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High School Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Including Shooter

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High School Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, Including Shooter

A former student stormed a high school in St. Louis Monday morning, fatally shooting a teacher and a teenage girl and injuring seven others before being shot and killed by police.

The attack at the High School shortly after 9 a.m. led students to barricade doors, cower in classroom corners, jump from windows, and flee the building for safety. One terrified girl claimed she was eye-to-eye with the shooter when his rifle jammed, and she was able to flee.

Police Chief Michael Sack identified the gunman as 19-year-old Orlando Harris, who graduated from the same high school last year.

Sack said the motive was still being investigated, but “there are concerns that guy may have some mental condition.” Investigators later searched Harris’ residence, according to Sack.

Authorities did not identify the victims. However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch identified the deceased high school teacher as Jean Kuczka. Her daughter claimed that her mother was slain when the gunman entered her classroom, and she moved between him and her students.

“My mother adored children,” Abbey Kuczka told the publication. “She cared deeply about her students.” Her students looked at her as if she were their mother.”

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The other victim, according to Sack, was a 16-year-old female who died at the high school.

Seven more students, aged 15 and 16, four boys and three girls, were all in stable condition. Four kids were shot or grazed, two were bruised, and one was injured with a fractured ankle.

Sack refused to explain how Harris gained access to the high school, which included security guards, locked doors, and metal detectors.

“If someone has a will, they’ll figure it out; we don’t want to make it simple for them,” Sack added. “We just have to try our best to delay the time it takes them to get into the facility so we can respond.”

When Harris arrived at the school, he had the gun drawn, and “there was no doubt about what was going to happen.” He had it out and entered aggressively and violently.”

According to Sack, Harris was carrying roughly a dozen high-capacity ammo magazines. “Wow, that’s a lot of victims.” It’s unfortunate for the families and our town, but it could have been far worse.”

St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams said seven security guards were stationed at different entrances to the locked building at the time of the incident.

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High school guards spotted the shooter unsuccessfully attempting to enter through a locked door.

The guard informed the school administration, who then phoned the police.

Sack said the call regarding the school shooter came in at 9:11 a.m., and officers responded at 9:25 a.m. to apprehend Harris. He and others commended the officers and other emergency personnel’ prompt response.

Central Visual and Performing Arts share a facility with the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, another magnet school. Collegiate has 336 students, whereas Central has 383.

According to Education Week, Monday’s school shooting was the 40th this year that resulted in injury or death – the most in any year since the publication began tracking shootings in 2018. Among the fatal attacks were the May killings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two instructors.

The St. Louis shooting occurred the same day a Michigan teen pleaded guilty to terrorism and first-degree murder in connection with a December 2021 school shooting that killed four pupils.

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Taniya Gholston stated the shooter’s gun jammed as he entered her classroom, saving her life.

“All I heard were two shots, then he rushed in with a gun,” the 16-year-old told the Post-Dispatch. “I tried to flee, but I couldn’t.” I made eye contact with him but couldn’t make it out because his gun jammed.”

Two teachers described close encounters with the shooter.

According to Ashley Rench, she was teaching advanced mathematics to sophomores when she heard a loud blast. “Miles Davis is in the building,” the school intercom said.

“That’s our invader code,” Rench explained.

As the shooter attempted to enter the closed classroom, students sought safety beneath her desk and behind her podium.

“I’m not sure why he didn’t break my windows or shoot through the lock,” she explained.

Raymond Parks was ready to begin teaching a junior dancing class when a figure clad in black approached him. Parks initially assumed the man was carrying a broom or a stick. He then knew what it was: a gun.

“The youngsters began shouting, fleeing, and scrambling.” “He stepped straight into the two doors and pointed the gun at me because I was in the front,” Parks explained.

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According to Parks, the shooter pointed the rifle away from him and let Parks and the other dozen or so pupils exit the room for an unclear reason.

“That’s what I’m not sure about. “He let me go,” Parks explained.

