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March for Our Lives protest draws hundreds of thousands of students calling for gun control

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez pauses during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018.

It was likely the largest political rally organized by people not old enough to vote.

Following a massacre at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands of protesters rallied in major U.S. cities and across the world to protest gun violence and calling for political action from Congressional leaders.

The March for Our Lives protest brought out thousands of teenagers and young children across the country, marking an extraordinary moment in U.S. history — it was likely the largest political rally organized by people not old enough to vote.

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Protestors gathered across almost every major U.S. city, according to organizers. Washington, the site of the main rally, prepared for up to 500,000 people, while New York saw over 150,000, according to Mayor Bill DiBlasio.

The students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were gunned down by a shooter with a high-powered rifle last month, have become key figures in the latest movement for gun control.

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“March for our Lives” protesters in New York.

In particular, Stoneman student Emma Gonzalez, who has become the face of her generation’s anger toward political indecisiveness, stunned the massive gathering in Washington, D.C. as she read out the names of those who were killed at her school.

She went silent for a few minutes as the crowd, assembled within sight of the Capitol rotunda, watched.

She then spoke: “Since the time that I came out here, it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting, and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job.”

But the protest is also notable for its size and its proliferation across the U.S. Here, for example, a Snapchat map showing the rallies along the East Coast:

And here are some pictures from Saturday’s rallies:

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg speaks during the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, DC.

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, showed up at the New York protest, which ran along Central Park.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here so it’s important to me,” he said. Fellow Beatle John Lennon was gunned down at his residence, the Dakota, which faces Central Park West, in 1980.

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Paul McCartney at March for Our Lives protest in New York.

In London:

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“March for Our Lives” protestors in front of the U.S. Embassy in London

In Paris:

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March for Our Lives protestors in Paris

In Brussels:

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“March for Our Lives” protesters in Brussels, Belgium.

Washington, D.C.:

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Washington, DC.

New York:

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“March For Our Lives” protesters in New York.

Berlin:

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Demonstrators protest at the “March for our Lives” gathering on March 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Common performing at the rally in Washington, D.C.:

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Common performs during March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Days after T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray confirmed that T-Mo has recently rollout out low-band LTE network upgrades across the country, he has announced that more upgrades have gone live. Ray just revealed that T-Mobile has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band capacity in the last two weeks. T-Mo has confirmed to me that these are PCS and AWS upgrades. 100s of sites were upgraded with more midband capacity in just the last two … [read full article]

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In what is becoming a regular occurrence, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray revealed today that T-Mo has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites across the U.S. in the past two weeks. His tweet announcing the news can be found below. Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. And #WeWontStop!! @TMobile @MetroPCS #AcrossTheGrid pic.twitter.com/bO8RSNSDxg — Neville (@NevilleRay) March … [read full article]

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T-Mobile rolls out mid-band upgrades to hundreds of cell sites

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After announcing last month that T-Mobile had added more low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites, T-Mo CTO Neville Ray today revealed more network improvements. Ray has confirmed that hundreds of cell sites have been upgraded with additional mid-band capacity in the past two weeks. As with the last upgrade announced by Ray, a GIF is attached to the tweet that lists all the cities that’ve received upgrades. You can find a list of the … [read full article]

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What did Barack Obama say at his secret sports speech in front of hundreds of people?

Attendees at Barack Obama’s speech at the Sloan Sports Analytics ConferenceBarack Obama spoke in front of several hundred people yesterday at a sports conference.

We don’t know what he said.

That’s because Obama’s session at MIT’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was off the record — conference organizers prevented attendees from tweeting, livestreaming or reporting on any part of Obama’s appearance during or after the event.

The penalty for breaking the rules, per Sloan: You couldn’t come back to Sloan.

Sloan is a conference dedicated to the Moneyball wing of sports business and fandom. It’s the kind of place you can go to see Nate Silver chatting with Steve Ballmer.

