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American Scene: Putnam County N.Y. won’t provide gun data to paper
Newtown Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson said Wednesday the change is appropriate because “they are the Sandy Hook family.” She spoke after a private open house for the families at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe.
It was the students’ first time in a classroom since Dec. 14, when a gunman killed 20 students and six educators after killing his mother. He later took his own life.
Classes resume Thursday. Many police officers were at their new school Wednesday. Monroe Police Lt. Keith White said, “I think right now it has to be the safest school in America.”
Campus given to group to find new owner
BOSTON — The Oklahoma company that tried and failed to give away a former prep school campus in Massachusetts has donated the property to a Christian foundation, which will continue looking for a permanent owner.
The Hobby Lobby craft-store chain, founded and owned by the Green family, on Wednesday announced the donation to the National Christian Foundation, effective Dec. 28.
The announcement came two months after the Greens’ extensive efforts to give away the 217-acre campus in Northfield for free suffered a huge setback when the recipient backed out. The company then turned to the Georgia-based foundation, which has handled donated property from the company previously.
“We had hoped to be able to find a qualified recipient of this property ourselves and made great efforts to do so,” said Les Miller, Hobby Lobby’s real estate analyst.
State trying to make sperm donor pay child support
TOPEKA — A Kansas man who answered an online ad to donate sperm to a lesbian couple is fighting the state’s efforts to force him to pay child support for the girl subsequently conceived through artificial insemination.
Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said Wednesday the agency would not be pursuing payment if the state hadn’t provided more than $6,000 in benefits for the child after the Topeka couple split.
Court records show that the sperm donor, William Marotta, 46, signed an agreement in March 2009 giving up parental rights to the then-couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner. The agreement also absolves Mr. Marotta of financial responsibility. The state contends the agreement isn’t valid.
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