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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Thursday, June 9, 2022:


Miah Cerrillo, an 11-year-old girl who survived the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, testified before Congress in a pre-recorded video, describing how she covered herself with a dead classmate’s blood to avoid being shot. A mother whose daughter was killed urged lawmakers to implement gun control measures, specifically mentioning “a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines”; the House did approve a wide-ranging gun control bill Wednesday but it is unlikely to pass in the Senate. Meanwhile, a team of nine people, including an FBI official and former police chiefs, joined Attorney General Merrick Garland for their first review of the law enforcement response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School. CHEDDAR


Moscow is tightening its grip on occupied Ukrainian territory in the south, repairing about 750 miles of tracks to secure a “land bridge” from Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said “full-fledged traffic” can now flow from Russia through Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region to another occupied region and on to Crimea, accomplishing one of Moscow’s major objectives in the war. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces pulled back to the outskirts of the eastern city of Severodonetsk, home to one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Though Ukrainian forces still control all of its smaller twin city Lysychansk, the governor of the Luhansk region said most of Severodonetsk was in Russian hands. CNN


It’s been 519 days since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and tonight the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot will host a primetime televised hearing that will feature the committee’s opening arguments and testimony from Caroline Edwards, a Capitol Police officer injured on Jan. 6, and Nick Quested, a documentary filmmaker who was at the riot on behalf of the Proud Boys, a far-right group. This hearing and subsequent hearings will include “substantial” new material that has not yet been seen publicly, such as interviews that might include Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The next hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET Monday. You can watch tonight’s hearing on at 8 p.m. ET. CHEDDAR

Not us grabbing popcorn for a Congressional hearing.


Police arrested a man armed with a handgun, knife and pepper spray near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The man — identified as Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California — arrived near Kavanaugh’s house in a taxi around 2 a.m. and was reportedly threatening to kill the Supreme Court justice because he was upset over the leaked draft opinion suggesting the court would overturn Roe v. Wade, which would end federal-level abortion protections. Protesters have regularly gathered outside justices’ houses since the leak, prompting around-the-clock security. CHEDDAR


Approximately 90 women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI, citing the agency’s failure to stop the sports doctor after first receiving allegations against him. Among the claimants are Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, who are each seeking $50 million. Lawyers said Nassar sexually assaulted dozens of patients for more than a year after USA Gymnastics went to the FBI. Nassar eventually pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and child pornography charges in 2017 and is effectively serving life in prison. The FBI has six months to respond to the tort claims filed yesterday, which could lead to further litigation depending on its response. AP


After Elon Musk threatened to terminate his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, the social media company will grant Musk access to a “firehose” of internal data, hoping to appease Musk’s concerns about the number of Twitter users that are fake or spam accounts. The “firehose” API is a comprehensive stream of data comprising more than 500 million tweets posted each day. Musk said the buyout was on hold until he received this information, so Twitter’s board hopes this pushes the deal closer to completion. The data — for which dozens of companies pay for its access — could be available to Musk as soon as this week.  AP

There goes Musk’s hard-out.


Covid-19 vaccines could be administered to children under the age of 5 as early as June 21, according to senior administration officials. An FDA advisory committee will meet June 14-15 to review submissions by Moderna and Pfizer, with a decision for authorization expected soon after. The CDC will meet for two days beginning June 17, and its director will decide whether it recommends the doses shortly thereafter. FDA authorization and CDC recommendation would make every American eligible for Covid vaccines. Most children will be able to get a shot at their pediatrician or primary care provider, but the administration is working to expand accessibility. ABC NEWS


An ownership group led by billionaire Walmart heir Rob Walton has agreed to purchase the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion in a deal that doubles the highest price ever paid for an NFL team. The previous owner, Pat Bowlen, who died in 2019, purchased controlling interest in the Broncos in 1984 for $78 million. He ran the team until 2014, when he gave up control of team operations to a board of trustees due to his deteriorating health. Under Bowlen, the Broncos had fielded one of the NFL’s most successful teams, taking part in more Super Bowls than losing seasons. Walton, who is one of the richest people in the world with a net worth of roughly $58 billion, gives the Denver Broncos the deepest pockets in the NFL. ESPN
Does this make Russell Wilson a Walmart employee?


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, less than a quarter of AAPI adults with a mental illness received treatment in 2019 — the lowest rate among ethnic groups in the United States. Experts say problems stemming from immigration status, cultural taboos and monetary issues are among the reasons AAPI individuals don’t seek help. Nao Medical Center in Queens, New York, hopes to break the stigma in that community by offering low-cost mental health support in more than 40 languages. Cheddar’s Michelle Castillo visited Nao Medical and spoke to co-CEO and acting medical director Dr. Priti Jain about the challenges AAPI groups face in regard to mental health, and how to address those challenges. CHEDDAR


It’s African American Music Appreciation Month, a tradition dating back to 1979 when President Jimmy Carter first designated June as Black Music Month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Black Americans across an array of genres, so the Cheddar staff curated a special playlist to commemorate Black musical artists. Head to Cheddar’s special Black Music Appreciation Month Spotify playlist to get a little bit of everything, from classics like Sam Cooke’s “What a Wonderful Word,” to modern chart-toppers like Drake and Future’s “I’m on One.” CHEDDAR


Director Robert Eggers on Building Historic Authenticity in “The Northman”
Filmmaker Robert Eggers joined Cheddar News to discuss the process of getting every detail right in his brutal drama, “The Northman.” CHEDDAR
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