🤯 This is the 18th school shooting THIS YEAR.

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🤯 This is the 18th school shooting THIS YEAR.

At last night's vigil at the Parkland Amphitheater


Nikolas Cruz: He’s been charged with 17 counts of murder. He was a member of a local white supremacist group. He purchased his gun legally in Broward County sometime in the last year. That means he passed the background check, even though more stories are emerging that indicate Cruz was a pretty troubled teenager. He received mental health treatment at some point, but stopped it. His social media activity showed that he really loved guns.  (Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald)

The victims: The names of the 17 victims have been released, and here are their stories. Here is how their friends and family are remembering them on social media. Some victims are still fighting for their lives in the hospital. (Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel)

The politics: Gov. Scott is calling on the legislature to have a real conversation about school safety and keeping guns away from the mentally ill. The Broward sheriff wants the power to detain people based on alarming social media content. Plus, remember the vote on that agricultural bill with the provision to let people get their concealed carry permit without the required background check if it takes more than 90 days? It was supposed to happen yesterday afternoon, but it’s been postponed because senators said it “wasn’t the day to have that conversation.” No kidding. (POLITICO, WLRN)

The schools: Miami-Dade County Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has deployed the school system’s entire police force, and vowed to look into emergency procedures. He said Cruz using a false fire alarm to make it easier to kill students “touched on his ‘worst fears’.” He also called on political leaders to have the courage to tackle the real issue – access to guns and mental illness. Plus, here are the kinds of steps schools across the country have taken to increase safety, since there’s nothing happening on the federal level. (Miami Herald, NPR)

#NotOkay. It’s only Feb. 16, and these are all the places that have had school shootings since Jan. 1. We repeat, SINCE JAN. 1. And there have been 239 shootings at schools since Sandy Hook in 2012. (Fox 26 Houston, New York Times)

What you can do: The Miami-Dade Democratic Party is holding an emergency meeting TODAY at 6 p.m. at CIC Miami to talk about gun reform. Details here. Plus, the Wynwood Yard is holding a tribute on Saturday. Here is a rundown of the grief counseling resources available to those who are affected by the shooting, and here is a guide to talking to your kids about the tragedy.

We’re keeping our fellow South Floridians in our thoughts. Keep letting us know how we can help.

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Facts. Tell your climate change denying uncle that yes, global warming is real, even though we’ve had a really cold winter. The frigid temps are caused by a “warming hole” and it has to do with a wave in the jetstream. (Miami Herald)

#WINNING. There are so many awesome local and Florida chefs on this list of James Beard Award semifinalists, and that’s a BFD, because it’s basically the “Oscars of the food world.” This ecstatic Insta post from Ghee founder Niven Patel, who took some of our readers on a field trip to his farm and home kitchen last year, makes us really happy. (Indulge)

SMH. If you’re in Florida House District 114, you have our sympathies. Both of the people elected to office there since the district was created in 2012 pled guilty to criminal charges and had to leave office. The race is on to replace the last rep to have to resign, Daisy Baez.  (Miami Herald)

No bueno. According to the latest data from think tank Brookings Institute, Miami has the fifth largest income gap in the whole U.S., with a $200,500 gap between the 20th and 95th percentile in 2016. (Axios)

Not winning. Did you hear that Cape Town, South Africa, is on the brink of literally running out of water this spring? Yep. Crazy. But Miami’s also on this BBC list of the 11 cities worldwide that are most likely to run out of water.

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