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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Massacre Could Reignite Gun Control Debate

14/12/2012 19:22 | Updated 14 December 2012

The school shooting in Connecticut is likely to reignite the debate surrounding the purchase of firearms in the United States.

At least 27 people are feared dead after a masked gunman opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut today.

In July US president Barack Obama called for tougher background checks on Americans trying to buy a gun in the wake of the Batman theatre shootings in Colorado.

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A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

He also called for restrictions to keep mentally unbalanced individuals from buying weapons. Those steps "shouldn't be controversial, they should be common sense", he said.

In 1990 polls showed that a substantial majority of Americans, nearly 80%, supported stricter limits on guns.

Now Americans appear evenly divided between those who want tougher restrictions and those who want to stick with current laws.

Gun rights groups are a powerful lobby in the United States, where easy access to guns is a way of life in many of the more conservative and rural areas. The right to bear arms is guaranteed by the US constitution, alongside such basic rights as free speech and freedom of religion.

In a speech to the National Urban League civil rights group, Mr Obama said he wanted a national consensus in the effort to stem gun violence.

Despite the Second Amendment's protection of gun rights, Mr Obama said: "I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that an AK-47 belongs in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals - that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities."'

Gun control is a highly partisan issue in the US. The powerful National Rifle Association, which fights gun control and has huge sway in Congress, has successfully made the issue nearly off limits among most legislators who fear the group's opposition at re-election time.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney said in a television interview that changing the nation's laws would not prevent gun-related tragedies. He mistakenly said many weapons used by the suspect in the Colorado shooting were obtained illegally. Authorities say the firearms used to kill 12 people and injure dozens were purchased legally.

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12/17/2012 4:43 PM EST

Details On Funeral And Burial Process

The president of the Connecticut Funeral Director's Association said the funeral and burial process for Newtown victims, which began Monday with the separate burials of Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, who both were six-years-old, is unlike anything he has seen before.

"I've unfortunately seen lots of kids who have died," said Pasquale Forino, 46, who runs Neilan Funeral Home in New London, Conn. "But this truly shakes your foundation to the core, and in a small town like Newtown, they need lots of help to handle this week of burials."

Forino and a group of morticians who have volunteered have driven to Newtown every day since Friday to help tend to families who are grieving and prepare arriving bodies for viewings and burials. The main funeral home in the town, Honan Funeral Home, is handling the process for 11 victims. Of those, Forino said he has worked on three -- all kids.

"It's not about me, it's about the families and victims. But it still affects us," he said. "We do what we can do to take care of the families. We'll deal with our own emotional needs later."

--HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem

12/17/2012 4:42 PM EST

Officials: Local School Building Will Be Safe For Sandy Hook Students

Sandy Hook School students will be attending Chalk Hill School in Monroe, CT as an alternative education facility in the wake of the shooting. Monroe police answered questions during a press conference briefing about the preparations of the building for use by Sandy Hook Elementary School, and outlined how police officers will keep children safe and secure on their first day back to school.

12/17/2012 4:41 PM EST

Time to Rise Up and Say 'Enough' to Gun Violence

Via Patch:

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, a New Jersey columnist urges people and politicians to fight for stronger gun control laws.

"Every time there is a mass shooting, we shake our heads and bemoan the tragic violence. We wonder aloud why our elected officials cannot stanch the flow of weapons. We rue the fact that there are so many troubled individuals out there, desperate for help and poised to commit terrible crimes, for no apparent reason. But nothing ever changes," she writes. "This holiday season, can we all rise up as one and say ENOUGH?"

12/17/2012 1:57 PM EST

NH Sen. Shaheen: 'We Need to Get Assault Weapons Off Our Streets'

Via Patch:

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, issued a statement Monday in the wake of last week's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., saying it's time to get assault weapons off the streets.

"After a heartbroken weekend where the nation grieved with the families of Newtown, it's time for elected leaders to come together and determine what we can do to help end the culture of violence that is leading to these tragedies," Shaheen said. "We need a comprehensive approach that includes improving access to mental health services, better enforcement of our current laws, and we need to get deadly assault weapons off our streets."

12/17/2012 1:56 PM EST

NIH Study: Only 1/2 Kids In U.S. With Severe Mental Illness Get Treatment

A nationally representative face-to-face survey of more than 10,000 teens ages 13-18 turned up alarming findings about their access to professional mental health care.

Only about one-third of those with any lifetime mental disorder got professional help, and just half of those severely impaired by mental disorders received professional help, the study found. State and federal efforts to increase youth mental health services aren't working, it said. Racial and ethnic minority youth were least likely to get help, the study found.

-- HuffPost's David Wood

12/17/2012 1:54 PM EST

Crowds Forming at Services for Sandy Hook Victims

Via Newtown Patch:

Lines are forming outside funeral homes in Newtown, Fairfield and Monroe, CT as people assemble to pay their respects to three 6-year-olds who were among the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14. In Newtown, services for Jack Pinto, 6, are set to start at 1 p.m. In Fairfield, mourners gathered for services for Noah Pozner, 6.

A wake is scheduled today in Monroe for James Mattioli, 6. The three 6-year-olds are the first of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to be laid to rest. Funeral services for the other victims will take place tomorrow and Wednesday.

12/17/2012 1:53 PM EST

Westboro Baptist Church Member: Legalizing Gay Marriage 'Brings the Shooter Like it Did in CT'

Via Patch:

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to protest outside of the Anne Arundel Circuit Court on Jan 2.—the first day same-sex couples will be able to wed there. "On that day the court starts committing that abomination that brings the shooter like it did in Connecticut," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, the daughter of the church's founder.

She also made headlines this weekend when she claimed via Twitter that Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, was sent by God. She told Annapolis Patch, "God keeps sending the shooter."

12/17/2012 1:53 PM EST

AFT Urges Michigan Gov. Snyder To Veto Gun-In-Schools Bill

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and AFT Michigan President David Hecker on Sunday urged Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Sunday to veto legislation that would allow concealed firearms in schools and other locations.

The tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, is a “chilling and heartbreaking reminder” that “firearms have absolutely no place in our schools,” they wrote. “Gov. Snyder, please show the kind of leadership that students, families, educators and community members need to be as safe as possible in their schools. You can set an example for Michigan and the nation by taking this small but significant step to reduce gun violence by vetoing S.B. 59.”

View the letter here.

12/17/2012 10:23 AM EST

Small Acts Of Kindness

@ TVMarci :

Wow. Someone from CA just called the #Newtown General Store saying she wants to buy coffee for everyone in town. Every cup is billed to her

@ TVMarci :

Clerk @ #Newtown General Store started crying when woman offered to pay for every coffee purchased today. What an amazing #actofkindness

@ TVMarci :

This sign now hangs in front of the #Newtown General Store. Thank you, Tom Cabanaugh! #actofkindess http://t.co/DsLk5B2W

12/17/2012 10:20 AM EST

Police: Suspicious Person Puts Ridgefield Schools On Lockdown

From Patch:

Reports of a suspicious person at the Branchfield train station in Ridgefield Monday morning brought out police and placed all local schools on lockdown. Authorities, along with a K-9 unit, are canvassing the area after receiving a report of a man with an unknown item slung over his back. Police were first informed of the suspicious person at about 9 a.m.

