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  • Puerto Rico’s governor on need to postpone debt payments for years: ‘It’s about math’

    06/29/2015 4:16:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/29/2015 | Michael A. Fletcher
    The governor of Puerto Rico said in a televised address Monday that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. “This is not about politics,” said Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “It’s about math.” “The first step is to revive economic growth...We will never get out of this vicious cycle,” said Garcia Padilla. “But we need to do more—much more—to return to riches and to become more competitive and have an...
  • Diversity of New York City languages makes staying involved in kids’ education difficult

    06/29/2015 5:48:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | June 29, 2015
    New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home. This makes life difficult for the city's Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English
  • Jeb Bush Supports Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico

    06/29/2015 1:40:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/29/15 | Courtney Coren
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said that he supports Puerto Rico filing for bankruptcy in the face of the massive debt the Caribbean island is facing. When Bush visited Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory, on a campaign stop in April, he told a crowd that the public agencies in Puerto Rico should be able to seek bankruptcy under Chapter 9, according to the Puerto Rico Report.
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Eight Things We Think We Know About Puerto Rico

    05/12/2015 6:44:14 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    Summary •Puerto Rico's borrowings represents an exceptionally complex set of credits in the (already arcane-enough) municipal bond market. •The Legislature's recent rejection of the Governor's tax reform proposal leaves fewer options to balance the budget and raises liquidity concerns. ~ snip ~ Puerto Rico released its most recent quarterly financial report on May 7. The report's list of risk factors includes the possibility of the Commonwealth running out of cash and defaulting on debt payments as soon as September. As organizations go, state and local governments are hideously illiquid. Even in the best of times, their political constituents do not...
  • If you like the Greek debt crisis, you'll love the Puerto Rico meltdown

    06/29/2015 6:43:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The governor of Puerto Rico told the New York Times that the island cannot pay back it's $72 billion debt and will seek permission from its creditors to defer payments. The news precedes an address by Governor Alejandro Garcia to the Puerto Rican legislature, where he will unveil a budget that cuts about $670 million from a $9.8 billion budget, while setting aside another $1.5 billion to pay the debt. Fox News: Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared...
  • Puerto Rico now belongs to Wall Street [Governor Admits Debts Cannot be Paid]

    06/29/2015 9:27:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/29/2015 | LINETTE LOPEZ AND SHANE FERRO
    The governor of Puerto Rico has admitted that it can't keep paying down the over $72 billion worth of public debt obligations. As a result, it finds itself in a uniquely awful position. It can't go into bankruptcy according to its own laws, so now it has to deal exclusively with its creditors to restructure its debt. That means it has to deal with Wall Street. "I think the surprise was that it happened this quickly," said Brian Kelly, CEO of Connecticut-based fund Brian Kelly Capital. "We thought it would take 6 months to a year... the solution is a...
  • Puerto Rico governor warns public debt not payable

    06/29/2015 4:51:26 AM PDT · by cll · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/29/2015
    Puerto Rico's governor believes the U.S. territory will not be able to pay back its $72 billion public debt, a spokesman told the Associated Press late Sunday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared in a report in The New York Times published late Sunday, less than a day before Garcia is scheduled to deliver a public address amid debate on a $9.8 billion budget that calls for $674 million in cuts and sets aside $1.5 billion to...
  • Puerto Rico is America’s Greece

    06/23/2015 4:41:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/2015 | By Richard W. Rahn
    Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent. Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, but their per capita income is about...
  • After setback, Puerto Rico governor lays out recovery agenda

    05/01/2015 6:25:31 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/30/2015
    Fresh off a setback on his tax reform plan, Puerto Rico's governor laid out a recovery roadmap on Thursday for the U.S. commonwealth's struggling finances. In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla chastised the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for rejecting tax changes critical to his financial recovery plan, saying it made recovery harder but not impossible. Padilla said he will form a group of financial experts charged with improving Puerto Rico's liquidity and another to take on a reorganization of the government. He also released an agenda that calls for spending cuts in all government...
  • Puerto Rico on the Brink (Leftists wail for more money)

