Some news items you might have missed:
• Instagram: Brody, my ceaselessly energetic wonder pup, couldn’t decide what toy to play with last night. So, he pulled out an assortment (above).
• LGBTQ Nation: Anti-LGBTQ state lawmaker Doug Ericksen died after testing positive for COVID. He was highly critical of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, and never missed a chance to vote against gay rights.
• Variety: After months of pandemic-wary movie patrons, 2021 is at least going out with a bang. Spider-Man: No Way Home webbed up a mind-boggling $121.5 million on Friday from 4,336 locations, putting itself on the path toward a projected $242 million opening weekend.
Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Swinging to Massive $240 Million-Plus Debut After Record-Breaking Opening Day https://t.co/DwSETB1tza
— Variety (@Variety) December 18, 2021
• The Guardian: Many January 6 rioters are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding appeals that rewrite the history of the Capitol invasion, even as they plead guilty.
• CNN: Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have tested positive for coronavirus. Both are vaccinated and boosted, so their symptoms are reportedly mild.
I learned today that I tested positive for COVID-19 after first feeling symptoms on Saturday. My symptoms are relatively mild. I’m beyond grateful to have received two doses of vaccine and, more recently, a booster – I’m certain that without them I would be doing much worse.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) December 20, 2021
I regularly test for COVID & while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case. Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms & am grateful for the protection provided against serious illness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 19, 2021