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  • Thousands march in anti-Brexit march, London

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    [[File:Flags and placards at the People's Vote march, London, 23 March 2019.jpg|thumb|protesters at the march]]
    Hundreds of thousands, possibly over a million, have marched in London today during an anti-Brexit march.

    The protesters, carrying placards asking the government to revoke {{w|Article 50}} and EU flags, marched from {{w| Hyde Park Corner}} to parliament. The mayor of London, {{w|Sadiq Kahn}} tweeted 'here in London, thousands of people from across our city and country have come together with @peoplesvote-uk to send a clear message: Enough is enough - it's time to give the British public the final say on Brexit.'

    There were several speakers at the rally, including {{w|Nicola Surgeon}}, {{w|Tom Watson}} and {{w|Sadiq Khan}}. Tom Watson called {{w|Theresa May}}'s deal 'lousy' and said he would only vote for it if the British people could also vote for or against it. Nicola Surgeon said it 'the moment of maximum opportunity' for stopping a no-deal Brexit.

    Some of the protesters Wikinews interviewed said that they had gone to 'defend my children's right to live and work in Europe' and 'secure my right to work in the EU'. One said people change their mind and several said that they wanted the politicians to stop ignoring them.

    However, not everyone agreed there should be another referendum. One MP told the BBC 'We know that 16 million people wanted to stay in the EU, and some of those would still like to stay in the EU, and within that quite a few would like to have another go and have another referendum - but it was always a minority'.
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    *{{source
    |url=https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/brexit/brexit-march-2019-hundreds-of-thousands-descend-on-central-london-demanding-a-people-s-vote/ar-BBV89UP?ocid=AMZN
    |pub=Evening Standard
    |author=Patrick Grafton-Green, Olivia Tobin, Jacob Jarvis
    |title=Brexit march 2019: Hundreds of thousands descend on central London demanding a People’s Vote
    |date= March 23, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47678763
    |date= March 23, 2019
    |title=Brexit march: Million joined Brexit protest, organisers say
    }}

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  • Florida mail bomber Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty

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    {{date|March 22, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Yesterday in New York<!--Thursday-->, Florida man {{w|Cesar Altieri Sayoc}}, 57, pleaded guilty to {{w|October 2018 United States mail bombing attempts|sending pipe bombs}} to several political opponents<!--NPR, "Democrats and Trump critics"--> of [[United States]] President [[Donald Trump]] and to the news organization [[CNN]]. U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff heard Sayoc's plea.
    [[File:Suspicious-package-exterior-oct-2018.jpg|thumb|left|One of the packages sent by Soros in 2018.{{image|[[Federal Bureau of Investigation]]}}]]
    Specifically, Sayoc pleaded guilty to 65 counts of interstate transportation of an explosive device, use of a weapon of mass destruction, illegal mailing of an explosive device, carrying an explosive during the commission of a felony, and conveying a threat through interstate commerce.<!--NYPost-->

    Reports say Sayoc wept in court as he read from a prepared statement. As quoted in ''The Washington Post'', Sayoc apologized for sending what he described as "devices that were designed to look like bombs" and stated that he had never intended for any of them to actually explode.

    From October 22 to November 2 of last year<!--2018-->, Sayoc mailed 16 pipe bombs to such political figures as former [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic]] presidential candidate [[Hillary Clinton]], former President and Vice President [[Barack Obama]] and [[Joe Biden]], and Senator {{w|Kamala Harris}}. He also targeted non-politicians such as actor {{w|Robert di Niro}} and the offices of CNN. For a return address, he wrote the name "Debbie Wasserman Shultz." The public figure {{w|Debbie Wasserman-Schultz}}, spelled with a C, is a former head of the {{w|Democratic National Committee}}.<!--NBC--> The [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] and {{w|U.S. Postal Service}} intercepted all 16 packages.

    "For five days in October 2018, Cesar Sayoc rained terror across the country, sending high-ranking officials and former elected leaders explosive packages through the mail," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. "Thankfully no one was hurt by these dangerous devices, but his actions left an air of fear and divisiveness in their wake. Sayoc has taken responsibility for his crimes, and will soon be sentenced to significant time in prison."<!--NPR-->

    Instead of a full trial, which had been scheduled for July, Sayoc is now scheduled to face a sentencing hearing on September 12. Both defense and prosecution acknowledge that the charges against Sayoc render him eligible for a life sentence<!--NPR--> plus 120 years and a fine that could reach half a million USD.<!--NYPost--> Sayoc is currently being held without bail.<!--NBC-->


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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705655672/florida-man-pleads-guilty-to-charges-of-mailing-bombs-to-trump-critics
    |title = Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Charges of Mailing Bombs to Trump Critics
    |author = Richard Gonzales
    |pub = NPR
    |date = March 21, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://nypost.com/2019/03/21/maga-bomber-cesar-sayoc-breaks-down-as-he-pleads-guilty-faces-life-in-prison/
    |title = 'MAGA bomber' Cesar Sayoc breaks down as he pleads guilty, faces life in prison
    |author = Andrew Denney and Bruce Golding
    |pub = New York Post
    |date = March 21, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alleged-mail-bomber-cesar-sayoc-pleads-guilty-devices-were-sent-n985786
    |title = Mail bomber Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty; devices were sent to critics of Trump
    |author = Phil Helsel, Elisha Fieldstadt, and John Chandler
    |pub = NBC
    |date = March 21, 2019
    }}

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  • FLOODS IN ZIMBABWE KILLS PEOPLE

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    {{Zimbabwe}}
    As of Thursday, the official death toll from {{w|Cyclone Idai}}, which made landfall in southern [[Africa]] last week, has risen into the hundreds and left many more in need of evacuation. [[Mozambique]]'s Land and Environment Minister Celso Correia placed his country's dead at 242, with more expected, and 139 are reported dead in [[Zimbabwe]] and 56 in [[Malawi]].
    [[File:Filipe Nyusi cropped.png|thumb|left|Filipe Nyusi in 2014.{{image source|Adrien Barbier}}]]
    [[File:Idai_2019-03-14_1135Z.jpg|thumb|left|Tropical Storm Idai approaching Mozambique on March 14.{{image|EOSDIS Worldview}}]]

    "For the moment we have registered 84 deaths officially," President of Mozambique {{w|Filipe Nyusi}} told the public earlier this week, "but when we flew over the area... this morning to understand what's going on, everything indicates that we could register more than 1,000 deaths."<!--AFP-->

    The cyclone has left more than 100,000 people in need of rescue, according to Nyusi. It has also caused floods, destroyed roads, and disrupted communications.

    All ground access to the Mozambican capital, the port city of {{w|Beira}}, was cut off Sunday when a dam burst, flooding the last road. The nearby Pungue River also overflowed its banks. On March 20, a [[United Nations]] satellite agency announced that 2,165 square km (835 square miles) of the area near Beira was flooded.<!--Reuters-->

    "The scale of devastation (in Beira) is enormous. It seems that 90 per cent of the area is completely destroyed," said Jamie LeSueur, leader of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) team there.<!--AFP--> The charity {{w|Save the Children}} reported 30 miles (50 km) of land around the the Buzi River was flooded.<!--BBC-->

    The Zimbabwean government also declared the storm a disaster and sent troops to evacuate affected villages, some of whom must be evacuated by helicopter because mud, sinkholes, bridge losses, and flooding rendering roads nearly impassible.<!--Al Jazeera and AFP-->

    "It's very sad and very complicated, given what we saw when we flew over the area. We saw people besieged and asking for help," said Governor Manuel Rodrigues of Mozambique's {{w|Manica Province}}. "They were on top of their roofs made up of zinc sheets. Others under flood waters. We saw many people. Unfortunately, they are many people. We can only imagine that they had been there for more than two or three days, without food and without clean drinking water."<!--BBC-->

    The storm made landfall March 14 in Mozambique.<!--Al Jazeera-->

    According to ''Al Jazeera'', this was the worst<!--value judgement, so it's attributed--> storm to hit the area since {{w|Cyclone Eline}} in 2000.


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    == Sources ==
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    *{{source|url=
    |title=Floods kill people in Zimbabwe
    |author= Farai Hlupo
    |pub=19-03-2019
    |date=March 19, 2019
    }}-->
    *{{source|url=https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/705440414/biggest-fight-is-against-the-clock-as-death-toll-rises-from-cyclone-idai|pub=NPR|title='Biggest Fight Is Against The Clock' As Death Toll Rises From Cyclone Idai|author=Dalia Mortada|date=March 21, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-cyclone/aid-workers-rescue-more-african-cyclone-survivors-death-toll-mounts-idUSKCN1R20NB|pub=Reuters|title=
    Death toll jumps as aid workers fight clock to rescue more African cyclone victims|author=Emma Rumney|a|date=March 21, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.afro.who.int/news/who-sending-urgent-health-assistance-after-cyclone-idai-displaces-thousands-people-southern|date=March 20, 2019|title=WHO sending urgent health assistance after Cyclone Idai displaces thousands of people in Southern Africa|pub=Word Health Organization}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47624156
    |title=Cyclone Idai: 'Massive disaster' in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
    |author=
    |pub=BBC
    |date=March 19, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.afp.com/en/news/3954/more-1000-feared-dead-mozambique-storm-doc-1er9m76
    |title=More than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique storm
    |author=
    |pub=Agence France-Presse
    |date=March 19, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/rain-zimbabweans-struggle-storm-floods-190317193637019.html
    |title='Never seen so much rain': Zimbabweans struggle with storm floods
    |author=Tendai Marima
    |pub=Al Jazeera
    |date=March 18, 2019
    }}
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  • Fur fans flock to Toronto's Furnal Equinox

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    {{date|March 17, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->
    [[file:Furnal Equinox IMG_1463.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Tingles, a pink space squirrel. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}]]
    [[file:Furnal Equinox IMG_1103.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Eredran, the "Business Dragon". {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}]]
    From March 15 to 17, the Canadian city of Toronto played host to the tenth {{w|Furnal Equinox}}, an annual event dedicated to the "{{w|furry fandom}}." Programming ranged from music to gender, science to art, covering dozens of aspects of the varied subculture. The event's featured guests were visual artists Moth Monarch and Cat-Monk Shira, as well as the co-owners of American fursuit costume builders Don't Hug Cacti.

