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Fresh starts. New beginnings.

That's what a new year's all about, right? So it's unusual that our first issue of 2013 would focus on one of the saddest stories of 2012, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

But this loaded and complex event has led to some thoughtful journalism that we want to share. And the writers behind the two stories that comprise this week's cover package here and here are standouts.

In 2001, Andrew Solomon released The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which was definitive enough to earn a National Book Award. In the years to follow, the writer and activist took on an even bigger mental-health-related topic: "to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves." A month and a day before Newtown happened, Solomon released Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.

As you'd imagine, he has something to say about the nature-versus-nurture argument as it relates to shooter Adam Lanza. Especially since one of the 300-plus families he interviewed for Far From the Tree were the parents of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold.

As for Naomi Zeveloff, well, we can vouch for her personally, since she started her career 61/2 years ago at the Indy. Now working in New York City, she was granted access to the family of a Newtown victim, and we believe she has rewarded their trust with an affecting snapshot of life after tragedy.

We hope what Solomon and Zeveloff have written will enlighten, if not lighten. And we do look forward to sharing happier topics in the year ahead.

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