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From the AP:

The man identified as the gunman who killed 26 children and adults in an elementary school took college classes when he was only 16, a spokesman for Western Connecticut State University said Monday.

Paul Steinmetz, spokesman for the Danbury school, confirmed that Adam Lanza earned a 3.26 grade point average while a student there. He dropped out of a German language class and withdrew from a computer science class, but earned an A in a computer class, A-minus in American history and B in macroeconomics.

He participated when called on by the teacher in his evening course on introductory German, according to Dot Stasny, who was one of about a dozen other students in the class in the spring of 2009. She said she and a classmate once invited him out to a bar but he declined, saying he was only 17.

Read the rest here.

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From the AP:

The man identified as the gunman who killed 26 children and adults in an elementary school took college cl...Read More"},{"id":"173","created":"12/17/2012 9:23 AM EST","title":"Deafening Silence","tweet_link":"173_deafening-silence","entry_text":"

\"smkeyes\"

@ smkeyes :

.@NRA still hasn't tweeted since Friday. Deafening silence.

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Writing in the National Journal, Ron Fournier worries that the wrong lessons will be drawn from the Sandy Hook tragedy:

My son cradled the iPad and scanned The New York Times article I had downloaded: \"A Gunman, Recalled as Intelligent and Shy, Who Left Few Footprints in Life.\" It said mass murderer Adam Lanza may have had Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.

Tyler is an Aspie. He shrugged. “If you meet somebody with Asperger’s,” he said, “you’ve only met one person with Asperger’s.”

Tyler's point is worth us all noting: Don’t overgeneralize. Don’t stigmatize in a rush to explain inexplicable evil. Autism didn't cause this tragedy: Asperger’s is a blip on the far-reaching autism spectrum and no two cases are the same. Just as no “typical” person deserves to be tar-brushed with the evil acts of another, Aspies don’t deserve the bad press they’re getting.

Read the whole piece here.

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Writing in the National Journal, Ron Fournier worries that the wrong lessons will be drawn from the Sandy H...Read More"},{"id":"171","created":"12/17/2012 9:13 AM EST","title":"Pro-Gun Senator Open To Gun Control Debate","tweet_link":"171_progun-senator-open-to-gun-control-debate","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the strongest backers of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the Democratic Party, said it is time to sit down and have a \"sensible, reasonable\" debate about gun control in light of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., and expressed an openness to banning assault weapons.

\"It's time to move beyond rhetoric. We need to sit down and have a common-sense discussion and move in a reasonable way. ... Everything has to be on the table,\" Manchin said in an interview on MSNBC's \"Morning Joe\" on Monday, adding that he had just come from deer hunting with his family.

Manchin's comments are significant because he has a \"A\" rating from the NRA for his pro-gun positions, and the organization endorsed him as recently as October 2012.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the strongest backers of the National Rifle Associati...Read More"},{"id":"170","created":"12/16/2012 10:01 PM EST","title":"Parents, Teachers Across Country Prepare For Class On Monday","tweet_link":"170_parents-teachers-across-country-prepare-for-class-on-monday","entry_text":"

From The Associated Press:

Dennis Carlson, superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, said a mental health consultant will meet with school officials Monday, and there will be three associates – one to work with the elementary, middle and high schools, respectively. As the day goes on, officials will be on the lookout for any issues that arise, and extra help will go where needed.

\"We are concerned for everybody – our staff and student body and parents,\" Carlson said. \"It's going to be a day where we are all going to be hypervigilant, I know that.\"

Full story here.

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From The Associated Press:

Dennis Carlson, superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, said a mental health consultant will meet with school officials Monday, and there will be three associates – one to work with ...Read More"},{"id":"169","created":"12/16/2012 9:53 PM EST","title":"Vigil-goers Mourn In The Rain","tweet_link":"169_vigilgoers-mourn-in-the-rain","entry_text":"

View the video and photos here (via Newtown Patch)

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View the video and photos here (via Newtown Patch)

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An excerpt from the prayer by Rev. Rob Mossis, vicar of Christ the King Lutheran Church, following the president's address:

\"We bring to you 20 new stars in the heavens, 20 new saints, 20 new angels. We bring to you those who risk their lives for us everyday not counting the cost, and we bring to you those who died, those who counsel, those who bless and embrace the confused and the broken. And now in this prayer, we bring to you ourselves, our questions, our doubts, our anger and our hearts, and we pray for the peace, the hope and the renewal of trust that can come only from a God who first conceived us in love and places a hand of compassion on each of our shouldlers even in the most trying times. And so tonight for our community, a community deepl pained, we ask you to heal our brokenness, to answer our questions, to replace our doubts with certainty, our anger with peace and our hurt with and healing…\"

Full story here from Newtown Patch.

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An excerpt from the prayer by Rev. Rob Mossis, vicar of Christ the King Lutheran Church, following the president's address:

\"We bring to you 20 new stars in the heavens, 20 new saints, 20 new angels. We bring to you those who risk their lives for...Read More"},{"id":"167","created":"12/16/2012 8:46 PM EST","title":"Another Daughter Of Sandy Hook Principal Tweets","tweet_link":"167_another-daughter-of-sandy-hook-principal-tweets","entry_text":"

\"E_Laffs2\"

@ E_Laffs2 :

Can't stop listening to your voicemails, Mommy. I need you now and forever... @DHochsprung

\"E_Laffs2\"

@ E_Laffs2 :

A great man holding my precious niece, @DHochsprung woulda love to see it. I love you mommy @BarackObama http://t.co/jbjHzL6y

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An excerpt from a prayer by Rev. Jim Solomon of the New Hope Community Church:

\"Dear Lord, as we leave the children that we lost in your hands, we ask that by your grace you woud empower us to bless and comfort the children that are still here in our hands. Please be with them in a special way as they grieve the loss of siblings and friends. Life will never be the same, yet we ask that you help these precious little ones to carry the spirits of their lost loved ones in their hearts as they go along living their lives to its fullest according to your will for each of these girls and boys.\"

Full story from Newtown Patch here.

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An excerpt from a prayer by Rev. Jim Solomon of the New Hope Community Church:

\"Dear Lord, as we leave the children that we lost in your hands, we ask that by your grace you woud empower us to bless and comfort the children that are still here in...Read More"},{"id":"165","created":"12/16/2012 8:29 PM EST","title":"Tweets From Sandy Hook Principal's Daughter","tweet_link":"165_tweets-from-sandy-hook-principals-daughter","entry_text":"

\"Chass63\"

@ Chass63 :

My mother was murdered. Murdered. This can't be real.

\"Chass63\"

@ Chass63 :

My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter. But not as proud as I am of her. http://t.co/YDU88x3O

\"Chass63\"

@ Chass63 :

My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was taken tragically from me. But she went down in a blaze of glory that truly represents who she was. #Newtown

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\"Eleven year-old Briana Krasowski is among those waiting to attend an interfaith vigil service for Sandy Hook victims on Sunday, Dec. 16. Credit Amy Krasowski\"

View the picture here.

