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Nov 9, 2015

Though well-known in Baltimore, Ben Carson kept his politics to himself

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – For many who knew Ben Carson in Baltimore, his U.S. presidential candidacy comes as a surprise.

    Over more than three decades as a Baltimore resident ending in 2013, Carson – now a front-runner in the race for the Republican Party nomination – rarely spoke about his political views.

Oct 25, 2015

Behind Ben Carson’s rebellious public image, a DC insider is hard at work

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson may be the farthest Republican voters can get from the party’s establishment: A retired neurosurgeon with a penchant for inflammatory comments who has never held, much less run, for elected office.

While many of his rivals are concentrating on hiring staff and renting offices in key states like New Hampshire and Iowa, Carson is pursuing a more unorthodox campaign, sometimes less visible to the naked eye, that has fueled his rise to the top of the polls. He is just behind Donald Trump, the front-runner for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.

Oct 16, 2015

Bush, Clinton are Wall Street’s favorites, donations show

NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Jeb Bush is leading the U.S.
presidential campaign by at least one measure: financial support
from Wall Street.

The former Florida governor who is seeking the Republican
presidential nomination received more financial backing than any
competitor – Democrat or Republican – from employees of the
major Wall Street banks between July and the end of September,
campaign filings released on Thursday show.

Oct 7, 2015

Oregon gunman slipped into isolation after California move

By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – The gunman who killed nine at an Oregon community college last week graduated from a California high school for troubled teens that provided structured care, but nothing comparable was available when he moved to a small Pacific Northwest city.

Some students with emotional and mental health disabilities who attend the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb, are not even able to use the bathroom by themselves, but require monitoring and assistance by school staff, according to an employee. The school had no comment.

Oct 7, 2015

Oregon attorney general visits town shaken by college massacre

By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – Oregon’s top law enforcement officer paid a visit to the grief-stricken town of Roseburg on Tuesday to meet with authorities investigating last week’s massacre on a community college campus where a gunman killed his professor and eight classmates.

The trip by state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum comes a day before Oregon state police planned to hold a news conference to give an update on the role played by officers who exchanged gunfire with the suspect before he committed suicide.

Oct 5, 2015

Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

By Eric M. Johnson and Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – Students were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to the small Oregon community college shattered by a shooting rampage that left 10 people dead, though classes were to remain canceled through the week.

The campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, was reopened to registered students and staff four days after the massacre, allowing them to retrieve vehicles and other belongings left behind in Thursday’s pandemonium.

Oct 5, 2015

Oregon town residents seek solace in church after college massacre

By Emily Flitter and Eric M. Johnson

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – Grieving residents of an Oregon town reeling from a burst of gun violence that left 10 people dead sought solace in church services on Sunday, still bewildered by the massacre and disturbing details coming to light.

At Garden Valley Church, about 250 congregants stood at their seats as vocalists sang the Christian ballad “We Shall Not Be Shaken,” then watched a slide show about the victims after the minister asked children in the sanctuary to be excused.

Oct 4, 2015

Oregon town residents left bewildered by college massacre

By Emily Flitter and Eric M. Johnson

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – Shaken residents of an Oregon town reeling from a burst of gun violence that left 10 people dead on a college campus headed to church on Sunday still bewildered by the loss of life and the disturbing details of the massacre coming to light.

As new circumstances emerged surrounding the deadliest U.S. mass shooting in two years, authorities revealed the gunman took his own life after opening fire on fellow students in his writing class and exchanging shots with police.

Oct 4, 2015

Gunman in Oregon college massacre committed suicide

By Courtney Sherwood and Emily Flitter

ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) – The gunman who killed his English professor and eight others at an Oregon community college committed suicide after a shootout with police who were on the scene within five minutes and exchanged fire with him almost immediately, authorities said.

Investigators had previously said the 26-year-old shooter was killed by the officers who raced to the rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, which ranks as the deadliest among dozens of U.S. mass shootings in the past two years.

Oct 3, 2015

River ran through life of Oregon professor slain by student

By Emily Flitter

GLIDE, Ore. (Reuters) – Lawrence Levine, the Oregon college professor slain by one of his students in a mass shooting, would often sit on the steep bank of the river below his house, contemplating the paradise he had found.

Friends and family gathered at the house on the river on Friday to mourn the avid fly fisherman, who at 67 was on the verge of combining two of his passions – nature and writing instruction – when he lost his life.