October 23, 2013 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - The firehouse is still there, just as it was on the day of the shooting, except for the 26 bronze stars adorning its roof: one for each victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The school is still there too, a short walk up the road, but not for long. This week, gates guarding one of the nation's most notorious crime scenes quietly swung open to heavy machinery and construction trucks as work began to demolish the campus where 20 first-graders and six school employees died Dec. 14. Rarely has a major tear-down been conducted in such a hushed manner, but rarely has a project been steeped in such tragedy and debated in the midst of a town in mourning, in full view of those hit hardest.
September 30, 2013 |
The same day the FBI released video showing Aaron Alexis hunting down people in the halls of the Washington Navy Yard, Connecticut law enforcement officials were defending their refusal to make public 911 recordings from December's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Connecticut officials lost; the state's Freedom of Information Commission on Wednesday ordered the state's attorney in Danbury, Stephen Sedensky III, to release the recordings. But Sedensky plans to appeal, promising to extend a legal battle that has raised the question of when the public's right to know supersedes the need for sensitivity toward victims' families -- especially when the victims were young children gunned down in their classrooms.
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The effects of Superstorm Sandy plagued New Jersey throughout the summer, according to a poll released Wednesday that showed 38% of state residents who visited the Jersey shore spent less time there than they expected. The poll, conducted by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press, said that 1 in 6 New Jersey adults who normally spend time at the Jersey shore during the summer did not do so this year. Of those who visited the state's summer resorts but cut their stays short, nearly half cited worries that the seasonal businesses they counted on would not be open.
September 12, 2013 |
A fire broke out Thursday along a seaside boardwalk on the New Jersey shore, destroying businesses that had only recently started recovering from devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last year. News video showed flames roaring along the boardwalk in Seaside Park, a community about 80 miles south of New York City with a year-round population of about 2,200, according to the town's website. The fire erupted at an ice cream shop and quickly roared out of control, fueled by winds of 30-35 mph. “It got totally out of control,” the town's police chief, Francis Larkin, told local TV news stations as video showed a massive black cloud floating up from the boardwalk and flames shooting out of businesses.
August 31, 2013 |
Most Americans know Seaside Heights as the town made famous by Snooki and her ilk in MTV's reality series “Jersey Shore.” Mike Loundy simply knows the resort town as home. His grandfather came to Seaside Heights in 1932. The family never left, and Loundy's two daughters, he proudly notes, are fourth-generation residents. The town Loundy calls home was among the many devastated when Hurricane Sandy roared up the eastern seaboard last October. Rain, wind and surging tides tossed a roller coaster from Seaside Heights' boardwalk into the Atlantic Ocean before pummeling homes and businesses.
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August 11, 2013 |
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
August 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Inside the Tudor house one block from the beach in the Rockaways, Susan Fruchter's world is much as it has been for decades. Oil paintings on the walls depict studious rabbis, framed Hebrew prints commemorate special events, elegant wooden furniture is tastefully spaced through the rooms. But outside, on the blocks of modest brick and wooden homes and tree-lined streets, everything is changing. It had started before the storm - people picking up and moving nearer to their grown children, Jews who had lived in the neighborhood for decades moving closer to kosher markets or Jewish schools.
July 27, 2013
"Do I feel like it should be stripped? I mean, yeah, I do. I feel like it should be, but that's not for me to decide, you know?" - The Dodgers' Matt Kemp , who finished second to Ryan Braun in voting for National League most valuable player in 2011, on whether Braun deserves the prize after being suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. "Sandy Koufax teases me, or did one time. He said, 'Why weren't you smart enough to come up with that 10 years before and I think it could be called the Koufax operation?
July 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Romance can be tumultuous, and no one knows that better than the Statue of Liberty. Over and over, Lady Liberty has been separated from her adoring public, most recently by an uninvited guest named Sandy who stormed through, leaving heartbreak and ruin in her wake. For eights months, the statue stood alone in New York Harbor, but the painful breakup was pushed aside Thursday as visitors returned to the Statue of Liberty for the first time since the superstorm shut her down on Oct. 29, 2012.
June 28, 2013 |
Most Dodgers fans know of Sandy Koufax's perfect game against the Cubs in 1965 along with the two World Series MVPs and three Cy Young Awards. The Dodgers gave out Sandy Koufax bobbleheads to the first 50,000 fans Thursday night. But some things get lost in the legend of No. 32. Koufax wasn't even born a Koufax. He was born Sanford Braun, but took the name of his stepfather after his parents divorced and his mother remarried. Koufax went to the University of Cincinnati, where he walked on to the basketball team and earned a partial scholarship.