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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14DEC18

A case of Pertussis has been reported in Oscoda County.  Residents of Oscoda County are being cautioned by District Health Department Number Two to be particularly vigilant this season about ensuring vaccinations are up to date. According to the Oscoda County Herald there has been a case of Pertussis recently contracted in the county. Health Department Medical Director Mark Hamed said it is important for everyone to be vaccinated for this sickness. Hamed said this is the first recorded case of the sickness to be contracted within the fall or winter season. Earlier this year there were two cases contracted during the summer. According to the health department, Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract that can easily be spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. District Health Department Number Two encourages anyone who is not vaccinated against Pertussis to seek the vaccination. To make an appointment, call 1-800-504-2650 or attend walk-ins when a nurse is available.

Oscoda Township Officials approved their new budget.  Following a public hearing, the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees voted 7-0 to adopt the 2019 budget. According to the Oscoda Press the new budget anticipates total spending of more than $11 million in the coming year. The budget shows projected 2019 revenues at approximately $10.1 million dollars for all funds combined and expenditures amounting to just over $11 million dollars. There are several funds included within the budget, and it is the township general fund which accounts for the majority of public services provided to the community. The 2019 projected revenues for the general fund are approximately $2.9 million dollars, with appropriations expected to total just over $3.2 million dollars. The greatest source of revenue is property taxes followed by state shared revenue.

The North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council is accepting grant applications for the 2019 grant cycle. All nonprofit agencies with a 501-C-3 IRS designation including schools, churches and government agencies in Ogemaw, Oscoda and Crawford counties are invited to apply for projects and programs benefiting area youth ages 18 and under. Applicants may request up to $2,500 dollars for projects serving Ogemaw County and $1,000 dollars for projects serving Oscoda and Crawford Counties. Applications are available at NCMCF Dot Org and the application deadline is Saturday, December 15th. For more information call the Community Foundation Office at 877-354-6881. 

Local Sports

The Oscoda Boys Basketball team traveled to Mio AuSable, and won 35-33.  Leading the way for the Owls were Brayden Mallak with 14, Gabe Kellstrom with 10, Jacob Post with 5, Owen Franklin with 4 and Colin Lueck with 2.  The Owls improve to 6-0 on the season, and 4-0 in the conference.  Oscoda will host Tawas on Tuesday. 

Posen 62  Fairview 30 Leading the way for Fairview Aaron Eaves and Jesse Yoder with 10 points each. Jared Sharpe had 21 for Posen 

Elsewhere:
Hale 55  Hillman 50 OT
Roscommon 66  Gladwin 22
Sanford Meridian Early College 78  Houghton Lake 45
Peck 57  Kinde North Huron 40
Kingston 65  Mayville 42
Bay City All Saints 69  Akron Fairgrove 42
Dryden 44  Deckerville 27
Alpena 61  Gaylord 54
East Jordan 63  Cheboygan 47

Girls Basketball:
Harbor Beach 36  Marlette 23
Onaway 40  Central Lake 26
East Jordan 50  Cheboygan 38
 

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 13DEC18

Officials in a Huron County Township recently discussed recreational marijuana.  Officials in Caseville Township have begun a discussion on recreational marijuana. According to the Huron daily Tribune, last year township officials opted out of granting licenses to any type of medical marijuana facility in the township. After Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, Township Supervisor Ben Willenberg said the Township will take a cautious approach and is looking at sample opt out ordinance wording for municipalities. Although a majority of Huron County voters turned down the recreational marijuana proposal, voters in the city of Caseville approved the proposal

The Iosco County Jail was recently inspected by the Michigan Department of Corrections.  After the inspection, the Jail was deemed 100 percent compliant with Michigan Department of Corrections requirements. According to the Iosco County News Herald, this is the second consecutive year the Jail has been given a 100 percent compliance rating. In October two inspectors completed a very detailed inspection of the Iosco County Jail including food and medical services. Sheriff Allen MacGregor said an exit conference was conducted by the two agents with Jail Administrator Captain Scott Frank and himself and was informed that the Jail was once again 100 percent compliant with all M.D.O.C. requirements.

