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  • NYPD’s Terrorism Official Says Unnamed Groups Planned Protest Violence in Advance

    06/01/2020 6:35:52 AM PDT · by karpov · 49 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 31, 2020 | y Tom Winter, Andrew Blankstein and Jonathan Dienst
    New York's top terrorism official says there's evidence that members of anarchist groups from outside the city intentionally planned to incite violence at protests calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said there is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that these unnamed groups had organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence. There are strong indicators they planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, he said. One out of every seven arrests, of...

    05/30/2020 6:57:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Andover Leader ^ | May 29, 2020 10:45 am EDT
    Peter Manfredonia, a student at the University of Connecticut, is on the run and is suspected of killing two men, injuring another and kidnapping a woman, then fleeing in a stolen car, over the long weekend.... Manfredonia is suspected to have started his killing spree Friday morning in an attack on a dirt road in Willington (CT) that left Ted DeMers (62) dead and another man seriously injured, state police said... In the past, Manfredonia has used his Instagram account to speak against gun violence.... In a February 2018 publication, Manfredonia wrote that the school shootings “are an epidemic that...
  • Fugitive college student wanted in 2 slayings is captured

    05/27/2020 7:02:22 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 21 replies
    Brown County Democrat ^ | 5/27/20 9:56 PM | By PAT EATON-ROBB - 5/27/20 9:56 PM
    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below: A lawyer for the family of a fugitive college student said Wednesday the 23-year-old suspect in two Connecticut slayings has no outdoor survival training and his parents are begging him to bring a peaceful end to the search that has stretched to Maryland. Since the first homicide on Friday, investigators have followed the trail of Peter Manfredonia through New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where police on Wednesday said someone matching his description took a ride-hailing service to the Hagerstown, Maryland, area. An attorney for Manfredonia’s family, Michael Dolan, told The...
  • Connecticut manhunt underway for suspect in 2 killings, assault

    05/24/2020 7:59:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/24/2020 | By Robert Gearty |
    A manhunt was underway Sunday for a 23-year-old Connecticut man who police say attacked three people in the past two days, killing two of them. Manfredonia was a senior at the University of Connecticut, the college told Fox 61. Police said Friday that Manfredonia was seen leaving the scene of a homicide and “serious assault” in Willington that had unfolded that morning. Family identified Ted Demers, an artist and Marine veteran, as the person who was killed and said he and Manfredonia were strangers, WFSB-TV reported. The station quoted Demers’ wife as saying her husband went to his barn to...
  • Connecticut is the last of all 50 states to ease social-distancing orders

    05/20/2020 10:01:54 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 69 replies ^ | May 20, 2020 | Joseph Weber
    Connecticut will on Wednesday allow residents to eat in outdoor restaurants and shop inside stores, becoming the last of all 50 states to ease social-distancing orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Still, Connecticut officials, as are those in other states, are taking a measured, step-by-step approach to reopening and getting their economies restarted. Gyms, nail salons, spas, theaters and tattoo parlors and bars that do not serve food will remain closed until at least June 20, unless earlier modified.
  • Cromwell (CT) Town Council Votes to Allow Businesses to Reopen Immediately

    05/19/2020 4:55:50 PM PDT · by matt04 · 22 replies
    The town of Cromwell had decided It will allow businesses that want to reopen to do so immediately, in opposition to Gov. Ned Lamont's executive orders and reopening plans. In a meeting Wednesday, the town council voted 8-0 in favor of the decision, which will allow the town attorney to create a declaration allowing businesses in Cromwell that are willing and able to re-open immediately and to make a declaration to allow outdoor graduation. The declaration will be sent to the governor. Reopening has been a contentious issue across the country. Some expressed harsh criticism of Lamont's plans Monday when...
  • Sen. John Cornyn Counters Democrats: Enough Gun Control Already

    05/18/2020 12:10:36 PM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 5/16/2020 | AWR Hawkins
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) countered a Democrat-led push for more regulations on “ghost guns” by making clear his belief that there is enough gun control already. On May 15, 2020, Breitbart News reported that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and other Democrats are demanding background checks for “ghost guns” and kits containing parts that can be used to build guns. The Mike Bloomberg-founded gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, supports the Democrat push. Politico quoted Sen. Cornyn in a way that gave readers the impression that he also supported the advocacy. They reported that Cornyn “might...
  • CT Governor Lamont delays reopening hair salons, barbershops

