INSURRECTIONISTS STORM U-S CAPITOL
An angry mob of white supremacists stormed their way into the U-S Capitol in hopes of disrupting the certification of the Electoral College by the joint session of Congress. The predominantly-White horde was riled up in the morning by President Donald Trump and his closest allies, among them former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani. One person made his way into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and put his feet on her desk; he was later arrested for stealing a piece of her mail. President Trump later was banned permanently from all major social media and is presently in line to be the first sitting President with two impeachments.
SECOND ROUND OF STIMULUS CHECKS APPROVED
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Tuesday ... blocking 2-attempts from Democratic Senators to pass a bill that would boost stimulus checks from 600-dollars to 2-thousand dollars ... which the House narrowly passed late last Monday night with Republican support. But McConnell ... also saying the Senate will start a "process" to bring 3-priorities -- which are also Trump demands -- to the table this week ... one of which includes increasing those stimulus payments.
IN MEMORIAM: JOE CLARK
The tough, yet inspirational Paterson, New Jersey high school principal portrayed in the hit 1989 film 'Lean on Me,' has died. According to a Facebook post by the mayor of Paterson, former Eastside High School principal, Joe Clark, died Tuesday at his home in Florida at the age of 82. Clark famously used a bullhorn and a baseball bat to keep his students in Paterson in line.
Americans waiting out record vote count; Trump mounts lawsuits
Media reports say over 101 million ballots were cast prior to Election Day (Nov 3), however, the mail-in ballots that have swamped election boards coast-to-coast have caused a longer-than-normal vote count. President Trump has since launched numerous lawsuits to try and have those ballots not counted as experts say they may favor Democratic challenger Joe Biden. States still counting ballots include Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona and Nevada.
California GOP admits to installing 'unauthorized' mail-in drop boxes
A recent story from UPI says the California Republican Party admits to placing its own mail-in ballot drop boxes in three key counties. CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla has sent the state's GOP a cease-and-desist order for the boxes as they are a violation of state election law. The GOP says it does not intend to remove the boxes and in some places, they've also instituted a "Recall Gov. Gavin Newsome" petition drive.
Three-quarters of Americans plan to save rather than spend, poll shows
The vast majority of Americans say they plan to save money rather than spend it in the near future, and that finding a COVID-19 vaccine will have an impact on their fiscal plans, a Gallup survey showed Wednesday. The survey, part of the Franklin Templeton-Gallup Economics of Recovery Study, showed seven in 10 respondents said a vaccine will impact their willingness to return to normal spending. The poll also showed that 76% said they plan to continue saving money over the next six months. A little less than a third said they will spend savings on basic goods or services; 13% plan to spend it on a vacation or travel; and one in 10 said they will pay off existing debt.
DINAHLYNN BIGGS HONORED BY COOK COUNTY IL [JUN 16 2020]
A recent proclamation from Cook County (IL) Board President Toni Preckwinkle lauded BiggsRadio.com founder Dinahlynn Biggs as a key DJ in the promotion and development of the Chicago Steppin Community. The proclamation was in accordance with the county's celebration of Black Music Month, which is held every June. Dinahlynn, who once ruled the airwaves at WLTH in her native Gary, IN, was feted alongside fellow DJ Reggie Miles and her longtime mentor, Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites.
IVY TECH OFFERS FREE CLASSES DUE TO COVID-19 [JUN 10 2020]
According to the NW Indiana Times, Ivy (short for Indiana Vocational) Tech Community College will offer free classes and training for 10,000 students across the state in an effort to help those affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The statewide community college system is offering courses in a range of high-demand areas including manufacturing, business and information technology. Many of the classes and training will be available on a flexible timeline allowing students to start and finish at their own pace, though some may be time limited. Course types will be increased throughout the summer, according to the release.
A DREAM COME TRUE [JUN 4 2020]
After over 40 years in the business Dinahlynn Biggs is set to launch her own station. Said the former WLTH/Gary legend, "From my experience in radio, I plan to offer a progressive approach to digital programming across the world and in other countries. Working with Independent Recording Artists while breaking their music, tracking, and charting." Biggs radio is licensed by ASCAP, BMI, and Sound Exchange along with being a member of the Internet Broadcasters Alliance and the Digital Broadcasters Association registered under WDLB-DB. Biggsradio.com - (773) 46Biggs - firstname.lastname@example.org. The station is set to launch publically on June 27, 2020, at 12 noon.
THE PERFECT STORMS [JUN 4 2020]
The USA hasn't seen a double-whammy on its shores this potent since Martin Luther King Jr's assassination in April 1968 put the Vietnam War front and center. This year, already saddled with the COVID-19 pandemic, America showed its true colors on Memorial Day when now-jailed Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to choke out and kill George Floyd. The ensuing protests and violence eerily reminded the old heads of that ugly spring in 1968. But then, something wonderful happened. The protests outlasted the looting and saw a rare conjoining of police and protestor alike. Could it be the start toward - as many hope - that proverbial "more perfect union"?