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  • Hearing: violence epidemic linked to bad diet

    11/08/2013 7:20:03 AM PST · by Puppage · 62 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 11/08/2013
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- There's been much research on the need for a healthy diet to avoid obesity and heart problems, but a Congressional field hearing in Hartford today heard that bad diet is also causing the epidemic of violence and shootings. The latest research concludes that too many french fries and other heavily processed foods are contributing to the nation's epidemic of violence. "Junk foods make junkie minds," said Capt. Joseph Hibbeln, National Institute of Health. The field hearing heard that too much fast food, coupled with low consumption of fish or fish oil, is contributing to the epidemic...
  • Signs of the time: Political squabbling erupts over campaign 'Stop' signs

    10/29/2013 6:29:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 9 replies
    Fairfield Citizen ^ | October 28, 2013
    The chairman of the Democratic Town Committee has asked police to put a halt to Republican campaign signs shaped like stop signs posted along local streets. Ellery Plotkin filed a complaint with the Police Department Monday morning about the octagonal GOP signs that urge voters to "STOP Raising Taxes Vote Republican." Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, the department spokeswoman, said six of the GOP signs were removed by officers after their placement was deemed to violate state rules or created a traffic hazard. "From here on out, it will be referred to the (Republican Town Committee) or the (Democratic Town Committee)...
  • Library director says 9-year-old should 'step aside' to let others win reading contest

    08/19/2013 11:48:49 AM PDT · by Puppage · 60 replies ^ | 08/19/2013
    A 9-year-old who has won five straight reading contests at a New York library now has a new challenger to his throne – the library’s director, who says the young reader “hogs” the contest prizes each year and should “step aside.”
  • Opinion: Welfare Can Make More Sense Than Work

    08/14/2013 6:04:11 AM PDT · by Puppage · 15 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 8/12/2013
    Most decisions in life are the result of a cost-benefit analysis. When residents in Connecticut consider getting a job, they assume they would be better off having a job than not. They'd be wrong. Because in Connecticut, it pays not to work. Next Monday, the Cato Institute will release a new study looking at the state-by-state value of welfare. Nationwide, our study found that the value of benefits for a typical recipient family ranged from a high of $49,175 in Hawaii to a low of $16,984 in Mississippi. In Connecticut, a mother with two children participating in seven major welfare...
  • FReep This Ridiculous Poll

    08/09/2013 11:44:26 AM PDT · by Puppage · 46 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 08/09/2013
    Does the sight of a gun in a holster make you nervous?
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    08/05/2013 8:33:24 AM PDT · by Puppage · 16 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 08/05/2013
    How much is the economy improving?
  • CT's new gun control law means new permits

    07/30/2013 12:59:37 PM PDT · by Puppage · 14 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 7/30/2013
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The next phase of Connecticut's new gun control law is underway. All of the new permits are now available and must be obtained by the end of the year. When Governor Malloy signed the new gun control bill into law back in April. He ordered that all of the new permits and permit requirements be made available to the public no later than August 1st, so that all gun owners would have time to comply with the new laws by the first of the new year. Ahead of schedule, all of the information has been posted...
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    07/30/2013 5:49:26 AM PDT · by Puppage · 27 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 07/30/2013
    Should student loans be forgiven?
  • Massachusetts Bird Deaths

    07/26/2013 7:00:32 AM PDT · by Puppage · 17 replies
    Me | 07/26/13
    Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts. However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only...
  • Connecticut's Gas Tax Jumps to Nearly 50 Cents Today

    07/01/2013 8:01:36 AM PDT · by Puppage · 16 replies ^ | 07/01/2013
    As of today Connecticut will have nearly the highest gasoline taxes in the country. A new 3.6 cent wholesale gasoline tax increase, which retailers pass directly on to consumers at the pump, will bring the state's combined retail and wholesale gasoline taxes up 49.6 cents per gallon. At more than 50 cents a gallon, only California and New York have a higher gas tax in the continental U.S., according to a report on the Connecticut Mirror website. The hike comes just as Connecticut enters one of its busiest travel season — the July 4 holiday weekend — when vacationing Nutmeggers...
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    06/26/2013 8:50:30 AM PDT · by Puppage · 18 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/26/2013
    Do you support same-sex marriage?
  • Conn. jobs picture improves, though rate unchanged

