Things you should know today: 2/20/18


Students going to state capital to push for gun law changes

Gerald Herbert
Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

About 100 students from Stoneman Douglas High School are headed to Florida’s capital on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to do something to prevent another shooting. Students from the school are also planning a rally for Wednesday, all in effort to put pressure on the legislature.

The Latest: Opposition accuses Syria of war crimes

Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP
In this photo released on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 which provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense run to help survivors from a street that attacked by airstrikes and shelling of the Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus, Syria. A Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held suburbs of the capital, Damascus, killed at least 98 people on Monday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

At least 98 people were killed Monday in Ghouta, a subub of Damascus, Syria, after airstrikes and shelling from Syrian government forces. The Syrian Civil Defense, or White Helmets, have been looking for survivors among the rubble and using makeshift hospitals to attend to the medical needs of the wounded.

Trump offers support for background checks on gun buys

Evan Vucci
Demonstrators participate in a “lie-in” during a protest in favor of gun control reform in front of the White House, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Due to pressure to act in response to the recent school shooting in Florida, President Donald Trump has offered to strengthen federal background checks on gun purchases.

Fergie’s national anthem draws criticism

Fergie’ rendition of the National Anthem sung at the NBA All-Star game brought interesting reactions from players and fans.

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