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    Newtown Choir to Perform During Grammys Red Carpet: Let the Kids Be Kids

    By Abbey Stone, Hollywood.com Staff | Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Read more: http://www.hollywood.com/news/newtow...ation/49616451

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    Newtown resident discusses school safety in Charleston summit

    WBOY-TV , updated 2 hours 28 minutes ago

    Lisa Petrovich, a former West Virginia resident and a current Newtown, Conn., resident, described the small Connecticut town as the fictional Mayberry where nothing bad could happen.

    Residents never imagined the tragedy that would strike Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six staff members were fatally shot, she said.

    Petrovich spoke to educators, law enforcement and members of the community during the Feb. 6 Summit on West Virginia Safe Schools, hosted at the Culture Center in Charleston.

    Although Petrovich's children didn't attend at the time of the mass killing, Petrovich said she personally knew several staff members killed and parents of some of the children.

    She recalled the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, as a "force to be reckoned with" and a person who was passionate about education.

    "She had a lot of energy," she recalled. "She was the type of person who would bring the staff donuts every Friday. … She took her job seriously but knew you could have fun with it.

    Petrovich also remembered first-grade teacher Victoria Leigh Soto, who attempted to hide her students in the closets.

    According to reports, Soto ultimately died when children came out of the closet to run away. She put herself between the shooter and the kids.

    "I was close to Vicky," Petrovich said, describing Soto as a "vibrant young lady."

    "She was like my daughter. She was close in age to my own children."

    Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50725754/

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    PTSD strikes Sandy Hook massacre first responders in Newtown, Conn.

    Published: Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    By Mark Zaretsky, Digital First Media / New Haven Register

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — As many as seven police officers at a time — more than 16 percent of Newtown’s 43-member sworn police force — have been out at one time with post-traumatic stress disorder-related issues, Police Chief Michael Kehoe told the Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday night.

    On Tuesday, five were out, he said.

    “I’d just like to tell the board that we are experiencing some PTSD,” Kehoe told the board at its regular monthly meeting.

    “At any given moment” there could be two or three officers out, but “as of this moment,” there were five, he said.

    Read more: http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2...mode=fullstory

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    Newtown Police Commission mulls budget

    John Pirro

    Updated 9:15 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    NEWTOWN -- The Board of Police Commissioners will meet in special session Thursday evening to consider increases in the police department budget to cover additional security in the schools stemming from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    The $6 million budget request for the 2013-14 fiscal year presented to the Board of Selectman last week, which included $135,000 in overtime, was prepared prior to the Dec. 14 massacre.

    "All the numbers were pre-Sandy Hook," Chairman Paul Mangiafico told commission members at the board's regular meeting Tuesday evening.

    Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/local/artic...et-4257884.php

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    Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre

    NEW YORK | Wed Feb 6, 2013 9:19pm EST

    (Reuters) - A Connecticut Lutheran pastor has apologized for participating in an interfaith prayer vigil for the 26 children and adults killed at a Newtown elementary school in December because his church bars its clergy from worshiping with other faiths.

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...91603F20130207

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    Winda Benedetti, NBC News – 5 hrs.

    Newtown lawmaker calls for 'sin tax' on violent video games

    Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/in...ames-1B8262821

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    State dismissive of truthers' Newtown hoax claims

    Neil Vigdor, Published 7:38 pm, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Connecticut's attorney general has swatted away multiple requests -- made by conspiracy theorists -- for a state investigation into whether the worst elementary school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.

    Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/newtown...ms-4257581.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkman00 View Post
    How Adam Lanza made a massacre without even buying a gun

    February 6, 2013
    By: Gianluca D'Agostino

    Adam Lanza did not own a gun, he never went buying one nor he had a gun permit, neither he had to undergo background check. Nonetheless he was able to make a massacre using a Bushmaster Assault rifle.

    So if he had no guns, how in the world he could had access to a Bushmaster assault rifle?

    Very simple: His mother gave him the guns and taught him how to shoot.

    His mother? Yes his mother. So the Adam Lanza case showed us that all the gun-control laws, the background check, the gun permit and all the other existing measures, can nothing against a loving mother who gives his disturbed son an assault rifle and teach him how to shoot.

    So where exactly this leads us to?

    Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-...n-buying-a-gun
    Yes, it does highlight an issue doesn't it - ie that the person obtaining a weapon may not be the only person who has access to it or may use it. You know when you insure a car you have to nominate people who may drive it .. could there not be a similar option on a gun permit? And if there was how on earth could it be policed? Could people be required to produce a permit at shooting ranges? Would people comply? Are tougher regulations like this practical? I've seen footage of parents showing their children how to shoot guns at ranges is there an age limit for such use?

    This video is interesting, I linked to it in the Gun Control thread also, but it's interesting in this discussion also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkman00 View Post
    Families: Slain Newtown educators acted bravely

    By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and PAT EATON-ROBB / Associated Press
    Posted: 02/06/2013 06:16:33 PM MST

    DANBURY, Conn. — As a little girl, Lauren Rousseau would create make-believe classrooms with dolls and a small blackboard. And when a gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School, the substitute with a life-long dream of being a teacher died doing her best to keep the children calm. She read to them, her father said. Rousseau and the other five educators slain in the Dec. 14 massacre will be honored next week with the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the nation's highest civilian awards, for their efforts to protect the children of Sandy Hook. President Barack Obama will present the awards in a White House ceremony on Feb. 15 to the families of Rousseau, principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and teachers Rachel D'Avino, Anne Marie Murphy and Victoria Soto. "It's a really, really lovely honor," Rousseau's mother, Teresa, said Wednesday. "I think it will be really hard to accept. I'd rather have her back." The staff members have been credited with protecting the students when a gunman attacked the building. Some rushed toward him while others used their bodies to shield children from gunfire.

