Things you should know today: 2/21/19

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‘Empire’ actor staged attack to ‘promote his career’

A police official says “Empire” actor is now considered a suspect “for filing a false police report” and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in and was arrested Thursday for filing false police reports. Smollett, who stars on the TV show “Empire”, reportedly staged the attack in an attempt to promote his career.

Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, center, speaks during an event at the EU Charlemagne building in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Thousands of Belgian students skipped class Thursday to march for climate change awareness. Greta Thundberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student, led the march through Brussels.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the University of California at Davis, dressed horses in black-and-white Zebra type striped coats for part of their research, offering evidence that zebra stripes provide protection from blood-sucking insects that spread diseases. (University of Bristol and University of California at Davis via AP)

Scientists from Unversity of Bristol and the University of California at Davis dressed up horses in black-and-white coats to study why zebras have stripes. The scientists concluded the stripes help ward off flies and other disease-spreading insects.

Viral content of the day

A video of a two-year-old girl has gone viral after her mother filmed her eating a corn dog while dancing to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” in front of a fan. Since Baylor Mooney’s mom posted the video, multiple talk shows like “The Ellen Degeneres Show” have featured the video.

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