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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.

Does media coverage of mass murders encourage others to kill?

A lead story last week on The New York Times homepage provided the overview of the latest massacre at an American school: “17 Killed at Florida School; Toll May Climb.”

A “sidebar,” or secondary story, also on the homepage bore this headline: “Here’s What We Know About the Suspect.”

In a similar vein, The Washington Post ran a story with the headline, “Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz: Guns, depression and a life in trouble.”

The stories tell of a troubled kid who liked weapons, threatened classmates and was cruel to animals. They also feature photos of the suspect: an extreme closeup in the Post, and in The New York Times a screenshot from his Instagram account that shows him brandishing a gun.

Florida mass shooting: Marches, walkouts and sit-ins to demand gun control

WASHINGTON — As survivors of Wednesday’s school shooting demand that it be the last such massacre, marches are being planned around the country to amplify the students’ message that action must be taken to end gun violence.

The marches share one mission: to put pressure on Congress to pass gun reform and make schools safer.

Fourteen students and three teachers were killed and many injured when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.

The shooting was at least the eighth at a US middle or high school this year and has reignited a debate over gun control.

In an emotional rally Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, politicians and Marjory Stoneman Douglas students called for a ban on weapons like the one used at the high school, and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose

Read more at: http://pix11.com/2018/02/20/florida-mass-shooting-marches-walkouts-and-sit-ins-to-demand-gun-control/

A mass shooting kept Donald Trump away from the golf course — but not all weekend

Shortly after 9 a.m., the president arrived at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. He was spotted wearing a white cap and a white polo, press pool reports said. Of course, the president’s hypocrisy when it comes to golf, and his sharp criticism of others, is well documented.

Read more at: https://www.salon.com/2018/02/20/a-mass-shooting-kept-donald-trump-away-from-the-golf-course-but-not-all-weekend/

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

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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

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