Instead of writing tickets for minor violations, Roscommon County Sheriff's deputies and Gerrish Township Police officers were handing out turkeys and gift cards from local businesses. According to Up North Live, at least six patrol cars were out on the holiday mission around the Village of Roscommon and Higgins Lake Area on Wednesday. Officers were targeting minor violations including tinted windows, slightly speeding and broken headlights or tail lights. All the traffic stops started out the same with the officer asking for the driver's license and registration. Once the driver's information was cleared, the officer would call for back up, which in this case was Undersheriff Ben Lowe with a patrol car full of frozen birds and gift cards. Although officers were letting drivers off the hook, they were still able to do their duty of keeping the roads safe. This is the fourth year the Roscommon County Sheriff's Office put on the "Turkeys Instead of Tickets" operation.

Local Sports 

Boys Basketball:
Ogemaw Heights 54  Grayling 48
Pellston 67  Johannesburg Lewiston 62
Reese 84  Harbor Beach 57
Sandusky 57  Bad Axe 39
Caro 47  Ubly 33
Fife Lake Forest Area 76  Onaway 65

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 12DEC18

AuGres City officials have approved plans for the pavilion at Harbor Park.  The AuGres City Council approved the design and construction of the farmer's market pavilion. According to the Arenac County Independent, the pavilion is part of the Harbor Park renovation project. The structure will be an open air, forty by sixty foot pavilion with a steel roof. City Manager Dale Wiltse said he hopes to have the pavilion completed by Memorial Day next year. Cost for the pavilion is estimated at $150,000 dollars with $95,000 coming from a grant the city received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The remaining $55,000 dollars will come from the city and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Oscoda County has a new Housing Director.  Jim Slasinski, a longtime Mio resident, was unanimously chosen as the county's new Housing Director. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Slasinski previously worked as the Housing Director in 1995 and replaces Cy Wakely who retired from the position last August. Slasinski will work with two boards, the housing board for home owners and the Economic Development Board for businesses. As Housing Director, Slasinski will help Oscoda County residents seek funding for renovations to their homes as well as help county residents looking to start a business.    

Eighteen projects across the Lower Peninsula will improve and grow quality affordable housing options for low to moderate income Michiganders. In the latest round of federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits awards, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority will allocate just over $15 million dollars to fund major renovation and construction projects to build or rehabilitate 977 apartment units. Among those receiving funding is Maple Grove Apartments in Prudenville which will receive $152,539 dollars. Low Income Housing Tax Credits are administered by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority through a competitive application process.

Local Sports 

Girls Basketball:
Oscoda played at home against AuGres and won 92-37. Oscoda’s top scorers: Lauren Langley 19; Macy Kellstrom 17; Katelyn Etherton and Brooke Nowiski 16 each and Mercedez Arocha 10. Oscoda JV won against Charlton Heston Academy 42-22. Oscoda top scorers: Olivia Toppi 14 and Andrea Bickel 10.

Alcona 49  Posen 37. Liz Henderson and Hailee Gordy had 18 points each for Alcona.

Tawas 35  Bay City All Saints 25
Rogers City 43  Hale 29
Gaylord 68  Ogemaw Heights 38
Standish Sterling 50  Eseexville Garber 49
Cheboygan 41  Alpena 40
Bay City John Glenn 45  Gladwin 33
Saginaw Valley Lutheran 55  Pinconning 16
Grayling 51  Roscommon 46
East Jordan 44  Johannesburg Lewiston 24
Reese 70  Harbor Beach 31
Carsonville Port Sanilac 32  Kinde North Huron 26
Deckerville 60  Akron Fairgrove 20
Caro 40  Ubly 34
Croswell Lexington 37  Laker 34
Sandusky 58  Bad Axe 30

Boys Basketball:
Mio AuSable 72  Atlanta 28
Saginaw Valley Lutheran 67  Pinconning 46
Alpena 80  Cheboygan 45
Grayling 58  Roscommon 36
Cass City 53  Deckerville 51

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 11DEC18

Residents of the city of West Branch will see changes to their water bills.  The West Branch City Council approved a plan to change the way residents are billed for water and sewer rates. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, City Manager Heather Grace said it was important to revamp the city's billing methods and rates because of much needed maintenance and upgrades to its water and sewer infrastructure. The water rate plan adopted by the council will most completely fund the city's capital improvement plan. Also under the new plan, the city will no longer bill customers on a quarterly basis. Instead, customers will be billed monthly. The new rates will go into effect on January 1st and West Branch residents can contact City Hall for an estimate on what their new bill would be.

