What we’re watching Thursday
After high winds had threatened to ground the parade balloons, Snoopy, Spider-Man and co. were given to all-clear to fly amid the Manhattan skyscrapers at the Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade, the Associated Press reports.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 28, 2013
In this week’s address, President Barack Obama gave thanks for the country’s founders, the troops and their families, and the “freedoms they defend.”
After breaking a 155-year tradition, Macy’s said it would open its U.S. stores on Thanksgiving. Department store rivals such as Kohl’s Corp and J.C. Penney Co. Inc. followed suit, despite sales trends and an online backlash that suggested consumers would resist splurging during the holiday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Under new anti-protest law, Egypt jailed 21 women and girls
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 28, 2013
The Washington Post reports that 21 Islamist women and girls were convicted Wednesday, under a new anti-protest law enacted earlier in the week, for holding a late-October pro-Morsi protest in Cairo. The sentences ranged from 11 to 15 years. The law bans any protests of more than 10 people without a prior police permit.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki released a statement Monday in response to the new law, saying, “The United States wants Egypt’s transition to an inclusive democracy to succeed. We urge the interim government to respect individual rights and we urge that the new constitution protect such rights.”
Will Comet ISON survive a Thanksgiving roasting?
— Sungrazer Comets (@SungrazerComets) November 28, 2013
PBS NewsHour’s Rebecca Jacobson reported Wednesday that a tiny comet called ISON will make its first pass around the sun today. Should it survive the trip, ISON might give us a spectacular show in the northern hemisphere’s night sky into December.