Midday News To Use: 12.15.2020

Is Violence Next?
Yesterday’s Electoral College vote went off without a hitch. Declaring Joe Biden as our next president. There were no surprises except the threats of violence against electors in several states. Michigan’s State house was closed to the public because of credible threats. In Wisconsin electors had to be secretly led into the capital via a secret entrance and in Arizona electors had to vote from a secret location. This with republicans refusing to rule out violence in the future.
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Bitter Sweet Day
Covid-19 vaccinations began across the US yesterday, the same day the nation hit 300,000 coronavirus deaths. This twin moment of hope and despair exemplifies the public health fight we’re facing now. Experts are once again stressing that widespread improvement in the virus situation won’t be seen until well into 2021, and masks will still be necessary for the foreseeable future.
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Another is Leaving
Attorney General Bill Barr is leaving the Trump administration. It is not clear if he resigned or was fired. A letter of praise to the president was released, but it appears to be a letter Trump wrote, like several other letters that have come to be known that he dictated. Many are concerned that Barr is leaving early because he does not want any part of what is coming next.
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From ABC action News
Hope Villages of America (HVA) is hosting two mobile pantry events in Pinellas County this week. There will be no ID, papers or pre-screening required to get the food. One event is happening today from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Jordan Park Housing Community at 1245 Jordan Park St. S. in St. Petersburg the other will be Saturday, December 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Community Health Centers of Pinellas Inc. at 247 S. Huey Ave., Tarpon Springs.
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Secret Santa Time
A reporter for CBS, set up interviews like a TV report for Essential workers. Turns out it was a setup for a wealthy businessman known only as Secret Santa to deliver special presents to essential workers around the nation. In the coming weeks this Secret Santa will give away about $100,000 total – to total strangers.
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