Contest time at the BEQ.com. You know the drill: solve the puzzle, figure out the meta. The answer to this particular meta is a current event. When you know the answer, email it to me. The deadline for the contest is end of the day Wednesday February 19th. One randomly selected winner will receive a one-year subscription to the AV Club crosswords. Get to it.
Oh, I should add this puzzle is on the easier side of medium. And if you're new to the whole meta thing, here's a good primer for how to solve them.
Good luck, everybody. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.