Pulitzer Prizes award Washington Post for Jan. 6 coverage
The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism Monday for its coverage of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, an attack on democracy that was a shocking start to a tumultuous year that also saw the end of the United States’ longest war, in Afghanistan.
Deputy Virginia AG resigns over posts lauding Jan. 6 rioters
A state official says a deputy Virginia attorney general has resigned after The Washington Post raised questions about social media comments the newspaper reported she made about the 2020 election, the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and other matters.
Why people are happy but worried over the country’s newest national park
From this overlook 1,400 feet above the the river, one can understand why the New River Gorge is known by many as the Grand Canyon of the East. Thanks to a bipartisan measure by Congress, New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia was designated the 63rd national park in the United States, and the first in West Virginia. Earning the national park designation is important for a space, because it means it will be preserved and protected for purposes such as providing a habitat for wildlife, recreation and conservation -- not development. Chelsea Ruby, the tourism commissioner for West Virginia, said she expects a significant increase in the already 1.4 million annual visitors to New River Gorge National Park, citing a 21% increase in tourism that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore saw when it was designated a national park. “It’s a real victory,” West Virginia Sen. Shelley More Capito told the Washington Post.
Bob Woodward to take on final days of Trump's presidency
Woodward is teaming with Costa on a book about the waning days of Donald Trumps administration and on the initial phase of Joe Bidens presidency. The book does not yet have a title or release date. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Bob Woodward's next book finds him in the familiar world of documenting a presidency's ending. Woodward is teaming with Washington Post colleague Robert Costa on a book about the waning days of Donald Trump's administration and on the initial phase of Joe Biden's presidency. Woodward already has written two best-sellers on Trump, “Fear” and “Rage.”For the new book, Woodward and Costa will have competition, from other Post reporters.
Virginia Military Institute removes Confederate statue
Crews prepare to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from the campus of the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Lexington, Va. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute removed a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday, a project initiated this fall after allegations of systemic racism roiled the public college. But “VMI does not define itself by this statue and that is why this move is appropriate,” he added. VMI said the statue will be relocated to a nearby Civil War museum at a battlefield where dozens of VMI cadets were killed or wounded. But he said it would not remove the statue of Jackson, who owned enslaved people, or rethink the names of buildings honoring Confederate leaders. In 2015, VMI did away with requiring freshmen to salute the statue each time they passed it, Wyatt said.
5 Things to Know for Today
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo The Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Woodward, facing widespread criticism for only now revealing President Donald Trump's early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus, told The Associated Press that he needed time to be sure that Trump's private comments from February were accurate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. N95S ARE STILL IN A SHORTAGE White House officials say the U.S. has all the medical supplies needed to battle COVID-19, but health care workers, hospital officials and even the FDA say thats not the case. CHIEFS BAN NATIVE IMAGERY AT ARROWHEAD Kansas City fans wont be wearing headdresses or face paint at the NFLs opener amid a nationwide push for racial justice following the police-custody death of George Floyd
Book: Kim Jong Un told Trump about killing his uncle
As he engaged in nuclear arms talks with Kim, Trump dismissed intelligence officials' assessments that North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons. Trump told Woodward that the CIA has no idea how to handle Pyongyang. Critics said that by meeting Kim, Trump provided the North Korean leader with legitimacy on the world stage. Kim wrote to Trump that he believed the deep and special friendship between us will work as a magical force." But the sources did not provide details and told Woodward, according to the book, that they were surprised Trump had disclosed it.
Book: Trump said of virus, 'I wanted to always play it down'
You just breathe the air and thats how its passed, Trump said in a Feb. 7 call with Woodward. Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he deliberately minimized the danger. The Washington Post, where Woodward serves as associate editor, reported excerpts of the book, Rage" on Wednesday, as did CNN. The book is based in part on 18 interviews that Woodward conducted with Trump between December and July. "Trump never did seem willing to fully mobilize the federal government and continually seemed to push problems off on the states, Woodward writes.
Thunderbirds reportedly plan flyover in San Antonio amid coronavirus pandemic
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will flyover San Antonio to thank the frontline responders battling the spread of COVID-19. Though the exact time and date have not been announced, the report indicated that the Thunderbirds will soon flyover San Antonio. Further south, the Blue Angels will pay Kingsville and Corpus Christi a visit, according to the report. The Thunderbirds have already begun their flyovers, according to their Twitter account. Military officials said money has been set aside from the Pentagon’s budget to pay for it.
Increase in alcohol-related deaths over past 2 decades in U.S. is jarring
To look at the numbers of alcohol-related deaths in the United States over the past 18 years, it can be quite jarring -- and that number is increasing at an alarming rate, experts say. Of the deaths associated with alcohol between 1999 and 2017, there was an increase in the rate of death of women by 85%, as compared to men at 35%. Experts will diagnose someone with AUD once a drinking problem becomes severe. MedicationsThere are now currently three medications in the United States that have been approved and can help people stop or reduce their drinking and prevent relapse. Click here to learn more about alcohol’s effect on the United States.