A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe’s news desk on Jan. 21, 2013
Super Bowl to be a family affair
In what will be a marketer’s dream, this year’s Super Bowl will feature a clash of brothers – John and Jim Harbaugh. The brotherly showdown was set up Sunday with semi-final wins by the Baltimore Ravens – where John coaches – and the San Francisco 49ers, where his kid brother Jim runs the team. The game – the first ever brother-on-brother match in Super Bowl history – will take place in New Orleans Feb. 4.
Obama reboot begins today
Four years after he rode an inspirational message of hope and change into the White House, Barack Obama will take the oath of office again to kick off his second term. The President took the official oath on Sunday, legally mandated to happen on Jan. 20, along with vice-president Joe Biden. Today’s ceremony will begin around noon EST, with a speech by the President on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, a trek to the White House and an evening of revelry with balls across the city. Globe and Mail Washington correspondent Konrad Yakabuski takes a look at what Obama’s second term may look like.
Canadians may have been involved in Algeria attack
Reports have surfaced that two of the men involved in the bloody attack on a gas facility in Algeria may have been Canadian. According to Ennahar, a private television station in Algeria, two of the bodies recovered among the Islamist militants are Canadians. Foreign Affairs officials say they are in contact with the Algerians “to obtain more information.” Meanwhile, it is still unclear how many died when the Algerian military raided the facility in an effort to free dozens of foreigners and Algerians abducted in the attack, retaliation for the French intervention in neighbouring Mali. In the latest estimate, the Algerian interior ministry says 23 foreign and Algerian hostages and 32 militants were killed.
Quebec corruption inquiry resumes
After an extended holiday break, the Charbonneau commission resumes public hearings today into corruption in Quebec. The inquiry ended with a cliffhanger, disclosing without elaboration that two former Quebec Liberal cabinet ministers and a Conservative Senator are on a list of construction bosses, municipal fundraisers and politicians who met at an exclusive Montreal club.
AFN interim leader says hunger striker ‘not helpful’
In yet another sign of divisions within the aboriginal community, a high-profile chief said that Theresa Spence’s insistence on continuing her protest was “becoming a concern,” The Globe’s Kim Mackrael reports. “You know, let us do our jobs, as the Assembly of First Nations executive. Let us do our jobs,” said Roger Augustine, regional chief for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, who is chairing the executive of the AFN while chief Shawn Atleo is on sick leave. Ms. Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat band, has been living on tea and fish stock for five weeks.