*** REGIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
+ The Olympian: Weather-related school information for Monday, Jan. 3
+ The Olympian: Top 10 stories of 2021 in Thurston County
+ The Olympian: Providence now restricting visitors at Olympia, Centralia hospitals to combat Omicron
+ The Olympian: Washington state minimum wage to increase 80 cents Jan. 1st
+ The Seattle Times: COVID-19 Positivity Rate Soars Near 50% at Some Seattle-Area Testing Sites
+ The Seattle Times: From record high temperatures to bitter cold days, Western Washington’s year of extreme weather
+ Common Dreams: In Wake of Buffalo Victory, More [Seattle-based] Starbucks Workers Are Forging Unions
*** VIRUS NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
CNBC: Rough start to 2022 air travel as weather, omicron drive thousands of cancellations
AP: Taking a step back: US colleges returning to online classes
The Washington Post: Much has changed since the start of the pandemic. But the nation’s public health system remains fractured.
AARP: Why Older Adults More at Risk for Severe Breakthrough Infections
CNN: Chicago woman quarantined in airplane bathroom for 3 hours after testing positive for Covid-19 mid-flight
New York Daily News: Fauci voices hope for return to normalcy around February or March
The New York Times: People infected with Omicron were about half as likely to be hospitalized as those with the Delta variant, according to a report from British health officials, and they were only one-third as likely to need emergency care. A laboratory study from South African scientists suggested that people who have recovered from an Omicron infection might be able to repel infections from the Delta variant. Several studies have offered a possible explanation for Omicron’s milder effects: It often concentrates in the nose, throat and windpipe rather than damaging the lungs, as previous variants did
*** NATIONAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
NBC News: Betty White, ‘Golden Girls’ actor and comedian whose career spanned eight decades, dies at 99
Huff Post: Betty White’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Episode Re-Aired January 1st As Tribute After Her Death – scroll down to click for videos of her skits at 88 years of age.
Business Insider: A film honoring what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday will still air this month
Newsweek: Betty White’s Hilarious Video With Ryan Reynolds Goes Viral Again, Following Her Death – Video is here
Business Insider: United and Spirit Airlines announce temporary pay bumps for pilots and flight attendants in effort to alleviate labor shortages
Live Science: We may finally be able to test one of Stephen Hawking’s most far-out ideas on Black Holes
The Washington Post: The USDA’s new labeling for genetically modified foods goes into effect Jan. 1. Here’s what you need to know.
The Sacramento Bee: EarthCam video compares 2021 New Year’s Eve crowds with 2022 celebrations in U.S.
KING-5 TV: World grew by 74 million over past year, Census bureau says – The U.S. population is expected to be 332.4 million residents to start the new year.
*** POLITICAL NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
CNBC: Twitter permanently suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account
The Washington Post via Stars & Stripes: Shaken by the Jan. 6 attack, Capitol workers quit jobs that once made them proud
The Conversation: U.S. Needs to Take Responsibility for Worldwide Plastic Pollution in Oceans
The Washington Post: House Democrats begin preparing for the post-Pelosi era
*** TRUMP NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND ***
MSNBC Opinion: Republican Party paying Donald Trump’s legal bills is more proof he owns the GOP – The promised payments are part of the RNC’s strategy to be the party of Trump, nothing more and nothing less.
Reuters: Trump-appointed McWilliams resigns as U.S. FDIC chair after power struggle – Democrats are eager to take a tougher stance on banks, reverse breaks dished out by former President Donald Trump’s regulators, boost competition, and tackle thorny issues including community lending rules, climate change and cryptocurrencies.
NBC News: Jan. 6 panel has testimony that Ivanka asked Trump to intervene during riot, Cheney says
Business Insider: Liz Cheney says Trump is unfit for office and ‘clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again’
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