Ask Amy: Competing Christmas Eve celebrations split this family for the holidays
Dear Amy: My late first wife has a sister who hosts a Christmas Eve dinner. The event tends to go past 10 p.m., resulting in tired participants for our Christmas morning, as well as no Christmas Eve together for our blended family. We do not know whether to drop it or continue to express regret about this competing annual Christmas Eve event and increase the volume. – Half a Family on Christmas EveDear Half-a-Family: My response is not what you want to hear. For you to have all of your adult children with you on both Christmas Eve and the following day – is unrealistic.mlive.com
A year after West Michigan boy survives rare syndrome linked to COVID, cases swell for kids in region
OCEANA COUNTY, MI – A year ago on Christmas Day, Dae’Shun Jamison was on a ventilator, his body struggling against a rare inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19. For five months, Brittney Autman kept a Christmas tree up at her house waiting for her son to come home.mlive.com
Michigan mother, 13-year-old daughter found dead by family members on Christmas Day
DETROIT -- Detroit Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a 57-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter after the two were found dead in their home on Christmas Day. According to police, the shooting took place in a home in the 18000 block of Prevost around 5:45 a.m. Saturday. Elaine Fizer and her adopted daughter, Daunya, were found by family members who were visiting them for the Christmas holiday, according to Fox 2 Detroit. Police have identified a person of interest in the shooting and are searching for him at this time. READ MORE:Coast Guard video shows Christmas Day rescue of lost hiker found on Michigan islandMan charged with homicide after fatal Christmas Eve shooting in Upper Peninsula cabinFire destroys Swartz Creek auto repair businessmlive.com
Mother grieves over teen daughter dying in her arms after LAPD fired at suspect
Through a translator, Soledad Peralta, the mother of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer as he fired at a suspect in a store last week, said that losing her daughter in her arms is one of the “most profound pains any human being can imagine.”news.yahoo.com
Queen Elizabeth's Christmas message touches on love and loss after the death of her husband, Prince Philip
"Although it's a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, Christmas can be hard for those who have lost loved ones," the queen said. "This year, especially, I understand why."cbsnews.com
Queen recalls 'familiar laugh missing' in Christmas speech
Queen Elizabeth II in her Christmas Day message shared the pain she felt after the death of her husband as she encouraged people everywhere to celebrate with friends and family, despite the grief caused by a pandemic now stretching into its second year. Saying she understood the difficulty of spending the holiday season “with one familiar laugh missing,” the monarch delivered her address beside a framed photograph of her arm-in-arm with Prince Philip, who died in April at age 99. This festive season is the first since the monarch said goodbye to her husband of more than 70 years in a service in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.news.yahoo.com
2021 College Football Bowl Games on December 25 - Camellia Bowl | Kickoff, How to Watch
Watch the 2021 College Football Bowl Season on FuboTV (7-day free trial)TAXACT CAMELLIA BOWLGeorgia State Panthers vs. Ball State CardinalsIf there was any way to be any more .500 than Ball State, please explain. In 2021, the Cardinals finished the regular season 6-6, and 4-4 in Mid-American Conference action and 2-2 in non-conference action. Ball State had gone winless in seven bowl appearances before knocking off San Jose State in the Arizona Bowl last season. Watch the 2021 College Football Bowl Season on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Georgia State won their last three games of the regular season, including a hard-fought win over Coastal Carolina in mid-November, to make it to their third-straight bowl season, and fifth since making the jump to FBS in 2013. The Panthers are 2-2 in bowl games, including a win over Western Kentucky in the LendingTree Bowl last season.mlive.com
NBA on Christmas Day: Celtics vs. Bucks, Warriors vs. Suns and More | Tip-Offs, How to Watch
New York has played more Christmas Day games than any other franchise, as this will be their 54th appearance on the holiday. They are 22-31 on Christmas Day, with their last appearance in 2018 ending up in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Watch the NBA on FuboTV (7-day free trial)GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS vs. PHOENIX SUNSThings move west to see the two best teams in the NBA go head-to-head. The Warriors are 13-17 all-time on Christmas Day, including their loss to the Bucks a year ago. Dallas has only played in four Christmas Day games coming into Saturday, and are 2-2 after falling to the Lakers last season.mlive.com
14-year-old fatally shot by LAPD has been identified
The coroner's office has identified the 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Thursday when officers fired on an assault suspect, and a bullet went through the wall and struck the girl as she was in a clothing store dressing room.news.yahoo.com
Forget about a white Christmas; New data shows another cranked up, warm storm
All of the latest data show a similar scenario with a strong storm center moving into western Lake Superior Christmas Eve. Storm forecast from Christmas Eve Day to late Christmas Day. It’s going to be a green and warm Christmas Eve. Temperatures on Christmas Eve will be in the 40s and 50s for at least the southern half of Lower Michigan. The cooler air will be moving in throughout Christmas Day, but morning will still be mild by Christmas standards.mlive.com
Here are the best, worst days to travel for the 2021 holiday season
Whether you’ve already booked holiday travel plans, or you’re waiting for the last minute to make sure there aren’t restrictions, there are certain things to keep in mind about which days will be best to travel, and what resources might be more scarce than in years past.
