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FGCU students and faculty attend Women’s March on Washington

An estimated 2.9 million people gathered for 168 marches in 81 countries on Saturday, Jan. 21. The marches began through the Women’s March on Washington movement, which drew in 500,000 people to the National Mall following President Donald Trump’s inauguration the day before. That crowd included three FGCU students and three faculty members who traveled up for the march. Two of the students flew up to D.C. on the money they raised through the crowd-funding site GoFundMe. “It really is unifying,” said Brittany Rincon — her bright purple ends matching the vibrant feminine colors in the crowd around her....

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Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States

Outspoken businessman and former reality TV star Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States Friday, Jan. 20, taking command of a deeply divided nation. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Looking out over the crowd spread across the National Mall, Trump painted a picture of what the nation he now leads will look like these next four years. He vowed to stir “new national pride,” bring back jobs and “eradicate completely” Islamic terrorism. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this...

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Ringling Bros. announces final shows

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would no longer use elephants in its performances in January of 2016. On Jan. 14, circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment Inc., revealed that it would hold its final shows in May 2017. The circus’ final shows will be held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on May 7 and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on May 21. According to Feld Entertainment Inc. press release, the removal of elephants from the circus act contributed to a decline in ticket sales, which, along...

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Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, dead at 82

Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, Jan. 16. He was 82. The cause of death was not immediately known. Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When he walked out from lunar module “Challenger” he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the lunar module, thus giving him the title of being the last person to walk the moon. Cernan...

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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, at least 5 dead

At least five people were killed and at least eight were injured in a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, Jan. 6. According to CNN, the airport was evacuated and the shooter, Esteban Santiago, 26, is now in custody. According to NBC 6, Santiago was a passenger on a Canadian flight with a checked gun. The shooter claimed his baggage and then proceeded to a bathroom to load his gun. Then, Santiago came out and started shooting. Santiago was on Delta flight #1088, traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis-St. Paul, which landed Friday morning. From there he...

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Astronaut John Glenn dies at 95

Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, died Thursday, Dec. 8 in a hospital in Ohio. He was 95. Ohio governor John Kasich announced the death of the former Marine Corps pilot via Twitter. “John Glenn is, and always will be, Ohio’s ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve,” Kasich wrote. Glenn was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. After studying engineering at Muskingum College, Glenn quit school to enlist in the Army during WWII. He wasn’t called to duty, however, and instead...

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Trump threatens to punish those who desecrate the flag

President-elect Donald Trump proposed a new penalty for those who participated in flag desecration Tuesday morning — the loss of their U.S. citizenship. His tweet, which read, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” received 65,838 retweets and 188,990 likes from his 16.3 million followers despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled nearly three decades ago that the act of flag burning is within a citizen’s rights to free speech. Though the subject was quickly trending across social media...

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What will happen once Trump takes office

In a history making election, billionaire Donald Trump, who has never held elected office or military position, was elected as the 45th president of the United States. As January nears, when the office holder will transition from current president Barack Obama to Trump, citizens of the US can expect changes in immigration policy, infrastructure and other policies. Trump has called for the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants that are in are legal system. Removing criminal immigrants who are in America illegally is a high priority along with building a wall on the Mexican border, which throughout his campaign he...

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Donald Trump elected 45th president of the United States

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States by a slim margin on Tuesday after a tumultuous 2016 election season. Trump makes history as the first nongovernmental nominee to be elected to the presidency, as the five exceptions — found in Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover and Dwight D. Eisenhower — all had military experience or had been on a prior president’s cabinet before running. Trump, 70, defeated the Democratic nominee, Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson. Despite his controversial run and his ongoing battle with members...

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Trump rushed off stage in Reno after shooter threat

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was rushed off stage by secret service at a rally in Reno, Nevada Saturday, Nov. 5. Rally attendees in the crowd before Trump shouted, “He’s got a gun,” causing a chain reaction of secret service sweeps and a mosh of crowd members and police rushing the alleged gunman. After secret service got ahold of the man, they found no gun. Armed agents led the man out of the rally. The Trump campaign released this statement soon after the incident: “I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources...

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