    The event raised nearly CDN$11,000 for Pet Patrol, a non-profit rescue organization in {{w|Kitchener-Waterloo}}, Ontario, run by volunteers. This exceeded their goal of $10,000, the funds needed to finish a rural sanctuary. The furry community is well-known for their charitable efforts. Along with direct donations, the funds were raised through a charity auction offering original artwork, and a fursuit design by guests of honour "Don't Hug Cacti." Last year, Furnal Equinox raised funds for a farm animal sanctuary.

    While only 10–15% of people within the fandom own a {{w|fursuit}}, according to a 2011 study, 908 of the 2240 attendees at Furnal Equinox brought at least one elaborate outfit to the event. The outfits are usually based on original characters, known as "fursonas".

    Guests of Honour Cherie and Sean O'Donnell, known within the community as "Lucky and Skuff Coyote", held a session on fursuit construction on Saturday afternoon. The married couple are among the most prominent builders in the fandom, under the name ''Don't Hug Cacti''. The scale of their business was evident, as Sean had made over a thousand pairs of "handpaws", costume gloves.

    The couple encouraged attendees to continue developing their technique, sharing that all professional fursuit makers had developed different techniques. They felt that they learned more from failed projects than successful ones, citing the {{w|Chuck Jones}} quote that "every artist has thousands of bad drawings," and that you have to work through them to achieve. Cherie, known as Lucky, recalled receiving a {{w|Sylvester the Cat}} plush toy from a {{w|Six Flags}} theme park at age 10. She promptly hollowed the toy out, turning it into a costume. Creating a costume isn't without its hazards: the company uses 450°F (232°C) glue guns. They're "like sticking your hand in an oven."

    Other programming included improv comedy, dances, life drawing of fursuiters, a review of scientific research by a research group at four universities called FurScience, a pin collector's social, and workshops in writing.

    [[File:Furnal Equinox IMG_1138.jpg|right|250px|The 3D printed base for a fursuit mask, incorporating in tiny screens as eyes. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}]]
    The "Dealer's Den" hall was expanded this year, with even more retailers and artists. While many offered "furry" versions of traditional products, at least one business focused on "pushing the boundaries of fursuit technology." Along with 3D printing a bone-shaped name tag when Wikinews visited, Grivik was demonstrating miniature computer screens that could be used as "eyes" for a fursuit. The electronic displays projected an animation of eyes looking around, blinking occasionally. The maker has also developed "a way to install a camera inside suit heads, to improve fursuiter visibility." He hopes the tech would reduce suiting risks and accidents. Without the need for eyeholes, fursuit makers would have "more options for building different eyestyles."

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    Furnal Equinox IMG_1081.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    </gallery>

    ==Attendees in fursuit==

    [[file:Furnal Equinox headshots.jpg|650px|center|A selection of "fursuiters". {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}]]

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    Furnal Equinox IMG_0986.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
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    Furnal Equinox IMG_1090.jpg|Dakota, a deer. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1107.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1094.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
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    Furnal Equinox IMG_1160.jpg|Dakoda, a cat. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1203.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
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    Furnal Equinox IMG_1207.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1209.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1222.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1234.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1246.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1247.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1291.jpg|Cotton Candy, a dragon. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1308.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1329.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1346.jpg|Yfandes, a dog/wolf hybrid. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1352.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1353.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1355.jpg|Desirnee, a rabbit. {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1381.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1407.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1409.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1436.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1465.jpg|{{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1255.jpg|Fursuiter assembled for a 360° photo {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1288.jpg|Black, white, and grey fursuiters {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1319.jpg|Francophone fursuiters {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1348.jpg|American fursuiters {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1350.jpg|Don't Hug Cacti fursuit owner prepare for a photo {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1386.jpg|Feline fursuiters {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    Furnal Equinox IMG_1390.jpg|More feline fursuiters {{image|[[User:Zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]]}}
    </gallery>

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    == Related news ==
    *{{wikinews|title=Culture of creativity features at Furnal Equinox 2018|date=March 25, 2018}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://furnalequinox.com/about-us/
    |title = About Us
    |author = Anthropomorphic Events of Ontario
    |pub = Furnal Equinox
    |date = 2018 (accessed March 19, 2018)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://furnalequinox.com/charity/
    |title = Charity
    |author = Anthropomorphic Events of Ontario
    |pub = Furnal Equinox
    |date = 2018 (accessed March 19, 2018)
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = http://furscience.com/research-findings/fandom-participation/2-8-fursuits/
    |title = 2.8 Fursuits
    |author = International Anthropomorphic Research Project
    |pub = FurScience
    |date = ca. 2016
    }}<!--re 10% having a fursuit-->
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/FurnalEquinox/status/1107415654603337729
    |title = NUMBERS FROM #FE2019! CHARITY: $10,912.46 for Pet Patrol FURSUITERS: 908 ATTENDEES: 2240 On behalf of EVERYONE in our family, THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING YEAR! We'll see you at Dead Dog dance, and next year! #FurnalEquinox
    |author = Furnal Equinox
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = March 17, 2019
    }}
    *Aaeden. "Graduation" convention book — Furnal Equinox, March 2019

    {{Original reporting}}

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  • Toronto Comicon welcomes fans with celebrities, creatiivty, cosplay

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    {{review}}
    {{date|March 17, 2019}}

    Toronto Comicon 2019 returned to its titular city last weekend, as one of the largest pop culture events in Canada. The popular event featured celebrity guests like actors {{w|Dan Fogler}}, {{w|Ron Perlman}}, {{w|John De Lancie}}, {{w|John Rhys-Davies}}, and {{w|Jaleel White}}, as well as comic artists, authors, and professional cosplayers. The event included a large show floor with hundreds of retailers, and artists promoting their creations. Wikinews' [[user:zanimum|Nicholas Moreau]] attended the event, taking photos of the various sights.

    ==Photo highlights==
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    Wikinews A Forever Fairest IMG_1042.jpg|Forever Fairest performed in the kids area
    Wikinews A Ian Campbell FX IMG_1016.jpg|Ian Campbell sculpting a helmet
    Wikinews A IMG_1034.jpg|Violinist Brigit O'Regan performs
    Wikinews A IMG_1051.jpg|501st Legion members
    Wikinews A IMG_1046.jpg|501st Legion display
    Wikinews A IMG_1630.jpg|501st Legion display
    Wikinews A IMG_1059.jpg|A group of ''Spider-Man'' cosplayers.
    Wikinews A Uglydolls IMG_0980.jpg|Marketing stand for the movie ''UglyDolls''
    Wikinews A dice IMG_1019.jpg|Dozens and dozens of dice
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    Wikinews B Candace Windfall Catwoman IMG_1036.jpg|Professional cosplayer Candace Windfall as Catwoman
    Wikinews B Disney Fairies IMG_1012.jpg|Characters from ''Disney Fairies''
    Wikinews B Abe IMG_1020.jpg|Abe Sapien from ''Hellboy''
    Wikinews B Rocket Raccoon IMG_1053.jpg|Rocket Raccoon
    Wikinews B torontogroot as Beast Boy and torontoraven as Raven IMG_1067.jpg|torontogroot as Beast Boy and raven_alwayz as Raven
    Wikinews B Princess and the Frog IMG_1507.jpg|Tiana from ''The Princess and the Frog''
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    Wikinews C Steampunk Green Lantern IMG_1502.jpg|Steampunk Green Lantern
    Wikinews C Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones IMG_1511.jpg|Daenerys Targaryen from ''Game of Thrones''
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    Wikinews C Leslie Meyers South Park IMG_1550.jpg|Leslie Meyers from ''South Park''
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    Lots of kids got into the fun, too, dressing as their favourite characters.

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    Wikinews K Rey IMG 1491.jpg|Rey from ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens''
    Wikinews K Ginny Weasley IMG_1607.jpg|Ginny Weasley from the ''Harry Potter'' series
    Wikinews K Hermoine Granger IMG_1604.jpg|Hermoine Granger from the ''Harry Potter'' series
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    * [[Toronto Comicon celebrates characters from screen and page]], March 28, 2018


  • Authorities arrest suspect of massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand

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    {{New Zealand}}{{date|March 17, 2019}}

    An [[Australia]]n, {{w|Brenton Tarrant}}, aged 28, appeared in {{w|Christchurch, New Zealand|Christchurch}} District Court, [[New Zealand]] yesterday<!--on Saturday-->, charged with one count of murder pertaining to a mass shooting in Christchurch on Friday, which caused the death of at least 50 people. Judge Paul Kellar ordered the accused remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.

    Police alleged the accused performed two attacks. The first attack reportedly was in Al Noor Mosque at about 13:40 local time (0040 {{w|UTC}}), which left at least 42 people dead. The second attack reportedly was in Linwood Mosque, killing at least eight people, on the same day. Brenton Tarrant did not apply for bail. Further charges may be laid in the future, police said.

