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Published: 02/18/11

Six Weeks After Shooting, Nation Honors Other Victims

By  Julie Moos - Politics Daily
Six Weeks After Shooting, Nation Honors Other Victims

Six weeks after the shooting rampage in Tucson that seriously wounded her, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says she's getting "better." And those rocked by the tragedy are trying to do the same, responding to it in concrete ways by honoring some of the other victims and survivors. The name of Judge John Roll, who was one of six people killed in the Jan. 8 attack (14 were injured), will appear on a new federal courthouse in Yuma, Ariz., after President Obama signed a bill Thursday naming the building in his honor. Roll had approved the design of the building, which is scheduled for construction t...

Published: 01/24/11

Loughner Pleads Not Guilty in Arizona Shooting Spree

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Loughner Pleads Not Guilty in Arizona Shooting Spree

The man accused in a deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., pleaded not guilty today to charges that he tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and murder two of her aides. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and sunglasses, Jared Loughner, 22, appeared this afternoon in a federal courtroom in Phoenix to answer charges in the Jan. 8 shooting spree. Six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge, were killed in the attack, and 13 people were wounded. Among them was Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head but survived. Loughner smiled and nodded but did not speak...

Published: 01/19/11

Giffords' Husband: 'I Thought She Was Dead'

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Giffords' Husband: 'I Thought She Was Dead'

For 20 excruciating minutes, Gabrielle Giffords' husband believed his wife was dead. Mark Kelly first got a call on the morning of Jan. 8 from one of the Democratic congresswoman's staffers, saying she'd been shot. A friend volunteered a private plane to whisk Kelly to Tucson, Ariz., where his wife had been meeting constituents in a Safeway parking lot when a gunman opened fire. On the plane, he saw erroneous TV reports saying that Giffords was dead. "I just, you know, walked into the bathroom, and you know, broke down," Kelly, an astronaut slated to command the Space Shuttle Endeavour's fin...

Published: 01/17/11

Jared Loughner Trial Expected to Be Moved to California

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Jared Loughner Trial Expected to Be Moved to California

Jared Loughner is likely to be tried in California on charges he killed six people and wounded 13 in Arizona earlier this month because pre-trial publicity threatens to overshadow the proceedings in his home state. But prosecutors are vowing to oppose any change of venue. Court officials could move the trial to San Diego within a few weeks, federal law enforcement sources told The Washington Post. One official told the newspaper that while the new chief judge, Roslyn O. Silver, will make the final decision about a venue change, "It's going to happen." But Justice Department spokesman Matth...

Published: 01/17/11

Jared Loughner Trial to Be Moved to San Diego

By  Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Jared Loughner Trial to Be Moved to San Diego

The trial of Jared Loughner, accused of killing six people and wounding 13 in the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will move to San Diego because of concerns that the 22-year-old suspect won't get a fair trial in traumatized Arizona. Federal law enforcement sources told The Washington Post that pretrial publicity and local sensitivities surrounding the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson have prompted officials to seek a change of venue. One of those killed was Judge John Roll, the state's chief federal judge. All other Arizona federal judges have recused themselves from the case....

Published: 01/14/11

Respected Federal Judge to Preside Over Loughner Case

By  David Lohr - AOL News
Respected Federal Judge to Preside Over Loughner Case

The federal judge named to preside over the trial of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner has a reputation as a scrupulously honest jurist who is well-suited for high-profile court battles. U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns of San Diego was appointed to oversee the case by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "I wanted a judge who [was] well-respected and had the reputation of being fair and well thought of by both sides," Kozinski told The Recorder. Krentz Johnson, AP U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, seen her in a 2006 artist's sketch, will p...

Published: 01/14/11

Giffords Aide Released From Hospital to Attend Judge's Funeral

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
Giffords Aide Released From Hospital to Attend Judge's Funeral

An aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded in Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona has been discharged from the hospital. Ron Barber, 65, Giffords' Tucson district director, was released from University Medical Center today so he could attend the funeral of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, The Washington Post reported. Roll, 63, was one of six people who were killed when a gunman opened fire at Giffords and her staff as they were meeting with constituents. Rep. Giffords' Office / AP Ron Barber, right, sits Thursday with Anna Ballis, who administered first aid to Barber...

Published: 01/12/11

The Right Tones Down the Rhetoric

By  Robert and Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
The Right Tones Down the Rhetoric

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Published: 01/12/11

Arizona Shooting Rampage: Remembering the Victims

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Arizona Shooting Rampage: Remembering the Victims

A 79-year-old widow. A husband and wife still in love after more than 50 years of marriage. A young couple, newly engaged and just starting out. The Arizona shooting rampage that thrust Rep. Gabrielle Giffords into the spotlight as she fought for survival and killed federal Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl born on 9/11, claimed other casualties as well. The six slain and more than a dozen wounded were all remembered -- and honored -- at a service this evening in Tucson led by President Barack Obama. Before the service, Obama and his wife, Michelle, went to University Medical Center to v...

Published: 01/12/11

Tucson Memorial, 'Together We Thrive' [LIVE STREAM]

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Tucson Memorial, 'Together We Thrive' [LIVE STREAM]

Thousands have gathered in Tucson, Ariz., to pay tributes to the victims of Saturday's horrific killings at event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Six people -- Judge John Roll, 63; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; Christina Green, 9; Phyllis Schneck, 79; and Gabriel Zimmerman, 30 -- were killed, and 13 others, including Giffords, were injured when a gunman opened fire at a forum held at a Safeway supermarket outlet. The suspect in the crime, Jared Loughner, is in police custody and has been charged with numerous crimes. President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, flew to Tucson...

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French Comedy 'Potiche' Mixes Laughs With Social Message

By  Eleanor Clift

For women, and men too, weary of nuance and y...

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Can the Girl Scouts Help Balance Georgia's Budget?

By  Joanne Bamberger

If Georgia lawmakers get their way, corporati...

3/13/11 at 1:30 PM

Mom Has Cancer. Her Son Reacts.

By  Donna Trussell

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