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  • Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing several, officials say

    03/15/2018 2:47:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 32 replies
    A pedestrian walkway in Miami collapsed on Thursday, killing several people. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the fatalities after multiple vehicles were crushed by the span near Florida International University's campus. According to Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue, there were people on the bridge and several cars underneath it. Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey said they found eight vehicles trapped under the bridge after they got a call alerting the fire department of the incident. Eight victims were transported to local hospitals, but he said the authorities planned to continue search and rescue throughout the evening.
  • CNN: Trump blames everyone but Russia

    02/18/2018 6:23:18 PM PST · by matt04 · 37 replies
    President Donald Trump, ensconced in his opulent private club of Mar-a-Lago this weekend, had a screed of combative thoughts. None, however, offered answers. Here in South Florida, the weekend air was filled with raw emotion in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook. Local television broadcasts featured searing calls to action and demonstrations from students and parents alike. Trump, inside his estate and restrained from golfing for two straight days for fear of bad optics, was seemingly following along - and unleashed on Twitter. Just 40 miles north of Parkland, the President blasted the FBI for missing...
  • New MSM talking point: Pro-Gun Russian bots

    02/16/2018 11:04:35 AM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
  • Galvin (D-MA SecState) welcomes demise of Trump's election fraud commission

    01/04/2018 8:28:47 AM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The Massachusetts secretary of state is welcoming President Donald Trump's announcement that he is disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission. Trump convened the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election, after alleging repeatedly and without evidence that voting fraud cost him the popular vote. Trump won the Electoral College. Democratic Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin was among officials from more than a dozen states who refused to comply with the commission's demand for reams of personal voter data. Galvin said Thursday "I am delighted that our lack of cooperation led to the demise of this thing." He said Trump's...
  • Cuomo says New York will sue over GOP tax law

    01/03/2018 5:01:46 PM PST · by matt04 · 94 replies
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that New York state will sue the federal government over the new Republican tax law, but legal experts are skeptical the lawsuit will hold up in court. Cuomo said New York will challenge a provision of the law that limits how much Americans can deduct from their federal taxes for payments made to state and local governments. Many of the people most affected by that provision live in states run by Democrats, which tend to have higher state and local tax rates. Cuomo, widely seen as a potential contender for the Democratic presidential...
  • Report: 27 Facilities Using Hazardous Chemicals Pose Risk To Thousands Of Low-Income Neighbors (CT)

    12/15/2017 11:21:02 AM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    here are 27 facilities in Connecticut that use such large quantities of hazardous chemicals that they are required to submit disaster response plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 170,000 people—roughly 5 percent of the state’s population—live within a mile of these facilities, risking exposure to a leak, explosion or adverse health effects. Low-income people and children of color under the age of 12 are more likely than their white counterparts to live in these “fenceline” communities, according to a report by the Center for Effective Government. In its report “Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race and...
  • UConn changes speaker rules after conservative speech ruckus

    12/04/2017 8:34:01 PM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    The University of Connecticut has issued new guidelines for speakers and campus events after an altercation at a speech by a conservative commentator titled “It’s OK To Be White.” UConn President Susan Herbst said Monday in a campus-wide email that events or other programming will not be allowed if the school determines the individual involved represents a “danger to our community.” Herbst says speaker Lucian Wintrich had no criminal history, but UConn was “disturbed” to learn that an individual who traveled with him has at least one arrest for a “violent offense.” A young woman appeared to take paperwork off...
  • Hundreds walk out at Westfield State University (MA) to protest racism on campus

    11/14/2017 7:14:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 44 replies
    Hundreds of Westfield State University students and faculty members gathered for a walk out today in response to reports of hate crimes recently on campus. Reports of racist vandalism, graffiti and an assault of a female student led up to the event. Organized by the WSU Education Department, the walkout started at 12:30 p.m. on the campus green and lasted one hour. Hundreds of Westfield State University students and faculty members gathered for a walk out today in response to reports of hate crimes recently on campus. Reports of racist vandalism, graffiti and an assault of a female student led...
  • Moody's Warns of 'Likely' Hartford (CT) Default, Decades of Deficits Ahead

    10/19/2017 9:36:34 AM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    Moody’s Investor Service issued a dire warning to lenders Thursday: Hartford will likely default on its debt by November and, if the city does not change course, will run up annual deficits exceeding $60 million through the next twenty years. On Sept. 26, Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond rating to Caa3 from Caa1, reflecting the investor service’s belief that “in the likely event of a default, bondholder recovery will be 65%-80% of principal,” it stated Thursday. Moody’s projects the city’s operating deficits will reach $60 million to $80 million per year through 2036, largely driven by fixed costs, which command...
  • 2nd racist note found targeting black student at Westfield State University

    09/24/2017 2:37:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 47 replies
    For the second time this week, Westfield State University has been dogged with allegations of racism after a black student reported a hateful note left at her dorm room. The note, handwritten and containing misspellings and grammatical errors, reads "Black people dont desearve to be 'united.' Your worth nothing!" The student who found the note posted it on her Facebook page and it immediately began being shared over all corners of the Internet. It is the second such note reported this week at the university. Another black student circulated a photo on social media this week of a note posted...
  • Westfield State (MA) investigating report of racial slur written on black student's door

