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The #OpenCeremony Was Vibrant AF.

The 2018 Winter Olympics got off to an explosive start on Friday at 8 p.m. in South Korea (6 a.m. ET in the states), with a bright presentation of fireworks kicking off the long-awaited Games. Following was the Korean national anthem sang by The Rainbow Choir, flag-bearing parades, and much, much more. Check out what Twitter had to say about the event, then check out NPR’s full recap of the festivities here.

The Government Shut Down Again While We Were Sleeping.

But the five-hour shutdown was brought to an end Friday morning once the House of Representatives approved a huge budget deal. “The 240-to-186 House vote gaveled to a close just after 5:30 a.m., nearly four hours after the Senate cleared the legislation on a vote of 71 to 28, with wide bipartisan support,” The Washington Post reports. This is the second government shutdown to occur in the last three weeks.

India Upped Its Anti-Cheating Efforts in School, So Defiant Students Have Skipped Their Annual Exams All Together.

Pretty genius, if you ask us. Neena Srivastava, secretary of the Uttar Pradesh board of education, feels opposite, though, calling the exam skippers a “cheating mafia” of organized crime. (Lol).

“We are fighting against this evil,” she told The Washington Post. “We have to cleanse the state of this menace.”

This story is wild, y’all.

Hip-Hop Says Goodbye to Lovebug Starski.

Bronx’s Lovebug Starski, known as one of hip-hop’s pioneers, has reportedly passed away in Las Vegas. DJ Premier took to Twitter to honor the legend on Thursday night.

“We Lost One Of Our Greatest Pioneers Of Hip Hop,” Premier wrote. “‘LOVEBUG STARSKI’. He Is Also Known As One Of The People Who Came Up With The Name ‘HIP HOP’ Aside From Another Legend ‘Keith Cowboy’ Of ‘The Furious 5’… Salute To All The Pioneers and Condolences To His Family.#HipHop.”

CASSIUS sends condolences to Lovebug’s friends and loved ones.

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