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Angels hang from a tree outside of St. Rose Church in Newtown, Conn., after the deadly shooting at nearby Sandyhook Elementary School.

Must-read headlines from around the city, curated by the WNYC Newsroom.

In Town at Ease With Its Firearms, Tightening Gun Rules Was Resisted (NYT)
Michael Moss and Ray Rivera report: “The place that witnessed one of the worst mass killings in United States history on Friday, leaving 20 schoolchildren and 8 adults dead, is a bucolic New England town comfortable with its firearms, and not an obvious arena for the nation’s debate over gun control. But the legislative battle right here shows how even the slightest attempts to impose restrictions on guns can run into withering resistance, made all the more pointed by the escalation in firepower.”

DA Reopens Unsolved 1992 Case Involving The 'Saint of Gay Life' (NYDN)
Shayna Jacobs reports: “Prosecutors will take a fresh look at the 1992 death of gay icon and “mayor of Christopher Street” Marsha P. Johnson, the Daily News has learned. Johnson, an unmistakable Greenwich Village fixture who posed for an Andy Warhol series on drag queens, was pulled from the Hudson River, fully clothed, near Christopher St. on July 6, 1992. She had been missing for days. Her death was ruled a suicide by the city’s medical examiner, but Johnson’s friends and family believe she was attacked by bullies who regularly harassed and assaulted her at the pier. The ruling was changed from ‘suicide’ to ‘undetermined’ in December 2002, as a result of a police investigation that determined there was not enough information to call it a suicide. Now, two decades after her death, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has agreed to reconsider the case, law enforcement sources confirmed.”

Rifle Used in Killings, America’s Most Popular, Highlights Regulation Debate (NYT)
Erica Goode reports: “The increasing appearance of the rifle in rampage killings — an AR-15 was used by James E. Holmes, who is accused of opening fire and killing 12 people in a movie theater in Colorado in July, police officials say, and by Jacob Roberts, who shot and killed two people and then took his own life in a shopping mall last week near Portland, Ore. — has rekindled the debate about its availability and its appeal to killers bent on mass slaughter.”

Hasid Detente in Gropez Ruin (NYP)
David Seifman looks at how Vito Lopez’s downfall could heal a rift in Brooklyn’s Satmar community: “When the “Zalies” needed government help, especially on housing issues, he was there as chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee. When Lopez needed their 6,000 to 7,000 votes at election time, they dutifully marched in lock step to the polls. Any friend of the Zalies was an enemy of the Aaronites, who control about 3,000 to 4,000 votes. That made for high drama in some hard-fought elections. But it also diluted the political strength of each side.”

Asperger’s Is a Red Herring to Explain the Newtown Massacre (NYM)
Adam Martin reports: “Those with an intimate knowledge of Asperger's bristle at the suggestion that it could have caused Lanza to carry out such an unthinkable act as Friday's massacre. National Journal's Ron Fournier wrote about his son Tyler, who has Asperger's, reacting to the news that Lanza may have also had the condition. "'If you meet somebody with Asperger’s,' he said, 'you’ve only met one person with Asperger’s.'" Fournier elaborates on his son's point: ‘Asperger’s is a blip on the far-reaching autism spectrum and no two cases are the same. Just as no 'typical' person deserves to be tar-brushed with the evil acts of another, Aspies don’t deserve the bad press they’re getting.’”

Its Restaurants Empty and Its Train Stalled, Hoboken Encounters Storm’s Increasing Toll (NYT)
Ray Rivera reports: “And perhaps no place has felt that impact more acutely than Hoboken. This city of 50,000 on the banks of the Hudson River thrives on its easy access to trains, buses and ferries into Manhattan. According to census surveys, an estimated 56 percent workers here use public transportation every day, surpassing New York City as the most transit-reliant community in the nation.”

Labor to Squeeze Council Speaker (Crain’s)
Andrew Hawkins reports: “New York's powerful unions have City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in their sights—and tremendous leverage in legislative battles—as she competes for their support in the 2013 mayoral race. Starting next month, a coalition of labor groups will resurrect the effort to mandate paid sick leave, a campaign set back only temporarily by Superstorm Sandy. Ms. Quinn, who has blocked the legislation amid concerns about the cost for small businesses, will be the sole target.”

Exiting Pols Lavish Raises on Staffers (NYP)
Candice Giove reports: “It pays to lose. Lame-duck state legislators showered loyal staffers with fat raises after their defeats, a Post analysis of state-payroll records found. As state Sens. Shirley Huntley (D-Queens) and David Storobin (R-Brooklyn) prepared to exit their government offices at the end of this month, they suddenly promoted pet staffers and granted them salary hikes that, in some cases, are higher pay rates than their own.”

Second Employee Accuses Education Department Chief of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior (NYDN)
Ben Chapman reports: “Heidi Husser, 50, director of labor relations for the division of school facilities, claims in a federal suit the Education Department office “encouraged a culture of sexism” where women were underpaid and forced to endure the vulgar treatment of their male bosses. She is the second Division of School Facilities employee to bring a suit against the city over unequal pay and sexual harassment. Staffer Sheila Dancy-Wilkins filed a similar case in September. Both women claim that chief executive officer John Shea, 45, was the lecherous ringleader in a raunchy work environment that resembled a frat house.”

Oil Spill Threatens Bird Sanctuary Off Staten Island (NYT)
Colin Moynihan reports: “Oil from a barge spilled into the waters off Staten Island, spreading to a bird sanctuary on an island in Newark Bay, the Coast Guard said on Saturday. The spill was detected shortly after 11 p.m. Friday at May Ship Repair, said Petty Officer Erik Swanson, a Coast Guard spokesman. Petty Officer Swanson said that fuel oil was being transferred from a barge called Boston 30 to another barge, DBL 25, when workers noticed that it was also darkening the water between the vessels.”

N.J. Seeking Snowplow Operators for Winter Help (The Record)
The AP reports: “New Jersey's Department of Transportation has sent out the call for snowplow operators. The state is seeking truckers with commercial driver's licenses who have six- to eight-ton dump trucks that can accommodate a snowplow or tailgate unit for salt spreading.DOT commissioner James Simpson tells The Star-Ledger of Newark that the agency will teach drivers how to plow snow. The on-call jobs pay about $43 per hour.”