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  • South Windsor (CT) Considers Banning Cigarette Sales in Pharmacies

    09/17/2012 1:29:48 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    When the South Windsor town council meets on Monday night, they will consider an ordinance that would ban the sales of tobacco products at CVS. In July Town Councilor Dr. Anwar Saud, who specializes in lung diseases and critical care medicine, proposed banning the sales of tobacco in pharmacies. Nationally, there is a problem, he said in video posted on the town's Web site. Some large pharmacies, which run “minute clinics,” sell cigarettes, while smaller, community pharmacies do not allow cigarette sales, he said during a council meeting over the weekend. “So they are becoming healthcare facilities … but, as...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 17-21,2012

    09/17/2012 5:01:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | September 17-21, 2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily 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 - 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...
  • A Possible Explanation for Obama's Connecticut Social Security Number

    09/15/2012 12:28:25 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    As I reported on Tuesday, Barack Obama has yet to provide an explanation for how he came to have a Social Security number that begins with the Connecticut prefix "042." Filmmaker Joel Gilbert read the piece. He has been in Hawaii doing follow-up research on his insightful new documentary, Dreams from My Real Father, and he sent me the single best explanation I have yet to see
  • Ted Jr. may follow in dad’s footsteps

    09/14/2012 10:07:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 39 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 9/14/12 | Joe Battenfeld
    With one Kennedy already on the ballot this fall, don’t be surprised to see another member of the political clan soon make a bid to join the family business. Edward M. Kennedy Jr., the eldest son of the late Massachusetts senator, is consulting with a veteran Washington political hand in a clear sign he’s seriously considering a run for office, the Herald has learned. The 50-year-old Kennedy brought in longtime Democratic strategist Steve McMahon to help him coordinate media interviews at the party convention in Charlotte, and several sources say McMahon also is helping Kennedy with political advice. Kennedy lives...
  • Hidden heat: New Britain (CT) law allows gun owners choice (open OR conceal carry)

    09/13/2012 11:56:12 AM PDT · by DTogo · 15 replies
    New Britain Herald ^ | Sept 13, 2012 | Robert Storace
    NEW BRITAIN — Following several heated discussions over the past few months with members of the public, the Common Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that gives gun owners the flexibility to conceal their weapons or not. The old ordinance required individuals to carry their legal firearms openly. New Britain — which had been the last municipality in Connecticut with such an ordinance — is now in line with the rest of the state. While state law would supercede local ordinances, City attorney Mary Pokorski said Wednesday that the state law “does not dictate the method of carrying weapons.”...
  • NARAL Blasts McMahon (Connecticut Senate Race)

    09/12/2012 9:27:42 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 6 replies
    New Haven Independent ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Thomas MacMillan
    Women’s reproductive rights took center stage in the U.S. Senate race Monday, as a pro-choice group took aim at Republican candidate Linda McMahon over her support of a bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to cover contraception for their employees. The campaigns have been vying for the support of female voters, who did not get behind McMahon in her 2010 Senate bid. In a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by Christian Miron, the director of the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, the state branch of the national pro-choice advocacy organization. Miron scored McMahon for saying she would have supported the...
  • Kaiser survey; (CT)Health coverage premiums up modestly, but more than wage growth

    09/12/2012 2:21:17 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage in the United States rose 4 percent over last year, a modest increase compared with recent years but still higher than the 1.7 percent growth in workers' wages, a national survey found. "A 4 percent increase is a low increase, and it is good news," Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO, said in a phone press conference Tuesday. The figures are based on the 2012 Employer Health Benefits Survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust. The 4 percent increase is strikingly low compared with the 9 percent jump...
  • Survey finds manufacturing thriving in Connecticut; other businesses struggle more

    09/10/2012 1:26:30 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Two percent of Connecticut businesses are very optimistic about their economic recovery, and 15 percent still consider the state to be an ideal place to do business, according to a 2012 survey of businesses in the state. And it was a good year for manufacturers, with nearly two-thirds of those surveyed reporting a net profit in 2011, and 66 percent saying they expect to this year. The 2012 Survey of Connecticut Businesses, by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and BlumShapiro, an accounting and business consulting firm, was released Friday morning at a conference at the Rocky Hill Sheraton on...
  • Northeastern Republicans Show (More) Signs of Life (CT)

