Hoppy KICs

After a week off for spring break, students are hard at work getting back into the swing of things, and getting ready for Easter this Sunday. While you are hiding eggs and waiting for the Easter bunny, check out these KICs. This week we have a Russian journalist fined for protesting, a teen found dead in a Georgia park, Fayette County students in healthcare, a wildlife fire in New Mexico, and Russian protests. 

April 11 – Russian journalist fined after protesting against the Ukraine war

Russian Journalist, Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor for Channel 1, has been fined after protesting Russia’s war with Ukraine. Ovsyannikova ran on set of the live news on Monday morning holding a sign saying “no war.” Ovsyannikova has been questioned about the situation for 14 hours straight following up with no sleep for two days and has no access to any legal help. 

After she pleaded not guilty to the charge of organizing an unauthorized public event. She may revise separate charges relating to protesting on live TV. After news of the incident broke, images were shared all over the world of Marina protesting on live camera. 

After Ovsyannikova’s court hearing she told reporters she needs some rest after the stressful two days without sleep. Lawyer’s tried to follow up with Ovstannikova, but they were unsuccessful for several hours after she was detained on Monday. 

April 12 – Teen found dead in Georgia park

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a young man after his body was found beside a car in Winder, Georgia. Officers arrived at the scene and identified the young man as 19-year-old Lane Michael Bullard of Winder County. 

The young man had been shot multiple times. Winder police said that they received a call just after 5 p.m. on Monday after two people found the body lying beside a car on a dirt road at City Pond Park. Because of jurisdiction, Winder law enforcement had to hand over the case to Barrow County. 

Barrow County Sheriff’s office requested the help of the GBI. Bullard’s body was taken to the GBI medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. Police say that the investigation is still going on. 

April 13 – Fayette students on the road to becoming health professionalists

Fayette County high school students were chosen to compete in the HOSA state health professionals competition. There were eight students from the high schools who placed highest in the competition. 

The winners of all of the high schools are Audrey New, Samantha Roquemore, Lilian Elegemadu-Duru and Andon Failma from Whitewater, Vedita Sawhney, Carly Nixon, and Gabi Witucki from McIntosh, Derrilyn Maxey and Nash Glover from Starr’s Mill, Neil Greene, Arshi Noorani from Fayette, and Madisen Rowden from Sandy Creek. 

The winners with the highest place will go to the 45th International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June. The goal of HOSA is to provide opportunities, leadership development, and skills for students who are interested in health science technology careers. 

April 14 – Wildfire in New Mexico is believed to have killed 2 people

Firefighters scouted the drought-stricken mountainsides around a New Mexico village as they looked for opportunities to slow a wind-driven wildfire. The wind-driven wildfire was believed to have killed two people and burned over 150 homes. 

On Wednesday, officials did not have a count of how many homes were destroyed in the wildfire. The wildfire torched at least 8.4 square miles of forest and grass on the east side of the community of Ruidoso. 

An elderly couple’s remains were found near their burned home and were believed to have died in the fire, a village spokesman announced. Firefighters and police investigators found the couple’s remains Wednesday. The remains were found near the home, but not in it. Additional information is still not released about who the couple was. 

April 15 – Russia protests USA sending weapons to Ukraine

In response to U.S. support of Ukraine, Russia sent a diplomatic note to the United States State Department warning of “unpredictable consequences” should the support continue. It was sent after the U.S. announced a $800 million military aid package to Ukraine.

A Russian source said it was expected that Moscow would protest the shipments, but it is unclear if Russian behavior will change or lead to aggression. The first flight for the aid package is expected to arrive in the region within the next 24 hours, and it will be picked up at the Ukrainian border.

Despite Putin’s previously reported higher risk tolerance, the U.S. shows no signs of diminishing support for Ukraine. Pentagon officials met with defense contractors this week to discuss how to increase weapons production.