Start your week smart: Italy, Anne Rice, Michigan shooting, vaping, Golden Globes

Updated 8:58 AM ET, Sun December 12, 2021

A man found a baby boy who was just a few hours old abandoned in a subway in New York. The chance encounter led to an unexpected family and a beautiful children's story. Here's what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

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The week ahead

Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley will be in court Monday. He faces murder, assault and weapons charges in the rampage that killed four students. The 15-year-old, who's pleaded not guilty to all charges, will be tried as an adult.
In New York, children ages 5 to 11 will have to show proof of one dose of coronavirus vaccine before entering indoor restaurants, fitness and entertainment venues. The requirement also applies to children participating in activities such as sports, orchestra and dance.
Eligible families will start receiving the final child tax credit payment of the year. They'll get up to $300 for every child under age 6, and a maximum of $250 for each kid between ages 6 and 17. While this is the final check of the year, there could be more to come in 2022 if the White House gets its way.
Former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, has until Wednesday to sit for a deposition. A House subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis issued the subpoena as part of its probe into the federal response to the pandemic.
Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial resumes after a few days break due to the judge's scheduling conflict. The government rested its case last week after prosecutors called 24 witnesses across 10 days of testimony.
Want more 5 Things? This weekend on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, we sit down with CNN Investigates reporter Isabelle Chapman to discuss the coal ash pond that's seeping into groundwater in Alabama and threatening the ecosystem. Some environmentalists call it "America's Amazon." Listen here

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