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By w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN WILLIAMSON… BASTROP…LEE AND FAYETTE COUNTIES UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT… At 1057 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a complex of strong thunderstorms about 10 miles east Lexington, moving west at 40 mph. Hail up to the size of nickels, wind gusts exceeding 50 mph, and frequent cloud to ground lightning will all be possible with this …read more



Parkland high school honors 'those not with us' at first graduation since 17 killed in massacre

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By Brittany Martinez

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Nearly four months after a mass shooting killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the class of 2018 graduated and posthumous diplomas were presented to families of the four seniors who lost their lives.

Hundreds of seniors from the high school in Parkland, Florida, were clad in sashes that read “MSD Strong” as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas during a private graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The ordinarily joyous occasion was bittersweet. Among the those killed in the Feb. 14 massacre were four 12th-graders who should have been graduating alongside their classmates: Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup.

Each were honored with posthumous diplomas during Sunday’s ceremonies.

Principal Ty Thompson welcomed the crowd at the school’s 27th commencement ceremony, saying the commencement would “honor those not with us,” reminisce on the past four years, and celebrate their accomplishments.

The event’s program included the aspirational message: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Senior Eagles, Stoneman High School’s mascot, wore a special sash emblazoned with the rallying cry “MSD Strong” along with their caps and gowns.

Some family members of the victims did not attend, telling ABC News station WPLG that it was too painful.

“For me, it is too painful to celebrate without Carmen,” her sister, April Schentrup, told the station. “But I am proud of Carmen’s friends and classmates on their accomplishments. They’ve overcome so much. I know they will continue to make positive changes.”

Others attended in place of some of the victims.

“I did not get to walk with my graduating class, but today I had the privilege to walk the stage in honor of my dead sister,” Meadow Pollack’s brother, Hunter, posted on Twitter. “Hope she’s proud!”

Manuel and Patricia Oliver, the parents of Joaquin Oliver, accepted their late son’s diploma on his behalf.

Patricia Oliver wore a bright yellow shirt under a vest that read: “This should be my son.”

They said they never imagined they would see their 17-year-old son’s classmates graduating without him.

“We had a lot of plans for our lives,” Manuel Oliver told ABC’s Nightline in an interview Friday. “These kind of events destroy any plan that you had and leave you in an empty space with no plan at all.”

The alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student at the high school, is charged in connection with the 17 deaths as well as the wounding of 17 others, for which he faces the death penalty. The teen’s defense attorneys have said he will plead guilty “in exchange for a waiver of the death sentence” and a getting instead a sentence of life in prison.

At the graduation, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon delivered a surprise commencement speech. He lightened the otherwise somber mood with jokes teenagers could relate to.

“You won’t be classmates anymore. You’ll be adults who Facebook search each other at 2:00 in the morning for the next 10 years,” Fallon quipped.

The comedian also praised the students’ resolve in their March for Our Lives protest back in March.

“You took something horrific and instead of letting it stop … you started a movement,” he told the students. “Not just here in Florida, not just in America, but throughout the whole world. The whole world has heard your voice, and that was you making a choice.”

Since the mass school shooting, Stoneman’s students have seized on the watershed moment to led a movement to push for tougher legislation on gun control.

More marches are expected as the movement evolves.

“Huge announcement tomorrow. We’re so excited to let the world know what we’ve been working on the past few months. Get ready! #MarchForOurLives,” junior Jaclyn Corin posted on her Twitter account.

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Twelve people trapped by lava in Hawaiian town, three airlifted out

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By Louis Milman

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(KAPOHO, Hawaii) — Approximately twelve people are currently trapped in the Hawaiian town of Kapoho by lava that continues to flow from the Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii State Senator Kai Kahele told ABC News that the people likely refused to evacuate the town when orders to do so were given. At least three people were airlifted out of the area early Sunday, and the others remaining will either have to be airlifted out or be rescued by boat.

