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Keeping it Brief: five things to know for the week of Feb. 26- March 5

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By Michal Ruprecht, Editor-at-Large

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1. Winter Olympics come to an end

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea ended on Sunday, Feb. 25. According to the New York Times, Korean athletes marched under a unified flag in the opening ceremony but stood under two different flags at the closing ceremony. Lee Hee-beom, president of the organizing committee, and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, both spoke at the ceremony. After about two weeks of competing, Norwegian athletes had the highest medal count with 39 in total, while American athletes came in fourth place with 23. The next Winter Olympics will be in Beijing, China in 2022. Click here for updates on the next games.

2. Gun debate returns

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, CNN reported. Authorities are still investigating Cruz’s motive, but they know that deputies with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were warned about his behavior. After the attack, many survivors have spoken out. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, President Donald Trump met with survivors and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Columbine High School in Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. CNN also hosted a town hall with Parkland residents and politicians. Politicians, including President Trump and Senator Marco Rubio said they would work on compromise. Read more about the shooting here.

3. Mackinac Bridge reopens

The Mackinac Bridge was shut down for a few hours after ice fell from cables and towers on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 25, the Detroit Free Press reported. The bridge that connects Michigan’s two peninsulas is open to passenger vehicles but remains closed to high-profile vehicles like pickup trucks with campers and semi-trucks with enclosed trailers due to high winds. This marks the third full closure in a week and fourth this year. According to www.mlive.com, the bridge has closed 20 times for weather issues since 1995. Text “MacBridge” to 67283 to sign up for Mackinac Bridge alerts.

4. Crime rates up in Grosse Pointe

Crime, arrests, calls for service and total fire calls increased in 2017, according to the annual Public Safety Report released on Monday, Feb. 12. Total crime increased 27 percent from 2016 to 2017, with a total of 278 reported crimes in 2017. The most serious crimes, Part I Index crimes, have stayed consistent, while identity theft and fraud has increased, according to the Grosse Pointe News. Read more about the issue here.

5. Spring musical tickets available

The Grosse Pointe Performing Arts will present their spring musical “The Wiz” from Thursday, March 8-10 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the main floor are $15, while balcony, student and senior tickets are $10. Click here to buy tickets or go to Wild Birds Unlimited at 20381 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe.

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