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Plus, It’s International Women’s Day, just ask McDonald’s

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Gun Control Bill is on Florida Governor’s Desk

Florida lawmakers got the message. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The Florida House passed legislation on Wednesday that establishes new restrictions on the sale of firearms and also clears the way for some teachers and staff to carry guns in school.

CNN reports, “Spurred by the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed 67-50. It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has 15 days to sign it.”

This bill, developed over the last 10 days, and has been rushed to get passed by lawmakers before the Florida legislative session ends Friday. If signed by Scott, the law would also mandate school mental health programs, and add restrictions that would make it more difficult for people who show signs of mental illness or violent behavior to obtain guns.

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McDonald’s Flips Golden Arches for International Women’s Day

Don’t be too alarmed if you are driving by a McDonald’s with an upside-down M in Lynwood, California. Franchisee owner Patricia Williams revealed that the iconic McDonald’s emblem had been intentionally inverted in celebration of International Women’s Day.

For the first time in its history, the global fast-food franchise will exhibit a golden ‘W’ as its logo, in lieu of a ‘M’, across its digital platforms on Thursday to commemorate the remarkable achievements of its female employees and women around the world.

You can see the flipped M in Rachel Chan’s report for CMN. 

Here’s the Scoop From the ACLU on Your Free Speech Rights as a College Student

With students across the county turning the heads of many politicians — due to their inspiring and exemplary push for legislative change in wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida shooting — it’s important to remember that public high school and college students are protected by the First Amendment, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“You do not lose your right to free speech just by walking into school,” Josh Bell, ACLU Center for Democracy Media Strategist, told CMN.

Erin Whitten has the full scoop in her report. 

Last But Not Least: This Woman is Still Living in A Dorm Two Years After She Dropped Out

A woman living in a New York City college is testing the limits of the phrase “better late than never”. Thirty-two year old Lisa Palmer is being sued by her former school, Hunter College, for racking up $92,000 in unpaid housing fees.

At issue is the fact that Palmer has been living in the dorm, but hasn’t been enrolled at the college for over two years. Get the whole story in CMN’s report. 


This International Women’s Day version of the Morning Scoop was compiled by Natalia KolenkoRoxanneh MousaviRachel ChanErin Whitten, and the CMN Staff. And we’re not doctors, but it looks like you might have a touch of the March Madness coming on. 

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