    04/30/2015 8:03:04 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Puerto Rico is in trouble, after years of bad policies, mismanagement, excessive debt and bad luck. Its economy has been shrinking or stagnant for a decade and the unemployment rate sits at nearly 12 percent. The commonwealth and its utilities have a debt of $73 billion, its public pension funds are woefully underfunded and one state agency has warned that the government could be forced to shut down soon because it might run out of money. Lawmakers in Washington and San Juan need to come up with a plan that addresses the financial and economic problems of the territory, which...
  • Puerto Rico bank warns of imminent government shutdown

    04/23/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/22/15 | DANICA COTO
    Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank warned Wednesday that it is very likely the U.S. territory's government could be forced to shut down in the next three months because of a lack of funds. The bank made the warning in a letter made public a day after it was sent to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and the presidents of the island's Senate and House of Representatives. "The island's financial state is extremely uncertain," the letter said. "A government shutdown would have a devastating impact on the economy, with salary and public service cuts, and a long and painful recovery."
  • Puerto Rico officials: Our government is likely to shut down and it will be devastating

    04/23/2015 7:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/23/2015 | EDWARD KRUDY, REUTERS
    Puerto Rico's top finance officials said the government of the US territory will most likely shut down in three months because of a looming liquidity crisis, and they warned of a devastating impact on the island's economy. In a letter to leading lawmakers, including Gov. Alejandro Padilla, the officials said a financing deal that could potentially salvage the government's finances looked unlikely to succeed. It warned of laying off government employees and reducing public services. "A government shutdown is very probable in the next three months due to the absence of liquidity to operate," the officials said. "The likelihood of...
  • Treasury Officials Increase Efforts With Finances of Puerto Rico

    04/14/2015 6:12:19 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/13/15 | Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh
    Antonio Weiss, the former Wall Street banker who became a top adviser to the Treasury secretary this year, has made two trips to Puerto Rico in recent weeks. Kent Hiteshew, who runs the Treasury Department’s office of state and local finance, has also met with government officials in San Juan multiple times this spring. The Treasury Department is quietly stepping up its involvement in Puerto Rico, indicating that the island’s financial problems, which have been simmering for years, are reaching a critical point. High-ranking officials have been shuttling between Washington and Puerto Rico, advising commonwealth officials as they try to...
  • Professors for Empty Prisons

    06/29/2015 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Professors who rail against the imprisonment of blacks rarely show as much interest in black victims of crime. “In 1980, there were 500,000 Americans in prison or jail,” Jason Stanley writes in The Chronicle Review. “By 2013, there were more than 2.3 million.” “The explosion in incarceration has fallen disproportionately on the descendants of slaves. White Americans are 77 percent of the U.S. population, and black Americans 13 percent. Yet more blacks are incarcerated than whites.” Stanley is a philosophy professor at Yale. His conclusions resemble those of 20 scholars who recently completed a study under the auspices of the...
  • City ‘fixes’ grades for failing high school students ( NYC )

    06/29/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated “out of time” Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores. The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed. One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduation — Living Environment (biology) and algebra — even though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on...
  • Dodd: Administration pushed for language protecting bonuses (Dodd Throws Obama under The Bus)

    03/18/2009 5:56:04 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 159 replies · 8,510+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-18-09 | Ed Hornick Kristi Keck
    Dodd acknowledged his role in the change after a Treasury Department official told CNN the administration pushed for the language. Both Dodd and the official, who asked not to be named, said it was because administration officials were afraid the government would face numerous lawsuits without the new language. ---snip-- "I agreed reluctantly," Dodd said. "I was changing the amendment because others were insistent."
  • As Medicaid grows, will there be more cuts to provider payments?

    06/25/2015 3:28:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | June 25, 2015 | By: ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
    Dr. Gary Dee figured the state’s fiscal troubles would lead radiologists like him to face a cut in their Medicaid payment rates. But he wasn’t anticipating the 42.5 percent cut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration imposed this spring. Now, Dee’s private practice has stopped taking new Medicaid patients. “The reimbursement is to the point where we can’t take care of these patients. They’re going to lose access,” said Dee, president of MidState Radiology Associates in Meriden. The result is that it could become harder for the more than 725,000 state residents with Medicaid to find specialists to treat them, undermining...
  • Property Rights: Kelo v. City of New London Ten Years Later

    06/23/2015 4:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | by RICHARD EPSTEIN
    Ten years ago, on June 23, 2005, the United States Supreme Court dropped a judicial thunderbolt in Kelo v. City of New London. By a narrow five-to-four margin it rejected a spirited challenge that Susette Kelo and her neighboring landowners had raised against the ambitious land-use development plan put forward by the City of New London, Ct. The formulaic account of the holding is that a local government does not violate the “public use” component of the Constitution’s takings clause — “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” — when it condemns property that will...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM, June 22-July 3,2015

    06/22/2015 4:57:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 22-July 3,2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Why is Obama giving up on gun laws?

