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Newtown rabbi: We're not 'freaks'
Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012.
June 8th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

Newtown rabbi: We're not 'freaks'

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) - Six months ago, a lone gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and took 26 lives. The nation was stunned and President Barack Obama teared up while speaking about the situation.

Since then, Newtown has become a shorthand of sorts. Many argue that Newtown marks a turning point in political discussions about guns and mental health. Beyond that national discussion, we wondered about the town itself.

CNN's Wayne Drash and I recently visited Newtown. After days spent interviewing residents, attending meetings and sitting in diners, we started to notice a couple patterns. First, many people in Newtown can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news. FULL POST

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Why do athletes dope?
June 8th, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Why do athletes dope?

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Over the last decade, more than a few professional baseball players have had their reputations, and legacies, tarnished by doping. That doesn’t seem to have deterred some big leaguers from taking that same risk today.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that 20 Major League Baseball players face suspensions of up to 100 games for using banned substances.

[1:21] “This is how professional sports work,” says CJ Nitkowski, a pitcher for several different major league teams from 1996 to 2005. “Guys will still cheat. And when there’s so much at stake. I mean you look at and talk about the dollars that are at stake and the difference between a guy who is in Triple A and the major leagues is not that much. So guys are always trying to gain an edge.”

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