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\"Eleven year-old Briana Krasowski is among those waiting to attend an interfaith vigil service for Sandy Hook victims on Sunday, Dec. 16. Credit Amy Krasowski\"

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\"MayorMark\"

@ MayorMark :

There will be a Danbury Police Officer in every elementary school tomorrow. #Danbury

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) appeared to have reactivated its Facebook page Sunday, after having temporarily disabled the page following Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The nation's most influential pro-gun lobby has faced withering criticism in the days following the mass murder, during which authorities believe 20 year-old Adam Lanza used a legally obtained Bushmaker assault rifle, as well as two handguns, to kill 20 children and six adults at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

The day before the shootings, the NRA boasted of having achieved 1.7 million \"Likes,\" on Facebook. The group's reactivated Facebook page simply contains a link to a Wikipedia entry about the group. The pared down NRA page had 32,313 Likes on Sunday at 6:30 pm.

The group's Twitter account does not appear to have been deactivated, but it has not been updated since Friday morning, before the shootings began. A spokeswoman for the group told Time Warner Cable late Friday that \"Until the facts are thoroughly known, NRA will not have any comment.\"

--Christina Wilkie, HuffPost

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) appeared to have reactivated its Facebook page Sunday, after having temporarily d...Read More"},{"id":"161","created":"12/16/2012 6:30 PM EST","title":"Cash Collections Sprout Up in Newtown","tweet_link":"161_cash-collections-sprout-up-in-newtown","entry_text":"

A group of volunteers calling themselves \"Santas for Sandy Hook\" have been out on Newtown's streets this weekend, raising money to support the victims of Friday's shooting.

What started as a small group setting up tables quickly grew to about 25 volunteers, said Zoe Walter, who was with Kay Donohuy and Kristen Brassard at a table in front of Starbucks on Church Hill Road. Walter said the group hopes to raise $10,000 for the victims by the end of the weekend.

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A group of volunteers calling themselves \"Santas for Sandy Hook\" have been out on Newtown's streets this weekend, raising money to support the victim...Read More"},{"id":"160","created":"12/16/2012 6:10 PM EST","title":"Westboro Baptist Church Member Says Group Will Picket Sandy Hook ","tweet_link":"160_westboro-baptist-church-member-says-group-will-picket-sandy-hook-","entry_text":"

A member of Westboro Baptist Church, the group that is known for picketing funerals of soldiers and AIDS victims, says the group plans to picket Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to Examiner.com.

A day after Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT, where police said 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother and then 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, Westboro Baptist member Shirley Phelps-Roper posted a message on Twitter that the group would \"sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.\"

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A member of Westboro Baptist Church, the group that is known for picketing funerals of soldiers and AIDS victim...Read More"},{"id":"159","created":"12/16/2012 5:41 PM EST","title":"President Obama Lands in Connecticut ","tweet_link":"159_president-obama-lands-in-connecticut-","entry_text":"

Pictures and video of President Obama landing in Connecticut.

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Pictures and video of President Obama landing in Connecticut.

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The Stratford High School Class of 2003 has established a memorial fund for their former classmate Victoria \"Vicki\" Soto, who died in the mass shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Upon hearing the first rounds of gunfire in an adjacent classroom, the 27-year-old teacher scrambled to hide her first-grade students, 15 or 16 kids, before the gunman made his way to her room. After entering the room, the shooter confronted and killed Soto but the students were saved because the gunman did not see them in the room.

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The Stratford High School Class of 2003 has established a memorial fund for their former classmate Victoria \"Vicki...Read More"},{"id":"157","created":"12/16/2012 4:52 PM EST","title":"'He Was The Quiet Kid'","tweet_link":"157_he-was-the-quiet-kid","entry_text":"

Police have ID'd Adam Lanza as the shooter and Nancy as the final victim, according to Newtown.Patch

Also in that link, memories of Adam from a neighbor: “He was the quiet kid at the bus stop,” he said. “I’d say, ‘Hi,’ and he’d say, ‘Hey,’ back and that was the extent of it.”

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Police have ID'd Adam Lanza as the shooter and Nancy as the final victim, according to Newtown.Patch

Also in tha...Read More"},{"id":"156","created":"12/16/2012 4:46 PM EST","title":"Plans For Classes To Resume","tweet_link":"156_plans-for-classes-to-resume","entry_text":"

Newtown Police Lt George Sinko told reporters that there is a tenative plan to resume classes for Sandy Hook students, but that the department and the Superintendant of Schools wants to

\" target=\"_hplink\">\"move forward very slowly and respectfully.\"

When asked whether Sandy Hook staff and students could ever return to the building one day, Sinko said it was too early to say, but that he \"would find if very difficult for them to do that.\"

All the emergency plans for schools in Connecticut are being re-examined now.

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Newtown Police Lt George Sinko told reporters that there is a tenative plan to resume classes for Sandy Hook students, but that the department and the Superintendant of Schools wants to Read More"},{"id":"155","created":"12/16/2012 3:36 PM EST","title":"Obama Travels To Newtown","tweet_link":"155_obama-travels-to-newtown","entry_text":"

\"markknoller\"

@ markknoller :

Air Force One wheels up as Pres Obama heads to Newtown CT for visit with grieving families of slain children and adults.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ markknoller :\r\nAir Force One wheels up as Pres Obama heads to Newtown CT for visit with grieving families of slain children...Read More"},{"id":"154","created":"12/16/2012 3:23 PM EST","title":"No Crying In Journalism?","tweet_link":"154_no-crying-in-journalism","entry_text":"

\"In watching the coverage of the horrifying Newtown school shooting, I was struck by how little emotion I heard in those reports,\" Lauren Ashburn writes in The Daily Beast.

Should journalists show more emotion or does reporting the news require a straight face?

Read more from The Daily Beast.

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\"In watching the coverage of the horrifying Newtown school shooting, I was struck by how little emotion I heard in those reports,\" Lauren Ashburn writes in The Daily Beast.

Should journalists show more emotion or does reporting the news require a...Read More"},{"id":"153","created":"12/16/2012 2:51 PM EST","title":"Interview With Church Evacuee ","tweet_link":"153_interview-with-church-evacuee-","entry_text":"

Via Patch:

Newtown resident Nick Cavaliere said the church was packed with an estimated 200 people, with people lining the walls during a service. He said a \"calm and orderly\" evacuation took place when a priested entered and asked everyone to leave because of an anoymous threat.

\"I wasn't nervous,\" said Newtown resident JR Yllanes who was attending a mass at the church. \"You have all these people who are there to protect all of us.\"

Full story here.

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Via Patch:

Newtown resident Nick Cavaliere said the church was packed with an estimated 200 people, with people lining the walls during a service. He said a \"calm and orderly\" evacuation took place when a priested entered and asked ev...Read More"},{"id":"152","created":"12/16/2012 2:32 PM EST","title":"Syracuse Vigil Postponed","tweet_link":"152_syracuse-vigil-postponed","entry_text":"

\"MichaelBenny\"

@ MichaelBenny :

JUST IN: Monday vigil in downtown #Syracuse for Newtown is postponed. It got 2 big 2 fast - city needs more time to prepare

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From the New York Times:

A monsignor at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which was evacuated on Sunday, said that a man had called the church and said, “I’m coming to kill, I’m coming to kill.”

The monsignor, who spoke to a reporter from Ora.TV, which is live-streaming from the church, said that the church phone rang around 11:30 a.m and a parishioner picked it up, and the man on the line began spewing threats.

More from the New York Times.

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From the New York Times:

A monsignor at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which was evacuated on Sunday, said that a man had called the church and said, “I’m coming to kill, I’m coming to kill.”

