Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach passed away on Monday night after complications related to a heart condition. He had been hospitalized on Sunday. Leach had previously acknowledged a bout with pneumonia late in the 2022 season that was causing a persistent cough, but he seemed to be getting better.
As parents plan for the holidays, Washington children’s hospitals are suffering capacity and staffing issues that are putting significant strain on providers. A surge in RSV, a contagious respiratory virus, is bringing pediatric hospital staffing and financial issues to the forefront. Flu cases are also beginning to rise and hospital officials are looking toward another potential Covid-19 wave, they worry about the capacity for the state’s youngest patients.
Observing World Food Day, international industrial company, Trimble, announced the donation of $100,000 to World Food Program USA to support relief efforts as economic crises across the globe continue to unfold, resulting in entire populations being hungry. World Food Program USA, the U.S. partner of the United Nations World Food Programme, mobilizes American policymakers, businesses, and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger.
Former Trump White House adviser, Peter Navarro, claimed Monday that he received a subpoena from the Justice Department to testify before a federal grand jury later this week and turn over documents related to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. According to CNN, this is the first indication the department is acting on the criminal referral from The House Of Representatives to hold Donald Trump’s “one time trade advisor in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol.”
Last Thursday, President Biden received the leaders of Finland and Sweden in the White House, and he encouraged the once neutral countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Karine Jean-Pierre, a current White House communications officer, will become the first black and openly LGBTQ person to serve as the White House press secretary. She is set to make history next week for this extremely public position within the Biden administration. Jean-Pierre has been President Biden’s White House deputy press secretary since he took office, and she will replace Jen Psaki.
The police in New York City and Washington are heightening their search on gunmen who are targeting and shooting homeless people on the streets. Five of those homeless men have been shot. It all happened early Saturday morning in Manhattan when a man sleeping by the doorway was shot in the head.
Former President Barack Obama shared on Twitter last Sunday that he has contracted the virus, but he assured that he is feeling fine. “I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple of days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative,” Obama wrote on Twitter.
As tensions arise in the Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden is in a tough position on whether or not to believe Russian officials when they stated that Russian troops have withdrawn from the borders. On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Russian officials released video footage of tanks being loaded on railway cars as well as communicating that troops were returning to their home bases after completing military drills. U.S. President Joe Biden during a televised statement stated, “That would be good, but we have not verified that yet. An invasion by Moscow remained distinctly possible.” Joe Biden is highly urging all U.S. citizens in Ukraine to leave the country.
After two seasons as the ‘Washington Football team’, team president Jason Wright revealed the team’s new name this morning alongside senior advisor Doug Williams and current team captain Jonathan Allen. The team is officially the ‘Washington Commanders’. Wright and coach Ron Rivera had been insistent on the team’s name being tied to the military, due to the connection to the nation’s capital.
After announcing in 2020 that they would be dropping their former name, the Washington Redskins, for being an anti-Indigenous slur, the Washington Football Team has remained relatively nameless. For 18 months, they have been referred to as the Football Team. Not very original or exciting, but the team has finally reported that they will be revealing their new name February 2nd, just 11 days before the Super Bowl, live on TODAY.
Government officials and the Capitol Police are worried that history might repeat itself in Washington D.C. during a right-wing rally on September 18th.
CNN reported on Wednesday that a Capitol Police memo stated that violent rhetoric surrounding the event has increased online and counter-protests are being planned for that day.