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To The People Who Protect Ours Kids Every Day — Teachers, Thank You

So the tragedy on Friday in Newtown, Connecticut has had everyone thinking.  Which is good. 

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To Newtown, With Love — A Townsquare Media Buffalo Effort to Help Heal Sandy Hook

Since news broke of Friday's (December 14) tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., so many people -- at our studio, in Buffalo and across the country -- have been asking what they can do to help. And while nothing we can do will ever really be enough, we want to help Buffalonians show their support for our East Coast neighbors.

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Dog Owner Offers Out Hugs to Heal Newtown

In an attempt to heal not only the ones directly connected to the tragedy at Newtown, CT, this past Friday, but the entire town, retired special education teacher Michael Cragin has decided to offer out hugs — not from him, but from his beloved bulldog Truman.

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Names of Victims in Newtown, Connecticut Massacre Revealed

Authorities have released the names of the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly killed 27 people, as well as himself. Lanza's rampage began when he shot and killed his mother, Nancy, at her home before he drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed six adults and 20 children before taking his own life.

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Eerie Similarities In Shooter, Thoughts On Gun Control

Watching the updates on yesterday's (12/14/12) tragedy unfold, I can't help but see some physical similarities between the Newtown, CT shooter and the Aurora, CO shooter (I don't even want to breathe the names of these selfish madmen)

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Talking to Children About Tragedy in Wake of Connecticut School Shooting

How do you explain the unexplainable to children? Today, parents across the country, including myself, were faced with this  -- fumbling over words while explaining the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - located only 20 miles away from my own daughter's elementary school.

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Shooting At Elementary School In Newtown, Connecticut
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27 Dead, Including 20 Children, in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting (UPDATED)

NOTE: This post will be continually updated as new information comes in. Video and photos are below. All times Eastern.

UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: Originally it was thought that Adam Lanza, the gunman, shot his mother at the Sandy Hook Elementary school, where she was a teacher's aide. ABC has learned that, in fact, Nancy Lanza was killed at her home (by her son) prior to the massacre. He then drove to the school, where he killed 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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Politicizing Connecticut Shootings, And Talking To Your Kids

My heart aches writing this.  As of press-time, there are 27 confirmed dead. 18 of them were children.

As a member of the media for over 15 years, I've found myself talking about things like this more often than I'd like

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