The monsignor, who ...Read More"},{"id":"148","created":"12/16/2012 1:36 PM EST","title":"\"All Clear\"","tweet_link":"148_all-clear","entry_text":"

\"BreakingNews\"

@ BreakingNews :

Update: All clear from Newtown, Connecticut, church where SWAT team entered a building next door to where mass was taking place - @NBCNews

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\"wpri12\"

@ wpri12 :

All clear at church in Newtown. Unclear what prompted police response.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ wpri12 :\r\nAll clear at church in Newtown. Unclear what prompted police response.\r\n"},{"id":"146","created":"12/16/2012 1:27 PM EST","title":"More On Newtown Church Evacuation","tweet_link":"146_more-on-newtown-church-evacuation","entry_text":"

According to the AP: \"At least a dozen police in camouflage SWAT gear and carrying guns arrived at the St. Rose of Lima Church. An Associated Press photographer saw police leave carrying something in a red tarp.\"

Full story here.

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According to the AP: \"At least a dozen police in camouflage SWAT gear and carrying guns arrived at the St. Rose of Lima Church. An Associated Press photographer saw police leave carrying something in a red tarp.\"

Full story Read More"},{"id":"145","created":"12/16/2012 1:20 PM EST","title":"Newtown Church Evacuation","tweet_link":"145_newtown-church-evacuation","entry_text":"

\"washingtonpost\"

@ washingtonpost :

Our reporter confirms that mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in #Newtown was evacuated.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ washingtonpost :\r\nOur reporter confirms that mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in #Newtown was evacuated...Read More"},{"id":"144","created":"12/16/2012 1:15 PM EST","title":"Breaking: Newtown Church Evacuated","tweet_link":"144_breaking-newtown-church-evacuated","entry_text":"

According to a USA Today breaking news alert:

Worshippers have hurriedly left a church in Newtown, Conn., saying there was a bomb threat. Police in SWAT gear arrived at the St. Rose of Lima Church not far from the elementary school where 20 kids and six adults were killed Friday. There was no official report from police about a threat or evacuation.

Read more from NBC Connecticut here.

","short_text":"

According to a USA Today breaking news alert:

Worshippers have hurriedly left a church in Newtown, Conn., saying there was a bomb threat. Police in SWAT gear arr...Read More"},{"id":"143","created":"12/16/2012 12:53 PM EST","title":"An Immense Investigation","tweet_link":"143_an-immense-investigation","entry_text":"

\"NYTMetro\"

@ NYTMetro :

\"Immense number\" of witnesses need to be interviewed, Ct. police spokesman says of inquiry into shooting. http://t.co/a8zUP5Pr

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ NYTMetro :\r\n\"Immense number\" of witnesses need to be interviewed, Ct. police spokesman says of inquiry into shooting. Read More"},{"id":"142","created":"12/16/2012 12:46 PM EST","title":"Indiana School Threatened By Man Owning 47 Guns","tweet_link":"142_indiana-school-threatened-by-man-owning-47-guns","entry_text":"

The Associated Press has a report from Indiana involving a heavily armed 60-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill people at a nearby school.

From the AP:

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. -- Authorities say an Indiana man who had 47 guns and ammunition in his home has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at an elementary school near his home.

Cedar Lake police were called to the home of 60-year-old Von I. Meyer early Friday after he allegedly threatened to set his wife on fire. A police statement says Meyer also said he would enter Jane Ball Elementary School and \"kill as many people as he could.\"

For more on this story, click here.

","short_text":"

The Associated Press has a report from Indiana involving a heavily armed 60-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill people at a nearby school.

From the AP:

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. -- Authorities say an Indiana man who had 47 guns...Read More"},{"id":"141","created":"12/16/2012 12:31 PM EST","title":"Support For Newtown Pours In","tweet_link":"141_support-for-newtown-pours-in","entry_text":"

\"NorthForkPatch\"

@ NorthForkPatch :

Support for Newtown pours in from around the country: http://t.co/Fwe3CmCc

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ NorthForkPatch :\r\nSupport for Newtown pours in from around the country: http://t.co/Fw...Read More"},{"id":"140","created":"12/16/2012 12:22 PM EST","title":"Piecing Together A Timeline","tweet_link":"140_piecing-together-a-timeline","entry_text":"

\"KNX1070\"

@ KNX1070 :

#NewtownShooting: State Police: Nothing new to report. Still tracing guns in #NewtownShooting. \"Have not, will not\" put out timeline.

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ KNX1070 :\r\n#NewtownShooting: State Police: Nothing new to report. Still tracing guns in #NewtownShooting. \"Have not, will not\" put ...Read More"},{"id":"139","created":"12/16/2012 12:07 PM EST","title":"Sandy Hook Students To Be Sent To Alternate School","tweet_link":"139_sandy-hook-students-to-be-sent-to-alternate-school","entry_text":"

Students of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed on Friday, will go to an alternate location when they resume classes. They superintendent said they won't enter the building right now. Sandy Hook staff members will return to work on Monday to receive training from counselors on how to help their students deal with the tragedy once they return.

Full story from Newtown Patch.

","short_text":"

Students of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed on Friday, will go to an alternate location when they resume classes. They superintendent said they won't enter the building right now. Sandy Hook staff mem...Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"12/16/2012 11:59 AM EST","title":"Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance On Social Media","tweet_link":"138_connecticut-state-police-lt-j-paul-vance-on-social-media","entry_text":"

In a press conference late Sunday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters that there is \"misinformation\" being posted on social media sites.

Vance said that individuals posting \"threatening, inaccurate\" information -- including people \"posing as the shooter\" -- will be prosecuted by state and federal authorities to the full extent of the law.

\"These issues are crimes. They will be investigated,\" Vance said.

","short_text":"

In a press conference late Sunday morning, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters that there is \"misinformation\" being posted on social media sites.

Vance said that individuals posting \"threatening, inaccurate\" information -- ...Read More"},{"id":"137","created":"12/16/2012 11:44 AM EST","title":"Even The Toughest Plans Couldn't Save","tweet_link":"137_even-the-toughest-plans-couldnt-save","entry_text":"

HuffPost Education takes a closer look at the preparations and precautions enacted prior to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The school had regular lockdown drills, teaching students and teachers to stay quiet and out of sight, a sign-in procedure for visitors that required photo ID, security cameras outside the main entrance and a closed campus that locked its front doors after 9:30 a.m.

The Newtown school district spent 10 times more on school security training this year, ABC News reports. As its measures didn't prevent Friday's brutal attack, school officials and safety experts are debating whether current safety procedures are the best to follow in similar cases.

For more on this story, click here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost Education takes a closer look at the preparations and precautions enacted prior to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The school had regular lockdown drills, teaching students and teachers to stay quiet and out of sight, a...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"12/16/2012 11:31 AM EST","title":"Santas For Sandy Hook","tweet_link":"136_santas-for-sandy-hook","entry_text":"

\"shelbyholliday\"

@ shelbyholliday :

Just talked to some students who started #santasforsandyhook. Taking donations to support #newtown families, said movement is spreading fast

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ shelbyholliday :\r\nJust talked to some students who started #santasforsandyhook. Taking donations to support #newtown ...Read More"},{"id":"135","created":"12/16/2012 11:21 AM EST","title":"NFL Teams To Honor Newtown Victims Today","tweet_link":"135_nfl-teams-to-honor-newtown-victims-today","entry_text":"

Reuters reports:

The New York Giants, Jets and New England Patriots will honor those killed in the mass shooting at a Connecticut school by wearing special helmet decals at games, the National Football League (NFL) website said on Saturday.

The NFL asked all home teams to observe a moment of silence prior to opening kickoffs on Sunday and Monday.

Full story here.

","short_text":"

Reuters reports:

The New York Giants, Jets and New England Patriots will honor those killed in the mass shooting at a Connecticut school by wearing special helmet decals at games, the National Football League (NFL) website said on Sat...Read More"},{"id":"134","created":"12/16/2012 11:14 AM EST","title":"Gov. Malloy: Adam Lanza Shot Himself As 1st Responders Closed In","tweet_link":"134_gov-malloy-adam-lanza-shot-himself-as-1st-responders-closed-in","entry_text":"

From the AP:

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage committed suicide as first responders closed in, the governor said Sunday, raising the specter that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short.

Lanza blasted his way into the building and used a high-power rifle to kill 20 children and 6 adults, including the principal who tried to stop him, authorities said.

As President Barack Obama prepared a visit and churches opened their doors to comfort a grieving town Sunday, federal agents fanned out to dozens of gun stores and shooting ranges across Connecticut, chasing leads they hoped would cast light on Lanza's life.

Full report here.

","short_text":"

From the AP:

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage committed suicide as first responders closed in, the governor said Sunday, raising the specter that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre an...Read More"},{"id":"133","created":"12/16/2012 10:52 AM EST","title":"Baltimore Residents Turn In 449 Firearms In Wake Of Shooting","tweet_link":"133_baltimore-residents-turn-in-449-firearms-in-wake-of-shooting","entry_text":"

Baltimore residents are turning in their weapons following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Baltimore Brew reports. As part of the \"Goods for Guns\" program, residents receive grocery store gift cards in exchange for turning in guns. In 4 hours, 449 guns were turned in.

\"I want to make sure this never got in the hands of the wrong person,\" said one woman who turned in a shotgun.

For more on this, head over to the Baltimore Brew.

","short_text":"

Baltimore residents are turning in their weapons following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, t...Read More"},{"id":"132","created":"12/16/2012 10:48 AM EST","title":"New Shooting Details Revealed","tweet_link":"132_new-shooting-details-revealed","entry_text":"

The AP reports new details have been released about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. According to the AP, the gunman shot himself as police began to arrive on the scene.

","short_text":"

The AP reports new details have been released about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. According to the AP, the gunman shot himself ...Read More"},{"id":"131","created":"12/16/2012 10:47 AM EST","title":"Feinstein: Will Introduce New Assault Weapons Ban On First Day Of New Congress","tweet_link":"131_feinstein-will-introduce-new-assault-weapons-ban-on-first-day-of-new-congress","entry_text":"

\"BetsyMTP\"

@ BetsyMTP :

BREAKING on #MTP: Dianne Feinstein says she will intro Assault Weapons ban on first day of the new Congress.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BetsyMTP :\r\nBREAKING on #MTP: Dianne Feinstein says she will intro Assault Weapons ban on first day of the new Congress.\r\nRead More"},{"id":"130","created":"12/16/2012 9:53 AM EST","title":"Lieberman: Restore Assault Weapons Ban","tweet_link":"130_lieberman-restore-assault-weapons-ban","entry_text":"

Senator Joe Lieberman on Sunday called for a greater push for gun control. Lieberman is the senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

\"We need a national commission on mass violence, not to be in place of anything else the president or Congress or state governments want to do, but to make sure that the heartbreak and anger that we feel now is not dissipated over time or lost in legislative gridlock,\" he said, according to Politico.

He also said he supported a ban on assault weapons.

\"We ought to restore the assault weapons ban, not to take anybody's guns away that they have now but to stop the manufacturing of these weapons,\" he said. \"We've got to continue to hear the screams of these children and see their blood until we do something to try and prevent this from happening again.\"

","short_text":"

Senator Joe Lieberman on Sunday called for a greater push for gun control. Lieberman is the senior U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

\"We need a national commission on mass violence, not to be in place of anything else the president or Congress or s...Read More"},{"id":"129","created":"12/16/2012 9:45 AM EST","title":"'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother'","tweet_link":"129_i-am-adam-lanzas-mother","entry_text":"

The mother of a son with mental illness reflects on the Connecticut shooting in a powerful blog post. Read it here.

","short_text":"

The mother of a son with mental illness reflects on the Connecticut shooting in a powerful blog post. Read it here.<...Read More"},{"id":"128","created":"12/16/2012 9:41 AM EST","title":"'Meet The Press' Producer: No Pro-Gun Rights Senators Would Come On Show","tweet_link":"128_meet-the-press-producer-no-progun-rights-senators-would-come-on-show","entry_text":"

\"BetsyMTP\"

@ BetsyMTP :

BTW, we reached out to ALL 31 pro-gun rights Sens in the new Congress to invite them to share their views on @meetthepress - NO takers.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BetsyMTP :\r\nBTW, we reached out to ALL 31 pro-gun rights Sens in the new Congress to invite them to share their views on Read More"},{"id":"127","created":"12/16/2012 9:29 AM EST","title":"Police Expected To Answer More Questions On Motive","tweet_link":"127_police-expected-to-answer-more-questions-on-motive","entry_text":"

Connecticut police are expected to begin answering questions about motive, Newtown Patch reported. Police said they have \"good evidence\" as to why shooting suspect Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook elementary school and killed 26 people and himself.

Additionally, the state medical examiner said he planned to finish the autopsies of the shooter and his mother on Sunday.

For more on this report, head over to Newtown Patch.

","short_text":"

Connecticut police are expected to begin answering questions about motive, Newtown Patch reported. Police said they ...Read More"},{"id":"126","created":"12/16/2012 8:54 AM EST","title":"Hartford Courant Publishes Stunning Piece On Shooting ","tweet_link":"126_hartford-courant-publishes-stunning-piece-on-shooting-","entry_text":"

The Harford Courant, Connecticut's largest local newspaper, published an exhaustive piece on the shooting. The article appeared on its website on Saturday. To read it, click here.

","short_text":"

The Harford Courant, Connecticut's largest local newspaper, published an exhaustive piece on the shooting. The article appeared on its website on Saturday. To read it, Read More"},{"id":"125","created":"12/16/2012 8:40 AM EST","title":"Sandy Hook Staffers Being Hailed As Heroes ","tweet_link":"125_sandy-hook-staffers-being-hailed-as-heroes-","entry_text":"

Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet.

Out of the ruins of families that lost a precious child, sister or mother, out of a tight-knit town roiling with grief, glows one bright spot: the stories of staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School who may have prevented further carnage through selfless actions and smart snap judgments.

District Superintendent Janet Robinson noted \"incredible acts of heroism\" that \"ultimately saved so many lives.\"

\"The teachers were really, really focused on their students,\" she told reporters Saturday.

Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more on this story, click here.

","short_text":"

Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 ch...Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"12/16/2012 8:05 AM EST","title":"Jamie Foxx Takes Stand Against Violence In Movies","tweet_link":"124_jamie-foxx-takes-stand-against-violence-in-movies","entry_text":"

Actor Jamie Foxx made a powerful statement against violence on movies on Saturday.

\"We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence,\" he said, according to the AP. \"It does.\"

Foxx is the star of Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Django Unchained. Tarantino's films are known for being extremely violent.

For more on this story, click here.

","short_text":"

Actor Jamie Foxx made a powerful statement against violence on movies on Saturday.

\"We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence,\" Read More"},{"id":"123","created":"12/16/2012 8:03 AM EST","title":"SNL Pays Tribute To Newtown Victims","tweet_link":"123_snl-pays-tribute-to-newtown-victims","entry_text":"

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the victims of the Newtown shooting with a powerful show opener.

A children's choir sang a touching rendition of \"Silent Night\" on the SNL stage.

Watch the video below.

","short_text":"

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the victims of the Newtown shooting with a powerful show opener.

A children's choir sang a touching rendition of \"Silent Night\" on the SNL stage.

Watch the video below.


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"},{"id":"122","created":"12/16/2012 7:59 AM EST","title":"Obama To Visit Newtown Today","tweet_link":"122_obama-to-visit-newtown-today","entry_text":"

President Obama will pay a visit to Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday. Newtown is the site of the deadly shooting that occurred on Friday. According to the AP, Obama will attend an interfaith memorial service for victims of the shooting.

This will be the fourth time Obama has visited a city following a mass shooting.

","short_text":"

President Obama will pay a visit to Newtown, Connecticut on Sunday. Newtown is the site of the deadly shooting that occurred on Friday. Read More"},{"id":"121","created":"12/15/2012 11:56 PM EST","title":"The Heroes Of Sandy Hook","tweet_link":"121_the-heroes-of-sandy-hook","entry_text":"

BuzzFeed has a nice post on five women at Sandy Hook who took heroic steps to save their students. Only two of them survived.

","short_text":"

BuzzFeed has a nice post on five women at Sandy Hook who took heroic steps to save their students. Only two of them survived.

"},{"id":"120","created":"12/15/2012 9:15 PM EST","title":"Father Of Gunman Issues Statement: 'We Too Are Asking Why'","tweet_link":"120_father-of-gunman-issues-statement-we-too-are-asking-why","entry_text":"

Read the statement from Peter Lanza, as provided to the AP, in full below:

\"Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured. Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are.

We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.\"

More here.

","short_text":"

Read the statement from Peter Lanza, as provided to the AP, in full below:

\"Our hearts go out to the families and...Read More"},{"id":"119","created":"12/15/2012 9:11 PM EST","title":"More Details On Obama's Visit","tweet_link":"119_more-details-on-obamas-visit","entry_text":"

President Obama will deliver remarks at 7 p.m. Sunday night at Newtown High School.

From the White House press office:

On Sunday, the President will travel to Newtown, CT. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Bradley International Airport will be open press.

While in Newtown, the President will meet with the families of those who were lost and thank first responders. The President will also speak at an interfaith vigil for families of the victims as well as families from Sandy Hook Elementary School. There will be pooled coverage of the President’s remarks.

In the evening, the President will depart Newtown en route Washington, DC. The departure from Bradley International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn will be open press.

","short_text":"

President Obama will deliver remarks at 7 p.m. Sunday night at Newtown High School.

From the White House press office:

On Sunday, the President will travel to Newtown, CT. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at Bra...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"12/15/2012 7:02 PM EST","title":"Obama To Visit Newtown On Sunday","tweet_link":"118_obama-to-visit-newtown-on-sunday","entry_text":"

\"hartfordcourant\"

@ hartfordcourant :

President Obama to appear at interfaith vigil Sunday at 7 p.m. in Newtown, White House announces #newtown #ctshooting #sandyhook

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ hartfordcourant :\r\nPresident Obama to appear at interfaith vigil Sunday at 7 p.m. in Newtown, White House announces...Read More"},{"id":"117","created":"12/15/2012 6:52 PM EST","title":"Details On The Victims Emerge","tweet_link":"117_details-on-the-victims-emerge","entry_text":"

From the AP:

A glimpse of some of those who died:

VICTORIA SOTO

She beams in snapshots. Her enthusiasm and cheer was evident. She was doing, those who knew her say, what she loved.

And now, Victoria Soto is being called a hero.

Though details of the 27-year-old teacher's death remained fuzzy, her name has been invoked again and again as a portrait of selflessness and humanity among unfathomable evil.

Investigators informed relatives that she was killed while shielding her first-graders from danger. She reportedly hid some students in a bathroom or closet, ensuring they were safe, a cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From the AP:

A glimpse of some of those who died:

VICTORIA SOTO

She beams in snapshots. Her enthusiasm and...Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"12/15/2012 6:19 PM EST","title":"Profiles Of The Victims","tweet_link":"116_profiles-of-the-victims","entry_text":"

The Wall Street Journal has some short profiles of some of the deceased. Read them here.

","short_text":"

The Wall Street Journal has some short profiles of some of the deceased. Read them here.
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"},{"id":"115","created":"12/15/2012 5:39 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Adam Lanza's 2008 Yearbook Picture","tweet_link":"115_photo-adam-lanzas-2008-yearbook-picture","entry_text":"

\"adam

This handout provided by ABC News shows a 2008 yearbook photo of Adam Lanza, (3R) at an unspecified time and place. (Photo by ABC News via Getty Images)

","short_text":"

This handout provided by ABC News shows a 2008 yearbook photo of Adam Lanza, (3R) at an unspecified time and place. (Photo by ABC News via Getty Images)

"},{"id":"114","created":"12/15/2012 5:15 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Suspected Shooter's Mother","tweet_link":"114_photo-suspected-shooters-mother","entry_text":"

\"nancy

Caption: In this handout image provided by ABC News, shows Nancy J. Lanza mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza at an unspecified time and place. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza also reportedly had committed suicide at the scene. A 28th person, believed to be Nancy Lanza was found dead in a house in town, was also believed to have been shot by Adam Lanza. (Family of Nancy Lanza / ABC News / Getty Images)

","short_text":"

Caption: In this handout image provided by ABC News, shows Nancy J. Lanza mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza at an unspecified time and place. Twenty six people were shot dead, including twenty children, after a gunman identified as Ada...Read More"},{"id":"113","created":"12/15/2012 4:34 PM EST","title":"Names Of Victims Released","tweet_link":"113_names-of-victims-released","entry_text":"

You can view the list here.

","short_text":"

You can view the list here.

"},{"id":"112","created":"12/15/2012 4:24 PM EST","title":"Medical Examiner: Children Killed All 6 Or 7 Years Old ","tweet_link":"112_medical-examiner-children-killed-all-6-or-7-years-old-","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

BREAKING: Children killed in Connecticut school shooting all six or seven years old: medical examiner

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nBREAKING: Children killed in Connecticut school shooting all six or seven years old: medical examiner\r\nRead More"},{"id":"111","created":"12/15/2012 4:14 PM EST","title":"Report: Obama Advance Team Scouting Spots for Newtown Visit","tweet_link":"111_report-obama-advance-team-scouting-spots-for-newtown-visit","entry_text":"

Newtown Patch's Mark Langlois Reports:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard over Danbury today were an advance team setting up for a possible presidential visit early next week.

\"We don't know when at this point,\" Boughton said.

The helicopters visited Danbury Municipal Airport and other locations in the city. The mayor didn't know if the helicopters visited Newtown yet.

\"Those helicopters you hear are the Presidential advance team. No details on what day the President is coming,\" was one of the mayor's Tweets.

Airport Administrator Paul Estefan declined to say anything at all about the helicopters or the president or any visit. Estefan said when President Clinton visited Danbury, the advance team arrived three months before the visit.

\"They are scouting landing locations. He's not with them,\" Boughton Tweeted, referring to the president.

","short_text":"

Newtown Patch's Mark Langlois Reports:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tweeted the helicopters people heard ov...Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"12/15/2012 4:08 PM EST","title":"Daily News: Lanza Learned To Shoot From Mom","tweet_link":"110_daily-news-lanza-learned-to-shoot-from-mom","entry_text":"

The New York Daily News reports that Nancy Lanza, who was killed by her son, Adam, used to take her family target shooting.

Read more at the Daily News.

","short_text":"

The New York Daily News reports that Nancy Lanza, who was killed by her son, Adam, used to take her family target shooting.

Read More"},{"id":"109","created":"12/15/2012 3:57 PM EST","title":"Medical Examiner Saw 1st Graders","tweet_link":"109_medical-examiner-saw-1st-graders","entry_text":"

\"quasimado\"

@ quasimado :

CT medical examiner on victims' ages: \"I believe they are all first graders\"

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ quasimado :\r\nCT medical examiner on victims' ages: \"I believe they are all first graders\"\r\n"},{"id":"108","created":"12/15/2012 3:53 PM EST","title":"Medical Examiner: Rifle Was Primary Weapon","tweet_link":"108_medical-examiner-rifle-was-primary-weapon","entry_text":"

\"quasimado\"

@ quasimado :

CT medical examiner: The rifle was the primary weapon.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ quasimado :\r\nCT medical examiner: The rifle was the primary weapon.\r\n"},{"id":"107","created":"12/15/2012 3:51 PM EST","title":"Connecticut Medical Examiner Says Victims Suffered Multiple Wounds","tweet_link":"107_connecticut-medical-examiner-says-victims-suffered-multiple-wounds","entry_text":"

\"BreakingNews\"

@ BreakingNews :

Connecticut medical examiner says school victims suffered multiple wounds - from broadcast http://t.co/ePMgZvgS

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ BreakingNews :\r\nConnecticut medical examiner says school victims suffered multiple wounds - from broadcast Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"12/15/2012 3:48 PM EST","title":"Report: Lanza's Mother Was Not Teacher At School","tweet_link":"106_report-lanzas-mother-was-not-teacher-at-school","entry_text":"

From The New York Times:

\"Contradicting earlier reports, Ms. Robinson said Mr. Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, had never been a teacher or a substitute teacher at the school, though she did not specifically say whether she had had any other connection to the place.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From The New York Times:

\"Contradicting earlier reports, Ms. Robinson said Mr. Lanza’s mother, Nancy Lanza, had never been a teacher or a substitute teacher at the school, though she did not specifically say whether she had had any other connec...Read More"},{"id":"105","created":"12/15/2012 3:43 PM EST","title":"Relative: Adam Lanza's Mom Pulled Him Out Of School","tweet_link":"105_relative-adam-lanzas-mom-pulled-him-out-of-school","entry_text":"

From ABC:

\"The aunt of Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza said the shooter's mother pulled him out of Newtown's public school system because she was unhappy with the school district's plans for her son. Adam Lanza's mother Nancy, 52, was the first victim of his Friday shooting spree. Lanza shot Nancy in the face and then drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 students and six adults before taking his own life.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From ABC:

\"The aunt of Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza said the shooter's mother pulled him out of Newtown's public school system because she was unhappy with the school district's plans for her son. Adam Lanza's mother Nancy, 52, was ...Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"12/15/2012 2:27 PM EST","title":"Children In Pakistan Light Candles In Tribute To Sandy Hook Victims","tweet_link":"104_children-in-pakistan-light-candles-in-tribute-to-sandy-hook-victims","entry_text":"

\"igorbobic\"

@ igorbobic :

Oh man. Pakistani children in Karachi light candles in tribute to Sandy Hook victims. Photo: http://t.co/n4P4CbeE

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ igorbobic :\r\nOh man. Pakistani children in Karachi light candles in tribute to Sandy Hook victims. Photo: Read More"},{"id":"103","created":"12/15/2012 1:25 PM EST","title":"Twitter, Facebook Users Direct Anger At NRA","tweet_link":"103_twitter-facebook-users-direct-anger-at-nra","entry_text":"

\"HuffPostTech\"

@ HuffPostTech :

Twitter, Facebook users direct anger at NRA after #Newtown shooting http://t.co/RzaVFRPR

","short_text":"\r\n
\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ HuffPostTech :\r\nTwitter, Facebook users direct anger at NRA after #Newtown shooting http:/...Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"12/15/2012 12:41 PM EST","title":"Neighborhood Goes Dark in Homage to Slain Connecticut Students","tweet_link":"102_neighborhood-goes-dark-in-homage-to-slain-connecticut-students","entry_text":"

Via Sayville-Bayport Patch:

Bayport resident Mike D'Orazio is asking residents to pull the plug on holiday lights tonight in remembrance of the 27 lives taken in what is being called the second worst school shooting in U.S. history.

\"I wanted to do something when I heard about it,\" the Renee Drive homeowner told Patch in a phone call, and \"this makes me feel like I am doing something to help in some way,\" said the 32-year Bayport resident.

D'Orazio went door to door Friday night to ask neighbors to extinguish outdoor lights and is hoping the movement goes nationwide through social networking sites, such as his Facebook page, and word of mouth.

Full story here.

","short_text":"

Via Sayville-Bayport Patch:

Bayport resident Mike D'Orazio is asking residents to pull the plug on holiday lights tonight in remembrance of the 27 lives taken in what is being called the second worst school shooting in U.S. history.Read More"},{"id":"101","created":"12/15/2012 12:21 PM EST","title":"Gun Control Debate Back In Spotlight After Shooting","tweet_link":"101_gun-control-debate-back-in-spotlight-after-shooting","entry_text":"

From the AP:

WASHINGTON -- The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gun control?

The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, the Colorado movie-theater attack, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, and more: No.

But now?

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the bloodiest attack against youngsters in the nation's history, stands as a possible tipping point after Washington's decade-long aversion even to talking about stricter gun laws.

Full story here.

","short_text":"

From the AP:

WASHINGTON -- The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington against tougher gun control?

The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted...Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"12/15/2012 12:05 PM EST","title":"Report: Adam Lanza Was In Altercation At School Day Before Shooting","tweet_link":"100_report-adam-lanza-was-in-altercation-at-school-day-before-shooting","entry_text":"

Via Mediaite:

NBC’s Pete Williams reported Saturday on the Today Show that Adam Lanza was allegedly involved in an altercation at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before the shooting.

Attempting to answer the question of why Lanza may have chosen this particular school, Williams stated that it has been confirmed now that Lanza’s mother did not work full-time at the school, despite previous reports.

Full story here.

","short_text":"

Via Mediaite:

NBC’s Pete Williams reported Saturday on the Today Show that Adam Lanza was allegedly involved in an altercation at Sandy Hook Elementary School the day before the shooting.

