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  • Donovan's campaign finance director arrested, Donovan fires campaign manager (Conn. 5th, open seat)

    05/31/2012 7:36:58 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 23 replies
    The finance director of state House Speaker Christopher Donovan's campaign for Congress has been charged with conspiring with others to conceal the source of $20,000 in campaign contributions. Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced that 33-year-old Robert Braddock Jr. of Meriden was arrested and charged Wednesday in an alleged conspiracy ... Prosecutors allege Braddock and unnamed co-conspirators arranged $10,000 in payments from conduit contributors to Donovan's campaign for the 5th District seat in connection with proposed legislation this year. The purpose of the conduit contributions was to conceal that the individuals who were actually financing the payments had an interest in...
  • UConn welcomes gay players

    05/25/2012 4:13:50 AM PDT · by Third Person · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 24th, 2012 | Unknown
    STORRS, Conn. -- Gay and play hockey? You're welcome at the University of Connecticut. That is the message the school's men's hockey team is sending out in two videos for a program called You Can Play. The goal of the international initiative launched in March is to work to end homophobia in hockey. "We thought it was a great idea to show the community how we feel about homosexuality in sports, and let people know that anyone can play on our team," said UConn captain Sean Ambrosie. The public service videos are posted on YouTube and the UConn website, and...
  • Residents, environmentalists crowd hearing on Bridgeport (CT) coal plant

    05/15/2012 3:52:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    More than 150 people crowded into a room in the City Hall Annex Monday night to weigh in on Bridgeport Harbor Station's request to renew its five-year operating permit, which expired earlier this year. Environmentalists have been trying for years to shut down the coal operations at the station, which is owned by the Newark-based Public Service Electric & Gas. This may be their best chance, said John Calandrelli, program director for the Sierra Club's local chapter. "This is the first, big, major step in what we believe will be, hopefully, a short fight to convince them to not only...
  • Radioactive man? Milford resident pulled over by state police

    05/11/2012 8:44:35 AM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies
    CT Post ^ | 08:36 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Amanda Cuda
    Mike Apatow, of Milford, poses at Stratford Fire Station, Company 2, in Stratford, Conn. May 10th, 2012, where he works as firefighter. Apatow, who had a radioactive stress test Wednesday, was pulled over later in the day, in Newtown, by a state police trooper after a radioactivity detector in the trooper's car was set off when Apatow passed. The detectors are used to help identify potential terror threats. Apatow was not on duty at the time. Photo: Ned Gerard / Connecticut Post Mike Apatow was minding his own business Wednesday, driving to an appointment for work in Washington Depot when...
  • 2 NY sites recall Benedict Arnold's early heroics

    05/10/2012 6:54:38 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 41 replies
    AP via boston.com ^ | 5-10-12 | Chris Carola
    This undated sketch portrait of Gen. Benedict Arnold by an unknown artist was provided by the Library of Congress. While most Americans know Arnold as the man who betrayed his nation by trying to turn over the American fortifications at West Point to the British, then joining the redcoats when the plot was uncovered, his heroic actions at the Revolutionary War's Battles of Saratoga are detailed in a new exhibit opening Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Saratoga National Historical Park. ALBANY, N.Y.—Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his...
  • UN welcomes end to death penalty in Connecticut

    04/27/2012 4:32:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    GENEVA (AP) - The U.N. human rights office has welcomed Connecticut's move to end the death penalty for future crimes and urged other U.S. states to do the same. A spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the United States was ranked among the top five countries carrying out executions in 2011....
  • Congress looks into New England power outages

    04/26/2012 6:27:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Although lawmakers wanted information on what is wrong with New England's aging electric power grid, they heard from a Connecticut utility Thursday about what that utility is doing right. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he called for the hearing because of the electricity outages in New England last year caused by bad weather and an emerging pattern in the United States of more frequent and stronger storms. "We know that there will be another storm that will knock down our power lines," Bingaman said. Introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to...
  • Q Poll: (CT)voters back minimum-wage increase

    04/25/2012 11:28:01 AM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    A new Quinnipiac University poll shows overwhelming support for raising the minimum wage, a timely political boost to an issue that legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are reluctant to take up in the last two weeks of the legislative session. The poll released Wednesday also found complex, generally negative views on the abolition of the death penalty for future crimes, a bill the governor is poised to sign into law this week after recent passage by the General Assembly. Voters continue to express disapproval of the performance of Malloy and legislators, with 60 percent dissatisfied with the way things...
  • Occupy New Haven protesters told to get out

    04/17/2012 11:44:30 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    New Haven city officials have been given the green light to evict Occupy New Haven protesters from the Green. The protesters must begin vacating the Green on Wednesday morning. Protestors have been stationed on the New Haven Green for the past six months, one of the longest stays in New England. Bulldozers began moving in last week after a judge had ruled with the city, saying the tents were becoming a hazard and blocking public space. But, another judge in a federal appeals court judge decided protestors could have a little more time, granting another temporary stay. The decision to...
  • ShePAC Fights Back: "2012 Won't Be A War On Women, It Will Be A War By Women"

