1. Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more injured in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Three men and one woman have been arrested over the attacks. Explosive devices were found in their vehicles. One of the gunmen livestreamed a 17-minute video on Facebook of the attack. All schools in Christchurch are in lockdown and people across the country have been asked to steer clear of mosques. (NBCNews)
2. Medical marijuana could soon be covered by health insurance in Maine. Thursday night’s public hearing in Augusta, about a bill that would require reimbursement for medical marijuana, raised the important question of whether or not it’s more important for patients to have the option of medical marijuana versus whether providers are legally required to pay for it. (WGME)
3. A dozen defecting Republicans, including Sen. Susan Collins, joined Senate Democrats Thursday to block the national emergency that President Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. Moments after Thursday’s vote, the president tweeted a single word of warning: “VETO!” (Press Herald)
4. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. This day commemorates the death of Saint Patrick and is generally celebrated by people wearing the color green, drink green beverages and decorating their houses and businesses in shamrocks. It’s the fourth among the most popular drinking days, after New Year’s Eve, Christmas and the Fourth of July.
5. The planned Sopranos prequel film will hit theaters ahead of awards season on September 25, 2020. The project has been renamed Newark, shortened from The Original Saints of Newark, and is rumored to be set during the Newark riots of July 1967. It was previously announced that Michael Gandolfini–son of the late James–will play young Tony Soprano. (ConsequenceOfSound)
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