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Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

The following S-R editorial was published on Dec. 19, 2012, five days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., has hit home like no other. The angelic faces of little boys and girls haunt Americans who wonder whether more could have been done or should have been done.

Conn. shooter’s dad: ’You can’t get any more evil’

NEW YORK — 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.

Sandy Hook kids face 1st classes since shooting

MONROE, Conn. — Classes resumed today for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School for the first time since last month’s massacre in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Sandy Hook students will find blizzard of welcome

HAMDEN, Conn. – Snowflakes made of coiled copy paper, Post-it notes and even Swarovski Crystal pile into a business-park office like an indoor blizzard. They arrive by mail in envelopes and boxes. Some are dropped off by hand, others hauled in by UPS and FedEx workers.

Group gathering paper hearts to send to Connecticut town

BILLINGS – It started as a way for one Montana family to talk about the tragic school shooting of 26 children and adults. Now it’s blossoming into an international movement to build a chain of handmade paper hearts to stretch almost across the country. Gala Thompson and her family’s Paper Hearts Across America estimate it would take about 19 million small paper hearts to connect Billings to Newtown, Conn. They’re hoping to gather that many hearts so they can deliver them to the residents of Newtown and show them there’s still good in the world.

Despite precautions, local schools still feel vulnerability

The tragedy in Connecticut could happen here. That’s the reality that struck parents, district officials, teachers and law enforcement in the Inland Northwest Friday as the story unfolded in Newtown, Conn., where a masked gunman massacred 20 children and six adults in an elementary school.