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COVID-19 - From NPR: More than 4000 deaths from COVID-19 recorded on Thursday, Jan. 7th, a grim new record. 365,882 Americans have died from the coronavirus and 21.6 million have been infected.
MUSIC - From THR: Four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman, has settle her copyright infringement lawsuit against 10-time Grammy nominee, Nicki Minaj, for $450,000.
ASSAULT ON THE CAPITOL:
From NYDailyNews: Hero Capitol Police cop, Brian Sicknick, killed by blow to the head with a fire extinguisher during Trump-inspired riot
From ABC: Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, dies from injuries suffered in riots, federal murder investigation opened.
From Forbes: These five people died as a result of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
From YahooNews: President Donald is considering pardoning himself.
From YahooUSAToday: Yahoo's live-update page on the "crisis of the confirmation."
From BusinessInsider: Lots of coverage.
From YahooNews: Some among America's military allies believe Trump deliberately attempted a coup and may have had help from federal law-enforcement officials.
MOVIES - From TheIlluminerdi: Rumor says that Oscar-winner, Jordan Peele, is seeking Jesse Plemons and Daniel Kaluuya, who starred in Peele's "Get Out," to star in his untitled next film.
BIDEN! - From YahooNews: President Joseph R. Biden's electoral college victory has been confirmed by the U.S. Congress.
TELEVISION-POLITICS - From YahooEntertainment: MSNBC's Joy Reid says D.C. rioters would have been 'shackled, arrested or dead' had it been a Black Lives Matter protest
MOVIES - From EW: "Entertainment Weekly" is previewing more than two dozen of 2021's most anticipated movies.
POLITICS - From YahooNews: Live updates on the riots in support of the outgoing President of the United States and the aftermath.
From YahooNews: Rioters enter the office of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
MEDIA - From YahooNews: Media outlets, such as Newsmax, the Federalist, and Epoch Times, that spread that spread of conspiracy theories, misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 also received received sizable loans from the federal government as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.
SPORTS - From YahooSports: University of Alabama wide receiver, DeVonta Smith, is the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner.
POLITICS - From Truthout: Brad Raffensperger may have stood up to President Donald during that infamous phone call, but the Georgia Secretary of State is no voting rights hero. He has been caught trying to suppress the vote for the U.S. Senate runoff.
POLITICS - From Deadline: Right wing media website, "The Daily Wire," is moving into the film and TV business. The have picked up the streaming rights to the school-shooting film, "Run Hide Fight." "The Daily Wire" is also developing two TV series.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Tiffany Haddish to star in the film adaptation of the National Book award winner, "Landscape with Invisible Hand," authored by M.T. Anderson. Cory Finley ("Bad Education") will write and direct for MGM, Brad Pitt's Plan B, and Annapurna.
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: The winner of the 1/1 to 1/3/2021 weekend box office is "Wonder Woman 1984" with an estimated take of 5.5 million dollars.
From Deadline: Pixar's "Soul" leads international box office.
MUSIC - From YahooNews: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that executors of the estate of the late music legend, "Prince," have under-valued his estate for tax purposes by 82.3 million dollars.
MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment: The Yahoo staff lists their "40 most anticipated films."
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith says that she does not lend money to family. She says that instead she only gives money that she is willing to "give away."
MOVIES-MUSIC - From GeekFeed: Grammy-winners, Daft Punk, recently released a "Complete Edition" of their brilliant musical score for the wonderful 2010 film, "TRON: Legacy." This new release is the original full musical score with five new tracks.
BLM - From YahooNews: The white woman who attacked Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, Kenyon Harrold, and his fourteen-year-old son, Kenyon, Jr., in a New York City hotel over her stolen iPhone has been identified as 22-year-old Miya Ponsetto. Ponsetto had actually left her iPhone in an Uber.
MOVIES - From THR: 20 films set for release in 2021 that were supposed to be released in 2020.
STREAMING-MOVIES - From CNN: How one bold decision made 'Trolls World Tour' the most important movie of 2020
From YahooEntertainment: After a premature death announcement, actress and Bond girl, Tanya Roberts, actually died at the age of 65, Monday, January 4, 2021. Roberts was best known for playing "Midge Pinciotti," a recurring role on Fox's former sitcom, "That '70s Show." She also played "Stacey Sutton" in the 1985 James Bond film, "A View to a Kill," which makes her a "Bond girl." Roberts was also known for playing the lead in the notorious box office bomb, "Sheena," for playing "Julie Rogers," one of the main roles in the final season of ABC's former detective series, "Charlie's Angels."
From CNN: Former NBA player and coach, Paul Westphal, has died at the age of 70, Saturday, January 2, 2021. Westphal is best known for his association with the Phoenix Suns, where he both played an coach. As a player, he helped lead the Suns to the 1976 NBA Championship series, where the lost to the Boston Celtics. As the Suns head coach, he led them to the 1993 NBA Championship series, where they lost to the Chicago Bulls. He won an NBA championship as a player with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him, in 1974. Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.
From YahooSports: Former NFL running back, Floyd Little, has died at the age of 78, Friday, January 1, 2021. Little was a three-time All-American at Syracuse University. He spent all 9 seasons of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. He was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
From RollingStone: The British-American rapper and music producer, Daniel Dumile, best known as "MF Doom," died at the age of 49, October 31, 2020. Known for being enigmatic and mysterious and for his impossibly intricate rhyme schemes, Dumile recorded under several names. After his family moved to New York, Dumile began recording with the rap trio, KMD. He went on to collaborate with a number of the most notable names in hip-hop, including Danger Mouse and Ghostface Killah.
From Deadline: Former New Jersey high school principal, Joe Louis Clark, has died at the age of Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Clark was principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. He was the inspiration for director John G. Avildsen's 1989 film, "Lean On Me," in which actor Morgan Freeman as Clark.