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Start your week smart: Ukraine, Queen Elizabeth, Winter Storm, Covid protests, NFL

Do you ever get a “case of the Mondays” – that feeling of dread brought on by the thought of having to go to work after a carefree weekend? Take a little advice on career happiness from Walter Orthmann, a 100-year-old man who’s worked at the same company for 84 years.

The weekend that was

• Ten people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, yesterday by a suspect in tactical gear who was livestreaming the attack, law enforcement officials said during a news conference.

• Finland’s government announced earlier today it will apply to join NATO, ditching decades of wartime neutrality and ignoring Russian threats of possible retaliation as the Nordic country attempts to strengthen its security following the onset of the war in Ukraine.

• Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with a congressional delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kyiv yesterday and called for Russia to officially be recognized as a “terrorist state.” 

• Ukraine’s folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, surfing a wave of goodwill from European nations to clinch the country’s third win at the glitzy event.

• North Korea appears to have resumed construction at a long-dormant nuclear reactor in recent weeks that, if completed, would dramatically increase its capacity to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, according to new satellite images obtained by CNN and a source familiar with recent US intelligence reporting on the matter.

The week ahead


Monday is President’s Day, a federal holiday honoring all 46 presidents of the United States. The day is also known as “Washington’s Birthday,” after the nation’s first president, George Washington. Although Washington’s actual birthday is February 22, the holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February. 


AT&T is shutting down its 3G network on Tuesday. The move will impact people still using 3G Kindles, 3G flip phones, the iPhone 5 and older models, various Android phones and some wearable devices. It will also affect home alarm systems and medical devices such as fall detectors. Some in-car crash notification and roadside assistance systems like OnStar will also need to be updated or replaced. AT&T owns WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company.

Voters will head to the polls for primary elections in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania in what will be another test of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement power. Ahead of the midterm elections in the fall, Trump has so far backed winners in the Ohio Senate race and in a House primary in West Virginia, even while his candidate fell short in the Nebraska gubernatorial primary. Much of the focus will be on Pennsylvania, where GOP Senate candidate Kathy Barnette has emerged as a major threat to Trump-backed Mehmet Oz – the celebrity heart surgeon and former television personality. 

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was chased down and fatally shot two years ago on February 23, 2020. A jury found the three White men charged in the killing guilty on multiple murder counts in November. Last week, the focus of the ongoing federal hate crimes trial zeroed in on offensive language, racial epithets, and talk of racial violence used by the three men in text messages and social media posts. While last year’s state murder trial avoided discussion of race, the federal hate crimes trial is more clearly focusing on race as prosecutors must prove the men acted out of racial animus.



Saturday is the 10th anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was an African-American high school student who lived in Florida. He was killed by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was put on trial in 2013 and was found not guilty.

May 1 marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It’s also May Day.

Want more 5 Things?

This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we hear from a small-business owner having to adjust to high levels of inflation. Then, CNN Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans tells us how we should interpret the (chaotic) state of the US economy. Listen here

Photos of the week

Check out more moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

It’s a new year of TV! And some old favorites just keep getting better with age. “American Idol” and “The Bachelor” both hit the big 2-0 this year, as do several shows that have long since wrapped, but remain fan favorites in syndication and on streaming platforms. Oh, and there are some other big TV birthdays thrown in here to make you feel especially ancient. (“Cheers” is HOW old now?!)

The new season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” starring Rachel Brosnahan is “starting to look stale as it nears the exit,” Lowry also says, noting it “feels like too much of a reset.” The fourth season is now streaming on Amazon.

FX’s critically-acclaimed “Atlanta” is coming to an end. During a panel for the show, star and executive producer Donald Glover said he was at peace with the decision to end the show. “I think it ends perfectly,” he said. Season 3 of “Atlanta,” which takes place almost entirely in Europe, is set to premiere on FX on March 24. The fourth and final season has already been shot but no official premiere date has been announced.

What’s happening in sports

Winter Olympics

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics come to an end today! Catch up on the final events and the closing ceremonies here!


Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 100-yard freestyle in a meet record of 47.63 seconds yesterday at the Ivy League women’s swimming and diving championships. This marks her third title of the competition.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 73% of fellow quiz fans have gotten an 8 out of 10 or better this week. How well can you do?

Play me off

Listen, I had prod my brain for an inspirational song to get us all pumped for the new year. And for some reason, “Go the Distance” from Disney’s “Hercules” (performed by Michael Bolton, of course) is what slithered out. Crank the dial to the right and let it wash over you. You know you want to. (Click here to rock out)

Enjoy Lady Gaga’s beautiful piano cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during the opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games – a truly unifying moment. (Click here to view)