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Will there be enough vaccine to go around?
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to a new group of Ohioans today, but there are still questions about how many doses will be available for later stages in the rollout.
Ohio residents 75 and older and those with severe congenital or developmental disorders now qualify for the vaccine.
But as eligibility expands, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is worried about the supply. He sent a letter to President Joe Biden last week outlining his concerns.
“The most important thing you can do is get us more vaccine,” DeWine wrote. “We can deal with most of the other challenges surrounding its distributions, but the need for more is an imperative.”
In Kentucky, vaccinations are outpacing doses.
“Supply is going to be a major issue in the United States and it’s why we’re going to have to have patience,” Gov. Andy Beshear said.
What will McConnell do?
President Donald Trump’s second impeachment process is moving forward today as the House delivers impeachment articles to the Senate.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a key figure in the process, faced a resolution, backed by some Northern Kentucky GOP leaders, urging him to support Trump and condemn the impeachment, according to a report from Enquirer reporter Julia Fair.
The resolution, which was rejected by the State Central Committee on Saturday, doesn’t appear to have had an impact on McConnell. Even as it circulated, he admonished Trump for his actions before the attack at the U.S. Capitol.
“The mob was fed lies,” McConnell said. “They were provoked by the president and other powerful people, and they tried to use fear and violence.”
And while it failed, the resolution is an indication of how Republican politics could play out in the coming year.
“The resolution is the latest front in the emerging schism in the Republican party between the party establishment and Trump devotees,” Fair writes. “And Kentucky is a key battleground because it’s home to the personification of the establishment, McConnell.”
The impeachment trial will begin the week of Feb. 8.
Challenger disaster marks 35th anniversary
Thursday is the 35th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion that killed seven crew members and left a searing memory for those who witnessed it on live TV.
The crew included high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who planned to offer lessons from space, heightening interest in the launch.
The explosion occurred 73 seconds after liftoff. NASA later found that failed O-rings and other contributing factors lead to the disaster.
The incident became a cultural touchstone, especially with students watching from their classrooms across the country.
“Those of us who are old enough to remember can probably tell you exactly where we were and what we were doing,” said space center Director Bob Cabana in 2016.
The news dominated the front page of The Enquirer the following day.
Kennedy Space Center plans to stream its annual Day of Remembrance at 11 a.m. Thursday on Facebook.
Will UC and Xavier play this week?
If the Bearcats play Wichita State this Wednesday it will have been 17 days since their last game.
The Musketeers, whose next matchup is on the books for Friday, haven’t played since Jan. 10.
COVID-19 delays have wreaked havoc on both teams’ schedules and while there’s still time to get in the required 13 games before the tournament, each delay contributes to what is already a fraught period.
“It’s not fun to be inside my head right now,” UC coach John Brannen said earlier this month.
Weddings, wings and windows
Hold on to your wallets.
At least you don’t have to worry about temptations at the Cincinnati Boat, Sport and Travel Show. It’s been canceled until 2022.
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