Public congressional events resume after shooting

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By Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Less than a week after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people were shot at her public "Congress on Your Corner" event, similar gatherings across the country resumed in full force Friday, though under greater police presence.

At Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley's office in Las Vegas, throngs of constituents turned out to chat with the congresswoman. So many people showed up, the 48, two-minute slots were quickly filled, and staff members had to turn people away and take names for future appointments.

Berkley's meeting was one of the first such happenings since six people were killed and Giffords was critically injured in the Arizona massacre outside a grocery store. Elsewhere, gatherings were planned in Minnesota, and in Georgia on Saturday.

On Thursday night, Rep. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut held a "Congress on Your Corner" at Fitzgerald's Foods, an independent supermarket in Simsbury in the north-central part of the state. Turnout was brisk, despite the temperatures dipping down to 18 degrees.

Murphy said he didn't make any changes considering the Tucson tragedy, though police did send an officer who stood by inconspicuously as shoppers met with the congressman.

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