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Family That Took In Nikolas Cruz Said He Showed No Warning Signs

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is charged with the premeditated murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, later confessing to police that he was the gunman in the shooting, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office affidavit.  But when the Snead family took Nikolas Cruz into their home last November after his mother passed away, they thought of him as one of their own. Now they’re trying to recall any warning signs they might have missed. “The Nik we knew was not the monster he turned out to be,” James Snead, whose son befriended Cruz, told NBC News.  They said he was depressed after losing his mother, but no red flags ever went off about his behavior. Snead and wife, Kimberly, described Cruz as polite and “normal,” saying they set rules for the teen, which he followed.  They said reports from the Florida Department of Children and Families about Cruz were never brought to their attention, and that they knew Cruz had guns and were OK with it. There was a gun safe and James Snead believed he possessed the sole key. ...Read more

Duchess Kate Criticized For Wearing Green To BAFTAs Amid Time’s Up Dress Code

Duchess Kate and husband Prince William found themselves in a bit of controversy after turning heads at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards Sunday, February 18.  Many female stars like Emma Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Margot Robbie wore black to the BAFTAs to follow the dress code that began at the Golden Globes, making a statement in the Time’s Up movement. However, Kate, pregnant with her third child, opted to wear a deep green Jenny Packham dress with emerald shaped earrings.  The royal family has always been expected to avoid revealing their political positions in public; however Kate still received backlash on social media for her outfit choice.   ...Read more

Minnesota Wild Beat New York Islanders In A 5-3 Win

Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday. New York began the day tied with Carolina, but held the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference due to more regulation/overtime wins. However, the Hurricanes now hold the tiebreaker due to a game in hand on the Islanders.   The Wild will next meet New Jersey on Thursday night, in the middle game of a three-game trip to New York that concludes against the Rangers on Friday The Islanders are next up in Toronto on Thursday night to open a stretch of three straight road games. ...Read more

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team Beat Russia; Advance To Finals Against U.S.

Jennifer Wakefield scored twice and Shannon Szabados stopped 14 shots on Monday night to lead the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team to a 5-0 victory over Russia.  The win earned the four-time defending Olympic champions a spot in another gold medal game vs. the United States. It will be the fifth time in six Winter Games that the North American neighbors have met in the final. No one else has ever skated away with an Olympic gold medal.  The United States advanced to the gold medal game with a 5-0 victory over Finland earlier on Monday.   ...Read more

Padres Sign First Baseman Eric Hosmer To Largest Deal In Franchise History

First baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to sign with the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, landing their biggest free agent prize in franchise history. The 28-year-old Hosmer parlayed a career-best season at the plate into a lucrative deal that will last eight years (with an opt out after five) for $144 million. It’s the first nine-figure deal ever given out by the Padres. Although he only has limited experience at Petco Park in his career, in 12 games between the regular season, World Baseball Classic and the 2016 All-Star Game, Hosmer has hit .458/.481/.813 with five homers and 19 RBIs. ...Read more

NBC Hires US Figure Skater Adam Rippon As Correspondent

NBC has hired figure skater Adam Rippon as a commentator for the rest of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Rippon, 28, will stay in PyeongChang, South Korea to work on TV and social media platforms. Rippon’s social media accounts have become fan favorites. The athlete won a bronze medal in the team skating event. He made history as the first openly gay US athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  ...Read more

Stars Hit The Red Carpet In London For The 2018 BAFTA Awards

Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” hosted the 71st British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, marking the first time a female has hosted the event in 17 years.  The night will be dominated by women in the film industry — as they are all coming together dressed in black, ahead of the Time’s Up movement and the signing of an open letter published in The Observer. This year’s BAFTAs shed a new light on LGBTQ filmmaking with “Call Me by Your Name” getting four nods and “God’s Own Country” making a debut in the Outstanding British Film category. See the full list of winners and highlights from the ceremony in the link below. ...Read more

‘Black Panther’ Tops The Box Office With $192M Weekend

Critical acclaim and huge anticipation pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, establishing the superhero sensation at the box-office. The Marvel film blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”  On Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million. The film ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever, and it’s also the highest-grossing movie over a February opening weekend. ...Read more

Supreme Court To Have Closed-Door Meeting On DACA

The Supreme Court will hold a closed-door meeting on Friday to decide whether to take up a lower court opinion that blocked the White House plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is at the forefront of the debate on illegal immigration. The nation’s highest court will consider the possibility of reviewing the opinion without a ruling from a federal appeals court.  The Justice Department requested the court to rule on whether the administration must continue to accept DACA renewal applications from participants after federal Northern California District Judge William Alsup blocked President Trump’s decision to end the program. ...Read more