Also: research on heart patients & cannabis use; McConnell's plan for senate impeachment trial procedure
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January 21, 2020

Tomorrow at WBUR CitySpace: Andrea Bernstein: "American Oligrarchs" With Here & Now's Tonya Mosley. Buy tickets.

Good Morning Boston,

🌞 Sunshine and chilly.  Highs 25-30.

Today: McConnell lays out plan for impeachment trial; a NPR poll on the security of November's election; new data on heart patients' cannabis use.

The latest episode of our new podcast "Food, We Need To Talk" dropped yesterday afternoon. It looks at the science behind the idea of "weight destiny," or rather, how much of our weight is predetermined by genetics versus a result of our environment. If you have 16 minutes, give it a listen. 

— Meagan McGinnes

The Rundown

1. Researchers Estimate 2 Million American Heart Patients Use Cannabis, Urge Caution
The evidence is limited, but the researchers say it suggests patients at the highest risk -- including after a recent heart attack or abnormal heart rhythm -- should limit or avoid marijuana.

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2. 'My People Still Are Not Free,' Rep. Ayanna Pressley Says At 50th MLK Breakfast
“I’m still an abolitionist, because my people still are not free,” Pressley said. “And I mean that in every way, not only because of the new Jim Crow and mass incarceration, but because we don’t have economic justice.”

3. Artificial Intelligence Could Help Scientists Predict Where And When Toxic Algae Will Bloom
Record says that the network's accuracy, particularly in the week before a bloom emerges, could be a game-changer for the shellfish industry and its regulators.

4. NPR Poll: Majority Of Americans Believe Trump Encourages Election Interference
Forty-one percent of those surveyed said they believed the U.S. is not very prepared or not prepared at all to keep November's election safe and secure.

5. McConnell Lays Out Plan For Senate Impeachment Trial Procedure
Starting today, the Senate majority leader plans for each side in the impeachment trial to have 24 hours to present their case, spread over two days. Democrats object to that idea.

Anything Else?

  • A planned memorial to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King may break ground in July.

  • Americans are living longer -- but when they need care, the U.S. offers little support for them or their families, writes Dr. Ifedayo Olufemi Kuye in this commentary.

Your Daily Must Listen

Radio Boston: The Righteous Love — And Righteous Anger — Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

How Mass. Schools Have Addressed Bullying In The 10 Years Since Phoebe Prince's Death

Report: Expanded Hours Boost Massachusetts School Breakfast Participation. Read more.

At MIT, Epstein Report Reopens Wounds — And Prompts Calls For New Leadership. Read more.

Lowell Students Teach Identity, Diversity And Narrative In National 'We Are America' Project. Read more.

What We're Reading

  • For Female Leaders, Humor Is A Blessing. Unless It’s A Curse (Washington Post)

  • The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy As We Know It (New York Times)

From The Archives

Photos: Women's Marches In Boston, Washington And Around World
On this day in 2017, 175,000 people rallied peacefully in support of women's rights. Similar marches were held in more than 600 cities around the world, loosely organized by groups of volunteers and advocacy groups.

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