Last day of 2021’s news report: * Amanda Gorman writes end-of-year poem, ‘New Day’s Lyric’, * DOJ awards $8.5+ million to Western WA. for justice, youth programs,* Pelosi to commemorate January 6 anniversary at US Capitol!
*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
+ JOLT News: Local elected officials sworn in yesterday in second-ever online ceremony included Yelm council members Joshua Crossman and Brian Hess. County Auditor Mary Hall told officials that “Local government is the closest government to the people, and the decisions you make have the greatest impact on the lives of your neighbors.”
+ McClatchy Newspapers: DOJ awards more than $8.5 million to Western Washington Tribes for justice, youth programs
*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
The Washington Post: Omicron spiking, but hospitalizations ‘comparatively low,’ CDC director says
The Washington Post: First they ran short of PPE, then ventilators. Now, the shortage is hospital staff. ‘Our absences are through the roof’: Hospitals face a depleted, exhausted workforce amid omicron surge
The Washington Post Opinion: The omicron surge could be the worst public health challenge of our lifetimes [Ed. note: the numbers of people testing positive, vaxxed and unvaxxed, and having to quarantine for 5 or 10 days will cause disruptions in every aspect of our lives.]
*** NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***
MSNBC’s Morning Joe: ‘You feel the urgency’: NYT looks back at the Year in Pictures
The Daily Caller: Federal Judges Order Unsealing Of Epstein Docs From 2009 [Ed. note: Yikes for many including Prince Andrew!]
MSNBC’s The Reidout Blog: In court, the Proud Boys got a painful civics lesson they won’t soon forget
The Washington Post Opinion: White supremacists are using an old playbook but so are the lawyers fighting them – the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, intended to prevent the efforts by the KKK and other white-supremacist actors to effectively re-enslave Black people.
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THURSDAY ***