South by Southwest (SXSW) — the combination movie-music-tech event that draws hordes of people to Austin, Texas — kicked off last Friday with the start of its film festival and interactive technology conference. The music festival begins Tuesday.
The endless winter has ‘frozen’ over Niagara Falls in record-breaking sub-zero temperatures. Every evening beginning at dusk, the Falls are lit with rainbow-colored lights. Take a look at the colorful winter wonderland captured by Reuters photographer Mark Blinch.
Revelers parade through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans despite rain to celebrate the last night of gluttonous celebration before the ritual fasting begins on the Christian holiday Ash Wednesday.
The Venetian Carnival in Venice, Italy opened Feb. 15 with a “Zombie Walk” starting from the Zattere to the Persheria.
Area gearheads can pore over hundreds of cars of every size, shape and sticker price at the annual showcase this weekend. Runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$12, with kids 6 and under admitted free today and Saturday, and kids 12 and under admitted free Sunday. Information: motortrendautoshows.com/baltimore.
Chinese welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Horse with toned down celebrations on Thursday, as people heeded government pleas to set off fewer of the fireworks believed to bring good fortune, because of concern about air pollution.
Chinese New Year, which begins on Friday, is normally marked by riotous displays of fireworks and countless firecrackers, which are thought to bring good luck and scare off evil spirits.
The Super Plunge event Friday kicks off the Polar Bear Plunge weekend, and includes plunges for law enforcement and corporate participants, all of whom dash from the shore and into the water. Some entered and immediately retreated; others remained in for a somewhat extended dip. On Friday, 41 “Super Plungers” including Special Olympian Joe Wu, of Rockville, plunge into the ice cold Cheaspeake Bay water every hour for 24 hours.
Jan. 23 Daily Brief: Justin Bieber gets arrested, 3 dead, 30 missing after senior home fire in Quebec, World Economic Forum in Davos
Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami, Fla. early Thursday on a drunk driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a yellow Lamborghini sports car, according to police, and more in today’s daily brief.