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Collective Indifference? How Society Responds To Tragedy

The violent rampage by alleged gunman Aaron Alexis at Washington D.C.'s Navy Yard on Monday marked the fifth mass shooting since the 2012 killing spree in Newtown, Conn. But as news of mass killings becomes more commonplace, experts say a collective numbness creeps in. Kojo explores our response to the Navy Yard shootings and how we process grief in person, in public, and on social media, amid repeated mass tragedies.

Map Of U.S. Mass Shootings

The Navy Yard shooting is the fifth mass shooting in the United States this year. Details of the additional cases from 2013 are included in the Mother Jones map below. See the full data set and analysis of the findings.

Hover over the dots or use the search tool in the top-left corner of the map to go to a specific location. (Zoom in to see the Aurora shooting, located close to other massacres in Colorado, and to see other proximate shootings in Milwaukee, Seattle, and elsewhere.)

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.
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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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