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From the President's Desk

Presidential Proclamation
Honoring Parkland Shooting Victims

President orders all American flags flown half-staff (at White House, public grounds, military posts, naval vessels & beyond) “until sunset, February 19, 2018” as “a mark of solemn respect for the victims.”

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From the President's Desk

Nationwide Address

  • President Trump spoke to the nation Thursday mid-morning; did not take questions.
  • Plans to visit Parkland, Florida.
  • Meeting w/governors & attorneys general re: school safety.
  • Reassured America’s children – mentioned mental health; no comment on guns/background checks.

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From the President's Desk

“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”


President Trump, Twitter, Feb 14, 2018 3:50 pm est (Florida shooting occurred around 230 pm est)

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From the President's Desk

“On just Monday, Parkland, Florida,A was listedA as one of the safest cities in the country.

On Wednesday, massive chaos rained down on this leafy community an hour north of Miami when a shooterA unloaded bulletsA at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School right before dismissal.”

Miami Herald

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Snapshot of America

Parkland, Florida

  • Population: Approx 31,000
  • Diversity in community reflects America’s overall demographics (majority White, Black, Hispanic, Asian)
  • Middle Class/Upper Middle Class Community

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Find List For Other "Safest Cities" in America & More

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Feb 15, 2018

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Current Events

Florida High School Shooting

17 Killed

More Than A Dozen Injured

One of the Deadliest School Shootings in American History

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

‘Be positive. Be passionate. Be proud to be an eagle.’

  • Named for an environmentalist who worked to protect the Florida Everglades (She died at 108).
  • Grades 9-12; approximately 3,000 students in southeast Florida.
  • Home to State Championship Marching Band.

Current Events

Former Student In Custody

‘We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him. There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus.’



Jim Gard, Math Teacher, Interview With The Miami Herald (Feb 14, 2018)

Current Events

Things To Know

  • Social Media: Reportedly suspect had photos of guns; references to Allahu Akhbar – Arabic phrase for praising God.
  • Initial Reports: No connection to terrorism.
  • Superintendent says no recent warning of impending attack, but suspect kicked out of school for unspecific “disciplinary reasons.”

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Your Family & The News

“Parents should also monitor how much exposure a child has to news reports of traumatic events, including these recent school shootings. Research has shown that some young children believe that the events are reoccurring each time they see a television replay of the news footage.”

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We Know This Isn’t Typical,
But SmartHer News Isn’t Your Typical News Source

When one American family is harmed, we feel it more deeply than any headline can convey.
We ache for all the families devastated by this heinous act. You are in our hearts, our thoughts & our prayers.

Current Events

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Feb 15, 2018

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Health

Mind Games

Can’t Lose Weight?
Blame Your Brain

Scientist discover mental “switch” that determines whether we store calories to burn or to hoard.

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Health

Why It Matters:

  • When we successfully diet, our bodies burn stored fat.
  • When we stop dieting, our bodies can start storing fat in anticipation of being hungry again, instead of burning calories as they come in.
  • Scientist have discovered a way to potentially “turn off” our bodies’ desire to store fat after dieting.
  • Could help with yo-yo dieting and obesity therapies.

Health

Protein: Potential Link
Your Brain & The Scale

“Manipulating this protein offers the opportunity to trick the brain and not replace the lost weight through increased appetite and storage of fat.”



Associate Professor Zane Andrews, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Feb 15, 2018

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Current Events

Important Incident

Israeli Fighter Jet Crash

  • Israel = America’s ally
  • Jet reportedly shot down by Pro-Assad forces inside Syria.
  • Israel bombed sites inside Syria after Iran sent drone into Israeli territory; both sides engaged.
  • Two pilots survived Feb 10 crash.

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Why It Matters:

  • Iran = State sponsor of terror since 1984 and no friend of the USA.
  • Iran supports Syria’s Pro-Assad forces – Syria is key territory & strategic ally for Iran.
  • Investigation into crash continues.
  • If confirmed, this will be first time Israeli plane shot down by enemy fire since 1982.

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IMPORTANT:
Within The Last Week…

  • U.S. military, working with Anti-Assad forces inside Syria, attacked by Pro-Assad forces, with Russia support.
  • Russia & Iran align with Pro-Assad forces in Syria.
  • U.S. responded with major bombing campaign.

