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Video: After Newtown

As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and [...]

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The silent killer

By Seamus Murphy, VII Magazine Chagas disease is Latin America’s deadliest parasitic disease, affecting 10 million people worldwide. The disease spread by the bite of the so-called “kissing bug,” Chagas can lie undetected for years before it causes severe heart and gastrointestinal problem that can ultimately kill those who do not receive treatment. Only two [...]

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Sen. Feinstein pledges revival of assault weapon ban

From our friends at PBS NewsHour: Watch Dianne Feinstein to Reintroduce Expired Assault Weapons Ban on PBS. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, has pledged to revive a law banning assault weapons at the opening of the next session of Congress. Gwen Ifill talks to Feinstein about the chances a new ban will pass after its 2004 [...]

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Easing gun laws

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica Friday’s deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school marked the 13th mass shooting in the United States this year. Among the 11 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, more than half took place in the last five years. During the same period, states have often relaxed their gun laws, making it easier [...]

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Video: Helping children understand

Dr. Jeannie Pasacreta, both a resident of Newtown, CT as well as a psychologist offers advice on how to speak to kids about the school shooting tragedy that ravaged her town.

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Best reporting on guns in America

by Blair Hickman, Suevon Lee and Cora Currier, Dec. 14, 2012 Update: With today’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., this article, first published July 24, 2012, unfortunately seems relevant again. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Aurora, Colo., we’ve taken a step back and laid out the best pieces we could find about guns. [...]

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Poisoning the well

by Abrahm Lustgarten, Dec. 11, 2012 Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer [...]