In the News·Posted on Jan 10, 2022Here Are A Bunch Of Things That Happened In The Last Week You Should Definitely Know AboutWondering where I can adopt a COVID-detecting dog for myself...by Simrin SinghBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. A Tennessee House Republican apologized after allegedly trying to "pants" a referee during his son's high school basketball game. Mark Humphrey / AP According to reports by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, Rep. Jeremy Faison walked onto the court and was told to leave by a referee. Faison exchanged some angry words with the referee and then proceeded to try to pull his pants down. Luckily for the ref, his pants stayed up. Faison later apologized on Twitter, saying, "Emotions getting in the way of rational thoughts are never good. I hope to be able to find the ref and ask for his forgiveness. I was bad wrong." 2. Some Massachusetts school districts are bringing highly trained dogs to classrooms to detect "the scent" of COVID-19. Bristol County Sheriff's Office @BristolSheriff K9s Huntah and Duke visited Norton Middle School today for some Covid-detection work. Thanks to Supt. Baeta and everyone from @NortonSchools and @FIU_Forensics for the help. 04:32 PM - 05 Jan 2022 Reply Retweet Favorite @BristolSheriff / Via Twitter: @BristolSheriff The Labradors, named Huntah and Duke, were trained to recognize the distinct odor that people with COVID-19 apparently have. The dogs will be able to detect the scent on surfaces and will sit down to indicate if they have smelled it. One school official said the effort will help students feel safe at school. "We are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk," Fairhaven superintendent Tara Kohler said in an interview with CBS Boston. 3. American figure skater Timothy LeDuc will become the first openly non-binary athlete to participate in a Winter Olympics. Atsushi Tomura / International Skating Union via Getty Images On Jan. 8, US Figure Skating announced that LeDuc will be paired up with Ashley Cain-Gribble to compete in Beijing next month."My hope is that the narrative shifts more to, queer people can be open and successful in sports," LeDuc said in a press conference. "We've always been here, we've always been a part of sports. We just haven't always been able to be open." 4. Jeopardy contestant Amy Schneider became the first woman to earn more than $1 million on the show in the regular season. Jeopardy / Via youtu.be On her 28th appearance on the show, Schneider joined just three other Jeopardy contestants in history to hit this milestone. Additionally, she holds the record for most consecutive wins by a woman, earning $1,019,600. “It’s not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name," she said in a press release.Schneider is also the first transgender contestant to place in the show's Tournament of Champions. 5. Hundreds of cars were stranded in the freezing cold on a Virginia highway for 18+ hours. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images After a crash involving multiple tractor trailers and heavy snowfall, officials shut down I-95, leaving drivers and passengers stuck in their vehicles overnight. Panicked travelers worried about running out of food, water, and fuel.“Not one police [officer] came in the 16 hours we were stuck,” passenger Meera Rao said in an interview with Al Jazeera. “Being in the most advanced country in the world, no one knew how to even clear one lane for all of us to get out of that mess?”I-95 eventually opened back up the next day after the crash. 6. US carbon emissions jumped a whopping 6% in 2021, bouncing back from the "pandemic dive" low emissions of 2020. Xinhua News Agency / Getty Images Three new reports released today revealed that the US is falling behind on its goal to cut emissions in half by 2030. Our emissions bounced back from 2020 faster than expected, contributing to the deadliest weather year since 2011.“The radical changes in our economy that are required for reaching low climate goals have not been achieved,” climate scientist Natalie Mahowald said to the Associated Press. 7. And finally, public and private schools in Washington, DC will now be required to provide students with free pads and tampons. Isabel Pavia / Getty Images Councilmember Brooke Pinto explained the logic behind the new initiative in an interview with WTOP News: "Students are expected, rightfully so, to have access to toilet paper when they use the restroom. And the idea here is that they should absolutely have access to period products as well.”According to a study by Thinx, 1 in 5 teens in the US are not able to easily access period products. This new school policy aims to help reduce that burden on students.In addition to the period products, the bill mandates that all students learn about menstruation in the fourth grade.