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Parkland school shooter avoids death penalty, leaving families distraught

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Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz, has avoided the death penalty, after a jury recommended he spend the remainder of his life behind bars instead.

Cruz will not face the death penalty, after killing 17 people at Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School.

Victims of the Parkland mass shooting

 As the recommendation was delivered, families’ of the victims appeared visibly upset.

“He should be afraid every second of the day of his life.”

Linda Beigel Schulman

The father of a 14 year old victim, Dr. Iian Alhadeff, spoke of his disappointment after the jury’s recommendation.

“As a country we need to stand up and say that’s not ok…I pray that that animal suffers every day of his life in jail.”

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Linda Beigel Schulman, Michael Schulman, Patricia Padauy Oliver and Fred Guttenberg embrace as families of the victims enter the courtroom for an expected verdict in the penalty phase of the trial of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2022. Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Pool via REUTERS

The father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, Fred Guttenberg, says he has to visit his daughter at the cemetery every day.

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“The first thing I do moving forward is I go visit my daughter at the cemetery … The next thing I do … is everything I can to prevent the next one of these.”

Fred Guttenberg

“In prison, I hope and pray [Nikolas Cruz] receives the kind of mercy from prisoners that he showed to my daughter and the 16 others.”

Fred Guttenberg

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis also slammed the Jury’s recommendation for Cruz.

The 24-year-old Parkland school shooter pleaded guilty to all 17 counts of murder. His defence argued he was mentally unstable at the time of the shootings.

But prosecutors argued he premeditated and planned the entire attack.

Now, it will be up to the Judge to issue a formal sentence on November 1. However, she cannot go against the jury’s recommendations.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally

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Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
 
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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