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1. March for Our Lives
The March for Our Lives is over, but the student drive for gun reform is just beginning. After hundreds of thousands of people across the US marched to put pressure on Washington to make changes to the country’s gun laws, a group of student activists in Wisconsin started a four-day, 50-mile march to take their message to Janesville, Wisconsin, home of House Speaker Paul Ryan. One thing seems for sure, CNN’s AJ Willingham explains: The era of slacktivism seems to be over.
It’s remarkable how the Parkland students pulled off a massive national protest in only five weeks since the attack on their school. There were so many moments to remember from the weekend’s marches: MLK Jr.’s granddaughter’s dream of “enough is enough;” Paul McCartney participating in the march, in honor of John Lennon; the Parkland shooting survivor who threw up during her emotional speech but then kept right on talking. But the march will be best remembered for someone who said nothing. Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez was on stage for six minutes and 20 seconds – and for several minutes stood in complete silence. It was exactly how long it took a gunman to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. She has a fascinating life story.
2. Stormy Daniels
The big headline out of Stormy Daniels’ big interview with Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” is her claim that she was threatened in 2011 after she tried to sell her story of an alleged affair with Donald Trump to a magazine. Daniels said a man walked up to her in Las Vegas in 2011 and told her to “leave Trump alone” and then looked at her daughter and said “it’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”
Daniels provided a couple of other tidbits – she says she spanked Trump with a magazine and that he compared her to his daughter Ivanka – but she declined to reveal any evidence. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, through his own attorney, feels Daniels defamed him during the interview and demanded a retraction and apology. President Trump had no comment on any of this.
3. Russian mall fire
At least 53 people are dead after a huge fire at a shopping center in Siberia. The blaze broke out on the top floor of the Zimnyaya Vishnya mall in the city of Kemerovo. Authorities say the worst damage was in the mall’s movie theaters; two of them collapsed and dozens of bodies were found there. The blaze is out, but dozens of children are still unaccounted for.
4. Saudi Arabia and Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s air force intercepted seven missiles fired from Yemen yesterday. This isn’t the first time the kingdom was the target of missile strikes from neighboring Yemen, but it’s the first time someone died in Saudi soil from such an attack. After previous interceptions, the Saudis responded with airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. The response to a fatal incident such as Sunday’s is likely to be even more punishing. The Saudis blame Houthi rebels for the attack. Saudi Arabia’s been leading a coalition against the Iran-backed rebels, who toppled Yemen’s internationally-recognized government in 2015.
5. Army vet deported
He served two tours in Afghanistan, but US Army veteran Miguel Perez was deported to Mexico anyway. ICE said it escorted Perez across the US-Mexico border Friday and handed him over to Mexican officials. Perez and his supporters, including Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, said he’d earned the right to stay in America because of his wartime service. But his citizenship application was denied because he had a felony drug conviction. Perez was born in Mexico and came to the US legally at age 8 after his father got a job offer in Chicago.
An emoji for everyone
If Apple gets its way (and it usually does), we’ll be getting 13 new emojis to represent people with disabilities, including a person with a cane.
The Spice Girls are getting back together, not just how we thought. Word is they’ll be in an animated movie with each member sporting a special “girl power.”
Not horsing around
In Qatar there are some nice resorts, but perhaps none quite as luxurious as al Shaqab, the five-star resort for horses.
From Sahara to Sochi
Where did all that orange snow in Russia over the weekend come from? Believe it or not, from a sandstorm in Africa.
AND FINALLY …
A new look
Grandpa’s been exposed to Snapchat filters, and his life will never be the same. (Click to view)