The Rundown for February 25, 2020

APPEALS COURT ALLOWS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO WITHHOLD TITLE X FUNDS… A federal appeals court yesterday lifted an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funding from clinics that provide abortion referrals of Title X family planning funds. The 7-4 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last June’s unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel that lifted injunctions won by California, Oregon and Washington. President Trump declared during his 2016 presidential campaign that he sought to end federal support for Planned Parenthood, which received about $60 million annually, or one-fifth, of Title X funds.

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR RELIGIOUS-RIGHTS CASE… The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a major religious rights case centered in Philadelphia. The city has refused to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. Catholic Social Services, an arm of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has responded by accusing the city of violating the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. In 2018, a lower court ruled that the religious views of the organization did not entitle it to an exemption from the city’s anti-discrimination policies. The case will be argued in the court’s next term, which starts in October. A ruling against Philadelphia could make it easier for plaintiffs to cite religious beliefs when seeking exemptions from widely applicable laws.

DOW PLUNGES ON CORONAVIRUS SCARE… A surge in the number of coronavirus cases outside China yesterday prompted the Dow to suffer its biggest point and percentage-point drop since February 2018. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,031.61 points lower, or 3.56%, at 27,960.80. The S&P 500 slid 3.35% to 3,225.89 while the Nasdaq Composite closed 3.71% lower at 9,221.28. The major averages hit record highs all hit record highs earlier this month despite lingering concerns over the virus, which had infected 53 people in the U.S. as of yesterday.

NASA MATHEMATICIAN KATHERINE JOHNSON DIES… NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who developed mathematical equations that were essential to NASA’s early efforts to send astronauts into space and then to the moon, died yesterday of natural causes. She was 101. Johnson’s trailblazing career was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film “Hidden Figures.” President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

GEORGIA CRASH KILLS FAMILY OF 5… A crash on Interstate 95 near Midway, Georgia, yesterday left five members of a Virginia family dead. Authorities say the family was returning home from a trip when their vehicle was struck by an elderly motorist driving in the wrong lane. The victims included both parents and three children ages 4 to 13.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN CONVICTED… Powerful Hollywood studio chief Harvey Weinstein was handcuffed and taken to Rikers Island jail in New York yesterday following his conviction on two of the five counts against him. The 67-year-old Weinstein is facing imprisonment of up to 29 years after a jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006. He was acquitted on the most serious charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault that each carried up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11. Weinstein also faces separate rape and sexual-assault charges in Los Angeles.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty yesterday in response to a six-count indictment charging him with falsely reporting that he was the victim of a January 2019 racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago home. The 37-year-old Smollett, who most recently appeared in the Fox drama series “Empire,” was released on $20,000 bond and ordered to return to court on March 18. He was indicted this month by a special grand jury.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 129 – Atlanta 112… Joel Embiid poured in a career-high 49 points and brought down 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Hawks. Tobias Harris tossed in 25 points.

Milwaukee 137 – WASHINGTON 134 (OT)… Kris Middleton knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime and finished with a game-high 40 points as the Bucks outlasted the Wizards. Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and dished off 10 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 boards.

CLEVELAND 125 – Miami 119 (OT)… The Cavaliers outscored the Heat 31-12 in the fourth quarter before sporting past them in overtime. Kevin Porter Jr. delivered 30 points off the bench. Six other players scored in double figures for Cleveland.

Orlando 115 – BROOKLYN 113… The Magic rallied in the second half to upend the Nets. Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross added 21 points apiece.

HOUSTON 123 – New York 112… The Rockets built a 15-point halftime lead and coasted past the Knicks. James Harden scored a game-high 37 points.

DALLAS 139 – Minnesota 123… The Mavericks took control early with an explosive first quarter and cruised past the Timberwolves. They got 23 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 20 from Luka Doncic.

Phoenix 131 – UTAH 111… The Suns pulled away in the second half to rout the Jazz. Devin Booker led the way with 24 points and 10 assists. Ricky Rubio added 22 points and 11 assists.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Memphis 97… The Clippers led 40-14 after the first quarter and never looked back in their pounding of the Grizzlies. Kawhi Leonard dropped in 25 points. Montrezl Harrell added 22 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City is at Chicago…
Denver hosts Detroit…
Boston is at Portland…
the L.A. Lakers host New Orleans…
Sacramento is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
COLUMBUS 4 – Ottawa 3 (OT)… Emil Bemstrom found the net at 4:35 of overtime to lift the Blue Jackets over the Senators. Stefan Matteau scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Nick Foligno lit the lamp with Columbus’ first two scores.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Calgary is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Toronto is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
San Jose is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Winnipeg…
Dallas is at Carolina…
Detroit hosts New Jersey…
Chicago is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Ottawa…
Columbus is at Minnesota…
Arizona hosts Florida…
Anaheim hosts Edmonton

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 KANSAS 83, Oklahoma State 58…
#6 FLORIDA STATE 82, #11 Louisville 67…
TEXAS 67, #20 West Virginia 57

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