    Police arrested the accused in the neighborhood of Strickland Street, 36 minutes after the mass shooting in Al Noor Mosque according to police. After his arrest on Friday, Brenton stayed in the Christchurch central police station overnight before appearing in court on the next day.

    Brenton Tarrant had a valid gun licence allowing him to buy weapons, ABC reported. According to New Zealand Prime Minister {{w|Jacinda Ardern}}, Brenton had a licence for the five firearms he allegedly used for the attack &mdash; two semi-automatic, two shutguns, and one lever-action. Professor Greg Barton, Chair In Global Islamic Politics in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the {{w|Deakin University}},<!--New Zealand's gun control laws... -- I used his profile instead, seems like a more neutral and more official description --> said "The attacker was using a couple of guns, one was a shotgun, one was an AR-15 &mdash; that's the so-called civilian equivalent of the M-16. It's an assault rifle". The authorities seized these firearms.

    Prime Minister Ardern said at a press conference yesterday<!--Saturday--> morning the gun laws should be changed. She said, "I have instructed {{w|Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Co-ordination|ODESC}} [Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination] to report to Cabinet on Monday on these events with a view to strengthening our systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of our watchlist processes."

    Brenton also allegedly released an anti-[[Muslim]] document online, outlining political motivation, prior to the murders. Social media have been struggling to censor the alleged gunman's videos of the murder, according to reports.

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47582183
    |title=Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfolded
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=March 17, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/christchurch-shooting-new-zealand-terror-accused-brenton-tarrant-set-for-court-ng-e5eca85dd96dac904b5a58c9ee948851
    |title=Christchurch shooting: New Zealand terror accused Brenton Tarrant set for court
    |author=Charles Miranda, Cindy Wockner
    |pub=Perth Now
    |date = March 16, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6815593/Brenton-Tarrant-faces-court-charged-Christchurch-terror-attack.html
    |title = Smiling mosque massacre shooter makes a white supremacist sign with his hand as he is charged with murder after 49 people lost their lives in New Zealand's worst terror attack - and man arrives at court 'armed with knife to stab the accused'
    |author=Daniel Piotrowski, Alex Chapman, Josh Hanrahan
    |pub = Daily Mail
    |date = March 16, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/christchurch-shooting-new-zealand-terror-accused-brenton-tarrant-set-for-court-ng-e5eca85dd96dac904b5a58c9ee948851
    |title=Christchurch shooting: New Zealand terror accused Brenton Tarrant set for court
    |author=Charles Miranda, Cindy Wockner
    |date=March 16, 2019
    |pub=Perth Now
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-16/christchurch-shootings-brendon-tarrant-court-murder-charge/10907946
    |title=Christchurch mosque shootings accused Brenton Tarrant appears in court on murder charge
    |author=ABC/[[Associated Press|AP]]
    |pub=ABC (Australia)
    |date=March 16, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-16/jacinda-ardern-gun-laws-change-christchurch-mosque-shootings/10907980
    |title=Christchurch mosque shootings will spark New Zealand gun law changes, Jacinda Ardern says
    |pub=ABC (Australia)
    |date=March 16, 2018}}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-16/new-zealand-gun-control-laws/10907550
    |pub=ABC (Australia)
    |title=New Zealand's gun control laws scrutinised after Christchurch mosque shootings
    |date=March 16, 2019}}
    *{{source
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    |title = Christchurch mosque shootings: One man responsible for both attacks, police say
    |author=Anna Leask
    |pub=nzherald.co.nz
    |date=March 16, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/15/shooting-at-mosque-in-christchurch-new-zealand.html
    |title=At least 49 people killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques
    |author=Everett Rosenfeld, Nadine El-Bawab
    |pub=CNBC
    |date=March 14, 2019}}

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    *{{source
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    |date = March 16, 2019
    |title = Prof Greg Barton
    |pub = Deakin University
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  • 49 dead in Christchurch, New Zealand after a terrorist attack

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    In the city of {{w|Christchurch, New Zealand|Christchurch}}, [[New Zealand]], a shooting had killed 49 people and injured 86 people. "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days", Prime Minister {{w|Jacinda Ardern}} had said. As of 17:47 NZDT (04:47 UTC, 00:47 EDT) a lockdown of schools was lifted, according to authorities. NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that there were explosives attached to vehicles. The first shooting took place at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. The gunman using the name of "Brenton Tarrant" streamed himself doing the shooting on Facebook using a camera that can be head mounted. The footage had caught the shooting which he was shooting at men, women, and children inside the mosque. It started at 13:40 NZDT (00:40 UTC, 20:40 EDT). The second attack took place at another mosque 5 km (3 mi) away, the Linwood Mosque. Christchurch police officers responded to reports of shots fired at 13:40 NZDT (00:40 UTC, 20:40 EDT). By 14:11 NZDT (01:11 UTC, 21:11 EDT), local schools would go into lockdown a few minutes later. At 14:30 NZDT (01:30 UTC, 21:30 EDT) the police had confirmed that the situation involved a gunman. Witnesses had told media that people were "running for their lives" and they saw bleeding people on the ground.
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    *{{source|url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47582183|title=Christchurch shootings: How the attacks unfolded|author=Dominic Bailey, David Brown, Salim Qurashi, Debie Loizou, Lucy Rodgers and Prina Shah|pub=BBC|date=March 15, 2019}}
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    |title=At least 49 people killed in shootings at New Zealand mosques
    |author=Everett Rosenfeld, Nadine El-Bawab
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  • Scientists coin Stormtropis genus for smooth-legged spiders

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    In findings published on March 14 in ''{{w|ZooKeys (journal)|ZooKeys}}'' researchers led by Carlos Perafán and Fernando Perez-Miles of [[Uruguay]]'s {{w|Universidad de la Republica}} and William Galvis of {{w|Universidad Nacional de Colombia|Universidad Nacional de}} [[Colombia]] announced six previously undiscovered species of spiders with hairless legs found during a field study in the Colombian {{w|Andes}}, a first for the country. Because four of the species do not fit into existing genera, they coined the genus ''Stormtropis'' after the cloned soldiers in the ''{{w|Star Wars (film franchise)|Star Wars}}'' films.
    [[File:Paratropididae_Near_Pico_Bonito_National_Park_Honduras_BY_Stuart_Longhorn_Aug_2011.jpg|thumb|left|A bald-legged spider from [[Honduras]].{{image|[[w:User:Sjl197|Stuart Longhorn]]}}]]

    According to the publication, to identify and describe the species, the researchers took photos with an Olympus camera and adapted these photos for further investigation using a stereomicroscope. The report also included a map of the then-known species habitat. According to the publication, the researchers had originally collected the specimens in field studies in 2016.

    "The stormtroopers are the soldiers of the main ground force of the Galactic Empire. These soldiers are very similar to each other, with some capacity for camouflage, but with unskillful movements, like this new group of spiders. [...] We wanted to make a play on words with the name of the known genus, Paratropis, and of course, we also wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest sagas of all time," explained the researchers in a press release.<!--Eureka--> Bald-legged spiders characteristically stick pieces of soil to their bodies, also giving them limited camouflage, though scientists are not sure how they accomplish this.

    Scientists have had difficulty determining the precise taxonomic position of bald-legged spiders. The survey both confirmed existing ideas about bald-legged spiders and provided new information. The research team observed the spiders engaging in camouflage and ground-running but also found that a few of the species could burrow into the ground and the sides of rock formations, a first. They also recorded one species, ''Stormtropis muisca'', living at the unusually high altitude of 3400 m (11,000 feet) in the Colombian Andes.<!--Eureka--> The team plans to compose further papers specifically addressing some of these new findings.

    Although bald-legged spiders have been found in many other places in [[South America]], these are the first species to be confirmed in Colombia. These spiders, family {{w|Paratropididae}}, are part of the sub-order {{w|Mygalomorphae}}, which also includes {{w|trapdoor spiders}} and {{w|tarantulas}}.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/pp-aua030719.php
    |title = As uniform as cloned soldiers, new spiders were named after the Stormtroopers in Star Wars
    |author = Pensoft Publishers
    |pub = Eurekalert
    |date = March 14, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.popsci.com/stormtrooper-spider
    |title = Megapixels: Clone-like, Colombian spiders named for Star Wars' Storm Troopers
    |author = Eleanor Cummins
    |pub = Popular Science
    |date = March 14, 2019}}

    ==External links==
    *{{source
    |url = https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/31433/
    |title = The first Paratropididae (Araneae, Mygalomorphae) from Colombia: new genus, species and records
    |author = Carlos Perafán, William Galvis, Fernando Pérez-Miles
    |pub = ZooKeys
    |date = March 14, 2019}}

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  • Former Trump advisor, Paul Manafort, sentenced in U.S. Federal court

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    {{United States}}
    {{date|March 15, 2019}}

    A former advisor for [[U.S.]] President [[Donald Trump]] was sentenced in U.S. Federal Court on Wednesday. {{w|Paul Manafort}} was sentenced by Judge {{w|Amy Berman Jackson}} to 73 months in federal prison and to also pay financial restitution to the {{w|Internal Revenue Service}} in the amount of {{w|US$}}6.16 million.
    [[File:Legal Gavel (27571702173).jpg|left|thumb|280px|File photo depicting a gavel. {{image|[https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected] Blogtrepreneur] (via {{w|flickr}})}}]]
    Manafort's charges involved unregistered foreign lobbying and witness tampering. Judge Jackson clarified in the proceedings that her sentencing decisions were not connected to or impacted by the sentence Manafort received in a separate case for which Manafort was sentenced last week. However, as part of her admonition, Judge Jackson stated, "Saying I'm sorry I got caught is not an inspiring plea for leniency."

