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Connecticut School Shootings

See Snoop Dogg in an Anti-Gun Violence Ad

Originally posted 03/11/2015 07:25PM

Snoop Dogg's changing his tune.

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Newtown Votes to Demolish the Home of Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza

Newtown Votes to Demolish the Home of Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza

Originally posted 01/22/2015 10:00AM

The yellow colonial home where Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza lived with his mother will be razed.

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Newtown School Shooting: Man Remembers the Girlfriend He Lost 2 Years Ago

Heartbreak & Healing: Man Remembers Girlfriend He Lost in Newtown School Shooting

Originally posted 12/14/2014 11:00AM

Exactly two years have passed since Tony Lusardi's girlfriend, Lauren Rousseau, died in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.

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Ordinary People, Incredible Resilience: See the Week's Top Stories

Ordinary People, Incredible Resilience: See PEOPLE's Top Stories of the Week

Originally posted 11/29/2014 08:00AM

An unspeakable tragedy, then a new beginning. A heartbreaking farewell, then a dramatic rescue. A mysterious disappearance, then a vow never to give up searching.

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'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' Writer Opens Up About Life with Violent Son

Blogger Who Wrote 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' Opens Up About Life with Violent Son

Originally posted 09/12/2014 08:30PM

Liza Long used to spend hours using Photoshop to merge various pictures of her four children into one ideal image.

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Heroes Among Us: Sandy Hook Teacher Starts a Charity About Kindness

Heroes Among Us

Sandy Hook Hero Teacher Helps Classrooms Nationwide While Teaching Kids Kindness

Originally posted 05/29/2014 03:30PM

First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis knew she had to act fast the moment she heard gunfire outside her classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. In a matter of seconds, she closed the door, turned off the lights and packed 15 first graders into the tiny bathroom in their classroom.

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Sandy Hook Killer Would Have 'Killed Me in a Heartbeat,' Says His Own Father

UpdatePosted 03/10/2014 11:30AM

Sandy Hook Killer Adam Lanza Would Have 'Killed Me in a Heartbeat,' Says His Father

Originally posted 03/10/2014 08:50AM

In his most extensive comments about the 2012 Connecticut school massacre, the father of gunman Adam Lanza describes his struggle to comprehend what his son did – an act that "couldn't get any more evil" – and how he now wishes that his son had never been born.

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Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Sandy Hook Elementary Will Be Torn Down

Originally posted 10/07/2013 09:20AM

Newtown voters have accepted a $50 million grant from the state of Connecticut to build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of last year's school massacre.

The unofficial results Saturday were 4,504 for the grant offer and 558 against. The vote was essentially a formality since a task force of Newtown officials decided in May in favor of a plan to tear down the school and build a new one. Sandy Hook students have been attending classes at a school in neighboring Monroe.

State lawmakers had set aside the money to help the town build a new school to replace the one where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

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A Weekend of Wedded Bliss: See Who Tied the Knot | Halle Berry, Jimmy Kimmel, Olivier Martinez

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Wedding Weekend: Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez; Jimmy Kimmel & Molly McNearney Are Married

Originally posted 07/15/2013 09:35AM

Wedding bells are ringing loud and clear in Hollywood.

Just two weeks after couples NeNe and Gregg Leakes, Scott Weiland and Jamie Wachtel, Narciso Rodrigue and Thomas Tolan, and Star Wars creator George Lucas and Mellody Hobson made their love official, another three couples walked down the aisle.

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Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Pays Tribute to Mom on Wedding Day

Erica Lafferty, Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, Marries

Originally posted 07/14/2013 02:55PM

Erica Lafferty, the youngest daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in December's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., recently marked a joyous occasion.

On July 6, she married fiancé Christopher Smegielski, at her mother's lake house in the Adirondacks.

That morning, , Lafferty, 27, paid a visit to her mother's grave. And she wore her wedding dress.

"I wanted to let her know how much I missed her," Lafferty says. "No daughter should ever have to do that on her wedding day … and I make sure she is always part of every day, like she always had been."

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