    Read more: http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces...-acted-bravely
    Teresa Rousseau now has the silver charm bracelet her daughter was wearing the day she was killed. It tells the story of Lauren Rousseau's life in miniature - there's an apple for being a teacher, a camera because her father is a photographer and a charm for Cape Cod, where they would visit relatives. As she speaks, Lauren's cat, Laila, jumps up on the couch to be petted. Every few days, Rousseau has moments where she forgets her daughter is gone. She thinks Lauren can pick up some milk on her way home or give her a ride before she remembers. "I feel it especially because she lived here with me," said Rousseau, crying and clutching a tissue. "I've been using her hairspray and the perfume she gave me for Mother's Day. She's still, like, in every pore of the house." Even a mundane moment can trigger the horror of that day, like when Rousseau was at the store and realized she was in aisle 26. The pain is palpable, she said. "It's just like a stabbing," Rousseau said.

    Every time I think I can't cry anymore, I read something like this. I can't imagine these poor families having to live with such pain. Plus the fact that Lauren Rousseau kept her class calm, reading to those children while they huddled in the corner of the room, knowing all along that her door was unlocked...

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    Noah Pozner's grandmother.

    Back home

    Then our home was a time warp: I had forgotten that we had been in the process of decorating it for Christmas when we left precipitously on December 14th. There were boxes of ornaments left and right. The stepladder was still up. A red and white bead garland hung loose from one side of the doorframe. The tree stood unlit and petrified in a corner of the living area, like a stalagmite from the plant world incongruously decorated for the saddest of holidays. The star was pinned on the 13th on the naďve advent calendar I made for my kids out of a pillowcase back in 1974, a calendar their own kids love to see come out every year.

    After seven weeks, it was like being rocketed back to a time before time we could barely recollect. So much had happened since.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkman00 View Post
    Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre

    NEW YORK | Wed Feb 6, 2013 9:19pm EST

    (Reuters) - A Connecticut Lutheran pastor has apologized for participating in an interfaith prayer vigil for the 26 children and adults killed at a Newtown elementary school in December because his church bars its clergy from worshiping with other faiths.

    Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...91603F20130207
    Ridiculous.

    I was surprised to hear this coming from the usually-sensible Lutherans, but then saw mention in the article that he is of the Missouri synod, which is the much more conservative branch of Lutherans. I believe they still also officially teach that the pope is the Antichrist, too.

    Insensitive at the very least. Christians of all stripes seem to often forget the words "that they all may be one".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardenlady View Post
    Ridiculous.

    I was surprised to hear this coming from the usually-sensible Lutherans, but then saw mention in the article that he is of the Missouri synod, which is the much more conservative branch of Lutherans. I believe they still also officially teach that the pope is the Antichrist, too.

    Insensitive at the very least. Christians of all stripes seem to often forget the words "that they all may be one".
    I agree, Then I found and read this,

    http://mb-soft.com/believe/text/lutheran.htm

    The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), headquartered in Geneva, coordinates the activities of almost all Lutheran churches in the world. It oversees ecumenical relations, theological studies, and world service and is guided by an international executive committee.
    Most Lutheran churches are also members of the World Council of Churches.

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    With Care, Newtown Tries to Move On Amid Tokens of Grief

    Almost two months after 26 children and educators were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, local residents and officials are trying to figure out what to do with hundreds of thousands of letters, cards, posters, banners, photographs, paintings and quilts — a time capsule of grief and a reminder that even here catastrophe cannot last forever.

    They are trying to balance respect and practicality, the need to remember and the need to move on, the options presented by the digital world and the power of the tangible artifacts in pen and paper, crayon and paint, glitter and cotton balls, fabric and thread.
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    Hope4Horses Rescues Colt to Honor Newtown Shooting Victim

    Six year-old Jessica Rekos was crazy about horses. She could hardly wait until she was ten years old when she would get her very own horse; a promise made to Jessica by her parents. But that promise will never be kept. Jessica was one of the 20 children and 6 adults whose lives were senselessly and tragically ended by a heavily armed gunman on a killing spree, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

    Both to honor and in memory of Jessica, Hope4Horses, a 501(c) (3) horse rescue and placement facility located in Hamilton, Massachusetts, saved the life of an 8 month-old Standardbred colt, pulling him from a killer buyer pen. The colt has been named Rekos.

    Janine Jacques, the co-founder of Hope4Horses, will be picking up the colt and his mother in New Jersey and transporting them to the organization's barn in Hamilton, where they will remain until an adoptive family is found which hopefully has a little girl who is just as passionate about horses as Jessica.

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    Newtown children’s choir nears final performance

    By Monica Hesse

    Sunday’s performance on the Ryan Seacrest-hosted E! Grammy pre-show coverage will likely be the Newtown Music Project’s final one. “It wasn’t meant to be a road show,” said Tim Hayes, the New York-based producer who conceptualized the choir. “It’s our expectation that this project has run its cycle,” he said, and it’s time for the children to get back to their childhoods.

    Still, the choir, comprising 20 elementary school-age children from the Newtown, Conn., area, has had more exposure in its month-long existence than most professional adult musicians.

    Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...4b5_story.html

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