    06/21/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 june 2015 | Clarence Page
    Witnesses say the white gunman who killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people. Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said a survivor of the horror told her the shooter muttered, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary Facebook photos and other evidence suggest...
  • Connecticut's strict gun licensing law linked to steep drop in homicides? Not really

    06/16/2015 1:33:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    A new study in the American Journal of Public Health claims that the state of Connecticut’s 1995 gun licensing law has reduced firearm homicide rates by 40 percent. But this just released study gives academics a bad name. Not surprisingly, anti-gun activist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the left-wing Joyce Foundation funded the research. The study cherry picks which states with gun licensing laws are examined, which years are looked at, and the type of crime to study. Any normal researcher would look at all the states in the country that have passed a similar law...
  • Is Barack Obama secretly a white person like Rachel Dolezal?

    06/15/2015 6:19:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015
    Now that we know that race is a state of mind, rather than a genetic inheritance, the question must be asked: is Barack Obama secretly a white man? Perhaps, like Rachel Dolezal, he tells people that he is black, but he is actually white. Again, black is an attitude, a state of mind. Sure, it helps if you braid your hair into long ropes and tie it on top of your head like Dolezal did, or have an afro during your pot- and cocaine-using days like Obama. But what really counts is what is going on inside your mind. And...
  • Civil rights activist who posed as black 'sued university for anti-white discrimination'

    06/15/2015 1:56:08 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 70 replies
    THE TELEGRAPH ^ | 15 Jun 14 | David Lawler
    Rachel Dolezal sued historically black Howard University for discriminating against her because she was white, according to a report The woman who resigned today as head of a civil rights group after being "outed" as white by her parents sued a university for discriminating against her for being white, according to a report by The Smoking Gun website. Rachel Dolezal, 37, has stepped down today as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Spokane, Washington after it was revealed that she had pretended to be black for several years:
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12PM,EDT,WTIC AM, June 15-19, 2015

    06/15/2015 5:17:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 15-19, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Bloomberg’s Sch of Public Health Cherry false gun homicides in CT fell 40% because of gun licensing

    06/13/2015 12:53:55 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 11, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University put out this press release on a paper by Rudolph, Stuart, Vernick, and Webster: "A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license – contingent on passing a background check – in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the state’s firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests. "Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, compared Connecticut’s homicide rates during the 10 years following the law’s implementation to the rates that...
  • Black Pastor to Al Sharpton: 'You're Nothing But a Pimp!'

    06/09/2015 10:50:29 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 9, 2015 | By DR. SUSAN BERRY, Breitbart News
    At a Hartford, Connecticut rally supposedly called to protest five homicides of young people in the city over the past two weeks – four of them shootings – Rev. Al Sharpton was challenged Saturday by a black pastor for asking every preacher present to donate $100 to Sharpton’s civil rights organization, National Action Network (NAN). Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis of Christ the Cornerstone Praise and Western Tabernacle, however, shouted at Sharpton as he strode down the center aisle of the crowded church, “How dare you ask the people of Hartford to give you their money! You’re nothing but a pimp!”
  • 17 Arrested After Blocking Hartford Road During Rush Hour

    06/09/2015 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 9,2015 | David Owens,Nicholas Rondinone
    HARTFORD — Police arrested 17 protesters who blocked Central Row during rush hour Monday afternoon as part of a Moral Monday demonstration. The protest began at 4 p.m. as protesters locked arms and stood in the street. Many held signs saying "Black Lives Matter."
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,June 8,2015

    06/08/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 8-12, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • GE Is Considering Leaving Connecticut Over Democrats’ Tax Hikes

