The Rundown for March 5, 2019

DEATH TOLL RISES IN ALABAMA… The death toll from the tornado that struck Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday rose to 23 yesterday and dozens of people remain missing. Rescue crews using dogs continue to search for victims in and around the community of Beauregard. The National Weather Service said a powerful EF-4 twister brought winds estimated at 170 mph and carved a path nearly a mile wide and 24 miles long.

HOUSE COMMITTEE DEMANDS DOCUMENTS… The House Judiciary Committee yesterday sent more than 80 letters demanding documents from President Trump’s family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to him. The document demands were part of the committee’s expanded investigation into obstruction and corruption. Trump’s two sons, along with former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and the National Rifle Association were among those who received the letters. New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, who chairs the committee, said in the letters that “President Trump and his administration face wide-ranging allegations of misconduct that strike at the heart of our constitutional order.”

MATT WHITAKER LEAVES DOJ… Former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker has abruptly left the Justice Department. Officials confirmed he left suddenly on Saturday after accepting a new job at the DOJ and has no other employment lined up. Whitaker took over as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions’ resigned after November’s elections and stayed until William Barr was sworn in last month.

HICKENLOOPER ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper yesterday announced his 2020 presidential bid. The Democrat warned that the nation is “in crisis” and needed someone to “bring people together.” Hickenlooper joins a crowded Democratic field that already includes U.S. senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and former housing secretary Julian Castro are also running.

NORTH CAROLINA SETS DATES FOR NEW ELECTIONS… The North Carolina State Board of Elections yesterday set dates for new general and primary elections in the 9th Congressional District after the results of November’s midterms were tossed out last month due to suspicion of fraud. A primary election will be held on May 14 and September 10 will be either the date of the runoff, if necessary, or the general election. If a runoff primary is needed, the general election would be held November 5.

ENTERTAINMENT
LUKE PERRY DIES… Actor Luke Perry died yesterday at a Los Angeles-area hospital after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday. He was 52. Perry rose to fame as a teen idol in the 1990s as a star in the series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” More recently, he starred in the CW series “Riverdale.”

PRODIGY FOUNDING MEMBER DIES… Keith Flint, a founding member of the British dance act the Prodigy, was found dead on yesterday in Essex, England. His death is being investigated as a suicide. Flint sang lead vocals on the band’s hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe.” The Prodigy’s 1997 album “The Fat of the Land” topped the charts in Britain and the U.S.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 127 – Dallas 88… The Nets built a double-digit lead early and never looked back in crushing the Mavericks to end their three-game skid. DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points. D’Angelo Russell scored 13 points and dished off 11 assists.

MIAMI 114 – Atlanta 113… Dwyane Wade scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat held off the Hawks. Josh Richardson added 19 points.

SAN ANTONIO 104 – Denver 103… The Spurs jumped out a 19-point lead after the first quarter but had to turn away a late Nuggets rally to escape with the victory. They got 24 points from DeMar DeRozan and 22 from LaMarcus Aldridge.

New Orleans 115 – UTAH 112… The Pelicans rallied in the second half to upend the Jazz. Jrue Holiday led all scorers with 30 points. Julius Randle tossed in 28 points. Anthony Davis finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

PHOENIX 114 – Milwaukee 105… The Suns outscored the Bucks 38-23 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 27 points and 13 boards. Devin Booker added 22 points.

SACRAMENTO 115 – New York 108… Buddy Hield pumped in 28 points as the Kings fought their way past the Knicks. Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers 113 – L.A. LAKERS 105… The Clippers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Lakers. Dino Gallinari led the way with 23 points. Lou Williams delivered 21 points off the bench. Montrezl Harrell had 14 points and 11 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Indiana…
Philadelphia hosts Orlando…
Houston is at Toronto…
Memphis hosts Portland…
Oklahoma City is at Minnesota…
Golden State hosts Boston

NHL SCORES
Edmonton 4 – BUFFALO 3… The Oilers scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take the lead for good in their defeat of the Sabres. Kyle Brodziak netted the decisive goal. Leon Draisaitl and each had a goal and an assist. Connor McDavid assisted on two goals. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 38 saves.

Toronto 6 – CALGARY 2… Tyler Ennis recorded his first career hat trick in leading the Maple Leafs past the Flames. Zach Hyman added two goals for Toronto. Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Carolina is at Boston…
New Jersey hosts Columbus…
Ottawa is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Pittsburgh hosts Florida…
Winnipeg is at Tampa Bay…
Nashville hosts Minnesota…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Dallas…
Colorado hosts Detroit…
Anaheim is at Arizona…
Los Angeles hosts Montreal

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 Virginia 79, SYRACUSE 53 …
#8 TEXAS TECH 70, Texas 51…
#18 Kansas State 64, TCU 52

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