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Published: Monday, December 18, 2017 @ 11:18 AM
BEACHWOOD, Ohio — One boy’s selfless act has been rewarded by tech giant Microsoft.
Mikah Frye decided that the money that would have been spent to get him an Xbox for Christmas would go to better use this year.
He used the money to buy more than 60 blankets for the homeless in his area.
After his story went viral, company officials at Microsoft, the creators of the Xbox, had a surprise for Mikah at Beachwood Place, the area mall, WJW reported.
Employees at the Microsoft store escorted the 9-year-old boy to the back of the store. He was greeted by the big man himself, not Bill Gates, but rather Santa, who was waiting with two bags full of presents, including the coveted Xbox.
Once he got through the piles of gifts, Mikah and his family began to cry, remembering how they’ve been blessed after having encountered financial roadblocks in recent years.
“He knew what it was like not to have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” Terry Brant, Mikah’s grandmother, told WJW. Mikah’s mother told the television station that Mikah’s family had been homeless and lived in an a emergency shelter for weeks a few years ago.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
— One of two victims of a school shooting in Maryland has died.
Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, was taken off of life support Thursday. She died a few hours later at 11:34 p.m. Thursday night, WRC reported.
Willey was injured earlier this week when a student with whom she had a previous relationship shot her in the head in the hallway of Great Mills High School, WRC reported.
Officials with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office announced Willey’s death Friday morning, WBAL reported.
She was one of nine children in the Willey family. Family members said she helped take care of the other children every day, WRC reported.
The gunman died after he and a school resource officer exchanged gunfire; however, officials have not released if it was the officer’s shot that killed the teen gunman, or if he killed himself, WBAL reported.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:44 AM
— On Thursday, President Donald Trump named John Bolton as his new national security adviser.
Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was tapped to replace H.R. McMaster.
Bolton, 69, has a long history of work in Washington D.C., including leadership roles at the State and Justice departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
McMaster replaced Retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn after Flynn was fired 24 days into the Trump administration. Last, fall Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Bolton will take over the job on April 9.
Here are a few things to know about Bolton:
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:42 AM
— Student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have taken over The Guardian’s website ahead of the March for Our Lives.
The school’s Eagle Eye newspaper is covering event, in which students will march in Washington, D.C., to advocate for action against gun violence.
The newspaper reached out to politicians and celebrities, including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the march, for an interview.
“They turned us down on the interview, but we loved the letter George sent us back,” the Eagle Eye staff said.
In his letter to the students, Clooney said he and his wife, Amal Clooney, are “100 percent” behind the movement and will be at the March on Saturday. Clooney also emphasized that the march is for the students, and offered options for coverage.
“Amal and I are 100% behind you and will be marching in DC on the 24th, but we both feel very strongly that this is your march. Your moment,” Clooney wrote. “Young people are taking it to the adults and that has been your most effective tool. The fact that no adults will speak on the stage in DC is a powerful message to the world that if we can’t do something about gun violence then you will. The issue is going to be this, anyone you ask would feel proud to be interviewed by you but it’s so much more effective if it’s young people.
“You could talk to a dozen kids like the young kids from Chicago and LA that Emma met with. You could take over the Guardian and make it tell the stories of children by children. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to point to this moment and say it belongs to you. You certainly should do what you want but that would be my hope for you.
“Amal and I stand behind you, in support of you, in gratitude to you.
“You make me proud of my country again.”
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 4:10 PM
— A 19-year-old gumnan killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14 just as students were being dismissed. Police have charged the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, of premeditated murder.
As students, staff, family and friends continue to sort through loss and pain, some celebrities are expressing frustration and sadness.
Many have called for an end to gun violence and better gun control measures, while others offered prayers and condolences.
Read some celebrity reactions to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting below.