FBI says Nashville bomber acted alone, driven by "paranoia"
FBI says Nashville bomber acted alone, driven by "paranoia" There is no indication the man behind the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville was motivated by politics, the FBI said. But Anthony Warner was consumed by paranoia and conspiracy theories, according to the FBI.cbsnews.com
FBI: Nashville bomber driven by conspiracies, paranoia
The FBI statement also said the investigation concluded that Warner's actions were not related to terrorism. Then, inexplicably, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown” shortly before the blast. Investigators conducted more than 250 interviews and combed through more than 2,500 tips, the FBI said. AdNearly three months after the explosion, the blast site still remains closed off to traffic and Nashville’s bustling tourists. ___Associated Press writer Kimberlee Kruesi in Nashville, Tenn., contributed to this report.
Courtney Key was found dead on Christmas, shot in the head and dragged by a car. Her friends in LGBTQ community fear it was a hate crime.
On Christmas Day, they began to worry when Key went silent. Her location showed her near her mother’s house, where they knew she always spent the holiday. Then her location showed her at the Chicago police station on 111th Street, according to one of her mentors, Bryant Crawl, whom she called “Grandz.” Maybe she was arrested, he thought, so he went to the station.chicagotribune.com
FBI: Nashville bomber sent material to 'acquaintances'
FILE - This undated file image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner. (Courtesy of FBI via AP, File)Before he blew himself up in a Christmas Day attack that devastated blocks of downtown Nashville, Anthony Warner sent materials about his views to people he knew, federal investigators said Saturday. In a statement to The Associated Press, FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said authorities are “aware the suspect sent materials which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country.”Authorities have said Warner, 63, was responsible for the explosion, which damaged dozens of buildings and injured several people. Pack did not release additional details about what the packages from Warner contained but he urged anyone who may have received material from Warner to contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI. Then, inexplicably, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown” shortly before the blast.
