- At a Thursday night vigil in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman shot and killed 17 people Feb. 14, a woman said of her daughter, "I hope she didn't die for nothing." Nikolas Cruz, 19, appeared in a Florida courtroom Thursday where investigators said the young man had confessed to the shootings. In the New York Times this morning, columnist Dan Barry writes, "Deadly shootings in schools—that is, the killing of children in sanctuaries of learning—have become a distinctly American ritual. The Rote responses as familiar as a kindergarten recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance."
Right and Left React to the Gun Control Debate After the Florida Shooting https://t.co/5A2WYu8UOS— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 16, 2018
- Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is launching a run to represent Utah in the U.S. Senate with a dig at President Trump. The BBC reports that Romney's Facebook page is taking aim at the Trump White House effort to limit immigration. The Romney campaign says the Trump doctrine sends a "message of exclusion" to immigrants. Romney once said Trump's "promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University," while the President has called Romney a "failed candidate" who "choked like a dog."
- The City of Boise is on yet another top ten list. Lonely Planet magazine has published its eighth annual "Best in the U.S." rankings, putting Boise at No. 2 in the nation, right behind California's Redwood Coast. Boise is "what cool looks like before the rest of the world has figured it out," according to Lonely Planet.
- This has already been a rough morning for Team USA at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Skier Mikaela Shiffrin came in fourth in the woman's slalom while figure skater Nathan Chen fell repeatedly during his short program presentation. Hopes are high for later today when downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn returns to the mountain to compete in the woman's Super-G.
- McDonald's has decided to pull cheeseburgers from its main Happy Meal menu. In addition, it's offering smaller portions of french fries if kids choose Chicken McNuggets for their Happy Meal option. The Washington Post reports that beginning in June, McDonald's Happy Meals will contain less than 600 calories and less than 650 milligrams of salt. The chain is also working on a new chocolate milk formula that contains less sugar.
- While Coca-Cola undergoes a redesign of labels affixed to its iconic cans and bottles, Business Insider asks, "Why is the company's famed logo red?" The actual shade of red that Coke uses is trademarked as Spencerian. It turns out that company officials began painting barrels of Coca-Cola red in the 1890's so that fiscal agents could distinguish the soda from alcohol during transport. Coca-Cola was originally sold in pharmacies as a syrup to ease digestion. It wasn't until 1897 that the company began bottling the drink in the United States.