The Harbor Beach Marina will see some major upgrades.  The Marina project was brought up at the recent Harbor Beach Council Meeting. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, City Supervisor, Ron Wruble, told the board several docks are in the process of being removed and new ones should be in place by late April or early May. The city is waiting for bids before choosing a supplier and the project is being funded by a grant through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Renovations to the Marina will include replacement of concrete walkways, approaches and asphalt. The shower rooms and bathrooms will be renovated as well as the Marina office. The city was awarded five DNR matching grants to complete the work on the Harbor Beach Marina this year.

Eighty-one land parcels in Michigan will be available for sale by sealed bid auction beginning today. The auction is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources overall strategy to efficiently manage public lands while maximizing outdoor recreation opportunities. Land parcels are located in central and northern lower Michigan and include Alpena, Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties. Information on the auction, including minimum bid price and property descriptions can be found at Michigan Dot Gov Slash Land For Sale. Sealed bids must be postmarked by midnight January 9th and will be opened on January 23rd. Proceeds will help the DNR provide future outdoor recreation opportunities. Learn more on our DNR News page.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 10DEC18

The United States Gypsum Foundation recently made a donation to Iosco County Coats For Kids.  The $5,000 dollar donation from the United States Gypsum Foundation was made at the Alabaster Plant. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Plant Manager Matt Craig said the outstanding work Coats for Kids does in the area made them a perfect candidate for the Foundation's annual community grant. The USG Foundation supports a wide range of organizations which promote social, health and educational services. The 2017 grant recipient was the Iosco County Historical Museum. In January the foundation will begin accepting applications for the annual grant

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe announced the recipients of their semiannual two percent distribution.  The tribe will give away $827,592 dollars to organizations in Arenac and Northern Bay Counties. According to the Arenac County Independent, nearly $600,000 dollars went to government agencies and nearly $250,000 dollars to educational agencies. Among those receiving funds is Arenac County, The Cities of Standish, AuGres and Omer, the Village of Twining along with Deep River and Turner Townships. Also receiving funding are Standish Sterling Central, AuGres-Sims and Pinconning Area schools. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe appropriates two percent of it's class three gaming revenue twice a year in lieu of paying property taxes.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 14DEC18


There was a fire at a University of Michigan sorority house.  Fire officials say the flames broke out around 9 last night at the Chi (KI) Omega sorority house . Crews were able to quickly put out the fire and no one was injured. All residents have been allowed to return the building. The cause remains under investigation but officials say it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

The FBI is looking for the culprit after buildings were evacuated in downtown Detroit yesterday and in cities across the state and the country. Officials believe the motive may have been extortion, although it's not clear if any money was demanded.

Teachers in the Glen Lake Community Schools in northern Michigan have a new contract. The new three year contract reportedly includes a one percent pay hike and some bonuses. Negotiations went on for eleven months.


The Otsego woman who was hit by her own suv at an Indiana tollbooth has died, according to co-workers. They say Lucy Ortiz, died from her injuries. She had dropped her debit card at a tollbooth on I-90 in Indiana last Saturday night. When she got out of her suv, the vehicle moved forward, pinning her. An Indiana trooper and bystanders helped move the suv and start CPR and she was airlifted to a Chicago hospital.

After a recount, the winners have been declared in the race for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees. The winners are Kathy Crosby and Sheryl Siegel. Kent County found out last month that a data entry error had caused the wrong winner to be certified, which led to the recount.

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STATE NEWS for THU 13DEC18

Michigan State Police are investigating after someone found human remains in the woods in southwest Michigan's Van Buren County Wednesday. The remains were found along Crandall Parkway off County Road 365, which is north of I-94. State Police say the skeletal remains appear to have been there for quite a while.

A family in mid Michigan has been left homeless after their home was destroyed by fire last night. The Harrison Fire Department says no one was home at the time of the fire, but the family lost a lot of personal belongings. 9 and 10 News reports the family of three is temporarily staying with another family and does have insurance. No word on a cause of the fire.

