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Published: 03/9/11

Tucson Shooting Survivors Attend Loughner Hearing

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Tucson Shooting Survivors Attend Loughner Hearing

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Survivors of the Tucson shooting rampage came face to face Wednesday with the man accused of carrying out the attack that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Jared Lee Loughner smiled as he entered the courtroom in handcuffs and wearing a khaki prison jumpsuit. His once-shaved head featured short, dark hair and sideburns. Two U.S. marshals stood just feet behind Loughner throughout the hearing. At least three survivors of the Jan. 8 rampage - Susan Hileman, U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Bill Badger and Mavanell "Mavy" Stoddard - attended...

Published: 03/4/11

Tucson Shooting Suspect Indicted on New Charges

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Tucson Shooting Suspect Indicted on New Charges

PHOENIX - The suspect in the Tucson shootings that critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was charged on new counts that include the murders of a federal judge and a congressional aide, according to an indictment released Friday. US Marshals / AP Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner has been indicted on new federal charges, including two counts of murder. A federal grand jury returned the 49-count indictment Thursday, charging Jared Lee Loughner in the deaths stemming from a Jan. 8 shooting at a political event held by Giffords outside a grocery store. The latest...

Published: 03/3/11

Rep. Giffords Shows More Progress in Recovery

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Rep. Giffords Shows More Progress in Recovery

PHOENIX -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been showing emotion, good memory skills and an impressive grasp of everything from legislative business to song lyrics as she recovers in a Houston hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. The Democratic congresswoman has been undergoing extensive therapy in the nearly two months since she was shot at a political event in Tucson, and has been receiving frequent visits from her astronaut husband Mark Kelly as he trains to be the commander of the next shuttle mission. Handout/Getty Images Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep....

Published: 02/23/11

More Jared Loughner Arrest Photos Released

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
More Jared Loughner Arrest Photos Released

Two new booking photographs released Tuesday show a smirking Jared Loughner just days after the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people and injured 14 others. The photos were taken by the U.S. Marshals Service on Jan. 10, when Loughner appeared before a federal magistrate to be charged in the massacre at a Tucson grocery store that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with a bullet wound in her head. One photo shows the 22-year-old suspect in profile and the other is head-on. Loughner's lips are upturned in a slight grin similar to the one he had in a mug shot taken by the Pima...

Published: 02/19/11

Alleged Tucson Shooter's Reclusive Father Retreats More

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Alleged Tucson Shooter's Reclusive Father Retreats More

TUCSON, Ariz. - Randy Loughner was always reclusive. But since his son's alleged shooting rampage last month, the father has shut himself behind what one neighbor calls "an elaborate cage." In recent weeks, Loughner has built a substantial wooden enclosure, more than 6 feet high, obscuring his front door and windows. The four horizontal windows on the garage door have been papered over, the diamond-shaped openings atop the block wall to his back yard closed off with little plywood plugs. Even the white mailbox out front has been replaced by a heavy black steel one with a locked drawer. "He...

Published: 02/15/11

Report: College on Alert for Loughner Before Giffords Shooting

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Report: College on Alert for Loughner Before Giffords Shooting

Officials at Jared Loughner's former college were on the lookout for him less than two weeks before he allegedly went on the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13, worried that he might come back to campus, according to a news report. Police at Pima Community College in Tucson planned to hand out Loughner's photo to staff members, instruct night officers to watch for him and order more campus checks for him, according to a series of e-mails from Dec. 28 that were obtained by The Arizona Republic under the state's public records law. The college suspended Loughner in...

Published: 02/14/11

Gabrielle Giffords Mouths Song Lyrics, Including 'Happy Birthday' to Her Husband

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Gabrielle Giffords Mouths Song Lyrics, Including 'Happy Birthday' to Her Husband

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has reached new milestones in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, lip-syncing songs and speaking by phone to her brother-in-law, an astronaut on the International Space Station. When family and friends sing to her, the congresswoman has been mouthing the lyrics to songs including "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," The New York Times reported. Giffords was also videotaped lip-syncing "Happy birthday to you" as a surprise for her husband, Mark Kelly, who celebrates his birthday this...

Published: 02/9/11

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Speaks, Asks for Toast With Breakfast

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Speaks, Asks for Toast With Breakfast

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) reached another breakthrough in her recovery this week when she asked for toast with breakfast. The congresswoman's verbal request a month after being shot in the head during a rampage that killed six and left 13 injured has her medical team in Texas looking ahead to future milestones, Politico reported Wednesday. Depending on how her recovery progresses in the next two months, doctors said they might allow Giffords to travel to Cape Canaveral in Florida to see her husband off when takes command of the Space Shuttle Endeavour for a two-week orbital mission....

Published: 02/9/11

Giffords Asks for Toast for Breakfast as Recovery Continues

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Giffords Asks for Toast for Breakfast as Recovery Continues

It may be the simplest of requests, but for family and friends of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, it represents a milestone in her recovery. Giffords asked for a piece of toast for breakfast Monday morning, Politico reported. It's just part of what the Arizona congresswoman's doctors and husband call her "rapid progress" and "lightning-speed" recovery after being shot in the head last month when a lone gunman went on a rampage in Tucson. Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff, confirmed that Giffords made the verbal request on Monday when hospital workers at TIRR Memorial Hermann...

Published: 02/4/11

Opinion: Not Mental. Not Muslim. Just a Killer

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Opinion: Not Mental. Not Muslim. Just a Killer

Over a hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt launched a profound concept of social justice by stating: "I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no more and no less." And now with the release Thursday of a Senate report on Maj. Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood shooting, and the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., a month ago, it's time to address a deeper question: Why do we label one killer as "mental" and the other a "Muslim"? AP U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan, left, is accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009; Jared Loughner, right, is accused of...

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