MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about for Friday, Jan. 29. They include a high-profile makeover for an American icon, and a protest expected in response to a wildly successful documentary miniseries.

Protesters Expected Following ‘Making A Murderer’

At least 100 supporters of convicted killer Steven Avery are expected to protest today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Organizers say the peaceful event will be held near the county courthouse. Avery and his nephew were convicted in 2007 of killing freelance photographer Teresa Halbach. They’ve gained supporters worldwide since the release of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”

Barbie Serving Up New Realness

For the first time in 57 years, the iconic fashion icon Barbie is getting a dramatic makeover. The famed doll by Mattel will now come in four body types and seven skin tones, with 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. The revamped Barbie line comes after years of criticism over Barbie’s unrealistic proportions and standard of beauty for girls to try to meet.

St. Paul School May Drop Celebrating Holidays

Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul is considering dropping all celebrations for such holidays as Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day. Principal Scott Masini says the intention is to find a way to honor and engage in holidays that are inclusive of the student population. The move falls in line with St. Paul School Board policy, which discourages programs and festivities that celebrate observances unless they are required by law.

‘Affluenza’ Teen In Court Friday

The teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck is scheduled to appear in a Texas courtroom Friday. Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation for the crash that killed four people. He was recently deported from Mexico where he was arrested — with his mother — for breaking his probation.


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