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Who Killed These Girls?

From the author of Crossed Over, Who Killed These Girls?: Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders is another masterful account of a horrible crime: the murder of four girls, countless other ruined lives, and the evolving complications of the justice system that frustrated the massive attempts–for twenty-five years now–to find and punish those who committed it.

The facts are brutally straightforward. On December 6, 1991, the naked, bound-and-gagged bodies of the four girls–each one shot in the head–were found in an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt! shop in Austin, Texas. Grief, shock, and horror spread out from their families and friends to overtake the city itself. Though all branches of law enforcement were brought to bear, the investigation was often misdirected and after eight years only two men (then teenagers) were tried; moreover, their subsequent convictions were eventually overturned, and Austin PD detectives are still working on what is now a very cold case. Over the decades, the story has grown to include DNA technology, false confessions, and other developments facing crime and punishment in contemporary life. But this story belongs to the scores of people involved, and from them Lowry has fashioned a riveting saga that reads like a Russian novel, comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing.

Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

(Reuters) – Staff members will return to work on Friday at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a U.S. high school, district officials said, with students expected back next week.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland near Fort Lauderdale will also hold a voluntary orientation for students and parents on Sunday and hopes to have students resume classes the following Tuesday on a modified schedule, Broward County Public Schools said in a statement.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student accused of the shooting, made an appearance on Monday in Fort Lauderdale court where he faced 17 counts of premeditated murder. Cruz is accused of returning to the high school from which he had been expelled and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle on Wednesday.

The incident has galvanized advocates for stricter

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-shooting/florida-school-staff-members-to-return-this-week-after-mass-shooting-that-killed-17-idUSKCN1G41KN

Ban Gun Sales After a Mass Shooting – Slog – The Stranger

We didn’t do anything after 20 first graders were mowed down in their classrooms along with six of their teachers at Sandy Hook and we didn’t do anything after 49 people were killed and 58 others were wounded at Pulse in Orlando and we didn’t do anything after 58 concertgoers were killed and 851 people were wounded in Las Vegas. But the impassioned, furious students at Stoneman Douglass are giving me hope that something will be done this time. If you didn’t see Emma Gonzalez’s stirring speech this weekend at a rally in Fort Lauderdale—Gonzalez is a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglass in Parkland, Florida, and a survivor of the mass shooting there on Valentine’s

Read more at: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/02/19/25833331/ban-gun-sales-after-a-mass-shooting

Ban Gun Sales After a Mass Shooting

We didn’t do anything after 20 first graders were mowed down in their classrooms along with six of their teachers at Sandy Hook and we didn’t do anything after 49 people were killed and 58 others were wounded at Pulse in Orlando and we didn’t do anything after 58 concertgoers were killed and 851 people were wounded in Las Vegas. But the impassioned, furious students at Stoneman Douglass are giving me hope that something will be done this time. If you didn’t see Emma Gonzalez’s stirring speech this weekend at a rally in Fort Lauderdale—Gonzalez is a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglass in Parkland, Florida, and a survivor of the mass shooting there on Valentine’s

Read more at: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/02/19/25833331/ban-gun-sales-after-a-mass-shooting

No proof that Nikolas Cruz, Parkland shooter, was motivated by Islamic or left-wing hate

A conservative website portrayed Nikolas Cruz, who admitted to fatally gunning down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as sharing views of certain Muslims and leftists.

“The mass murderer was immersed in Islamic and leftwing hate,” stated a story on the Geller Report website on Feb. 14, the day of the shooting at the Parkland, Fla., school.

The author of the website, Pamela Geller, is an activist who co-founded Stop Islamization of America, also known as the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a far-right group.

Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network’s efforts to combat online hoaxes. We found no evidence that Cruz was immersed in Islamic or left-wing hate.

Most of Geller’s story has nothing to do with political views held by Cruz. It largely repeats an initial story by Fox News the day of the shooting and showed some of Cruz’s

Read more at: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2018/feb/19/pamela-geller/no-proof-nikolas-cruz-was-motivated-islamic-or-lef/

Teen accused in 2016 South Carolina school shooting to face charges in adult court

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Pamela Sanchez, a teacher’s assistant from Townville Elementary, talks about the shooting at the school in 2016, during a waiver hearing for Jesse Osborne in Anderson on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
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ANDERSON, S.C. — A teen accused of killing his father and then opening fire at the playground where he went to elementary school will be tried as an adult, an Anderson County judge has decided.

Jesse Osborne, now 15,

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/02/19/accused-south-carolina-school-shooter/351199002/

Nikolas Cruz makes first court appearance since mass shooting

(CNN) — Nikolas Cruz made a brief appearance in court for a procedural matter Monday, shortly after a law enforcement source told CNN that the 19-year-old school shooter obtained 10 rifles in the last year or so.

Cruz purchased two weapons from Gun World of South Florida in Deerfield Beach, said Kim Waltuch, the store’s CEO. She would not provide details on the types of guns he purchased or on the time frame, but said the sales followed normal protocol for Florida firearms purchases.

As investigators work to track Cruz’s other gun purchases, students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School say they’re determined to ensure that the deaths of their 17 classmates and teachers bring change. They’ve promised action in the wake of the massacre, and they’re headed to Tallahassee, Florida, to speak to legislators about school safety and gun control this week. They have school walkouts and a march scheduled

Read more at: http://wqad.com/2018/02/19/nikolas-cruz-makes-first-court-appearance-since-mass-shooting/

Bad diagnosis, clerical errors, background check lapses led to missed warning signs before mass killings


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Anger in Parkland, Florida over missed warning signs

FBI under pressure over failure to act on tip about suspected school shooter Nikolas Cruz; Steve Harrigan reports from Parkland, Florida.

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz has become the latest mass killer who was able to carry out his sick slaughter due in part to law enforcement’s failure

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/19/bad-diagnosis-clerical-errors-background-check-lapses-led-to-missed-warning-signs-before-mass-killings.html

After Florida shooting, Michael Ian Black says ‘boys are broken’

Are boys ‘broken’? Another mass shooting renews debate on toxic masculinity

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Accused Florida shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is being called a monster by many, including the couple who was taking care of him after the death of his mother.
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After 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz was accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school last week, comedian Michael Ian Black started a thread on Twitter that sparked a vitriolic debate about the role of gender in gun violence. It began with the tweet, “Deeper

Read more at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/19/boys-broken-another-mass-shooting-renews-debate-toxic-masculinity/351125002/