    In last week's action, another federal judge sentenced Manafort to a 47 month prison term. After his conviction in that case last summer, Manafort agreed to help with {{w|Robert Mueller}}'s investigation. However, some months later, the judge in that case determined Manafort had lied and violated that deal. That conviction was related to Manafort's {{w|lobbying}} business.

    In 2018, while preparing for his first trial, Manafort was kept in {{w|solitary confinement}} at least 23 hours per day. In that trial, he faced 18 counts of fraud pertaining to his financial reporting for his pay while working on a foreign campaign in [[Ukraine]].

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/facing-47-months-jail-virginia-case-paul-manafort/story?id=61631816
    |title = Sentencing in DC case means Paul Manafort faces 81 months total behind bars
    |author = Allison Pecorin
    |pub = ABC News (US)
    |date = March 13, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.wtvq.com/2019/03/13/manafort-apologizes-facing-second-sentencing/
    |title = Paul Manafort Sentenced to Additional 3 1/2 Years
    |author ={{w|Associated Press|AP}}
    |pub = WTVQ
    |date = March 13, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/jury-selection-set-to-begin-in-paul-manafort-trial/2018/07/30/9eea7d70-9432-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.7abff00c7fa5
    |title = Prosecutors say Manafort’s wealth was fueled by lies to IRS and banks
    |author = Rachel Weiner, Justin Jouvenal, Rosalind S. Helderman and Devlin Barrett
    |pub = The Washington Post
    |date = July 31, 2018
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/07/manafort-kept-in-solitary-23-hours-a-day-lawyer-says.html
    |title=Manafort Kept in Solitary 23 Hours a Day to ‘Guarantee His Safety,’ Lawyer Says
    |author=Adam K. Raymond
    |pub=nymag.com
    |date=July 6, 2018
    }}

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  • Starry frog found in India's amphibian hotspot, say scientists

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    {{date|March 12, 2019}}

    In findings published on Tuesday in ''{{w|PeerJ}}'', a team led by scientists from {{w|George Washington University}} and the {{w|Indian Institute of Science}} reported the discovery of what they have named the starry dwarf frog (''Astrobatrachus kurichiyana'') in [[India]]'s {{w|Western Ghat}} mountains. The researchers found it during a survey of the amphibians, snakes and lizards in the area, which is known for its intense biodiversity.
    [[File:Agasthiyamalai range and Tirunelveli rainshadow.jpg|thumb|left|Some of the Western Ghats, as viewed from a plain in India.{{image|[[w:user:PlaneMad|PlaneMad]]}}]]
    "The coloration was the first thing that stood out to me, these starry patterns with a blue tinge," team leader Seenapuram Vijayakumar of George Washington University told the press. "We hadn't seen anything like this before."<!--Eureka Florida-->

    The frog has an orange belly, and blue-white spots on its eyelids and jaws. Its back is dark brown, which researchers note allows it to hide in leaf litter on the forest floor. It is small enough to sit on the pad of a human thumb.

    The researchers found this frog, previously unknown to science, in 2017 during a wide-reaching attempt to survey all the amphibians and reptiles in the Western Ghats by elevation, habitat, and hill range. The team logged about 30 other species the same night as the starry dwarf frog then captured another specimen the next morning. The frogs and their organs were fixed in alcohol and formaldehyde and taken back to the laboratory in Pune, where the team took high-quality CT scans of their skeletons and other anatomy.

    "We used molecular sequence data to estimate the historical relationships of this ancient lineage, along with 3-dimensional micro-CT scans of the skeleton," said study co-author R. Alexander Pyron of George Washington University. "This gives us crucial information about the historical evolutionary relationships of not only Western Ghats frogs, but also of the deeper structure of the Amphibian Tree of Life."

    They used both comparative anatomy and DNA analysis to determine that the starry dwarf frog is a distinct species. Molecular analysis showed it to be related to two known subfamilies, {{w|Nyctibatrachinae}} and {{w|Lankanectinae}}, though different enough to merit placement in its own subfamily, {{w|Astrobatrachinae}}.

    The team also sent CT scans from their laboratory in Pune, India to their colleagues David Blackburn and Edward Stanley of the [[Florida]] {{w|Florida Museum of Natural History|Museum of Natural History}}, where they used the {{w|openVertebrate project}} (oVert) to compare the frog's skeletal anatomy to that of other amphibians from museum collections.

    "We have this deep bench of CT data that makes collections amassed over hundreds of years instantaneously available, not just to researchers, but to anyone with a computer," said Stanley.

    The Latin name ''Astrobatrachus kurichiyana'' refers both to the starry appearance of the frog's markings and to the local people who live in the Kurichiyarmala part of the Ghats, where the frog was discovered.<!--Irish Examiner and Eureka Florida-->

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/gwu-nso031119.php
    |title = New species of frog sheds light on major biodiversity hotspot in southern India
    |author = George Washington University
    |pub = Eurekalert
    |date = March 12, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/newly-identified-frog-has-avoided-discovery-for-millions-of-years-910419.html
    |title = Newly identified frog has avoided discovery for millions of years
    |author = Press Association
    |pub = The Irish Examiner
    |date = March 12, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/fmon-mis031119.php
    |title = Meet India's starry dwarf frog, lone member of newly discovered ancient lineage
    |author = Florida Museum of Natural History
    |pub = Eurekalert
    |date = March 12, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://peerj.com/articles/6457/
    |title = A new ancient lineage of frog (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae: Astrobatrachinae subfam. nov.) endemic to the Western Ghats of Peninsular India
    |author = Seenapuram Palaniswamy Vijayakumar, Robert Alexander Pyron​, K. P. Dinesh, Varun R. Torsekar, Achyuthan N. Srikanthan, Priyanka Swamy, Edward L. Stanley, David C. Blackburn, and Kartik Shanker
    |pub = PeerJ
    |date = March 12, 2019
    }}
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  • Venezuela's blackout has killed 21, says opposition doctor

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    According to opposition leaders, the electrical blackout in Venezuela, which began Thursday, has of yesterday<!--Sunday, date on the Tweet, red line with word "total"--> killed 21 people, including 6 babies.

    The Maduro government blames the blackout on a United-States-led conspiracy to place Guaidó in control of Venezuela.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/11/venezuela-blackout-deaths-latest-news-caracas-opposition-claims-
    |title = Venezuela blackout has killed 21 people, opposition leaders sa
    |author = Tom Phillips
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = March 11, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://twitter.com/joseolivaresm/status/1104925306790559744
    |title = BALANCE DE FALLECIDOS
    |author = José Manuel Olivares
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  • Climbers' remains found in Himalayas

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    {{date|March 10, 2019}}

    The bodies of two climbers, [[United Kingdom|Briton]] Tom Ballard, 30, and [[Italy|Italian]] Daniele Nardi, 42, have been found on {{w|Nanga Parbat}}, a mountain in [[Pakistan]], as confirmed Saturday by Italian Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo. The remains have not yet been retrieved.
    [[File:Nanga-Parbat.jpg|thumb|left|The two men were attempting to climb Nanga Parbat, shown here.{{image|[[w:User:AdamJacobMuller|AdamJacobMuller]]}}]]
    On Twitter, Pontecorvo said: "With great sadness I inform that the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard is over as Alex Txikon and the search team have confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5,900 metres are those of Daniele and Tom. RIP."<!--Guardian--> Ballard and Nardi's last confirmed prior elevation had been at 6300 metres (20,670 feet).

    The pair last made contact with their base camp on February 24. At some point, two other members of their expedition, both Pakistani mountaineers, had turned back due to concerns about oncoming weather.

    A rescue team including Pakistani climber Ali Sadpara and a group of Spanish rescuers flown in by helicopter had been searching for them since at least Monday. A Spanish climber named Alix Txikon located their remains on the Mummery Trail. Rescuers said they planned to try to collect the bodies, noting, however, that they were in a hard-to-reach spot.

    A crowdfunding page ended up raising roughly £80,000 for the rescue effort. Ballard's sister Kate wrote of the page on [[Facebook]], "To those beautiful humans that have asked how they can help... flight time, this is all you can do, a dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro or a Pound...please. [...] Helicopters especially in the high mountains of Pakistan are expensive. Anything you can add will add flight time to the rescue. Thanks."<!--Scottish Sun-->

    Both men were experienced winter climbers. Nardi had climbed on Nanga Parbat in the previous winter, though he'd never reached the summit. Ballard counted among his accomplishments winter climbs of the north faces of the Alps.