    06/20/2013 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Puppage · 6 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/20/2013
    <p>WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut labor officials say employers added 1,000 jobs in May, adding to the strongest five-month start of a year in employment gains since a jobs recovery began in 2010.</p> <p>The Department of Labor reported on Thursday that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8 percent.</p>
  • Supreme Court invalidates Arizona voter registration law

    06/17/2013 11:02:05 AM PDT · by Puppage · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/17/2013
    In a 7-2 vote, the court said the voter registration provision of the 2004 state law, known as Proposition 200, was trumped by a federal law, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The state law was strongly opposed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (Maldef) and Indian tribes. They said it deterred legal voters who did not have the required paperwork from registering to vote.
  • Texas governor visiting Connecticut

    06/17/2013 8:13:37 AM PDT · by Puppage · 18 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/17/2013
    <p>STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is bringing his job-poaching tour of the Northeast to Connecticut.</p> <p>Perry is scheduled to speak Monday evening at the Ferguson Library in Stamford as part of the city's "Civility in America Speaker Series."</p>
  • Day of Remembrance Marks 6 Months Since Sandy Hook Shooting

    06/14/2013 8:28:44 AM PDT · by Puppage · 21 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | 06/14/2013
    Six months ago today, 20 elementary school students and six educators were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in the close-knit Sandy Hook community in Newtown, Conn. Victims’ families and community members paused for a moment of silence just after 9:30 a.m. then spoke of remembrance and change. "We know all, of the sudden, these kids where learning in their classroom and their lives were taken within minutes," said Jillian Soto, the sister of Newtown shooting victim Victoria Soto. "I wish that I can be half the woman that she was because she was amazing." Victoria’s sister Carlee...
  • FReep This Poll

    06/13/2013 8:50:14 AM PDT · by Puppage · 8 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/13/2013
    What do you think about Gov. Rick Perry's push to attract CT businesses?
  • FReep This Poll!

    06/10/2013 7:50:55 AM PDT · by Puppage · 31 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/10/2013
    How concerned are you with govt. surveillance of e-mail, phone calls, and texts?
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    06/06/2013 12:37:08 PM PDT · by Puppage · 21 replies
    Do you know how the health care law will affect you?
  • Warnings on streets for distracted pedestrians

    06/04/2013 10:17:10 AM PDT · by Puppage · 10 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 06/04/2013
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- The warning on the busiest crossings in New Haven is stenciled in bright orange. It's designed to promote safety for distracted pedestrians. The bright orange message says "Don't read this, look up." It caught Michele Pepe's eye. "It's on all four corners," said Pepe. When asked if she read it, she said, "yes I did. I think people have to put their cell phones away and to pay attention to what's going on around them before crossing the street." Over the weekend, members of the Yale Traffic Safety Subcommittee stenciled it in at some of the...
  • Brooklyn Boy, 9, Grabs Gun from Armed Home Invaders, Fires Shots: Police

    06/04/2013 7:35:27 AM PDT · by Puppage · 36 replies ^ | 06/04/2013
    A 9-year-old boy fought back against two robbers who broke into his family's home in Brooklyn Monday, slamming a bedroom door against one suspect's arm so hard that the loaded gun he was holding fell to the floor, police said. The boy then picked up the weapon and fired shots, scaring off the would-be robbers. The robbers entered the house on 80th Street in Canarsie at about 6 p.m. and ordered two teenagers inside to get on the floor, according to police. The only other person in the house was the boy, who was upstairs. When one of the suspects...
  • Driver's license bill for undocumented immigrants passes House