    09/09/2012 4:51:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 7, 2012 | STEPHEN MOORE
    Connecticut's Linda McMahon has Democrats nervous about losing another blue-state Senate seat. Connecticut might be the last place you'd expect Republicans to pick up a U.S. Senate seat this November, but it may happen. In the race for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat, Linda McMahon, the co-founder of the highly profitable World Wrestling Entertainment, leads Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy by three points, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. Those numbers terrify Democrats, so much so that at the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week they frantically shuttled Mr. Murphy around town to meet deep-pocket Democratic donors. Connecticut hasn't had...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 5-7,2012

    09/05/2012 3:02:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | September 5-7,2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily 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 - 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...
  • Trial challenging (CT) state's death penalty to start

    09/03/2012 11:55:28 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    One of the most unusual trials in recent memory in Connecticut is set to begin this week, when seven of the 11 men on the state's death row will be brought into a makeshift courtroom at a prison in Somers as they challenge the fairness of the death penalty. The inmates are suing the state, alleging racial and geographic biases in how prosecutors seek the death penalty and seeking to have their death sentences overturned. After seven years of legal wrangling, the trial is scheduled to start Wednesday. "The issue is whether the death penalty in Connecticut has been administered...
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • Study questions if Connecticut emerged from recession

    08/31/2012 3:29:35 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    New data shows Connecticut's economy was damaged more severely than most economists originally thought in the last recession, according to a provocative new report released Wednesday by the University of Connecticut's economic think-tank. The latest analysis from the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis warned the state "has an even steeper hill to climb" and could see little or no net job growth over the next 18 months, a grim prospect as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy looks ahead to a re-election campaign in 2014. And the study suggested that the state technically might still be in a recession. The center also...
  • Q-poll shows Linda McMahon up by 3 in CT

    08/28/2012 7:16:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, Ramussen showed Republican nominee Linda McMahon with a 3-point edge over her Democratic opponent in the US Senate race in Connecticut, Rep. Chris Murphy, 49/46. Six days later, Quinnipiac confirms that McMahon has a slight edge over Murphy — and in fact finds the exact same result: Connecticut likely voters put Republican former wrestling executive Linda McMahon on the right side of a 49-46 percent too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. …"The poll is good news for Linda McMahon. In our first likely voter poll in...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,August 27-31,2012

    08/27/2012 5:44:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | August 27-31, 2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily 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 - 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...
  • Conn. average gas price jumps above $4

    08/26/2012 2:26:49 PM PDT · by matt04 · 24 replies
    he average price of a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline in Connecticut has jumped above $4 this weekend. That's according to Saturday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. It shows the price rose to $4.003 overnight, from $3.999 on Friday. The last time the average price went above $4 was May 16 of this year. The highest average of $4.39 per gallon was recorded on July 9, 2008. Connecticut motorists are now paying more than they were a year ago, when the statewide average price for gasoline was $3.91. Problems with refineries and...
  • United Technologies announces job cutbacks in Connecticut

    08/24/2012 8:19:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 7 replies
    United Technologies announced last week that it plans to cut 150 salaried positions around the world, including 70 white-collar jobs at UTC Aerospace Systems, formerly Hamilton Sundstrand, here. The company is cutting 150 salaried positions globally, according to a news release. But locally, the 70 cuts will be on top of 130 blue collar machinist jobs the company is hoping to eliminate through buyouts and layoffs as part of job cuts first announced in 2011. The first 80 machinist jobs were already cut through attrition, according to a news release from the company. Anthony J. Walter, president of Local Lodge...
  • Anti-Islamic Ads Target Metro-North Commuters

    08/24/2012 8:16:39 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    HartfordCourant ^ | August 23, 2012 | Martin B. Cassidy
    STAMFORD — -- Metro-North Railroad is reviewing its advertising policies after the latest controversial billboard linking Islam to terrorist attacks that currently appear at a handful of New Haven Line stations. The series of billboards paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative are the latest chapter in an ongoing battle of trackside messages financed by advocacy groups on opposite sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The current ad campaign posted at five Connecticut stations on the New Haven Line -- Greenwich, Cos Cob, Noroton Heights, Darien and South Norwalk -- include the slogan "It's not Islamophobia, It's Islamorealism," in red...
  • Family fed up with five years of wrong number calls(VIDEO)

