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Friday, January 06, 2017

Multiple people were killed in a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale airport, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.
The gunman is in custody and was a lone shooter, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief told CNN on Friday.
"We have no evidence at this time that he was acting with anyone else. He is currently in custody and we're investigating," Sharief said. Investigators are looking into the suspect's motive, she said.


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My parents both grew up in working-class homes. The Depression was just ending when they were kids. My grandfather died suddenly when my dad was a teen, and what had started to look like a solid middle-class life immediately took a major step backward. Neither of my parents could afford college, although my dad eventually took some night classes from a local university. He also busted his tail to support his family, taking an entry-level job and gradually working his way up to a director role with a medium-sized company, and my mom went back to work too, after we kids were old enough to be left alone. By the time I had any clue about money, my parents both made decent salaries, and they retired with nice pensions and 401k's.

All in all, my siblings and I felt pretty pampered. I don't know that this late-adulthood trend is attributable to this generation being pampered too much. My parents didn't really push to get us out of the house, but even with free food and lodging, though, I was itching to get the hell out as soon as I could. I couldn't wait to set my own rules. Beer for breakfast, friends over till 2, girls overnight if I was lucky, stereo up loud whenever I felt like it. And honestly, even paying my own bills and building up a credit history appealed to me.

College expenses today are much higher than they were for me. And housing costs too. And healthcare. When I first joined the workforce, my health insurance was awesome. By the time I'd moved on to my fourth job out of college, my employer covered all treatments and procedures 100 percent! Imagine that: I didn't have deductibles or co-pays. Just a tiny little monthly premium that barely made a blip in my paycheck. Those days are gone.

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