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5 things you need to know this morning: March 17, 2023

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

Five things you need to know

1. 14-year-old boy arrested in Mexico for murder of 8

Authorities in Mexico have arrested a 14-year-old boy who is accused of murdering eight people in a drug-related killing. Nicknamed “El Chapito,” the boy allegedly rode up on a motorcycle and opened fire on a family in a low-income Mexico City suburb. The victims were holding a party at their house at the time of the attack, reportedly a birthday celebration.

2. Hundreds detained in fiery protests regarding retirement age in France

More than 300 people have been detained across France as the government faces backlash over forcing through pension reforms that will see the country’s retirement age increase by two years. The majority of the arrests came in Paris, where there were fiery protests on Thursday night.

3. Princeton busts everyone’s bracket with stunning upset over Arizona

March Madness was only a few hours old when 99.9% of brackets became busted. There were two significant upsets on the first day of the tournament, the biggest being the No. 15 Princeton Tigers knocking off the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats, who were many people’s pick as a national champion. Earlier in the day, No. 13 Furman beat No. 4 Virginia in a wild finish. There are 16 more games today to close out the opening round of the tournament.

4. Man wanted Canada-wide arrested after nurse at Hamilton hospital recognizes him

It’s hard to stay on the run for long when you have very distinguishable face tattoos and are the subject of a Canada-wide warrant. Michael Stamatakos, 31, found that out last weekend when he visited the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton. A nurse recognized him and called the police, who arrived and arrested the wanted man. Police said Stamatakos was cooperative and knew he would be arrested if he went to the hospital.

5. Prince Harry sues tabloid for defamation

Associated Newspapers Ltd. is being sued by Prince Harry over an article that alleged he tried to hush up a separate legal challenge over the British government’s refusal to let him pay for police security. Harry’s lawyers asked a judge on Friday to rule that the tabloid newspaper libelled the British royal with the article.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Mitch Henderson.

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