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Wicker: Biden comments on Ukraine caused ‘distress’ for both parties

By cvakil@thehill.com (Caroline Vakil )
  • “I can tell you from private conversations that I had on the floor of the Senate shortly after the president's press conference, there was distress among Democrats and Republicans about what the president had said,” Wicker, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Greta Van Susteren in an interview to be aired on Sunday.
  • Wicker, who was among a bipartisan group of senators to visit Ukraine this week, was referring to comments that Biden made during a nearly two hour press conference on Wednesday.
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Who will the Chicago Bears hire as their new coach and GM? Here’s what to know about the searches — including the latest interviews.

  • Here’s what to know about the search for a new Bears coach and general manager.
  • If the Bears were intent on doing comprehensive research for their simultaneous searches for a new head coach and general manager, perhaps their Saturday night homework should have ended with a peek into the interview rooms at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
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Mass. Nurses Association calls on Baker to declare state of emergency as patients overwhelm hospitals

By Jeremy C. Fox
Union President Katie Murphy, a registered nurse, warned in the letter Thursday that the state’s health care system is nearing a breaking point and said Baker should reinstate the provisions of his March 2020 emergency declaration, made one day before the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Bonnie Blodgett: When nothing seems to be going right, plants come to the rescue

By Bonnie Blodgett
  • It should also be mentioned that hostas don’t need the hours and hours of direct sunlight that in the blazing hot South ruin the looks of, say, peonies, another plant that used to be off limits to Southern gardeners.
  • Most of the hostas in the Plant Delights catalog are sports or crosses made between plants that are both exceptionally heat-tolerant and, like the nursery itself, quirky.
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PPS: Some students returning to class, others staying remote

By Kelly Doyle
  • (KOIN)-- Portland Public Schools say some students will return to the classroom next week -- and others will stay in distance learning.
  • “Similar to the pandemic’s effect on other sectors of our broader community, the latest surge in COVID-19 cases has also impacted every facet of PPS operations,” said Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools.
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CPS says change in COVID case reporting wasn’t intended to mislead public

By Nader Issa
  • A CPS dad who has been tracking COVID data pointed out on social media this week that thanks to discrepancies in the district’s figures, the number of infections at individual schools appeared lower than was actually the case.
  • In a widely circulated Twitter thread this week, Ondrey showed that starting Jan. 4, the day the CTU voted to refuse in-person work, CPS’ data reporting changed.
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Bill would require state departments to help those who don’t speak English

By Santa Fe New Mexican
  • Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, D-Albuquerque, one of the sponsors of the bill, said it will help ensure New Mexico complies with federal language-access laws.
  • The money is aimed at helping state agencies asses whether they need to implement departmental language access plans to ensure people with limited English skills can access their services.
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Anacostia High teachers demand safety improvements from D.C. Schools administrators

By Nicole Asbury
  • Several Anacostia High School teachers and staff held an impromptu work stoppage Friday in a push to get D.C. Public Schools officials to address safety concerns around the building that they felt had been neglected.
  • A D.C. police report confirmed that apparent gunfire damaged a beige metal door and shattered glass at Anacostia High School on Wednesday evening.
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Cristina Fernández de Kirchner slams ‘Pandemia Macrista’ in latest political letter

By James Grainger
  • Vice-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner made another explosive intervention into domestic politics last Tuesday, as he spoke of "Macri’s pandemic" in reference to the agreement which ex-president Mauricio Macri signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), assuring that "it cost the national state even more than the Covid-19 pandemic."
  • Under the subheading "Macri’s pandemic," Fernández de Kirchner pointed out in her letter that in 2021 the country "paid (between capital and interest) US$5.16 billion to the IMF for that year corresponding to the loan" granted in 2018, remarking: "That sum represents nothing more or less than 1.1 percent of GDP...
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Ravens rookie report: How all 8 draft picks fared, and what’s in store for next season

  • Despite missing the Ravens’ final two games with a foot injury, Oweh finished the season with 49 quarterback pressures, according to PFF, the most among rookie edge rushers.
  • Stats: 15 games (two starts), five sacks, three forced fumbles, 33 tackles (five for loss), 15 quarterback hits, one pass defended, four penalties (two roughing the passer, one offside, one neutral-zone infraction); graded out as PFF’s No. 4 edge rusher among 12 qualifying rookies
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