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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 18JAN21

The Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center has started providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Area Veterans will be contacted by the VA to schedule an appointment for their vaccination. At this time, there is no opportunity for Veterans to receive their vaccination without being scheduled. Veterans will be called, or other contact made, to schedule a vaccine. Scheduled appointments will be based on established vaccination priority groups, determined by the Veteran’s age and health conditions. Veterans can call the COVID Hotline at 989-321-4155 to receive more information regarding the Moderna vaccine.

The Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board will meet this week.  The Restoration Advisory Board will hold a virtual meeting from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center on the former base in Oscoda on Wednesday. According to the Iosco County News Herald, during the meeting, Air Force officials will present information on the status of the PFOS/PFOA Remedial Investigation and Interim Remedial Actions. Officials will also present information on the cleanup of Legacy Installation Restoration Program sites. The Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board meeting will be held Wednesday from 5-8pm via Go To Webinar.

An Oscoda County Township has a new transfer site operator.  The Comins Township transfer site, on Helmer Lake Road, is now being operated by Thomas and Sons Salvage. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Township Supervisor Rob Murphy said the change will allow the township to control the site without the daily financial accountability. Murphy said the Comins Township Board still retains the right to approve or deny any changes to pricing or hours of operation in the future. Murphy added that a rate increase will be in effect. He said the cost of getting rid of garbage has gone up for two decades while they have held the price steady.

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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 15JAN21

Mid Michigan Health has begun contacting eligible patients by phone to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. With the vaccine in high demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly. Paul Berg, president of the Mid Michigan Physicians Group said with proper plans in place, they were able to begin calling eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. Berg said he advises everyone to take the time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help in the fight against COVID-19. Those interested in the latest information on the vaccine distribution can visit MidMichigan.org/COVIDVaccine.

East Tawas officials continue the process of hiring a police chief.  The East Tawas City Council heard from City Manager Brent Barringer that 10 applications for Police Chief had been received. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Barringer said that five candidates had been interviewed by the council’s police services committee. Two finalists will be selected and interviewed by the full council at a special meeting to be scheduled. Barringer said that two panels have been established to review and evaluate background information on the candidates. The panels will then submit their recommendations to the full council in the near future.

Huron County officials passed their budget for 2021.  The Huron County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed its budget for fiscal year 2021. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the 2021 budget has minimal changes from the previous yearly budget. The new budget includes a two percent pay raise for county employees, which is the regular annual increase, for both union and non-union employees. The Huron County general fund balance is estimated at approximately $17.4 million dollars and was helped by an increase of 1.9% in property taxes in the county this past year.

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 14JAN21

A woman sleeping on her couch early Thursday morning is dead after a truck crashed into her home. Saginaw police found the pickup had crashed sideways into the single story house. Firefighters located a 65-year-old resident of the house dead under the truck. Four others inside the home weren't hurt. The 22-year-old driver of the truck left the scene but was later arrested. Charges are pending. Investigators can't say if alcohol or drugs played a part in the crash.

The Iosco Exploration Trail Committee recently received a progress report on the trail.  The Committee heard an update on Phases Three and Four of the Iosco Exploration Trail. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Phase Three is expected to include two extensions running from Oscoda High School to Foote Village and from Foote Village to Old Orchard Park. Phase Four is expected to run south of the AuSable Township Hall to a site yet to be determined. The Iosco Exploration Trail is a section of the state’s Iron Belle Trail which, when completed, will run from Iron River in the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit. The committee’s next meeting will be held via Zoom on January 28th at 2pm.

A program at Mio AuSable High School recently received grant money.  The grant is through the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the $2,000 dollar grant is for the Mio AuSable High School Industrial Arts Program. The program will put the grant funding toward the purchase of a Plasma Cam, which costs over $8,000 dollars. The Plasma Cam controls a plasma cutter numerically with a computer. Mio AuSable’s Industrial Arts Program has been in operation for over ten years preparing students to further their education in their chosen field or obtain a skilled labor job upon graduation. 

The Michigan High School Sports Association has announced the season schedule for five winter contact sports. Boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, hockey and wrestling can start non-contact practice starting Saturday and contact practice on February 1st. The timelines for postseason tournaments for the five winter sports has been pushed back to finish in late March or early April. The spring sports season is still on track to start on time, with first practices set for March 15th.

