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5 Things You Need to Know Today: February 26, 2014

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Steve Jobs. Fake money. Murder. You know, just the ordinary mid-week happenings. Catch up below on today’s hottest headlines to spice up your workday banter.


Ridiculous Steve Jobs Statue Intended for Apple Campus
How does weirdness like this happen? Apparently after you win an international art contest with over 10,000 entries. Serbian sculptor Dragan Radenovic came up with this odd construction of what appears to be Jobs’ head on a stick, or a nod to 2014’s Robocop–and this will be the memorial statue soon to grace the Apple campus in Cupertino.


Polar Vortex: It’s Baaaack
Residents of the Northeast and Midwest, buck up. What they call “subfreezing” is still a step above rigor mortis! While there was a slight relief last week, these regions can again look forward to more chill from the Arctic winds, forcing temperatures to dip 10 to 20 degrees lower than normal for this time of year–even dropping below zero in some northern areas. West Coast, you might want to refrain from those sunny Facebook pics if you know what’s good for you.


NFL Cleaning Up Its Act? Foul Language Could Mean 15 Yard Penalty
On the heels of their first player announcing he’s gay, the NFL seems to be buttoning itself up on all fronts. The league’s competition committee is considering penalizing players 15 yards for using racial and possibly homophobic slurs on the field. If it wins the committee vote, the rule will be presented to the owners. Not so happy: the players. Apparently one man’s slurs are another man’s “free speech.”


Biggest Bitcoin Exchange, Mt. Gox, Shuts Down
Got bitcoin? Actually, you might not anymore. Mt. Gox, the largest exchange of the digital currency, slammed its doors in the face of its users, after reports that 6% of the currency had been stolen. Their physical office in Tokyo was eerily empty on Tuesday, and on their site was this note: “In the event of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox’s operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users.” Well played, Mt. Gox. Well played.


Amanda Knox’s Ex-Lover, Once Supportive, Now Raises Questions
Be careful who you call an alibi. Raffaele Sollecito, ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, has been hitting the talk show circuit and raising questions about Amanda’s behavior after Meredith Kerchner’s death. Legal analysts say he’s trying to “distance himself” from Knox before their next Supreme Court appeal.

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