    06/08/2015 3:45:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/8/15 | Mark Antonio Wright
    Well, that didn’t take long. The same week Connecticut governor Dan Malloy pushed through a $1.1 billion in tax increases in the already heavily taxed state, the iconic firm General Electric appears to be considering fleeing the Constitution State, and moving its headquarters to more business-friendly climes. In an e-mail to company employees obtained by National Review, GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt wrote that the “passing of this law, despite the concerns we raised, has serious implications for GE, other businesses and for the business climate in Connecticut.” “As a result of this law passing, I have assembled an...
  • The Hartford Way: Keep Raising Taxes In Connecticut

    06/06/2015 7:47:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | June 5,2015 | EDITORIAL
    So now several of the largest corporations in the state, including Yankee mainstays such as insurance giants Aetna and Travelers, as well as General Electric, are threatening to leave and get out of this abusive relationship. GE's CEO Jeff Immelt told his thousands of Connecticut-based employees that he has put together a team to evaluate a move to another state with "a more pro-business environment." He says the company's state taxes have increased five times since 2011 and the new hike would impose "significant and retroactive tax increases for businesses." Aetna complained that it already pays $65 million a year...
  • GE mulls moving HQ after Connecticut tax changes

    06/05/2015 5:49:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 4, 2015 | Jacob Pramuk
    General Electric is exploring a move from its Connecticut headquarters after it objected to tax aspects of the state's recently passed budget. The Connecticut legislature on Wednesday approved a $40 billion budget that would increase some business taxes. In a Thursday email provided by GE, CEO Jeff Immelt told Connecticut-based employees that he has put together a team to evaluate a move to another state with "a more pro-business environment." Immelt claims the company's state taxes have increased five times since 2011 and the new budget would impose "significant and retroactive tax increases for businesses." GE—which employs more than 5,700...
  • Connecticut Democrats stand by business tax changes

    06/04/2015 11:44:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 4, 2015 6:59 PM EDT | Susan Haigh and Pat Eaton-Robb
    Connecticut’s Democratic leaders were willing Thursday to make minor changes to the business taxes that prompted some major employers to threaten to leave the state, but said they won’t roll the taxes back and expressed doubt that any of the firms would move. […] The plan includes numerous business tax changes, including higher taxes on computer and data processing services, limits on tax credits, limits on when losses can be reported, and how business income is reported. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric Co., sent an email to employees Thursday, saying he has assembled an “exploratory team” to review...
  • Gov Says He'll Revisit Taxes: GE Tells Employees It's Looking Elsewhere

    06/04/2015 11:02:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | June 4, 2015 | Gregory B. Hladky,Daniela Altimari
    HARTFORD – As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he was open to tweaking the tax side of a budget that has alarmed several large Connecticut employers, General Electric told employees it has assembled an exploratory team to look for "another state with a more pro-business environment."
  • George Bush, Real Man

    02/03/2003 5:17:39 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 72 replies · 1,008+ views
    Dispatches From The American Front | February 3, 2003 | James Benton
    DISPATCHES FROM THE AMERICAN FRONT George Bush, Real ManBy James Benton You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his tone Tuesday night in the second half of his State of the Union speech: this was a man not to be trifled with, a man who would see a difficult, dirty business through to the end, and God help anyone who stood against him as he does battle against the foes of America and her ideals. If anyone had doubts about Bush's commitment to victory in the War on Terrorism, they were laid to rest Tuesday night. Rarely...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,EDT,9AM-12NOONPM,WTIC AM,June 1-5,2015

    06/01/2015 8:25:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 1, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Archaeologists Explore Ocean Floor For Clues To Early Coastal Settlements

    04/20/2007 10:37:02 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 604+ views
    University Of Connecuit ^ | 4-23-2007 | Cindy Weiss
    Archaeologists explore ocean floor for clues to early coastal settlement by Cindy Weiss - April 23, 2007 Anthropologists in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are identifying new sites to study archaeology that are fathoms, not feet, under the surface. Anthropology professor Kevin McBride and doctoral candidate David Robinson are scoping out early coastal human settlement sites, now under water, that could reveal clues to how the Americas were settled. McBride says early submerged sites may yield evidence of how the earliest coastal residents lived and how they got here. McBride, who is also director of research at the...
  • Scientists Seek Indian History Underwater[North America]

