Feb. 23, 2018: What to Know 

  • A number of families in Parkland, Florida, are expressing outrage over the revelation that the only armed sheriff's deputy at the site of the school shooting last week—which resulted in 17 people being killed—chose to take cover outside rather than enter the school. The New York Times reports the deputy resigned Thursday after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel reviewed surveillance video of the incident.
  • While President Donald Trump continues to advance the idea of possibly arming teachers or staff inside U.S. public schools, Idaho Education News has identified four Idaho school Districts—Garden Valley, Mountain View, Salmon River and the Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center—that have approved policies allowing designated staffers to be armed with guns. The overwhelming majority of Idaho schools still opt out of arming personnel, instead choosing to improve safety protocols.
  • Gold medalist Jessie Diggins will carry the U.S. flag during the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics this weekend. Team USA made the announcement this morning that Diggins, whose team won the first-ever U.S. gold medal in cross-country skiing, would lead the delegation. On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, Boise State alum Nick Cunningham and University of Idaho alum Sam Michener will compete in the four-man bobsled run. Going into the final two days of competition, the United States has won 21 medals, eight of them gold.

    • Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
    Meanwhile, The New York Times has a jaw-dropping report on how much Olympic cross-country skiers eat: 8,000 calories a day. Caitlin Patterson, a native of McCall, told the Times that she starts her day with two fried eggs topped with melted cheddar cheese, plus two pieces of toast with jam. After her morning training she eats some beef jerky, almonds, some Fig Newtons and an orange. For lunch, it's a big salad with maple-mustard dressing, a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla, a cookie and a some Ben and Jerry's ice cream. And that's just the first half of her day.

  • Sometimes the pop culture gap is never more apparent than during an episode of Jeopardy. Entertainment Weekly reports that during the Thursday night broadcast, a contestant chose the category of "Recent R&B and Hip-Hop Hits" for $2,000. The clue was "Hit-making was in his DNA. He had LOYALTY. He was HUMBLE. and in LOVE—DAMN." None of the contestants could identify Kendrick Lamar, who is one of the music industry's most successful new artists and is riding high with the recent chart-topping soundtrack for Black Panther.

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