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Obama to bring some Sandy Hook families on AF1

April 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

HARTFORD, Conn. President Barack Obama is providing a ride on Air Force One to 11 relatives of those killed at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School so they can attend his gun control speech Monday before heading to Washington to personally plead with senators reluctant to back gun legislation. Continue Reading

Newtown celebrates Christmas and remembers victims

December 25, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) Newtown celebrated Christmas amid piles of snow-covered teddy bears, long lines of stockings and heaps of flowers as volunteers manned a 24-hour candlelight vigil in memory of the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday. Continue Reading

LETTER: Tragedy in Newtown was a ‘manmade’ one

December 22, 2012 in The Daily Republic

The guns used were a means to produce this violence, but the violence could have happened without them.
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LSSD stresses safety in wake of Newtown

December 20, 2012 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Lake Superior School District Superintendent Bill Crandall said the district has a crisis management plan and each school has specific procedures in place designed for its building. The plans are reviewed once a year at minimum.
“It covers many different scenariosfrom weather (emergencies) to situations like the shooting or whatever happens,” Crandall said, adding that schools work closely with local law enforcement, fire departments and rescue squads to coordinate their efforts should a large-scale emergency occur. Continue Reading

Newtown: First funerals for the victims

December 17, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) A grief-stricken Newtown on Monday began burying the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys one of them a big football fan, the other a mischievous, whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage. Continue Reading

Newtown holds the first funerals for shooting victims

December 17, 2012 in The Daily Republic

NEWTOWN, Conn. A grief-stricken Newtown on Monday began burying the littlest victims of the school massacre, starting with two 6-year-old boys one of them a big football fan, the other a mischievous, whip-smart youngster whose twin sister survived the rampage. Continue Reading

Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

December 15, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. Investigators tried to figure out what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople sadly took down some of their Christmas decorations and struggled Saturday with how to go on. Continue Reading