Affirmative Action Ruling, Pharma Giants Deal & Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ Apology

1. WORLD 

Vice President Joe Biden, who was in Ukraine yesterday, promised support for the nation and stressed that the U.S. won’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “Ukraine is and must remain one country,” he said in Kiev yesterday. “You will not walk this road alone. We will walk it with you.’ CNN

 

2. NATION  

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said the state did not violate the U.S. Constitution when its voters banned affirmative action. NBC NEWS

 

3. BUSINESS  

Billion-dollar deals were announced yesterday by three pharmaceutical giants. Novartis agreed to buy cancer drugs from GlaxoSmithKline for about $16 billion and will sell most of its vaccines division to Glaxo for about $7.1 billion. Novartis will also sell its animal-health unit to Lilly for $5.4 billion. BLOOMBERG

Next time we take a Darvocet, we’ll look twice at the label to make sure it’s not heartworm medicine.

 

4. POLITICS  

Where’s the party? The Democratic National Committee has invited 15 cities to submit bids to host the party’s 2016 convention, where their candidate will be formally nominated. Cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. SEE FULL LIST

Hold it in Vegas. Whoever doesn’t get busted for solicitation is the nominee.

 

5. GO GREEN 

In honor of Earth Day yesterday Apple announced it will offer “free, responsible recycling” of all its used products. And if an iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. is in good enough condition for reuse, a customer can get an Apple gift card in exchange. COMPUTER WORLD

@Amber_Tozer: Does Earth have a Facebook page or should we just write Happy Earth Day on a piece of paper and throw it out the window

 

6. TECH 

AOL confirmed that its email accounts have been compromised – with hackers using AOL emails to send spam, malware or viruses. AOL is recommending that users change their passwords. PC MAG 

We were wondering why we were getting emails from old high school email addresses like Peaches16@aol.com, BMOC69@aol.com and ILoveDylanMckay@aol.com.

 

7. SPORTS 

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, 65, has been named NBA Coach Of The Year. Popovich led his team to the league’s best record and won the prestigious award for the third time in his career. NBA.COM

The 2014 NFL regular-season schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. ET in a two-hour special show on ESPN. ESPN.COM

How football crazy is America that there’s a TV special for next season’s NFL schedule release while this year’s NBA and NHL playoffs are still going on?

 

8. ENTERTAINMENT 

Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached to star in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs. Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire is in talks to direct. Scott Rudin is producing and Aaron Sorkin is writing the script. VARIETY

Were audiences so unhappy with Ashton Kutcher’s performance as Jobs that the movie already has to be remade?

 

9. TV TIME 

Speaking of Aaron Sorkin… the creator of The Newsroom has apologized to journalists, two years after “The Newsroom” debuted on HBO. Sorkin explained that he set the show in the past so it could be based on real events– not to teach journalists how to do their job. “I wasn’t trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson.” PAGE SIX

Sorkin immediately left to begin writing his next screenplay: ”The Apology.”

 

10. SPOTTED…

… Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Minnie Driver and Nia Long, baring it all for the May issue of Allure – the magazine’s annual issue featuring nude stars. Bell said, ”This is the first interview I’ve ever done where I’m not wearing panties. Lucky you.” SEE PICS

 

11. OTHER SHTUFF   

US News & World Report released its 2014 Best High School rankings. The best public high school in the nation is The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas. In New York, it’s the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. SEE LIST

We’ve always thought the best high school in America was Ridgemont High.

 

RETWEET

@juliussharpe: At what point does the dentist stop giving you toothbrushes? Dude, I’m forty. I have one.

 

And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014…

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