February 2015 was the coldest month ever for Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Ithaca and ties a 140-year old record in Chicago. It was also the snowiest February ever for Boston. CHICAGO TRIBUNE
February 2015 also set the record for the most people from the Northeast and Chicago asking their significant other, “Why don’t we live in Florida?”
2. RUSSIA OPPOSITION LEADER KILLED
Thousands of Russians took part in a March of Mourning to honor slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. An outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin who had come out strongly against the war in Ukraine, Nemstov was shot dead in Moscow, a few blocks from the Kremlin. NBC NEWS
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S. ahead of tomorrow’s controversial speech to Congress regarding Iran’s nuclear program. A group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials are warning that his speech will cause more harm than good. WASHINGTON POST
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky took the top spot in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll for favorite presidential pick. He was followed by Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. WASHINGTON POST
Chris Christie was so angry, he closed a bridge that isn’t even in New Jersey.
The S&P gained nearly 5.5% in February in its best showing since October 2011. The Nasdaq jumped 7% and the Dow rose 5.6%. Markets in Germany, the UK and Sweden also reached all-time highs in February and Japan’s stock market hit its highest level in years. CNN MONEY
Samsung has revealed two new flagship smartphones: The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are described as Samsung’s ”most ambitious design to date.” The screens curve on either side of the devices, making them “visually stunning and pleasant to hold.” TECH CRUNCH
Half of Americans see the phones as white and gold while the half sees them as black and blue.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talked to a Turkish reporter about the final play of the Super Bowl against the Patriots, when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson. ”To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” Lynch said. CBS SPORTS
Marshawn Lynch won’t speak to the American press but he opens up to the Turkish media? Who’da thunk?
Someone returned the Oscar dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o after realizing it was made of fake pearls. TMZ
Because no self-respecting thief would be caught dead in faux pearls.
…Alicia Keys, with newborn son Genesis, husband Swizz Beatz and their older son Egypt in a glamorous family portrait. SEE PICS
10. TV TIME
Saturday Night Live’s ISIS sketch sparked an online debate about whether the show went too far. In the sketch, 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson says a tearful goodbye to her dad before leaving to join ISIS. WATCH
Apparently even ISIS is less brutal than Christian Grey.
11. OTHER SHTUFF
The company behind the now-famous black/blue or white/gold dress says sales were up 347% by Friday. The dress debate was also a smash on social media: Buzzfeed says the dress post was one of its most-viewed ever. FORTUNE
Is it weird that we think it looks pink?
@Smethanie: My kids will never know the thrill of perfectly holding down the receiver button on a phone to quietly listen in on phone calls.
And that’s what you ‘Need 2 Know’ on Monday, March 2, 2015…