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Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 11:51 AM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 12:15 PM
WASHINGTON — Presidential inauguration ceremonies didn't always mean booking A-list celebrity performers and garnering over a million attendees.
In fact, former president George W. Bush attracted an approximate total of 700,000 attendees for both of his swearing-in ceremonies combined.
Up to 900,000 people were expected to attend President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremony and inaugural parade on Friday, according to the D.C. Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Performers for Trump's inaugural ceremonies include "America’s Got Talent" finalist Jackie Evancho, American country music artist Lee Greenwood, rock group 3 Doors Down, singer Toby Keith, YouTube stars The Piano Guys, DJ Ravidrums, The Frontmen of Country and Jon Voight.
It's important to note that the exact number of attendees isn't so easy to count. For decades, the National Park Service provided official crowd estimates for gatherings on the National Mall, according to the Associated Press. But that changed after 1995.
To come up with this compilation, we relied on news archives to give you the data.
So, how do Trump's attendance estimates and list of performers stack up against past presidential inaugurations?
Here’s a look back at the past 12:
Barack Obama, 2013
Attendance: Approximately 1 million attended Obama’s second inauguration, according to CNN.
Notable performers: Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson
Barack Obama, 2009
Attendance: 1.8 million, according to CNN
Notable performers: U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman
George W. Bush, 2005
Attendance: 400,000, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: Technical Sgt. Bradley Bennett, Denyce Graves, Susan Graham
George W. Bush, 2001
Attendance: 300,000, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: Staff Sgt. Alec T. Maly, Ricky Martin and Jessica Simpson
Bill Clinton, 1997
Attendance: "Hundreds of thousands" attended, according to the New York Times
Bill Clinton, 1992
Attendance: 250,000, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: Marilyn Horne
George H.W. Bush, 1989
Attendance: "Tens of thousands" attended, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: Staff Sgt. Alvy Powell
Ronald Reagan, 1985
Attendance: 140,000 attended, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: The U.S. Marine Band, Jesse Norman
Ronald Reagan, 1981
Attendance: 10,000, according to the New York Times
Notable performers: Juanita Booker (Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman performed at balls)
Jimmy Carter, 1977
Attendance: More than 250,000 attended, according to New York Daily News
Notable performers: Cantor Issac Goodfriend, U.S. Marine Band
Richard M. Nixon, 1973
Attendance: According to the New York Times, "thousands of persons" attended Nixon's second inauguration.
Notable performers: Ethel Ennis
President Richard M. Nixon, 1969
Attendance: 65,000 people attended, according to the Washington Post
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:05 AM
ST. MARYS, Ga. — Police in Georgia have identified the suspect who burglarized a game store using an unusual disguise.
The St. Marys Police Department said they have obtained an arrest warrant for 22-year-old Kerry Dean Hammond, Jr.
According to police, surveillance video shows him running around the store with the plastic wrapper from a package of bottled water over his head.
The break-in happened on April 13 around 1:30 a.m.
The St. Marys Police Department shared the video to its Facebook page and said the “craftily disguised gent decided to burglarize GameStop.”
The video has been viewed more than 17,000 times.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 9:58 PM
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The wife of San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich, Erin Popovich, has died, according to a statement from the Spurs.
She was 67.
She died early Wednesday, news outlets reported, after a long illness.
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs General Manager RC Buford said.
Spurs announce that Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away today. pic.twitter.com/vdpgaMfDeO— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 19, 2018
“She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Popoviches were married for four decades.
Erin Popovich is survived by her husband, Gregg, two children and two grandchildren.
Spurs announce that head coach Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin passed away earlier today.— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) April 19, 2018
“We mourn the loss of Erin,” said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”
The Popoviches met at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.
Gregg Popovich has coached the Spurs since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles.
My condolences to San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich and family on his wife Erin’s passing. @Spurs— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) April 19, 2018
San Antonio will face the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
The Warriors lead the series 2-0.
The Austin American-Statesman contributed to this report.
Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, died today, Spurs said in a release. They were married four decades. She had been ill over an extended period.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 19, 2018
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police in an Atlanta suburb are investigating after a woman discovered a hidden camera in a bathroom stall at a Starbucks in North Fulton County .
Officers with the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety confiscated the camera and detectives are now looking into the case.
According to the police report, the camera had about 25 videos stored on it, and “several” of those videos showed people using the restroom.
A 25-year-old woman discovered the camera around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. The camera was taped under the baby changing station in the women’s bathroom.
“We were quite concerned to learn this and are grateful to our customers and partners who took action to involve local authorities,” a spokesperson for Starbucks wrote in an email. “We will continue to support them in any way we can.”
Police said the woman removed the camera and notified the manager on-duty. According to the police report, the woman gave the camera to the manager who said he would notify Starbucks’ corporate office, but she pushed him to call 911.
Police arrived after the manager filed a report with the corporate office. The manager gave police the camera, its battery pack and a USB cord. Police then reviewed the camera and found the videos.
No suspects have yet been identified, but the person responsible for the camera would at least face the charge of eavesdropping, which is a felony, police said.
This incident comes as the company is facing backlash after two black men were arrested at one of its locations in Philadelphia last week. The company plans to close 8,000 stores for a day next month for company-wide racial bias training.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM
The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration about the matter.
“The transparency issue is revolting,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). “It is absolutely unacceptable that we continue to let members who abuse their employees hide.”
At a hearing of a House Appropriations subcommittee, Susan Grundmann, the head of the Congressional Office of Compliance, said that workplace settlements which involve lawmakers, often include non-disclosure agreements, precluding any publicity.
“Most settlement agreements – in fact all that I have seen – contain non-disclosure clauses in them,” said Grundmann. “Those are not by our doing.”
Pressed sharply by both parties at a hearing where she asked for a nine percent budget increase to help deal with harassment training and case reviews, Grundmann made clear there was no plan to reveal the names of members who had engaged in such settlements in the past.
“No, I think we are prohibited from under the law – in terms of the strict confidentiality that adheres to each one of our processes, and the non-disclosure agreements, we cannot disclose who they are,” Grundmann added.
Grundmann said new reporting standards approved by the House would reveal every six months which offices had some type of legal settlements – and she also said that if a lawmaker agreed to a workplace settlement, taxpayers would pay the bill up front – and then have that member of Congress reimburse Uncle Sam within 90 days.
So far, the House and Senate have not finalized an agreement on legislation to set new standards for transparency on workplace settlements involving lawmaker offices, as one leading Democrat today again demanded action by that chamber.
“The Senate has no more excuses,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Back in Wednesday’s House hearing, lawmakers did not like to hear that while reforms in the House would publicly name the lawmaker and/or a top staffer if they were involved in harassment of other staffers, a Senate reform plan would not be as sweeping.
“So, if a Chief of Staff engages in that conduct, or anyone else that isn’t the member, then their conduct is not disclosed?” Wasserman Schultz asked.
“That’s correct,” replied Grundmann.
“That’s absolutely unacceptable,” the Florida Democrat said.
The hearing came days after the resignation of Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who had taxpayers foot the bill for an $84,000 settlement with a former office employee – Farenthold had promised to pay that money, but now that he is gone, it seems unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, Grundmann denied press reports in recent weeks that any personal information about sexual harassment or workplace abuses in Congressional offices was left on unsecured computer servers.
“We have not been hacked. We have never stored our data on an unsecured server,” as Grundmann said their computer precautions had been described by officials as “Fort Knox.”