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  • School district pulls assignment asking students whether suspected Parkland shooter should die

    School district pulls assignment asking students whether suspected Parkland shooter should die

    (CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.) — Broward County Schools has pulled an assignment asking 9th graders whether they think suspected Parkland gunman Nicholas Cruz should die. The worksheet, titled “Does Nikolas Cruz deserve to die,” was given to ninth-grade students at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs Friday and was provided by an academic subscription service by the Scholastic Corporation — an Oct. 8 article on capital punishment from The New York Times’ Upfront Magazine included with it, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV reported. The assignment, formatted as a quiz with multiple choice answers, included questions such as “What does the Eighth […]

  • Rosanell Eaton, civil rights activist once celebrated by Obama, dies at 97

    Rosanell Eaton, civil rights activist once celebrated by Obama, dies at 97

    (NEW YORK) — Rosanell Eaton, a voting rights advocate and one of the first African Americans to vote in her home state of North Carolina, died in hospice care at home over the weekend, her family said. She was 97. Eaton, once celebrated by former President Barack Obama as an “unsung American hero,” lived through Jim Crow laws and spent most of her life battling racial inequality. Eaton was born April 14, 1921, and cast her first ballot in 1942 at the age of 21. She was forced to recite the preamble to the Constitution from memory and pass a […]

  • How DNA, genetic genealogy made 2018 the year to crack cold cases

    How DNA, genetic genealogy made 2018 the year to crack cold cases

    (NEW YORK) — Christine Franke was a 25-year-old college student when she was shot dead in her Orlando, Florida apartment on Oct. 21, 2001. Though DNA was left behind at the crime scene, years went by without an arrest. The killing and the wait for justice devastated her mother and relatives. “It’s a terrible thing not knowing,” said her mother, Tina Franke. “I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” But all that changed in November when a suspect was arrested after police say he was identified through genetic genealogy. “After all this time, I wasn’t sure we would ever find out,” […]

  • “I Don’t Dance”: Reba pulls off some “cute” choreography for her second year hosting tonight’s “CMA Country Christmas” o…

    “I Don’t Dance”: Reba pulls off some “cute” choreography for her second year hosting tonight’s “CMA Country Christmas” o…

    When you tune in tonight to see Reba McEntire‘s second time hosting the annual CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, the Country Music Hall of Famer warns you’d better be ready for an enormous dose of yuletide cheer — from the way the halls have been decked to the way the carols are sung. “You’re gonna see the most beautiful stage,” she explains. “Balsam Hill has done a great job with all the decorations, and when everything is lit up, and the scenes are [shown] in the back, it’s incredible looking.” “So that’s gonna get everybody in the Christmas spirit,” adds the Oklahoma […]

  • ‘When is this going to stop?’: Florida activist highlights devastating impact of algae blooms on wildlife

    ‘When is this going to stop?’: Florida activist highlights devastating impact of algae blooms on wildlife

    (NAPLES, Fla.) —  Colleen Gill walks the beaches in Naples, Florida regularly, a scarf or mask covering her mouth and armed with a camera and cell phone. For months Gill has been documenting the effects of the red tide, specifically dozens and dozens of dead fish, eel and dolphins that have washed up on the beach. “The entire food chain is impacted now. We’ve had six months of consecutive fish dying,” Gill said. Gill said she decided to start showing people what was happening on the beach after she attended a demonstration of activists holding hands on the beach to […]

  • Man confined to wheelchair after diving accident injures his spine walks at college graduation

    Man confined to wheelchair after diving accident injures his spine walks at college graduation

    (MIAMI) — A South Florida college student who became confined to a wheelchair after suffering a debilitating spinal injury was able to walk during his graduation ceremony. Venezuela native Aldo Amenta broke his neck when he dove into the shallow end of a swimming pool in 2015, he said in a video released by Florida International University. Doctors declared him a quadriplegic after the accident, he added. Amenta’s life “changed completely” after he was paralyzed, he said. “Now, I depend on a lot of people to help me do my daily activities,” he said. “So, that’s become a huge challenge […]

  • Nuns misappropriated $500K in school funds, spending some on gambling and trips, Catholic church says

    Nuns misappropriated $500K in school funds, spending some on gambling and trips, Catholic church says

    (LOS ANGELES) — Two nuns at a Catholic church in Southern California are suspected of embezzling up to $500,000 in school funds, allegedly using some of the money to go on trips and gamble at casinos, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles told ABC News. The nuns, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang, had been “involved in the personal use of a substantial amount” of school funds “over a period of years,” Monsignor Michael Meyers, pastor for the St. James Catholic School in Redondo Beach — about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles — wrote in […]