Denver teacher strike, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: 5 things to know Tuesday
Editors, USA TODAY
Published 4:21 a.m. ET Feb. 12, 2019
Government shutdown: Will Trump agree to new agreement?
After President Donald Trump used an El Paso, Texas, rally to make his case for border wall funding, details of the agreement lawmakers made “in principal“ to avoid another government shutdown are expected to be released Tuesday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey, announced the deal following a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill. Until this past weekend, the biggest sticking point for the group had been how to deal with the president’s demand for a $5.7 billion wall along the southern border — during the last shutdown, Democrats refused to give him the money, saying the wall would be costly and ineffective. Trump mostly avoided talking about the announced deal during the rally and gave no indication of whether he’d be willing to sign such a deal.
Contract talks to resume in Denver teachers strike
Negotiations are expected to resume Tuesday between striking teachers and Denver Public Schools. Thousands of school employees walked off the job Monday after failing to reach an agreement with administrators over salaries and bonuses — the latest in a year of teacher strikes across the nation. In a series of tweets, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock offered “all the resources at my disposal” to help teachers and school administrators reach an agreement to end the strike. Substitutes and administrators are staffing facilities in the 90,000-students, 207-school district, although officials acknowledged the strike would cause disruptions. Early-childhood classrooms are closed, leaving about 5,000 preschoolers at home.
Teachers from Denver Public Schools went on strike for better pay. It’s the first one in 25 years in the school district. USA TODAY
‘El Chapo’ trial: What’s taking the jury so long?
A federal jury in New York will deliberate for a sixth day Tuesday to decide the fate of alleged Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Federal prosecutors, who have called 56 witnesses against Guzmán during the trial, including 14 alleged former associates of the accused drug lord, argue that Guzmán smuggled tons of cocaine and other drugs into the United States. So why are the jurors, who are serving anonymously, taking so long? The answer might lie in part in the 10-count superseding indictment prosecutors filed against Guzmán, 61. The charges include participating in a continuing criminal enterprise, crime that could bring a life sentence in prison, drug trafficking, use of a firearm in tandem with drug-related crimes and money laundering.
Who’s top dog? We’ll find out tonight
More than 2,880 canines from 200-plus breeds are vying for the Best in Show prize at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which will be awarded Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Live coverage culminating in the Best in Show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Last year’s Best in Show went to an adorable, diminutive Bichon Frise named Flynn. (Whichever dog wins the top prize will have a hard time topping Rudy the bulldog, who pulled off an amazing agility run Sunday.)
Smokey Robinson headlines Grammys Motown tribute show
Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder are among the Motown stars set to perform at “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre on Tuesday. Comedian Cedric the Entertainer will co-host the event with Robinson. Other Motown alum enlisted include Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Thelma Houston, and Mickey Stevenson. The show will air April 21 on CBS. On Sunday, the Grammy Awards featured a Motown medley with Jennifer Lopez, who faced a social media backlash for participating in a tribute recognizing a historic African-American record label.