    05/23/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Puppage · 18 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 5/23/2013
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses passed the Connecticut House early Thursday, after more than seven hours of debate. The bill was passed a little after 5:30 a.m. 74 votes in favor to 55 votes against. Democrats say there are already 50,000 of so undocumented immigrants driving around the state illegally -- without licenses, registration or insurance -- which they say is a cost and a danger to the rest of the state. House Minority Leader Rep. Larry Cafero told News 8's Kent Pierce he agrees that something needs to be done...
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    05/02/2013 8:38:00 AM PDT · by Puppage · 26 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/02/2013
    Would you be opposed to a shooting range in a state forest?
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    05/01/2013 8:47:12 AM PDT · by Puppage · 23 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/01/2013
    Do you think 15-year-olds should have access to Plan B?
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    04/30/2013 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Puppage · 24 replies
    Branford Eagle ^ | 04/30/2013
    Should Connecticut Grant Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants?
  • Newtown budget with extra school security rejected

    04/24/2013 5:52:57 AM PDT · by Puppage · 23 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 04/24/2013
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings. Voters turned down the $72 million school budget by 482 votes and rejected the $39 million town government budget by 62 votes Tuesday. Nearly 4,500 residents voted on the plans, which would have increased spending by 4.7 percent next fiscal year. Officials put an extra $1 million in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards to put in each of Newtown's seven schools. The plan was spurred by...
  • FReep This Poll

    04/21/2013 8:27:33 AM PDT · by Puppage · 25 replies
    Do you support universal background checks on gun buyers? This was a poll from Friday that showed an overwhelming NO! They're leaving it up in hopes that it was change.
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    04/18/2013 10:20:25 AM PDT · by Puppage · 16 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 04/18/2013
    Do you support universal background checks on gun buyers?
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    04/17/2013 1:18:00 PM PDT · by Puppage · 11 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 04/17/2013
    Do you agree with Governor Malloy's comments on the gun industry?Malloy faults gun lobbyists over restrictions
  • Push for home heating oil tax

    03/20/2013 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Puppage · 16 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/20/2013
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- At the State Capitol some are pushing for a new tax that they say will help you save money in the long run. It's aimed at the hundreds of thousands of Connecticut homeowners that heat their homes with oil. The Governor says he wants no new taxes but others say this isn't really a tax. More than half the people in the State of Connecticut will stay warm tonight by burning home heating oil. "We already tax businesses on heating oil. This tax is aimed one-hundred percent at the consumer and the homeowner," said Kate Childs...
  • Malloy's Newtown panel releases interim report

    03/18/2013 10:39:10 AM PDT · by Puppage · 17 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/18/2013
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's commission reviewing the deadly Newtown school shooting is recommending universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers, the registration of all firearms, and bans on high-capacity magazines and possession or sale of guns capable of firing more than 10 rounds of ammunition without reloading.</p>
  • Panel forwards gun violence proposals (CT)

    03/05/2013 12:43:11 PM PST · by Puppage · 17 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 03/05/2013
    WTNH) -- The Connecticut general assembly's Task Force on Gun Violence released several recommendations to combat gun violence Tuesday, nearly three months after the Newtown school shooting. News 8's Jamie Muro reports the recommendations from Democrats include: Expand the definition of assault weapon Ban large magazines Require permit for shotguns Universal background check Establish a deadly weapon offender registry Strengthen laws on gun tracking Prohibit individuals buying more than 1 pistol within 30 days Require permits for gun shows Increase fee to carry pistol or revolver Ban armor piercing bullets No guns in daycare facilities No guns in houses of...
  • The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 8:02:36 AM PST · by Puppage · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/8/2013 | John Fund
    Critics of photo ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine...
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    01/17/2013 7:28:46 AM PST · by Puppage · 18 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 01/17/2013
    Do you support a ban on military-style assault weapons?
  • Waterbury halts gun shows after Newtown

    01/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST · by Puppage · 24 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 01/04/2013
    <p>WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Waterbury's police chief has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned a firearm purchased in his city might one day be used in a mass shooting.</p> <p>The Republican-American reports that Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti imposed a moratorium the day after the Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six educators at a Newtown grade school.</p>
  • Morning-After Pills Available at 13 NYC Schools

    09/24/2012 7:15:18 AM PDT · by Puppage · 4 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/24/2012
    The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools. The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent. Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant. The city says about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they reach the age of 17. It says more than...
  • VIDEO: Brooklyn Rep. Gets Slavery History Wrong on Colbert

    09/06/2012 7:03:41 AM PDT · by Puppage · 22 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/06/2012
    Rep. Yvette Clarke's remarks on New York history took some ribbing from Stephen Colbert. The impish TV host mentioned how some refer to Brooklyn's decision to become part of New York City as "The Great Mistake of 1898" and asked Clarke what she would say to those Brooklynites if she could go back in time. Her reply: "Set me free." The incredulous Colbert asked from what. The Brooklyn Democrat said: "slavery." Colbert said he didn't realize Brooklyn had slavery then. Clarke said she was "pretty sure there was." New York state abolished slavery in 1827. Asked who'd be enslaving her...
  • McMahon robo-calls aimed at the elderly?

