April 8, 2013 |
HARTFORD, Conn. -- President Obama will meet Monday with family members of victims killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to talk about their efforts to persuade Congress to pass gun control measures in response to the tragedy. The relatives of eight victims will talk with the president at the University of Hartford before he gives an address calling on lawmakers to work out a compromise to expand the background checks required for potential gun buyers. Afterward, the 11 family members will travel back to Washington aboard Air Force One to join other advocates pushing for change.
January 9, 2011
The bullets did not discriminate. Sprayed from the barrel of a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol by a man whose actions may never make sense, they killed six people and wounded 14 more. Those whose lives ended violently Saturday were participating in a basic democratic exercise. They had come to meet the woman who represents them in Washington, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A Democrat who had won her third term by a sliver, Giffords was the intended target of the shooter's attack, authorities said.
December 15, 2012 |
NEWTOWN, Conn. - It's not the way Emilie Parker died that will matter. It's the way she lived. Emilie was only 61/2, but to hear her father tell it, the little blond girl with the cornflower blue eyes was an extraordinary force in the lives of her loved ones. "Emilie was bright, creative and very loving," said Robbie Parker, 30, a physician assistant who moved his family from Utah to Connecticut eight months ago. An "exceptional artist" who always carried markers and pencils with her, Emilie never missed the chance to make a drawing or a card for those around her. "I can't count the number of times Emilie found someone feeling sad or frustrated and rushed to grab a piece of paper to draw them a picture or write them a note," her father said Saturday.
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September 19, 2013 |
An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 20 female parishioners may have many more victims who've yet to be identified, authorities said Thursday. Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested Friday on allegations that during his eight years as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk he assaulted the parishioners. Detectives said of the 20 alleged victims have provided investigators with detailed accounts of sex acts that the pastor told were neccesary for his "healing hands.
January 22, 2010 |
An Illinois man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for helping to lead an identity theft ring that counted Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his wife, Anna, among its victims. Leonardo Darnell Zanders, 49, of Dolton, Ill., was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, Va., to 200 months in prison for his role in the ring that caused about $1.5 million in losses for at least 10 financial institutions, the Justice Department said in a statement.
December 18, 2012 |
Like most of America, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was saddened by the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday. So he decided to pay tribute to the victims during Monday night's game against the New York Jets. “Kind of heartbroken, so just something to try to give back and show tribute to those families knowing how much they hurt,” Johnson said. “And a situation where on 'Monday Night Football' everybody around the world is watching.” Johnson wrote the names of each of the victims on his shoes and also had the words “RIP SHES” and a cross on each shoe.
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April 15, 2014 |
The coroner in Glenn County released the names Tuesday of three of the 10 victims of a fiery crash last week between a FedEx truck and a charter bus. Sheriff-Coroner Larry Jones confirmed that Talalelei Feleni Lealao-Taiao, 53, the bus driver; Michael Lee Myvett Jr., 29, a chaperon; and Ismael Jimenez, 18, a senior at Animo Inglewood Charter High School, were killed in the crash. Family members of the three victims and the driver's employer had confirmed to reporters that they had died, but authorities had to rely on dental records and DNA samples to identify and release most of the bodies, which had been burned beyond recognition.
July 27, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS -- The car driven by Regan Smith in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have a special paint scheme at Sunday's Brickyard 400 that pays tribute to the victims of the recent Colorado theater shooting. Smith's team is Furniture Row Racing, whose general manager, Joe Garone, noted that "the movie theater where the shooting took place is only a few miles from where our team is based in Denver. " The scheme on Smith's No. 78 Chevrolet, which was being painted on the car Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will include "Aurora, CO" on the side and the names of the 12 people who died in the shooting.
August 29, 2012 |
AURORA, Colo. - They gathered in unity on Tuesday for the first time, 18 victims or family members of those killed or wounded in the July 20 movie massacre asking what happened to the $5 million raised in the name of their loved ones. “We've come to speak in one voice,” began Tom Teves, who took the role of informal leader of the group crammed onto a tiny stage Tuesday. His son, 24-year-old Alex Teves, was one of the 12 killed when a gunman opened fire in a packed Aurora theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises.” Fifty-eight others were wounded.
April 15, 2013 |
BOSTON - More than 144 people hurt in the Boston Marathon bombing were sent to hospitals, officials said, and three were killed. Seventeen of the injured were in critical condition Monday night. The two bombs hundreds of yards apart created a "very powerful blast" that caused mostly lower-body injuries to bone, soft tissue and blood vessels, doctors said. Ten victims needed amputations. More will need surgery Tuesday, officials said. Also Tuesday, information is to be released about those who died in the blasts.