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Maryland Delegate Lawton Dies, Police Claim "Natural Causes"

Damn Comcast!Maryland Delegate Jane Lawton left her Montgomery County home this morning prepared to do battle with the cable companies as a speaker at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division's 2007 Telecommunications Symposium. Jane planned on talking to her audience about local government's constraints on competition in the cable television market and how that's being changed by telephone companies - i.e., she was weighing in on the Comcast - Verizon FiOS wars currently being waged in suburbia.


After giving her speech at this open forum, which undoubtedly included "representatives" of the cable industry, she dropped dead. The police are claiming that Jane had a heart attack, but Wonkette finds the timing too suspicious to believe that. RIP, Jane. You were probably a really nice lady and I really like my FiOS. [DOJ, Washington Post]

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The mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are still killing people. Two survivors of Parkland killed themselves in the past week, and this morning, the body of the father of one of the Sandy Hook children was found in Newtown. And something like 35,800 guns will be sold today, if 2019 stats are comparable to 2018 sales figures. But cheer up -- without Barack Obama scaring everyone with his promise to take all the guns, that's down 16 percent from the highest gun sales in history in 2016. Then again, despite the lower gun sales, there were nearly 40,000 deaths caused with firearms in 2018. It was the third record year in a row. We're Number One.

The news has been just horrifying. On March 17, Sydney Aiello, 19, who'd been on campus at Stoneman Douglas the day of the 2018 massacre, killed herself. She'd been a close friend of one of the girls who died in the shooting, and had been diagnosed with PTSD, according to her mother. She had started college but found it hard to just to sit in classrooms because of her fears that a gunman might burst in. Then, this weekend, another Stoneman Douglas student, a male sophomore, as yet unidentified, killed himself -- like Ms. Aiello, with a gun.

Today, police in Newtown found the body of Jeremy Richman, a neuropharmacologist and the father of Avielle Richman, who was only 6 years old when she was one of the 20 children and six adults murdered at Sandy Hook in 2012. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, had founded a nonprofit to research the neurological problems that might lead to violent behavior. The foundation had an office in the complex where Richman's body was found. The couple were also among the Sandy Hook parents suing Alex Jones for spreading the false conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked as part of a plot to take all the precious guns away.

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