CHECK IN – Daily News, Weather and Sports – February 18, 2016


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Donald Trump calls Pope Francis “disgraceful”; Pope: Trump “is not Christian”

During his visit to Mexico yesterday, Pope Francis addressed the “humanitarian crisis” that has led Mexican immigrants to cross the border into the United States.  The Pope urged the U.S. to address the crisis while returning to Rome from Mexico.  When asked about Donald Trumps threat to build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the U.S., the Pope replied, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel.”  Trump, on hearing the Pope’s remarks issued a statement calling the Pope “disgraceful”.  “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” said Trump.  “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president.”


Governor Nikki Haley endorses Marco Rubio

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio won the endorsement of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday. Haley’s endorsement came only three days before the South Carolina primary, and may provide Rubio with a crucial lift in the polls. Haley has recently been elevated within the Republican party after making comments about Donald Trump’s “divisive” politics. Explaining why she endorsed Rubio, Governor Haley stated, “I wanted somebody that was going to go and show my parents that the best decision they ever made was coming to America.”


Obama to travel to Cuba

President Barrack Obama announced this morning that he will travel to Cuba late in March. The trip is an effort to end the more than a half-century of estrangement between the U.S. and Cuba and forge normalized relations. This will be the first presidential visit to Cuba in 88 years, with Calvin Coolidge the last visitor. The president is also hoping to expand economic ties with the former Cold War adversary.


Beaten marine claims a racially motivated attack

Christopher Marquez, a decorated marine, told police he was eating by himself at a restaurant at 9th and E Streets NW on Friday night. While sitting by himself, Marquez claimed a group of at least four teenagers and adults surrounded him. He said the group asked him if he thought, “Black lives matter,” and then called him racist when he ignored the comments. Marquez said he was then hit with a hard object and had his wallet stolen, which contained over $400. Police are currently investigating the alleged attack, but have not discussed a possible motive.  Video of the alleged attack has been withheld by police to further investigate.


3-year-old boy accidentally shot

Officials announced in a news release that a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot at a home in Suffolk on Wednesday. The boy was quickly flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after police emergency responders arrived. The 3-year-old did not appear to sustain life-threatening injuries. Police have not yet indicated whether the boy shot himself, or was shot by someone else. The investigation is ongoing.


Three convicted of murdering toddler

Three men, Eddie Tarver, 23, Dequan Shields, 23, and Rashid Mayo, 25, were charged with murder of the first-degree after fatally shooting a 16-month-old boy. The boy was in the backseat of his father’s car when the three men opened fire on the car. The boy’s father was allegedly the target of the 16 shots the men fired. The father was hit, but survived, while his young child was killed.

DC Spotlight Check in - PRESIDENTIAL POLLSUSA Today Polls Courtesy of:


Clinton: 50%

Sanders: 40%


Trump: 35%

Cruz: 20%

Rubio: 17%

Kasich: 7%

Carson: 4%

Bush: 6%

DC Spotlight Check in - GAME SCORESWashington Wizards: No Game

Washington Capitals: No Game

Washington Redskins: End of Season

Washington Nationals: End of Season

Washington Mystics: End of Season

DC Spotlight Check in - WEATHER

DC Spotlight Check in - EVENTS THIS WEEKFebruary 18 at 4 PM – Nicolas Henin – Jihad Academy, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008,

February 18 at 7:30 PM – Utah Jazz at the Washington Wizards (Rescheduled from January), Verizon Center, Washington, DC,601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, tickets for sale

February 18 at 8:00 PM – Eli Young Band, 8656 Colesville Rd Silver Spring MD,

February 19 at 7:30 PM – The Glass Menagerie, 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004,

February 19 at 7:35 PM – Missouri Comets at Baltimore Blast, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201,

February 20 at 6:00 PM – Ethan Canin – A Doubter’s Almanac, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008,

February 20 at 8:00 PM – Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004,

February 20 at 8:00 PM Invincible – A Glorious Tribute To The King of Pop, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004,

February 21 at 4:00 PM Bella Hristova, violinist, 1600 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20009,

February 21 at 8:00 PM – 2Cellos, Dar Constitution Hall – 1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006,

February 21 at 8:00 PM – Bryson Tiller, 8656 Colesville Rd Silver Spring MD,

DC Spotlight Check in - QUOTE OF THE DAY“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



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