Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son died in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, has sought to debunk conspiracy theories claiming mass shootings were staged by the government as part of an anti-gun agenda. He is still harassed online, more than five years later. He said: I am glad people are not still deluding themselves with saying, Just ignore the trolls and they will go away. Because they have not gone away. The trolls just get bigger and faster.
Dr. Francisco Cruz, lead psychiatrist at Ketamine Health Centers, suggested some survivors may want to limit themselves to services for their close friends, but he said overexposure to news coverage and social media posts about the shooting may be more harmful than attending several funerals. Cruz said: Going through the funeral process and remembering your classmates and feeling support from friends and family and the community can be empowering. It can help people to get through these tough times and help them be more resilient down the line.
Len Murray said he had just one thought running through his mind since receiving a text from his son: All I keep thinking about is when I dropped him off this morning. I usually say, I love you, and I did not this morning. He is 17, he is at that age. And I did not say it this morning, and I am just kicking myself right now over and over and over.
Vic Damone, whose mellow baritone once earned praise from Frank Sinatra as the best pipes in the business, has died in Florida at the age of 89, his daughter said. Victoria Damone told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday that her father died Sunday at a Miami Beach hospital from complications of a respiratory illness. His easy-listening romantic ballads brought him million-selling records and sustained a half-century career in recordings, movies and nightclub, concert and television appearances.
Mosquitoes are a year-round downside to living in subtropical Miami, but millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes flying in a suburban neighborhood are being hailed as an innovation that may kill off more bugs that spread Zika and other viruses. Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control and Habitat Management Division is releasing non-biting male mosquitoes infected with naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria to mate with wild female mosquitoes. The bacteria are not harmful to humans, but will prevent any offspring produced when the lab-bred mosquitoes mate with wild female mosquitoes from surviving to adulthood.
The NAACP has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, citing disparaging comments from President Donald Trump about immigrants and their home countries as evidence of racial discrimination influencing the decision to end protections for roughly 60,000 Haitians. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Maryland federal court, the NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund said Homeland Security officials failed to follow the normal decision-making process when considering whether to renew the temporary protected status granted to Haitian immigrants since a devastating earthquake struck the Caribbean country in 2010.