Douglas High School in Parkland

‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ stars release new song

NEW YORK /March 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Broadway fans are buzzing over the release of a new song by two popular Tony winners in support of the upcoming March for Our Lives. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt, the original star of “Dear Evan Hansen,” have recorded a duet called “Found/Tonight,’ mixing lyrics from … Continue reading ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ stars release new song

Trump’s strong words on guns give way to political reality

WASHINGTON/March 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being “afraid of the NRA,” declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month’s Florida school shooting. On Monday, … Continue reading Trump’s strong words on guns give way to political reality

The Latest: Hearing for school shooting suspect canceled

PARKLAND, Fla. /February 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local): 7:35 a.m. A court hearing on procedural matters for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz has been canceled. Court records show a hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday … Continue reading The Latest: Hearing for school shooting suspect canceled

The Latest: NRA says left exploiting Florida school shooting

WASHINGTON /February 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, guns and school violence (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Leaders of the National Rifle Association are accusing supporters of gun control of exploiting the mass school shooting in Florida to promote an anti-gun agenda. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre spoke at the Conservative Political … Continue reading The Latest: NRA says left exploiting Florida school shooting

Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Holding hand-scrawled signs and wearing black “Parkland Strong” T-shirts, the 40 teenagers filed warily into a committee room at Florida’s state Capitol on Wednesday. They hadn’t been invited and the lawmakers they were intruding upon were in the middle of a meeting. Timid yet determined, they stood their … Continue reading Civil disobedience: Teen shooting survivors shake up Capitol

‘Fix it!’ Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

WASHINGTON  /February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America’s school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming … Continue reading ‘Fix it!’ Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

/February 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young. The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, wiped out … Continue reading School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes

PARKLAND, Fla./February 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The teenager accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people at a Florida high school confessed to carrying out one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings and carried extra ammunition in his backpack, according to a sheriff’s department report released Thursday. Nikolas Cruz told investigators that he shot … Continue reading Florida gunman had extra ammo at school, fired for 3 minutes