The Rundown for February 28, 2020

DOW PLUNGES AGAIN… Fear of a coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,190 points on the worst single-day points sell-off ever. The Dow, along with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, were down by more than 4 percent. The market losses capped the worse week for U.S. stocks since the financial crash of 2008. Earlier this week, health officials urged Americans to prepare for community spread of coronavirus and warned investors of supply chain issues related to the outbreak.

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINS OF CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS… A government whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging that some federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were deployed to help Americans evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak. The scary news came as the Centers for Disease Control revised its criteria for who should be tested for the coronavirus and is shipping more test kits out to states including California, where officials are monitoring more than 8,400 people who arrived on commercial flights for coronavirus symptoms. Governor Gavin Newsom said the state lacks test kits and has been held back by federal testing rules.

OBAMA LAWYERS FILE CEASE-AND-DESIST OVER AD… Lawyers representing former president Barack Obama are demanding that a Republican super PAC stop airing an ad that uses Obama’s images and voice to imply former Vice President Joe Biden supports “plantation politics.” In a cease-and-desist letter sent on Wednesday, the former president’s lawyers called the ad “despicable” and a racially charged attack. They say ad uses a clip of Obama that was presented as recent but was actually years old and captured him as he was quoting a barber who was commenting on Chicago politics.

DANIEL GOLDMAN LEAVES AS HOUSE PANEL LAWYER… Daniel Goldman became the third House Intelligence Committee lawyer to depart in recent days. Goldman, who questioned a dozen witnesses during the committee’s public impeachment hearings, is reportedly returning to New York. The two other departing lawyers, Barry Berke and Norm Eisen, worked closely with the House Judiciary Committee in building the constitutional case for removing Trump removal from office.

FORMER BALTIMORE MAYOR GETS 7-YEAR SENTENCE… Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, who pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November, was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday. The 69-year-old Pugh was elected mayor on a platform of public trust in 2016 and resigned under pressure in May as authorities investigated bulk sales of her “Healthy Holly” self-published children’s books, which netted her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors say she fraudulently sold the books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her campaign.

DAUGHTER OF ALLEGED MEXICAN DRUGPIN ARRESTED… Authorities have confirmed that they arrested the daughter of an alleged Mexican drug kingpin on Wednesday after she showed up at a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., to visit her brother. Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, the daughter of alleged Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the alleged head of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. Oseguera Gonzalez, also known as “La Negra,” entered the U.S. legally and was apparently unaware she was under indictment, officials said. At her arraignment, she pleaded not guilty to charges of engaging in transactions or dealings in properties with businesses blacklisted by the Treasury Department. Her father, also known as “El Mencho,” is considered the DEA’s most-wanted man.

SEAGAL CHARGED IN CRYPTOCURRENCY SCHEME… The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged actor Steven Seagal with failing to disclose payments he received to promote investment in a cryptocurrency scheme. The SEC says the 67-year-old Seagal did not admit to, or dispute, the SEC’s charge but agreed to pay a $157,000 fine. Seagal allegedly was promised $250,000 in cash and $750,000 in tokens from a cryptocurrency company in exchange for his promotion considerations, which included urging investors to buy into the first public offering. The SEC has previously warned that coins sold in ICOs may be securities and therefore anyone who promotes them must disclose it.

IN THEATERS…In “The Invisible Man,” a wealthy widow seeks to prove that she is bing hunted by someone nobody can see. Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen star in the R-rated mystery… “The Ride” tells the story about a BMX champion who overcame an abusive childhood through the love and life lessons of an interracial foster family. The PG-13 film stars Shane Graham and Ludacris.

PHILADELPHIA 115 – New York 106… Tobias Harris pumped in 34 points as the short-handed 76ers fought off the Knicks. Philadelphia played without the injured Joel
Embiid and Ben Simmons.

INDIANA 106 – Portland 100… Domantas Sabonis scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Pacers past the Trail Blazers. Five other players scored in double figures for Indiana.

OKLAHOMA CITY 112 – Sacramento 108… The Thunder rallied from 19 points down to upend the Kings. Dino Gallinari scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 116 – GOLDEN STATE 86… The Lakers bombed the Warriors 40-17 in the third quarter to break open the game after they led by only 2 at the break. Anthony Davis scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Minnesota is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Charlotte…
Brooklyn is at Atlanta…
Milwaukee hosts Oklahoma City…
Dallas is at Miami…
New Orleans hosts Cleveland…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Phoenix hosts Detroit…
Washington is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Denver

New York 5 – MONTREAL 2… The Rangers skated past the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead and won their fifth in a row. Ryan Strome found the net twice. Adam Fox had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 5 – TAMPA BAY 2… Dominik Kubalik scored three of the Blackhawks’ five straight third-period goals that sent them past the Lightning. Goalie Corey Crawford made 36 saves.

Toronto 5 – FLORIDA 3… The Maple Leafs erased a two-goal first-period deficit on their way past the Panthers. William Nylander netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period. Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 4 – Dallas 3… The Bruins edged the Stars to snap their two-game skid. Nick Ritchie and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist.

OTTAWA 5 – Vancouver 2… Bobby Ryan returned to the ice after missing more than three months and recorded a hat trick in leading the Senators past the Canucks. Chris Tierney set up three goals. Marcus Hogberg stopped 32 shots at goal.

Minnesota 7 – DETROIT 1… Defenseman Matt Dumba scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Wild in their rout of the Red Wings. Kevin Fiala added a goal and two assists.

ST. LOUIS 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)… Colton Parayko buried the puck on an unassisted wraparound at 3:23 of overtime to lift the Blues over the Islanders. Vince Dunn’s unassisted goal tied the game with 1:44 remaining in regulation.

NASHVILLE 4 – Calgary 3 (OT)… Mikael Granlund netted a tying goal with one second left in regulation and added the game-winner at 1:20 of overtime in carrying the Predators past the Flames. Colin Blackwell assisted on two goals.

WINNIPEG 3 – Washington 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 34 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Jets cruised past the Capitals. Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 3 – New Jersey 2… The Sharks rallied from a two-goal second-period deficit to top the Devils. Logan Couture found the net 18 seconds into overtime. Mario Ferrero and Marcus Sorensen scored second-period goals.

New York is at Philadelphia…
Columbus hosts Minnesota…
Colorado is at Carolina…
Vegas hosts Buffalo…
Pittsburgh is at Anaheim

#3 GONZAGA 94, San Diego 59…
#14 OREGON 69, Oregon State 54…
Wisconsin 81, #19 MICHIGAN 74…
CALIFORNIA 76, #21 Colorado 62…
#23 Ohio State 75, NEBRASKA 54

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