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NYC Daily Roundup 12/08: Eric Adams returns from Ghana, Knicks pick up road win & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Hello, fellow New Yorkers! Welcome back to the New York City Daily Roundup, the top spot to find the local news for the day. Today is Wednesday, Dec. 8, and it is the coldest day of the week so far!

The weather will peak at 41°F on Wednesday, with a low of 34°F. Sunset will be at 4:27 p.m. as skies remain clear.

As for the news, here are the top stories for this Wednesday:

1.) Eric Adams returns to New York City from spiritual journey

New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams returned to the city this week after a visit to Ghana before taking office. Adams departed from the city last week for his spiritual journey and is now facing mayoral work head-on as he is expected to name the next school's chancellor and police commissioner.

Adams must also prepare to address Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate, which was extended to include private-sector workers.

The mayor-elect's spokesperson spoke on his behalf, saying "The mayor-elect will evaluate this mandate and other COVID strategies when he is in office and make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals."

2.) Knicks win in San Antonio behind R.J. Barrett's stellar shooting

The New York Knicks earned a road win in San Antonio by beating the Spurs 121-109. Knicks guard R.J. Barrett notched seven three-pointers in the win, ending the night with a team-high 32 points.

"Things may not be going well and, all of a sudden, you take a charge, get to a loose ball, you get a tip from behind, you get a block," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "That could ignite you and all of a sudden you get an easy score, a couple of easy buckets and now you find your rhythm and things change quickly in this league. They can go from being terrible to being great real fast and vice versa. You've just got to keep going."

"I think the defense was really, really focused on Julius," Barrett said. "They were doubling on him every time he had the ball and we just moved it. We moved it and I was able to knock them down."

The Knicks return to action on Wednesday as they face the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m.

3.) SantaCon kicks off this weekend

The holiday festivities continue in New York City as SantaCon returns on Saturday, Dec. 11. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Christmas Spectacular, located on Broadway at 40th Street. Participating bars and venues can be found around Midtown East, Midtown West and the East Village.

For more information and a full list of participating locations, visit santacon.nyc.

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