    08/17/2012 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Puppage · 8 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 08/17/2012
    MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- The Linda McMahon 'medicare-scare' call is really stirring things up in Connecticut's US Senate race, but is the campaign robo-call from McMahon only aimed at scaring elderly Connecticut voters? If you are a senior citizen and a registered voter with a telephone, chances are you got a call earlier this week from someone that sounded like a sweet old lady. "I'm Madelyn...Chris Murphy voted to cut $700 billion out of our Medicare benefits. I don't know about you, but I rely on my Medicare benefits and politicians like Chris Murphy need to keep their hands off,"...
  • Report: Sub commander accused of faking own death

    08/13/2012 5:57:36 AM PDT · by Puppage · 38 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 8/13/2012
    <p>GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A submarine commander who was relieved of his duties last week reportedly tried to fake his own death to end an extramarital affair.</p> <p>The Day of New London reports Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II is accused by a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va. woman of getting her pregnant, then sending her an email in July that indicated he had died.</p>
  • Teen points out inaccurate map to NYC's Met museum

    05/04/2012 11:11:45 AM PDT · by Puppage · 12 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/04/2012
    <p>WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut seventh-grader says workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City didn't believe him when he pointed out an inaccuracy with a map that was on exhibit. The map purported to show the Byzantine Empire at its largest size in the 6th century, but he noticed that Spain and part of Africa were missing from the depiction.</p>
  • Shooting range lawsuit up in the air?

    05/02/2012 6:13:23 AM PDT · by Puppage · 10 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/02/2012
    WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- In just a few months, $5,000 to $7,000 has been spent on a lawsuit over having a shooting range close to a Waterbury school. Parents say it's a lot of money, but now they're worried that the Board of Education may change their mind. "They shouldn't have the shooting range close to the school," said Aries Duarte. "That's for sure." "Still against it," said Principal Donna Perrault. However, now Mayor O'Leary is asking the Board of Education to re-think the lawsuit the Board of Education has filed against the City of Waterbury Zoning Board as the...
  • Police ticket man in scooter chair after accident

    04/25/2012 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Puppage · 9 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 04/25/2012
    WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — Waterbury police gave a 75-year-old man a ticket after he was struck by a car and knocked out of his scooter chair. Thomas Galvin, 75, was driving his Power Wheel Scooter into oncoming traffic on Thomaston Avenue near West Main Street when he was struck Tuesday afternoon by a car leaving a gas station. Galvin was knocked onto the pavement and was helped by witnesses before being brought to a hospital with minor injuries. Officers cited Galvin for improper operation of a motor-driven cycle on a roadway and violation of a permit provision. Authorities say Galvin...
  • Teacher placed on leave after paper towel incident

    04/05/2012 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Puppage · 10 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 04/05/2012
    Groton, Conn. (WTNH) --Some Groton parents are angry after a teacher had students hold a paper towel in their mouths to try to keep them quiet; and now the school says the teacher made a mistake in judgment. At the heart of the controversy is how a fourth grade teacher at Northeast Academy disciplined her students for speaking out. Latest reports from the school department are that she had the students place a paper towel between their lips and just held it in place, sort of like a duck bill, but some parents are disputing that. Debra Frank says parents...
  • Conn police keep plate-scan data

    02/21/2012 1:38:21 PM PST · by Puppage · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 02/21/2012
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police departments are keeping the data from millions of license plate scans that show when and where Connecticut drivers have been — a practice that is raising privacy concerns. The Capital Region Chiefs of Police Association, a group of 10 towns, has compiled a database of more than 3.1 million scans, including 2.1 million license plates that were read in 2011 by machines placed on the backs of patrol cars. Police use the scans to find vehicles that have expired or stolen registration tags or are linked to criminal activity. But the database also can be...
  • US settles lawsuit over '07 immigration raids

