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by Compiled by Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports | January 6, 2021 at 5:34 a.m.

• Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter will not attend President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. It marks the first time the couple, 96 and 93, will have missed the ceremonies since Carter was sworn in as the 39th president in 1977. A spokeswoman at The Carter Center in Atlanta said the Carters have sent Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their "best wishes" and "look forward to a successful administration." Biden was a young Delaware senator and Carter ally during the Georgian's term in the White House. The Carters have spent the coronavirus pandemic mostly at their home in Plains, Ga., where both were raised and where they returned after leaving the White House in 1981. Carter, a Democrat, became the longest-lived American president in March 2019, surpassing former President George H.W. Bush, who died the previous November. Carter survived a melanoma diagnosis that spread to his brain in 2015. He has since had several falls and hip replacement surgery. He no longer teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, as he had for decades, but still participates in church activities via video amid the covid-19 pandemic. Carter was the first former president to confirm his plans to attend President Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017. The Carters were seated on the aisle, next to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.

• An emotional Valerie Bertinelli said on NBC's "Today" show that dealing with the October death of her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen hasn't been easy. "It's been rough," the choked-up 60-year-old actress told show host Hoda Kotb Monday. "Very bittersweet." The "One Day at a Time" star married the guitar god in 1981 and stuck with him until 2001. They finalized their divorce in 2007 and remained on good terms, according to People magazine. Together, the popular couple shared a 29-year-old son, Wolfgang, with whom Bertinelli has been spending a lot of time since the 65-year-old Van Halen lead guitarist succumbed to cancer. "We're doing OK," she said. "I'll see him [Wolfgang] later today." Bertinelli said there are times she wants to reach out to her ex-husband, then remembers he's gone. "Oh, no, I can't text him right now," she catches herself thinking. "Today" co-host Carson Daily said Wolfgang's goodness is testament to the wonderful job his parents did raising him. Bertinelli agreed that she and Eddie made a good kid. "Yeah, I kind of like him," she chuckled.

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