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News Brief: Feb. 13-17


Belarus Says They’ll Join Russia in War if Attacked

Michigan State Shooter Details

No Threat Found at Technology Center


Belarus Says They’ll Join Russia in War if Attacked

“Last year, you allowed your country to be used as a staging ground for Russia’s invasion,” the BBC said to Alexander Lukashenko, leader of Belarus, who met to field questions from foreign media on Feb. 16. “Are you prepared to do so again?”

Lukashenko confirmed, though said he would not do so unprompted.

“Yes, I’m ready,” Lukashenko said. “I’m ready to provide [territory] again. I’m also ready to wage war, alongside the Russians, from the territory of Belarus. But only if someone – even a single soldier – enters our territory from there (Ukraine) with weapons to kill my people.”

According to the BBC, joint drills and military grouping has been increasing between Russia and Belarus, though Lukashenko has not actually provided any troops to the effort in Ukraine.

Lukashenko also cautioned the west against further escalation for fear of nuclear war. Instead, he invited President Joe Biden to meet with him and Putin to negotiate terms next week, an offer the U.S. leader is likely to decline according to BBC.

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Michigan State Shooter Details

On Monday, Feb. 13, Anthony McRae, 43, shot and killed three Michigan State University students and critically wounded five others before police closed in, as he appeared to be “just walking home.” Then, he shot and killed himself. What police found in the investigation implies more of McRae’s intentions.

McRae had a note listing more potential targets – two schools in New Jersey’s Ewing Township, nine loaded 9mm magazines along with a pouch of 50 loose rounds, two legally purchased 9mm handguns, although not registered, and two bus tickets.

At his home, authorities executed a warrant and found a cell phone, journals, other writings and fired 9mm casings. McRae’s motive remains a mystery.

In the meantime, the people grieve.

“Whatever you’re feeling, it’s all valid,” MSU head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo said at Wednesday’s vigil. “Emotions are different for each and every person.”

“We shouldn’t have to live like this,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “We shouldn’t have to subconsciously scan every room for an exit, go through the grim exercise of figuring out who our last call would be to. Our campuses, churches and communities should not be battlegrounds.”

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No Threat Found at Technology Center

On Feb. 16, law enforcement officers were at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb to prepare for an active-shooter drill next week when a student told a staff member someone tried to shoot at him.

This prompted the officers to lockdown and search the campus, which failed to uncover any threat. At 1:25 p.m., they gave the all clear.

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