When the school was locked, Janay Douglas’ 15-year-old daughter became trapped in a hallway. Douglas stated that she received a call from her daughter informing her that she had heard shots.

“One of her pals broke through the door, was shot in hand, and then she and her buddies just ran away.” “The phone went dead,” Douglas explained. “I was already on my way.”

Kuczka, the deceased teacher, had taught health at the high school for 14 years and had lately started coaching cross-country at Collegiate, according to her daughter. “However, she was looking forward to retirement.” Abbey Kuczka described her as “close.”

According to Kuczka’s high school website profile, she was a married mother of five and a grandma of seven. She was an ardent cyclist and a member of Missouri State University’s 1979 national championship field hockey team.

“I can’t think of doing anything other than teaching,” Kuczka stated on her website. “I taught swimming lessons at the YMCA in high school.” “I then knew I wanted to be a teacher.”

Tishaura Jones, the mayor of St. Louis, was shaken by the incident.

“Our children should not have to go through this,” Jones says. “Kids shouldn’t have to go through active shooter drills just in case.” And, sadly, this occurred today.”

According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, additional action is needed to prevent gun violence.

“Every day that the Senate fails to send an assault weapons ban to the president’s desk or delays taking additional common-sense reforms is a day too late for families and communities devastated by gun violence,” Jean-Pierre said.

The district’s schools were on lockdown for the day, and all after-school events, including sports, were cancelled.

Source: Reuters, VOR News

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Dianne Feinstein: ‘Pioneering’ Senator Dies Aged 90

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Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Feinstein was the eldest senator in the United States, and she voted on Thursday.

The veteran Democrat was questioned about alleged memory and cognitive issues for months.

After a “minor fall” at home in April, she was admitted to the hospital, the latest in a series of health concerns.

The office of Ms. Feinstein stated in a statement that she died overnight at her residence in Washington, DC.

The statement continued, “Senator Feinstein was a force of nature who had an enormous impact on our country and her home state.” She left an incontestable and extraordinary legacy.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California must now appoint her replacement. He had previously promised to nominate a black woman to serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2025.

Ms. Feinstein, born in 1933 and grew up in San Francisco, attended Stanford University and was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1969.

This election marked the beginning of a long career in public service that led her to become the first female mayor of San Francisco and, in 1992, a senator.

She had previously proclaimed her intention to retire at the end of the following year, but she resisted mounting pressure. Several prominent Democrats, including Representatives Adam Schiff and Katie Porter, have previously declared their intentions to run for her Senate seat.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

In a statement issued after her passing, US President Joe Biden said that Ms. Feinstein “made history in so many ways, and generations to come will benefit from her legacy.”

Due to a case of shingles, she was absent from Capitol Hill for nearly three months earlier this year. Upon her return, she assumed fewer responsibilities and used a wheelchair to navigate the US Capitol. She occasionally appeared perplexed in interviews, committee hearings, and floor votes.

Ms. Feinstein was well-known for her ardent support of gun control measures and the 1994 assault weapons prohibition signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

After the murders of her predecessor, George Moscone, and city councilman Harvey Milk, she became mayor of San Francisco in 1978.

She stated that the experience of racing to Mayor Moscone’s office and discovering a bullet wound while searching for his pulse had left an indelible mark on her.

As a senator, Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to chair the influential Senate Intelligence Committee, overseeing a multi-year evaluation of the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of foreign terrorists following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The evaluation ultimately resulted in legislation prohibiting “enhanced interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, such as waterboarding.


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who served for more than three decades and was a pioneer for women in American politics, passed away at 90.

Ms. Feinstein was the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the first woman to lead the Senate Rules Committee.

Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, described Dianne Feinstein as a “pioneering woman leader” in a statement.

“Dianne’s extraordinary career will inspire countless women and girls to pursue careers in public service for generations to come,” she said.

On the Senate floor, Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell praised “her dogged advocacy and diligent service”.

