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NBC’s Katie Couric in Dutch hot water

You wouldn’t think suggesting the Dutch sometimes skate to work would raise hackles, but apparently — Oopsie! — the country's famous canals rarely freeze except in the bitterest winters. So NBC’s Katie Couric sounded a little dopey for suggesting the Netherlands has a leg up in Olympic skating because “it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winters. So, for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other.” Page Six quoted one indignant Hollander who said Couric’s remarks proved Americans were “less bright” than other nationalities. In an apology, the 61-year-old broadcaster told the Dutch she meant to “salute your historical passion for the sport, but it didn’t come out that way.”

Olympian shows support for Meek Mill

Support for Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill, 30, sentenced in November to up to four years in prison for violating probation, has now made it to PyeongChang. Slovenian Tit Stante is competing with #FreeMeekMill scrawled on his snowboard, reported Page Six. Support for Mill also cropped up at the Super Bowl, where the Eagles played his “Dreams and Nightmares” during the game intro. Mill’s case attracted attention because the district attorney argued for no jail time but was overruled by the judge.

‘Put it away – you’re a mum!’

“Good Morning Britain” host and conservative commentator Piers Morgan, 52, had sharp words for professional publicity seeker Kim Kardashian West and “Gone Girl” actress Emily Ratajkowski, both of whom recently bared almost all on social media, accusing them of “setting feminism back years.” London’s Daily Mail reported Morgan said of Kardashian West, 37, “Imagine being a mum and thinking, ‘Ooh I must show my breasts and flash my bottom on social media.’ So embarrassing — have some social decorum!”

Wayne State student makes good

Wayne State University computer-science student De’Jon White recently won a much-coveted $45,000 ROTC scholarship. The king-sized check was presented to White, a 2015 graduate of Detroit’s Cass Tech, by Brig. Gen. Kevin Vereen at a campus event sponsored by the U.S. Army and 100 Black Men of America.

Royal bachelorette party

Meghan Markle, the 36-year-old American TV star who’s wedding Prince Harry, said in Edinburgh on Tuesday she isn’t entirely sure what her friends have planned for her pre-nuptial bash, but that it’s all arranged. “We asked them what they were doing for their stag-and-hen do’s,” visiting Londoner Tom Martin, 30, told People. “Meghan said, ‘I’m not sure — it’s sorted, but it will be fun.’ ”

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Today’s Birthdays

Freddie Highmore, 26

Tiffany Thornton, 32

Kris Aquino, 47

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