Newtown BeeTalking it through: For (Newtown) anniversary, launching a year of service
The anniversary is approaching. Discussions have been going on across town about how best to approach the day. Taking the wishes of the families into account who have asked to not have a commemorative event that would repeat the media circus they lived through last year, there won’t be a townwide event on 12/14/13. Instead of a single commemorative event that comes and goes, a much more carefully thought through vision and mission has been endorsed by families, our first selectman, the superintendent of schools, the Interfaith Council and civic leaders throughout our town.

NPRIn year after Newtown, most states have relaxed gun laws
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last year, there was a call to enhance restrictions on gun purchases. One of the groups leading the charge was Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, executive director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, about what he sees as his groups successes and failures over the past year.

CDCVaccine reduced flu cases
Flu shots reduced the number of U.S. flu cases and hospitalizations last year by an estimated 17 percent, highlighting the need for increasing vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. Vaccinations prevented more than 6 million cases of the flu and 79,000 hospitalizations, according to a CDC model that compared the number of cases and hospitalizations with the projected number that would have occurred had there been no vaccinations. “This is by far the largest number of hospitalizations and other illnesses we’ve seen prevented” since 2005, said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. Young children and elderly people made up more than two-thirds of those who avoided hospital stays, the CDC said.

New York Times – Tobacco firms’ tactics limit poorer nations smoking laws
Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation. The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties, raising the prospect of costly, prolonged legal battles, health advocates and officials said.

Honolulu Star Advertiser Health Department workers, elected officials pay tribute to Fuddy
Hundreds of state Department of Health employees gathered outside the department’s headquarters this afternoon to say farewell to the agency’s director, Loretta Fuddy, who died in a small plane crash off Molokai Wednesday.