News Roundup 02/14/18
By: Amalia Escobedo
1. Deadly Florida School Shooting Claims 17 Lives
A shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Nickolas Cruz a 19-year-old former student opened fire on Wednesday. Sheriff Israel told the public that Cruz was expelled from the high school for disciplinary reasons. Cruz walked onto the campus with an AR-15 and a load of magazines. The SWAT team cleared the area and students were finally reunited with their families. Sheriff Israel states, "This is a terrible day for Parkland, Broward County, the state of Florida and the United States," according to The Guardian. Students recall seeing bodies of teachers and peers as they evacuated from the facility.
Source: The Guardian
2. Trump Administration Proposal for Food Stamp Recipients
The new proposal being set by the Trump Administration will allow fewer benefits for the individuals who take part in the SNAP program. SNAP is the supplemental nutrition assistance program that provides low-income families with an EBT money card for groceries. Under the new proposal, SNAP participants will receive pre-packaged boxes of shelf stable foods like powdered milk, cereal and other processed foods. This is one of the many changes that will occur to this program to reduce their $213 billion-dollar budget. The bill will be up for approval in the Trump Administration budget request for 2019.
3. NSA Headquarters Shooting
Officers opened fire on an unauthorized vehicle Wednesday morning after parking outside of the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Three men in a black SUV tried to enter Gate 1 of the NSA headquarters. Officials say two of the three men are now in custody and one is being treated for his wounds at a local hospital. Two other people were also wounded during the shooting including an NSA police officer and a civilian. The lead investigator Gordon Johnson stated, "We believe this was an isolated incident," according to Business Insider. The situation is still under investigation.
Source: Business Insider
4. Ice Launches Immigration Sweep in Los Angeles
At least 100 people have been detained by Federal Officials since Sunday February 11th, 2018 in the Los Angeles Area. Sarah Rodriguez an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Spokeswoman states their motives for detaining people through this movement, “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," according to Los Angeles Times. The individuals were detained for violating immigration laws.
Source: Los Angeles Times
5. Shaun White Takes Home Gold for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Games
In the Men’s Half pipe event at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea Shaun White won Gold for his performance. This was a comeback for 31-year-old athlete who went home empty handed four years prior to this winning. After his run, he received a score from the judges of a 97.75. Shaun dropped to his knees in tears and began to hug and thank his family and supporters. According to The Washington Post, Roger White, father of the gold winning athlete said, "'It’s almost like he’s not even believing it," after seeing his son's expression.
Source: The Washington Post