    Ballard was born in England but raised in the [[Scotland|Scottish Highlands]] but had been living in Italy near the {{w|Dolomites|Dolomite mountains}} with his father, who described theirs as a mountaineering family. Ballard's mother, Alison Hargreaves, also died on a mountain, {{w|K2}}, in 1995. She was also the first woman to solo-climb {{w|Mt. Everest}}.<!--BBC McK->

    At 8,126 metres (26,660 feet), Nanga Parbat, nicknamed "Killer Mountain", ranks ninth among the planet's tallest mountains.<!--Guardian-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/09/bodies-of-tom-ballard-and-daniele-nardi-found-in-himalayas
    |title = Bodies of Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi found in Himalayas
    |author = Nosheen Iqbal
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = March 9, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-47509067
    |title = Tom Ballard: Bodies found in missing climbers search
    |author =
    |pub = BBC
    |date = March 9, 2019}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/3975427/missing-climber-tom-ballard-body-found-pakistan-mountain-daniele-nardi/|pub=The Scottish Sun|date=March 9, 2019|author=Jon Rogers|title=RIP TOM Body of missing Scot Tom Ballard ‘found by search teams’ on Pakistan mountain almost a fortnight after he vanished}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-47414944
    |title = Tom Ballard: Mother and son lived 'their days as tigers'
    |author = Steven McKenzie
    |pub = BBC
    |date = March 9, 2019
    }}

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  • Chelsea Manning enters indefinite detention after being found in contempt of court

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    {{abandoned|March 16, 2019|userspace=}}

    {{tasks|news|src|re-review}}{{Wikileaks}}
    {{date|March 8, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Former [[United States|US]] army soldier {{w|Chelsea Manning}} was taken into custody on Friday in {{w|Alexandria, Virginia|Alexandria}}, [[Virginia]], after a federal judge found her in contempt of court. The arrest comes after Manning's refusal earlier this week to provide testimony to a grand jury as part of an ongoing investigation into the open information website [[Wikileaks]] and its founder, [[Julian Assange]]. <!--Washington Post-->

    Manning was convicted by a military tribunal in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for, among other things, leaking a graphic video showing a US helicopter gunship opening fire on civilians in [[Iraq]], including two [[Reuters]] cameramen. <!--Guardian-->{{w|Collateral Murder|The video}}, along with a trove of documents and cables, was published in 2007 by the website [[WikiLeaks]]. <!--CNN-->Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. After serving 7 years, including time in solitary confinement, her sentence was commuted, though she was not pardoned, in 2017, shortly before the end of [[Barack Obama]]'s last term in office. <!--Reuters-->

    Manning's refusal to testify after being summoned earlier this week will lead to her indefinite imprisonment. She will not be released until either she agrees to testify, or the grand jury investigation into Assange and Wikileaks ends.<!--Washington Post-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==
    * {{source |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/chelsea-manning-sent-to-jail-for-refusing-to-testify-in-wikileaks-case/2019/03/08/ecb9eda8-41b4-11e9-9361-301ffb5bd5e6_story.html?utm_term=.b0260a348a9d
    |title = Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks case
    |author = Rachel Weiner|pub = Washington Post |date = March 8th, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/05/politics/chelsea-manning-grand-jury/index.html
    |title = Judge rejects effort by Chelsea Manning to avoid grand jury testimony
    |author = David Shortell|pub = CNN |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/432746-judge-rejects-chelsea-mannings-bid-to-quash-subpoena
    |title = Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's bid to quash subpoena


    |author = John Bowden |pub = The Hill |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-manning/chelsea-manning-loses-bid-to-quash-subpoena-in-virginia-idUSKCN1QM2MV

    |title = Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's bid to quash subpoena


    |author = Makini Brice|pub = Reuters |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/05/wikileaks-us-army-iraq-attack|title = Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

    |author = Chris McGreal |pub = The Guardian |date = April 5, 2010 }}

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  • New samples may tell if type D killer whale is a unique species, say scientists

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    {{review}}{{Environment}}
    {{date|March 7, 2019}}

    Scientists from the {{w|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration}} announced via a press release on March 7 they had collected the tissue samples necessary to determine whether a form of {{w|orca}} called the type D killer whale, observed off the southern tip of [[South America]], is a distinct and unique species. According to NOAA's Michael Milstein, this is the first time scientists have seen these animals live. ''Wikinews'' contacted head researcher Dr. Robert Pitman to learn more.
    [[File:Killer_Whale_Types.jpg|thumb|left|Known types of orca. {{Image|[[Commons:Special:Contributions/Albino.orca|Albino.orca]]}}]]
    "We are very excited about the genetic analyses to come. Type D killer whales could be the largest undescribed animal left on the planet and a clear indication of how little we know about life in our oceans," Pitman said in an early press release.

    The research team set out looking for type D whales in January aboard the research vessel ''Australis''. Despite eight days of rough seas and no sightings, Pitman said the group was in relatively good spirits: "We had six scientists on board&mdash;my wife and I, and three other killer whale scientists that I have previously spent quite a bit of time with in the field. The only new person was a whale scientist from Argentina, Mariano Sironi, who was great to work with. We are all talking about doing this again next year if the opportunity arises."

    The ''Australis'' was returning to Cape Horn when a group of 25<!--NatGeo--> or 30<!--press release--> type D killer whales approached the boat and remained nearby for about three hours. According to the researchers, the whales seemed curious and interacted with a hydrophone that had been released overboard to record their vocalizations. The research team took photographs and video and collected three tissue samples from a few individuals using crossbow darts.<!--press release--> Pitman described the tool to ''Wikinews'' as "a low-power, recurved crossbow available from sporting-goods stores" that teams like his have been using for decades. The crossbow dart bounces off the animal, collecting a portion of blubber and other tissue "about the size of a pencil eraser." The dart floats, and the team collects it later.

    "All killer whales studied to date occur in pods made up of a matriarch, her offspring, and her daughters' offspring&mdash;males breed outside of the group," Pitman told ''Wikinews''. "We don't know anything about the social structure of type D killer whales, but we didn't see anything to suggest that they are doing anything different."<!--interview-->

    Pending permission from the Chilean government to remove the samples from the country<!--NatGeo-->, they plan to run them through genetic tests to see if the whales are truly different enough from other orcas to constitute a unique species, with results expected in a few months.

    Type D killer whales were first described in 1955, when a few stranded individuals were observed in {{w|Paraparaumu}}, [[New Zealand]]. The specimens had rounder heads and thinner dorsal fins than other orcas and small white patches around their eyes instead of big ones. Years later, French scientist Paul Tixier observed the same small eyepatch in photographs taken by fishermen in the [[Indian Ocean]]. In more recent times<!--"burgeoning" means "new"-->, tourists in Antarctica have also taken photographs of marine wildlife, and they captured images of the white-patched orcas on six separate occasions<!--Seattle-->. But professional scientists had never viewed living type D whales until Pitman's expedition this month.

    "By collecting the first biopsy samples ever obtained on this form of killer whale, Pitman's expedition [promises to] increase our knowledge on genetics, evolution, feeding preferences, and resource partitioning in type Ds, and in killer whales as a whole," Tixier commented on the January sampling in ''National Geographic''.<!--NatGeo-->

    "We obtained three samples—this should give a strong sense of how different type D is from other killer whales. And I suspect that we might be looking at species-level differences," Pitman told ''Wikinews''.

    In 2010, Pitman, Tixier, and other colleagues co-authored a paper describing these whales and suggesting the common name "subantarctic killer whale" for their tendency to prefer the 40- and 50-range latitudes to colder ones.

    When asked, Pitman would say of the name, "Laypeople tend to prefer the name orca; most of us who work with this animal find the name killer whale to be apt."


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    == Sources ==
    *{{interview}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/03/new-killer-whale-species-discovered/
    |title = Mysterious new orca species likely identified
    |author = Douglas Main
    |pub = National Geographic
    |date = March 7, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/uoc--sfm030619.php
    |title = Scientists find mystery killer whales off Cape Horn, Chile
    |author =
    |pub = University of California at San Diego
    |date = March 7, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/scientists-find-new-type-of-killer-whale-off-coast-of-chile-after-14-year-search/|pub=Seattle Times|date=March 7, 2019|author=Christine Clarridge with Lynda V. Mapes and Associated Press|title=Scientists find new type of killer whale off coast of Chile after 14-year search}}

    ==External links==
    *{{source
    |url = https://swfsc.noaa.gov/uploadedFiles/2010_Pitman%20et%20al._Polar%20Biology_Type%20D.pdf
    |title = Observations of a distinctive morphotype of killer whale (''Orsinus orca''), type D, from subantarctic waters
    |author = Robert L. Pitman, John W. Durban, Michale Greenfelder, Christophe Guinet, Morton Jorgensen, Paula A. Olson, Jordi Plana, Paul Tixier, Jared R. Towers
    |pub = Polar Biology
    |date = July 14, 2010
    }}

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  • Jeremy Corbyn assaulted while visiting site of right-wing terror attack

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    {{prepared}}
    {{Crime and law}}
    {{date|March 6, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    [[Labour Party (UK)|Labour Party]] leader [[Jeremy Corbyn]] was assaulted Sunday, March 3, while visiting the {{w|Finsbury Park mosque}} and attached Muslim Welfare Centre. <!--BBC-->Witnesses reported that a man came up behind Corbyn and hit him on the head with an egg as he spoke with community leaders. The man was said to have shouted, "When you vote, you get what you vote for," before striking. <!-- Guardian-->
    [[File:Jeremy_Corbyn_(2015).jpg|thumb|left|Jeremy Corbin in 2014.{{image|Garry Knight}}]]
    Speaking on social media, Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott wrote of the incident: "I was there. He punched Jeremy very hard. He happened to have an egg in his palm. But it could have been a knife. Horrible." <!--Twitter--> Metropolitan police said that the assailant was John Murphy, 31, and that he would appear before a judge on March 19. <!--Guardian-->

    The event took place at the same mosque which was targeted by right-wing extremist {{w|Darren Osborne}} on June 19, 2017, when he rammed a rented van into a crowd of worshippers leaving the mosque, {{w|Finsbury Park Mosque|killing one}} and wounding twelve.