    04/17/2012 3:52:05 PM PDT · by ak267 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/17/2012 | Breitbart TV
    ShePac Endorses five candidates for the upcoming 2012 Senatorial campaign: Linda McMahon (Connecticut) Sarah Steelman (Missouri) Linda Lingle (Hawaii) Heather Wilson (New Mexico) Deb Fischer (Nebraska) http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04/17/SHE-PAC-2012-Wont-Be-A-War-On-Women-It-Will-Be-A-War-By-Women#disqus_thread
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • With House vote, Malloy to sign death penalty repeal

    04/12/2012 12:03:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 42 replies
    On an 86-62 vote, the House of Representatives gave final legislative approval Wednesday night to a bill repealing the death penalty for future crimes, leaving Connecticut one step away from becoming the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. The bill, which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pledged to sign, advanced after a 9 1/2-hour debate focused largely on a provision that still mandates capital punishment for Connecticut's 11 death row inmates. The bill passed with votes from 78 of 99 Democrats and eight of 52 Republicans. Senate Democrats passed the bill 20-16 last week, with two Democrats joining all 14...
  • Conn. House to take up death penalty repeal bill

    04/10/2012 3:28:18 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    The Connecticut House of Representatives will be voting on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill Wednesday, a week after the bill passed in the state's Senate. Doug Whiting, spokesman for House Speaker Rep. Christopher Donovan of Meriden, told the Associated Press Tuesday that the House will take up the bill mid-afternoon Wednesday. The proposed bill would abolish the death penalty for all future cases, but would not directly affect the sentences of current 11 inmates on Connecticut's death row. The state Senate approved a repeal bill after nearly 11 hours of debate last week. If passed in the House, the...
  • CT Senate passes death penalty repeal bill 20-16

    04/05/2012 7:37:59 AM PDT · by matt04 · 25 replies
    Shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, state senators voted to pass the high-profiled death penalty repeal bill 20-16. The proposal now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass easily. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he would sign the legislation into law. The legislation would not directly affect sentences of the 11 inmates on Connecticut's death row. But relatives of some crime victims are opposing the measure, saying it could be used by lawyers for those inmates as grounds for appeal. ... Support for the death penalty remains high in Connecticut, where a Quinnipiac University...
  • Dr. Petit weighs in on (CT) death penalty vote

    04/04/2012 1:56:55 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    As Connecticut state senators gear up to vote on the high-profile death penalty repeal bill, Dr. William Petit said he believes that those who commit the most heinous crimes should be given the ultimate punishment. "We believe in the death penalty. It's the only just punishment. What about the forgotten people, people tortured? They have no voice," said Petit whose wife and two daughters were murdered in their Cheshire home in 2007. ... In the hours before the afternoon Senate session, Democrats proposed an amendment establishing harsh prison conditions for inmates who would have been candidates for the death penalty...
  • After a last count, (CT) death penalty (repeal) vote likely Wednesday

    04/03/2012 12:39:09 PM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pledging to sign the bill into law, the state Senate is preparing for a vote as soon as Wednesday on a measure to repeal the death penalty for future crimes. Leaders of the Senate Democratic majority intend Tuesday to canvass their 22 members for a final time, with the expectation of getting a commitment from at least 18 senators, the bare minimum necessary for passage. "We'll make a final decision tomorrow," Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said Monday night. "Do we want to move forward one way or the other? Yes."...
  • Occupy New Haven protestors given 10 more days

    03/28/2012 2:50:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    A federal judge has given Occupy New Haven protesters a 10-day reprieve. It's the second reprieve for the protesters who've been camped out on the New Haven Green since October. The city wants them off the property and issued them an eviction notice two weeks ago. The city argues the protesters are costing the city money, especially for police activities. New Haven officials say in court documents that the protesters never obtained a permit and that their temporary structures are littered with flammable materials including tires and wood pallets and have destroyed the grass and leave all sorts of trash....
  • Democrats pledge fuel tax relief, but only for one year

    03/19/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Majority Democrats proposed a one-year cap Monday on the state's escalating wholesale fuel tax -- but set it to expire one day before one of the largest fuel tax increases in state history is set to kick in. ... Republican legislative leaders, who have been advocating a cap on the state’s most volatile levy on gasoline for several months, agreed to support the proposal, but criticized Democrats for including an expiration date. At New Haven harbor, the single-largest fuel importing site in Connecticut, the wholesale price of gasoline stood Monday at $3.18 per gallon, according to the Independent Connecticut Petroleum...
  • Hate Crime Investigation at WCSU

    03/06/2012 4:29:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    Police are investigating hate crimes at Western Connecticut State University. A student discovered a gay slur written on a dry erase board outside her dorm room inside Litchfield Hall Feb. 27. She did not report the incident right away. The resident director was notified of the slur and contacted police March 2, according to authorities. On March 3, the student reported another gay slur written on a paper attached to her dorm room in Litchfield Hall. "Such acts are not tolerated at Western," Paul Steinmentz, a university spokesperson, said. "Our police department is investigating, and if the perpetrator is caught,...
  • Gas prices up for 8th straight day

    03/17/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 3/17/2012 | CNNMoney Staff
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The national average price for a gallon of gasoline rose for the eighth straight day on Saturday to $3.835. That is now only about 7% below the record high of $4.11 from July 2008. The average price rose by four-tenths of a penny, according to the survey of gas stations conducted for the motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now up more than 17% this year. The nationwide average was $3.52 a gallon a month ago and $3.76 a gallon on March 9 -- the day that prices started rising again after a few days of...