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CNN Radio News Day: December 17, 2012
The funeral procession for Jack Pinto, 6, one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
December 17th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 17, 2012

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  • Funerals for two six-year-olds took place today in Newtown, Connecticut;  funerals marking the tragic end of life for children just beginning to understand what life is all about.  Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner were remembered in the town's one funeral home - a funeral home that will be filled all week with mourners of what is now the third deadliest gun-related massacre in U.S. history. While we're learning much about the 20 children and six adults killed in Friday's school shootings, the shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza remains mostly a mystery. CNN's Lisa Desjardins talked with Alan Diaz who went to school with Lanza:

"Alan doesn't remember the shooter, he remembers this kid that he went to high school with.  Alan said he was shy – even to the point he would literally stand in the corner." FULL POST

Newtown as tipping point in gun control debate
December 17th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Newtown as tipping point in gun control debate

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) –  Will Newtown change the way America deals with guns?

The mass shootings just in the past two years – Tucson; Aurora, Colorado; Oak Creek, Wisconsin – they seemed like they would change things. They didn’t.

But President Obama’s word and his tone at the interfaith service in Newtown, Connecticut last night suggested that this time – with 20 children and 7 adults dead – would be different.

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Newtown wonders how to heal
A woman receives a hug as she leaves a morning service at Trinity Church, not far from the Sandy Hook School.
December 17th, 2012
01:40 AM ET

Newtown wonders how to heal

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) - Newtown is the kind of place that would make the perfect backdrop for a Norman Rockwell painting. Until this tragic shooting, everyone who lives here has always felt safe and secure. Today, they wonder how they will ever get back to that place.

[1:21] “I don’t think you can ever fully heal," said Marci Benitez, owner of a children's hair salon in town. "You know with any loss, I feel that there’s always a void left for a loved one. But in time it does lessen, the hurt lessens a little bit. But the void and the hurt is always there, especially when it’s a child.”

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