The slow drip of Sandy Hook information - Connecticut Post
[...] State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III's final report is released, that may just be the way it's going to be: someone close to the investigation will leak some specifics and survivors will be caught off guard with reminders of how their loved ones, co-workers and classmates died. [...] even after Sedensky's report is released sometime this fall, new information may continue to emerge for years. Following the shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut legislative leaders put together a large-scale task force to hold hearings and draft new legislation on gun control, school safety and mental health issues. A week after the report, which detailed Lanza's method of killing and his possession of an arsenal including nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition, the General Assembly expanded the state's 1991 ban on military-style weapons to include the Bushmaster XM-15 used by Lanza and a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines. The governor's commission, newspaper reports and civil lawsuits resulted in further information, controversy and more heartbreaking details for families. Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed after he warned his classmates to run when Lanza stopped to reload his rifle, said the Courant account is similar to briefings family members received from State Police. Chris Vadas, a resident of Sandy Hook whose job as a Redding police officer brought him to the school as a first responder Dec. 14, said during a Saturday phone interview that the new details definitely have their effect on survivors.
2nd Amendment group to mark 12-14-13 - NewsTimes
The Second Amendment Foundation announced Thursday that it is proclaiming Dec. 14 as Guns Save Lives Day and is planning events in all 50 states to counteract what it characterized as anti-gun propaganda that exploits the tragedy. In Connecticut Wednesday for a big-ticket fundraiser for his re-election campaign, Christie is next in line to become the chairman of the Republican Governors Association should he win this November in the Garden State. Wrestling matriarch and former two-time GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon hosted Christie at her Greenwich compound for the $3,800-per-person fundraiser, which was closed to the media. First he gets bumped by Megyn Kelly. The Fox News Channel commentator got into a spirited shouting match with the three-term incumbent from Fairfield County Tuesday night when Himes tried to compare the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to Hannity's medical coverage. Conservatives object to allowing members of Congress and their aides to keep their employer contribution to their medical plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires Americans to participate in insurance exchanges if they are not covered by their employers or face fines.
Sandy Hook Demolition Has Newtown Residents Relieved
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Neighbors of the elementary school where 20 children and six adults were shot dead last year expressed relief as workers tore down parts of it on Friday.
Newtown Residents Running 26 Miles For 26 Sandy Hook Victims
HARTFORD, Conn. -- HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Dr. Laura Nowacki will be running the 26.2 miles of the Hartford Marathon on Saturday to honor the 26 children and educators who died last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Newtown Witnesses And Their Families Battle Persistent Fears
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- A few nights after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, David Posey heard a strange noise in his house and went upstairs to check on his son. The little boy, who had just seen his teacher and a first-grade classmate gunned down, was pounding on the floor.
Jesse Lewis, Newtown Victim, Shouted For Classmates To Run: Mom
HARTFORD, Conn. -- HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy killed in the massacre in Sandy Hook Elementary School shouted for his classmates to run while the gunman paused to reload and was shot moments later, the boy's mother said Friday.
Friends build 'happy and bright' memorial - Connecticut Post
Determined to do something with their gnawing grief, Tania's three best friends started texting each other to come up with a lasting memorial to her. The courtyard, tended by a school ecology club, already plays host to a family of migrating mallard ducks that returns each year, a vegetable garden now plump with tomatoes, a 9/11 memorial, and just last spring, a tree planted in memory of Jessica Rekos, a Sandy Hook victim whose mom is a Blackham teacher. Having gained permission from school officials, the girls sought the advice of Chris Kinsley, a teacher who runs the ecology club. The garden includes a bench, red and pink impatiens, wood chips, a brick border and a plaque that includes Tania's favorite quote, which she made part of her salutatorian address: "Always remember the past, plan for the future, but live in the present because yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised to us." Last week, Digna Pacheco, Tania's mother, and Tania's sister, Carmita Zuniga, visited the garden. Carmita Zuniga said her baby sister was very smart and a really good student. Patty Eng, the Blackham social worker, called Tania a bright star. People called them twins, they looked so much alike. Even now that she is a freshman at the Fairchild Wheeler science magnet school, Amy thinks about calling Tania when she can't find something in her messy notebook.