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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP)— CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 14 students, after a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead.

CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller also says that at least a couple dozen people were shot.

Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers. Holding off on posts for a few hours to stay tuned into this. 

This got me:

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Take a moment to ponder those lost today in this awful tragedy. 

moneyisnotimportant
moneyisnotimportant:

As of the moment I’m writing this, your 16GB iPhone 4S is worth $277
This week, Apple will unveil the highly anticipated iPhone 5, and I know many of you are planning to pick one up as soon as they’re available despite the fact that it is a terrible financial decision.  A few of you are probably also aware that your older iPhone still has value, and you actually get quite a bit of money for them.
Right now, your iPhone 3Gs, 4, or 4s is more valuable than it will ever be again.  As soon as the new model is revealed, people will flood sites like Gazelle.com to sell their old devices.  When that happens, the value of your old phone starts to plummet.
But, you don’t want to sell your old phone before you get the new phone, so what can you do?
The answer is: get a quote for your phone now, but don’t sell it just yet.
It’s a little known fact that Gazelle will give you a quote that is good for 30 days.  This is significant because it means you can lock in the higher price that is being offered today, but you don’t have to send off your old phone just yet.  Apple typically starts shipping the new phone a couple of weeks after they announce it, so you’ll have plenty of time to make sure you’re never without a phone.
Don’t wait until after the announcement to lock in your quote. Do it now, and then brag to your friends about how smart you are.

moneyisnotimportant:

As of the moment I’m writing this, your 16GB iPhone 4S is worth $277

This week, Apple will unveil the highly anticipated iPhone 5, and I know many of you are planning to pick one up as soon as they’re available despite the fact that it is a terrible financial decision.  A few of you are probably also aware that your older iPhone still has value, and you actually get quite a bit of money for them.

Right now, your iPhone 3Gs, 4, or 4s is more valuable than it will ever be again.  As soon as the new model is revealed, people will flood sites like Gazelle.com to sell their old devices.  When that happens, the value of your old phone starts to plummet.

But, you don’t want to sell your old phone before you get the new phone, so what can you do?

The answer is: get a quote for your phone now, but don’t sell it just yet.

It’s a little known fact that Gazelle will give you a quote that is good for 30 days.  This is significant because it means you can lock in the higher price that is being offered today, but you don’t have to send off your old phone just yet.  Apple typically starts shipping the new phone a couple of weeks after they announce it, so you’ll have plenty of time to make sure you’re never without a phone.

Don’t wait until after the announcement to lock in your quote. Do it now, and then brag to your friends about how smart you are.

newsweek

I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders’ faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can’t help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that’s reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.

Jessica Redfield was shot and killed last night at a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ along with 11 others when a gunman opened fire in a theater. The above is from her blog, written in June, after she narrowly escaped another senseless shooting at a mall in Toronto. (via newsweek)