogs are sick, miserable, and ugly. I suspect humans are involved.

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The White House's problem is dishonesty, not chaos. The fumbling of domestic-violence accusations against Rob Porter is a story about the administration's inability to tell the truth, not its disorganization.

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Facial recognition is accurate, if you're a white guy. When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time. But the darker the skin, the more errors arise- up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender.

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New therapy cures cancer with just one injection. A new technique developed by researchers at Stanford University uses two agents which when combined, alert the body's immune system to the presence of cancer, in order to eliminate it. Just one injection can be effective for a solid tumor. Such a targeted approach could limit nasty side effects and may even be more effective than current therapies.

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Where did your pay raise go? It may have become a bonus. A growing preference among employers for one-time awards instead of raises that keep building over time has been quietly transforming the employment landscape for two decades. But it was accelerated by the recession's intensity, which made employers especially cautious about increasing labor costs.

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