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Fast Forward: #ADayWithoutTrump, a space for robots, and a pitch for four-day weekends

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What about four-day weekends?

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Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.

What’s it like outside? Windy and chilly today, but the weekend rocks. And not just because Monday is a holiday.

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Commuter alert: On the Blue Line, shuttle buses will be used between Bowdoin and Airport stations Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, which is Presidents’ Day, trains etc. will be on a Saturday schedule. In other words, you should walk.

While you were sleeping: Former Patriots cornerback -- and current Jets player -- Darrelle Revis and another guy apparently beat up and knocked out two men who were videotaping Revis on a cell phone in Pittsburgh. The result is that police have charged Revis with four first-class felonies -- assault and robbery charges -- and with making terrorist threats, which is a misdemeanor ... An ISIS suicide bomber killed at least 75 people inside a famous Pakistan shrine when he detonated his explosives in the middle of dozens of worshipers. ISIS later announced the attack was aimed at Shiite Muslims.

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Hey, sport: Oh, soooo close. The Celtics dropped their last game before the All-Star break by one point, 104-103, to the Bulls in Chicago. They’re now off until Feb. 24. Isaiah Thomas is the Celts’ representative on the Eastern Conference All-Star team; the game is at 8 p.m. Sunday on TNT.

The Bruins are back in action Sunday after a weeklong break, playing the Sharks in San Jose (8:30 p.m. on NBCSN).

The Red Sox hold their first full-squad workout in Fort Myers. The big news in camp is that when Pablo Sandoval looks down, he can see his feet for the first time in years. I wonder if he recognizes them.

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After the president’s astonishing press conference yesterday, I’m declaring this my personal #ADayWithoutTrump. Thank God it’s a long weekend.

If you’re an entrepreneur starting up a robotics company, power your joints to the city’s Seaport Innovation District where MassRobotics is leasing 15,000 square feet -- with another 25,000 in the works -- in the Robotics Innovation Center specifically to house startups. There’s an 11:15 a.m. ribbon-cutting at the site, a space replete with labs, equipment, workbenches, prototyping areas, a machine shop, conference rooms, and best of all, a stocked kitchen. I hope there’s a byte for the robots.

US Senator Jeff Flake is in town at 10:30 a.m. Monday to talk public policy with other fiscal conservatives at Orinoco restaurant in the South End as the guest of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. Let’s see how much he spends on their delicious empanadas.

CNN is in a battle of wits with Venezuela after the government shut down CNN’s feed of its Spanish-language TV channel when the cable news network aired a report alleging that Venezuela’s embassy in Iraq is selling fake passports to potential terrorists. So CNN offered headlines on its website and a free livestream of its broadcast on YouTube. Now Venezuela is trying to block those sites. CNN should next try packing printouts of their news reports in illegal drug shipments. The Venezuelan government never stops those.

Images of children harmed by the civil war in Syria -- residents and refugees -- have haunted us all (Note: these are disturbing images), from the body of little Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach to dirt-covered Omran Daqneesh sitting in an ambulance in Aleppo after an airstrike. Now there’s another: A video of a boy on the ground in northwest Syria crying out for his father: “Baba, carry me, baba!” because his legs have been blown off below the knees by barrel bombs.

NASA is sending some of the bacteria MRSA into space tomorrow, not to infect aliens who may attack us, but to figure out why the form of staph is so resistant to antibiotics. STAT reports that scientists believe the bacteria will mutate differently in space, helping them to predict how it may change on Earth.

Whatcha gonna do: There are comedy shows, movie openings, concerts, plays, and even some good TV (a “Good Wife” spinoff called “The Good Fight”) on tap this weekend. The Weekender has a panoply of choices.

NOTE: One of the haikus that was submitted by a reader last week to celebrate -- or lament -- the snow was actually written by someone else: Poet Jan Allison. Here’s the poem on the Poetry Soup website.

I’ll make sure to emphasize from now on that I’m looking for haikus you have written, not haikus that you have admired!

Finally, Presidents’ Day is Monday, a holiday that was created not so much to celebrate our chief executives as it was to give the country’s workers a three-day weekend, part of a movement to create more predictable long weekends (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day) on the theory that it would reduce absenteeism. So doesn’t it follow that four-day weekends would result in even more productiveness?

FILE - This April 22, 2008 file photo shows the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. State tourism officials are banking on the 75th anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore and the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, along with stable gas prices, to drive vacationers to the state during the 2016 tourism season. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

Thanks for reading. Have a great three-day weekend. If you want to play hooky Tuesday, call me. Send questions, comments, or news tips to teresa.hanafin@globe.com , or follow me on Twitter @BostonTeresa.

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