    02/15/2012 9:15:48 AM PST · by Puppage · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 02/15/2012
    <p>NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Eleven men who claimed immigration agents violated their rights in 2007 raids on their New Haven neighborhood have won a $350,000 settlement from the U.S. government, which also agreed to halt deportation proceedings against the plaintiffs, their attorneys said Tuesday.</p>
  • NYPD Tests Technology to Detect Concealed Firearms at a Distance

    01/17/2012 12:59:01 PM PST · by Puppage · 28 replies ^ | 01/17/2012
    The NYPD is working to develop a tool capable of detecting concealed firearms at a distance. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the department is working with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop the device that reads a form of natural energy akin to radiation. If something is obstructing the flow of that energy, like a weapon, the device will highlight the object on a person's body. The idea would be to place a device in a vehicle and scan an area for weapons. Police say the technology is currently being tested but so far is only detecting weapons from...
  • Green Bay Packers Question

    12/19/2011 9:36:43 AM PST · by Puppage · 9 replies
    A Green Bay Packer question. Are you ready? Last year.... after the Packers / Bills game, Buffalo released quarterback Trent Edwards. During the Packers / Eagles game, the Packers injured Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb. Philadelphia then had to play backup quarterback Michael Vick. During a playoff game against the Eagles, the Packers injured Michael Vick and another backup was needed. After the Packers / Cowboys game, Dallas fired Wade Phillips and most of his staff. After the Packers / Vikings game, Minnesota fired Brad Childress and most of his staff. Four weeks after losing to the Packers, the 49er's coach...
  • New Haven Asks State to Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

    12/14/2011 5:52:21 AM PST · by Puppage · 44 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | 12/14/2011
    New Haven Mayor John DeStefano plans to ask the state Legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to be able vote in municipal elections. DeStefano said on Tuesday that the proposal would build a more engaged community and follows the lead of other cities, the New Haven Register reports. The Register reports that 10,000 to 12,000 undocumented residents are believed to live in New Haven. Immigrants who are in the U.S. legally or illegally and cannot vote now would still be unable to vote in state or federal elections. DeStefano, a Democrat, said illegal immigrants pay taxes...
  • Town vexed trying to catch bull on the loose

    12/02/2011 11:40:06 AM PST · by Puppage · 19 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 12/02/2011
    <p>MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - A posse hopes to soon catch Waldo, a bull that escaped from a farm in July and has been on the loose in the coastal city of Milford, Conn.</p> <p>The Connecticut Post reports an attempt to corral the 700-pound black Angus failed Nov. 20. In the next few weeks, officials will try again.</p>
  • Angry Residents, Businesses Plan Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest

    11/14/2011 11:59:55 AM PST · by Puppage · 37 replies ^ | 11/14/2011
    Downtown residents and business owners angry that their neighborhood has been occupied for two months by the Wall Street demonstration are staging a protest of the protest Monday, declaring that City Hall has let it get out of control. Angry over all-day drumming, people urinating and defecating on the streets and verbal attacks from protesters, organizers say they will rally at City Hall Monday to send officials a message. "Laws are clearly being violated and we simply want them enforced," Lower Manhattan resident Linda Gertsman told NBC New York. Exasperated residents and businesses said they are "pursuing all options," including...
  • Police Busted for Allegedly Smuggling Guns, Other Illegal Goods

    10/25/2011 5:37:16 AM PDT · by Puppage · 8 replies ^ | 10/25/2011
    Eight NYPD officers and one New Jersey corrections officer have been arrested on charges that they were running a gun-smuggling ring that dealt weapons in New York City. The officers arrested include five active-duty officers assigned to Brooklyn and three retired NYPD officers. They were picked up by FBI agents and NYPD Internal Affairs investigators early Tuesday. A PBA spokesman declined comment, saying he was unaware of the specific charges as well as which officers may have been charged. Several of those arrested are also accused of illegally transporting other goods, including cigarettes and slot machines. In all, 12 people...