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The Salt
11:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Your Kitchen Trash Reborn As Abstract Art

Mixed Drinks
Courtesy of Huguette Roe

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 1:37 pm

Consider the lowly soda can. After the pop, the fizz, the guzzle, it's dumped into a recycling bin and chucked curbside with the rest of the trash.

But just as it has reached a sort of existential low point — empty, forgotten, discarded — voila! The can transforms into a thing of beauty.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

In Time Of Grief, Obama Tries To Console A Nation

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

President Barack Obama took time away from the budget negotiations yesterday to talk to the country about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The president said he reacted first as the parent of two young daughters and he paused to wipe tears from his eyes.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of five and 10 years old.

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6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shooting Rattles Small Town's History Of Quiet

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And this morning, we're finding out more about the circumstances surrounding yesterday's attacks at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lieutenant J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police has confirmed the gunman who massacred 26 children and adults at the school forced his way into the building.

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6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Details Of Connecticut Shooter Still Unclear

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This morning in Newtown, state police have briefed residents and reporters on the latest information about yesterday's tragic events. And at the moment, information about the shooter, who's been identified by law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is scant. He was found dead at the elementary school. Lanza is believed to have acted alone. NPR's Joel Rose is at this morning's briefing in Newtown. Joel, thanks for being with us.

JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Hi, Scott.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Difficult Days Ahead For For Town In Wake Of Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Yesterday, we spoke with Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel in Newtown, Connecticut. And he spent much of Friday, of course, trying to comfort families following the shooting. I can't imagine the Friday you had, sir.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Shootings And The Problem With Profiling

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And at moments like these, people often wonder if they should have seen something in the behavior of the gunman that might have predicted he could commit such as act of violence. We're joined now by NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. Thanks very much for being with us today.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Glad to be here, Scott.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Elementary School Shooting Leaves Dozens Dead

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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Around the Nation
6:48 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Small Town Reeling In Wake Of Mass School Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Yesterday, a 20-year-old man identified as Adam Lanza made his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and began shooting. Later we would learn that 26 people were shot dead, 20 of them children. Law enforcement officials tell NPR the shooter's mother was found dead at the family home.

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Investigation Continues Into Shooter's Motive

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And this morning, of course, we are reporting the story from Newtown, Connecticut; where yesterday, a young man named Adam Lanza shot and killed some 26 people at an elementary school - 20 of them, small children. Connecticut state police have briefed residents of Newtown, and reporters, on the latest from the crime scene at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, and at second crime scene.

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NPR Story
6:37 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Search For Answers Begins Following Deadly Shootings

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins us in the studio for more on the investigation. Carrie, thanks for being with us.

CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Thank you, Scott.

SIMON: What do we know about the shooter, and is anything developing on what I noticed Lieutenant Vance carefully called - he didn't use the word motive, he said the how and the why of the shooting?

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
4:34 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Small Town Tries To Cope With Unimaginable Tragedy

Mourners gather for a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., on Friday night.
Andrew Gombert AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Newtown, Conn., is a white-collar community an hour and a half northeast of New York City. It's the kind of place where crime is rare and the biggest thing that happens each year is the Labor Day parade.

Now the peace and quiet has been shattered, and residents are trying to make sense of what's happened.

Hours after the shootings that left so many people dead, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church opened its doors for a prayer vigil. People filed through the streets and past houses decorated with Christmas lights.

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Religion
6:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Singing Loud And Proud: Choir For LGBT Mormons Breaks Out

The One Voice Choir is not officially part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the ensemble is invited to perform this weekend at an LDS church-sponsored event intended to reach out to the LGBT community.
Andrea Smardon KUER

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:13 pm

Growing up in Utah, Ross Owen watched the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on television every Sunday with his family.

"It was almost like watching a rock concert, and I thought, 'Oh, I'd love to do that,' " he says.

But by the time Owen was old enough to join the choir, he was no longer a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he had been excommunicated after he came out as gay.

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Around the Nation
6:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Conn. Police: 'Very Horrific And Difficult Scene'

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:27 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We end this hour with an update on the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Here's what we know. In total, 28 people are confirmed dead, including the gunman. And NPR has confirmed his identity. He was Adam Lanza, 20 years old. That's according to federal law enforcement officials. Earlier today, his brother Ryan was taken in for questioning. Ryan Lanza is not believed to be involved in the shootings.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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Around the Nation
6:25 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Grief Counselors Meet With Sandy Hook Parents

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 6:45 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Craig Lemoult about the latest in the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

It's All Politics
6:10 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Obama Remembers 'Beautiful Little Kids,' Calls For 'Meaningful Action'

President Obama pauses as he speaks at the White House about Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 7:22 pm

Horrible acts of violence have forced President Obama to speak to a shocked nation after several mass shootings — at a shopping center in Arizona, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and, on Friday, a Connecticut elementary school.

Each time his sadness has been readily visible, mirroring the feelings of millions of Americans.

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