The Sunrise News Sampler
- Last night, the Crimson Tide played to win with a 42-14 humiliating defeat of Notre Dame to win its second consecutive national championship.
- In other sports news, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will receive a second opinion on his latest right knee injury later today. If he's torn his ACL for the second time in less than four years, he will likely require a rehabilitation period of nine to twelve months, putting his status for next season in jeopardy.
- On Thursday, January 24, a free educational workshop on estate planning and asset protection will be presented by local attorneys at the Tuscaloosa Public Library Rotary Room. Issues discussed will include how to protect yourself from nursing home poverty, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills. Although free, registration is required and may be completed online at www.AlabamaEstateLaw.com or by calling 205-345-6789.
- In state news, our second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be the weekend of February 22-24. The state Revenue Department says the state will waive its 4% sales tax on items used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricanes and tornadoes, and some cities and counties will do the same.
- In other news, today is the second day of the preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to try James Holmes in the Colorado theater shootings. Holmes faces 160 counts including murder and attempted murder, in a case playing out amid a national debate over gun violence and mental illness.
- Meanwhile, gun owners' groups, victims' organizations, and video-game industry representatives are being invited to the White House this week to discuss possible proposals that could be come legislation to curb gun violence.
- In world news, unemployment continues to climb in the 17 European Union countries that use the euro. It reached a record 11.8 percent in November, and unemployment in Greece alone is up to 26 percent.