    11/07/2006 1:28:01 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 55 replies · 2,060+ views
    The Day ^ | Joe Wojtas
    Mashantuckets, Ballard To Explore Ancient Coastline They are questions that have intrigued scientists, archaeologists and historians for centuries: When did Native Americans first arrive on the North American continent, and where did they settle? Now, Robert Ballard, president of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, and Kevin McBride, research director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, and other researchers hope to answer that question. On Wednesday, Ballard, McBride and Dwight Coleman, the IFE's research director, outlined plans for a multiyear expedition to chart the location of ancient coastlines now underwater, identify sites of Native American settlements and find artifacts to...
  • Hartford Police: Pastor's Shooting Might Be Hate Crime

    05/27/2015 3:36:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 27, 2015 | Christine Dempsey,Vanessa de la Torre
    HARTFORD — City police said Tuesday they are investigating the possibility that the shooting of a pastor outside his church on Sunday was a hate crime. "The church is very accepting of and open to the LGBT community," Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. He said the attack on the minister is "obviously troubling to the police department and the city."
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12PM,EDT,WTIC AM,May 26-29,2015

    05/26/2015 6:13:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | May 26-29, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Democrat Congresswoman Calls for National Ban on Tanning For Those Under 18

    05/24/2015 8:56:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 57 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/22/2015 | Ali Meyer
    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called for a national ban on the use of tanning devices, which she described as “essentially carcinogen delivery systems,” by those under 18, on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
  • Joe Lieberman Says Next President Will Be 'Closer' to Israel

    05/22/2015 11:14:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Forward ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ben Sales
    ormer U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. The onetime vice presidential candidate also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to embrace the long-shelved Arab Peace Initiative. Lieberman predicted that if the 2016 presidential election were held today, a higher percentage of Jewish-Americans would vote Republican than in past races. But he noted that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s front-runner for the Democratic...
  • Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

    05/21/2015 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office. "The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming...
  • Obama official once said train-safety cost outweighed benefit

    05/20/2015 12:04:27 PM PDT · by JRios1968 · 3 replies
    The Connectictu Post ^ | 5/18/15 | Dan Freedman
    When a Republican lawmaker in 2011 asked an Obama administration Office of Management and Budget official to name regulations where costs were not justified by benefits, the official had a ready answer. "There is only one big one that comes to mind," said Cass Sunstein, then administrator of the White House OMB's Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs. "It is called Positive Train Control.''
  • Senate, House OK Education Bills For Undocumented Students

    05/20/2015 6:24:29 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 10 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniela Altimari
    RTFORD — The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to apply for college tuition assistance, even though they lack a Social Security card and other documents required to fill out financial aid forms. "I'm ecstatic,'' said Alison Martinez-Carrasco, a 21-year-old junior at UConn who came to Hartford from Ecuador with her parents at age 4. "This bill directly affects me. ... I now have something to help me with tuition."
  • Feds seize hundreds of assault rifle parts from gun-maker

    05/20/2015 1:37:47 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/19/15 | DAVE COLLINS
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a Connecticut gun-maker after agents found nearly 3,000 assault rifle parts missing serial numbers, according to recently filed court documents. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents seized nearly 300 of the AR-15 parts from Stag Arms in September following routine inspections, prosecutors said. At the time, the father of Stag Arms owner Mark Malkowski told authorities that the employee who places serial numbers on parts was on vacation. The New Britain-based gun-maker gained a high profile in the state when Malkowski became a vocal critic of a stricter state gun-control...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,May 18-22,2015

    05/18/2015 8:46:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | May 18,2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Is Harvard racist? Asian-Americans claim unfair Harvard admission quotas

    05/16/2015 10:19:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    CSM ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    Washington — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against HarvardUniversity, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for the complaint, which was filed with the civil rights offices at the Justice and Education departments. They are calling for an investigation and say these schools should stop using racial quotas or racial balancing in admission. "We are seeking equal treatment regardless of race," said Chunyan Li, a professor and civil rights activist,...
  • Cerberus Capital to Allow Investors to Sell Stakes in Gun Business

    05/16/2015 8:36:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 8:57 p.m. ET | Ryan Dezember
    Cerberus Capital Management LP told its investors Friday that it has created an avenue for them to sell their stakes in a gun maker that the private-equity firm has been under pressure to divest since the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012. Cerberus sent a letter to its investors, which include pension funds and endowments, telling them that it has separated Remington Outdoor Co., the maker of Remington and Bushmaster rifles formerly known as Freedom Group Inc., from its funds and will allow any investor wishing to cash out of the company to do so, according to a person familiar...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...