ENTERTAINERS, ATHLETES GET EXEMPTION FROM NYC VACCINE MANDATES
NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Eric Adams says he wants to close a loophole in city COVID rules that require entertainers and athletes to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before taking the stage, field or court. So today he’s to announce he’s exempting athletes and performers from the city’s vaccine mandate for private workers. The most immediate effect of the announcement is that it will let Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving play home games – and let unvaccinated baseball players who play for the Mets or Yankees play once the season begins. Adams has said the vaccine rule was unfair because it let unvaccinated performers and athletes not based in New York do their thing.
SEN. BOOKER’S WORDS CARRY CLOUT AT JACKSON S.C. HEARING
WASHINGTON (AP) – There were thousands upon thousands of words spoken so far at the Senate hearing on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. But among those that will echo through history are those spoken by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. While some lawmakers used their time to rehash Jackson’s past rulings, Booker focused on the historic nature of the event; if approved Jackson would become the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Booker denounced colleagues who tried to question her handling of cases over the years, saying their efforts were “shocking.” Choking up, Booker told Jackson, “Don’t worry, my sister. Don’t worry. God has got you. And how do I know that? Because you’re here, and I know what it’s taken for you to sit in that seat.” Booker added: “You have earned this spot. You are worthy. You are a great American.” Jackson picked up a tissue and dabbed at the tears rolling down her cheek.
ALEX JONES SKIPS DEPOSITION IN SANDY HOOK LAWSUIT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Infowars host Alex Jones failed to show up yesterday at a deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He’s also supposed to show up today, but his attorney indicates he won’t make that appointment, either. The parents asked the judge handling the case in Hartford, Connecticut to have Jones arrested if he fails to show – but the judge declined to do that. Jones is being sued for claiming the 2012 massacre was a hoax. He has already been found liable for damages – and a trial on how much he should have to pay is to begin in August.
REDUCED SENTENCE DENIED FOR PAMELA SMART
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A former high school worker convicted of recruiting her teenage lover to kill her husband has lost a bid to get out of prison earlier. A judge in New Hampshire has denied Pamela Smart’s request for a reduced sentence. Smart was convicted 30 years ago in a case that became a national sensation. Eventually the courtroom drama was dramatized in the 1995 movie “To Die For,” starring Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix.