March 4: Thousands wait hours to hear Sanders speak

Want to sound smarter to friends, professors and parents?  We harvested the cream of the crop of the past week’s news and handpicked what to keep an eye on next week.

UNL feels the Bern

Nearly 4,000 turn out to hear Vermont senator speak

Bernie line

The line for Bernie Sanders’s event stretched from 12th Street to 16th Street in Lincoln. (Gwyneth Roberts, Lincoln Journal Star)

Ahead of the March 5 Nebraska Democratic caucus, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke in Lincoln on Thursday to a capacity crowd. He addressed climate change, education and energy policy, attacking Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in the process. The speech began a few minutes late, as Sanders spoke outside to the people who were unable to fit inside the venue. (Lincoln Journal Star)


WHAT’S POPPIN’

THIS WEEK

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he stands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won his biggest endorsement in the campaign so far from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who rallied with Trump in Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 26, 2016. (LM Otero, AP)

Christie backs Trump, says he’s best bet to stop Clinton

Donald Trump received an endorsement from former rival Gov. Chris Christie, Trump’s biggest endorsement so far. (Bloomberg)

The announcement seemed to overshadow Marco Rubio’s strong performance in last week’s debate. (the guardian)

Trump, Clinton win big on Super Tuesday

As expected, both parties’ frontrunners did well. Though Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both won seven states, the day held some surprises. Ted Cruz won three states, Marco Rubio took Minnesota and Bernie Sanders walked away with four wins. (The New York Times)

Tech giants support Apple in FBI fight

Over the week, industry leaders like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft backed Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone for the FBI. These companies are also afraid of the precedent that compliance with the government could set. (USA TODAY)

Final two chancellor candidates host forums

Daniel Reed, vice president for research and economic development at the University of Iowa, held an open forum March 1 and emphasized the importance of UNL’s role in Nebraska’s university system. (UNL Today)

Ronnie Green, vice president for agriculture and natural resources at UNL, shared his appreciation for the transformative role of higher education in his life during his March 3 and 4 forums. (UNL Today)

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Best Director Alejandro González Iñárritu gives a thumbs up to Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio at the 88th Academy Awards. (Photo from ibtimes.co.uk)

Oscars: Leo finally wins for role in ‘The Revenant’

Leonardo Dicaprio won Best Actor for “The Revenant.” The film also won Alejandro González Iñárritu Best Director, who won last year with “Birdman.” “Spotlight,” a film about The Boston Globe’s role in uncovering sexual abuse by Catholic priests, won Best Picture. The big winner of the evening, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” took home six Oscars. (Seattle Times)

Justice Thomas asks a question — his first in 10 years

For the first time since 2006, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question during oral arguments for a case about a domestic violence law. Demonstrating his concern that the law violated Second Amendment rights, he asked nine questions during the case. (NPR)

NASA uses astronaut Scott Kelly in a twin study

After a year on the International Space Station, Scott Kelly returned to Earth two inches taller. NASA is studying Kelly and his earthbound twin brother to understand the effects of space on the human body. (USA TODAY)

Is the Syrian ceasefire in trouble?

Though unconfirmed, American and international authorities have received numerous complaints of ceasefire violations in Syria. Some say the complaints are unconfirmed because verification is difficult, but others say authorities don’t want to admit a permanent solution to the war is again out of reach. (Washington Post)

Why do we have a leap year?

Once every four years, February has an extra day. Every 100 years we skip leap year, and every 400 years we skip skipping a leap year. Find out why in a video by Vox.

Stephen Curry breaks his own record – again

For the third time since 2012, Steph Curry set the record for the most three point shots in a season, which he set during a Feb. 27 game in Oklahoma City. He won the game with a 30-foot shot in the last second of overtime. Check out the shot. (Deadspin)

New summer music festival planned for NYC

From the organizers of Coachella, Panorama is a music, art and technology festival held July 22 to 24 in Randall’s Island Park in New York City. Panorama’s inaugural headliners are Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem. Tickets are on sale now. (The Verge)


POPPIN’ UP

NEXT WEEK

See where the presidential field sits after contests in Nebraska, Michigan and other states this week (nj.com)

March Madness is nearly here: March 13 is Selection Sunday (ncaa.com)

Lil Wayne finishes tour with a performance at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday (Lincoln Journal Star)


 


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