In recent years, concerns about her deteriorating health and cognitive abilities have prompted calls for her retirement and brought attention to the aging of America’s legislators.

During a committee vote, individuals around her could be heard in a widely circulated video telling her to “just say yes.”

Despite mounting family tensions, she is succeeded by a daughter, Katherine, who reportedly held power of attorney over her mother’s legal affairs. Richard Blum, her investment banker spouse, passed away last year.


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New York City: State Of Emergency Declared Over Flash Flooding

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

Many of the city’s subways, streets, and highways have been inundated, and LaGuardia Airport closed at least one terminal on Friday.

According to New York Governor Kathy Hochul, some areas received up to five inches (12.7cm) of rain overnight, and up to seven more inches (17.8cm) are expected.

“This is a dangerous, life-threatening storm,” she continued.

She announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that she was proclaiming a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the region’s extreme rainfall.

She urged individuals to take precautions and to “never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

As a result of the declaration of a state of emergency, New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a call for “heightened alertness and extreme caution.”

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In New York City, a state of emergency has been declared as violent storms deliver flash flooding.

“Some of our subways are flooded, and it is extremely difficult to move around the city,” he said at a press conference.

Due to intense rainfall, people were pictured and captured on video wading through knee-deep water in the streets and subways.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) advised individuals who did not need to travel to remain at home.

Terminal A at La Guardia Airport is presently closed due to flooding, according to airport authorities.

Before traveling, passengers were instructed to verify with their airline.

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The New York City Police Department also announced multiple road closures and the deployment of the National Guard.

Elsewhere, traffic stopped along a section of the FDR Drive, a significant thoroughfare on the east side of Manhattan, as the water rose above the tires of automobiles.

In addition, employees attempted to unclog a drain in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while cardboard and other debris floated by.

According to municipal officials, there were no storm-related fatalities or serious injuries as of midday (1600 GMT).

The weather service has issued flood warnings and advisories for approximately 18 million people in the New York metropolitan area and other major East Coast cities.


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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada In 2023

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NEW YORK — Today, password-sharing crackdowns are becoming increasingly prevalent in the streaming industry. In addition, Disney Plus follows suit.

In an email sent to Canadian users this week, Disney announced restrictions on the “ability to share your account or credentials outside of the household.”

The updated Canadian Subscriber Agreement for Disney Plus stipulates that users may only share a subscription within their domicile if permitted by their account tier and that violations may result in Disney Plus limiting or terminating service. According to the streamer’s help center, “Household” refers to the collection of devices associated with a subscriber’s principal residence and used by the residents.

These password-sharing restrictions are part of multiple revisions to the Disney Plus Subscriber Agreement that will go into effect on November 1 for most Canadian users. According to this week’s email, annual subscribers in Quebec may see the changes a bit later, depending on their billing cycle, while users who alter their plan before November 1 will see the changes take effect immediately.

As previously disclosed in August, Disney Plus will launch its ad-supported tier offerings in Canada and select European markets on November 1. The ad-supported tier of Disney Plus has been available in the U.S. since December 2022.

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Disney Plus Announces Crackdown On Password Sharing In Canada

When contacted by The Associated Press, a Disney Plus spokesperson declined to comment on whether similar domestic restrictions could be anticipated in countries other than Canada.

In a recent earnings call, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger pledged to make the company’s streaming services profitable, notably through an October price increase on its ad-free Disney+ and Hulu plans in the U.S. and a restriction on password sharing that is expected to last through 2019.

At the time, Iger did not elaborate on the password-sharing crackdown beyond stating that Disney could reap some benefits in 2024, although he added that the work “might not be completed” by then and that Disney could not predict how many password-sharing users would switch to paid subscriptions.

New restrictions on streaming extend far beyond Disney. Netflix, for instance, made headlines when it began clamping down on password sharing. Freeloading viewers are now required to open their accounts in the United States unless a subscriber with a standard or premium plan agrees to pay a $8 monthly surcharge to enable more people from different households to watch.


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