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Dec 17, 2012
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Newtown’s community struggles to understand one of its own

This column was originally published in the Wall Street Journal.

NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT – The word “community” is overused. It is even the title of a television sitcom. But in the context of Newtown – the Connecticut town of 27,000 that I’ve known as home since 1969 – it is authentic. Yet from within our midst came Adam Lanza, now a murderer of 20 innocent local children, six of their dedicated teachers, and his own mother.

Today the world is focused on our heretofore-bucolic slice of America. As the international media’s satellite dishes sprout and their choppers descend to dissect the shooting and the shooter, Newtown is mostly presented as either an affluent suburb of New York or a picture-perfect New England hamlet with old-timey colonial houses, horse farms and a historic Main Street.

Dec 16, 2012

Obama to join mourning Connecticut families in search for answers

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – President Barack Obama arrives in Connecticut on Sunday to join in the mourning for 20 children, all 6 and 7 years old, who were slaughtered by a gunman who forced his way into their school and shot them with a rifle at close range.

Obama’s appearance at an interfaith vigil in the once-tranquil town of Newtown will be watched closely for clues as to what he meant when he called for “meaningful action” to prevent such tragedies in the wake of the massacre on Friday.

Dec 16, 2012

Children in Connecticut rampage, all six and seven, shot repeatedly

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Twelve girls and eight boys. One had celebrated her seventh birthday just four days before her death. They were Charlotte and Jack, Noah and Grace.

Dressed in “cute kid stuff,” all 20 died when a heavily armed 20-year-old gunman forced his way into their school, Sandy Hook Elementary, and shot them and six women in an act of violence that has shattered their once-tranquil suburban town.

Dec 16, 2012

Children in Connecticut rampage, all 6 and 7, shot repeatedly

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Twelve girls and eight boys. One had celebrated her seventh birthday just four days before her death. They were Charlotte and Jack, Noah and Grace.

Dressed in “cute kid stuff,” all 20 died when a heavily armed 20-year-old gunman forced his way into their school, Sandy Hook Elementary, and shot them and six women in an act of violence that has shattered their once-tranquil suburban town.

Dec 16, 2012

Connecticut massacre shatters way of life in quiet town

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Residents of Newtown, Connecticut grudgingly began to accept on Saturday that a town many cherished for its serenity and anonymity is now synonymous with a school massacre that will remain in the national spotlight for the foreseeable future.

Locals, many of whom settled in the upscale New England community about 80 miles from New York City to escape the hustle and noise, some feeling safe enough to leave their doors unlocked, feared that Friday’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School claimed the lives of not only 20 children and six adults, but Newtown’s way of life as well.

Dec 15, 2012

Search for answers begins after U.S. school massacre

, Dec 15 (Reuters) – People in the small
Connecticut community of Newtown grieved on Saturday over one of
the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and police sought
answers about what drove a 20-year-old gunman to slaughter 20
children at an elementary school.

The attacker, identified by law enforcement sources as Adam
Lanza, opened fire on Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary
School, which teaches children aged 5 to 10. He is suspected of
killing 26 people at the school before turning the gun on
himself, as well as killing one other person at another nearby
site.

Dec 12, 2012

Too big to fail looks on its way to being licked

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own)

By Rob Cox

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Has the too big to
fail problem been licked? The Bank of England and Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp sound pretty confident, declaring this
week they’re nearly in a position to resolve a systemic failure
without inflicting losses on taxpayers. It’s hard to know
without a test case. But the signal from capital markets
suggests watchdogs may be on to something.

Dec 7, 2012

Uncertain SEC leadership heralds 2013 dysfunction

(The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions
expressed are their own.)

By Rob Cox and Daniel Indiviglio

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Gridlock isn’t
just a problem in the U.S. Congress. It may also freeze up the
Securities and Exchange Commission. By elevating one of five
commissioners to replace departing Chairman Mary Schapiro,
without naming a replacement, President Barack Obama has put the
Wall Street watchdog in a bind. Political expediency may present
substantial risks for investor protection.

Dec 6, 2012
via Breakingviews

HP breakup is on tech world’s 2013 agenda

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By Rob Cox and Robert Cyran

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

David Packard and William Hewlett may be Silicon Valley’s answer to Romulus and Remus in Rome’s founding story, but the era of their brainchild, Hewlett-Packard, as an everything-to-everyone conglomerate is coming to an end. Chief Executive Meg Whitman and HP’s board, not to mention investors, won’t stick around for an arduous and risky five-year turnaround project. Breaking the company into good bits and selling bad ones must be on the agenda for 2013.

Nov 26, 2012
via Breakingviews

Obituary: Ewing was archetype of Reagan-era excess

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By Rob Cox and Christopher Swann
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

(Parts of the following obituary were first erroneously published on March 21, 1980).

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