Damar Hamlin continues his remarkable recovery; the U.S. House is still voting on a speaker; and President Joe Biden is set to speak on the Jan. 6 anniversary. These stories and more highlight the morning rundown for Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.
Bills-Bengals game won’t resume after Damar Hamlin injury
Damar Hamlin gave the nation a scare at the beginning of this week. He collapsed on the field during Monday night’s football game.
Whether he would survive remained unknown for days. Yesterday took a dramatic turn for the better.
Now that the league knows Hamlin is on the mend, a decision to cancel the Bills and Bengals match came down Thursday evening.
The match-up will not be resumed. Both teams have already clinched play-off berths.
The greatest difference this makes is where postseason play will take place. The AFC championship game could be played at a neutral site. Or home field advantage could be decided by a coin toss. It depends on the different scenarios in seeding.
House continues vote for speaker
After a third day of voting and 11 rounds of votes cast, the U.S. House has again failed to elect a speaker. This is something unseen in the chamber since before the Civil War.
On Friday, House members will come to the floor once again. Concessions have been made within the GOP. But whether or not it will be enough still remains unknown, as 20 Republicans continue to vote against congressman Kevin McCarthy.
Biden to speak on Jan. 6 anniversary
Today marks the second anniversary since the Capitol was breached on Jan. 6, 2021.
The events that followed the last presidential election resulted in the largest investigation ever conducted by the U.S. Justice Department.
So far, 900 arrests have been made with the potential of hundreds more.
Today President Biden will speak from the White House, hold a moment of silence, and present a “citizens medal” to 12 people involved in defending the Capitol.
At the center of the stage, two years ago, was President Donald Trump. Since then he has been met with legal recourse.
Trump sued in police officer’s death
The partner of officer Brian Sicknick filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Trump. He died at the Capitol.
Although the officer died of natural causes according to the medical examiner, the lawsuit states his death was a direct consequence of Trump’s rhetoric that day.
A spokesperson for Trump has already refuted the lawsuit.
High-profile arrest leads to unrest
Mexican authorities made a high-profile arrest Thursday. They captured Ovidio Guzman, a son of infamous drug lord El Chapo.
Retaliation from cartels created chaos in the streets. Vehicles were stolen, fires were set to cars and buses, and shots were fired at airplanes. This prompted a local airport to shut down along with schools.
“We advise Americans not to travel to Sinaloa as a result. For those Americans who are in Sinaloa, we strongly encourage them to monitor local news, to follow emergency instructions provided by local authorities,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
Ovidio Guzman was wanted by the United States. He is an alleged fentanyl drug-trafficker who was captured once before in 2019, but was released because of similar cartel retaliation.
The arrest comes just days before President Biden is set to visit the border on Sunday. He will meet with Mexico’s president to discuss drug trafficking and immigration.
Oldest person in U.S. dies at 115
The oldest person in the United States was Bessie Hendricks at 115 years old. But this week she passed away at her Iowa nursing home.
She celebrated her 115th birthday in November. She was the oldest person in the country and the fourth oldest person in the world.
The teacher and mother of five said her secret to a long life was “hard work.”
Bessie is survived by three of her children. One of her sons said he also has a theory about his mother’s long life, saying she loved to eat sweets.
KARAH RUCKER: SINCE IT’S FRIDAY LET’S START OFF WITH SOME FEEL-GOOD NEWS.
DAMAR HAMLIN HAS MADE REMARKABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN HIS RECOVERY. WHILE HE’S STILL ON A BREATHING TUBE…HE IS AWAKE AND AWARE.
THIS IS YOUR MORNING RUNDOWN.
BILLS-BENGALS GAME WON’T RESUME
CRAIG MISH | SPORTSGRID RADIO HOST: “Some of the latest updates include Damar being conscious, Damar also asking whether or not the Bills won their game against the Bengals. and so some incredible positive moments are coming out of this.”
DAMAR HAMLIN GAVE THE NATION A SCARE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS WEEK. COLLAPSING ON THE FIELD DURING MONDAY NIGHT’S FOOTBALL GAME.
WHETHER HE WOULD SURVIVE REMAINED UNKNOWN FOR DAYS. YESTERDAY TAKING A DRAMATIC TURN FOR THE BETTER.
NOW THAT THE LEAGUE KNOWS DAMAR IS ON THE MEND…A DECISION TO CANCEL THE BILLS AND BENGALS MATCH CAME DOWN THURSDAY EVENING.
THE MATCH-UP WILL NOT BE RESUMED. BOTH TEAMS HAVE ALREADY CLINCHED PLAY-OFF BERTHS.
THE GREATEST DIFFERENCE THIS MAKES IS WHERE POST-SEASON PLAY WILL TAKE PLACE.
THE A-F-C CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COULD BE PLAYED AT A NEUTRAL SITE…OR HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE COULD BE DECIDED BY A COIN TOSS…JUST DEPENDING ON THE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS IN SEEDING.
