Washington, Capitol communities reel from another deadly attack
Less than three months after rioters stormed the Capitol, police Chief Yogananda Pittman announced another loss in the department’s rank on Friday. A man rammed a vehicle into a barricade shielding the property’s north side, killing officer William “Billy” Evans, an 18-year member of the force. Another officer was injured. “We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it,” President Joe Biden said. The latest attack is expected to reignite a debate in Congress over how to fortify the nation’s seat of democracy.
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Christians greet Easter Sunday with both celebration and discretion
Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year for Christians around the world as they celebrate Easter, which also marks the end of Holy Week, the last week of Lent. The biblical story of Easter says that three days after Jesus was murdered, he arose, and his tomb was found empty. Easter falls on a different Sunday each year, sometime between March 22 and April 25, because it is tied to the Jewish calendar. In the Bible, Jesus was resurrected on the first Sunday after the Jewish festival of Passover, which also changes each year. Many families also tie in decorating Easter eggs and telling tales of the Easter bunny bringing baskets filled with sweet treats to their traditions. But those customs more likely came from pagan rituals celebrating the spring season. After a 2020 holy season that saw most services moved online due to the pandemic, the faithful are greeting the 2021 season with a mix of excitement, enthusiasm – and caution.
Fallout intensifies over Georgia voting law
Major League Baseball’s decision on Friday to pull its All-Star Game out of Atlanta likely will escalate debate this weekend over new election legislation that disproportionately affect citizens of color in Georgia. Commissioner Rob Manfred described the move as the “best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.” Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp responded by saying the league “caved to fear, political opportunism, and liberal lies.” MLB’s Atlanta Braves, who play in Philadelphia against the Phillies this weekend, released a statement in response to the decision. It, in part, reads, “This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city.” Columnist Mike Freeman called out the Braves and wrote the team “failed to meet the moment.” MLB’s decision comes as a growing number of critics and advocates are calling for a boycott of Georgia-based companies over the Republican-led overhaul of the state’s elections.
NCAA to crown women’s champs, Final Four will whittle men’s field to two
After last year’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA this weekend will crown a new women’s champion and whittle the men’s field to two, in advance of Monday’s championship game. In the men’s event, airing on CBS, the Final Four takes place Saturday in Indianapolis, with No. 2 seed Houston taking on No. 1 seed Baylor in the early game (5:14 p.m. ET) and No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga looking to remain unbeaten when it faces No. 11 seed UCLA (8:34 p.m. ET). The women’s championship game is Sunday at San Antonio’s Alamodome (6 p.m. ET, ESPN) and will feature an all Pac-12 final as No. 1 overall seed Stanford will take on Arizona, which stunned UConn Friday night. Two of Arizona’s five losses this season have come to Stanford.
Sunday’s SAG Awards head into the stars’ home
The 2021 SAG Awards are finally taking place on Sunday after COVID-19 delays and being bumped by the Grammys. Amid the ongoing pandemic, the awards show is dramatically changing course. Instead of its annual live show at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, this year’s event will head into the stars’ homes for a pre-taped one-hour special. The SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a TNT encore airing at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.