Safe Harbor: “The 2024 presidential election will be decided by a few hundred thousand voters in a handful of swing states. I’m guessing almost none of them will be sitting down with a bucket of popcorn to watch tonight’s State of the Union. Don’t confuse what gets covers and what matters. That said, there will some real news coming out of the speech, including another example how just how frustrated the Biden administration is with the Israelis. Biden to announce US will build port on Gaza shore for large-scale aid delivery. “‘We are not waiting on the Israelis. This is a moment for American leadership,’ a senior US official said on Thursday, reflecting growing frustration of what is seen in Washington as Israeli obstruction of road deliveries on a substantial scale.'”

+ Smokeless Alarm: Asian American women are getting lung cancer despite never smoking. It’s baffling scientists and leading to more research.

+ Self Check-in: “Instead of TSA officers ushering passengers through the two-step process, travelers will scan their own bags and themselves. This will allow them to set their own pace and minimize their interactions with TSA employees.” WaPo (Gift Article): TSA unveils first self-screening security lane at Las Vegas airport.

+ Getting Warmer: “For the ninth straight month, Earth has obliterated global heat records — with February, the winter as a whole and the world’s oceans setting new high-temperature marks.”

+ Rust Just? “A jury in New Mexico has found Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer for the film Rust, guilty of involuntary manslaughter. During the criminal trial, prosecutors successfully argued that her negligence and recklessness led to the death of the film’s cinematographer.”

+ Nick of Time: “Nick Saban had walked into the team meeting room at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility and told his players he was retiring. After 17 seasons, 206 wins, nine SEC championships and six national titles at Alabama, one of the greatest coaching runs in American sports history was over. And Byrne was on the clock.” ESPN: How Alabama moved from Nick Saban to Kalen DeBoer in 49 hours.

+ Gut Busting: I enjoy obscure sports rules as much as the next person, but I have to admit, I’ve never heard of this one. “Iditarod officials on Wednesday imposed a two-hour time penalty on musher Dallas Seavey for not properly gutting the moose he killed during the race earlier this week.”