‘The World Looks Different Now’: 2022 Starts Without Betty White

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    Betty White
    American actress and comedian (1922–2021)
Actors from the television series "The Golden Girls" stand together during a break in taping in 1985 in Hollywood. Betty White, far right, died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Actors from the television series "The Golden Girls" stand together during a break in taping in 1985 in Hollywood. Betty White, far right, died Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

ACROSS AMERICA — Good morning and cheers to a new year! It’s Jan. 1 and the first day of 2022. Before you get started on those resolutions and kick off yet another trip around the sun, here are the stories we’re following today”

  • A Colorado wildfire destroyed at least 500 homes by Friday.

  • More canceled flights frustrated air travelers on the final day of 2021.

  • The far-right group Proud Boys delivered toys to a Long Island hospital.

  • AOC tells Republicans to stop “projecting their sexual frustrations” at her.

Betty White, the iconic actress and comedian beloved by generations and best known for her roles on "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," has died, her agent Jeff Witjas confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE and The Washington Post. She was 99 years old.

White was preparing to celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 17. She died Friday at her home in Brentwood, California.

White’s death immediately triggered an outpouring of grief and memories from those who knew her and those who admired her from afar.

Among those paying tribute to White was Ryan Reynolds, her co-star in 2009’s “The Proposal.”

“The world looks different now,” Reynolds tweeted. “She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.” »Betty White, Beloved Comedian And Actress, Dead At 99, via Los Angeles Patch

Wildfire Decimates Colorado Towns

The Marshall Fire burned through Boulder County on Friday, charring around 6,000 acres and destroying more than 500 homes in Colorado, making it likely the most destructive wildfire in the state's history. The fire was one of several that started in the region as winds gusted up to 110 mph and spread the fires rapidly, weather officials said. »Marshall Fire Likely The Most Destructive In Colorado's History, via Boulder, Colorado, Patch

Flight Cancellations Soar Again

More canceled flights frustrated air travelers on the final day of 2021 and appeared all but certain to inconvenience hundreds of thousands more over the New Year's holiday weekend. Airlines blamed many of the cancellations on crew shortages related to the spike in COVID-19 infections, along with wintry weather in parts of the United States. »Flight Cancellations Soar Again On Last Day Of 2021, via Across America Patch

Best Of Patch 2021: Celebrating Local

In 2021, Patch helped communities across the country tell thousands of stories. Each focused on something different. The stories told tales of discovery, dissent and determination. In Georgia, parents rallied for a new high school. In Maryland, an ancestry kit brought together strangers from the same family. And in Manhattan, a small group of people fought to protect a sacred space. »Best Of Patch 2021: 'Let's Help People'; Book Ban Questioned, via Across America Patch

Your Good News Fix

While 2022 got off to a bittersweet start, cheer up with this week’s collection of happy stories and inspiring tales. A special education teacher plans to open a coffeehouse inspired by her uncle Tom. A man and his granddaughter graduated high school together, and meet the Food Network’s youngest baker. »11 Good News Stories: He Ate How Many Pancakes? Plus, Dog Days, via Across America Patch

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