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 13JAN21

The Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport Authority recently received an update on a resurfacing project.   The Airport Authority heard an update on Phase One of the Taxiway “E” resurfacing project. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Airport Manager Gary Kellan told board members that the pavement resurfacing and some paint markings have been applied. Kellan said final paint markings and crack sealing have not yet been completed. The painting company cannot apply paint on new asphalt and must wait thirty days. Kellan said at that point it is too cold to apply paint or crack sealant, so that part of the taxiway project will be deferred until spring.

Huron County officials recently held their re-organizational meeting.  Huron County Commissioners held their re-organizational meeting last week. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, commissioners named Sammy Khoury as the County Chairman for the fourth consecutive year. Commissioner John Bodis was named Vice-Chairman for the second consecutive year. Commissioners also welcomed Joseph Murphy to the board. Murphy replaces Ron Wruble in the sixth district which covers Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Bloomfield, Gore, Huron and Rubicon Townships.

"Winter Blues Break" will be the theme of a vendor and and area restaurant soup cook-off to be held in AuGres on January 30th.  Jan Beaderstadt, bishop for the Worldwide Anglican Church based here in northern Michigan, who was instrumental in organizing the event, says that proceeds from the vendor booth rental and soup cook-off will benefit area restaurants who are participating in the cook-off and area churches, all of whom have been hit hard by low attendance numbers due to COVID-19.  Vendor space is limited and is $20 for a 10' x 8' space at the AuGres City Campground Pavilion.  Call Bishop Beaderstadt at 989-254-1279 to reserve your space.

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 12JAN21

A Barton City man was recently arrested on multiple felony charges.  Richard Raymond Coutts Junior, 42, of Barton City was arraigned in Alcona 81st District Court on nine felony charges. According to the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office, the charges include assault with a dangerous weapon; armed robbery; unlawful imprisonment and two counts of domestic violence. The charges stem from an investigation that alleges between December 25th and January 5th, Coutts held his live-in girlfriend at knifepoint, stole cash from her to buy drugs and physically assaulted her. She eventually was able to get away and contacted the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department. Along with a deputy from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post, an officer from the Michigan DNR and Oscoda Township Police, they were able to locate him and take him into custody. Coutts is currently lodged in the Alcona County Jail being held without bond.  Coutts has a previous record with MDOC.  (MDOC Photo: Coutts)

Oscoda County officials recently approved online reservations for the park campground.  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners approved a motion for an online reservation service. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the agreement is with R.A. Outdoors LLC for the county park campground. Board Chair Kyle Yoder said there is no set up fee or monthly maintenance fee with the plan from R.A. Outdoors. He said it shouldn’t end up costing the county much at all to operate the system. Oscoda County Park Manager, Holly Stoner, said previously every reservation was hand written and park transactions were also done largely by hand. Stoner said the new system will let her spend less time at her desk this summer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is providing residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities and in some cases set policies for natural resource management. Input can be given at the Forest Management Advisory Committee meeting being held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13th. The virtual meeting will be held from 1-4pm. For more information visit Michigan.gov/DNR.

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During the virus crises, the Red Cross needs more blood donations than ever.  Please schedule a blood donation appointment.  Give the gift of life.  Due to the health crises, donation restrictions on certain groups of individuals have been eased, please check the Red Cross website for more details.


 


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STATE NEWS for MON 18JAN21

Several events are being held in Grand Rapids to mark the Martin Luther King Junior holiday. The Urban League is hosting a virtual MLK breakfast while there is also a Grand Rapids community celebration , which is also virtual. With increased racial tensions in the past year, Gayle Harvey says King said freedom is never voluntarily given to the oppressed.

A 15-thousand dollar reward is being offered after ashes of a Navy veteran were stolen Saturday night along with a Jeep in Macomb County. Justin Bruce's father died earlier this month in Virginia and after the funeral, he drove his dad's Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk to his home in Fraser. Within 45 minutes of returning, Bruce says the Jeep was stolen from his driveway. Inside the SUV were all of his dad's belongings, photographs, medals, and his father's cremated remains.

One student was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation last evening when fire broke out at Ferris State University's West Campus apartments. The university is helping students with temporary housing. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is asking for the public's help for information on a house fire last night. They say the fire occurred at the rear of the home on the first floor and firefighters brought it under control within 25 minutes. The residents were not home at the time of the fire and the cause is not known.