    Corbyn later tweeted that his visit had gone very well, saying "Let's build bridges not walls." <!--BBC-->


    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==
    *{{source
    |url = https://mobile.twitter.com/HackneyAbbott/status/1102595901678342145
    |title = Absolutely Afua. I was there. He punched Jeremy very hard. He happened to have an egg in his palm. But it could have been a knife. Horrible
    |author = Diane Abbott
    |pub = Twitter
    |date = March 4, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/04/man-charged-over-alleged-attack-on-jeremy-corbyn
    |title =
    Man charged over egg attack on Jeremy Corbyn
    |author = Peter Walker
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = March 4, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-47435623
    |title = Man arrested for egging Jeremy Corbyn in Finsbury Park
    |author =
    |pub = BBC
    |date = March 3, 2019
    }}
    [[category:Jeremy Corbyn]]
    [[CAT:United Kingdom]][[CAT:Politics and conflicts]][[CAT:Crime and law]]


  • Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's request to quash grand jury subpoena

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    {{tasks|re-review}}
    {{Wikileaks}}
    {{date|March 8, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Former US army soldier Chelsea Manning was taken into custody on Friday in Alexandria, Virginia, after a federal judge found her in contempt of court. The arrest comes after Manning's refusal earlier this week to provide testimony to a grand jury after being subpoenaed to testify against the open information website Wikileaks. <!--Washington Post-->

    Manning was convicted by a military tribunal in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for, among other things, leaking a graphic video showing a US helicopter gunship opening fire on civilians in [[Iraq]], including two [[Reuters]] cameramen. <!--Guardian-->{{w|Collateral Murder|The video}}, along with a trove of documents and cables, was published in 2007 by the website [[WikiLeaks]]. <!--CNN-->Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. After serving 7 years, including time in solitary confinement, her sentence was commuted, but not pardoned, in 2017, shortly before the end of [[Barack Obama]]'s last term in office. <!--Reuters-->

    Manning's refusal to testify after being summoned earlier this week will lead to her indefinite imprisonment. She will not be released until either she refuses to testify, or the grand jury investigation into Wikileaks, and its founder, [[Julian Assange]], ends.<!--Washington Post-->

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==
    * {{source |url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/chelsea-manning-sent-to-jail-for-refusing-to-testify-in-wikileaks-case/2019/03/08/ecb9eda8-41b4-11e9-9361-301ffb5bd5e6_story.html?utm_term=.b0260a348a9d
    |title = Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify in WikiLeaks case
    |author = Rachel Weiner|pub = Washington Post |date = March 8th, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/05/politics/chelsea-manning-grand-jury/index.html
    |title = Judge rejects effort by Chelsea Manning to avoid grand jury testimony
    |author = David Shortell|pub = CNN |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/432746-judge-rejects-chelsea-mannings-bid-to-quash-subpoena
    |title = Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's bid to quash subpoena


    |author = John Bowden |pub = The Hill |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-manning/chelsea-manning-loses-bid-to-quash-subpoena-in-virginia-idUSKCN1QM2MV

    |title = Judge rejects Chelsea Manning's bid to quash subpoena


    |author = Makini Brice|pub = Reuters |date = March 5, 2019 }}

    * {{source |url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/05/wikileaks-us-army-iraq-attack|title = Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

    |author = Chris McGreal |pub = The Guardian |date = April 5, 2010 }}

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  • Researchers report second patient 'cured' of HIV

    Green Giant: Abandoned


    {{abandoned|March 13, 2019|userspace=}}

    {{tasks|news|npov|re-review}}{{Health}}
    {{date|March 6, 2019}}

    For the second time in the history of the [[AIDS]] crisis, doctors have reported a patient to be in "long-term remission" from HIV infection, or in simpler terms, "cured". This case, published Tuesday in ''{{w|Nature (journal)|Nature}}'' by a research team led by scientists from [[University College London]] and {{w|Imperial College London}}, is the first reported success among many attempts to repeat results from another case twelve years ago.<!--CNN-->

    The patient, nicknamed the "{{w|London patient}}" to protect his privacy, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, for which he took antiretroviral medication. In 2012, he discovered he had {{w|Hodgkin's lymphoma}} and underwent a treatment regimen that included both chemotherapy and, in 2016, a haematopoetic stem cell transplant from a donor with two mutated copies of the CCR5 Δ32 allele. The HIV virus uses the CCR5 cell receptor to enter and infect white blood cells. People who do not have normal versions of this receptor can be naturally immune to HIV. Sixteen months after the transplant, the research team asked the London patient to stop taking his antiretroviral medication so they could see whether he had become immune as well. Eighteen months after that, they found his HIV load to be functionally undetectable and declared him to be in long-term remission.<!--Eureka-->

    According to the study, the mild {{w|graft-vs-host}} reaction the London patient sustained after the transplant may have helped the chemotherapy kill the patient's own HIV-susceptible white blood cells, and then the donor tissue replaced them with HIV-resistant cells that any virus remaining in the patient's body could not reinfect.<!--actual study, will quote exact line upon request-->

    A similar phenomenon was reported twelve years ago<!--NOTE: It HAPPENED 12 years ago but it was REPORTED 10 years ago; that is why the sources use different numbers.-->, in Timothy Ray Brown, then nicknamed the {{w|Berlin patient}}, who had leukemia. Brown underwent two stem cell transplant from a naturally CCR5-deficient donor with a brief relapse in between, and he also took radiotherapy, which killed his infected white blood cells. The London patient did not undergo radiotherapy, and has had only one transplant.<!--Eureka--> There have been several attempts to repeat these results in other patients, but the London patient is the first reported success.<!--CNN-->

    "The treatment we used was different from that used on the Berlin Patient, because it did not involve radiotherapy. Its effectiveness underlines the importance of developing new strategies based on preventing CCR5 expression," says study co-author Ian Gabriel.

    "At the moment the only way to treat HIV is with medications that suppress the virus, which people need to take for their entire lives, posing a particular challenge in developing countries," said lead author Ravindra Gupta. "Finding a way to eliminate the virus entirely is an urgent global priority, but is particularly difficult because the virus integrates into the white blood cells of its host."

    The scientists have cautioned that this type of treatment is note likely to replace current antiretroviral regimens in the immediate future: "At the moment the procedure still carries too much risk to be used in patients who are otherwise well, as daily tablet treatment for HIV is able to usually able to maintain patient's long-term health," said Graham Cooke of Imperial College London.

    Professor Philip Keiser, who studies HIV at the University of Texas, told ''Popular Science'' that the findings are more likely to affect standards for HIV-positive patients who have conditions that require bone marrow transplants anyway, such as the London patient's lymphoma and the Berlin patient's leukemia: "We will probably look for donor stem cells that are CCR5 deficient".

    Dr. Gupta explained via a press release that his team may move on to gene therapy targeting the CCR5 receptor.<!--Eurekalert-->


    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/ucl-hra030419.php
    |title = HIV remission achieved in second patient
    |author = University College London
    |pub = Eurekalert.org
    |date =March 5, 2019}}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.popsci.com/HIV-remission
    |title = The treatment that cured two H.I.V. cases won't work for most patients
    |author = Nicole Westman
    |pub = Popular Science
    |date = March 5, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/04/health/hiv-remission-london-patient-study-bn/index.html
    |title = London patient might be second to be cured of HIV
    |author = Susan Scutti
    |pub = CNN
    |date = March 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url = https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1027-4.epdf?referrer_access_token=vY5rWZWDRxGHEWAE9p-1GtRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PslKFWRjMalZe5Tm1XUdt7mMJdLm38X-DIgpIVISpFvlZYk-I3vefJcXherQfZHVm__BzCxovWqaSN8DabtkdU2SUt3fgTe7PzVWa2tfFXAsNHiptQC20zb3fj9jWQJN7vTTaXgKUaR5jAAufRzmqFWl-HANfSlEcnQBTbdYtMVg%3D%3D&tracking_referrer=www.popsci.com
    |title = HIV-1 remission following CCr5Δ32/Δ32 haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation
    |author = Ravindra K Gupta, Sultan Abdul-jawad, Laura E McCoy, Hoi Ping Mok, Dimitra Peppa, Maria Salgado, Javier Martinez-Picado, Monique Nijhuis, Annemarie M.J. Wensing, Helen Lee, Paul Grant, Eleni Nastouli, Jonathan Lambert, Matthew Pace, Fanny Salasc, Christopher Monit, Andrew Innes, Luke Muir, Laura Waters, John Frater, Andrew ML Lever, SG Edwards, Ian H Gabriel & Eduardo Olavarria
    |pub = Nature
    |date = March 5, 2019
    }}

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  • Google Censored China Search Engine Still Onging According to Google Employees

    Green Giant: Abandoned


    {{abandoned|March 13, 2019|userspace=}}

    {{tasks|news|src|re-review}}{{date|March 5, 2019}}
    {{Google}}
    On Monday, ''The Intercept'' announced that employees of the tech giant [[Google]] discovered code indicating {{w|Project Dragonfly}}, a censored search engine designed for the [[China|Chinese]] market, was still under way despite the company's purported plan last year to reassign the development team.

    Work on the censored search engine was said to have stopped after thousands of Google employees protested against creating a censored version of Google's search engine in August 2018, stating the regulations would be unethical. Dragonfly had originally been scheduled for launch in early 2019, but the tech giant had ceased the development<!--Intercept--> in December 2018.

    A group of Google employees who had not been involved in Project Dragonfly independently decided to monitor the situation. According to these employees, there were 500 changes made to the Dragonfly code in December and 400 in January and February 2019 and about 100 employees remain in the Google cost center associated with the Dragonfly project.

