Meteors, State of the Union, Watergate, and the Harlem Shake [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

Another week, some more news! Here you go.

At Home

Fugitive ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner is believed dead after the cabin where he was hiding burned down during a violent shooting exchange with the police. Authorities are still waiting on DNA analysis to confirm that the body found at the scene is Dorner.

President Obama delivered the State of the Union address, calling for a vote on gun control measures, action on climate change, and improvements in education among other issues. In his response, Republican Senator Marco Rubio had an awkward on-camera water drinking moment that sparked an internet frenzy that became known as “Watergate”.

Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL sniper who was shot by a disturbed veteran at a shooting range, was buried in Texas.

The World

South African runner Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. Early media reports indicated that Pistorius had shot Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder, but police revealed a history of domestic violence reports at the home and have accused Pistorius of premeditated murder. Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated as a child, is known by the nickname “Blade Runner” because of his carbon-fiber prosthetics.

A meteor flared through the sky over Russia, causing an atomic bomb-sized shock wave that injured over one thousand people and blew out windows. It was the largest such event since 1908.

Pope Benedict XVI resigned, citing age and health issues. He is the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.

Sporty

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has turned 50.

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a Daytona 500 pole position, the spot at the start of the lineup.

Hot on the Web

The Harlem Shake is the hottest new meme on the block, and if you haven’t seen at least one of these videos yet… what have you been doing? In case you’re behind, here’s the video that established the format everyone’s copying now.

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Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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