Family loses everything in Christmas Day fire, new stores coming to Jackson mall: Jackson top headlines Dec 26-31
Five new stores, including Hobby Lobby, coming to former Sears site at Jackson mallFive new businesses are coming to the Jackson Crossing Mall. “We understand the desire of all residents to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.” said Rashmi Travis, Jackson County Health Officer. Tip from public leads to arrest in Jackson County Dollar General robberyA Jackson man on parole for armed robbery was arrested for allegedly robbing a Dollar General in Vandercook Lake. Christmas tree fire destroys Clark Lake houseA Christmas tree fire destroyed a family’s home Wednesday night. The family told firefighters that they heard a noise and when they turned around, the Christmas tree was on fire, Cota said.mlive.com
Nashville assessing building damage from Christmas bombing
Buildings that were damaged in a Christmas Day explosion are seen, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Officials are continuing to assess building damage caused by the Christmas Day explosion as law enforcement officials on Thursday allowed media outlets the first opportunity to survey the bomb site. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officials are continuing to assess building damage caused by the Christmas Day bombing as law enforcement officials on Thursday allowed media outlets the first opportunity to survey the downtown Nashville explosion site. City officials hoped to finish their assessment of the structural damage of the 41 affected buildings by Thursday. Bill Lee has asked the White House for an emergency declaration to free up money and resources to impacted business owners. Federal officials are continuing to investigate the motive of the man they identified as the bomber, 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner,
Portage restaurant struggling through pandemic thankful for ‘Christmas miracle’
PORTAGE, MI -- A Portage restaurant struggling through the pandemic said a “Christmas miracle” helped their business survive. Antique Kitchen Restaurant, a family breakfast and brunch restaurant in Portage, said Christmas Day was the busiest day they had seen all year. “I am here to express my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for what Kalamazoo did for Antique Kitchen on Christmas Day,” the restaurant owners said on Facebook. As you all know restaurants and the employees that work in restaurants are struggling during the pandemic. The restaurant decided to stay open on Christmas Day because the employees were struggling to make enough money, according to the restaurant’s Facebook post.mlive.com
Girlfriend of Nashville suspect warned police he was making bombs
Girlfriend of Nashville suspect warned police he was making bombs More than a year before the Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville, Anthony Warner's girlfriend warned police that he was building bombs in his RV. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com
Nashville bombing spotlights vulnerable voice, data networks
The Christmas Day bombing in downtown Nashville led to communications outages over hundreds of miles in the southern U.S., raising concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. networks. The blast seriously damaged a key AT&T network facility, an important hub that provides local wireless, internet and video service and connects to regional networks. AT&T customers lost service — phones, internet or video — across large parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. At some hospitals, electronic medical records, internet service or phones stopped working. It's not as if the physical vulnerability of communications networks comes as a surprise.
Nashville police provide update on downtown Christmas bombing investigation
A vehicle destroyed in a Christmas Day explosion remains on the street Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Officials have named 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner as the man behind the bombing in which he was killed, but the motive has remained elusive. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE – Police shared the latest details of an investigation into downtown Nashville’s Christmas day bombing during a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 30. Earlier this week, police identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the man responsible for the downtown Nashville bombing. Read: Nashville man’s girlfriend warned he was building bombsThe man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing that tore through downtown Nashville blew himself up in the explosion, and appears to have acted alone, federal officials said Sunday. Then, for reasons that may never be known, the audio switched to a recording of Petula Clark’s 1964 hit “Downtown” shortly before the blast.
Petula Clark shocked that 'Downtown' played before bombing
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Singer Petula Clark expressed shock and disbelief that her 1964 hit “Downtown” was aired just minutes before a bomb detonated in Nashville on Christmas morning. “I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing ‘Downtown'! Of all the thousands of songs — why this one?” Clark wrote on a Facebook post Tuesday. Clark said she loved Nashville and wished she could give everyone in the city a hug. “(Millions) of people all over the world have been uplifted by this joyful song,” Clark wrote.
Police on report man was making bombs: 'Hindsight is 20/20'
Maybe they could have followed up more, hindsight is 20/20,” Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said at a news conference. According to the incident report, when officers arrived, police said she had two unloaded pistols beside her on the porch. “During that visit, before leaving for the evaluation, Perry told police that her boyfriend was making bombs in an RV,” the report stated. The report also said attorney Raymond Throckmorton told officers that day that he represented Warner and told officers Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb making,” the police report said. Warner “knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb,” Throckmorton told responding officers.
Community comes together to remember Wayne State University student shot, killed on Detroit’s east side
DETROIT – Family and friends of 18-year old Casey Willis are uniting in grief, coming together to honor and remember the Wayne State student who was shot and killed Christmas Day. Family and friends met on Tuesday at University Preparatory Academy in Detroit -- where she attended -- to remember the life she lived. Every time you saw her, you felt positive energy coming from her,” said Jerry Lawrence with University Prep High School. “Casey was the best big sister ever,” said Willis’ younger sister, Carley Bush. I love you.”Willis was shot and killed on Cardoni Street on Detroit’s east side.
