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Hyde: Listen to the Douglas students — they offer America hope

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Just listen to them. They’re so remarkable.

They’re Ariana Ortega, at the funeral of her friend Alexander Schatcher, saying, “We’re here to make change. We don’t want another community going through this.”

They’re Christine Yared, writing an op-ed column in the New York Times under the headline,…

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Trump announces support for improved background check system for gun buyers

Monday, February 19th, 2018

President Trump on Monday announced a willingness to consider a modest gun-control proposal introduced last year to strengthen the federal background-check system.

The White House said Trump would consider backing a bill, which had not been opposed by the National Rifle Association, that would…

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Alaina Petty ‘just wanted to be your friend,’ dad says at funeral

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Alaina Petty surprised her family when she joined the JROTC at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because she had not expressed much interest in it.

But she was a natural at it, just as she was at volunteering to help families in Everglades City dig out of Hurricane Irma.

On Monday morning, about…

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Florida school shooting: See the latest updates

Monday, February 19th, 2018

They held candles to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and pledged to do what they could to try to prevent another tragedy.

Rain occasionally poured down on the vigil at Betti Stradling Park in Coral Springs Monday evening, with one rabbi saying, “God is crying…

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Family friend seeks to administer the estate of school shooter’s mother

Monday, February 19th, 2018

The Lantana woman who took in Nikolas Cruz and his younger brother after their mother died is asking to be named the personal representative of the estate their mother left behind.

The day after the massacre that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Rocxanne Deschamps filed documents…

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How to help Stoneman Douglas families

Monday, February 19th, 2018

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s website has suggested ways the public can help their school and staff to heal:

In lieu of gifts and individual notes, the school requests you send a laminated banner with your well wishes to be displayed on campus for the staff, students and community….

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Do-nothing politicians on wrong side of gun reform battle | Opinion

Monday, February 19th, 2018

As a statewide candidate for chief financial officer, I will be using much of my platform to call for sensible gun reform. I have a statewide voice and I plan on using it.

This one hit home. Marjory Stoneman Douglas is one mile from where I raise my children. I knew students and families effected…

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The Red Cross opens family assistance center for family members impacted by Douglas tragedy

Monday, February 19th, 2018

    The Red Cross, in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools and other federal, state, local and community agencies, opened the FAC to address the immediate needs and provide information, support and resources to those directly affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. The…

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School shooting prompts vigils and protests across Florida

Monday, February 19th, 2018

As the rain poured down, a rabbi mourned with the crowd for 17 students shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“God is crying with us,” he said.

Several hundred people held candles Monday evening to remember the victims and pledged to do what they could to prevent another tragedy.

Elected…

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Lawmakers, Scott weigh options after Stoneman Douglas shooting

Monday, February 19th, 2018

A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns…

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Nikolas Cruz appears in court, quiet with head bowed

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz sat with his head bowed, barely acknowledging his attorneys, during a brief hearing Monday in a heavily guarded Fort Lauderdale courtroom.

The 19-year-old Cruz appeared in court for the second time since he shot 17 people to death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

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Slain teen’s dad berated on Twitter over Trump T-shirt

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Andrew Pollack, father of a slain teenager, has become the target of a Twitter war steeped in politics.

Pollack was photographed wearing a “Trump 2020” T-shirt while trying to find his daughter, Meadow, before learning she had died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The photo…

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Strength through pain: Stoneman Douglas lacrosse hits practice field for first time since Parkland shooting

Monday, February 19th, 2018

When the rain suddenly poured down on the Stoneman Douglas players, it felt strangely emblematic of the week that was.

Having experienced unthinkable trauma just five days prior, the boys lacrosse team’s first step back to a return of normalcy was met with a near monsoon in the middle of practice….

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Tweeting from Florida, Trump links FBI’s missteps on shooting suspect tip to Russia investigation

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI Saturday night, saying the agency “missed all of the many signals” sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”

Trump said on Twitter: “This…

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Stoneman Douglas principal posts video message: ‘I will hug each and every one of you as many times as you need’

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High principal Ty Thompson has put out an emotion-filled video in the wake of the shootings at his school Wednesday, telling his Eagles family to stay strong and be there for each other.

“My heart is breaking for the victims’ families and our entire Stoneman Douglas community,”…

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Stoneman Douglas to remain closed through at least Wednesday — and longer for students

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will remain closed through Wednesday, Feb. 21 and students won’t return at all this week.

