Police-involved shooting at downtown Wahlburgers leaves one man dead: Orlando Police officers fatally shot an armed man who came into the downtown Orlando Wahlburgers restaurant last week. Authorities say Qawi A. Muhammad, 48, had a domestic violence injunction filed against him by someone who worked at the restaurant. Muhammad walked into the Wahlburgers on Orange Avenue shortly after it opened at 11 a.m. Customers and employees called 911 and followed Muhammad out. Police surrounded him at Hughey Avenue and told him to drop his weapon. Law enforcement officials said he refused, so officers fired at him. Muhammad later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Parkland high school shooting survivors and parents place 49 roses at Pulse: With roses in hand, about 40 Parkland parents and student survivors stopped in Orlando on their way home to South Florida Wednesday to pay tribute to the 49 victims of the 2016 attack at the gay nightclub Pulse. The parents and survivors had been in Tallahassee to fight for stricter gun laws at the Florida Capitol two weeks after a shooter slaughtered 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They were greeted with hugs by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Pulse survivors. "It shouldn't have taken [Parkland] for us to react," said Parkland parent Jaime O'Dwyer. "After Pulse, there was no [legislative] reaction at the Capitol. That's the saddest part. That's something to be ashamed of."
Putin used a graphic of Florida getting nuked to show off new Russian weapons: If you've ever wondered what imminent death would look like, no worries – Vladimir Putin has you covered. The Russian president showed off new weaponry to the country's Federal Assembly using an animated video of a nuclear strike on Florida, headed straight at what looks like the site of President Donald Trump's private resort, Mar-a-Lago. "As you can see from this video, it can attack any target through the North Pole or via the South Pole," Putin said. "No missile defense system will be able to withstand it." Cool, cool, cool.
Florida lawmakers back armed teachers, reject assault weapons ban: Surprise! Florida lawmakers have responded to a school mass shooting by – you guessed it – kowtowing to the gun lobby, whose main goal is to sell as many guns as possible. The Florida Senate has backed a plan to allow specially trained teachers to bring guns to schools (which the NRA loves) and narrowly rejected a ban on the possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines (which Parkland shooting survivors have been demanding). The school marshal program aimed at arming teachers is so bad it's even got Gov. Rick Scott and teachers unions on the same side against the measure. Way to go, Florida Legislature!
Lyft is offering free rides to anyone going to March for Our Lives rallies: Lyft is offering free rides to people across the U.S. who want to attend "March for Our Lives" protests against gun violence on March 24. The ride-hailing company announced last week it was "honored to support the work" of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who organized the rally days after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and teachers in Parkland. "We believe there is something seriously wrong when the threat of gun violence is so frequent and real throughout our country. And like many, we are inspired by your leadership," said Lyft co-founders in a letter to students. In Orlando, the March for Our Lives rally will take place at noon March 24 at Lake Eola Park.