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Mass shootings: Can they be stopped?
James Holmes, 24, was identified by law enforcement officers as the man who opened fire during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at an Aurora, Colorado theater.
July 20th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Mass shootings: Can they be stopped?

By Barbara Hall, CNN

(CNN) – The early-morning shooting inside a suburban Denver movie theater Friday is now among the deadliest in recent history. Authorities say the suspect, 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes, was studying neuroscience in a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente says the perpetrators of these types of mass killings are typically disenfranchised young adult males who feel alienated by society. Clemente says their homicidal motives seem to be a product of genes and the environment:

[2:01] "Genetics loads the gun. Your personality and psychology aims it. And your experiences pull the trigger." FULL POST

Embed America: Ask Indiana
Francisco Preacado thinks President Obama needs more time to turn around the economy.
July 20th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Embed America: Ask Indiana

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

Vigo County, Indiana (CNN) - Driving through a central Indiana highway that cuts through rows of corn, an untrained eye could miss the signs of a drought. Francisco Preacado knows better. With a warm smile, the father of two rattles off the weather forecast for the next few days: 40 percent chance of rain this day and 50 the next, but you just never know. Preacado has a lot to say about this election too. He’s willing to give President Barack Obama another term. He’s happy with the president’s stance on student loans. He does worry about the economy but thinks Obama is doing good things, it’ll just take time:

[1:12] “It’s difficult to fix everything in just one minute,” Preacado says. FULL POST

Not just new music, but a new sound
Members of the band, The Last Bison, at a recording session. Bandleader Ben Hardesty calls it, 'mountaintop chamber music.'
July 20th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

Not just new music, but a new sound

By Jim Roope, CNN

(Los Angeles) – Inside the recording studios of Sound City in Los Angeles, where Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and many others made hit records, a new band with a new sound is hoping a new recording contract will help capture the ears and hearts of music lovers.

The band is called The Last Bison. The seven-member group out of Chesapeake, Virginia, plays a form of music that blends the music rooted in that region with classical music that bandleader Ben Hardesty calls “Mountaintop Chamber.”

[2:13]  “We just kind of like sneak the classical sensibilities into the pop structure in a way that just kind of surprises the listener which we love doing,” Hardesty said. FULL POST

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