    "I just don't know where the leadership is coming from anymore," said Colin McMillen a Google software engineer who decided to quit over what he described as the company's "ethically dubious" choices. "They have really closed down communication and become significantly less transparent. [...] Right now it feels unlaunchable, but I don't think they are canceling outright," he went on to say of Dragonfly specifically. "I think they are putting it on the back burner and are going to try it again in a year or two with a different code name or approach." <!--Intercept-->

    "This speculation is wholly inaccurate. Quite simply: there's no work happening on Dragonfly," one Google representative told the press. "As we've said for many months, we have no plans to launch Search in China and there is no work being undertaken on such a project. Team members have moved to new projects."<!--Verge-->

    The Chinese government blacklists content that mentions democracy, protests and human rights. Google leadership had met with the Chinese officials in order to launch a censored search engine in China, currently blocked by the country's {{w|Great Firewall}}.

    {{haveyoursay}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/05/google-dragonfly-tradeoffs/
    |title=Google employees can't just walk awway from ethical tradeoffs like Dragonfly
    |author=Danny Crichton
    |pub=Tech Crunch
    |date=March 5, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://theintercept.com/2019/03/04/google-ongoing-project-dragonfly/
    |title=GOOGLE EMPLOYEES UNCOVER ONGOING WORK ON CENSORED CHINA SEARCH
    |author=Ryan Gallagher
    |pub=The Intercept
    |date=March 4, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/4/18250285/google-dragonfly-censored-search-engine-code-dead-employees-doubt
    |title=Google employees aren’t convinced that Dragonfly is dead
    |author=Shannon Liao
    |pub=The Verge
    |date=March 4 2019
    }}
    [[CAT:China]][[CAT:Google]][[CAT:Science and technology]][[CAT:Internet]]


  • California district attourney announces no charges for police who shot Stephon Clark

    Green Giant: Abandoned


    {{abandoned|March 13, 2019|userspace=}}

    {{tasks|news|re-review}}
    {{Crime and law}}
    {{date|March 3, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    Saturday, [[California]] District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert told the public that the two [[Sacramento]] police officers who fatally shot 22-year-old {{w|Stephon Clark}} in his grandmother's back yard last year would not face charges.

    "The law requires that we judge the reasonableness of an officer's actions based upon the circumstances confronting them at that moment of time," Schubert said in a press conference. She went on to add, "We know [Clark] fled from the officers after being told to stop, we know that he continued into the backyard, and we know that when he continued into the backyard, he rounded that corner, and he went to the end of that yard and he turned around[.] He didn't continue to flee. He turned around and he was in a shooting stance with his arms extended." She went on to explain why the police sincerely believed that Clark had a gun, such as one officer's claim to have seen a flash of light like the reflection off a gun.

    "I don't care if he was a criminal. None of that matters," mother of the deceased, SeQuette Clark, told the public. "What matters is how those officers came with lethal force around a corner, on a vandalism call, after my son and gunned him down — when he had nothing but a cellphone in his hand."

    Stephon Clark was killed on March 18 of last year. Police received a 911 call about a man breaking glass on cars and a house. Later, DNA evidence would indicate this was indeed Clark. Officers {{w|Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal}} pursued Clark into what they later learned was his grandmother's back yard, where, according to Schubert, they believed he had a gun, and they discharged their own weapons twenty times, hitting Clark at least seven. Clark was later found to have been unarmed. The event was recorded on the officers' {{w|police body cameras|body cameras}}. After Clark's death, large protests and demonstrations called for criminal charges against the two shooters.

    After the press conference, religious leaders spoke to the press outside City Hall. "I'm first just heartbroken, as a black man, as a Sacramentan that has heard her demonize Stephon Clark and then not hold these officers accountable," Pastor Les Simmons told the press. "I think our community is really hurting right now."

    During the press conference, Schubert said that Clark's phone and other personal records showed that he had been in some trouble with the law before and having difficulties with his children's mother. He had called a friend and talked about suicide. Former police chief Rick Braziel later said he had expected Schubert to claim Clark may have been attempting to commit {{w|suicide by cop}}, to provoke the police into killing him, but Schubert did not. When asked about this in a follow-up interview, Schubert explicitly said that she did not mean to suggest this.

    The mayor of Sacramento, Darryl Steinberg, responded to the district attorney's announcement with a renewed apology to the Clark family: "Today, the district attorney said she focused on a single question: Did the officers who shot Stephon Clark commit a crime? Her answer was, 'No[.]' Our community and its leadership have different questions. Was the outcome wrong? Was the outcome unacceptable? The answer to both questions is yes."

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/stephon-clark-shooting-police-sacramento-terrence-mercadal-jared-robinet-a8805151.html
    |title = Stephon Clark: Police officers who fatally shot unarmed black man will not be charged
    |author = Jose A Del Real
    |pub = The Independent
    |date = March 3, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.npr.org/2019/03/02/699719214/officers-in-stephon-clark-shooting-wont-be-charged-says-sacramento-d-a
    |title = No Criminal Charges For Sacramento Police Officers Who Fatally Shot Stephon Clark
    |author = Chris Hagan, Nick Miller, Ben Adler, Sammy Caiola, Bob Moffitt, Ezra David Romero, and Emily Zentner
    |pub = NPR
    |date =March 2, 2019}}


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  • Magnitude 7 earthquake in Peru

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    {{date|March 3, 2019}} <!-- substitutes the date automatically; you don't need to modify the template -->

    On Friday in [[Peru]], a strong {{w|earthquake}} of {{w|moment magnitude scale|magnitude}} 7,0 occurred. The earthquake was recorded in the area of {{w|Lake Titicaca}} in the sparsely populated {{w|Andes}} region.

    The earthquake center lies at a depth of 257,4 km. The epicenter of aftershocks was located 27 kilometers north of the city of {{w|Azangaro}}, near the border with {{w|Bolivia}}.

    Due to the fact that the earthquake focus was located at a sufficient depth, the earthquake did not cause damage, despite its high magnitude. There is no information about possible victims and destructions. Earthquakes with the focal depths between 70 and 300 km are classified as intermediate or intermediate depth earthquakes and they tend to cause less damage than shallow focus earthquakes.

    Seismic activity in Peru occurs because of {{w|plate tectonics}}: the ocean side of the country is located in the zone of subduction, where the {{w|Nazca Plate}} is being subducted by the {{w|South American Plate}}.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000j96d/executive
    |title = M 7.0 - 27km NNE of Azangaro, Peru
    |author =
    |pub = USGS
    |date = March 1, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://allatra.tv/en/earthquakes
    |title = Seismic Monitor and World Earthquake Map Online
    |author =
    |pub = ALLATRA TV
    |date = March 1, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://earthquake-report.com/2019/03/01/massive-earthquake-central-peru-march-1-2019/
    |title = Massive but luckily very deep earthquake below Central Peru - March 1, 2019
    |author =
    |pub = Earthquake-Report.com
    |date = March 1, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/peru-earthquake-today-latest-juliaca-a8802466.html
    |title = Peru earthquake: Powerful 7.1-magnitude quake strikes near Juliaca
    |author =
    |pub = independent.co.uk
    |date = March 1, 2019
    }}
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  • SpaceX flight tests Crew Dragon capsule

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    {{Space}}
    {{date|March 5, 2019}}

    On Sunday, the [[SpaceX]] {{w|Crew Dragon}} capsule successfully docked with the [[International Space Station]] in orbit around the Earth. Although the Crew Dragon was carrying only cargo and a mannequin equipped with sensors, this was the first time since the retirement of the {{w|space shuttle|space shuttles}} in 2011 a [[United States]] spacecraft capable of carrying humans has made it to the station.<!--Guardian-->
    [[File:SpaceX_Crew_Dragon_(More_cropped).jpg|thumb|left|Artist's rendition of the Crew Dragon en route.{{image|[[NASA]] and [[SpaceX]]}}]]
    Most of the docking process was automatic by the capsule, though the crew of the ISS were able to send the capsule commands to perform simple movements. Previous SpaceX pods have relied on the station's own robotic arm apparatus to take hold of them.

    At 2:49 a.m. local time (7:49 a.m. {{w|UTC}})<!--Guardian--> on Saturday morning, the Crew Dragon was launched via a {{w|Falcon 9 rocket}} from the {{w|Kennedy Space Center}} at {{w|Cape Canaveral}}, [[Florida]] in the southeastern [[United States]].

    Crew Dragon has enough room for seven people but on this occasion carried only a mannequin, nicknamed "{{w|Ellen Ripley|Ripley}}" for {{w|Sigourney Weaver}}'s character in the film {{w|Alien (film)|''Alien''}}.<!--CNN--> The Crew Dragon is scheduled to remain at the station during the week and return to Earth on Friday.<!--Business Insider-->

    Bill Gerstenmaier of [[NASA]] spoke of the collaboration between his agency and SpaceX: "It's fun working with a new partner that approaches the problem in a slightly different way. They don't carry the same background that we did in NASA, and they don't approach the design exactly the same way we do. [...] And that's cool. I mean, that's really neat."<!--NPR-->

    "To be frank I'm a little emotionally exhausted because that was super stressful. But it worked — so far," SpaceX founder [[Elon Musk]] told the press after the launch. "We have to dock to the station, and we have to come back, but so far it's worked. [...] We've passed some of the riskiest items." <!--Business Insider-->

    The short-term goal of NASA's {{w|Commercial Crew Program}} is to restore NASA's ability to send humans into orbit, which it has been unable to do since retiring the space shuttles in 2011. Longer term, according to NASA administrator {{w|Jim Bridenstine}}, the goal is to render space accessible to many customers and, through commercial competition, do so at a lower cost than the space shuttle missions, which ran about {{w|US$}}1.5 billion apiece.<!--Business Insider--> Currently, NASA pays for Russian spacecraft to carry living people, at roughly US$80 million per astronaut.<!--CNN-->

    NASA has selected two astronauts, {{w|Doug Hurley}} and {{w|Bob Behnken}}<!--CNN-->, for Crew Dragon's first manned mission, which NASA said might take place this summer<!--CNN; NPR, "July"-->.

