A group of journalists whose work has landed them in jail — or cost them their lives — has been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018.
“Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal wrote in an essay about the selection. “This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment: Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.”
The magazine revealed its choice of “The Guardians and the War on Truth” on Tuesday on TODAY, along with the four magazine covers featuring Khashoggi, Ressa, the Gazette staff and the wives of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.
Jamal Khashoggi is the Washington Post columnist murdered for his criticism of the Saudi crown prince. Maria Ressa is the editor of a Philippine news website renowned for its critical coverage of its president’s controversially violent policies. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims.
The Capital Gazette is the paper targeted by a gunman who opened fire into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a sales assistant.
- A storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.Accidents on snow-covered interstates caused major delays, hundreds of flights were canceled and drivers in North Carolina and Virginia got stuck in snow or lost control on icy patches. Meanwhile, kids and the young at heart took advantage of the early winter snow with snowball fights, sledding and snowmen.Police in North Carolina and Virginia said they’d responded to hundreds of snow-related traffic accidents as of Sunday afternoon.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly urged residents to stay off the roads Sunday, asking drivers not to put lives of first responders needlessly at risk. Cooper said emergency crews, including the National Guard, worked overnight to clear traffic accidents on major roadways. One tractor trailer ran off a road and into a river, Cooper said.”Stay put if you can,” Cooper said. “Wrap a few presents, decorate the tree, watch some football.”Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which hit portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard.
The nation’s first strike of teachers from a charter school network was suspended in Chicago when their union announced it had won salary hikes, sanctuary for undocumented students and other concessions. Educators returned to their classrooms Monday.
Teachers at 15 charter schools operated by the Acero charter network went on strike Tuesday. Now, more than 500 of them will vote on the agreement and are expected to approve it.
The action was the latest — but not last — teacher strike of 2018, which began with walkouts by public schoolteachers in mostly Republican-led states, including West Virginia and Oklahoma. Educators demanded higher wages and more resources for ailing schools.
In the Oakland Unified School District in California, scores of teachers walked out for a day on Monday to push for salary increases, though the teachers union did not sanction the strike and teachers were warned they could be disciplined if they did not come to work.
- There’s a new world record, set to the tune of Christmas music!The Kansas City, Missouri Symphony tooted their way to a new Guinness World Record.Every year, they host the “Tuba Christmas” but they added a little flair to this year’s performance.They brought in nearly a thousand performers for the biggest tuba ensemble ever.The reason was to break the world record for the most tuba players playing one song continuously for five minutes.The symphony performed “Silent Night” over and over, until time was up.