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Cheat Sheet: January 17, 2013

Obama gun control proposals unveiled, making biggest legislative effort in a generation

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, gun control has been at the forefront of the political conversation. On Monday, New York took the lead on the issue by passing the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, now the strictest gun control legislation in the country. President Obama announced Wednesday his proposals for gun control, which include new legislation to be approved by Congress, as well as several executive actions. The $500 million plan includes reinstating the assault weapons ban, background checks on all gun purchases and providing mental health services, among other things. All the talk surrounding this issue has sparked many pro-gun advocates to stock up while they can, as evidenced by the nearly one thousand people who attended the C & E Gun Show in Richmond last week. However, polls show that a majority of Americans support the idea of stricter gun control laws. (Source)

‘Dear Abby’ creator Pauline Phillips dead at 94

Pauline Phillips, the woman who founded the “Dear Abby” advice column, died yesterday at the age of 94. A representative for Phillips reports that she had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. Pauline’s daughter, Jeanne, who has taken over the column, says, “I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend.” “Dear Abby” first appeared in print in 1956 and eventually grew to a daily readership of 100 million. Pauline’s twin sister was advice columnist Ann Landers, who died in 2002 at the age of 83. (Source)

Victims in fatal Gloucester County fire identified

The victims in yesterday morning’s fire have been identified as a 54-year-old woman and her three grandchildren. Virginia R. Grogan had escaped the early-morning fire with two other adults when she went back inside to try to rescue the children, Thomas, 7, Michael, 2, and Gabriel, 6 months old. They all perished. The cause and origin of the fire is being investigated, but so far it appears that the fire was accidental. (Source)

Hampton Roads prepares for light snow

After days of rain and chilly temperatures, Hampton Roads residents can expect to see light snowfall during the early hours of Friday morning. The change is expected to happen just after midnight tonight; however, most of the flakes are set to melt because our ground temperatures will stay between 40 and 50 degrees, especially on the Southside. Snow is set to accumulate under one inch on the Southside and Hampton and will accumulate between one and two inches on the Peninsula and Franklin between 4 and 6 a.m. Friday. (Source)

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