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Boxer 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler dies at 66. He was the undisputed middleweight champ from 1979 to 1987 and won 62 of his 67 matches.

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Rachel Maddow has beaten Ken Jennings for a spoken-word Grammy with her audiobook Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth. (The other nominees were Meryl Streep (w/cast), Ronan Farrow, and Flea.)

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Blue Ivy Carter, the 9-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, has won her first Grammy for Best Music Video for her collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl."

Amazingly, she is only the second-youngest Grammy winner ever (Leah Peasall won one in 2001 at age 8).

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Oscar nominations have arrived:

Chloé Zhao has become the first woman to receive four Oscar nominations in a single year, with nods for best picture (as producer), director, film editing, and adapted screenplay for her film Nomadland. Zhao is one of two women nominated for best director this year, another first for the Oscars. The other woman nominated in this category is Emerald Fennell, director of Promising Young Woman.

Minari star Steven Yeun is the first Asian American ever nominated for best actor.

Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed is the first person of Pakistani descent ever nominated for any acting Oscar.

Yuh-Jung Youn, a supporting actress nominee for Minari, is the first Korean person ever nominated for an acting Oscar.

Chadwick Boseman, best actor nominee for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, is the first actor of color to earn a posthumous Oscar nomination.

Judas and the Black Messiah is the first movie with an all-Black producing team—Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler—to be nominated for best picture.

Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami) became the fourth performer to earn acting and songwriting nominations for the same film after Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Lady Gaga (A Star is Born), and Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) did so previously.

Romania and Tunisia earned their first-ever Oscar nominations in the International Feature Film category, for Collective and The Man Who Sold His Skin, respectively.

Mank, the behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Citizen Kane, leads all films with ten nominations.

Netflix leads all studios with a total of thirty-five nominations.
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A couple of records were broken at this year's Grammy Awards:

• Beyoncé broke Alison Krauss's record for most Grammy wins by a woman, winning her 28th. Beyoncé ties Quincy Jones as the living person with the most Grammy trophies. Both trail the late classical conductor George Solti, who won a record 31 awards.

• J! favorite Taylor Swift became the first woman to win Album of the Year three times, winning this year for Folklore. Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon have also won the award three times.

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James Levine, the longtime conductor and music director of the Metropolitan Opera, has died at the age of 77.

From 1971 to 2017, Levine led more than 2,500 performances at the famed opera house. He also served as music director for the Boston Symphony and was the chief conductor for the Munich Philharmonic for five seasons. Levine won 10 Grammys over the course of his career and appeared on screen with Mickey Mouse in Disney's Fantasia 2000.

In 2017, Levine was suspended by the Met due after three former students and proteges accused him of sexually abusing them as teens. He was formally fired in 2018.

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New volcanic eruption in Iceland just 20 miles from Reykjavik (and even closer to the airport at Keflavik): https://www.vox.com/2021/3/20/22341888/ ... -reykjavik

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This Is Kirk! wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 10:48 pm
New volcanic eruption in Iceland just 20 miles from Reykjavik (and even closer to the airport at Keflavik): https://www.vox.com/2021/3/20/22341888/ ... -reykjavik
Yes, but it's a very well-behaved volcano.

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Munch had a graffiti signature on The Scream: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-56127530

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NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor has died of natural causes at age 86. He was a No.1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959 and an 11-time NBA All-Star. He played all 14 years of his career for the Minneapolis/LA Lakers. He also spent 22 years as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Oscar-nominated actor George Segal has died at the age of 87. Segal was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1967's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

He was a staple of 1970s films, starring in such movies as A Touch of Class, The Hot Rock, and Fun With Dick and Jane. He later was a regular on a number of sitcoms, most recently appearing as Albert “Pops” Solomon on The Goldbergs.

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Bobby Brown, former New York Yankee who was also a cardiologist, has died at 96. He also served as president of the American League when it was a real job.

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Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter has died at the age of 80. Walter won a 1974 Emmy for playing the title role in the crime drama series Amy Prentiss, a spinoff of Ironside. In 1971, she played the stalker to Clint Eastwood's deejay in the movie Play Misty for Me, Eastwood's first film as a director.

In recent years, Walter was best known for her ensemble work on shows with a cult following. She starred as the manipulative alcoholic Lucille Bluth in the comedy series Arrested Development. She voiced super spy Sterling Archer's mother and boss in the animated series Archer.

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Container ship "Ever Given" (part of the Evergreen Marine fleet) has now blocked the Suez Canal for two days after running aground during a sandstorm
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Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, has died at the age of 84.

A Pulitzer Prize winner for the novel Lonesome Dove, McMurtry also wrote the novels The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, which were both adapted into Oscar-winning feature films. He won an Academy Award for adapting Annie Proulx's short story Brokeback Mountain for film.

Lonesome Dove was adapted into a 1989 television miniseries that won seven Emmys and a Peabody Award.

McMurtry also owned an antiquarian bookstore called Booked Up in his hometown of Archer City, Texas.

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Children’s author Beverly Cleary has died at 104.

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The freighter ship Ever Given, which had been blocking traffic through the Suez Canal for nearly a week, has finally been dislodged.
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NFL will likely be switching to a 17 game schedule this fall.

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