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It’s been one year since a gunman stormed into the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and took 17 lives. Today’s Sundial program focused on the memories of those lives lost, the activism it inspired, the actions taken by the government and how those affected continue to handle the anguish. 

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Rocio Muñoz had gotten used to teaching every Monday night. For the past 12 years, she had been teaching catechism for middle and high school students at the family's church in Parkland, along with her husband and youngest daughter, Leonor.

 

But after everything that happened last Feb. 14 - the shooting at her daughter's high school -  the Muñoz family decided to take a break from teaching at their church for a year.

"What I kept thinking was, 'that could have been my daughter,'" Rocio Muñoz said.

A longtime Trump ally pushed to have two fathers of Parkland victims tossed out of a congressional hearing on gun violence — a reflection of the vociferous nature of the debate Democrats have made a priority in the new Congress.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., sparked commotion in the hearing when he listed circumstances in which violence was committed by undocumented immigrants, and said the solution would be to build the Trump-backed wall along the Southwest border.

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A Broward judge has refused to set a trial date for the case against the confessed Parkland school shooter, despite state prosecutors' calls for closure on the case. 

Nikolas Cruz, who's facing the death penalty for the school massacre that killed 17 people last Valentine's Day, appeared in court on Tuesday for a routine status hearing. Prosecutors argued the case is fairly straightforward and that Cruz's defense has enough evidence to move forward with a trial. 

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Jessica Levenson remembers the armed guards with bullet proof vests and rifles on campus after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. 

"It made me feel unnerved," she said. 

She said it made Nova High, in Davie, feel more like prison than high school. 

Despite appreciating the extra security, which the Florida Legislature implemented to make school campuses feel safer, she felt less secure.  

Daniel Varela / Miami Herald

Code Reds, hard corners, and arming teachers are some of the recommendations made by the state commission investigating the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

 

The commission submitted its report to the state Legislature a day after the New Year. It’s more than 400 pages long and goes into detail about what led to Feb. 14th, 2018 – and what could be done to prevent a school shooting in the future.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Camp Shine — a free arts therapy program that began over the summer for survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting — was back in session in Parkland last week.

When we set out to try to look back on the year that was in politics, we started with a list that grew ... and grew ... and grew. After a couple of days, the list was just shy of 100 news events. That's about one notable story every three days.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

Better law enforcement and stronger school security are the big takeaways from the draft report released this week by the state commission investigating the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

David Santiago / Miami Herald

It’s been almost 10 months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In addition to the wave of student activism, there’s been an effort to understand the events that led to Feb. 14 massacre.

According to The Sun Sentinel, the Broward County school district knew more than it let on. It found the district hired lawyers and public relations consultants to keep information from the public. 

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More than 1,500 people gathered for the Actions For Change festival in Parkland’s Pine Trails Park Sunday night, where celebrities and performers like  Alyssa Milano and Skip Marley rallied people to register to vote.

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed songs from their soon-to-be-released album. One is a nod to the clear backpacks they had to carry right after the shooting - It's called 'Transparent':

At Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland last week, Rabbi Bradd Boxman told the congregation there was an elephant in the room. The elephant was a prayer, or a piyyut, a liturgical poem, that has been recited during the Jewish New Year for centuries.

The prayer, the Unetaneh Tokef, is about who will live and who will die in the coming year, and how. It involves asking to be inscribed in the book of life, to remain among the living. 

Somerset Academy

Parkland City Commissioners unanimously approved the city’s first charter school on commercially zoned land late Thursday while a group of residents protested the development.

Somerset Academy Parkland will enroll students from Parkland and neighboring communities beginning in 2019. Some worry that will bring new traffic to the area.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

A race for a seat on Broward County’s school board lasted a few days beyond the primary election.

 

Over the weekend, there was a recount for the race pitting incumbent Donna Korn against Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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A Parkland priest shared a little bit too much, posting items on his Facebook account that were critical of Muslims, Arab refugees, Democrats, liberals and others.

Father Ireneusz Ekiert, parish administrator at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, apologized Monday for his “lack of prudence and stupidity” for the postings that had a Trumpian, conservative bent to them. He had already closed his Facebook account.

One post with the heading NFL Sunday 2021 shows a football stadium with the field covered with Muslims kneeling and bent over in prayer.

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