HOUSE CONTINUES VOTE FOR SPEAKER
Cheryl Johnson, Clerk of House of Representatives: “No member elect, having received a majority of the votes cast, a speaker has not been elected.”
ARE YOU GETTING DEJA VU YET?
AFTER A THIRD DAY OF VOTING AND 11 ROUNDS OF VOTES CAST…THE HOUSE HAS FAILED TO ELECT A SPEAKER…AGAIN AND AGAIN.
SOMETHING UNSEEN IN THE CHAMBER SINCE BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR.
TODAY…HOUSE MEMBERS WILL COME TO THE FLOOR ONCE AGAIN.
CONCESSIONS HAVE BEEN MADE WITHIN THE G-O-P…
BUT WHETHER OR NOT IT WILL BE ENOUGH STILL REMAINS UNKNOWN AS SOME 20 REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO VOTE AGAINST CONGRESSMAN KEVIN MCCARTHY.
VOTING WILL RESUME SAME-TIME TODAY.
BIDEN TO SPEAK ON JAN. 6 ANNIVERSARY
TODAY MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE CAPITOL WAS BREACHED ON JANUARY SIXTH OF 20-21…FOLLOWING THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
EVENTS FROM THAT DAY RESULTED IN THE LARGEST INVESTIGATION EVER CONDUCTED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.
SO FAR 900 ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE POTENTIAL OF HUNDREDS MORE.
TODAY PRESIDENT BIDEN WILL SPEAK FROM THE WHITE HOUSE…HOLD A MOMENT OF SILENCE…AND PRESENT A “CITIZENS MEDAL” TO 12 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN DEFENDING THE CAPITOL.
AT THE CENTER OF THE STAGE TWO YEARS AGO WAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. AND SINCE THEN…HE’S BEEN MET WITH LEGAL RE-COURSE.
THE LATEST LAWSUIT FILED JUST YESTERDAY.
TRUMP SUED IN POLICE OFFICER’S DEATH
THE PARTNER OF OFFICER “BRIAN SICKNICK” FILED A “WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT” AGAINST TRUMP.
HE DIED AT THE CAPITOL.
ALTHOUGH THE OFFICER DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER…
THE LAWSUIT STATES HIS DEATH WAS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF TRUMP’S RHETORIC THAT DAY.
A SPOKESPERSON FOR TRUMP HAS ALREADY REFUTED THE LAWSUIT.
HIGH-PROFILE ARREST LEADS TO UNREST
MEXICAN AUTHORITIES MADE A HIGH-PROFILE ARREST THURSDAY…CAPTURING “OVIDIO GUZMAN”…A **SON OF INFAMOUS DRUG LORD EL CHAPO.
RETALIATION FROM CARTELS CREATED CHAOS IN THE STREETS.
VEHICLES WERE STOLEN, FIRES WERE SET TO CARS AND BUSES,
SHOTS WERE FIRED AT AIRPLANES…PROMPTING A LOCAL AIRPORT TO SHUT DOWN ALONG WITH SCHOOLS.
NED PRICE | STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON: “We advise Americans not to travel to Sinaloa as a result. For those Americans who are in Sinaloa, we strongly encourage them to monitor local news, to follow emergency instructions provided by local authorities.”
“OVIDIO GUZMAN” WAS WANTED BY THE UNITED STATES. AN ALLEGED FENTANYL DRUG-TRAFFICKER.
HE WAS CAPTURED ONCE BEFORE IN 2019 BUT WAS RELEASED BECAUSE OF SIMILAR CARTEL-RETALIATION.
THE ARREST COMES JUST DAYS BEFORE PRESIDENT BIDEN IS SET TO VISIT THE BORDER ON SUNDAY…WHERE HE’LL MEET WITH MEXICO’S PRESIDENT TO DISCUSS DRUG TRAFFICKING AND IMMIGRATION.
OUR RAY BOGAN HAS DETAILS ON BIDEN’S UPCOMING VISIT.
YOU CAN FIND HIS FULL REPORT ON OUR WEBSITE.
OLDEST PERSON IN US DIES AT 115
THE OLDEST PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES WAS BESSIE HENDRICKS AT 115 YEARS OLD…BUT THIS WEEK SHE PASSED AWAY AT HER IOWA NURSING HOME.
SHE HAD CELEBRATED HER 115-TH BIRTHDAY THIS PAST NOVEMBER.
THE OLDEST PERSON IN THE COUNTRY AND FOURTH OLDEST PERSON IN THE WORLD.
HENDRICKS SAID THE SECRET TO A LONG LIFE…IS “HARD WORK.”
SHE WAS A TEACHER BACK IN THE DAY…AND A MOTHER OF FIVE.
BESSIE IS SURVIVED BY THREE OF HER CHILDREN.
ONE OF HER SONS SAID HE ALSO HAS A THEORY TO HIS MOTHER’S LONG LIFE.
SAYING SHE LOVED TO EAT SWEETS.