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Biden claims ‘Nothing We Can Do’ to modify the ‘trajectory’ pandemic in the coming months

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Biden claims 'Nothing We Can Do' to modify the 'trajectory' pandemic in the coming months

Biden claims ‘Nothing We Can Do’ to modify the ‘trajectory’ pandemic in the coming months

On Friday, President Biden gave a bleak outlook on the country’s ability to fight the coronavirus pandemic, calling on Congress to move ahead with more stimulus relief initiatives.

During a press conference on two executive orders designed to provide food aid to low-income families and secure workers’ rights during the pandemic, Biden addressed his administration’s response efforts. Daysafter the US exceeded 400,000 COVID-19-related deaths, the president warned the country had little potential to avoid spiking case totals in the near term.

“If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this pandemic rages on because there’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,” Biden said.

When entering the Oval Office, Biden had vowed efforts to jumpstart the US economy and to provide assistance to poor Americans would be his top priority. Friday’s two executive orders followed 10 other pandemic-related measures he signed the previous day, including a mandate requiring masks to be worn on federal property.

The president faced some pushback about his comments on the course of the pandemic. Critics, including former Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, pointed out that coronavirus-related regulations were intended to “flatten the curve.” implemented in some states.

Have we not been told for months that in the next few months, restrictions and mandates were necessary to alter the pandemic’s course?”Haven’t we been told for months that restrictions and mandates were necessary to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months?”

 

Biden said the country’s death toll was “expected to reach well over 600,000.” On his “American Rescue Plan,” a $1.9 trillion relief package that includes $1,400 direct grants to Americans, expanded unemployment insurance, and federal aid for state and local governments, the president repeated his appeal for Congress.

“The American Rescue Plan asks Congress to provide rental assistance for millions of hard-hit families and tenants,” Biden said. “This will also be a bridge to economic recovery for countless mom-and-pop landlords who can’t afford not to have the rent.”

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

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66-year-old who disappeared before trial for sex crimes found dead

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A 66-year-old local man who was reported missing on the morning he was due in court to stand trial for numerous sex crimes has been found dead.

Michael Taber had been staying at an apartment in the 1900 block of Lemay Ferry Road. He went missing around 2 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29. According to the St Louis County Police Department, Taber left his cellphone and a suicide note behind, as well as an ankle monitor.

Court records indicate Taber was ordered to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting trial in St. Louis City for one count of second-degree statutory rape, two counts of second-degree child molestation, one count of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, one count of second-degree statutory sodomy, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

St. Louis County Police sent out a tweet Monday afternoon saying Taber had been located. A department spokesperson said Taber was found dead due to a probable self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police did not say where Taber’s body was discovered.

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

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Parade of planets visible in the night sky this week

ST. LOUIS – There will be a parade of planets this month. December 6-10 you will be able to see three planets and then on December 12 you will be able to see 5. There will be a crescent moon earlier in the month which will provide less moonlight, making it easier to see the planets.

The Missouri Department of Conservation shared this timeline for planet viewing:

  • On December 6th, the crescent moon will appear near Venus within 3 degrees in the early evening sky. Venus is the brightest planet.
  • On December 7th, the crescent moon and Saturn are about 5 degrees apart. Saturn is a fainter planet with a gold color. If conditions are right, you can see its rings with a telescope during twilight, and may even see its largest moon, Titan,
  • On December 8th, the moon approaches close to Jupiter, our largest planet. With clear conditions and a telescope, you may be able to see its four largest moons.
  • On December 10th, look for the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn forming a nice row in the sky.
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The St. Louis Astronomy Facebook page says the best time to observe 5 planets together will be after sunset on December 12. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the moon will be visible to the naked eye. You will need a pair of binoculars or a small telescope to see Neptune, Uranus, Ceres (a dwarf planet), and Pallas (a large asteroid).

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Miner’s Candle fire burning near Idaho Springs is 100% contained

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Miner’s Candle wildfire forces evacuations near Idaho Springs

The Miner’s Candle fire burning near Idaho Springs is 100% contained, fire officials said Tuesday.

The wildfire started Sunday as a structure fire and it forced residents of about two dozen homes to evacuate. The fire, which destroyed two homes, a cabin and a small number of outbuildings, burned about 15 acres, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

Strong winds on Sunday and extremely dry weather fueled the fire. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities.

 

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