5 things for December 28: Afghanistan attack, weather, Vladimir Putin

Fancy yourself a fixer-upper type? There's a half-built skyscraper with your name on it. (...

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 4:29 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2017 4:29 PM

Fancy yourself a fixer-upper type? There's a half-built skyscraper with your name on it. (It'll only set you back $85 million.) Now, here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Afghanistan attack

Once again, a terror attack has rocked Kabul. This time, it was a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives in the meeting room of a Shiite cultural center. The blast killed at least 40 people. Attacks such as these are becoming depressingly regular in the Afghan capital. Terrorists have attacked mosques, military bases, even sport stadiums. They've targeted civilians, police and the military in equal measure.

2. Weather

If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, the end of 2017 is going to straight up chill you to the bone. The blast of Arctic air that's frozen the Midwest spreads to the Northeast, just in time for New Year's Eve. So, when you're out and about celebrating the holiday, keep your skin covered as much as possible to protect from frostbite. International Falls, Minnesota -- a place that knows a little something about cold temps -- had a record-breaking low temperature of -36 degrees F yesterday. And Erie, Pennsylvania, sits under 65 inches (!!!) of snow.

3. Sexual harassment

Women combat sexual harassment and assault at work and on the streets. They're fighting the same battles in the air, too: unwanted groping and worse on planes. Airlines say they have zero tolerance for this type of misbehavior, but often flight attendants come across like they don't really know how to handle such situations. And it's difficult to determine just how widespread the problem is because the federal government doesn't track numbers.

4. Taxes

The GOP tax plan has been the law of the land for less than a week but already it's spurred a change -- people paying their property taxes early. Residents in high-tax states like California and New York are rushing to pay up because the new tax plan limits the amount of money you can deduct for state income, sales and property taxes to $10,000. Right now those deductions are unlimited.

5. Vladimir Putin

If there were any doubts that Vladimir Putin excercises nearly total control in Russia, the past couple of days should erase them. The Russian President is officially running for re-election for a fourth term, in a race that he'll most certainly win. It helps that his only serious opponent, Alexey Navalny, has been conveniently barred from running. Putin has also pretty much given his security forces a license to kill, saying they should "terminate" criminals if they feel their lives are in danger: "Act decisively, take no hostages and terminate the bandits on the spot."

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Take the Trump train

Israel's naming a high-speed rail station in Jerusalem after President Trump, as the whole country experiences a Trump-naming frenzy.

Twitter trim

Twitter is too much for even the Library of Congress now. No longer will it save every single public tweet. Alas, your rants are now lost to history.

They have so much in common

For over 60 years these friends were bros for life. Then a DNA test revealed they were bros for real.

Time's (almost) up

If you know something about the 1990 art heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, you better speak up. The $10 million reward ends soon.

Not all fun and games

Play video games -- a lot? Next year, the World Health Organization will list it as a mental disorder.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH

But wait, there's Moore!

Alabama is supposed to certify Doug Jones' Senate election win today. But Roy Moore isn't going down easy. The Republican, who lost by more than 20,000 votes, has filed a complaint claiming voter fraud and wants a new special election.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

16

The number of years in a row that Hillary Clinton has been named America's most-admired woman in an annual Gallup poll. Among men, Barack Obama is the most admired, followed by President Trump.

AND FINALLY ...

'What's up dude?'

It's 70 people from 70 countries doing their best imitations of American accents. Note to the rest of the world: we don't all sound like California valley girls. (Click to view)

Lafayette
Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 22°
Kokomo
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 16°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 21°
Lafayette
Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 22°
Danville
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 21°
Frankfort
Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 15°
Frankfort
Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 15°
Monticello
Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 18°
Monticello
Cloudy
27° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 18°
Logansport
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 18°
Slick spots....
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 587049

Reported Deaths: 9287
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion810691296
Lake44121665
Allen31797541
Hamilton28178303
St. Joseph26684369
Elkhart24057340
Vanderburgh18519213
Tippecanoe17305121
Johnson14398284
Porter14342159
Hendricks13793241
Madison10509212
Vigo10432171
Clark10151129
Monroe9029108
Delaware8782129
LaPorte8721153
Kosciusko784677
Howard7834137
Warrick636790
Hancock633297
Bartholomew624294
Floyd6098105
Wayne5903156
Grant5799109
Dubois541670
Boone531467
Morgan512388
Marshall492484
Henry491164
Cass469060
Noble458757
Dearborn454544
Jackson413145
Shelby401178
Lawrence379475
Clinton363639
Gibson355056
DeKalb336363
Montgomery333851
Harrison326042
Knox325439
Miami308243
Steuben304940
Adams294435
Whitley292325
Wabash291645
Ripley290845
Putnam282447
Huntington281257
Jasper280733
White265738
Daviess260772
Jefferson248538
Fayette241348
Decatur241282
Greene232460
Posey230026
Wells228547
LaGrange223461
Clay216432
Scott216437
Randolph207540
Jennings191335
Sullivan188531
Spencer179917
Fountain178625
Washington175018
Starke170741
Jay162021
Fulton158829
Owen157837
Carroll151315
Orange150533
Rush148118
Perry145327
Vermillion144333
Franklin142533
Parke12788
Tipton127332
Pike113125
Blackford107022
Pulaski94637
Newton89020
Brown85530
Benton84110
Crawford7479
Martin69213
Warren6537
Switzerland6175
Union6063
Ohio4647
Unassigned0374

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events