Federal prosecutors are seeking nearly 11 years in prison for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman while they sat next to each other on a flight to Detroit. The man is returning to Detroit federal court later today. He's been in the U-S on a work visa and eventually will be deported to India because of the conviction. He was accused of molesting a woman with his hands while she slept on an overnight Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight last January. He was in a middle seat while his wife was sitting next to the aisle.

Ever fall for one of those free trial offers? It turns out a lot of people to do to the tune of one Billion dollars over the past ten years. The Better Business Bureau in western Michigan released a study that says the average victim loses about 186-dollars to the scam. BBB spokesman for western Michigan, Troy Baker, says the trial offer is much shorter than you expect and if you don't immediately cancel it, you're stuck with a subscription. He says they send you more product, bill your credit card for hundreds of dollars when you thought it would only be a few dollars. In the past three years, the BBB has taken almost 40-thousand complaints about free trials.

Former Iron River Police Chief Laura Frizzo testified in her lawsuit against the city over her termination. W-L-U-C reports Frizzo testified her firing affected her ability to find a new job. She also says her mental health was affected , causing her to start seeing a counselor. She claims in the suit that she was fired because of gender discrimination, but the defense claims it was because she was a problematic employee.

An elderly man was killed in a crash in southwest Michigan's Berrien County Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office says Jack Phillippi, of Galien, was killed when his suv hit a a tree in Wee Saw Township. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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STATE NEWS for WED 12DEC18

Another Michigan community is dealing with PFAS . Grayling in northern Michigan has tested for the likely carcinogen. 9 and 10 News reports the state DEQ identified the Grayling Army Airfield as having PFAS contamination. Some 445 area homes had no detectable PFAS in the water, while 17 homes tested positive for dangerous levels of PFAS and 215 had PFAS within 70 parts per trillion which is deemed safe by the E-PA. The DEQ will continue testing in Grayling and work on a restoration strategy.

There are allegations of sexual abuse in fundamental Baptist churches nationwide and they include cases in northern Michigan. The Star-Telegram reports more than 400 allegations against church officials across the country. A former Christian school teacher in Otsego County , Aaron Willand, was sentenced to prison for raping one of his former students, but has since been released. More northern Michigan residents have said they were abused by Baptist church officials.

Police are looking for the driver of a semi truck that hit and killed a pedestrian as she crossed M-57 at M-91. The Greenville Public Safety Department says the semi was headed west on M-57 Washington and turning north onto M-91 when it hit a woman as she crossed the street. The semi drove off.

Just a week after a cease and desist order -- a Canton cemetery in Metro Detroit now banned from new burials. This after the remains of more than 300 infants and fetuses were improperly stored at Knollwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton -- according to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Some of those remains date back to 2009. Knollwood's license has been suspended -- and they can no longer hold any new cemetery and crematory services. Most of the more than 300 remains appeared to be stored on behalf of Perry Funeral Home, which is under investigation.

The former police chief of Iron River in the U-P claims she was wrongfully terminated in 2016 because she's a woman. W-L-U-C reports a jury trial is underway in the case of former chief Laura Frizzo. She's seeking 25-thousand dollars in damages. The defense claims Frizzo was fired by City Manager David Thayer because she was a problematic employee.

The Salvation Army in Marquette County is running behind their campaign goal. It's reportedly about ten percent behind. They believe the cause could be the loss of some days for bell ringers because of a few snow days. The Salvation Army is asking people to donate and for volunteers to ring bells at Red Kettle locations.

Proponents for a new tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac have scored another victory. Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law creating a three person authority that will oversee a tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. He says it's the safe way to handle Line 5, but it's expected to be headed for the courts.

A house bill to make gathering ballot petitions harder has passed the House Elections and Ethics Committee along party lines. That's despite opposition from many people who testified, including a lawyer who called the bill unconstitutional.

The house Elections and Ethics Committee, has reported a bill to the full House to allow "selfies" at the voting booth. Under the bill, voters would be allowed to take a picture of themselves with their completed ballot. Michigan's prohibition on photographing ballots has been challenged in court, where the case has since languished.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 11DEC18

A northern Michigan man is being held on 25-thousand dollars bond after allegedly harboring two teenage girls from Cadillac over the weekend. Christopher Wagenschutz (wag-en-shoots) has been charged with harboring a runaway and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The 13 and 14-year-old girls were reported missing after they did not come home from school. A conservation officer saw them Saturday in Kalkaska. Police are still trying to find out why the girls were with him, where they were headed, and why Wagenschutz had a gun with him.

