Bye, Pyeongchang, it's Been Real

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Fireworks and goodbyes (Image: ODN Video)

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics came to a close Sunday with North and South Korean athletes once again marching together.

CNN reports, “Preceded by months of mounting tension between North and South Korea and the US, the Games ended with a softening of relations between the two Korean countries, who competed under a united flag.”

The closing ceremony drew a crowd of 35,000 people, including US dignitaries like Ivanka Trump, and the hope that peace would continue to spread throughout the Korean peninsula and between North Korea and the US. There were hints that the North is open to a meeting with the U.S. in the wake of the games.
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Students Prepare to go Back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

About a thousand students returned yesterday to the site of the Valentine's Day shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead and dozens injured, picking up backpacks and other belongings they left behind as they fled the building.

The event was designed as a way to ease the students into the resumption of classes, which is planned for Wednesday. The section of campus in which the shooting took place will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The AP reported that "students were greeted by 17 people dressed in white costumes as angels standing beside a makeshift memorial outside the school. Organizer Terry Decarlo said the costumes are sent to every mass shooting and disaster so the survivors 'know angels are looking over them and protecting them.' Many of those dressed as angels at Stoneman Douglas on Sunday were survivors of the 2016 mass shooting at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, where 49 people died."

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Colleges Assuring Applicants That Gun Protest Participation Won’t Be Held Against Them

Multiple universities across the U.S. have taken steps to ensure high school seniors that participating in upcoming protests organized in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting will not be a factor in their college admission process.

This is in contrast to some high school and middle school districts, who have announced punishments for students who participate in the Women’s March’s Youth EMPOWER school walkout on March 14, The March For Our Lives 10 days later and the April 20 National School Walkout.

Get the details in CMN's report.

Last But Not Least: HBO to Broadcast 'Paterno' on Saturday, April 7

The long-anticipated movie about the life of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno now has an official release date. The HBO original (starring the equally legendary Al Pacino) will air on Saturday night, April 7.

The movie, as previously announced, will confront the Jerry Sandusky scandal head-on, a fact that has upset some longtime Penn State supporters, who feel the movie should focus more on Paterno’s overall coaching career.

Get all the details in CMN's report.
This Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia Kolenko and the CMN Staff. We hope you have a good post-Olympics, late-winter, middle-of-the-semester, spring-break-is-still-weeks-away Monday.
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