Petula Clark shocked and confused after ‘Downtown’ was used in Nashville bombing
Singer Petula Clark has spoken out in confusion about the use of her 1964 song “Downtown” by the man who set off a bomb in an RV on a Nashville street on Christmas Day. “Why this violent act — leaving behind it such devastation?” the British singer said in a statement posted Tuesday on Facebook. “A few hours later — I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement — was me — singing ‘Downtown’! AdvertisementOn Facebook, 88-year-old Clark tried to make sense of why her song was used but didn’t come to a clear conclusion. “Of course, the opening lyric is, ‘When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go Downtown,’” she wrote.latimes.com
Nashville police provide update on Christmas day bombing
Nashville Chief of Police John Drake speaks at a news conference Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Drake spoke before five officers told what they experienced when an explosion took place in downtown Nashville early Christmas morning. The officers are part of a group of six officers credited with evacuating people before the explosion happened. NASHVILLE – Nashville police provided an update on Sunday, Dec. 27 regarding an explosion that rocked Downtown Nashville on Christmas morning. During the news conference, officials said that the person of interest who was recently identified, Anthony Quinn Warner, is responsible for the explosion and died in the explosion. Read more: The Latest: Road near Nashville closed over suspicious truck
The Latest: Driver charged after truck stopped in Tennessee
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has said a robot was sent to investigate the truck and no device was found. The company suffered widespread outages in Tennessee and other states after a bomb in a recreational vehicle exploded near one of its facilities in downtown Nashville. Sheriff’s officials said the truck had been playing the audio when it was parked at a convenience store around 10:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Market in Walter Hill. Sheriff's officials did not specify what the box truck was playing. ___1:15 p.m.Nashville Police say a Tennessee man named Anthony Quinn Warner is under investigation in connection with the Christmas Day bombing that rocked downtown Nashville.
US officials: Suspect in Nashville explosion died in blast
Federal officials now turn to exploring the monumental task of piecing together the motive behind the Christmas Day explosion that severely damaged dozens of buildings and injured three in downtown Nashville, Tenn. While officials have named 63-year-old Warner as the man behind the mysterious explosion in which he was killed, the motive has remained elusive. (Courtesy of FBI via AP)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing that tore through downtown Nashville blew himself up in the explosion, and appears to have acted alone, federal officials said Sunday. “Nashville is considered safe," said Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake. Officials said their identification of Warner relied on several key pieces of evidence, including DNA found at the explosion site.
Millions face new UK virus restrictions; border chaos eases
Northern Ireland went into a six-week lockdown and in Wales, restrictions that were relaxed for Christmas Day were also re-imposed. Britain also reported more than 32,700 new cases of the disease on Christmas Day. Fears about the U.K.'s new variant have sparked a week of border chaos. Meanwhile, health authorities in the Madrid region said they had confirmed the U.K. variant in four people, all of whom are in good health. The 94-year-old queen and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip were setting an example by not visiting relatives as usual over Christmas.
Queen Elizabeth pays tribute to 'kindness of strangers'
LONDON – One of the traditional fixtures of any Christmas Day is to see Queen Elizabeth II and her family go to church. However, the queen, 94, did fulfill what is considered her most cherished Christmas Day duty. “We continue to be inspired by the kindness of strangers and draw comfort that — even on the darkest nights — there is hope in the new dawn," she said. It was recorded before the British government decided last weekend to ditch its plans for a five-day easing of coronavirus restrictions around Christmastime. Members of the royal family are spending the festive period at their respective residences this year instead of gathering at Sandringham.
Police: Explosion in Nashville may have been ‘intentional’
Emergency personnel work near the scene of an explosion in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Police believe the blast was intentional but don’t yet know a motive or target, and Drake noted that officials had not received any threats before the explosion. Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company's office tower, a landmark in downtown. The Federal Aviation Administration temporarily halted flights out of Nashville International Airport because of telecommunications issues associated with the explosion. McCoy said he heard gunfire 15 minutes before the explosion rocked his building, set cars in the street on fire and blew trees apart.
