The Weekend That Was (Updated)
UPDATE1: This controversial, moving and frightening essay by a mother of a child with mental illness entitled “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” is rapidly making the rounds of Internet.
UPDATE2: During a “Meet the Press” interview, Mayor Bloomberg said the kind of violence we saw last Friday in Newtown “only happens in America,” and President Obama’s top priority should be gun control.
Obama is traveling to Newtown this evening to meet with the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and thank first responders. He will also speak at an interfaith vigil.
The wounds were “devastating,” according to Carver, who said all the victims were shot at close range and more than once. “This is probably the worst I have seen or the worst that I know of any of my colleagues having seen.”
The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, was a socially awkward loner who may have had Asperger’s Syndrome.
Officials said it’s “too early to say” whether the tragic school, which housed kindergarten through fourth grade, would ever reopen to classes.
Authorities say an Indiana man who had 47 guns and ammunition in his home has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people at an elementary school near his home.
The NYS Council of School Superintendents asks: “Can we keep everyone safe today?” (Fixed to accurately reflect source).
Two US senators – Joe Lieberman, of Connecticut, and Dick Durbin, of Illinois – are calling for a national commission to examine mass shootings. California’s Dianne Feinstein plans to revive her plan to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and son seriously injured in the LIRR shooting: “I agree, today is not the day to talk about gun laws. The day for that conversation was long before all those kids in Connecticut died on Friday.”
Simply improving access to mental health care won’t be enough to prevent future shooting tragedies, experts say.
UPDATE3: Speaking at Evangelical Crusade Fishers of Men Church in Flatbush, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio criticized gun manufacturers and the NRA for blocking commonsense legislation like the Assault Weapons Ban, and urged President Obama to exercise leadership on gun control.
UPDATE4: Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Long Beach today to announce $40 million in reimbursements for Nassau County to cover losses sustained during superstorm Sandy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered a concussion after fainting due to dehydration, prompting the postponement of her scheduled congressional testimony on the attack on a U.S. mission in Libya.
Now that Susan Rice has taken herself out of the running, Obama will reportedly tap Sen. John Kerry to replace Clinton as secretary of state.
As part of his ongoing crusade against smoking, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to convince apartment buildings to go smoke-free.
Newsday called on Cuomo to sign a bill that would take an increasing amount of the unclaimed nickel deposit money out of the state’s general coffers and use it to fund the Environmental Protection Fund.
A change in state policy requiring Medicaid recipients who take certain drugs to get them via mail has led to delivery problems, leaving patients without life-sustaining medications for days or longer.
Two lame-duck state legislators from Queens, Sens. Shirley Huntley and David Storobin, showered loyal staffers with fat raises after their defeats.
New LIPA Chairman Lawrence Waldman says his primary aim is to stabilize the much-criticized utility, including the appointment of a new acting top executive, as discussions about its future structure continue.
The Daily Freeman on the IDC-GOP alliance, forged by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos: “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
More than 110 members of the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have arrived back in the United States after deployment in Kuwait
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