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Florida community mourns 17 lives lost too soon

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/16/18, 11:09 am

Close to 1,000 people attended a vigil in Parkland, Fla., Thursday night for the victims of Wednesday’s school shooting. Many in attendance sobbed as the names were read of the 17 students and teachers who died when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz stormed Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near the end of the school day. Those killed included assistant football coach Aaron Feis, 37, who died while shielding students from bullets, and geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35, who was gunned down after unlocking and opening his classroom door to let in fleeing students.

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Teen shooter confesses to killing former classmates

by Kiley Crossland & Leigh Jones
Posted 2/15/18, 05:18 pm

UPDATE: The teen charged with 17 counts of murder after a shooting at a South Florida high school confessed to sheriff’s department investigators that he killed his former schoolmates. Nikolas Cruz, 19, who used a semi-automatic rifle and had more amunition in his backpack that he didn’t use, told Broward County Sheriff's deputies he shot students outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in the hallways before dropping the gun and backpack in an attempt to blend in with other teens fleeing his carnage.

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Florida voters mull inviting felons to join their ranks

Compassion | A ballot initiative in November could restore voting rights to some ex-convicts
by Rob Holmes
Posted 2/14/18, 05:07 pm

Florida voters will decide in November whether former felons may join their ranks at the polls. The referendum on proposed Amendment 4 will reveal whether Sunshine State residents are willing to grant free speech, in the form of a vote, to lawbreakers usually seen as undeserving.

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