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If you’re trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books

If you’re trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books

On January 6, the world watched as the US Capitol was attacked by pro-Trump rioters. Since then, each day has been filled with revelations about how it was plotted and carried out. Many are still trying to process the initial shock. While seeing Confederate and Trump 2020 flags draped all over the Capitol was a…

Dustin Higgs executed less than a week before Inauguration Day

Dustin Higgs executed less than a week before Inauguration Day

Dustin John Higgs was executed in the early hours of Saturday morning becoming the 13th and last federal death row inmate to be executed since the Justice Department restarted federal executions in July 2019. He had been convicted of kidnapping and murdering three women in 1996. Higgs maintained his innocence until his death, according to…

How to serve on MLK Day while isolating at home

How to serve on MLK Day while isolating at home

Caught between colliding pressures of a pandemic, political unrest and outcries for social justice, this Martin Luther King Day of Service is unlike any other. But despite the limitations of the season, this federal holiday doesn’t have to be any less impactful. Now more than ever, MLK Day of Service is enabling everyday people to…

Middle schoolers send thank you notes to US Capitol workers

Middle schoolers send thank you notes to US Capitol workers

A group of middle school students in Pennsylvania is sending appreciation notes to workers and officers on Capitol Hill to thank them for their service in the aftermath of the violent attack last week. The students, who attend Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, asked their teachers if there was anything they could…

Country music legend Willie Nelson gets his Covid-19 vaccination

Country music legend Willie Nelson gets his Covid-19 vaccination

Country music legend Willie Nelson received the Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-through facility in Texas this week, according to a post he shared on Facebook. “Getting your COVID vaccine is Willie cool!,” said Family Hospital Systems, a locally owned system of freestanding emergency rooms and hospitals in Texas, in a Wednesday Facebook post that included…

MLK Day encourages service

MLK Day encourages service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, although Dr. King was actually born on the 15th of January 1929, 92 years ago. Mrs. Coretta Scott King and musician Stevie Wonder fought for years to make it a federal holiday. Wonder told CNN that they started with tours and marches…

Auction bids are topping $57,000 for a rare $20 banknote with Del Monte sticker on it

Auction bids are topping $57,000 for a rare $20 banknote with Del Monte sticker on it

How can a $20 bill be worth over $57,000? Because of a printing mishap. The “Del Monte note,” a rare $20 banknote with a banana sticker on it, is currently for sale through Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based auction house. Currency collectors are paying close attention and breaking previous bidding records with their offers, according to…

Teachers wait for Covid vaccines

Teachers wait for Covid vaccines

Teacher Naseeb Gill has been through a full range of reactions since the pandemic closed down in-person learning 10 months ago. She scrambled to set up virtual lessons for her fifth-grade language arts students in the spring. By fall, she was excited about returning to the classroom, but on just her second day back she…

Police respond differently when it’s a left-wing protest, study finds

Police respond differently when it’s a left-wing protest, study finds

President Donald Trump’s supporters were still rampaging through the US Capitol when the question arose: If these had been Black Lives Matter demonstrators instead of overwhelmingly White, militant Trump backers, how different would the police response have been? The Black Lives Matter Global Network hit the question hard in a statement following the Capitol siege.…

For the first time in over 100 years, Virginia won’t celebrate Lee-Jackson Day

For the first time in over 100 years, Virginia won’t celebrate Lee-Jackson Day

For the first time in more than 100 years, Lee-Jackson Day will not officially be celebrated in Virginia. The holiday, which was observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, celebrated Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as “defenders of causes.” The event typically involved Civil War-themed parades, wreath…

What we know about potential armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

What we know about potential armed protests ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

Washington, DC, and states across the country are heightening security and preparing reinforcements this week ahead of potential armed protests from Saturday up to at least Inauguration Day on Wednesday. One week after a pro-Trump mob ransacked the US Capitol, federal officials reiterated a warning in a call with law enforcement leaders across the country,…

LA County is adding more space to store bodies of Covid-19 victims

LA County is adding more space to store bodies of Covid-19 victims

Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in California, is running out of space to store the bodies of Covid-19 victims and officials are working to create more capacity. About 900 bodies are currently being held at the Los Angeles Medical Examiner Coroner’s Office, which usually has a capacity of 500, according to…

Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli asks for home confinement amid Covid concerns

Lori Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli asks for home confinement amid Covid concerns

Attorneys for Mossimo Giannulli, the fashion designer and husband of actress Lori Loughlin, have requested that he complete his five-month sentence related to the college admissions scandal in home confinement, according to court documents filed Thursday. Giannulli has had to spend 40% of his sentence in solitary confinement because of Covid-19 concerns at the prison,…