Police officials in Osceola County want to nab a man who they say has been claiming to be a police officer. The man reportedly has been approaching people claiming to be a police officer conducting official business, but he's not. County emergency management says he's 20 to 30 years old, six feet tall and has a heart tattoo on his left cheek. A Taylor couple is appealing the dismissal of a federal lawsuit in the death of their son at a Marine boot camp in South Carolina.

The parents of Raheel Siddiqui claim he was assaulted, hazed and discriminated against because of his Muslim faith. Siddiqui died in 2016 after falling from a third-story building. The lawsuit accuses the Marine Corps of negligence for not protecting the 20-year-old. The judge said the parent's claims belong in a military court and dismissed the case despite strong reservations.

A man accused of killing and raping a 15-year-old Kentwood girl has been sentenced to prison for raping Mujey Dumbuya (moo-jay doom-boo-ya). Quinn James will go to prison for 20 to 30 years for multiple sexual assaults of the teen, who he claimed he thought was 18 or 19. The 43-year-old James is also charged with the girl's murder. She was killed as she waited to testify in the rape case.

The Three Wise Men will remain on top of an elementary school in west Michigan. But, the Newaygo Public Schools board may alter the display on top of the Newaygo Elementary School after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists say the display violates the separation of church and state. At a special meeting Monday, the board decided to keep the display and have the superintendent look at making any changes to the display as she sees fit.

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STATE NEWS for MON 10DEC18


Sheriff's deputies are riding school buses in an Upper Peninsula district -- to try to catch drivers who violate bus-safety laws. The partnership began after a driver said vehicles were passing her bus while she was loading or unloading kids in the Marquette district. Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt says it's a three-point ticket and a fine of $200 to $500 dollars. The school district says ignoring red lights on a bus can create a "life-changing or life-ending situation."

Efforts to put a Detroit family back on their feet after a deadly fire. Two-year-old Khamari Livingston did not survive injuries from the fire that destroyed the family's home at the Detroit/Hamtamck border. Eight people were in the home last Friday, including five young children sleeping when the fire broke out. The mother had left for work earlier. Kahmari's mother--who was at work at the time--had lost another child four years ago who was struck by a drunk driver. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help the family.


A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between and Indiana toll booth and her SUV. Witnesses reportedly told Indiana State Police that the 40-yearold woman from Otsego had stepped out of the SUV Saturday night to get her debit card she dropped when the vehicle bolted forward, pinning her against the toll booth . A trooper, a toll attendant and a bystander held her up and moved the SUV to free her. The defibrillator the trooper carries found no pulse so they began CPR until medics arrived. They used the defibrillator and it revived her. She was flown to a Chicago hospital with serious injuries.

The remains of a dismembered body found in the basement of a Grand Rapids home have now been identified as that of 31-year-old Ashley Young, of Oshtemo Township. She had been missing in Kalamazoo County since November 29th. Jared Chance has been charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual.

A hunter was found in the U-P over the weekend after he called 9-1-1 for help. WLUC reports 62-year-old Alan Mager, of Negaunee, called for help after his UTV broke down in Marquette County's Champion Township. Dispatch was able to get a GPS location on him and searchers were able to find him and he was taken home by deputies. He was okay.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 2018

COURT HEARING FOR CPD OFFICER FOR THE FATAL 2014 SHOOTING OF LAQUAN MCDONALD
Court hearing for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. He faces between four and 20 years in prison and is eligible for probation for the second-degree murder conviction. The aggravated battery with a firearm convictions carry a sentence of six to 30 years with no probation.

COURT HEARING FOR MAN CHARGED IN VIDEOTAPED 'STAND YOUR GROUND' SHOOTING
Pre-trial hearing for Michael Drejka, charged with manslaughter for allegedly shooting an unarmed man outside a Florida convenience store. Drejka allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a store parking lot, after a confrontation over a handicapped-accessible space. McGlockton had parked in the space and entered the store with one of his three children, while the remaining two and his girlfriend waited in the car. Video recording shows McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground. Seconds later, Drejka pulls a handgun and shoots McGlockton as he backs away, with McGlockton then running back into the store clutching his chest.

TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR ISSUE HITS NEWSSTANDS - 2018 Person of the Year issue of TIME goes on sale.

