Weekend headlines: Florida shooting victims demand change, Trump reacts after Russia indictment

Florida shooting victims say #Enough

A deadly rampage in a Florida high school that left 17 people dead and 14 others wounded — most of whom were students — left the community of Parkland shaken and a nation in shock. The survivors from the shooting are speaking out for change, demanding tighter gun laws. These high schoolers are finding a unified voice to criticize adults on the lack of change in policy. Activist groups have rallied around the victims by organizing a walkout for everyone from elementary school to college on March 14, along with a march on Washington on March 24. You can read more from the survivors here.

Trump feels vindicated, then defensive after Russian indictment

After an indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to shout “no collusion.” While Trump initially thought the announcement was a victory against what he considers fake news, it quickly became clear that the indictment could question the legitimacy of Trump winning the election by his own power. You can read the president’s reaction from the weekend, along with him backtracking on the Russia investigation being fake news by clicking here.

Man charged after deadly crash in Charlotte split his car in half

A man was charged late Saturday night after he hit multiple trees and split his car in half, killing a woman in Barclay Downs. You can read how it unfolded by clicking here.


Weekend Roundup: Heavy rains in Charlotte; Canadian set on mowing even as tornado looms behind


Heavy rain injures one, leaves thousands without power north of Charlotte

Heavy rain in north Charlotte left thousands without power and injured one after a tree fell on a car as severe thunderstorms swept across the city. Some outages left people in the dark for hours.


14 arrested as tempers flare in Portland protests

Tempers ignited in Portland on Sunday afternoon after 14 were arrested when a “Trump Free Speech” rally ran into a makeshift protest in opposition to the rally. The opposing rally considered the Trump demonstrators to be racially motivated after a man stabbed and killed two people after he was confronted for shouting racial slurs at two women last month. Full story here.

Like Obama’s first term, Trump must decide on a war in Afghanistan

The New York Times published an article on how President Donald Trump’s top advisers are split on adding troops to Afghanistan or slowly pulling away from conflict in that part of the world. Full story here.

Trump is nearing a final infrastructure overhaul

President Donald Trump is working toward a final draft of how he will rebuild the foundation of America. The main catch is putting the burden on local governments whereas in the past, the federal government would normally take the financial hit. Full story here.


London attack executed by 3 assailants

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the latest attack was enough after three assailants used a van to plow through a crowd in London and began an assault using hunting knives that killed seven and left dozens injured. A full timeline, along with preventative action the country plans to take, is available here.


Golden State Warriors continue hot streak

The Golden State Warriors are now 14-0 in the playoffs after beating the Cavaliers 132-113 on Sunday night. Cleveland’s LeBron James continues to have outstanding games in an attempt to overthrow the Warriors’ undefeated post-season streak. Full coverage of Game 2 here.

NHL finals

The Nashville Predators answered back with a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday. The Predators trailed 0-2 in the series but regained momentum in front of a wild Nashville crowd. Full game recap here.

Bonus Story

Fearless Canadian mows lawn as tornado looms behind him


An Alberta resident had no worries as he was mowing his lawn over the weekend with a large funnel cloud looming behind him. “I was keeping an eye on it,” Theunis Wessels said after his wife snapped a quick photo of it to share with her friends on Facebook. Little did she know that mowing a lawn in front of a tornado is viral material. You can read the full interview here.


Weekend Roundup: Trump’s appeal stuffed, signs order deregulating Wall Street; Patriots win in style

Donald Trump’s immigration ban appeal shot down

The state of Washington filed an action that challenged President Donald Trump’s order on banning refugees and immigrants just days after he signed it, sending airports and regulators into chaos. On Friday, a federal judge ruled that the order was unconstitutional and temporarily blocked Trump’s order.

Trump responded from his Twitter account:

The president’s administration worked quickly to appeal the decision Saturday night, a motion that was immediately denied.

Within two weeks, Trump learned the limit of the president’s power:


Local response

Dozens of Charlotte residents made their way to Marshall Park to protest Donald Trump and the orders he has put in place. Protests also popped up in Raleigh with a larger showing, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Trump administration begins deregulating Wall Street

The Trump administration’s order pitches the reversal of Fiduciary Duty Rule as empowering the everyday American to make their own decisions with their retirement plans. Although this may sound good, most Americans do not do their homework when it comes to making the right choice for retirement investments. This makes less sense when many Americans ask financial specialists to do it for them. This ruling is really about letting financial advisers off the hook for directing their clients to make moves that may not be in their best interest, potentially giving the advisers bigger commissions. The Wall Street Journal lays it out here.

Saturday Night Live rips into Trump Administration

It was open season on the late night show as the cast harshly made fun of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon giving advice to Trump. If you have a few minutes, it’s pretty funny:

Super Bowl LI

In one of the greatest comebacks in the past 50 Super Bowls, the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points in a game that went into overtime (which has never been done in a Super Bowl). The Patriots downed the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 for their fifth Super Bowl victory. ESPN has full coverage.

Weather Forecast for the Queen City

The National Weather Service forecast Tuesday’s high reaching 70 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms around 2 to 3 p.m. The temperature will quickly slip to a high of 50’s on Thursday and dip below freezing that night. You can click this link for the latest updates on the weather throughout the week.