A murder investigation is occurring in Macomb County  involving the owner of a popular Italian restaurant and his wife. Charges are expected this week against the owner of Villa Restaurant in Eastpointe. The Macomb Daily says 55-year-old Joseph Palleschi is the suspect in his wife's shooting death Saturday morning. Clinton Township police were called to the couple's home around 2:40 A-M, where officers found the wife shot dead. No motive has been released. The restaurant has been in business since 1956. A sign on the door says the restaurant will remain closed due to a "family tragedy."

A 38-year-old woman and her four year old daughter were injured after they went sledding and crashed into a tree in west Michigan's Port Sheldon Township, north of Holland. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says it happened Sunday morning and the mother was taken to the hospital, while the little girl was treated at the scene. The mother and daughter are from St. Clair and were visiting family in the Holland area.

Three break-ins at west Michigan businesses in Ottawa county over the weekend were probably related. WOOD TV reports that's the word from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office about break-ins at two Jude's Barbershops in Allendale and the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store. Anyone with information should call the sheriff's office or Silent Observer.

It's officially moving day for Royal Oak Police. The current police building is mostly packed up and today, the department begins switching over various systems to its new police headquarters on 11 Mile Rd. just east of I-75. During the transition, some police operations such as dispatch, prisoner holding and investigations will occur remotely at Madison Heights and Troy police departments. Residents should not notice any interruption in phone calls or 911 services. The lobby of the current police station will stay open until the new station is completely up and running.

An estimated one in five teenagers has symptoms of a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens. But the first person a teen confides in may not always be an adult.  They may prefer to talk to another teen. And three-quarters of parents in a new national poll think peers better understand teen challenges, compared to teachers or counselors in the school. The majority also agree that peer support leaders at school would encourage more teens to talk with someone about their mental health problems, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine.

Michigan is gearing up to launch online gaming and internet sports betting any day now. The Michigan Gaming Control Board expects to authorize the launch by Tuesday. Once authorized, the board says it will take about a week before online gaming platforms go live. Providers such as FanDuel and DraftKings are partnering with casinos on the effort. On-site sports betting has been offered in Michigan casinos since March.

Gas prices in Michigan are up 15 cents compared to a week ago. Michigan drivers are now paying an average of $2.32 per gallon for regular unleaded, which is the highest price since early March 2020. Triple A says drivers could see pump prices continue to climb in the coming weeks even though gas demand remains low. The most expensive gas prices are in Ann Arbor, Jackson and Grand Rapids, while the least expensive gas is in Traverse City, Flint and Marquette.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 15JAN21

A Michigan militia group is having second thoughts about protesting outside the State Capitol this weekend. Expected protests in Lansing on Sunday are rumored to include the "Proud Boys", and that's causing other groups to rethink their plans. A member of the Southeast Michigan Militia says they don't agree with the violence at the U-S Capitol. While the group continues to question the election and wants to make their voices heard, the team leader says this weekend might not be the best opportunity. The group, made up of about 217 militia members, gained attention last April when they carried guns into the state Capitol in protest of Governor Whitmer's stay at home order.

President-elect Joe Biden has introduced a 1-point-9 trillion dollar plan to help the nation recover from the Coronavirus pandemic. Now Governor Gretchen Whitmer is reacting by releasing a statement which reads in part: "Once again, President-elect Biden has proven that he will work around the clock to end the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back better. I’m proud to have a partner in the White House who will help us get things done for Michiganders."

The wife of a former Kalamazoo pastor is facing charges for allegedly paying teens for sex. WOOD TV reports Jazmonique (Jazz-mo-NEEQ) Strickland faces three counts of third degree criminal sexual counts, two counts of child sexual abusive activity and three counts of human trafficking a minor. Her husband, Reverend Strick Strickland was arraigned last fall on similar charges. Investigators say they used their positions in the church to persuade four boys into having sex with Mrs. Strickland then send the reverend nude photos between 2015 and 2018. (Photo: Strickland)

A K-9 deputy who recently retired from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office has died of COVID-19. The office says Mike Garrison was a top-notch employee who brought joy to the community as a K-9 deputy, and had a deep passion for his job. Garrison and K-9 partner Paco, a Dutch Shepherd, had been working together since 2012. Prior to Paco, Garrison handled another canine for eight-and-a-half years. He started his career with the department in 1993. (Photo: Garrison)

We could find out today who will be the new sheriff in Wayne County. Candidate interviews started yesterday and continue today to fill the position left vacant by the death of Benny Napoleon, who died last month from COVID-19. The appointment must be finalized by tomorrow. 14 candidates are up for the position.

