Start the week smart: Omicron, Australia, Michigan, Rod Stewart, Haiti

By Faith Karimi, CNN

Ben Affleck caused controversy with comments on his marriage and alcohol addiction. But he also highlighted important conversations for addicts and their relatives, said an expert. Here’s what else you need to know Start your week smart.

That was the weekend

  • It’s unclear whether Omicron is a milder variant. But its spread is sure to overwhelm hospitals, experts say.
  • A Michigan city prepares for the inauguration of an all-Muslim government on January 2.
  • A sixth child has died after a bouncy castle was lifted into the air at a school event in Australia.
  • Singer Sir Rod Stewart and his son pleaded guilty to the simple battery in an incident in 2019.
  • Suspects in the assassination of the Haitian President say they were “betrayed, betrayed and betrayed”.

The next week


In Chile, voters go to the polls to elect a new leader to succeed outgoing President Sebastián Piñera. You will choose between two candidates who disagree on same-sex marriage rights, legalizing abortion, controlling natural resources, and expanding programs to deal with migrants.


After three months of testimony from 32 witnesses, the fate of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is now in the hands of the jury. Holmes is confronted in nine cases of transfer fraud and in two cases of conspiracy to commit transfer fraud. A jury of eight men and four women will begin the deliberations tomorrow.

In the case of former Brooklyn Center cop Kim Potter, the jury’s instructions and closing arguments are due to begin tomorrow. Potter faces manslaughter charges of manslaughter on Wright after shouting “Taser” repeatedly during a traffic stop in April.


NASA’s commercial cargo provider, SpaceX, plans to launch the next replenishment mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft will deliver 6,500 pounds of cargo with scientific experiments and crew equipment.

The winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is Tuesday or Wednesday. At this point in time, the sun appears most southerly, just above the Tropic of Capricorn. It is the shortest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter. In the southern hemisphere it is exactly the opposite.

Do you want 5 more things? This week, on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we’re speaking to CNN National Correspondent Brynn Gingras, who joins us from the tornado-ravaged city of Mayfield, Kentucky. She tells us about the survivors she met and looks to what’s next for the region as she begins rebuilding. Listen.

Photos of the week

If you ever want to get a dog to “smile” for the camera, try throwing them a treat. It worked wonders for German photographer Christian Vieler, who published two books about dogs trying to catch snacks in mid-air. Here’s a look at the cute, hilarious, and sometimes surprising photos.

What happens in the conversation

“Spider-Man” throws cinemas a lifeline

The arrival of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” shows that it is still possible to rally a huge opening weekend at the box office, even if such overpowering numbers have become rare and border on unheard-of during the pandemic, writes Brian. by CNN Lowry.

What happens in sports

All eyes are on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is back on the golf course after a car accident in February. He’s competing in the $ 1 million PNC Championship in Florida with his 12-year-old son Charlie this weekend. The tournament is a two-person 36-hole competition that champions champions with family members.

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the past week! So far, 29% of readers who took Friday’s news quiz got eight or more questions right. How well can you? If you can’t see the quiz, click here.

Play me off

An oldie, but a goodie

A group of fathers dancing in ugly Christmas sweaters is a Christmas present that is given over and over again.

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