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School shooter Nikolas Cruz survived. Will it help us understand?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:40:00 PST

The carnage at Douglas Stoneman High School shared all of the horror of America’s worst mass shootings.

But one scene was unusual — the shooter Nikolas Cruz being led away alive in handcuffs.

Of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern history, 19-year-old Cruz is the only shooter to survive....


Emotional crowd demanding gun restrictions at Fort Lauderdale rally

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:20:00 PST

A large, emotional and loud crowd packed the courtyard at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday to demand action to restrict guns in the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

The crowd, which organizers said attracted 4,000 to 5,000 participants, is cheering calls...


Nikolas Cruz was investigated after cutting himself on Snapchat, state report shows

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:15:00 PST

Nikolas Cruz cut his arms on Snapchat and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before he was accused of killing 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show.

The incident on the digital social network prompted an...


Newtown, where 26 were killed at school, offers love - and hope | Michael Mayo

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:15:00 PST

NEWTOWN, Conn. – To get to the rebuilt Sandy Hook Elementary, one must navigate a long, winding driveway that leads to a secured gate. “No public access during school hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m.” a sign reads. “Please use intercom.” I pressed the button. “Security,” a voice said. I asked if I could see...


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

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:15:00 PST

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...


Donald Trump visits shooting survivors at hospital

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:10:00 PST

President Donald Trump visited Friday night doctors and nurses who treated victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

The president traveled directly to Broward Health North hospital from the Palm Beach International Airport, where he landed onboard Air Force One, along with...


Let's stop gun violence; don't just regulate the guns | Opinion

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:15:00 PST

There may be a reason that we cannot find a solution to the rash of mass killings that take place in the United States. Perhaps it is because we cannot take the conversation beyond the political debate over guns.

I am not a member of the National Rifle Association and I do not own a gun. I am open...


In Parkland, a 'bubble of perfection' is pierced

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:10:00 PST

Until a few days ago, life in Parkland played out under a magical bubble, its residents, who call themselves Parklanders, will tell you.

A new city, a little more than 50 years old, and tucked away in a remote corner of rapidly changing Broward County, Parkland is a step back in time, an all-American...


Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz to offer guilty plea to avoid death penalty

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:55:00 PST

After a break-up with his girlfriend, Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz posted images of himself on Snapchat in 2016 cutting his own arms and expressed a desire to buy a gun, according to records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The posts on the digital social network prompted an...


Remembering the victims at Douglas High School

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:10:00 PST

They were students, they were teachers. Athletes, dancers, coaches, musicians. The 17 who were lost in the senseless shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, leave behind heartbroken family, friends, classmates and communities. These are their faces...


Stoneman Douglas students called for action on gun control — as school shooting unfolded

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:10:00 PST

As gunshots rang out in the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a teacher guided a few dozen students into a tiny classroom near the culinary area. The door was locked and the lights were turned off.

TV production student David Hogg sat huddled in that dark room when his journalistic...


Florida school shooting: How was killer able to get around school security?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:25:00 PST

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High has fences, gates and emergency procedures to keep students safe, but a determined gunman found a way around them.

He came when he knew the gates would be open and set off a fire alarm that would dismantle a safety system, officials say. And the school resource officer,...


Murder in Jamaica reheats cold case in South Florida

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:30:00 PST

A decade ago, Omar Best Collymore’s girlfriend was shot dead in a Fort Lauderdale street. Her killer was never charged, but police always considered Collymore someone of interest.

Now his wife is dead. He was charged with murder after she was gunned down outside her apartment complex in Jamaica,...


The school shooting, from Superintendent Robert Runcie’s eyes | Rosemary O’Hara

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:45:00 PST

When he jumped in his car at Monarch High School early Wednesday afternoon, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was in a celebratory mood, having just awarded a Toyota Camry to Tammy Freeman, Broward County’s Teacher of the Year.

Minutes later, he got a text about a shooting at one of...


Dolphins coaches, staff donate $17,500 to family of Douglas coach Aaron Feis, killed in school shooting

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:05:00 PST

The feeling of helplessness has been pervasive in South Florida since Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead.

Darren Rizzi, Miami Dolphins assistant coach/special teams, took action because he was acquainted with Douglas assistant football coach Aaron Feis,...


Here's one way to curtail railroad deaths, but experts say it's pricey

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:05:00 PST

There’s an extra safety tool to stave off the rash of train fatalities in South Florida: a souped-up version of crossing gates that provide even more security for the public.

Nearly 60 of these barriers known as “quad gates” are scheduled to soon be installed across Broward and Palm Beach counties,...


'You killed my kid,' dad of shooting victim Meadow Pollack says at funeral

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:15:00 PST

Family and friends remembered Meadow Jade Pollack as a princess whose smile lit up the room. They were angry with the cruelty of her death that was no fairy-tale ending.

They gathered at Temple K’ol Tikvah in Parkland on Friday afternoon for her funeral. A committal service followed at the Garden...


Former neighbor of suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz shares video believed to be shooter

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:25:00 PST

A former neighbor of the accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter shared a video Thursday that the neighbor believes is of Nikolas Cruz.

The video shows a young male, who isn’t wearing a shirt, pants or shoes, shooting a gun in October. It was not immediately clear what type of weapon...


Warning signs everywhere before school shooting, but then what? | Editorial

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:00 PST

“If you see something, say something” is the unofficial motto of the Department of Homeland Security since the attacks of 9/11. It’s painfully clear the advice must extend beyond people acting strangely around airports. Given our government’s inability to keep us safe from mass shootings, citizens...


Alyssa Alhadeff: Funeral and burial held for Parkland school shooting victim

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:15:00 PST

Alyssa Alhadeff, one of the 17 people killed in the Parkland shooting, was warmly remembered by her family, friends and the community during her funeral Friday in South Florida.

The 14-year-old Stoneman Douglas High School student was described as a go-getter and a great soccer player. She took...


District proposes tearing down Stoneman Douglas High building where attack took place

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:45:00 PST

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High may not have to return to the three-story building that was the site of the deadliest school shooting in Florida history.

The school district has proposed tearing down the building on campus that housed freshmen, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie...


President Trump visits Stoneman Douglas basketball player who was shot several times in Parkland attack

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:40:00 PST

Stoneman Douglas High School girls basketball player Maddy Wilford — who was shot several times and ‘fighting for her life’ in the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s Parkland shooting — is now in stable condition and received a visit from President Trump and the First Lady late Friday night.



'Kids are scared': Hoaxes after mass shooting put students on edge

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:45:00 PST

It turned out to only be a false alarm of a potential gunman at North Broward Preparatory School, but the agony in students’ voices was real.

Four cops advanced into the students’ Coconut Creek classroom Thursday morning in a formation, armed with guns and a rifle, not yet aware if a real threat...


School resource officer was elsewhere on campus during shooting, Runcie says

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:50:00 PST

When gunman Nikolas Cruz showed up ready to kill, the lone school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High was not in the building that housed freshman.

Instead, School Resource Officer Scott Peterson was elsewhere on the 45-acre campus during the attack that left 17 dead and 16 wounded,...


Paddleboarders make a splash at Hollywood championship race

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:40:00 PST

Upward of 40 people rode paddleboards, surf skis, kayaks, surf boats and outrigger canoes off Hollywood beach on Saturday morning, as part of the East Coast Paddleboard Championship.

The 18th running of the mostly recreational event covered the traditional distance of 12 miles in laps between Azalea...