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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
2:16 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Toy Donations Pour Into Newtown For The Holidays

Christmas stockings with the names of shooting victims hang from a railing in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 12:48 pm

The Monday after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., toys and stuffed animals began arriving by the truckload. Ten days later, the gymnasium at Edmond Town Hall in the center of Newtown is full of them.

"When I realized that it was getting so large, I thought that we should get this to the children before the holidays," says Ann Benore, a caseworker for Newtown Social Services.

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The Record
4:16 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Stay In From The Cold And Read Now

Bundle up like Ghostface (right) and Styles P and you'll be fine. Their group Wu Block played New York City on Wednesday.
Johnny Nunez WireImage

There are long reads and then there are long reads. And now that the winter solstice has passed, we have more daylight to read them by. Slate indulges big time with its annual Music Club.

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Alt.Latino
4:13 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Songs That Rocked 2012: Alt.Latino's Listener Picks

Alt.Latino listeners named Mexican singer Carla Morrison one of 2012's best Latin Alternative musicians.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 11:45 am

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Music Interviews
4:02 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Ne-Yo On A Career Made Stronger By Missteps

Ne-Yo's newest album is called R.E.D.
Eric Ogden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 12:45 pm

Before he was a pop star, Ne-Yo made a decent living as a songwriter-for-hire, crafting hits for other singers. The decision to step into the spotlight grew from want rather than need — a distinction he'd come to appreciate as the child of a single mother growing up in Las Vegas.

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Business
4:02 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

When The Glass Ceiling Is A Baby: Working Through Motherhood

Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton on Capitol Hill in 2010. Flournoy has since left her position to spend more time with her three children.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 12:44 pm

Among the candidates President Obama may nominate for the next defense secretary is Michele Flournoy, formerly the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon.

Flournoy is a mother of three, and in February, she stunned her colleagues when she stepped down from her job as undersecretary of defense for policy to spend more time with her children.

It wasn't an easy decision, but it's a dilemma that many working mothers face. While some call for changes in workplace policy to make caring for families and working easier, others argue women ultimately have to make a choice.

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