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Preparing with compassion

Tragedy | Horrible mass shootings remind us local preparation—including among churches—is crucial to loving our neighbors
by Jamie Dean
Posted 2/16/18, 11:48 am

One of the most gut-wrenching realities about mass shootings is that they’re always unexpected, and a community never knows it’s the next spot a shooter will strike. 

Even when shooters show alarming warning signs—as did the killer in the Florida massacre this week—parents and students and principals and pastors and neighbors are still stunned when a person who seems “off” suddenly unleashes a bloodbath.

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At least six dead in train derailment near Seattle

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/18/17, 02:56 pm

At least six people died when an Amtrak train derailed from an overpass Monday morning south of Seattle, spilling train cars onto Interstate 5 below. Seventy-eight passengers and five crew members were aboard as the train made its first-ever run along a new, faster route. The train struck vehicles on I-5 when it derailed, but all of those killed were train passengers. The death toll is expected to rise. The new route was designed to bypass an existing line and speed up service between Seattle and Portland, Ore.

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Boston terror 75 years ago

History | Remembering the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 11/28/17, 09:16 am

Last year’s nightclub shooting in Orlando killed 50. The Oct. 1 concert attack in Las Vegas left 59 dead. Terrorist murders are a special horror, but the good old days also had their share of terror resulting from man’s cupidity and stupidity—and Tuesday is the 75th anniversary of a Boston horror with a death toll of 492.

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