A member of a “bate-bola” or ball hitters group – men who dress up in exuberant, identical, hand-made costumes known as “fantasias” – makes a BRIEF appearance as part of a Carnival tradition despite restrictions due to the new coronavirus pandemic, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Rio’s city government officially suspended Carnival and warns it will have no tolerance for those who try to celebrate with open street parades or clandestine parties. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

A Month’s-End Associated Press (AP) Photographic Celebration Of: BRIEF

in Hmm Weekly
on February 28, 2021

Two or three days earlier than usual, it’s the last day of the month, which means that The Brick House’s monthly allotment of Associated Press photos, for which we pay good old-fashioned cash on the barrelhead, is about to expire. If we don’t use up our images, in the manner of vacation days in the new year of a crappy job, they don’t roll over to the next month, and that’s a waste of good Associated Press imagery. Hmm Weekly has been placed in charge of burning our unused subscription photos, and in honor of the shortest month, we invite you to please enjoy this gallery of images of people, places, and things BRIEF.

An anti-government demonstrator jumps on tires that were set on fire to block a main highway as he holds a national flag, during a protest in the town of Jal el-Dib, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Following a BRIEF lull, Lebanese protesters returned to the streets, blocking several roads around the capital, Beirut, and other areas of the country on Tuesday in renewed rallies against a ruling elite they say has failed to address the economy’s downward spiral. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
French urban climber, Alain Robert, left, scales the 144 meters (472 ft) of the Glories tower with the La Sagrada Familia Basilica designed by architect Antoni Gaudi in the background, left, in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Robert, known as Spiderman climbed up 144 meters of the Glories tower, previously known the Agbar tower in around 20 minutes. Spanish authorities BRIEFly detained him after the stunt. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)
In this Jan.16, 2011 file photo, a torn banner of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is seen in the center of Tunis. Ten years ago, an uprising in Tunisia opened the way for a wave of popular revolts against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. For a BRIEF window as leaders fell, it seemed the move toward greater democracy was irreversible. Instead, the region saw its most destructive decade of the modern era. Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq have been torn apart by wars, displacement and humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
Romanian orthodox nuns sing in the ossuary at the Pasarea monastery, outside Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, May 5, 2013, during the Easter Religious service. The ossuary, containing mostly remains of the nuns that lived at the monastery is BRIEFly opened on Easter night. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Former U.S. president Calvin Coolidge, appears in a straw hat and rubber boots, in a stream that chortles through a meadow near the Coolidge family homestead in Plymouth, Vt. on July 14, 1931. A number of the speckled denizens have left Plymouth streams for the frying pan since Coolidge returned for a BRIEF vacation. (AP Photo)
In this Dec. 12, 2005 file photo, a rat comes BRIEFly out of its hole at a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, before retreating at the arrival of the F train. The New York City Council is considering a proposal to create an emergency rat mitigation program for storm-impacted neighborhoods. But some experts aren’t so sure that Sandy’s supposed rat surge is for real. (AP Photo Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
In this Aug. 4, 2010, file photo, an American bald eagle casts casts a wary eye towards the camera at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe maintains that its members have deeper ties to the lands of the Wind River Indian Reservation than do members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The Shoshone filed a BRIEF in federal court recently arguing that the Arapaho shouldn’t be allowed to kill eagles for religious purposes on the central Wyoming reservation the two tribes share. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
A Yanima Indian chief greets New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt upon his arrival at Puyallup, Wash., Sept. 20, 1932. The chief will escort the Democratic presidential nominee to the fair grounds where he will give a BRIEF address. (AP Photo)
Dresden’s supporters set fireworks in the stadium during the German Soccer Cup match (DFB Pokal) between German champion Borussia Dortmund and second division club Dynamo Dresden in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Police say 15 people were arrested and several injured in clashes between officers and Dynamo Dresden supporters at the German Cup match at Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund won Tuesday’s match 2-0 and advanced to the third round. Dresden’s supporters clashed with police before, during and after the match. Two officers were among the injured. The match was BRIEFly interrupted several times when Dresden fans threw firecrackers and flares onto the field. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Myrtle Rose, 75, checks out her 1941 Piper J-3 Cub after a BRIEF flight from the airstrip at her home, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in South Barrington, Ill. The aviation enthusiast was out for a quick flight on Wednesday, Aug. 3 when she saw two F-16 fighter jets out her cockpit window after she strayed into restricted airspace during a visit to Chicago by President Barack Obama. Rose says she’s filed a report with the Federal Aviation Administration explaining she didn’t know she wasn’t supposed to fly in the area that day. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
The prototype space shuttle Enterprise flies over New York City Friday, June 10, 1983, on its return trip from Europe. The shuttle, mounted piggy-back atop a Boeing 747, extended its BRIEF overflight by 20 minutes at the request of New York City Mayor Edward Koch to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton gives the “thumbs up” to fans following a BRIEF performance during the grand opening of Bok Homa Casino, a new casino in Sandersville, Miss., owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Teenage AIDS victim Ryan White leaves the Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, April 10, 1986 with school Principal Ron Colby, after he attended classes BRIEFly. Ryan White has been kept from all but one day this school year of attending classes by a temporary injunction that was thrown out by a judge earlier in the day. Parents opposed to Ryan’s return pulled 27 pupils from the school. (AP Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocate Rachael Munkacsi, left, protests during Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Oregon fundraiser Monday, June 4, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Romney made a BRIEF stop in downtown Portland Monday for a fundraiser, but didn’t make any public appearances. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Sept. 11, 2001 file photo, the south side of the Pentagon burns after a plane crash in Washington. Newly released Pentagon documents show that Air Force officers debated BRIEFly about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated as medical waste and incinerated. (AP Photo/Tom Horan, File)
With their attorney Susan B. Jordan, foreground, three government witnesses who refused to testify in the Patricia Hearst case, talk with newsmen following BRIEF court appearance in San Francisco, Feb. 10, 1976. From left are Jamellea Mumtaz, Ronald Tate and Retimah X. (AP Photo/Sal Veder)
Hail is scattered between blades of grass after a BRIEF hail storm in Clarence, a suburb of Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, April 7, 2010. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
A Thai woman wades through floodwaters in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.The main river coursing through Thailand’s capital swelled to record highs Friday, BRIEFly flooding riverside buildings and an ornate royal complex at high tide amid fears that flood defenses could break and swamp the heart of the city. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
A Filipino girl is carried on the shoulders of her father as they walk beside colorful umbrellas during a BRIEF drizzle at Manila’s North Cemetery, Philippines during All Saints Day on Monday Nov. 1, 2010. Filipinos trooped to cemeteries today to offer prayers and flowers to their departed relatives and friends. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
On his way home from a Frederick County near Winchster, Va,. Little League baseball game where he plays short stop, Conor Babington, 11, of Frederick County, Va., stopped to admire a rainbow that crossed the sky after a BRIEF rain shower. (AP Photo/The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

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