INTERNATIONAL: RUSSIAN CURLER SUSPECTED OF DOPING

Russian bronze medalist, Alexander Krushelnitsky, is suspected of doping after failing a preliminary drug test, NBC reports.

“It’s stupid,” added Russian women’s curling coach Sergei Belanov in an interview with Reuters. “But Alexander is not stupid, so I don’t believe it.”

Curling is a sport played on ice where athletes slide a granite stone across a lane of ice toward a target. Participants use a broom to sweep the surface of the ice path in order to control speed and direction.

According to NBC, the president of the Russian Curling Federation, Dmitry Svishchev, believes that Krushelnitsky’s food or drink may have been spiked with the banned substance. The athlete has since been required to undergo a second drug test.

 

NATIONAL: TRUMP SUPPORTS STRENGTHENING GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS

On Feb. 10, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Donald Trump is open to bipartisan legislation to strengthen the background check system when purchasing a gun, NBC reported.

“The President spoke to Senator Cornyn on Friday about the bipartisan bill he and Sen. Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” Sanders said in a statement. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system.”

This statement comes in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting where 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, taking the lives of 17 people. Cruz has since been charged with premeditated murder.

 

LOCAL: NEW DOUGHNUT SHOP OFFERS OVER 50 FLAVORS

Locally owned doughnut shop, Holey Schmidt Donuts, opened its doors Saturday next to the Discovery Museum on Center Street.

The doughnut shop offers 50 to 75 flavors ranging from Oreo Cheesecake to Nutella, Channel 2 reports. The goal of the doughnut shop is to create a fun space for parents and kids, according to owners Cadi and Galen Schmidt.

“As a mom, there’s not that many places that you want to take your kids,” Cadi Schmidt said in an interview with KOLO 8. “You don’t want them to be too loud, you don’t want them to be touching things they shouldn’t be touching and so we wanted a place that you could bring your kids and feel comfortable.”

Inside the shop, the walls are decorated with art designed by a local Reno artist and kid-friendly walls with a chalkboard magnet and legos. While you wait in line, visitors are able to view how the doughnuts are being made through a window that showcases the kitchen.

The shop will be open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.