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January 30th, 2013
10:26 AM ET

After son’s shooting death, learning to endure ‘pain of loss’

By Nova Safo, CNN

Twitter link: @nova_safo

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(CNN) - For parents who’ve lost a child to gun violence, whether in Newtown or an inner-city street, Chicago Police Officer Ron Holt’s journey through grief may be a familiar one.

On May 10, 2007, Holt’s 16-year-old son Blair was shot and killed by another teenager, Michael Pace, on a crowded city bus. Pace was looking for a rival gang member. He shot several rounds indiscriminately at the passengers. Blair shielded another student, according to witnesses, and was shot in the abdomen. He died a few hours later at a hospital.

Blair’s death drew national media attention. It elicited outrage and vigils. When all the attention went away, Ron Holt was left to deal with his grief.

[:19] “The pain of loss, for me it doesn’t dissipate. I’ve learned to endure that emotional pain, that scarring of loss.”

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CNN Radio News Day: January 29, 2013
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 29, 2013.
January 29th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 29, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Egyptians in three cities along the Suez Canal have been ignoring curfews put in-place by President Mohamed Morsy. Clashes between anti-government protestors and police have killed nearly 40 in the town of Port Said.  Cairo has also seen violence.  Now, Egypt's defense minister says this latest flare-up "may lead to the collapse of the state." CNN Senior International orrespondent Ben Wedeman says it's a warning to take note of:

"I think many people were alarmed by what he said because he's warning of the possibility of a civil war."        FULL POST

January 29th, 2013
01:48 PM ET

The GOP identity crisis

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

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Capitol Hill (CNN) – Rep. Justin Amash, the conservative from Michigan said it bluntly.

[1:55] “The public is not behind us and that’s a real problem for our party."

In the past week, Republicans from Capitol Hill to Charlotte, NC (site of a national GOP strategy session) have publicly said what politicians of all stripes usually reserve for closed-door discussions, questioning and debating the direction of their party.

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CNN Radio News Day: January 28, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio (R), Republican from Florida, speaks alongside (L-R) Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) during a news conference on an immigration proposal at the US Capitol.
January 28th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: January 28, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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  • Today the so-called "gang of eight" in the Senate unveiled a bipartisan immigration proposal.  It calls for an effective employment verification system and offers a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million immigrants who are already in the U.S. illegally.  New York Democrat Chuck Schumer:

"Other bipartisan groups of Senators have stood in the same spot before, trumpeting similar proposals. We believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done."       FULL POST

January 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

NYC hit with huge wave of homelessness

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – New York City is experiencing its largest wave of homelessness since the Great Depression.

The spike started following cuts to a government rent subsidy program. Ironically, the impact of having to provide shelter to more than 20,000 homeless children each night is costing the city more money than the cost of the subsidies.

[3:37] “It costs $36,000 a year to shelter a homeless family in New York City. In comparison, a rental voucher is $10,000 a year. So it’s more than three times more expensive to have that family in shelter than it is to give that family permanent housing,” said Patrick Markee, a policy analyst at the non-profit Coalition for the Homeless.

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