    05/18/2020 11:13:58 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 59 replies ^ | May 18, 2020 | Alex Ceneviva
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Ned Lamont has announced on Monday that he is delaying the reopening of hair salons and barbershops. Salons and barbershops were originally due to reopen on Wednesday, May 20, during phase one of the state’s reopen plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both Governor Lamont and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo now intend to reopen hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June. Read entire article at the link above.
  • Field hospital taken down at St. Francis is a sign of hope and progress

    05/14/2020 5:41:53 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Part of the hospital surge plan, the 25 bed mobile field hospital would have served as another floor of St. Francis Hospital specifically to treat COVID patients You can call it a symbol of progress. Tuesday, one of four mobile field hospitals came down outside St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. March 24th you saw it go up. May 12th you are seeing it come down. Part of Connecticut’s COVID-19 Hospital surge plan, the 25 bed mobile field hospital would have served as another floor of St. Francis Hospital specifically to treat COVID-positive patients. Dr. John Rodis, the President of St....
  • Judge in case against transgender runners won’t allow attorneys to call the biological men ‘males’

    05/11/2020 12:02:34 PM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 11, 2020 | Robert Jonathan
    U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny, a Bill Clinton appointee who Obama tried unsuccessfully to elevate to the federal appellate court, said in an April 16 conference call with the attorneys that they had to abide by his politically-correct terminology for the student-athletes at the heart of the case, according to a transcript obtained by the National Review. “What I’m saying is you must refer to them as ‘transgender females” rather than as ‘males.’ Referring to these individuals as ‘transgender females’ is consistent with science, common practice and perhaps human decency. To refer to them as ‘males,’ period, is not accurate,...
  • Attorneys for Conn. High School Runners Ask Judge to Recuse after He Forbids Them from Describing Trans Athletes as ‘Male’

    05/11/2020 10:50:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies ^ | May 11, 2020 | JACK CROWE
    High-school athletes Selina Soule and Alanna Smith (Photo courtesy Alliance Defending Freedom)Attorneys representing three female high school track athletes in their effort to bar biological males from competing against them filed a motion on Saturday calling for the presiding judge to recuse himself after he forbid the attorneys from referring to the transgender athletes at issue as “males.” The ADF filed suit in February against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) on behalf of three girls — Selina Soule, Alana Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell. The suit challenges the CIAC policy allowing students to compete in the division that accords with...
  • 'It's irresponsible and it's dangerous': Experts rip Trump's idea of injecting disinfectant to treat COVID-19

    05/08/2020 3:47:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 61 replies
    NBC Skews ^ | 5/8/20
    "I left work and I felt so deflated," one doctor said about an effort to counter misinformation he saw on Facebook. "I let it get to me." At the end of another long shift treating coronavirus patients, Dr. Hadi Halazun opened his Facebook page to find a man insisting to him that "no one's dying" and that the coronavirus is "fake news" drummed up by the news media. Hadi tried to engage and explain his firsthand experience with the virus. In reply, another user insinuated that he wasn't a real doctor, saying pictures from his profile showing him at concerts...
  • Quinnipiac poll: Seven in 10 uncomfortable going to restaurants, bars

    05/07/2020 1:07:37 PM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 106 replies
    Connecticutt Magazine ^ | 5/7/2020 | staff
    Even when coronavirus restrictions are lifted, roughly seven out of 10 people in the tri-state area would be uncomfortable going to restaurants or bars and more than eight out of 10 wouldn't be comfortable going to a large sports or entertainment event. The results from a new Quinnipiac University poll in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey also found that people are split about returning to work outside the home. Majorities also say it will take at least a few months before their states are safe to lift their stay at home orders and reopen their economies.
  • Gov. Lamont announces decision to close CT public schools for the rest of the academic year

    05/05/2020 2:45:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Governor Ned Lamont Tuesday announced Tuesday that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, he is ordering in-person classes at all K-12 public school facilities in Connecticut to remain canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year and continue providing distance learning during this period. Schools will also be required to continue providing meals to children under the school lunch and breakfast programs for students at home. ... “I know how important it is for so many students and teachers to finish out the school year, and I was holding out hope – particularly for high school seniors – that...
  • 'He's a tough guy': Actor Paul Giamatti says 'hardass' John Durham helped inspire Billions character

