The week ahead: 5 stories you need to know

A bid for the NBA championship continues on Sunday, Monday is a federal holiday, and Supreme Court hearings begin.


Coming up this week: A bid for the NBA championship continues on Sunday, Monday is a federal holiday, and Supreme Court hearings begin.

Here are the stories to watch this week.

NBA championship continues

The championship game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat reaches Game 6 Sunday night.

The Lakers lead the series 3-2 and are seeking their 17th championship title. Their last one was a decade ago with the late Kobe Bryant. It's been an emotional season for the Lakers, after Bryant's death in February and a season that was shot down for months due to the coronavirus.

The Lakers got within a few seconds of winning Friday but couldn’t knock out the Heat. Game 7, if needed, would be Tuesday.

Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday marks a federal holiday, Columbus Day, celebrated since 1972. But the national holiday is not without controversy. Columbus Day commemorates the first voyage of Christopher Columbus, who sailed from Spain in 1492 and landed in the present-day Bahamas.

Despite the so-called discovery, Native people already inhabited the region. Native American advocates have pressed states for years to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. At least 15 states have done so, either in place of Columbus Day or in addition to it.

Before it became a legal federal holiday in 1972, many states celebrated Columbus Day on Oct. 12, rather than the second Monday in October. Those dates align this year.

Supreme Court nominee hearings begin

Confirmation hearings begin Monday for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

If confirmed, the 48-year-old appeals court judge would fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month.

Barrett would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed. President George Washington’s appointee John Jay, the first Supreme Court chief justice, was the youngest at 44 years old when he took his oath of office in 1789.

Majority Leader McConnell debates challenger

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath are scheduled to debate Monday evening.

The debate — their first faceoff of the campaign — will be aired on Gray Television’s Kentucky-based stations. It comes near the end of a campaign that has been waged in distance, with the two sparring in hard-edged TV ads.

McConnell has consistently led in polling in the big-spending race.

Tony Award nominations announced

Nominations for this year's Tony Awards are set to be shared Thursday.

The Tony Awards’ YouTube Channel is set to announce the nominations at noon ET, pitting 18 eligible shows in competition for 26 competitive categories in a coronavirus-shortened season.

Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows, including 16 that were still scheduled to open.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.