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Newtown school shooting

Residents of Newtown, CT, struggle to come to grips with the killings of 20 children and six adults, most at an elementary school.

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Newtown, Connecticut received lots of assistance after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School – some of that assistance arrived with four paws and tails, a group of comfort dogs from Lutheran Church Charities from the Chicago area. Tim Hetzner spoke with me from Newtown. The conversation offers great insight into what people in the city are really feeling and saying. And he explained who these dogs are, and what they do if there’s a natural disaster, or a horrific event such as this, where a community cries out for help and how Golden Retrievers are there to answer the call.

It’s an annual tradition, The Barker & Meowsky Pet Person of the Year. Stop the presses, hold your horses (or dog collars) – here, exclusively, Miss Meowsky’s big announcement for the 2012 Person of the Year.


K-9 comfort dogs Chewie (left), Ruthie and Luther, volunteers from Lutheran Church Charities. (Lutheran Church Charities photo)

PS22 covers the Sandy Hook school anthem.

NRA protester holds up sign, disrupts press conference held by NRA

John talks about the possibility of the Connecticut shooter having a mental illness that may have caused him to act in such a horrific way. John discusses takes callers comments on the subject and also talks about other mental conditions.


A memorial for the victims of the mass shooting in Newtown, CT (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joins Dean Richards in studio to discuss various topics including the shootings in Connecticut.


Watch as President Obama offers Newtown, Conn. “the love and prayers of a nation.”

As the names of the 26 children and adults who were gunned down at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. were made public on Saturday, the shock of Friday’s massacre gave way to a profound grief.

The aunt of the suspected Connecticut school shooter lives in Crystal Lake. WGN Radio’s Andrea Darlas reports.


Marsha Lanza, aunt of the man suspected in the school slayings in Connecticut, speaks to reporters outside her home today. (WGN-TV / December 15, 2012)