    The [[Boeing]] airframe company is also collaborating with NASA on human-crewable spacecraft and its {{w|Starliner}} craft is scheduled to undergo flight test this spring.<!--NPR--> NASA's contract with Boeing is currently valued at US$4.2 billion. The contract with SpaceX is valued at US$2.6 billion.

    Last year, SpaceX tested its {{w|Falcon Heavy}} rocket by launching company founder Elon Musk's personal {{w|Tesla (car)|Tesla convertible}} into space.<!--NPR-->

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    == Related news ==
    *{{wikinews|title=SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts Elon Musk's personal Tesla into solar orbit|date=February 7, 2018}}
    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/02/tech/spacex-crew-dragon-demo-launch/index.html
    |pub=CNN
    |date=March 3, 2019
    |title=SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with the space station in demo flight
    |author=Jackie Wattles
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/03/spacex-crew-dragon-docks-at-international-space-station
    |title=SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station
    |author={{w|Associated Press}}
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=March 3, 2019
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-spacex-crew-dragon-spaceship-launch-nasa-astronauts-2019-3
    |pub=Business Insider
    |date=March 2, 2019
    |title=Elon Musk says he'd happily ride SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship — 'I think it's a good vehicle'
    |author=Dave Mosher
    }}

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    *{{source
    |url =https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/02/tech/spacex-crew-dragon-demo-launch/index.html
    |title = SpaceX Crew Dragon, built to carry humans, launches demo flight
    |author = Jackie Wattles
    |pub = CNN
    |date = March 2, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/02/spacex-crew-dragon-spacecraft-successfully-launches
    |title = SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launches successfully
    |author = {{w|Press Association}}
    |pub = The Guardian
    |date = March 2, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.npr.org/2019/02/28/698073318/spacex-readies-for-key-test-of-capsule-built-to-carry-astronauts-into-space
    |title = SpaceX Readies For Key Test Of Capsule Built To Carry Astronauts Into Space
    |author = Nell Greenfieldboyce
    |pub = NPR
    |date = February 28, 2019
    }}
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  • Nine jailed over grooming in children's home

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    {{date|March 2, 2019}}{{Crime and law}}
    On Wednesday, nine men were jailed due to sexual abuse and rape of two teenage girls at a children's home in {{w|Bradford, England|Bradford}}, [[England]]. A tenth defendant was found not-guilty.

    The nine men were prosecuted for 22 different crimes. These included rape and inciting child prostitution.

    Judge Durham Hall QC said they "appear not to have shown any respect for the minimum standards of decent behaviour." Prosecutor Kama Melly QC said the victims were "ripe and vulnerable to manipulation" and had been used "to satisfy [the accused's] sexual desires".

    One of the victims decided to allow her name to be made public. She said she did this to show victims "there is nothing to be ashamed of". One of the victims said the men thought they were "nothing but a toy to play with".

    Bradford Council stated, "The Safeguarding Board will look closely at this case to see if there are any lessons we can learn that could help us keep young people safer".

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    ==Sources==
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6751479/Nine-strong-Bradford-sex-abuse-gang-face-years-jail-grooming-raping-two-14-year-old-girls.html
    |date=February 27, 2019
    |pub=Daily Mail
    |author=Terri-Ann Williams and Joe Middleton
    |title='I was nothing but a toy to play with': Victim of Bradford sex abuse gang who plied her with drink and raped her when she was 14 speaks out as they are jailed for total of nearly 116 years
    }}
    *{{source
    |url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-47388060
    |title=Bradford grooming: Nine jailed for abusing girls
    |pub= BBC News
    |author=
    |date=February 27, 2019
    }}

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  • Texas federal judge says drafting only men violates United States Constitution

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    {{United States}}
    {{date|February 25, 2019}}

    On Friday, a federal judge in [[Texas]] ruled the [[United States]] federal government's practice of registering men but not women for the {{w|Selective Service System|draft}}, or military conscription, is unconstitutional.

    In response to a lawsuit by the {{w|men's rights}} group {{w|National Coalition for Men}}, U.S. District Judge {{w|Gray H. Miller|Gray Miller}} ruled the male-only draft violated the {{w|Due Process Clause}} of the {{w|United States Constitution}}<!--SanD-->. He said the rationale for difference along gender lines from a previous {{w|US Supreme Court|Supreme Court}} ruling, that women were ineligible to serve in combat, no longer applies. Women, who make up 16% of the U.S. military enlisted and 18% of officers as of 2016, according to nonprofit {{w|CNA (nonprofit)|CNA}}<!--CFR-->, have been serving official combat roles since 2015<!--USA Today-->.

    "While historical restrictions on women in the military may have justified past discrimination," reads Judge Miller's statement, "men and women are now 'similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft.' [...] If there ever was a time to discuss 'the place of women in the Armed Services,' that time has passed."<!--SanD-->

    By law, all male permanent residents of the United States over the age of 18 must register for the Selective Service System. This both renders them eligible for certain public services and identifies them for the draft, or military conscription, were a draft to be imposed.

    Part of the judge's statement reads "the average woman could conceivably be better suited physically for some of today's combat positions than the average man, depending on which skills the position required. Combat roles no longer uniformly require sheer size or muscle." He went on to cite the Supreme Court ruling permitting {{w|same-sex marriage}}.

    The ruling was a declaration, placing no injunction on the government to immediately change the Selective Service System.

    There is currently a commission engaged to study the role of the draft, and the government asked Judge Miller to delay his ruling until after they made their recommendations, but he declined. ''{{w|USA Today}}'' noted the commission's scope allows it to advise including women in the draft or eliminating the draft entirely.

    The last draft in the United States took place in 1973<!--SanD--> during the {{w|Vietnam War}}<!--common knowledge, dates of war-->.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/24/military-draft-judge-rules-male-only-registration-unconstitutional/2968872002/
    |title = With women in combat roles, a federal court rules the male-only draft unconstitutional
    |author = Gregory Korte
    |pub = USA Today
    |date = February 24, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/02/23/san-diego-based-group-wins-u-s-suit-male-only-draft-unconstitutional/
    |title =
    San Diego-Based Group Wins U.S. Suit: Male-Only Draft Unconstitutional
    |author = Ken Stone
    |pub = Times of San Diego
    |date = February 24, 2019
    }}

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.cfr.org/article/demographics-us-military
    |title = Demographics of the U.S. Military
    |author = George M. Reynolds and Amanda Shendruk
    |pub = Council on Foreign Relations
    |date = April 24, 2018
    }}


    ==External links==
    *{{source
    |url =https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5747780-190224-SELECTIVE-SERVICE-DECISION-Full.html
    |title = National Coalition for Men et al. v Selective Service System
    |author =
    |pub = United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
    |date = February 22, 2019
    }}


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  • Zebra stripes may 'dazzle' pathogen-packing horse flies, say scientists

    Pi zero: c/e


    {{Biology}}
    {{date|February 23, 2019}}

    In findings published on Wednesday in ''{{w|PLoS One}}'', scientists from the {{w|University of Bristol}} and {{w|UC Davis}} say {{w|zebras}} may have gotten their stripes to confuse ectoparasites, such as flies.
    [[File:Equus grevyi (aka).jpg|thumb|left|A Grevy's Zebra (''Equus grevy''){{image|André Karwath aka [[w:user:Aka|Aka]]}}]]
    The researchers observed {{w|tabanid horse flies}} around zebras and domestic {{w|horses}} in captive settings and they found the flies had a harder time landing on zebras than on the monochrome coats of the horses.

    Results showed the horse flies hovered over both types of animals at roughly the same rate but, over zebras, they did not always slow down fast enough to land successfully. They then equipped horses with both zebra-striped and unstriped cloths and again observed that the flies had trouble landing on the striped surfaces.

    "This reduced ability to land on the zebra's coat may be due to stripes disrupting the visual system of the horse flies during their final moments of approach. Stripes may dazzle flies in some way once they are close enough to see them with their low-resolution eyes[,]" said study co-author and {{w|Royal Society University Research Fellow}} Martin How.
    [[File:March-fly-in-flight.jpg|thumb|right|A horse fly.{{image|[[w:user:Benjamin444|Benjamint444]]}}]]
    Scientists have long wondered about the evolutionary impetus behind zebras' coat patterns. Other hypotheses include the idea that stripes may confuse predators, facilitate social interactions within the herd, and regulate body temperature.

    In [[Africa]], where zebras evolved, flies can carry dangerous blood-borne pathogens.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source
    |url = https://www.ibtimes.sg/research-reveals-how-zebra-got-its-black-white-stripes-29510
    |title = Research reveals how Zebra got its black and white stripes
    |author = Nirmal Narayanan
    |pub = International Business Times
    |date = February 22, 2019
    }}
    *{{source
    |url = https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/uob-rrw021919.php
    |title = Research reveals why the zebra got its stripes
    |author = University of Bristol
    |pub = Eurekalert
    |date = February 20, 2019
    }}

    ==External links==
    *{{source
    |url = https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0210831
    |title = Benefits of zebra stripes: Behaviour of tabanid flies around zebras and horses
    |author = Tim Caro, Yvette Argueta, Emmanuelle Sophie Briolat, Joren Bruggink, Maurice Kasprowsky, Jai Lake, Matthew J. Mitchell, Sarah Richardson, Martin How
    |pub = PLoS One
    |date = February 20, 2019
    }}
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