Head into the weekend by catching up with everything you need to know.
1. White House Responds
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized Gov. Malloy today for his recent memo to local leaders saying they don't have to enforce the federal immigration order. Spicer hit the governor for undermining the rule of law.
2. Stadium For Sale?
Opening day at Dunkin' Donuts Park is a little over one month away, but one Hartford city councilman has suggested selling the stadium. Councilman Larry Deutsch said selling the stadium for the price of construction could help taxpayers recoup the $71 million expense.
Drug deaths reached 917 in 2016, a 25 percent jump from the previous year, the state's chief medical examiner said.
The chief state medical examiner released numbers on Connecticut's opioid crisis Thursday, and they revealed a sharp spike in the number of overdose deaths. Overall, 917 people died from overdoses, and officials saw a 155 percent increase in the number of overdoses involving fentanyl.
Newly unclassified video shows a U.S. coalition airstrike that reportedly destroyed an Islamic State headquarters near Mosul, Iraq on Jan. 9, 2017. (Department of Defense)
The months-long initiative to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State is making progress. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces moved into the city's airport and took control of the runways, striking a major blow.
5. Rihanna The Humanitarian
She's more than just one of pop's biggest stars. Rihanna was named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year on Thursday. The "Work" singer has an impressive phlanthropic resume including helping build a center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados.
On This Day
February 24, 1980 – The U.S. Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold.