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December 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Dozens of people filed past a growing memorial outside the Sandy Hook firehouse Thursday night as the smoke of scented candles wafted through the air. With a wind and rainstorm expected Friday, frefighters set up tents to protect portions of the expanding shrine to the 26 shooting victims killed at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 26 Christmas trees. The toll included 20 children and six teachers and administrators.  Sandy Hook Assistant Fire Chief Michael Burton surveyed the trees along with his 17-year-old son, Michael Burton Jr., a junior member of the fire department.
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April 2, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Some residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were gunned down at an elementary school in December 2012, want the shooter's family home demolished and replaced by a park, according to a survey. The survey by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of about 1,600 residents found that the trauma of the tragedy remained a costly and complex condition to resolve for survivors, hundreds of first responders and the families of those killed by Adam Lanza.
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December 25, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Memorials to the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims flourished on Christmas Day as Newtown, Conn., police got a break from holiday duty, with officers from nearby jurisdictions relieving them. The usual Christmas trappings dotted the town -- wreaths, trees -- but alongside the teddy bears and other mementos dominated by the number 26, for the 20 students and six school staffers shot dead at Sandy Hook on Dec. 14.  The Danbury News Times reported   26 Christmas stockings dangling from a rail, 26 cardboard angels in the snow, 26 Christmas trees at one intersection -- tributes that, in number, omit Nancy Lanza, the shooter's mother and his first victim.
OPINION
December 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The killing last December of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was expected to finally change this country's apathy toward gun control. It seemed impossible, after so many 6- and 7-year-olds cowering in their classrooms were methodically shot and killed by a young man armed with a military-style semiautomatic weapon, that the nation's leaders would not begin to limit access to tools of mass murder. But it didn't happen. A year later, on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre, reasonable gun control legislation has been blocked in Congress and it's still far too easy to acquire a weapon that can kill a dozen people in seconds.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Family members of Sandy Hook shooting victims are bewildered that Congress is still struggling to pass stricter gun laws, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday afternoon. Speaking to a room full of police in uniform at a White House event, Biden bluntly described the opposition that gun measures face. He blamed “the black helicopter crowd” for stirring up fears that the government wants to “swoop down” and seize everyone's guns. That opposition has stalled action, Biden said, frustrating the families of victims.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
After weeks of unspeakable tragedy, funerals and muted holiday celebrations, Thursday was about normalcy for Sandy Hook Elementary School students -- at least as much as was possible. About 500 students and their teachers were back in class for the first time since a gunman slaughtered 20 children and six adults at their Newtown, Conn., school three weeks ago. They returned to a school that bore the Sandy Hook name but is located about seven miles away from the building where their classmates died.
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January 2, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
One day before children from Sandy Hook Elementary School return to class for the first time since last month's massacre, parents and children toured their new school during a Wednesday open house. "Be assured that the towns of Monroe and Newtown are working night and day to ensure the facility is safe, secure and fully operational for our return,” Sandy Hook Principal Donna Page said in a letter to parents posted on the school's website. Page previously led the school, but has returned from retirement following the shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
A book for children about the Sandy Hook shootings? Random House announced Monday that it will be publishing one this fall. And with an award-winning writer and illustrator at the helm, it just might work. Patricia MacLachlan, who will be writing the story, is best known for her children's book "Sally, Plain and Tall," which won the 1986 Newbery Medal. The art will be done by Steven Kellogg , who has written and/or illustrated about 100 books for children, garnering the New England Book Award and the Regina Medal for distringuished contribution to children's literature.
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February 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Numerous Facebook "tribute" pages that emerged after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December have turned into a convenient venting vehicle for those who contend the shooting never happened. So U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, both Democrats, and Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty -- who represents Newtown, Conn. -- asked Facebook to take down harassing or exploitative pages. “Many [pages] give the appearance they were created by loved ones in the names of the victims,” the lawmakers wrote Monday.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Groupon Inc. is canceling all its firearm offers a month after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month in Connecticut. “All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature,” said spokeswoman Julie Mossler in an emailed statement Monday....
