Justin Bieber charged…again. On Wednesday, Justin Bieber turned himself in to the Toronto police, admitting to assaulting a limo driver in late December. The incident occurred after a hockey game on December 29, when Bieber allegedly hit the driver during an altercation between the two. This incident came a week after police arrested Bieber for drunk driving in Miami, when he also tested positive for Xanax and marijuana.
Obama’s State of the Union. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. Obama introduced plans to boost the minimum wage and talked about creating a new savings account to help people prepare for retirement. He also touched on issues of immigration, energy, taxes, healthcare, education, jobs, and foreign policy. The President addressed foreign investors by noting that the U.S. economy surpassed China’s for the first time in more than a decade.
Fans mourn death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose on Sunday. Hoffman was found by a business associate in his bathroom with a hypodermic needle in his arm, according to New York City police. Hoffman’s leading performance in the 2005 film Capote earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He had admitted previously to undergoing treatment for substance abuse, but had remained sober for many years after.
Seahawks take the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks took on the Denver Broncos to win their first Super Bowl title. The Seahawks led 22-0 at half time. The Broncos came back to score a total of 8 points, but it was not enough to catch up to Seattle. The final score was 43-8.
Groundhogs. Good thing we live in Southern California because on Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog, emerged from his burrow only to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. The forecast came at a rough time for many who live in colder parts of the country, where conditions have been unpleasant. The annual tradition of Groundhog Day draws thousands of faithful followers to Pennsylvania for the occasion.