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U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism To 3 School Shooting Victims

The US Army is awarding the Medal of Heroism to three students killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last week. An Army spokesman confirmed that the award had been approved for three members of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who “gave their lives during the shooting.” The family of Peter Wang received the award during his funeral Tuesday. The family had requested that he be buried in his JROTC uniform, and the Army provided a medal to be pinned to his uniform at the open-casket service. Wang, 15, was last seen holding a door open so that others could escape the shooter and was wearing his ROTC uniform when he was shot and killed. On the day of his funeral, the academy posthumously admitted him in the class of 2025.  The medal was also presented to the family of 14-year-old Alaina Petty at her memorial service on Monday, and a third cadet who died, Martin Duque, will also receive a JROTC Heroism Medal from the Army. It will be presented to his family during his viewing and service on Saturday, a spokesman said. ...Read more

George And Amal Clooney Announce $500K Donation In Wake Of Florida Shooting

George and Amal Clooney announced on Tuesday a $500,000 donation to the “March for Our Lives” demonstration organized by the Florida school shooting survivors, to take place next month. The couple made the donation in the name of their 8-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander.  They said their family will be attending the “March for Our Lives” on March 24. George Clooney said in a statement. “Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.” ...Read more

Serena Williams Says She Almost Died After Giving Birth

Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September. Now Williams, 36, gives a first-person account of the complications she faced during and after childbirth in an opinion piece for CNN published on Tuesday. “I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia,” the piece begins. Williams writes that her daughter was born by emergency C-section when the baby’s hear rate dropped dramatically during contractions. Just 24 hours after the surgery, Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism, a condition where one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. The pulmonary embolism Williams suffered after giving birth led to other complications, saying “When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.”  Williams considers herself fortunate and is drawing attention to the issue among mothers in the U.S. and the world who don’t have access to quality medical care. ...Read more

“Shib Sibs” Win Ice Dancing Bronze Medal For U.S.

The American brother-sister combination of Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze in ice dance on Tuesday. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold for the second time. The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who endured a wardrobe malfunction in Monday’s short program, rebounded with a world-record score of 123.35 to win silver. The Shibutanis of Ann Arbor, Michigan, edged fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who started the day in third but slipped to fourth after Donohue stumbled during the performance. Known on social media as the Shib Sibs, the duo were thrilled with their performance and the judges saw the same thing, pushing them into a long-awaited bronze medal spot. ...Read more

Free Agent J.D. Martinez Agrees To Deal With Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a five-year deal with slugger J.D. Martinez. Reports state the deal is worth $110 million, with opt-out clauses after the second and third years, according to multiple reports. Martinez will be paid $25 million in 2018 and ’19 before the first opt out, $22 million in 2020 before the second opt out, and $19 million in the last two years if he remains with the club. The Red Sox emerged as a potential suitor for Martinez earlier this offseason and reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million last month.  Martinez played outfield in Detroit and Arizona, but is expected to serve primarily as the DH for Boston. ...Read more

Teenagers Stage ‘Lie-In’ Outside White House In Support Of Gun Control

A group of Washington, D.C., teenagers staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Monday to show their support for the victims of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school — and to demand action from President Trump on gun control. “Teens for Gun Reform” took turns lying down for three minutes to symbolize “how quickly” the organization says suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz could have legally purchased the gun he allegedly used to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. In a statement posted on its Facebook page the group said “we call on President Trump and leaders from both parties to finally act in the interest of America’s youth and end these tragic mass shootings!” Dozens of teenagers participated in Monday’s lie-in. The demonstration was just one of several student-led protests planned in response to the Florida school shooting. ...Read more

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