5 things for Houstonians to know for Thursday, Jan. 14

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Here are things to know for Thursday, Jan. 14:

1. Trump becomes first president to get impeached twice: A look at the Capitol, in photos

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office.

With the Capitol secured by armed National Guard troops inside and out, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump.

The proceedings moved at lightning speed, with lawmakers voting just one week after violent pro-Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol after the president’s calls for them to “fight like hell” against the election results.

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2. Houston Fire Department announces death of Senior Capt. Jason Coronado

The Houston Fire Department is asking for prayers after announcing the death of Senior Capt. Jason Coronado Wednesday.

Coronado died on Jan. 4, 2021, according to the department.

HFD did not disclose the firefighter’s cause of death.

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3. Houston megachurch pastor sentenced to 6 years in prison for bilking investors

Kirbyjon Caldwell, the former pastor of a Houston megachurch, was sentenced to prison Thursday after admitting to bilking investors out of millions of dollars alongside a Louisiana investment adviser.

Caldwell was sentenced to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty in March to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to the Department of Justice, Caldwell and Gregory Smith, a Shreveport financial planner, used their clout and influence to persuade people to invest about $3.5 million in historical Chinese bonds. The bonds were reportedly issued by the former Republic of China before they lost power to the communist government in 1949. The bonds aren’t recognized by China’s current government and thus have no investment value.

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4. Some in Houston area eligible to get vaccinated frustrated with lack of access to coronavirus shot

Some Houston-area residents are frustrated with the current vaccination process and the availability of appointments.

Joe Hall, 75, said he tried to make an appointment at a Kroger in Tomball but was told the doses they had in stock were being reserved.

Hall believes all health care workers have the right to be vaccinated if they choose, but he doesn’t think any doses of the vaccine should be reserved.

“I’m on the state website now, and it says the 1A and 1B (people) should be vaccinated and no reserves, and what you’re doing is contrary to state guidance,” said Hall.

Hall said he doesn’t worry about himself, but he is concerned for others who may be in his age group and at serious risk

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5. Houston Rockets trade James Harden to Brooklyn Nets

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers.

The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for weeks, said a person with knowledge of the situation.

Harden is the centerpiece of a four-team deal that also involves Indiana and Cleveland, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade call with the NBA — which signs off on all deals — has not been completed.

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