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Things you need to know this morning: May 19

Start your day off right with things you need to know this morning. Notable birthdays and today’s forecast are at the bottom.

Things you need to know

1. Sweden drops rape investigation against Julian Assange

The seven-year rape investigation against the founder of Wikileaks is over. Swedish prosecutors have decided to drop the case and discontinue the investigation. Assange tweeted out a photo of him smiling with no caption after the decision was announced.

2. Kevin Pillar suspended two games for his comments towards Jason Motte

The sports world was abuzz over Kevin Pillar’s choice words for Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Jason Motte on Wednesday. After striking out on a quick pitch, Pillar allegedly said a homophobic slur towards Motte, which caused the benches to clear and social media to erupt. The Blue Jays suspended their centerfielder for two games over the incident.

3. Pemberton Music Festival ticket holders are struggling to get their money back

After Pemberton Music Festival was abruptly cancelled on Thursday afternoon, ticket holders started scrambling to get their money back. It hasn’t been an easy task, however, as the bankrupt festival has no way to refund tickets and banks have been flooded with calls from people trying to reverse the charge. An official statement from the music festival is expected on Friday.

4. Netflix is booed at Cannes Film Festival

The Netflix produced film Okja was booed at Cannes Film Festival on Friday morning. The booing was a result of a recent announcement that Netflix wouldn’t screen their films in French theatres. The booing continued, however, due to 10 minutes of technical difficulties, which the festival took responsibility and apologized for.

5. Ottawa tries to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals tonight

Canada’s team could be one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals when they wake up on Saturday. The Senators host the Penguins for game four in Ottawa on Friday night and have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The Sens will be adding Canada flag decals to their helmets tonight as well as they are the only Canadian team left.

Notable Birthdays (via Famous Birthdays)

Sam Smith (25), Chris Comsworth (25), Kevin Garnett (41), Andrea Pirlo (38), Peter Mayhew (73), Georges St. Perre (36), Pete Townsend (72)

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