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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.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net

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Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

 
How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act

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U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’

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Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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