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Dec. 8 - 14, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Styled to Rock The designers create looks inspired by old Hollywood for Khloe Kardashian to wear at a Grammy Awards after party in this new episode. 8 p.m. Bravo Grimm When several delinquent teenagers go missing, Nick and Hank (David Giuntoli , Russell Hornsby)
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Solemn moments of prayer and the singing of hymns contrasted with calls for political action during a vigil at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, almost a year after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The sermons and speeches during the vigil aimed to console, as well as to demand action on gun-control laws. “A year ago next Sunday I said from this pulpit behind me that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
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December 6, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Adam Lanza was, by all accounts, a strange child. Matthew Lysiak's new book, "Newtown: An American Tragedy," tackles the challenge of drawing a portrait of the troubled young man, who killed 20 children and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school last year. In junior high, Lysiak tells us, young Adam carried around an empty briefcase and insisted on sanitizing his desk each time he sat down. As an adolescent, his Little League teammates found it amusing when he was hit by a pitch - they knew he suffered from a form of sensory deprivation and couldn't feel pain.
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December 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - "Newtown 911, what's the location of your emergency?" The voice on the other end shook with fear. "Sandy Hook school," the woman said. "I think there's somebody shooting in here. " It was the first call received by police in Newtown, Conn., the morning of Dec. 14 after Adam Lanza had shot his way into the elementary school and begun rampaging down the corridors and into classrooms. When he was done, 20 first-graders and six school employees lay dead. Lanza, 20, who had shot his mother, Nancy, to death in their Newtown home, then killed himself.
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November 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman
As Newtown, Conn., awaited the release Monday of an official report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the city's top elected official compared each reminder of the shootings to a "body blow" and spoke of the despair she feels as the one-year anniversary approaches. "Part of our despair is that we can do little to ease their personal pain," Newtown's first selectman, Pat Llodra, said of the victims' relatives and others affected by the Dec. 14, 2012 rampage. The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, shot to death 20 first-graders and six school workers, and his mother, before killing himself inside the school.
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November 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
NEW YORK -- Adam Lanza, whose shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, acted with deliberation despite his mental health problems and is criminally responsible for the attack that horrified the nation, investigators said Monday. In a 48-page report, the state's attorney for Connecticut's Danbury region, Stephen J. Sedensky III, said investigators could not establish a conclusive motive for the attack or why Lanza chose Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as the target for the shooting other than it was close to his home.
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December 19, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali and Henry Chu
NEWTOWN, Conn -- Daniel Barden wanted to be a fireman like his father's cousins in New York City, whom he idolized. So it was only fitting that at Wednesday's funeral for Barden, one of the young victims in the Sandy Hook massacre, dozens of firefighters joined the crowd of mourners. The New York firefighters were clad in dress blue uniforms, many with white gloves, at the Wednesday morning at funeral services for 7-year-old Daniel. PHOTOS:  Mourning after the massacre Twenty children and six adults were killed Friday morning when a gunman, identified by police as Adam Lanza, invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School.
OPINION
January 15, 2013 | By Michael Shermer
President Obama has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent another Sandy Hook. "Because what choice do we have?" he asked. "We can't accept events like this as routine. " Unfortunately, such events are far more random than they are routine. They are what the statistician Nassim Taleb calls "Black Swan events": improbable, rare and unpredictable. We will never be able to prevent them. But that does not mean we can do nothing in response. We should start by understanding the distinction between murder and mass murder.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The gunman who massacred 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was obsessed with mass murders and so mentally twisted that his mother planned to move him out of state so he could attend a special school, yet she had him living in a home with firearms and ammunition and gave him money to buy a gun for Christmas. The information was released Monday in the most detailed account yet of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting that left 20 first-graders and six school employees dead and galvanized calls nationwide for stricter gun control.
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November 6, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Nine people were shot in a barbershop in east Detroit on Wednesday night, and at least two of them have been confirmed dead, police said. The shooting happened about 6 p.m. at Rockie's Barbershop on  East Seven Mile, according to the Detroit Free Press . [Updated, 8:38 p.m. Nov. 6:  Later, police said the shooting actually happened at Al's Barbershop, which is in the same area.] Those who survived have been transported to hospitals, police said.
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