    09/20/2017 2:49:02 PM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    An investigation into "discriminatory and highly offensive language" is ongoing at Westfield State University after a student reported finding a racial slur on her door. A senior at Westfield State shared a photo on social media alleging someone wrote "n****** live here" on a name tag taped to her door. The alleged incident reportedly happened in New Hall, a housing complex on campus for sophomore, junior and senior students. The black student tagged the college and Westfield State President Ramon S. Torrecilha in the post and received a quick response. Torrecilha sent a message to the campus community regarding the...
  • Poll: 76 percent of voters say 'Dreamers' should be allowed to stay

    09/07/2017 2:25:09 PM PDT · by matt04 · 52 replies
    More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed think that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program should be allowed to stay in the United States, according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll. Seventy-six percent of respondents said the government should allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to remain. 58 percent of that 76 percent believe they should be able to become citizens if they meet certain requirements, while 18 percent said they should be allowed to become legal residents. Only 15 percent of respondents said such immigrants — commonly called "Dreamers" — should be deported, the...

    07/05/2017 5:37:36 PM PDT · by matt04 · 115 replies
    Donald Trump may not be winning hearts and minds in his ongoing war with the media, with a recent poll showing more people trust CNN than the president. Trump openly despises CNN and often refers to the network-and many others-as ‘fake news,’ but the majority of people questioned in a poll by Survey Monkey trust information from the news network over the president. “The fight... between the White House and major media outlets has made the question of truthfulness just as partisan-tinged as health care or other policies,” SurveyMonkey's Jon Cohen told Axios. Of those 4,695 people questioned between June...
  • Sen. Blumenthal insists President Trump is breaking the law

    06/20/2017 6:35:06 PM PDT · by matt04 · 36 replies
    Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is continuing to hammer President Trump. At a news conference on Tuesday, with a copy of the Constitution in hand, Blumenthal reiterated that Mr. Trump is blatantly breaking the law by refusing to give up ownership of his organization. “The bottome line is, we have no clue who most of the investors and partners of Donald Trump around the world. We have no accurate or complete knowledge of all those payments and benefits because he has made no disclosure,” said Blumenthal.
  • Connecticut’s Latest Microgrid and Fuel Cell Project Goes Live in Hartford

    04/25/2017 5:46:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    Connecticut, a state making its mark in both microgrid and fuel cell technology, today will put yet another microgrid into operation, this one in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. microgrid and fuel cellConstellation, Bloom Energy and the city plan to announce completion of the 800-kW fuel cell microgrid this afternoon at a ribbon cutting. The microgrid will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses. The fuel cell uses natural gas to produce electricity. The state helped fund the project with about $2 million through its Microgrid Grant Program. Hartford was among nine grant winners...
  • (CT)State lawmakers propose sales, income tax increases

    04/21/2017 6:51:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    Taxes could soon be on the rise if a new house bill passes. House bill 7322 seeks to increase the sales tax up to 6.99 percent from its current rate of 6.35 percent and increase the income tax for some state residents. Other aspects of the bill would help towns generate more money by increasing state owned property payments. Properties like colleges and hospitals owned by the state would see an increase of their payments to their towns by roughly 23 percent. If the bill passes, regional governments would be responsible for creating plans to help pay for that. Another...
  • US Sen. Ed Markey says expected withdrawal of fuel economy emissions standards 'wrong way to go'

    03/15/2017 12:57:16 PM PDT · by matt04 · 27 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, took issue Wednesday with reports that the White House will move away from Obama-era fuel economy emissions standards for model year 2022 to 2025 cars and light trucks, saying it's "the wrong way to go for our security, economy and environment." The Massachusetts Democrat, who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke out against the proposed rollback shortly before President Donald Trump was expected to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its conclusion that car makers could meet the strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Contending that gas prices are "the...
  • Police halt High Five Friday after concerns from parents (Northampton, MA)

    02/21/2017 11:04:17 AM PST · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Students in Northampton used to begin Friday mornings with high fives and fist bumps from local police officers, but because of concerns from parents that program has been halted. The “High Five Friday” program aimed to bring uniformed police officers to the city’s elementary schools on Fridays to welcome students to school. The idea for the program began after a law enforcement conference in San Diego, in which High Five Fridays were promoted as a way for officers to engage with young people, WWLP reported. Northampton police said they received a lot of support for the program from the public,...
  • UConn campus police won't enforce immigration laws

    12/06/2016 3:09:57 PM PST · by matt04 · 37 replies
    The University of Connecticut says campus police will continue to steer clear of enforcing immigration laws. UConn President Susan Herbst announced Tuesday that campus police formally adopted a longstanding policy of not inquiring individuals about their immigration status, not detaining people based solely on their citizenship status and not making arrests based on warrants from federal immigration authorities. She also said the university will continue admitting qualified students regardless of their immigration status and offering qualified undocumented students the in-state tuition rate, as state law requires. Herbst stopped short of declaring UConn a "sanctuary campus" as colleges including Wesleyan University...
  • University of Florida offers counseling for students offended by Halloween costumes

    10/19/2016 2:03:54 PM PDT · by matt04 · 67 replies
    Halloween can be scary, but it can also be... offensive? The University of Florida wants students to know that counseling is available for students hoping to work past any offense taken from Halloween costumes. “Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people,” the school administration wrote in a blog post. “If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available.”