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Connecticut elementary school shooting: LIVE UPDATES


This tragic story has been, and continues to be, covered across the globe in almost every language.  The fact that most of the victims where small children, ages 6 to 11 years of age, makes this story regarding the loss of life even more heart breaking.  My deepest sympathies to the families, friends and loved ones of all the victims, both child and adult.

Future postings will look into the event from various perspectives to try and understand such a heinous crime.  The article below is being updated live as news is released in chronological order which helps to show the chaos and confusion when the story first broke, the contradictions as it developed and the latest information available.  I would recommend refreshing the article periodically on the link provided to the original story for recent updates as they unfold.



A gunman went on a murderous rampage in a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing at least 27 people, including 20 children, in what has become one of the deadliest shootings sprees in US history.

A young boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012 (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)

A gunman went on a murderous rampage in a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing at least 27 people, including 20 children, in what has become one of the deadliest shootings sprees in US history.

­Dec. 15, 16:55 ET: Police in Newtown have released the full list of names of the shooting victims. The list includes 20  children – 12 girls  and eight boys all aged from six to seven. Six female adults were killed.

­Dec. 15, 16:40 ET: Connecticut state police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance denied earlier reports that the gunman had an altercation with the school officials in the days before the attack. Vance said the investigation is ongoing and urged for privacy for the families of the victims of the shooting. “We’re still actively pursuing leads, and we expect to continue to do so for the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said.

­Dec. 15, 16:05 ET:  Connecticut State’s chief medical examiner says all the victims in the Sandy Hook shootings died of gunshot wounds and the deaths were classified as homicides. Everyone was shot more than once, he added.

­Dec. 15, 15:00 ET: There have been reports that Adam Lanza had an altercation with Sandy Hook Elementary School official’s days before the tragedy. Police are investigating the reports, sources tell ABC News.

All the 27 victims have been positively identified, Connecticut State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance told a press conference. But medical examiners still have some work to do and police will be releasing an official fatalities list only after that.

Men walk away after laying flowers carried from the Sandy Hook Fire Department to the Sandy Hook Elementary school sign in Sandy Hook, Connecticut December 15, 2012.(Reuters / Shannon Stapleton)


Hundreds of people flocked to the St. Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut, for a vigil to remember the victims of the massacre that took place in the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. Many were forced to stand outside holding candles, as the church could not hold all the mourners. Speaking at the vigil, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy said: "In the coming days and in the coming weeks, I will pray that you all embrace one another that you lift one another up, that you understand the difficulties that you collectively will undergo."

A woman covers her mouth as others look on stand near candles outside Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman opened fire on school children and staff in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012 (Reuters / Joshua Lott)



MSNBC guest: BP oil spill ‘an ongoing tragedy’



By Andrew Jones

Antonia Juhasz

MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed journalist Antonia Juhasz Saturday morning about the damaging results two years after the BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Juhasz, who wrote the book Black Tide based on the many problems after the spill, highlighted key elements that have been overlooked by media outlets not covering the story closely since its early high volume of attention.

“The most important is that this is an ongoing tragedy,” Juhasz said. “The consequences began on April 20, 2010, and continue aggressively today, and we can expect them to continue aggressively into the future.”

“We’ve seen enormous harm to the fish species and sea life that try to live in the gulf. We’ve seen entire species where there is concern that they won’t come back. Enormous declines in the availability and production of shrimp, of clams, of oysters, of all the seafood, which of course impacts fishers.”

Juhasz added that the spills are similar and could surpass the damage from the 1989 Exxon-Valdes oil spill in Alaska.

WATCH: Video from MSNBC, which was broadcast on April 21, 2012.

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Paul camp cries fraud over Nevada Caucus results



By Mark Wachtler

Adelson precinct, site of the last open Caucus in Nevada. Ron Paul won the precinct with 58 percent of the vote.


February 5, 2012. Las Vegas. For the second time in just five primary states, the Republican Party, with the assistance of the national corporate news media, is raising questions about the legitimacy of this season’s primary election system. First, the Iowa Republican Party and the entire American media knowingly reported the wrong Iowa Caucus results with the wrong person being declared the winner. Last night, it appears the same thing may be happening in Nevada. And again like Iowa, critics are accusing the GOP of suspicious activity.

Perhaps it’s indicative that the beneficiary of these recurring vote counting “mistakes” always seems to be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. He’s just happens to be the same man that both the Republican Party establishment and the four corporations that own all of America’s news media outlets are actively supporting.

Iowa Caucus

In Iowa a few weeks ago, local Republican precinct captains – the individuals responsible for providing the official vote count to the state Republican Party – were up in arms and all over the national media claiming their vote counts had somehow been changed once they arrived at the state GOP headquarters. Two weeks later, the party announced that Mitt Romney didn’t win, but instead, Rick Santorum had actually won. This author was one of the only national journalists that predicted the results would be reversed. Two weeks later, they were. Read the article, ‘Santorum won Iowa and didn’t say Black’ for specific details, published two weeks before the Iowa GOP reversed their vote count.

Nevada Caucus

As early as 2:00am this morning, supporters of Ron Paul had taken to social media with cries of “fraud” over the Nevada Caucus election results, or lack there of.

Here are just some of the comments taken from the Ron Paul 2012 Facebook page:

Dorian RM posted, “I am seriously smelling voter fraud again. This is seriously depressing.” Toni P wrote, “I am not a big pusher of conspiracy theories, but this election is swaying me to how corrupt this all is.” Patrick M added, “It’s not a conspiracy. It’s been proven.” Matt K confirmed the same feeling, posting, “I’m smelling voter fraud.” Ryan added, “Is this true about the fraud in Nevada or is everyone just panicking?”

That’s the big question as self-imposed deadline after self-imposed deadline passes without any word from the missing precincts of Clark County. According to the Nevada Republican Party last night, they were going to recount every single vote from Clark County, right there in the smoky, back room of the GOP headquarters. The only good part of the announcement is that a representative from each candidate would be allowed to oversee the recount.

Expected to be over by “midnight”, that deadline turned into “dawn”. When dawn came and went with no vote results in sight, questions over vote fraud really picked up steam. See the below chain of events from last night and decide for yourself if something fishy is going on.

Events of the Las Vegas Caucus, February 4, 2012. All times and percentages are rough estimates from memory. All are from first-hand witness accounts.

Counting the votes

8:00pm EST – Some polls close, roughly 3 percent of the total vote is in. Mitt Romney leads with over 50 percent of the votes counted. Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are tied with approximately 20 percent of the vote each.


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