Today would have been a normal Monday morning, full of news about that new bike bill, Mitt Romney’s son and the Oscars, but a school shooting in Ohio changed that. Four were injured in an early-morning shooting in the cafeteria of the school, and the suspect is in custody. While it doesn’t sound like it’s as bad as it could, it’s obviously always harrowing when guns get into schools. Get ready for debate about school safety and gun control—just in time for the presidential election.
- A high school shooting in Chardon, Ohio this morning has left four injured. As students filed into Chardon High School at the beginning of the day, the suspect, a youth who is in custody, opened fire in the school’s cafeteria, injuring three boys and one girl. According to authorities, the suspect fled the school with everybody else, but was caught on a road near the school. According to a parent of a witness, the male suspect “stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos.” UPDATE: The number shot is up to five. [CPD]
- A bill that would help protect bicyclists is working its way through the Idaho legislature and stands a decent chance at becoming law. The bill would require cars to drive at least three feet away from cyclists, as well as joggers, people on horses and people in wheelchairs. For their part, bike riders would have to ride as close to the right side of the road as possible, ride single file and pull over if they’re holding up three or more cars. The bill has made it out of the House State Affairs Committee, albeit by a slim 9-8 vote, and it will now go to the House Transportation Committee before it gets printed and goes to the House itself. [LN8]
- Josh Romney, Mitt Romney’s son, will be in Pocatello today to campaign for his father’s presidential nomination bid. Romney will be at the Red Lion Hotel at 11:30 this morning to try to convince Idaho voters to vote for his father over challengers Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich in the upcoming Super Tuesday primary. Romney will then head to Burley for a stop at the Fairfield Marriott at 2:45 p.m. and Twin Falls at the Red Lion hotel at 5:25 p.m. [ISJ]
- “The Artist” and “Hugo” won big at last night’s Acadamy Awards, taking home a cool five Oscars each. It was “The Artist,” however, that won the big awards, with wins for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Meanwhile, Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” It was Streep’s first Oscar since her 1983 Best Actress win for “Sophie’s Choice,” but her nomination this year was her 17th, more than any actor in film history.