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5 things to know Wednesday


Jury in trial of men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery to continue deliberations

Jurors in the trial of the three white men accused of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery will continue to deliberate on Wednesday. How the almost all-white jury panel decides a verdict may ultimately depend on how they perceive Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, who was black and was the only defendant to testify. They will decide whether McMichael, his father, Gregory and William “Roddie” Bryan are guilty of murder and other crimes in the death of Arbery, 25, on February 23, 2020. McMichaels’ attorneys say the father and son were trying to detain Arbery for the police because they believed he was responsible for the robbery of a neighbor’s house and Travis had shot him in self-defense during a fight for his shotgun. “If the jury thinks that (Travis) McMichael was justified in using lethal force, then I also don’t think they will convict his father, nor for that matter the other accused,” Timothy Floyd, law professor at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, told USA TODAY.

President Biden to appoint Shalanda Young as budget director

President Joe Biden will appoint Shalanda Young as budget manager on Wednesday, months after her initial pick, Neera Tanden, was forced to withdraw her appointment over congressional objections, according to a source. Young, who has served as interim director of the Bureau of Management and Budget since she was confirmed as Biden’s choice for deputy budget director in March, would become the first black woman to hold the post. As budget manager, Young would permanently head the powerful executive office and play an outsized role in overseeing Biden’s economic agenda, including working with federal agencies to oversee the implementation of the Biden infrastructure bill. $ 1.2 trillion recently passed and potentially the president’s more radical social and climate spending. bill if he survives the Senate. Tanden faced a murderous confirmation process in which she was repeatedly forced to apologize for the controversial statements she made about Republicans while leading a left-wing think tank.

Going on a Thanksgiving road trip? Here’s when to start your trip.

If you haven’t hit the road for the Thanksgiving vacation yet, Wednesday night might be one of the best windows to do so. The transport analysis company INRIX found that the best time to take off was after 9 p.m. on Wednesday, before 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and before noon on Saturday and Sunday. INRIX found that traffic delays nationwide are expected to be about 40% higher than normal for Thanksgiving. Overall, more people are expected to get into their cars this holiday weekend, with the AAA forecasting nearly 4 million more people will take to the roads compared to last year. A November AAA report also predicts that auto travel volumes will fall to less than 3% of pre-pandemic levels, with 48.3 million people traveling by car for Thanksgiving.

5 things to know Wednesday

Cook the meal ? Help us.

Cooking a turkey? Trying to find last minute side dishes? We have what you need. Thanksgiving eve is hectic, especially if it’s your first time cooking a turkey. From finding your bird to serving beautifully sculpted pieces, this process takes a little time and energy, but achieving turkey perfection is easier than you might think and here are some tips from Reviewed on how to do it. If you are planning on frying your turkey this year, be sure to stay safe and not toss a frozen turkey in the fryer – there is a risk of fire. And remember, there is no shame in ordering take out. Have a good, safe and delicious holiday!

Premieres Wednesday: Disney’s “Hawkeye”, “Encanto”, “House of Gucci”

Ahead of the long holiday weekend, Wednesday features three big premieres with big stars attached. Marvel’s “Hawkeye” debuted on Disney + early Wednesday morning. The series explores the relationship of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), the next Hawkeye, as well as his relationship with his family following “Avengers: Endgame”. Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest collaboration, “Encanto,” hits theaters Wednesday. The film, set in the Columbia Mountains, stars 15-year-old Maribel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz of “Brooklyn Nine Nine”) as she unearths secrets and insecurities among her magical and gifted family. “House of Gucci,” featuring an All-Star cast including Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek, is also arriving in theaters. Director Ridley Scott’s sleek film captures three tumultuous decades of the Gucci fashion house.

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