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A federal program that has drawn criticism in recent weeks for supplying surplus military gear to local police has also provided high-powered rifles, armored vehicles and other equipment to police at public schools, some of whom were unprepared for what they were getting.
Two people walk in the grass after the sidewalk ends along Church Hill Road in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
A year after 12 people were shot and killed at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama said Tuesday the U.S. must pursue "common-sense reforms" to firearms laws and indicated he's not ready to admit defeat in his fight for gun control. "One year ago, 12 Americans went to work to protect and strengthen the country they loved.
George Benson, left, director of the Newtown Land use Agency and Rob Sibley, deputy director of planning and land use are photographed on the Fairfield Hills campus in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
DECEMBER 24: A woman walks past a sign that reads 'Together we are Strong' at a memorial for those killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 24, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Donations and letters are pouring in from across the country as the town tries to recover from the massacre.
The same Pentagon program that provides surplus military equipment to local police departments has also provided heavy armor and weapons to school districts, and a group of civil rights groups are calling for an end to it. The groups cited data showing that 22 school districts in eight states participate in the surplus transfer program, with 10 of them in Texas.
We've had our complaints over the years with the quality of news reporting at the Pueblo Chieftain , which has at times been unforgivably bad . With that said, the Chieftain has done a decent job recently covering the national scandal that has hit the Pueblo County commissioner race, after remarks in a debate by Republican candidate Tom Ready questioning whether the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012 "really happened."
Walsh, a Southington resident, was appointed by the school board Sept. 11. In her new post, she will guide the special education division.
Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early Christmas morning as they stand near memorials by the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn.,Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. People continue to visit memorials after gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26, including 20 children, before killing himself.
Maddie Marcisz didn't mind that her feet were blue and her hair was streaked with purple highlights Sunday while she splatter-painted in bare feet at the Newtown Arts Festival. "It's lots of fun," the 6-year-old Brookfield girl said as she walked over a large canvas laid on the ground.
The race for the 112th General Assembly District seat representing Monroe and Newtown has become one of the strangest in the state. The former wife of J.P. Sredzinski, the Republican candidate, was found badly injured near his condominium on Windgate Circle on Aug. 25. Jennifer Sredzinski, 41, died of her injuries three days later and her boyfriend, Thomas Fischer, has since been arrested for violating a protective order that followed an assault on her in Virginia months earlier.
A Pueblo County commission candidate who posted an article on Facebook saying the Newtown shootings were a hoax said his remarks were misunderstood. The Denver Post reported Saturday that Tom Ready apologized for hurting those affected by the December 2012 shootings in the Connecticut town that killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school.
The Inland Wetlands Commission convened its hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision in Dodgingtown on Wednesday evening, September 10. About 40 people attended to comment on the project and to ask questions about its development. The commission, however, put off hearing responses from the developers until a future meeting.
Twenty years after the since-expired assault weapons ban passed Congress, Washington's leading liberal think says it's no longer an idea worth pursuing. The Center for American Progress is waving a white flag on banning assault weapons in a study out Friday titled "Assault Weapons Revisited."
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