CHECK IN – Daily News, Weather and Sports Scores – February 2, 2016



Iowa caucuses leave candidates with marginal victories

Last night’s GOP and Democratic caucuses were extremely close. On the GOP side, Ted Cruz won Iowa with 27.7% of the delegates as compared to Donald Trump with 24.3%. Although Trump polls significantly better than Cruz nationally, Cruz is thought to have won by appealing to Iowa’s many evangelical voters. On the other hand, the Democratic caucus results are not yet finalized, but many sources are projecting Hillary Clinton to have won over Bernie Sanders with the current information available. The Democratic caucus was historically close with Sanders acquiring 49.6% of the delegates versus Clinton’s 49.9%.


Supreme court rules Florida capital punishment law unconstitutional

After reviewing Florida’s capital punishment law, the Supreme Court released its majority opinion stating that the law was unconstitutional. In the ruling, the Court found that Florida’s death penalty system gave substantially more power to judges than juries, a violation of the sixth amendment. Florida legislation is now scrambling to make the appropriate changes to the capital punishment process. The state has the second largest sum of inmates on death row, only behind California.


Man with BB gun killed by police

According to metropolitan police, an officer attempted to stop a man around 2am on Monday. The officer ended up having to chase the unidentified man, and upon catching him the man began to struggle. At that point, the suspect pulled out a BB gun, which the officer mistook for a real weapon, and the officer shot him. The man was taken to the hospital for his gunshot wound where he subsequently died.


Virginia Tech students held accountable for girl’s death

On Monday, two bright Virginia Tech students were seen before the court for the murder of a little girl, Nicole Madison Lovell, 13. Lovell is thought to have snuck out of her home on Tuesday only to be kidnapped by one student David Eisenhauer, 18, and later murdered. Eisanhauer is being charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping, while his accomplice, Natalie Keepers, 19, is being charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory to felony.


Maryland native O’Malley drops out of presidential race

After doing poorly in Monday nights Iowa caucuses,ex-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s campaign has announced he will be dropping his bid for the Democratic nomination. O’Malley’s decision came early in the night, several hours before the majority of the results came in. However, the ex-governor has been polling poorly nationally compared to his counterparts, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and has apparently struggled to raise money. O’Malley stated, “we have fought very, very hard in order to give the people a choice, and the people have made their choice tonight.”

DC Spotlight Check in - PRESIDENTIAL POLLSEmerson Polls: Courtesy of


Clinton: 51%

Sanders: 43%

O’Malley: 4%


Trump: 27%

Cruz: 26%

Rubio: 22%

Carson: 3%

Bush: 4%

Christie: 3%

Paul: 3%

DC Spotlight Check in - GAME SCORESWashington Wizards: 2/1/16 Washington Wizards 98 v. Oklahoma City Thunder 114

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 - QUOTE OF THE DAY



“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give”

-Eleanor Roosevelt




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