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White House locks down when vehicle hits barrier

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The White House was on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex." (Feb. 23)


Parkland survivor Sarah Chadwick perfectly mixes hot memes with serious activism

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In the days since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people, students from the school have taken up a gun-control movement highlighted by powerful speeches, a tenacious CNN town hall appearance, and, in the case of Sarah Chadwick, cuttingly funny tweets. SEE ALSO: After Florida shooting, gun control becomes a global conversation Chadwick, a junior, has been among a group of outspoken MSDHS students who have given voice to the grief and rage of a community shattered by a violent act in the "Never Again" movement. And her activism, like many of the students, has extended to social media.  Chadwick has brought a fiery edge to her Twitter game amongst all of her activism work. Case in point: her slam on Sen. Marco Rubio after his poor performance at the CNN town hall when Chadwick's classmate, Cameron Kasky, challenged Rubio on not taking anymore donations from the NRA.  We should change the names of AR-15s to “Marco Rubio” because they are so easy to buy. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 She also whipped up a tweet off the "Is your child texting about" meme that managed to deliver a few laughs and dovetail with the students' current mission, a pretty impressive feat for someone of any age. Is your child texting about gun reform? LOL: lets get stricter background checksDTF: don’t take money from NRABRB: ban rifles bro TTYL: Tomi Lahren stop talking — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 And as for the ridiculous conspiracy theory from the far right that some of the students — and one in particular, David Hogg — were "crisis actors," Chadwick delivered a zinger that dinged Hogg in jest but also underscored the absurdity of the conspiracies. To clarify @davidhogg111 can’t act to save his life. The fact that some people think he is being payed to is hilarious. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018 She's also not one to take any guff from pearl-clutching conservative commentators who keep pushing an agenda that distracts from the key issues of gun control and protecting the students. I’m a junior. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 Someone said Laura Ingraham was a discount Ann Coulter, and I haven’t stopped thinking about that since. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018 But for all the jokes, Chadwick, like her classmates, has displayed incredible resolve and stunning maturity in the face of unspeakable tragedy, not to mention an eloquence that I'm pretty sure I was nowhere close to when I was their age.  Sarah Chadwick: "Never again should a child be afraid to go to school. Never again should students have to protest for their lives." — Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2018 This extends to their social media use, which the students have leveraged to their advantage. Like her classmates, Chadwick's Twitter account has been extremely active with retweets showing support, links to their appearances that amplify their message, and useful, relevant news items.  Hey everyone for more updates on our movement and the match follow @NeverAgainMSD and @AMarch4OurLives — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 21, 2018 Yeah, they get in zingers (like that one on Rubio) and they're out here memeing it up, but there's always an underlying message to their sharing. And even with the lulz, they haven't undermined their message. Instead, their channeling even the smallest bits of humor toward their greater goal: change in gun control laws in the hopes of making these school shootings a thing of the past. The humor hasn't only grounded their efforts, it's amplified how extraordinary these students are. These aren't professional activists with years of experience under their belt; they're young people who were, a week ago, simply living the teenage experience when a act of violence ripped that away from them. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - that quote is plastered high on a staircase in douglas. I read it everyday while walking to class, and now I’m here truly trying to be a change in the world. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 20, 2018 That Sarah, Cameron, Emma, and so many others can find the inner strength to not only fight back but maintain their own sense of humanity as so many others try to tear them down is breathtaking to watch.  Seeing these students rally, both online and off, shows us that, at heart, they're still teens who like to goof on their friends and find joy in the world. And more importantly, it helps radiate one the most important things one can ask for in the wake of another horrific attack: it gives us hope. UPDATED: The story originally referred to Chadwick as a sophomore; she's actually a junior . We've also added Chadwick's burn on conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.

New device for low-cost single-cell analysis identifies fibroblast subtypes in rheumatoid arthritis patients

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Researchers have taken steps to facilitate broad access to single-cell sequencing by developing a 3-D-printed, portable and low-cost microfluidic controller. To demonstrate the utility of the instrument in clinical environments, the researchers deployed the device to study synovial tissue from patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Trump Administration Is Trying To Make It Harder For North Korea To Evade Sanctions

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The Trump administration is trying to make it harder for North Korea to evade sanctions. It is putting the world on notice to look out for "deceptive shipping practices."


White House put on lockdown after vehicle crashes into security barrier

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The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex."


White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is on lockdown after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. The U.S. Secret Service tweets that the vehicle “did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex.” No shots were fired during the incident, the Secret Service says. The agency adds that the female driver of [...]


Officer shoots suspect during altercation at Virginia hotel

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A man has been shot by an officer working with a U.S. Marshals Service task force after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with the officer at a Virginia hotel.


Abandoning Android: iPhone X is Apple's first device to satisfy all my mobile needs

Added: 23.02.2018 13:52 | 0 views | 0 comments

As a mobile phone fanatic, I regularly buy the latest iPhone. But then, after a month, I grow bored and move on to more exciting Android hardware. However, four months after buying iPhone X, it remains my true daily driver and has subdued my enthusiasm for Android.


Engineers advance capability of wearable tech

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Creating the perfect wearable device to monitor muscle movement, heart rate and other tiny bio-signals without breaking the bank has inspired scientists to look for a simpler and more affordable tool. Now, researchers have developed a practical way to monitor and interpret human motion, in what may be the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to wearable technology.


