Slatest PM: One Year Later, Still Searching for Answers in Newtown

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 25 2013 4:38 PM

Slatest PM: One Year Later, Still Searching for Answers in Newtown

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Residents pay tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 15, 2012.

Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Sandy Hook Report: CBS News: "The prosecutor who led the investigation into the Newtown school shooting says it did not determine a motive for the attack. State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III says there is also no clear indication why he chose Sandy Hook Elementary School as the target for his rampage other than the fact that it was close to his home. He said the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, had significant mental health issues that affected his ability to live a normal life and interact with others but did not affect his mental state for the crimes."

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New Details: New York Times: "The horror of the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where Mr. Lanza fatally shot 20 first-grade students and six adults, has been reported in detail, but the police report shed further light on the case. Mr. Lanza’s day started at home, where he shot and killed his mother, Nancy, in her bed. The .22-caliber rifle that he used to shoot her at close range was found later by her bedside. He went to the school armed with 30-round magazines for a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle, along with several other weapons, and blasted his way through the glass front entrance. In less than five minutes, Mr. Lanza fired 154 rounds from the rifle, killing the children and six faculty members, and then took his own life with a pistol."

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More Steubenville Charges: Associated Press: "An Ohio school superintendent and three more people have been charged following by a grand jury investigation prompted by the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year. ... The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law. The Steubenville superintendent faces the most serious charges, including obstructing justice. A principal, a strength coach and a volunteer coach also are charged. They're accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor."

Thanksgiving Nor'easter: CBS News: "A storm blamed for at least eight deaths in the West is bringing freezing rain and sleet to parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas as it continues making its way through the Southwest before moving east ahead of Thanksgiving... Meteorologists said they expected the Arctic mass to head south and east and threaten plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports for some of the busiest travel days of the year. The storm will dump icy weather on parts of the Midwest and most of the South before affecting nearly all of the East Coast on Wednesday."

Contractor Charged in Philly Building Collapse: NBC Philadelphia: "Griffin T. Campbell, 49, of Philadelphia, faces six counts of third degree murder, six counts of involuntary manslaughter and 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person, according to District Attorney Seth Williams. 'It would appear, bluntly, the motive was greed,' Williams said. Campbell's accused of ignoring safety advice, even as late as eve of the collapse. It was the morning of June 5, 2013, when a 4-story, free-standing brick wall came crashing down on top of the Salvation Army Thrift Store on the corner of 22nd and Market Streets. Shoppers and workers inside were buried in the debris -- including one woman, for 13 hours.

Rare Dinosaur Find: Live Science: "The tiny, intact skeleton of a baby rhinoceroslike dinosaur has been unearthed in Canada... The fossil is the smallest intact skeleton ever found from a group of horned, plant-eating dinosaurs known as ceratopsids, a group that includes the iconic Triceratops. 'The big ones just preserve better: They don't get eaten, they don't get destroyed by animals,' said study co-author Philip Currie, a paleobiologist at the University of Alberta. 'You always hope you're going to find something small and that it will turn out to be a dinosaur.'"

Lockdown at Yale: Associated Press: "A campus wide lockdown has been partially lifted at Yale University as New Haven, Conn., police continue to investigate after receiving a call saying someone was coming with a gun to shoot up the school. The shelter-in-place order is now only in effect for the Old Campus and Calhoun College sections of the Ivy League school. New Haven police Officer David Hartman says an anonymous caller told them his roommate had a gun and was heading to the campus."

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