After Newtown and Santa Monica
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After Newtown and Santa Monica

It's been six months since 20 children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It's been less than two weeks since five people were shot to death near Santa Monica College -- and since then, there've been two other shooting incidents in the same neighborhood, leaving one dead and another critically wounded. We look at the aftermath of deadly gun violence in different places. Also, Governor Brown moves to limit public access to public records.

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Banner image: Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the June 7 shootings at a vigil at Santa Monica College on Monday, June 10. Photo: Avishay Artsy

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Newtown, Connecticut and Santa Monica, California ()

Six months ago last Friday, 20 school children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Monica. On Friday, June 7, 23-year-old John Zawahri killed his father and brother, set fire to their house, then shot at a passing bus on the way to Santa Monica College, where he killed a groundskeeper and his daughter, as well as a woman who was looking for recyclables in campus trash cans. Two days later, a cyclist was shot and wounded not far from Zawahri’s house, and two days after that, one man was killed and another was critically wounded two blocks from the campus. The most recent shootings in Santa Monica are attributed to gang warfare.

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Will State Budget Gut Open Records Law? ()

Despite recurring scandals in Bell, Vernon, Commerce, Cudahy, Lynwood, San Fernando and other local cities, Governor Brown is about to sign legislation that could limit access to basic government records — the kind used to scrutinize the actions of bureaucrats and elected officials. He asked for language in the state budget that's passed the Assembly and Senate. Anthony York reports from Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times.

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