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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

The Story Behind A Striking Image Of The Scene At Sandy Hook

In a photograph taken by Shannon Hicks, police and teachers lead children away from Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, Dec. 14.
Shannon Hicks AP

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 3:26 pm

Update at 12:43 p.m. ET, Dec. 20: After we published this post, Shannon Hicks of The Newtown Bee got in touch to clarify details from the day of the Sandy Hook shooting. The text below now reflects those clarifications. For details of the revisions, please see the bottom of the post.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

In Newtown's Tragedy, Futures Cut Short And Families Left With Voids

On a hillside in Newtown, Conn., art teacher Eric Mueller sets up wooden angels in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Details about the lives of the slain are showing the depths of the community's loss.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 2:17 pm

A day after the names of children and educators killed by a gunman at a Connecticut elementary school were released by law enforcement officials, details about the victims and their lives are emerging. In the wake of Friday's depraved attack in which 20 students and 6 adults were murdered, family members and friends have made public statements about their loss. And some have chosen to mourn in private.

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Around the Nation
12:17 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Photos: Memorials Grow, Vigils Kept

A woman kisses a stuffed animal before placing it on the memorial.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 9:57 am

More details are emerging about the shooter and his victims in the worst act of deadly violence at an elementary school in U.S. history.

The Two-Way
9:21 am
Sun December 16, 2012

School Shooter Armed With 'Hundreds' Of Rounds Of Ammunition, Police Say

A makeshift memorial was set up near the entrance to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:26 am

Police on Sunday said 20-year-old Adam Lanza was armed with a high-powered rifle, two handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he forcibly entered a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and proceeded to gun down 20 young students and six faculty members.

The latest information on the tragedy, the worst violence at an elementary school in U.S. history, came ahead of President Obama's arrival in the town where Friday's mass shooting took place. The president met with families of the victims and planned to attend an evening vigil, where he will speak.

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Remembrances
8:11 am
Sun December 16, 2012

A Father Humbled By The Too-Short Life Of His Daughter

Emilie Parker, 6, was killed Dec. 14 in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Courtesy of the family

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:07 pm

Her name was Emilie Parker. Six years old. Long, flowing blond hair, piercing blue eyes and a sweet smile. Emilie was one of the 20 children killed on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we learn the names of the victims, we're also learning their stories.

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Religion
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Mormon Women Dare To Wear Pants To Church

There may be fewer skirts sighted outside Mormon churches in Salt Lake City this Sunday.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Sunday morning could see a pants revolution at church, at least if you're Mormon. A group of women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting all sisters to shed their skirts and dresses, and wear slacks or pantsuits in an attempt to change the conservative dress code.

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Details Of Sandy Hook Shooter Remain Hazy

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

A picture is slowly emerging of the 20-year-old gunman authorities say was responsible for the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Federal law enforcement has identified him as Aadam Lanza, and he is said to have been quiet and smart.

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6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Shootings Raise Questions Of School Safety

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Claudio Sanchez about school violence, and the evolution of the safety measures that schools have taken to protect their students.

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6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Newtown Pastor Ready To Help Town Heal

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

In the wake of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., residents of the town are struggling to cope. Rev. Matt Crebbin of the Newtown Congregational Church tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about the role of faith in the recovery and the message he's sharing this weekend.

Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Mass Shooting Likely To Stir New Round Of Gun Debate

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 4:08 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The debate over gun restrictions is often revived, however briefly, after tragedies like the one in Newtown. When President Obama offered his condolences to the families of those killed at Shady Hook Elementary on Friday, he added...

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Former Kentucky School Administrator Recalls 1997 Shooting

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Bill Bond, a school safety specialist at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He's also the former principal of Heath High School,in Paducah, Ky., where in 1997, a student opened fire on a prayer circle, killing three students and wounding five others.

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6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

In Shooting Aftermath, Community Continues Seeking Answers

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

Sunday doesn't begin easily for people in Newtown, Conn. People are still grappling and trying to understand why someone would shoot and kill 20 children and five employees at an elementary school. Authorities are still piecing together what happened as community members begin to grieve.

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6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Conn. Congressman: 'There's No Precendent For This'

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:25 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Chris Murphy represents Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes Newtown. He's a Democrat and he's heading to the U.S. Senate next month for his first term. We spoke with him yesterday about Friday's school shooting. Senator-elect, thanks so much for taking the time.

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS MURPHY: Thank you very much for having me.

MARTIN: I know you have been in Newtown for the last couple of days since the tragedy. Can you give us a sense of the kinds of conversations you've been having with people there?

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Around the Nation
6:42 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Spared In Shooting, Holiday Spirit Comforts Family

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:11 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

In Newtown, Connecticut, the small New England community continues to mourn after Friday's shooting that claimed the lives of so many children. Families with children in the school who survived the shooting are struggling to explain the tragedy to their kids. But they're also trying to retain some normalcy in the holiday season.

Jeff Cohen, from member station WNPR, met up with one family.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

A Nation's Mourning: How We Cope

Shop owners Tamara Doherty (left) and Jackie Gaudet meet outside their stores for the first time since becoming neighbors, just down the road from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 9:33 am

Many of us following the news out of Newtown, Conn., do not have a personal relationship with those murdered Friday. Some of us may not have children whom we need to guide as they see images from the scene.

Yet even without these connections, many people are looking for ways to process their grief and mourn the victims.

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