Midday News to Use: 01.04.2021

Crazy
Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend and, according to audio obtained by CNN, attempted to pressure the fellow Republican to “find” the votes necessary to alter the November presidential election result in the state, which Joe Biden won. The call, which has raised alarm bells among Democratic and Republican leaders alike, is the latest attempt by Trump and his allies to overturn those results.
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U.S. death toll tops 350,000

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Unprecedented
The Lake Superior State University published its annual list of “banished” words and phrases. The ones it would like to see less of this year. Among them is a word they banished in 2002. Another word “Covid-19” most had never heard before. So, before you “pivot” or are “sus,” I would like everyone to know, “we are all in this together” even “Karen.” We proceed “in an abundance of caution” mindful of “social distancing” in these “uncertain times” as bring you this “unprecedented” list of words and phrases. “I know, right” it is a lot to take in, however, trust me, “shenanigans” are in involved.
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Faces of Poverty
When teachers brought free lunch to kids amid COVID-19, they saw poverty up close. First-grade teacher Shiela Garland had long known that 100% of students in the school district where she has taught for 16 years, ate free meals. What Garland did not really know what those numbers meant until this spring.
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Tampa Bay
High demand for vaccine appointments crashes sign-up sites and overwhelms phone lines. Tampa Bay’s vaccine rollout got off to a rocky start on Monday with websites crashing, phone lines going down and sites reaching full capacity. In Hillsborough County, people trying to make an appointment to get vaccinated online were told the website was not available.
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