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5 things you need to know this morning: March 21, 2023

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Two teens killed in spring break sledding accident on Colorado mountain

A spring break trip has turned into a nightmare for friends and family of two teenagers killed in a sledding accident. The boys, 17 and 18, were reportedly riding tandem down the halfpipe at Colorado’s Copper Mountain Ski Resort when they went airborne off a large snowbank at the bottom. Officials said they came down hard on the ice below and both died of blunt force trauma.


2. Son of Flyers GM Daniel Briere charged for pushing wheelchair down stairs

A trio of misdemeanour charges were filed Monday against the son of Philadelphia Flyers interim GM, and former NHL player, Daniel Briere. Carson Briere has been in hot water since surveillance footage that shows him pushing a wheelchair down the steps at a local bar surfaced last week. The 23-year-old has been suspended by his Mercyhurst University hockey team.


3. BC pharmacist suspended for faking COVID-19 vaccination at height of pandemic

The College of Pharmacists has suspended a BC physician who admitted to faking his COVID-19 vaccination status at the height of the pandemic in 2021. Aftabahmed Abdullatif Shaikh entered COVID-19 vaccinations onto his PharmaNet record on two separate occasions despite never having received the vaccine, which allowed him to receive a vax pass. His suspension began on March 13 and will last 30 days.


4. Cuban baseball player defects during World Baseball Classic

On Sunday, the Cuban baseball team returned home from Miami after a loss to the United States ended their World Baseball Classic hopes. Ivan Prieto Gonzalez, a 26-year-old catcher, was not with them, as he defected from his home nation. While a number of high-level baseball players have defected from Cuba over the years, Gonzalez is believed to be the first player to defect from his home country during the WBC.


5. Three men convicted of murder of rapper XXXTentacion

Three men have been found guilty of first-degree murder in connection to the 2018 killing of rapper XXXTentacion. Michael Boatwright, 28, Dedrick Williams, 26, and Trayvon Newsome, 24, will be sentenced in April, but that will largely be a formality as Florida law dictates a life sentence for first-degree murder convictions.



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