Pope on COVID-19 vaccine: Needy, vulnerable must come first
Pope Francis arrives to deliver the Urbi et Orbi (Latin for 'to the city and to the world' ) Christmas' day blessing inside the blessing hall of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (Vatican Media via AP)VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis made a Christmas Day plea for authorities to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all, insisting that the first in line should be the most vulnerable and needy, regardless of who holds the patents for the shots. “We can't let closed nationalisms impede us from living as the true human family that we are,” the pope said. Normally, tens of thousands of people would have crowded into St. Peter’s Square to receive the pope’s Christmas blessing and listen to his speech. Fraternity and compassion applies to people "even though they do not belong to my family, my ethnic group or my religion,” he said.
A pandemic Christmas: Services move online, people stay home
“It doesn’t feel like Christmas anyway, there’s no carols being played on the streets,” she said. "It’s Christmask,” the Daily Nation newspaper declared in Kenya, where a surge in cases led to doctors ending a brief strike Christmas Eve. Sypniewski, 58, bought her daughter pajamas, compared to a diamond bracelet last Christmas. Meanwhile, church services shifted online. A Christmas Eve pageant that is normally performed in person was recorded and shown online.
The Latest: France confirms case of new virus variant
People take pictures of themselves with the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York on Christmas day, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)PARIS — French health authorities have confirmed the country’s first case of the virus variant that prompted strict new lockdown measures in Britain and global travel restrictions. There were 3,123 newly confirmed cases of the virus and another 973 probable cases, according to the health department. In his Christmas Day message on Friday, he urged that the vulnerable and the needy be first in line. Beijing is also on high alert after two asymptomatic cases were reported Thursday, in addition to two confirmed cases last week.
The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
Michigan will not release daily COVID-19 data on 4 upcoming holidays
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan officials will not release the number of daily COVID-19 cases or deaths on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the state announced. On Wednesday (Dec. 23), Michigan announced 3,443 new COVID-19 cases and 70 additional deaths, bringing the state totals to 469,928 cases and 11,775 deaths. The next update won’t come until Saturday (Dec. 26), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced. “We wanted to give MDHHS staff some time off during the holidays,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. The same will be true after New Year’s Day, with new numbers being posted Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.
Metro Detroit weather: Changes to Christmas snow forecast, with cold, wind on the way
DETROIT – Changes are coming for our Christmas forecast, but only for the snow part. By the time temperatures drop enough to change precipitation to snow, most of the moisture will be gone. A snow shower can’t be ruled out around sunrise Thursday, but anything that shows up should be minimal with no accumulation. After a dry remainder of the morning, we might see a lake-effect snow shower Thursday afternoon, but better snow chances will return Friday. After a morning high in the mid-30s Thursday, temperatures will continually drop over a 30 hour period, until the mercury hits the mid-teens on Christmas morning.
In France, a pandemic dilemma over holiday rights for elders
Until Jan. 3, France is springing nursing home residents for the holidays. The three nursing homes that Grillon manages have so far successfully kept out infections during the autumn-winter surge in cases that has pushed France's death toll past 60,000, nearly one-third of them inside nursing homes. During visits in homes, residents and loved ones are encouraged not to touch or embrace each other or exchange gifts. Many nursing homes are taking the view that the holidays are an unmissable family occasion. “I'm always on the side of freedom for the residents.”___Jean-Francois Badias in Kaysersberg, France and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.
Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all
Meanwhile, Italy’s mind-boggling, color-coded holiday virus rules change almost every day for the next two weeks. SOUTH AFRICASouth Africa is targeting beaches and booze as it imposes new restrictions for the Christmas season amid resurgent infections. Beaches — major tourist attractions this time of year — will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. From Dec. 28-30, Italians segue into ’’orange” rules, when non-essential shops can re-open, although dining out is still banned. The U.S. has reported by far the most virus infections and deaths in the world, over 18 million cases and 322,800 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Local 4 News at 4 -- Dec. 22, 2020
Here’s what’s coming up on Local 4 News at 4:Expect the coldest, snowiest conditions on Christmas Day -- Ben Bailey has the full forecast“Temperatures will spike to their highest point of the forecast on Wednesday. We’ll be flirting with 50 in the afternoon, despite starting in the low 30s. The record is 59, by the way, so we won’t break it.” -- Ben Bailey
Metro Detroit weather: Coldest, snowiest conditions of the week expected on Christmas Day
DETROIT – Our forecast gets very wintry, very quickly with the coldest, windiest and snowiest conditions on Christmas Day. We’ll wake up to less than an inch of snow on Christmas Eve morning. As the main system pulls away, we’ll spend several hours dry, before winds kick up in the evening, bringing lake-effect snow showers that will hang around off-and-on through Christmas Day. Christmas Eve’s high will come before sunrise, then temperatures will fall through the 20s during the day. Temperatures will be closer to normal with dry conditions both days, until a mix of rain and snow arrives late on Sunday.