Kahele said the lava flow was as wide as six football fields and as tall as 20 feet high. The town of Kapoho could be wiped out by the end of the day Sunday, Kahele said.

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Manhunt intensifies for killer of forensic psychiatrist, paralegals, as 4th victim is identified

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By Louis Milman

ChiccoDodiFC/iStock/Thinkstock(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — As authorities in neighboring Arizona cities ramp up their investigations into the killings of a famed forensic psychiatrist and two paralegals, police have identified the victim of another fatal shooting — which may be connected the others.

Marshall Levine was found shot to death just after midnight on Saturday, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

The 72-year-old man’s body was discovered by an acquaintance inside of his Scottsdale office in a neighborhood known as The Greens at Gainey Ranch — some 17 minutes away from where the paralegals were shot — and located on East Morgan Trail.

The acquaintance called 911, but by the time emergency responders arrived, Levine was pronounced dead, police said.

His ex-wife, Carol Kleinman, told ABC News that Levine was a psychiatrist, but only licensed to practice in New Jersey.

Since moving to Arizona, Kleinman said Levine worked as a life coach and hypnotherapist and dealt with clients who often “are angry.”

It’s unclear if Levine’s homicide is connected to the killings of famed Phoenix-based forensic psychiatrist Steven Pitt and the paralegals, Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, the following evening.

“We’re still trying to determine what involvement if any, it has,” Scottsdale Police Department’s Sgt. Ben Hoster told reporters on Saturday.

Pitt, who earned acclaim as a forensic psychiatrist by consulting with law enforcement on a number of high-profile cases, most notably the mysterious death of JonBenet Ramsey back in 1996, was shot and killed at around 5:30 p.m. on May 31 as he was leaving his Phoenix office.

He locked up his office and was “on his way out” when he engaged in an argument with another person by the elevator, Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis told ABC News.

Lewis said a witness came forward who claimed to hear the verbal dispute before multiple shots were fired. No weapon was recovered from the scene, he added.

Steven Pitt & Associates is headquartered in Phoenix, but Pitt worked on a number of nationally known cases, including Ramsey’s murder. The murder of the 6-year-old child beauty pageant competitor who was found dead in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado home has never been solved.

Pitt was brought on by Boulder police and the district attorney to consult on the case in February 1997.

Meanwhile, the bodies of Sharp and Anderson bodies were both found by responding police officers about 2:15 p.m. Friday near the law offices where they worked, located on East 1st near North 75th Streets in the Old Town section of Scottsdale.

One of the women was shot in the head and attempted to get help by flagging down a bus parked at a nearby intersection near the law firm, police said. That woman was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead, according to a police release.

Responding officers followed a blood trail, which led them to her coworker. Police said in a statement she “was deceased from a gunshot wound.”

On Saturday, investigators in Scottsdale say the killings of Sharp and Anderson were tied to Pitt’s murder.

“We are confident that both crime scenes are related,” Lewis said.

A sketch was released depicting the suspected shooter as a bald man wearing a dark hat with a short brim.

A combined reward worth $21,000 been offered by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office leading to the capture and conviction of the shooter.

So far, cops confirmed that they have fielded hundreds of tips.

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Deployed soldier dad surprises son at graduation

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By Louis Milman

nirat/iStock/Thinkstock(MARSHFIELD, Mass.) — Tyler Soloman walked up to his graduation stage like the rest of the 336 fellow students to receive a diploma.

But he got so much more.

While handed the scrolled document, Marshfield High School Principal Robert Keuther shook Tyler’s hand and then stalled him.

“Hold one sec,” the principal can be seen in a video telling Tyler.

In the foreground appeared a sight that lit up Tyler’s eyes.

U.S. Army Sgt. Damon Soloman, on leave serving his fifth deployment to Eastern Europe, was on the football field heading towards his son.

The crowd rose and applauded as Tyler and his dad met in a tender embrace.

The entire Solomon family was kept in the dark to the graduation surprise until Sgt. Soloman appeared on the field, according to high school’s official Twitter handle.

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