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STATE NEWS for THU 14JAN21

Michigan health officials reported about 27-hundred more COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 139 deaths linked to the virus, 107 of those deaths were discovered during a check of death certificates. In all, 13,672 people in Michigan have died after contracting COVID-19. The 2,698 additional confirmed cases announced Thursday bring the state’s total to 531,004 since the virus was first detected in Michigan 10 months ago.

A DNR conservation officer is being hailed for rescuing a dog who fell off a 100-foot cliff along the Muskegon River. The lab mix named Cody went missing after the incident on Tuesday. Michigan DNR conservation officer Jeff Ginn was notified on Wednesday morning and launched his patrol vessel to search for Cody. About one hour later, Ginn located the dog, who was cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed. Cody’s owner said Thursday that the dog is a little sore but is expected to make a full recovery.

Grand Valley was ranked sixth nationally in its category for the number of students who studied abroad in 2018-2019. According to the Institute of International Education 752 GVSU students participated in a study abroad program. Leading the master's colleges and universities category was James Madison University, with 1,392 students. Grand Valley has been ranked in the top 10 for number of students studying abroad 10 times during the last 19 years of the institute's reporting.

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STATE NEWS for WED 13JAN21

A former doctor in Grand Rapids has been sentenced to federal prison after admitting he wrote illegal prescriptions for opioids. 63-year-old Richard Piazza has been sentenced to 71 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. Piazza pleaded guilty last Fall to three counts of unlawful distribution of prescription drug-controlled substances after writing illegal prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone. (Police Photo: Piazza)

Congressman Dan Kildee, of Flint, issued a statement following reports that former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other senior state officials will face new charges related to the Flint water crisis. He says what happened to the people of Flint is a terrible tragedy. He says Justice for Flint families comes in many forms, including holding state officials accountable for what they did to Flint. While he says he never prejudges the outcome of any criminal charges, he supports the Flint water crisis investigation following the facts, wherever they may lead. He says No one is above the law.

Michigan congressman Fred Upton has become the fourth Republican to back the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The House is set to vote as early as today on impeaching Trump for a second time, after he egged on a violent mob of supporters who marched to the Capitol and invaded it a week ago. Upton says he would have preferred that the House censure Trump, "but it is time to say: enough is enough." In a message put out on social media Tuesday night, Upton says Congress must hold Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. Upton joins Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, John Katko of New York and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois in supporting impeachment.  (Photo: Upton)

We could be closer to finding out when indoor dining will resume in Michigan bars and restaurants. The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association posted on its Facebook page that leadership spoke with the governor's office and expects she will have an announcement at a news conference later today. The organization says the reopening would likely take place beginning February 1st, giving owners time to work with supply chain and figure out staffing, though that has yet to be confirmed. The MLBA says it will likely include a limited capacity and a curfew.

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We're done playing games. That's what Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, of Dearborn, says about proposing one thousand dollar fines each day a member of congress does not wear a mask on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Dingell says quote, "Either have some common sense and wear a damn mask or pay a fine. It’s not that complicated.” Dingell says many lawmakers were held in a room during last week's attacks and several were not wearing masks. PRISON COVID About half of the inmates in one Michigan prison have tested positive for COVID-19. Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz tells M-Live that 774 inmates at the Saginaw Correctional Facility, west of Saginaw, have the Coronavirus and 118 staff members do as well. Currently, there are more than 63-hundred active cases in prisons statewide. 133 inmates have died , including three at the Saginaw Correctional Facility.

Police are looking for two gunmen who shot a delivery driver during a carjacking last night in Royal Oak. Police say the victim was delivering groceries when he was approach by two black men who demanded his keys, wallet and cell phone. The victim complied and was shot in the leg as he ran away. The suspects fled the scene in the victim's gray Toyota Camry. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police are still looking for the suspects, as well as the vehicle.

About 700-thousand more people are in need of food in Michigan because of this pandemic than there were before the pandemic. Dr. Phil Knight is the executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and served on the governor's food security council, says two million people need food help in Michigan. He says they've made 16 recommendations to the governor including: an agreement between the state and emergency food providers to ensure that food is available for those who are struggling.

