Not so local news
January 7, 2021
Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin died at the age of 98. His fashionable creations and powerful branding made him a household name. Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and The Beatles wore his designs.
Lori Loughlin, Full House actress, was released from prison after serving just two months for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Police were responding to a report of shots fired downtown when they discovered a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Anthony Quinn Warner detonated a bomb in downtown Nashville in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. He parked an RV outside of an ATT building downtown. An audio recording blared from his RV urging passersby and those in nearby buildings to evacuate, warning that a bomb would detonate in minutes. The audio then switched to Petula Clark’s “Downtown.” The bombing that went off at 6:30 a.m. damaged dozens of building and wounded three people, and killed Warner.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked two attempts from Democratic senators to pass a bill that would boost stimulus checks from $600 to $2000. Instead, McConnell indicated the Senate would work on responding to the concerns raised by President Trump. Three priorities will be brought to the table this week: increasing stimulus payments to $2000, examining a repeal of Section 230, and considering election-integrity measures. The House on Monday overwhelmingly voted to override Trump’s veto of the must-pass sweeping defense policy bill known as the NDAA. If the Senate also overrides the president’s veto, it will be the first time Congress has successfully rejected a presidential veto during Trump’s presidency.
More than 81.6 million people worldwide have now been infected with the novel coronavirus, and 1.7 million of those have been killed, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Fauci warns that January may be worse than the record-breaking surge seen in December. The U.S. logged more than 5.6 million cases in the first 28 days of December, more than any month on record. According to the CDC, California currently has the highest average of daily cases, followed by Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arizona. Currently, there are 121,235 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S., which is double the previous hospitalization peaks from April and July. Since the vaccine was released, over 11.4 million doses have been distributed, and 2.127,143 Americans have received their first vaccine dose.