It makes sense that Sloan would want Obama to come and discuss “a wide range of subjects… from his most memorable moments in the White House, to his post-presidency plans,” along with Kraft Analytics CEO Jessica Gelman and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

But I can’t fathom why that talk would be off-the-record. I’ve asked a Sloan rep for comment; a rep for ESPN, which is the lead sponsor for the event, declined to comment.

It looks like Reporters For Sports Outlets You’ve Heard Of complied with Sloan’s rules, which isn’t surprising. Complying with rules of the events you attend is the kind of thing you do when you’re a Reporter For Sports Outlets You’ve Heard Of.

ESPN had a pre-write of Obama’s appearance (and obliquely referenced the off the record part in the headline, and spelled it out in the last graph), but nothing else. And if there was any coverage at all from Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report or my Vox Media colleagues at SB Nation, I missed it. Ditto for the bad boys at Deadspin and Barstool Sports. (Barstool does not like Obama’s portrait, though).

Still: It’s 2018. There’s no such thing as an off-the-record event, especially not one held in the United States, in front of hundreds of people with internet-connected phones, right?

Maaaaybe. Here’s a post from Justin McMahon, whose bio describes him as a student at UNC Chapel Hill and the CEO of Daily Insider, a fantasy sports site.

I’m not sure Justin was actually at the Sloan event, though some of his preceding tweets were about other Sloan speakers. I’ve asked him for more information.

And here are a couple from someone who controls the Twitter account for Women in Sports Tech, whose Twitter stream suggests they were also at the event:

@Simon_pouliot’s timeline has three tweets. This is one of them.

Alanna Astion’s bio says she’s getting a masters at UMass in sport management. This is one of the two Sloan tweets she published today:

And… that’s it?

All those people? Nothing else? Really?

If I’ve missed something, please let me know. And if you attended and want to share something confidentially, that would also be great. My email is on my bio page.

(UPDATE: Heard from one bold attendee who passed along this assessment of Obama’s comments: “It was the kind of stuff that you would say at a high school graduation. I don’t know why it would have to be off the record.” Thank you, bold attendee! Happy to hear from others.)

But to recap:

  • Anyone can go to one of Donald Trump’s private golf clubs and come away with photos of the The President of the United States watching TV, or discussing his North Korea strategy.
  • The last President of the United States spoke at a public forum yesterday where he may have discussed: the importance of playing team sports; his support for diversity in sports, and the need for reform in college sports.
  • But we don’t know that for sure, because there was a surprisingly effective media blackout.

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T-Mobile adds low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites across the US

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray decided to drop a little network news on us before the weekend gets underway. Ray tweeted today that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks’ time. When asked for more info, T-Mobile told me that this expansion includes a mixture of 600MHz and 700MHz coverage. Our network team added lowband LTE to 100s of sites in just two weeks, which means more and better coverage. … [read full article]

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Apple is trying to figure out why its repair center is making hundreds of 911 calls

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Emergency dispatchers have an incredibly important and stressful job, which is made infinitely more difficult when the calls they receive turn out to be false alarms. Dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento, California have been dealing with hundreds of false alarms over the past few months, but it’s not a malicious prank or an unfortunate coincidence.

The source of the calls is in fact an Apple repair and refurbishing facility in Elk Grove.

“We’ve been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple,” CBS Sacramento learned from police dispatcher Jamie Hudson, who said that there’s rarely anyone on the other end of the call. “We’re able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location.”

Elk Grove Police say that they have received around 20 accidental 911 calls a day from the Apple facility, which adds up to around 1,600 calls since October. In addition to being an annoyance, Apple’s 911 calls put lives in danger when dispatchers are trying to field multiple calls during real emergencies and have to deal with the false alarms.

“We’re aware of 911 calls originating from our Elk Grove repair and refurbishment facility,” Apple said in a statement to the local CBS affiliate when asked about the issue. “We take this seriously and we are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate the cause and ensure this doesn’t continue.”

Neither Apple nor the authorities involved have provided an explanation for the false alarms, but it’s possible that the Emergency SOS feature in the latest Apple software could be to blame. With Auto Call enabled, it’s incredibly easy to place a 911 call on accident, which seems to be the most like culprit in this scenario.

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