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Cheat Sheet: December 19, 2012

Mister Rogers and Newtown: Quote and image goes viral

During the Sandy Hook tragedy, America searched for a way to come to terms with the incident, and parents fathomed how to explain something so horrible to their children. Americans looked to the wisdom of dearly loved Mister Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers--so many caring people in this world.” The quote and image of a child holding Mister Rogers' face went viral on Facebook and was shared more than 88,000 times. (Source)

Sixth-grader brings loaded handgun to Dozier Middle School

After a sixth-grade student at Dozier Middle School in Newport News showed a handgun to students in a restroom, they alerted a security officer. The 12-year-old was then called out of class when police officers learned the gun was left in the classroom, tucked in a notebook. An officer retrieved the notebook and gun. No one was threatened or injured; the student said he brought the gun to simply show to students. (Source)

Virginia ranks high in health-emergency preparedness

Health advocacy groups, Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranked Virginia and 10 other states high for public-health preparedness. These 11 states met seven of the 10 benchmarks, but no state met all 10. The "Ready or Not" report showed Virginia's readiness in areas such as notifying and assembling health staff to respond to incidents and having an accredited emergency management program. However, Virginia's decision to decrease its public-health budget between 2010 and 2012 may challenge the state's progress. (Source)

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