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News Story of the Day
Newtown's year: Horror, grief and tough choices
Updated Dec 10, 06:30 AM
NEWTOWN, Conn. - A year later, inside the big house on Berkshire Road, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and flowers and rainbows decorate a kitchen window, next to a little girl's name: Avielle.
But so, too, do the 26 bronze stars that sit atop the local firehouse, one for each adult and child gunned down at a school one unimaginable day.
Ribbons of green - the Sandy Hook Elementary School color - stay tied to mailboxes and storefronts, just as a curly-haired girl smiles from a framed photograph that remains atop a mantel inside Jeremy Richman's century-old home.
Sports Story of the Day
AP Study: Hits to head still prevalent in NFL
Updated Dec 10, 12:02 PM
Almost once a game, an NFL player absorbs an illegal blow to the head or neck that could put his career - or worse - at risk.
The NFL has been trying to prevent such blows over the past four years, targeting improper technique and making a point to penalize and fine players for hits that leave them and their opponents vulnerable.
Of the penalties charted over the first 162 games of the season, the AP identified 156 involving contact with the head and neck - an average of .962 per game.
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