Everybody gets a vaccine! 💉
President Joe Biden announced that 100% of adults will be eligible for a vaccine by April 19. Congressman Alcee Hastings and Tony-nominated actor Paul Ritter have died. And the murder trial of Derek Chauvin continues.
👋 It’s Laura. Time to catch up on Tuesday’s news.
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Everybody gets a vaccine! 💉
Ready to get jabbed? Biden announced Tuesday that he is moving up his deadline to April 19 for all states to make all U.S. adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine — two weeks sooner than his initial goal of May 1. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden wants to eliminate any confusion for Americans about eligibility. “That doesn’t mean they will get it that day,” Psaki said. “It means they can join the line.” Which means the line is about to get much longer. So the administration is also sending a message to seniors — who are one of the most vulnerable populations — to get their shots now if they haven’t already.
President Joe Biden visits a vaccination site at Virginia Theological Seminary, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Alexandria, Va. Evan Vucci, AP (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has had more than 30.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases and 555,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. At least 207 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the U.S. and 167 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
McConnell to CEOs: ‘Stay out of politics’
After a week of increasing Republican backlash to the mounting criticism of a recent voting law passed in Georgia, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the opposition corporations and sports associations have expressed, saying, “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics. Don’t pick sides in these big fights.” While proponents of the law argue the changes were necessary to ensure election security, voting rights advocates argue the law will disenfranchise minority voters and lead to “a new Jim Crow” era in the state. The bill has also come under withering criticism from national brands, including Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. On Friday, Major League Baseball announced it will move its July 13 All-Star Game out of Atlanta over the legislation.
What everyone’s talking about
- Naval officer shot and killed at Fort Detrickafter police say he wounded two in a separate shooting incident.
- Baylor wins first NCAA men’s basketball championship, crushing Gonzaga’s perfect season.
- Rationing insulin. Skipping meals.One woman’s struggles to survive on minimum wage.
- Demi Lovato drinks, smokes pot in moderation: What experts think of the ‘California Sober’ concept.
- COVID-19 delayed my brother’s funeral, but we finally got to grieve together. How I found some peace.
- An LSU athletic administrator reported Les Miles for sexual misconduct. Then, LSU retaliated, she says.
- Build-A-Bear teams up with Nintendofor ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ collection.
Prayers held outside for what’s going on inside
On Tuesday afternoon outside the courthouse where former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin’s murder trial is being held, George Floyd’s brothers, family attorney Ben Crump, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Gwenn Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, prayed publicly after “a tumultuous week” of witness testimony. Sharpton led the group in a brief prayer to “set a tone of healing.” Inside the courtroom, the EMT who leads the Minneapolis Police Department’s emergency medical response training told jurors that officers are trained to call for an ambulance and provide medical aid if a situation is “critical.” Also in court:
- Minneapolis Police Department officer Nicole Mackenzie, an EMT and the department’s medical support coordinator, when asked about whether someone who is speaking is always able to breathe, said: “Just because they’re speaking doesn’t mean they’re breathing adequately.”
- Minneapolis police Lt. Johnny Mercil, who taught a use-of-force training class attended by Chauvin in October 2018, testified that officers weren’t taught to put their knee on a neck.
- Minneapolis police Sgt. Ker Yang, crisis intervention training coordinator: Records show Chauvin completed necessary requirements.
- Morries Hall, who was in a vehicle with George Floyd, may not be able to avoid testifying, Judge Peter Cahill ruled.
In this image from video, Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole Mackenzie testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill presides on April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Photo: AP)
Mourning two losses
Longtime Congressman Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, has died at 84. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2019, and had served in the U.S. House since 1995. Before serving in Congress, Hastings served as a federal judge, but two years after he was appointed to the bench, he was charged with bribery in a federal sting operation. He was eventually removed from the bench, then ran for Congress, consistently winning reelection by wide margins. Hastings has been lauded by many for his work on broadening rights and protections for all Americans.
- From Fort Lauderdale lawyer to U.S. Senate: Hastings through the years
Paul Ritter, a Tony-nominated actor in theater, film and TVwho appeared in the “Chernobyl” miniseries and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” has died at 54, his representative confirmed. The actor died Monday evening at home after suffering from a brain tumor, surrounded by his wife and sons, representative Isabella Riggs confirmed to USA TODAY. Born in the United Kingdom, Ritter most recently starred as patriarch Martin Goodman in the British television series “Friday Night Dinner,” which ran from 2011 to 2020.
Paul Ritter attends the "Friday Night Dinner" photocall at Curzon Soho on March 9, 2020, in London. (Photo: Jeff Spicer, Getty Images)
- EDM DJ Bassnectar denies accusationsof sexually abusing, trafficking underage girls.
- ‘The bill goes entirely too far’: Ohio’s Black leaders sound alarms over state’s new ‘stand your ground’ law.
- Man who spent $15,000 on a Disney World trip was arrested after refusing a temperature check.
- Tennessee linebacker Aaron Beasleysuspended indefinitely after cat abuse allegation.
- Red Sox unveil yellow and sky blue uniformsto honor Patriots’ Day weekend, Boston Marathon.
- Hey Kim, can I borrow 20 bucks? Kim Kardashian West is now officially a billionaire, according to Forbes.
- Holding a stolen Confederate monument for ransom, ‘anti racist’ group says it will turn it ‘into a toilet,’ unless demands are met.
Murder-suicide pact led to killings, police say
Two brothers who made a pact to kill their family members before killing themselves carried out their plan, according to officials, after six people were found shot to death in a suburban Dallas home. Officers say they went to the home for a welfare check after one of the brothers wrote a lengthy post on social media in which he revealed the grisly plan. The six family members found dead in the home were the two brothers, a sister, their father, mother, and a grandmother.
A break from the news
- 💰 Ready for retirement? Don’t claim Social Security benefits until you can answer these three questions.
- 👩💻 An employee was hired remotely during the pandemic and feels disconnected. How can they handle this?
- 🏞 Make your family’s national park trip easierwith nonstop flights, improved reservations, small group tours.
- ⛱ Patio furniture and décor just went on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond – here’s what to shop for.
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