News Wrap Up

5 things you need to know from the past week, plus 1 you don’t.

Jan. 20, 2020 – Virginia Peninsula Foodbank in Hampton hosted their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day food drive, bringing in the equivalent of 22,000 meals (including food and money donations). Over 200 volunteers packed 3,500 boxes and bags of food for seniors, low-income households, and children. Hampton University students, local and state leaders, as well as other members of the community came together to help with the event. To read more about the food drive, click here.

Jan. 20, 2020 – The Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Va., drew approximately 22,000 people to protest in support of gun rights. The reason for the enormous crowd in attendance of an annual rally was that the Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, along with other Democrat state legislators, started pushing gun control bills through the legislature. As a result of the legislation, at least 136 municipalities have passed resolutions making them Second Amendment sanctuaries, where the state gun control laws (if they are passed) would not be enforced. Read a firsthand account of the rally here.

Jan. 22, 2020 – The impeachment trial in the Senate begins. The Democrats and President Trump’s team each have 24 hours to give their opening arguments over the course of three days. Following all six days, there will be up to 16 hours of questioning as senators have the opportunity to submit questions in writing to Chief Justice John Roberts who will choose which ones to ask and direct them to either the White House legal team or the Democrat House managers. After the questioning, there will be debates and a vote on whether or not witnesses will be called and documents subpoenaed. If the Senate votes against this, they will move to a final vote regarding the removal of the president. To better understand the timeline and details of the impeachment trial, click here.

Jan. 24, 2020 – A 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed 29 people and injured 1,466 in Turkey. Rescue workers pulled people from the rubble of collapsed buildings in the city of Elazig, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. Over 500 aftershocks, including a 5.4 magnitude earthquake, followed the initial one. Click here to read more about the story.

Jan. 24, 2020 – The annual March for Life was held in Washington, D.C., with President Trump being the first president to attend in person. Other speakers included House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, and abortion survivors. To read and watch President Trump’s speech, check out this link.

And the bonus – Mr. Peanut from Planters Peanuts has died; his funeral will be held during the Super Bowl.

Natalia Mittelstadt

Natalia Mittelstadt

Natalia Mittelstadt is the News Department Head for the Daily Runner.