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With many struggling for food during this pandemic, a Grand Haven Restaurant, Don Luis Mexican Bar and Grill, is offering some free meals for those in need. WOOD TV reports co owner Alejandro Fuentes says it's coming from the heart. They are offering free meals to those who need them since they have received a lot of support from the community.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 12JAN21

A Grand Rapids-area teacher, pregnant with her third child, was allegedly strangled by her husband. And now, Richard Guichelaar (Gitch-uh-Lar) appeared in Kentwood District Court to face a murder charge Monday. Bond was set at 2 million dollars. Police say 32-year-old Amber Guichelaar (Gitch-uh-Lar) was killed at her home on November 16th. She was a Kentwood teacher and the mother of two children. Investigators say her husband was only the person at home "physically capable" of causing the injuries.

The public has now weighed in to the response of the Department of Kalamazoo Public Safety over its response to protests this past summer. In late June, Black Lives Matter protesters were pepper sprayed and the National Guard was activated. Then in August some said Public Safety showed up late to a violent Proud Boys rally and made no arrests. Some residents called it a double standard and that the different responses has led to broken trust in the city's Black and Brown communities. A second virtual forum will be held January 25th and an independent review should be completed this Spring.

Dow Chemical Company in Midland is among the latest companies to say it will no longer donate to members of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election. This could affect Republican Representatives Tim Walberg, Jack Bergman and Lisa McClain who objected to electoral college votes in two states. Dow says in a news release that the suspension will last through the next election cycle.

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As Democrats work towards impeaching President Trump for a second time, a west Michigan Republican says he's considering supporting the move: Congressman Peter Meijer says he's strongly considering impeachment, but there's additional information he wants to have before making that decision.

One person has been killed in a crash in Cannon Township , northwest of Grand Rapids, last night. Police report a car hit a tree and one person was killed.

Wayne State University is seeking volunteers for phase three of a clinical trial for a new COVID-19 vaccine candidate manufactured by Novavax. At least 300 volunteers are needed, especially people 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions, and people of racial and ethnic groups. Two out of three people will receive injections of the vaccine, while the remaining one-third will receive a placebo. Participants will then be followed for 24 months post-vaccination to monitor their health and safety. Interested volunteers should contact the university for more information.

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As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to rollout, how do you feel when it comes to traveling this year? A new survey from The Vacationer finds that 72 percent of the population would only feel comfortable traveling again if they have received the vaccine, enough of the population is vaccinated, or herd immunity is achieved. The destination also has a lot to do with how comfortable people are. More than 56 percent of survey respondents say they do NOT trust the vaccine enough to travel to high risk COVID-19 areas. And 16 percent of people say they won't travel again until society returns to pre COVID-19 life.

This might be a good week to play the lottery. The megamillions jackpot tonight is up to 615 million dollars. Wednesday's powerball jackpot is 550 million. The Michigan Lottery's Jake Harris says the odds of winning the megamillion are one in 303 million and the powerball are one in 292 million, but he says people do win.

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Mid Michigan Health has begun contacting eligible patients by phone to schedule their COVID-19 vaccination. With the vaccine in high demand and the supply limited, early clinics filled quickly. Paul Berg, president of the Mid Michigan Physicians Group said with proper plans in place, they were able to begin calling eligible patients in an orderly fashion to schedule their vaccine. Berg said he advises everyone to take the time to learn more about the vaccine and how it will help in the fight against COVID-19. Those interested in the latest information on the vaccine distribution can visit MidMichigan.org/COVIDVaccine.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All national parks have free admission today
Financial markets closed

Presidential Inaugural Committee joins the National Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, encouraging Americans to volunteer in service to their communities ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The PIC partners with service leaders, community members, and local, state, and national organizations across the country to organize events that 'unite Americans around service in their communities', focusing on Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief, and addressing challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty, hunger, racial injustice, homelessness, mental health, and educational disparities

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Senate Armed Services Committee considers defense secretary nominee, Gen. (Ret.) Lloyd Austin III to be Secretary of Defense. President-elect Joe Biden nominated the former U.S. Central Command commander last month. He would be the first Black person in the role. Appointment requires a Congressional waiver of the National Security Act of 1947, however, due to the short length of time since Austin left active-duty military, and some Members of Congress have objected to this, as they did with President Donald Trump's ultimately successful appointment of Gen. (Ret.) James Mattis

Live-streamed nominations hearing considers Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security

