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Situational awareness: "A massive fire and series of explosions rocked a South Philadelphia refinery complex, the largest on the East Coast, early Friday morning," NBC reports, adding that no injuries were reported.
This week on “Axios on HBO”: An interview with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, how memes may be influencing Andrew Yang’s 2020 bid, plus the inequities of marijuana legalization. Tune in Sunday at 6 pm ET/PT.
Onto music. At this moment 40 years ago, Anita Ward was atop Billboard's R&B charts (and would soon be #1 in the Hot 100) with this infectious classic...