4 Things To Know: MLK Day Events, Fitbit Issues & More

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From MLK Day celebrations and marches to an “unhappy” Fitbit study, here are the four stories to know for Monday, Jan. 18.

Celebrations & Marches On MLK Day

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This federal holiday started 30 years ago to honor the slain civil rights leader.

There are celebrations happening all over the Twin Cities, including a sold-out breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Also, protesters are planning to march in what they are calling “A Tale of Two Cities/MLK Justice Rally.” It will start out as two rallies at 3:30 p.m.

The Justice for Jamar Clark Rally will start at Lake & 46th in Minneapolis. Those protesters want to see the video of what happened in November when police shot and killed Jamar Clark.

The other rally Monday afternoon will be at Marshall & Otis in St. Paul. Those protesters want the Marcus Golden case reopened. He was shot by police just over a year ago. A grand jury cleared the 2 officers involved.

You won’t get any mail because of the holiday and banks are closed, but parking meters generally are free

Fitbit (& Other Fitness Tracker) Issues

Using a Fitbit or other device or app to track your exercise, sleep and calories may not be the best way to go.

New research from Duke University says counting your steps could make you less happy. The researcher says that while measuring prompts us to do more, it can make people enjoy the activities less.

People in the study said enjoyable activities like walking became more of a job.

The study also showed sucking the fun out of the activities made people less likely to do them in the future.

Tour Boat Fire Near New Zealand

Everyone has been rescued after this tour boat caught fire off of New Zealand today.

Passengers had to jump from the burning boat into the ocean before they were picked up by other boats.

There were 60 people on this tour boat when it caught fire.

Only three of them had to go to a hospital.

Donald Trump Ban In The UK?

Donald Trump’s ideas are not sitting well across the pond.

British Lawmakers are going to debate Monday whether he should be banned from their country.

More than 500,000 Brits signed an online petition calling for Trump to be blocked from Great Britain. This happened after he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Monday’s debate won’t result in a binding vote.

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