Candice Wiggins celebrates a win in 2011. The WNBA has historically been the most forward-thinking sports league in America when it comes to gay rights. The league has actively courted LGBTQ fans for several years (, if anything), has had several star players come out of the closet with little controversy, and generally been ahead of the NBA, its relatively socially progressive parent league, on every related issue.
Fans of “Today” may have noticed that Hoda Kotb has been absent for several broadcasts recently, and, on Tuesday morning, with all the other anchors gathered around one desk, she revealed the reason for her absence: She has adopted a baby girl. Apparently, up to this point, only Kathie Lee Gifford and Matt Lauer had been privy to this news, and the reaction from the rest of the group was genuine surprise and emotion.
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looked into Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia and his friendly view of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Oliver joked, “I’m saying it’s a bit weird that you’ve been objectively nicer to Vladimir Putin than you have to Meryl Streep, who I’m pretty sure is not an infamous autocrat. Oliver played a popular Russian pop song that features a female musical group singing about how they would love a strong man like Putin.
Two Ottawa Police Service constables have been temporarily demoted for discreditable conduct after pleading guilty to issuing fake traffic warnings. The officers recorded that they had issued drivers Provincial Offence warnings like failure to produce proof of vehicle ownership, but later those same drivers told police officials that they had shown the constables the documents. The two constables pleaded guilty in December 2016 to charges under the Police Services Act. This came after the Professional Standards Section conducted a quality assurance audit in November 2015 to verify if OPS members were properly warning drivers and using sound practices during traffic stops.
The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that authorities are searching for two new North Korean suspects, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo. "We hope that the Korean embassy will co-operate with us, allow us to interview them and interview them quickly," he said.
The Calgary Flames added defensive depth Monday, acquiring blue liner Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for a 2017 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2018 fifth-round pick. The condition kicks in if Stone is re-signed by the Flames. “One of the things we wanted to do is add depth at the blue-line, so we looked at what makes sense without selling the farm,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said according to the Calgary Sun.
Nimrat Gill's parents, Balraj and Amarinder, say they took their toddler to Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Feb. 6 after the girl showed signs of a fever. On Tuesday, the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed it will be looking into the case. It said such investigations are done any time there is an unexpected death.