Current Events

‘The risks are high. There is a new Cold War prevailing in Syria and any escalation could pave the way for a regional or international war given the fact that the big powers are directly present on the ground…’



Samir Nadir, Levant Institue For Strategic Affairs to Washington Post (2/12/18)

Current Events

Bottom Line: Watch Syria. Conflict Continues. Tensions High. Sec of State Rex Tillerson in region on unrelated trip.

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Feb 14, 2018

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Now You Know

Number To Know:
22

22 lbs = Amount of candy Americans consume on average every year, according to US Census.

Top Culprit = Chocolate

If you’re gonna eat it…Is dark chocolate REALLY the best choice?

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“While nutrition advice can often be complicated, choosing dark chocolate for your heart health is simple…
Pass the dark chocolate my way!”



Christy Youens, Registered & Licensed Dietitian (RD, LD) interview with "SmartHER News"

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Dark Chocolate: What’s The Magic?

Cocoa Flavanols

  • Flavanols = Nutrient found in cocoa beans.
  • Cocoa powder from beans makes chocolate.
  • Dark chocolate has higher amounts of flavanols.
  • Flavanols have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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“Flavanols in cocoa have been studied for many years. They have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, prevent blood clots, and fight cell damage.”



Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, "Harvard Health Letter"

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Dark Chocolate Is Not The Only Option

Your Flavanol Grocery List:

  • Tea (esp. Green Tea)
  • Apples, Blueberries, Blackberries, Red Grapes, & Pomegranates
  • Peanuts
  • Red Wine!

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BTW: Sweet companies employ more than 60,000 Americans. Grab some chocolate chips and read on!

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Feb 14, 2018

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Current Events

Valentine’s Day:

Why February 14th?

According to Congress, the romance we associate with Valentine’s Day might have originated from a medieval belief that birds select their mates on this day.

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Did You Know?

  • Esther Howland (‘New England’s first career woman”) sold the first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards in the late 1840s.
  • The tradition itself dates back to 15th century Europe, but Howland first popularized Valentine’s Day cards in America.

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How Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

  • More than half of all Americans plan to celebrate.
  • Average $pending:A $143.56.
  • Total $pending est: $19.6 billion, including $1.8 billion on candy, $2 billion on flowers, and $4.7 billion on jewelry.

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Current Events

OTD 1929:

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

  • Gang violence plagued Chicago during prohibition (1920 – 1933).
  • Notorious gangster Al Capone reportedly ordered the infamous mob shooting of 7 rival gang members, firing squad style.

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Current Events

Also Today:
Ash Wednesday

  • For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day fall on same day.
  • Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent – a holy period ahead of Easter.
  • Some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of their faith.

Feb 14, 2018

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Now You Know

No Escaping Amazon

Online Retailer’s Next Target: Your Health Care

Domination: Nearly half of all online purchases in U.S. flow through Amazon.

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Amazon Health Care Kick

  • Investigating how to become a medical supplier (WSJ).
  • Exploring online drug sales (Reports).
  • Health Care Provider: Joint-venture w/ JP Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett’s company) to create non-profit, more cost effective health insurance option for company employees (est. 1 million people).

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Amazon “Health”:
Why It Matters

  • Health care spending makes up approx 1/5 of entire U.S economy.
  • Health care (out-of-pocket, over-the-counter, health insurance) = essential.
  • Yet, costs keep going higher, which means we all $pend more.
  • Companies see an opportunity to compete for our $$.

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“I think health care is one of those industries that is elevated and made better by machine learning and artificial intelligence.”



Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, April 2017

Now You Know

Would you “Amazon” your health?

  • More than half of all American households have Amazon Prime.
  • Amazon “Smart Home” products (like Alexa) can relay information, give directions.
  • Whatever Amazon learns from health care venture with Chase/Berkshire Hathaway could be test for more public products.

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BTW...It's not just Amazon.

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Feb 13, 2018

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Unsolved Mystery

Deadliest Shooting In Modern America History

Autopsy for Las Vegas murderer released to Associated Press/Las Vegas Review-Journal who filed lawsuit for access.

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What We Learned From Autopsy

Las Vegas Murderer

  • No major drugs in system.
  • No clear physiological issues.
  • No further clarity on motive.

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Searching For Answers

"With a good deal of screening, I didn’t see anything."


Dr. Hannes Vogel, Dir. of Neuropathology Stanford University to NYT about examining shooter's brain.