Attempting to answer the question of w...Read More"},{"id":"99","created":"12/15/2012 11:58 AM EST","title":"The Gun Control Debate","tweet_link":"99_the-gun-control-debate","entry_text":"

\"jwpetersNYT\"

@ jwpetersNYT :

Something that's been largely overlooked in gun debate: CT has assault weapons ban, per WSJ http://t.co/sYQeSfV0

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ jwpetersNYT :\r\nSomething that's been largely overlooked in gun debate: CT has assault weapons ban, per WSJ Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"12/15/2012 11:44 AM EST","title":"School Shooting Victim Profiled","tweet_link":"98_school-shooting-victim-profiled","entry_text":"

From West Deptford Patch:

Mary Sherlach looked forward to spending more time on Owasco Lake during her retirement.

She and her husband, Bill, owned a cabin along the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.

Mary Sherlach was one year away from retirement.

But on Friday morning, her life ended in the second most deadly school shooting in American history.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From West Deptford Patch:

Mary Sherlach looked forward to spending more time on Owasco Lake during her retirement.

She and her husband, Bill, owned a cabin along the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.

Mary Sherlach was on...Read More"},{"id":"97","created":"12/15/2012 11:29 AM EST","title":"On Interviewing Children","tweet_link":"97_on-interviewing-children","entry_text":"

\"andersoncooper\"

@ andersoncooper :

In answer to your tweets, no, Of course i will not be interviewing children from the school. I do not think that is appropriate at this time

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ andersoncooper :\r\nIn answer to your tweets, no, Of course i will not be interviewing children from the school. I do n...Read More"},{"id":"96","created":"12/15/2012 11:08 AM EST","title":"No Evidence Of A Link Between Autism And Planned Violent Behavior","tweet_link":"96_no-evidence-of-a-link-between-autism-and-planned-violent-behavior","entry_text":"

\"drsanjaygupta\"

@ drsanjaygupta :

something that should be clarified. there is no evidence of a link between autism and planned violent behavior. #Newtown

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ drsanjaygupta :\r\nsomething that should be clarified. there is no evidence of a link between autism and planned violent ...Read More"},{"id":"95","created":"12/15/2012 10:57 AM EST","title":"All Victims Have Been ID'd","tweet_link":"95_all-victims-have-been-idd","entry_text":"

At a press conference this morning, Lt. Paul Vance told reporters that all victims have been identified. He urged the media to \"respect their privacy.\" Police also say that \"good evidence\" has been recovered.

","short_text":"

At a press conference this morning, Lt. Paul Vance told reporters that all victims have been identified. He urged the media to \"respect their privacy.\" Police also say that \"good evidence\" has been recovered.

"},{"id":"94","created":"12/15/2012 10:41 AM EST","title":"Lanza Tried To Buy Another Weapon","tweet_link":"94_lanza-tried-to-buy-another-weapon","entry_text":"

\"nytjim\"

@ nytjim :

NBCNews also reporting that Lanza tried to buy another weapon, a rifle, earlier in the week, but didn't because of waiting period.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ nytjim :\r\nNBCNews also reporting that Lanza tried to buy another weapon, a rifle, earlier in the week, but didn't because of waiting ...Read More"},{"id":"93","created":"12/15/2012 10:40 AM EST","title":"Today From The AP","tweet_link":"93_today-from-the-ap","entry_text":"

From the AP:

Nobody knows why 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, why he then took her guns to the school and murdered 20 children and six adults.

But on Friday he drove his mother's car through this 300-year-old town with its fine old churches and towering trees and arrived at a school full of the season's joy. Somehow, he got past a security door to a place where children should have been safe from harm.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From the AP:

Nobody knows why 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, why he then took her guns to the school and murdered 20 children and six adults.

But on Friday he drove his mother's car through this 300-year-old town with...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"12/15/2012 10:30 AM EST","title":"Police: Woman Dead At Second Crime Seen Was A Relative Of The Shooter","tweet_link":"92_police-woman-dead-at-second-crime-seen-was-a-relative-of-the-shooter","entry_text":"

\"Reuters\"

@ Reuters :

FLASH: Connecticut police confirm that woman found killed at a second crime scene in Connecticut was a relative of the shooter

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ Reuters :\r\nFLASH: Connecticut police confirm that woman found killed at a second crime scene in Connecticut was a relative of the s...Read More"},{"id":"91","created":"12/15/2012 10:29 AM EST","title":"Shooter Forced His Way In","tweet_link":"91_shooter-forced-his-way-in","entry_text":"

\"DavidGrann\"

@ DavidGrann :

MT @maggiepolitico: Shooter forced his way into the school, per investigators at presser. Not buzzed in by principal as widely reported.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ DavidGrann :\r\nMT @maggiepolitico: Shooter forced his way into the school, pe...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"12/15/2012 10:24 AM EST","title":"No Motive Emerging","tweet_link":"90_no-motive-emerging","entry_text":"

\"GreenwichPatch\"

@ GreenwichPatch :

#BreakingNews | Police: No Motive Emerging in Newtown School Shooting | http://t.co/CG8d3UdZ

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ GreenwichPatch :\r\n#BreakingNews | Police: No Motive Emerging in Newtown School Shooting | Read More"},{"id":"89","created":"12/15/2012 10:23 AM EST","title":"Key Facts From The Scene","tweet_link":"89_key-facts-from-the-scene","entry_text":"

A summary of key facts from the AP:

THE TOLL: 28 dead, including the gunman, Adam Lanza; his mother, Nancy Lanza; the elementary school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung; and 20 schoolchildren. A woman who works at the school was wounded.

THE SUSPECT: 20-year-old Adam Lanza wore a pocket protector when he was in high school and was an honor student, and was called \"remote\" and \"one of the goths\" by classmates. A law enforcement official said he may have had a personality disorder. He grew up in an affluent neighborhood of well-tended homes with neighbors who worked as executives at companies like IBM. Police shed no light on his motive.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

A summary of key facts from the AP:

THE TOLL: 28 dead, including the gunman, Adam Lanza; his mother, Nancy Lanza; the elementary school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung; and 20 schoolchildren. A woman who works at the school was wounded.<...Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"12/15/2012 9:43 AM EST","title":"Suspect Was 'Nerd' Who May Have Had Personality Disorder","tweet_link":"88_suspect-was-nerd-who-may-have-had-personality-disorder","entry_text":"

From the AP:

He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.

Now Adam Lanza is suspected of killing his mother and then gunning down more than two dozen people, 20 of them children, at a Connecticut grade school before taking his own life.

The 20-year-old may have suffered from a personality disorder, law enforcement officials said.

Read the whole thing here.

","short_text":"

From the AP:

He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.

Now Adam Lanza is suspected of killing hi...Read More"},{"id":"87","created":"12/15/2012 8:45 AM EST","title":"Source: 3 Guns Found At School","tweet_link":"87_source-3-guns-found-at-school","entry_text":"

\"AP\"

@ AP :

AP source: 2 pistols, 1 rifle found inside Conn school; all registered to shooter's slain mom: http://t.co/1jk12cN6 -CJ #Newtown

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ AP :\r\nAP source: 2 pistols, 1 rifle found inside Conn school; all registered to shooter's slain mom: http://t....Read More"}]
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