The standout moments that made CNN's gun control town hall feel like a game-changer

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On Wednesday night, a raw, emotional town hall about gun control on CNN emerged as a pivotal moment in the debate over gun control.  As a crowd of several thousand cheered and jeered, the survivors and families of the victims of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, pushed back on Senator Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch more than any member of the media has.  SEE ALSO: Amy Poehler blasts NRA after they tweeted a 'Parks & Rec' GIF This movement is being led by a group of brave and mature-beyond-their-years teenagers who are unafraid to express their fury at an inactive government and the big money that enables them. And it finally feels like this time, finally, something is different.  That it was all broadcast on a national platform like CNN was even more crucial, and it provided a stark contrast to the usual empty talking points that are circulated by six-pundit panels on cable news. While such town halls are often devoid of substance, the students and their tenacity not only broke the cycle of these pointless made-for-TV debates, but also changed the conversation in the process. Students like Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky have given voice to the anger and grief we've collectively felt too many times. They've channeled their outrage and exasperation in a way that, though sometimes uncomfortable, refused to let apathy sink in, cracking the shiny facade of cable news and pushing the gun debate forward. Emma Gonzalez, Sheriff Israel refuse to let Dana Loesch off the hook Emma Gonzalez has already gained notice for her passionate speech in the wake of the shooting, and on Wednesday night she was one of many students bravely stood their ground against those in power — including NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.  Loesch has caused controversy in the past with her pro-gun statements for the NRA, but that didn't rattle Gonzalez, who not only didn't blink in the face of one of America's most (in)famous gun advocates, but wouldn't let Loesch get away with ducking the question, proving herself to be a tougher questioner than so many reporters have in the past.  And Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel followed up on Gonzalez's questioning, refusing to let Loesch off easy for her stance, telling her, "You're not standing up for [the students] until you say 'I want less weapons.'" The one-two combo of a student survivor and a respected law enforcement official — whose jurisdiction includes the school where the shooting occurred — was an undeniable show of unity against an organization that has sunk countless millions into making sure guns like the one used in this (and other) mass shootings remain obtainable.  Cameron Kasky and Fred Guttenberg corner Senator Marco Rubio When given the chance to directly confront an elected official that is supposed to represent the people, it's reasonable to think that the heat of your argument might dim a little because of the weight of the moment.  But not in the case of Cameron Kasky. Another student survivor of the shooting, Kasky called Rubio out on his acceptance of NRA campaign contributions and challenged him to start turning them down as cheers from attendees rained down.  The debate around the NRA's lobbying efforts is another milestone in the familiar cycle of mass shootings. Those lawmakers that accept the NRA's money are called out, time and again. Yet few of them have had to face down survivors of a mass shooting like Rubio did on Wednesday night in front of a national television audience.  SEE ALSO: Powerful New York Times ad calls out lawmakers funded by the NRA Kasky wasn't the only one who pressed Rubio hard. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the shooting, told Rubio point blank that statements made by him and by President Trump in the wake of the shooting were "pathetically weak."  Rubio was forced to look into the eyes of a parent who'd lost his child and address his views. The in-person audience hurled boos at Rubio while an anguished parent lambasted him in a way he's not used to. It was raw and riveting and beyond any television CNN or its competitors have produced in a long time. It was also probably the toughest questioning Rubio has ever faced — on CNN or any other news channel. And that it came from a high school student and a grieving parent shouldn't be lost on us. A new bar for holding politicians accountable has been set. Sheriff Israel takes the lead While the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been at the forefront of the renewed debate, they have a powerful ally in the aforementioned Sheriff Scott Israel. That a leading law enforcement member has so vocally backed the students only gives legitimacy to their point of view. To say that law enforcement has become a lightning rod in our current divisive political environment is a brutal understatement.  But Sheriff Israel has been an ardent supporter of the students' initiatives since the shooting. Doing so on a national stage, standing with the students in front of a national audience and leaving no wiggle room for those looking to twist his words, was a powerful show of unity to a nation that badly needs it.  The students refuse to go quietly Perhaps the most cathartic moment came at the conclusion of the town hall, when students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sang "Shine," an original song written by the students about love and defiance in the face of tragedy. While the song features moving lyrics, especially considering the context in which the students wrote it — "We're not gonna let you win / We're putting up a fight / You may have brought the dark / But together we will shine a light" — it was the spoken interludes from the students that delivered the biggest punch.  When one student emotionally delivered the line, "We refuse to be ignored by those who refuse to listen," it was easy to believe her. The fiery resolve was evident to anyone watching the town hall and listening to the song.  SEE ALSO: Parkland shooting survivors call for a march on Washington, D.C. So often these events are dominated by politicians who excel at spinning direct questions in banal talking points and by "commentators" who sometimes mean well but ultimately spout the same sound bites over and over, a circle of "analysis" that sounds all too familiar. But the students and their allies — law enforcement, teachers, the parents of their slain classmates — made the most of the platform they were given Wednesday night, transforming the typically made-for-TV event into something rawer, more emotional and, ultimately, more powerful than anyone could have possibly imagined. 

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