Nominations hearing considers Janet Yellen to be Secretary of the Treasury

Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State

Senates convenes and begins a period of morning business

Presidential Inaugural Committee hosts memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to Coronavirus (COVID-19), with a ceremony featuring a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC - the first-ever lighting around the pool to memorialize U.S. lives lost - plus with cities and towns across the country invited to illuminate buildings and ring church bells to coincide with the ceremony as 'a national moment of unity and remembrance'

40th anniversary of U.S. and Iran signing an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for over 14 months

20th anniversary of Bill Clinton admitting to lying under oath about Monica Lewinsky scandal

The ageless Dolly Parton, a national treasure, celebrates her 75th birthday today

NBA games:
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Denver Nuggets
New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz

NHL games:
New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers
Buffalo Sabres @ Philadelphia Flyers
Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Chicago Blackhawks @ Florida Panthers
Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Detroit Red Wings
Carolina Hurricanes @ Nashville Predators
Colorado Avalanche @ Los Angeles Kings

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Inauguration Day

Inaugural ceremonies in Washington, DC, with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sworn into office by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, replacing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, with Trump becoming the first one-term president since George H.W. Bush. At 78, Biden becomes the oldest person sworn into office, while Harris is the first woman, Black person, and person of South Asian descent sworn in as vice president. Lady Gaga sings national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez performs. Ceremony followed by Inaugural Address from the president. Inauguration themed 'America United'. Other events include the new first and second couples participating in a Pass in Review with members of the military; the president receiving a Presidential Escort from 15th St to the White House; and a virtual televised parade. Trump has said he will not attend, becoming the first president to skip the ceremony since 1869, although Mike Pence is expected to.

New President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visit Arlington National Cemetery, following their swearing-in ceremony and the subsequent Pass in Review, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier alongside former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton. Represents one of President Biden's first acts as commander-in-chief

'Celebrating America' airs live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC - a primetime program to conclude the inauguration of new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, 'showcasing the American people's resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild'. Tom Hanks hosts, President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks, and performers include Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, and Justin Timberlake

'High School Musical' premiered on the Disney Channel 20 years ago today.

NBA games:
Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Hornets
Brooklyn Nets @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks @ Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons @ Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns @ Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings @ LA Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers

NHL games:
Edmonton Oilers @ Toronto Maple Leafs
San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues
Minnesota Wild @ Anaheim Ducks
Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks
Arizona Coyotes @ Vegas Golden Knights

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

1st anniversary of the CDC confirming the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., a 35-year-old man in Washington state who had recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan, China, and had subsequently suffered four days of cough and fever.

100th anniversary of the New York premiere of 'The Kid', Charlie Chaplin's full-length directorial debut. Chaplin wrote, directed and produced the silent comedy-drama as well as starring in it as his character The Tramp

40th anniversary of the Iranian government freeing 52 American hostages held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days. President Ronald Reagan negotiated their freedom in exchange for unfreezing Iranian assets

1st anniversary of the U.S. Senate beginning its impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress, following allegations President Trump withheld $391million in security aid to prod Ukraine's president into digging up dirt on political rival Joe Biden and son Hunter, as well as blocking testimony and documents sought by the U.S. House of Representatives impeachment investigators. Trump was acquitted in a 52-48 vote on abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress

NBA games:
LA Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks
New Orleans Pelicans @ Utah Jazz
New York Knicks @ Golden State Warriors

NHL games:
Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins
New Jersey Devils @ New York Islanders
Florida Panthers @ Carolina Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks
Colorado Avalanche @ Los Angeles Kings

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Friday, January 22, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review

United Nations invokes the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), aka Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty - the first legally-binding global agreement to comprehensively prohibit the armaments with an ultimate goal of total elimination. For countries party to it, the treaty bans development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, stationing, threat and use of nuclear weapons, along with assistance and encouragement of prohibited activities. 84 states have signed the Treaty and 50 have ratified or acceded to it, as of November 2020. It was adopted in July 2017 after a vote at the U.N. General Assembly. None of the five U.N. Security Council permanent members (all nuclear-armed) are party to the treaty. For any of the 'nuclear club' joining the treaty, it provides a time-bound framework for negotiations leading to irreversible elimination of the weapons

NBA games:
Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets @ Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers
Brooklyn Nets @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors
Washington Wizards @ Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks @ Minnesota Timberwolves
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