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US family ‘called 911 three times’ on Parkland shooter

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A US family was so frightened by the Florida high school shooter that they called emergency services three times before he killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day, his caregiver recalled Tuesday.

Rocxanne Deschamps was a next-door neighbor and friend to Nikolas Cruz’s mother Lynda, who took in the troubled teenager and his brother after his mother died in November.

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Yet in the month that Cruz lived with her, Deschamps said her family called the police three times by dialing 911, fearful about his obsession with guns and poor mental health.

The first call followed the discovery of a receipt in Cruz’s room for a gun and bullets, the second after he dug a hole in the backyard that she worried was to bury a gun and the third time after he punched holes in the wall and hurt her eldest son.

“Law enforcement told us nothing could be done,” Deschamps sobbed.

“I told the police about prior incidents that I knew of in which Nikolas had put a gun to his mother’s head and to his brother’s head. I also told them about other warning signs.”

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Deschamps said she was “very concerned” that he might use the recently purchased gun “to harm himself or others.” After the final incident, Cruz left to live with in Parkland with James and Kimberly Snead, the parents of one of his schoolmates.

Deschamps said she begged Cruz to seek medical help, saying he was “very depressed” after his mother’s death but that he refused to go back on medication or see a therapist.

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The 19-year-old has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder after carrying out the February 14 massacre, armed with an assault rifle in Parkland.

Students across the country are expected to rally en masse Saturday, demanding that inert politicians impose gun restrictions in the wake of the tragedy.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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