- Students across the nation are seizing control of the gun debate as school walkouts and a march on Washington are being planned in the wake of a Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which claimed 17 lives. NBC News reports surviving Parkland students are already working with students from Connecticut, the site of a 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School are all working on events "to take hold of the national conversation."
- Meanwhile, the Weiser, Idaho, chapter of the Friends of the National Rifle Association held its annual fund raising dinner and auction Friday night, Feb. 16, where raffles were held for a wide variety of weapons. Single tickets went for $125.
- Bruce Wingate
- A group calling itself Protect Idaho Kids say it's expecting hundreds of supporters to take part in a provocative protest today. Members will march up Capitol Boulevard carrying faux coffins, representing the 183 Idaho children that have died since Idaho faith healing exemption laws were adopted in the 1970s. They'll be carrying the 183 symbolic coffins to the Idaho Statehouse. “Kids die from treatable illnesses, such as diabetes, pneumonia, and infection, because they are denied such common treatments as insulin and antibiotics," said Protect Idaho Kids founder Bruce Wingate. "For these children, the suffering is unfathomable, because they are also denied palliative care.”
- Today is Presidents Day, and though the Idaho Legislature is in session, most city, county, state and federal offices will be closed. Most schools are closed as well, including Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. Post offices and most banks will be closed. ValleyRide city buses will run normal schedules.
- Hillary Knight of Sun Valley is practically guaranteed a medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Whether it's a gold or silver medal will be determined this
Wednesday, Feb. 21. Knight, a member of the USA women's hockey team, scored a goal early this morning to help the U.S. beat Finland 5-0, advancing Team USA to the gold medal game against Team Canada, which will air Wednesday night at 9:10 Mountain Time.
The U.S. women's hockey team is shining during an otherwise lackluster olympics for the country https://t.co/YksUVINrPN— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 19, 2018
- Black Panther clawed its way to an estimated projection of $219 million-plus at the North American box office this holiday weekend. It is now the best launch of any superhero film except The Avengers in 2012. The Hollywood Reporter says Black Panther also secured the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time, "blasting past all expectations." The film is expected to reap $404 million in global box office receipts in its first four days.
- One of the last precursors to the Oscars was held last night in London's Royal Albert Hall as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its annual BAFTA awards. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home five awards, including best film, best actress (Frances McDormand) and best supporting actor (Sam Rockwell). Gary Oldman won the best actor prize for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and Allison Janney won best supporting actress for her portrayal as the wickedly funny mother in I, Tonya.