New this week: 'Soul,' a Tom Hanks film & 'Bridgerton' on TV
This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the character 22, voiced by Tina Fey, left, and Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in a scene from the animated film "Soul." But with more than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the biggest movies of the year — “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” — will be going straight to streaming. — Also arriving Christmas Day is “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins' sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 film. With Gal Gadot returning, “Wonder Woman 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is good” decade. — AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.
Metro Detroit weather: Temps near or below freezing Sunday evening
A quick shot of rain and snow remains in the forecast for the first official day of winter on Monday. More rain of snow are possible Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Afternoon highs will be near 40°F on Tuesday and near 45°F on Wednesday. Christmas Eve Thursday becomes cloudy again with rain and snow showers. Enough cold air wraps around an area of low pressure to give us snow flurries and light snow showers as Santa arrives early Christmas morning, and when families wake up on Christmas Day.
‘Christmas Star’ set to light up night sky on winter solstice
DETROIT – If the weather cooperates, something very special will be visible on the winter solstice this Monday night -- the “Star of Bethlehem,” also known as the “Christmas Star.”Despite the names, it’s actually not a star at all. Since Jupiter orbits the sun every 12 years and Saturn orbits the sun every 30 years, the two largest planets in the solar system don’t line up very often. The two gas giants will cross paths in the night sky on the winter solstice on Monday, Dec. 21. Though the planets are 450 million miles apart, to the naked eye, they will appear as one bright light in the sky. To view the Christmas Star, turn your gaze toward the southwest sky a little after sunset on Monday, Dec. 21.
Metro Detroit weather: Chilly Sunday with overcast skies
Sunday rounds out the last weekend before Christmas, and will continue to have overcast skies. A fast-moving clipper-like system will zip across the area with rain and snow showers Monday. Afternoon temperatures reach the middle and upper 30s. The first day of the holiday will be partly sunny and cold with morning temperatures in the teens and afternoon temperatures in the middle and upper 20s. · Track the live Michigan Weather Radar here· Track severe weather alerts here· Submit storm photos here· Find more weather forecast articles at Weather Center
Pandemic does not stop Santa Claus from spreading joy in Metro Detroit
This snowy Wednesday, Santa Claus made a socially distanced appearance in Birmingham -- and things are looking different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Santa also went high tech this year, meeting with children and families virtually on Zoom to share Christmas wishes and spirit. What you may not know is that Santa spends his off season right here in Metro Detroit under the assumed name of Daniel Suttkus. “Children don’t have to worry about Santa catching COVID and not being able to make his deliveries. But right now, before Christmas, we don’t want crowds to gather and we don’t want children to actually come visit face-to-face with Santa.
Metro Detroit weather: Mild temperatures return before major cool-down next week
DETROIT – Our forecast is getting a bit more active as we head toward the Christmas holidays. Expect a slightly milder stretch, then a major cool-down at the end of next week. We’ll see some more snow showers in spots Thursday, but a fewer than we saw Wednesday. Tempered warmupNormal highs are in the mid-30s, and for the second day in a row Wednesday, we couldn’t get there. Highs will hold around 40 degrees for the first half of next week, then the big chill sets in as Santa’s sleigh draws near.
The Latest: Australia leader to go slow on Pfizer vaccine
If approved, shots could begin within days for health care workers and people in nursing homes. Shots would then begin for health care workers and nursing home residents. ___CANBERRA, Australia — Australian researchers say they have abandoned development of a potential coronavirus vaccine because it produced false positive results on HIV tests. A health ministry statement says the government will first vaccinate health care workers, particularly those who deal with COVID-19 cases. ___HONOLULU — Hawaii expects to receive 80,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine in December for health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.