Broward County Schools announced the school will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday as well as Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Superintendent…

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Emotions run heavy at Fort Lauderdale Publix A1A marathon

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The sounds of hundreds of cowbells and cheering echoing off the resort buildings and out to sea made Sunday’s Publix A1A Marathon much like it has been in years past.

But reminders of Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland were everywhere.

Dozens of runners wore some sort of tribute to Marjory…

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LeBron James advocates gun control in aftermath of Stoneman Douglas school shooting

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

LeBron James is among those wondering how someone under the legal age to drink alcohol can purchase an assault rifle.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar offered this thoughts on last week’s Stoneman Douglas High School shooting during his media availability at NBA All-Star Weekend.

“It’s a tragedy,”…

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Trump plans to meet with high school students this week

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

President Donald Trump will hold a listening session with high school students this week following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

A White House schedule says Trump will host students and teachers Wednesday. He also will meet with state and local officials on school safety on Thursday.

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Students push for stricter gun laws, plan Washington march after school shooting

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are using their anger and sorrow as motivation to spark change.

Their message: “Never again.”

As the teens gathered Sunday at a park not far from the school where 14 classmates and three educators were killed Wednesday, the picnic tables under…

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In the wake of school shooting, follow the money | Editorial

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

President Donald Trump and the gun lobby’s servants in Congress have cast the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a mental health issue. In part it is, begging the question of why any civilian, sane or insane, needs a rapid-fire, high-velocity weapon that was invented for maximum…

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The last critically injured Parkland shooting patient has improved, hospital says

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

A patient from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting who had life-threatening injuries has recovered and is now in fair condition, according to Broward Health officials.

“This is an important milestone for this patient and our care team,” said Igor Nichiporenko, medical director of…

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Alex Schachter, 14, remembered as happy band kid

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

He was always smiling.

Alexander “Alex” Schachter, a 14-year-old band kid, was known for being friendly. He dreamed of going to the University of Connecticut and often wore the the same UConn hoodie.

Schachter, one of 17 students and teachers killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland…

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Orange ribbons honor Stoneman Douglas student Jaime Guttenberg, a passionate dancer

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Orange ribbons were everywhere on Sunday: They were worn as bracelets, as hair accessories, and pinned to dresses and jackets in a standing room crowd of an estimated 1,500 people who grieved.

Orange was Jaime Taylor Guttenberg’s favorite color.

The 14-year-old student was killed Wednesday in the…

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Scott Beigel, who saved students in Florida school shooting, honored for heroism and dedication

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Scott Beigel’s heroism and dedication were the hallmarks of his life.

Beigel, a geography teacher, was among the 17 people killed in Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

At least 350 family members, friends, students and colleagues gathered for his funeral Sunday at Temple…

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Stoneman Douglas students are livid over Trump’s tweets — and they’re blasting him and others on social media

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The students of Stoneman Douglas High School have been going on national TV and speaking out at protests for elected officials to do something to stop gun violence.

But they’re also taking that same message to social media. And the tweets are going viral.

After President Donald Trump linked the…

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Peter Wang: Petition seeks full honors military funeral for Douglas JROTC cadet who ‘died a hero’

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student Peter Wang died in his JROTC uniform Wednesday helping others escape the gunfire at the school. Now a move is underway to see that he receives a military funeral for his effort.

A petition has been filed at WhiteHouse.gov with a “We the People” request to “Allow…

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Mourning, support and a ray of hope after the Florida school shooting

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

On a day when more students were buried, the principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School released an emotional video to his school community to help it heal. Good news also emerged through the suffering: The last critically injured shooting victim is improving.

Here are the day’s biggest…

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Austin Dillon cherishes Earnhardt legacy on ride to Daytona 500 Victory Lane

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

The time stamp was etched in tears of joy and pain, a throwback number and the memory of a NASCAR icon and ties that bind forevermore.

Austin Dillon strolled into Daytona’s victory circle 20 years ago as a seven-year-old smitten by all the confetti and champagne and celebratory hugs to celebrate…

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In Florida school shooting, state attorney says now isn’t time to discuss plea deal

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Broward State Attorney Mike Satz said Saturday that now is not the time to discuss whether his office would seek the death penalty or make a plea deal for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing 17 people at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday.

But he…

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