    05/05/2020 5:10:56 AM PDT · by gattaca · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 4, 2020 | Carlin Becker
    Actor Paul Giamatti gave U.S. Attorney John Durham some credit for informing his character on Showtime's Billions. The Hollywood star plays fictional U.S. Attorney-turned-New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades, who is loosely based on former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, on the show, but Bharara isn't the only inspiration for the role. Speaking with GQ last week, Giamatti revealed that Durham influenced the portrayal of his character too. "There was a guy that was interesting to me early on, and his name is John Durham," he said. "And he’s actually the guy who William Barr tagged to do the investigation of...
  • Biden’s VP search chief tied to China money scandal, Harvey Weinstein and women allegations

    05/01/2020 4:08:29 AM PDT · by dontreadthis · 17 replies
    just the news ^ | 4/30/20 | John Solomon and Christine Dolan
    Joe Biden, already facing allegations of sexual assault at home and nepotism in China, has chosen a former U.S. senator with his own political baggage on China, ethics, and women to run the search for a vice presidential nominee. Christopher Dodd, who retired from the Senate a decade ago, was a central figure in the 1990s China fundraising scandal, having served as the General Chairman of the Democratic Party at a time it and Bill Clinton’s campaign accepted illegal foreign donations and turned the Lincoln bedroom into a donor perk. The retired Connecticut Democrat also has long boasted a friendship...
  • Hartford Courant: Gov. Lamont Planning CT Reopening ‘In Secret’

    04/30/2020 7:39:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Apr 2020 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Hartford Courant editorial board wrote Wednesday Connecticut citizens should be “frightened” that Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont is planning the state’s reopening from the coronavirus lockdown “in secret.” The newspaper asserted Lamont, “in what appears to becoming a pattern in his administration,” is developing plans to reopen the state with a group of people who are not accountable to Connecticut taxpayers. The editors stated about the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group: The 43-member panel was created as part of AdvanceCT, a reboot of the former Connecticut Economic Resource Center. It’s described on its website as a “nonprofit organization that works to...
  • Protesters Demand Gov. Lamont to reopen Connecticut

    04/30/2020 12:58:46 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 76 replies ^ | April 27, 2020 | Bob Wilson
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Protesters rallied again Monday, asking for Governor Ned Lamont to consider reopening the state. “We appreciate his thinking of taking care of us all, but people are suffering right now and they’re not suffering with COVID,” said Marnee Palladino. One of the biggest complaints is they don’t understand why the big box stores can be open while mom and pop shops remain closed. They believe if Lamont does the right thing by reopening the state, people will do the right thing. “It’s unfair that big box stores like Walmart are able to be open while smaller...
  • Indian Point nuclear-reactor shutdown a huge blow to New York’s environment

    04/29/2020 10:28:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 29, 2020 | Robert Bryce
    it’s appropriate to mourn the passing of one notable longtime New Yorker .. Unit 2 reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center. The workhorse, Westchester-based nuclear-power generator, which could have run for several more decades, is scheduled to be unplugged Thursday. Cause of death: political expediency .... the 1,028-megawatt Westinghouse machine delivered about 8,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year from a site on the Hudson River that covers less than a half square mile. Unit 2’s prodigious output left its more politically popular rivals — solar and wind energy — in the shade. Ivanpah, the biggest thermal-solar project in America,...
  • Nursing Home Residents: 50% Of COVID-19 Deaths In Connecticut

    04/27/2020 11:02:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 47 replies
    WHSU Public Radio ^ | 04/27/2020 | DAVIS DUNAVIN
    Deaths at nursing homes now account for nearly half of all COVID-19-related fatalities in Connecticut. Newly released statewide numbers show a dire increase in cases and deaths. At least one resident has died in the majority of the state’s nursing homes. And death rates at some facilities are approaching one in four residents. The state chief medical examiner said last week some nursing homes aren’t reporting deaths. Governor Ned Lamont ordered nursing homes to make daily status reports to the state. The president of the state’s largest nursing home association said facilities have followed all guidance and best practices. At...