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A catastrophic tornado with winds nearing 200 miles-per-hour — which would make it an F-5 — swept through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. The storm carved a destruction path perhaps two miles wide and encompassing about 30 square miles. As of very early Tuesday morning, 24 are confirmed dead, according to the state medical examiner's office, with that number expected to rise. 9 of those confirmed dead are children.  Hospitals across the region are reporting 200+ injured. A local news anchor called the storm the "biggest destructive tornado in the history of the world," based on what he's seen. Emergency workers are continuing to search for survivors of the gigantic tornado that tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City.

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President Obama has directed the federal government and FEMA to provide all the assistance needed and declared Moore, Oklahoma as a major disaster area. 

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Victims

of the Oklahoma Tornado

 May 20, 2013

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Community of Lights joins the vigil honoring bombing victims of the Boston Marathon.  Our thoughts and prayers go out for those who lost their lives and who were injured and are fighting for their lives as well as for their loved ones, families and friends.

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In Loving Memory

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Call it a non-traditional tribute to a fallen Marine, but for Gold Star mother Amy Wolfe, it's the perfect, personal way to honor her son.  Wolfe, the artistic director of the Manassas Ballet Theatre in Manassas, Va., will stage a four-movement dance tribute in memory of Lance Cpl. Colin Wolfe, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, who was killed at 18 while deployed to Iraq in 2006.

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Lance Cpl. Wolfe made the decision to join the Marine Corps as he watched the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he was just 14.  His mother said his years of ballet conditioning — begun when he was just two and a half — gave him extra strength when he entered the fleet. In training, she said, he was once the only Marine to finish a 15-mile run without taking off his pack.

 

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Robert James Magnin

February 6, 1961-April 5th, 2010

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    A gunman has killed 21 children and six adults at an elementary school in the US state of Connecticut. The killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, was a 20-year-old son of a teacher. He is thought to have killed her before the attack. It is one of the worst-ever US school shootings, with a toll close to the 32 who died at Virginia Tech in 2007. Adam Lanza, a 20 year old is believed to have killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at her home before heading to Sandy Hook school. 

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    In Loving Memory 

    Police Lt Paul Vance said 18 children were pronounced dead at the school, and two died after being taken to hospital. Six adults were also killed, and the gunman died at the scene, apparently after shooting himself.