Thursday February 18, 2016
- News you only get in Minnesota: The man who inspired the Peanuts character Linus, has died at the age of 90.
- Video you only get in Seattle: A pod of Orcas spotted in Elliott Bay.
- This story about Rod Carew's recovery from a massive heart attack should be a Minnesota one, but I came across it in The New York Times.
- Former EW movie critic Owen Gleiberman has a book out, “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies.” Jeff Wells turns to the second-to-last chapter.
- My nephew Jordy, 14, recently posted his top 10 movies of 2015.
- “Zoolander 2” might suck but Ben Stiller's female viagra ad is hilarious.
- Why do preseason predictors keep thinking the Kansas City Royals won't do well? They thought that in 2014 when the Royals won the AL pennant. They thought that last year when the Royals won the World Series. They think it again this year. Royals fan Joey Poz tries to break it down.
- People who know me know I'm obsessed with Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical “Hamilton.” Brilliant. Historical. Historic. And a documentary about it is going to air on PBS! Yes! When? In ... September. Aw, man.
- But! If you saw the Grammys the other night, you saw the opening number. And if you didn't, here it is. Starts slowly (Burr!) but picks up.
- And it all began, at least publicly, nearly seven years ago at a White House poetry jam session, when Miranda performed that opening number. Back then it was a concept album. But Miranda kept writing like he was running out of time.
- Speaking of: RIP Justice Scalia. What a mess you left behind. But I like this humanizing portrait, “Driving Mr. Scalia,” by Dean Miller in The Spokesman-Review.
- Here's another humanizing portrait: from Stephen Colbert.
- SCOTUSblog cut through the post-Scalia GOP rhetoric nicely, with a history lesson.
- Finally, my president weighs in.