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Peter Lanza Tells His Story

Says he wishes son Adam had never been born

(Newser) - More than a year after his son killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Peter Lanza is talking. Lanza met with Andrew Solomon six times starting last fall, and the result is an extensive, nearly 7,600-word profile in the New Yorker in which Lanza says of son Adam,... More »

Lanza Called Radio Station to Talk About Crazed Chimp

Caller, purported to be Lanza, likened 'Travis' to a 'teenage mall shooter'

(Newser) - Adam Lanza left behind no clues as to why he killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, but the New York Daily News claims it has accessed audio of a seven-minute call he made to an Oregon radio station that gives a little more insight into his dark... More »

Newtown Charity Is Missing $70K in Donations

One co-founder points the finger at another

(Newser) - A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running. Co-founder Ryan Graney of Nashville said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used... More »

Adam Lanza's Therapist Gave Up His License

Psychiatrist allegedly had sexual relationship with patient: records

(Newser) - A psychiatrist who saw Adam Lanza several years ago gave up his license last year after he was accused of sexual relations with a patient, the AP reports, based on newly-available public records. Dr. Paul L. Fox hadn't seen Lanza since Lanza was about 15, he told police following... More »

Officer to Adam Lanza: Who Shot You?

Was apparently unaware Lanza had been the gunman; police report made public

(Newser) - State police in Connecticut today made public thousands of pages related to their investigation into Adam Lanza and the Newtown shooting, and media outlets are poring over the text, audio, and video to see whether they might shed more light on his actions. You can see the files here . Authorities... More »

Why the Mentally Ill Are Allowed to Own Guns

Federal, state laws won't budge on the issue

(Newser) - Mentally ill, and legally armed? America's latest gun-rights debate revealed a little-known loophole: that the mentally ill can often keep their guns, even after making violent threats, the New York Times reports. Most states abide by federal law, which requires guns to be confiscated only after someone has been... More »

On Sandy Hook Anniversary, Mom Recalls Last Day With Daughter

Teresa Bomgardner Rousseau remembers daughter Lauren

(Newser) - As President Obama marked the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy with a moment of silence , one of the grieving mothers marked it with 1,248 heart-wrenching words. Teresa Bomgardner Rousseau's daughter, Lauren, had recently been hired as a full-time substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School on... More »

91 Kids Age 10 or Younger Shot to Death in 2012

'Washington Post' analysis finds total goes way beyond Newtown

(Newser) - The 20 children shot to death inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year account for only about a fifth of the young kids fatally shot in 2012, according to a Washington Post analysis. The survey finds that 91 children age 10 or younger were killed in deliberate shootings... More »

Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please

Town won't hold public memorial

(Newser) - December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a... More »

You're Wrong to Listen to Newtown Tapes

Jeffrey Kluger thinks we're all rubbernecking a tragedy

(Newser) - "If you're careful, you'll get through today without doing something morally monstrous." That's how Jeffrey Kluger begins his meditation on the morality of listening to the Newtown 911 tapes in Time . Yes, he allows, there are "moral lifelines" you can use to justify this... More »

Newtown 911 Tapes Released

Dispatchers are calm, ask about kids

(Newser) - Newtown officials today released the long-awaited—and controversial—recordings of the 911 calls that came in during the Sandy Hook shooting. Operators remain calm on the recordings, the AP reports, even as they seek help from state police and town officials. They urge the callers, who include a janitor and... More »

Judge Orders Release of Sandy Hook 911 Calls

Barring a successful appeal, they'll be released Dec. 4

(Newser) - The 911 calls made during the Sandy Hook shooting will be unsealed next Wednesday, unless an appeal of the ruling proves successful. A Connecticut judge yesterday ordered their release, backing a Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission move despite opposition from state attorney Stephen Sedensky. The AP reports that it has... More »

In Today's Sandy Hook Report: 'Disturbing' Details

State defends secrecy surrounding probe

(Newser) - After repeated delays and criticism of excessive secrecy, Connecticut prosecutors plan to release a report at 3pm today on the probe of last year's Newtown school massacre. The report, which comes almost a year after gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary School... More »

Newtown Neighbor Sorry for Bullets Joke

Incoming board member urged to resign early

(Newser) - With calls flying that he should resign before he even takes office, a newly-elected school board member from Brooksfield, Conn., apologized today for saying that he'd honor the victims of the massacre in neighboring Newtown by buying bullets. Gregory Beck made the comment in response to a Facebook post... More »

Newtown Cop's PTSD Could Get Him Fired

Thomas Bean was a first responder

(Newser) - A Newtown, Conn., police officer on his day off was among the first to respond to the Sandy Hook school shooting—and he still can't escape the horrific memories. Thomas Bean has flashbacks and has considered suicide, he tells CNN : "That day killed me inside." He was... More »

Pulverizing of Sandy Hook School Begins

Closed from public, to be completed by shooting anniversary

(Newser) - It was a plan months in the making , but construction crews this week began the take-down of Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Rarely has a major tear-down been conducted in such a hushed manner," observes the Los Angeles Times . Passers-by will have no view of the work site, which... More »

Sandy Hook Victim's Dad Turns Her Life Into Music

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene says he grieves for his daughter every day

(Newser) - Jazz musician Jimmy Greene said he couldn't touch his saxophone for a month—after his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, was murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre , the New York Times reports. "I don’t know if we’ll ever feel whole again," said Green, who also... More »

Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

(Newser) - Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre , reports Yahoo . Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—... More »

Kid Loses $3K on Jeopardy!— Over Spelling

Calls Lincoln document 'Emanciptation Proclamation'

(Newser) - A 12-year-old from Newtown, Conn., got the right answer at the close of a Jeopardy! episode—but his spelling cost him the $3,000 he'd wagered. Asked what document Abraham Lincoln had called a "fit and necessary war measure," Thomas Hurley III wrote, "What is the... More »

Each Sandy Hook Victim's Family Will Get $281K

Committee oversees distribution of $7.7M

(Newser) - The committee in charge of distributing Sandy Hook donations has a distribution plan: Each victim's family would get $281,000, totaling 95% of the $7.7 million that will be given out. On top of that, families of kids who survived the classroom attacks would receive $20,000 each,... More »

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