From Robert Daniel, a Kentucky jailer who saved lives in a tornado, to the spread of Covid-19 at Cornell University this week’s news changed rapidly.
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KENTUCKY JAILER SAVED LIVES IN TORNADO
Tearing through the state over the weekend, Kentucky tornadoes killed at least 74 people with over 100 casualties reported missing. Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Illinois, were all equally hit hard by the horrifying storms, which leveled neighborhoods, homes, and workplaces.
Kentucky jailer Robert Daniel was labeled a hero for helping inmates escape a work-release program in a Kentucky candle factory. The building was crushed along with the deputy, who shielded a survivor.
Larry Virden, another victim of the Midwest tornadoes, died when an Amazon warehouse collapsed, and heartbreaking texted his girlfriend that the shipping company would not let him leave until the storm blew over.
Funeral arrangements for Robert Daniel will be held Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield, Kentucky. President Joe Biden visited the state this week to survey the damage and speak with survivors who lost loved ones in the devastating natural disaster.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY FACED HUGE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Cornell University reportedly had over 900 cases of Covid-19 among its student body and faculty this past week, with “a very high percentage” of the Omicron variant. Closing school buildings and moving finals online, the university almost felt like it was shut down. Many of the students were quarantined in their dormitories and barred from going to the library to study.
The Ithaca campus, in upstate New York, revealed that 97 percent of its students were fully vaccinated and that those who contracted the Omicron variant were only experiencing minor symptoms, if any. Some students and staff were even immunized with the booster shot. Closed indefinitely, Cornell University is currently working out a plan for students who test negative and have finished finals to return home for the holidays.
ETHAN CRUMBLEY’S PARENTS APPEARED IN COURT
For their first in-person court appearance, James and Jennifer Crumbley arrived handcuffed to hear their charges in a preliminary hearing. Prosecutors accused the couple of gross negligence and providing access to a firearm, which was later used by their son to commit a shooting at Oxford High School.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, killed four students and injured seven on Nov. 30, following a disciplinary meeting with concerned school officials. Prosecutors revealed that they were going through hundreds of documents for the case, which was postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 8. The parents, who refused to take their son home or look for the student’s gun, each face four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
MARK MEADOWS HELD IN CRIMINAL CONTEMPT
The House of Representatives voted 222-208 to refer former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to the Department of Justice on criminal contempt for failing to appear before a committee deposition about his potential role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The former Donald Trump ally claimed that he could choose not to appear based on “executive privileges” given to him while Trump was in office, and now faces a year in prison for contempt on top of his potential role in inciting the Capitol attack. Steve Bannon, another Trump ally and former Presidential advisor, received the same ruling.
LARRY NASSAR VICTIMS AWARDED $380 MILLION SETTLEMENT
Victims of Larry Nassar, the disgraced Olympic doctor who sexually abused teenage girls such as gold-medal winning gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, reached a settlement with USA Gymnastics (USAG) and the U.S. Olympic Committee for $380 million.
USA Gymnastics issued yet another apology and statement to do better in the wake of Nassar’s crimes, promising changes to their health and safety protocols for young athletes, especially minors. Many victims are still fighting for justice however, as they demand punishment for the FBI agents who failed in their investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse.
NFL AND NBA RE-EXAMINED COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Sports organizations such as the NFL and the NBA are re-examining their Covid-19 protocols and safety guidelines after a massive surge in athletes testing positive has delayed play.
After over eight players on the Chicago Bulls basketball team tested positive and entered the league’s health and safety protocols, two of their games were postponed. The team also infected other players around the league now facing similar potential delays.
In the meantime, teams hit the hardest are being allowed “hardship” bonus players, who are signed to quick, expensive 10-day contracts just so teams have the required minimum number of players needed to begin the game.
STEPH CURRY SHATTERED THE 3-POINT SHOT RECORD
Making the 2,974th three-point shot of his storied career, the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry broke the record for most three-point shots made, passing NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen. The incredible feat was capped off by a 105-96 win over the New York Knicks and celebrated at the legendary Madison Square Garden.
Congratulated by LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and the league’s best players and rivals, Steph Curry became the undisputed greatest three-point shooter in the history of the NBA – a record he will continue to increase throughout his many years on the court still to come. Curry and the Warriors currently lead the league with 23 wins and 5 losses.
CHRIS NOTH ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Sex and the City star Chris Noth was accused of sexual assault by two different women on Thursday. The actor denied both encounters and called them “categorically false.” Stemming from incidents in 2004 and 2015, the two women, whose real names were kept anonymous by The Hollywood Reporter, said that promotion for the series’ reboot And Just Like That… brought back the painful memories and decided to speak out.
They each detailed harrowing experiences of nonconsensual sexual experiences that the actor later asked them to keep quiet due to his marriage. Denying both accusations, he questioned why the women decided to come forward now, after he was killed off of HBO’s latest SATC series.
GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR FILM AND TV
The 2022 Golden Globe nominations were announced this week for honors in Film and Television. Power of the Dog and Belfast led the nominations, Succession and Ted Lasso leading for T.V. West Side Story and Licorice Pizza also racked up a number of nominations in the film categories, while movies such as The Green Knight and The French Dispatch nowhere to be seen.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has been boycotted by many national networks this year, including NBC, stemming from diversity issues at last year’s Awards. Rapper Snoop Dogg announced the nominees, where he hilarious mispronounced many celebrities’ names such as Ciaran Hinds and director Denis Villeneuve.
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME IS THE BIGGEST FILM OF THE YEAR
Marvel’s latest entry for the friendly neighborhood Avenger, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is set to become the biggest hit of the year, breaking box office records for presale tickets before the film premiered on Friday, Dec. 17. The third film in the franchise with actor Tom Holland playing the costumed hero, No Way Home is rumored to feature a team-up with actors of Spider-Man’s past films, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Zendaya, who plays Spider-Man’s love interest Mary Jane, has made headlines for the couple’s romance on and off the red carpet. A very private couple, Tom Holland and Zendaya were outed after they were seen kissing in a car over the summer. The two can’t help but gush about each other. And can you blame them?