Things you should know today: 2/12/19


Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Trump is heading to El Paso, Texas, to try and turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Members of Congress and congressional negotiators have successfully reached a budget agreement thereby preventing a government shutdown. Republicans agreed to significantly less money for 55 miles of new barriers along the Mexico border.

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

In this Jan. 23, 2019, photo, Bahareh Hedyahe leads Persian story time at Irvine public library in Irvine, Calif. It’s been four decades since the Iranian revolution overthrew the ruling shah, prompting tens of thousands of Iranian exiles and refugees to make their lives in the United States. Years later, they have set down roots here and are finding ways to pass their love of Iranian culture to their American children and grandchildren. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Despite continued tension between the U.S. and Iran, Minoo Sharifan — who came to the U.S. in the 1970s — is working to help young immigrant children build a connection to their Iranian heritage. Sharifan is also working to create better understanding of Iran culture among U.S. natives.

NBA opening investigation of Simmons-Johnson meeting request

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after being fouled during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 117-110. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia 76er Ben Simmons caught the attention of NBA executives after meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson. Despite claiming the meeting was to discuss playing tips, the NBA is investigating to determine if league rules were broken. This is not the first time the league has been suspicious of the Lakers over tampering, last year they fined the team $50,000 when Johnson made a comment about Milwaukee player Giannis Antetokounmpo on ESPN.

Viral content of the day

BYU Cougarettes wowed fans at a basketball game Feb. 10. Cosmo also joined the nationally ranked dance team in a routine choreographed to a mash-up of popular hip-hop songs. A video of the Cougarettes dancing with Cosmo at a football game half-time show went viral in 2017.

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