FRENCH DAY OF PROTEST
CGT union holds a day of protest across France - called following 'gilet jaunes' (yellow vests) rallies, staged over fuel costs, concerns raised by ambulance drivers about social security reforms, and other issues. Recent violence in Paris has been the worst recorded in decades.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Volunteers place remembrance wreaths on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, on National Wreaths Across America Day.

THIRD BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR
As predicted by ShopperTrak.

ACA ENROLLMENT CLOSES
Open enrollment period closes for 2019 coverage from health insurance exchanges.

MOON FOR SALE
A 6.4 pound piece of the moon is up for auction.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

67th ANNUAL MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION
Hosted by Steve Harvey from Bangkok.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS DECISION ON REP. BLUM - Committee on Ethics due to announce its course of action on the matter regarding Republican Rep. Rod Blum--alleged to have failed to disclose his position as CEO of an internet company that helps companies bury any Food and Drug Administration citations below positive online search results.

FORBES AMERICA'S WEALTHIEST CELEBRITIES LIST - Charting the earnings of the world's wealthiest American celebs.

MERRIAM-WEBSTER WORDS OF THE YEAR 2018
Last year's Word of the Year was 'feminism'.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

SENTENCING FOR FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN IN DC

COURT HEARING FOR CONGRESSMAN CHARGED WITH INSIDER TRADING (10AM ET)
Republican Rep. Christopher Collins, charged with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the FBI.

FEDERAL RESERVE INTEREST RATE MEETING.
Federal Open Market Committee first day of two-day meeting, with interest rates decision.

FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON THE NATIONAL DEBT (10AM ET)
Testimony from American Action Forum President Dr Douglas Holtz-Eakin; Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Brian Riedl; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Dr Jared Bernstein; and Heritage Foundation Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies Director Paul Winfree.

HOUSE HEARING TRACKING TRANSFORMATION: VA MISSION ACT IMPLEMENTATION' (10AM ET)
House and Senate Veterans Affairs joint committee hearing.

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ON THE MIDDLE EAST (10AM ET)

SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCH
For the GPS III Mission.

USPS PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS MILITARY SERVICE MAIL CHRISTMAS DEADLINE

THE BORING COMPANY'S TEST TUNNEL IN CALIFORNIA OPENS - The research and development of the company's tunneling and public transportation systems, founded by Elon Musk.

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM LAUNCHES ANNUAL GLOBAL GENDER GAP REPORT

KEITH RICHARDS 75TH BIRTHDAY

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

INTEREST RATE DECISION, FOLLOWED BY FED CHAIRMAN POWELL BRIEFING (2:30PM ET)
Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates at conclusion of two-day meeting, followed by quarterly press briefing with outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU RELEASES LATEST SET OF POPULATION ESTIMATES

SENATE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON U.S. AND EU COMPETITION LAW (2:30PM ET)
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee hearing on 'A Comparative Look at Competition Law Approaches to Monopoly and Abuse of Dominance in the US and EU', witnesses include: George Washington University Law School Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy William Kovacic; International Center for Law and Economics President and founder Geoffrey Manne; and others.

ASYLUM BAN COURT HEARING (12:30PM ET)
California court hears motion hearing in 'East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump,' a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's new asylum ban and seeking a temporary restraining order to block the policy.

EXISTING HOME SALES, NOVEMBER (10AM ET)
National Association of Realtors.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

HARVEY WEINSTEIN IN NY COURT
Court hearing for former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on charges including first-degree rape and third degree rape. It’s the first criminal case against Weinstein.

THREE ASTRONAUTS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO EARTH FROM ISS (12:03 AM ET)
NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor returns after six months on board the International Space Station

LAST DAY FOR CHRISTMAS MAIL
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending First Class Mail for Christmas delivery no later than Thursday.

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND SYRIA (10AM ET)

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

GOVERNMENT FUNDING DEADLINE
Funding for parts of the federal government due to expire.

GDP DATA FOR THIRD QUARTER OF 2018
Released by the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 8 MISSION

QUADRUPLE WITCHING DAY
The final hour of stock market trading when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single-stock futures expire. Also known as Triple Witching Day / Hour.

WINTER SOLSTICE
Shortest day of the year and first day of winter.

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