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Why It Matters

Many crucial unanswered questions remain for this morbidly historic crime:

“Why did he do it?”

“How did he plan it?”

“Did he have help?”

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Las Vegas Shooting

Oct 1, 2017

  • 58 people killed
  • 800 +A injured
  • Deadliest shooting in modern American history – “modern” refers to recent data collection.

Feb 13, 2018

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Current Events

Rare Monday in Senate
“Open Debate”

  • Open Debate = Just that
  • Any senator can bring legislation or amendments for consideration.
  • Why now? IMMIGRATION
  • Why It Matters? Coming off last week’s compromise on a budget bill, Senate *could* continue bipartisanship on immigration reform.

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"We’re going to have something in the Senate that we haven’t had in a while. It’s a real debate on an issue where we really don’t know what the outcome is going to be."



Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az) ‘Meet the Press’ Feb 11, 2018

Current Events

Why Now?

Clock is Ticking Toward A Deadline

In September, President Trump announced the winding down of the DACA program and gave Congress until March 5th to come up with comprehensive immigration plan.

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DACA 101:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

  • President Obama policy: Dates back to 2012.
  • Protects from deportation *some* individuals brought to U.S. illegally as children; NO pathway to citizenship.

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Important To Know:

  • President Obama used executive action to create DACA.
  • President Trump can use executive action to rescind DACA.
  • Both sides arguably use DACA as bargaining for larger immigration reform.
  • Congress originates laws – For immigration reform to last, it needs to come from Congress.

Current Events

Get Into The Nitty-Gritty

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Feb 13, 2018

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Worth-It-To-See-It

Some Things Are Just…
“Worth-It-To-See”

Awesome Video:
Olympic Champion, Ted Ligety, “practicing.”

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Worth-It-To-See-It

Ted “Shred” Ligety

  • Youngest American man to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal in Alpine Skiing (Turin 2006): He was 21. He’s now 33.
  • First American man to win Gold Medal inA giant slalom (Sochi 2014).
  • Father of an infant son: Jax.
  • Last year at this time? He was recovering from back surgery.

Worth-It-To-See-It

Feb 13, 2018

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Current Events

“This will be a big week for Infrastructure. After so stupidly spending $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is now time to start investing in OUR Country!”


President Trump, Twitter, Feb 12, 2018

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Current Events

Infrastructure Plan: WH

  • Official plan revealed Monday.
  • Cost Estimate: $1.5 trillion
  • Big News? Will reportedly change infrastructure funding so permit approval is faster but funding is more state-driven.
  • Critics: More burden on states will mean more toll roads/fees for citizens & state’s needing controversial private investment (some like/dislike).

Current Events

“This is not a real infrastructure plan a it’s simply another scam, an attempt by this administration to privatize critical government functions, and create windfalls for their buddies on Wall Street.”



Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-O) House Transportation Committee

Current Events

Why It Matters:

America’s Infrastructure Grade: D+

  • Est. cost to fix: $4.59 Trillion
  • Dams, Drinking Water, Transit? Receive “D” grades.
  • Report Card: Released every 4 yrs byA American Society of Civil Engineers

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More reaction & updates to come:

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Feb 12, 2018

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On This Day

President Abraham Lincoln Is Born

‘I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished familiesasecond families, perhaps I should say.”



Pres. Lincoln, Dec 20, 1859 before he secured Republican nomination

On This Day

Lincoln: Facts

  • Spent majority of young life on “the frontier” farming; Mom died when he was 10.
  • Tallest U.S. President: 6 ft 4 in (Pres. Trump is 6’3″); Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd stood 5 ft 2 in.
  • Father to 4 sons; Only 1 lived to adulthood.
  • Little formal education; avid reader. One-time store clerk.

On This Day

Lincoln’s Famous Speech: Gettysburg Address

  • Approx 2 minutes; Just over 270 words.
  • 5 handwritten copies still exist; One copy in “Lincoln Bedroom” in the White House.
  • Recent History: Some now believe Lincoln suffered from Small Pox during speech.

On This Day

Lincoln’s Famous Order
Emancipation Proclamation

“all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

  • Limited. Yet Significant.
  • Only impacted 10 southern states but set stage for abolition of slavery.

On This Day

See President Abraham Lincoln's Handwritten Gettysburg Address & More:

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Feb 12, 2018

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