    08/23/2012 8:30:39 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    A Newington woman receives as many as 25 phone calls a day from people looking for information on Infinity Hall. However, the woman does not work for the music hall in Norfolk and the number is to her house. According to Linda Fascelle, her phone number is one number different than Infinity Hall. The prefix for Fascelle's number is 860 and Infinity's is 866. Fascelle's number is also incorrectly listed on Google Places as the number for Infinity Hall, which leads to the influx of daily phone calls for reservations, show times and other information.
  • Murphy AWOL for three-fourths of hearings (Connecticut Democrat neglects job, wants promotion)

    08/23/2012 5:34:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    The Greenwich Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Neil Vigdor
    Ferris Bueller would be proud. U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-5th, was absent 78 percent of the time during his committee and subcommittee hearings in the 110th Congress, according to a Hearst Connecticut Newspapers analysis that is consistent with a series of hard-hitting television ads by Murphy's GOP Senate opponent, Linda McMahon. The 2007-08 legislative session coincided with the financial crisis, putting Murphy's campaign in a defensive posture about his attendance record. He skipped 185 of 237 hearings overall, whereas McMahon's campaign claimed he missed 170 of 218 meetings. Murphy failed to show up for a single hearing of the Domestic...
  • Chick-fil-A Sandwiches No Longer on Menu at Connecticut GOP Event

    08/23/2012 11:26:07 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 20, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    The organizer of a large picnic event designed to help unify Republican leaders and supporters in Connecticut next Saturday canceled his plans to serve 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches after deciding the controversy over the restaurant owner's stand against same-sex marriage might become a distraction. . . Apparently, because same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Beck reconsidered his decision, according to the Post. He plans to give 90 of the sandwiches to a homeless shelter and keep 10 for "event staff to taste."
  • Norwich (CT) school to cut down 160-year-old tree

    08/22/2012 1:32:51 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    A 160-year-old European Weeping Beech tree on the campus of Norwich Free Academy was cut down Wednesday afternoon because school officials felt that it became "a safety hazard." The decision to take down the tree was made at a board of trustees meeting last week. The school's Chief Financial Officer Rich Rand said the decision was made after a 1,000 pound limb fell to the ground last week. Students were upset with the tree, which was planted in 1850, being removed from campus. "It's really difficult because the tree has been here for so long and it's really valuable to...
  • Rasmussen: Linda McMahon leads in CT, 49/46

    08/22/2012 12:20:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    There's no way that Republicans can lose a Senate race in Missouri while winning two in Massachusetts and Connecticut ... right? Would Spock have to wear a goatee in that universe? Rasmussen’s new poll in the Nutmeg State shows Republican nominee Linda McMahon out to a slight lead over Democratic nominee Chris Murphy in their first look at the general election race for Joe Lieberman's US Senate seat: Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon holds a narrow lead over Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race.A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut...
  • DNC refuses to reimburse town for thousands of dollars of overtime costs during Obama visit

    08/22/2012 8:09:13 AM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies ^ | 8/22/12
    The Democratic National Committee has informed a Connecticut town it will not be reimbursed for the thousands of dollars the city spent on costs for President Obama's fundraising visit earlier this month. Gordon Joseloff, the first selectman of Westport, says he was informed this week the town's request to have the DNC and Obama for America cover the $14,812 the city paid in police and fire overtime was denied. The president traveled to the area on Aug. 6 to attend a fundraiser in Stamford and a $35,800 per person dinner at the Westport home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Local...
  • Bridgeport (CT) recycling facility hungry for more mattresses

    08/21/2012 2:47:03 PM PDT · by matt04 · 13 replies
    At a new, 14,500-square-foot facility in Bridgeport's South End, three men spend their weekdays deconstructing old mattresses to be recycled. "I enjoy myself," said 44-year-old Angel Morales, who walks from his house a few blocks away to arrive at the plant at 5:30 each weekday morning. (Since there's no air-conditioning, the employees like to finish their day early to avoid the worst of the heat.) "It kills time, and I'm doing something constructive," Morales said. The facility is called Park City Green, and Morales is surrounded by hundreds of mattresses that are brought in by trucks each year. He can...
  • A Historic Return For U.S. Marines To Colt Sidearms

    08/20/2012 9:43:40 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 122 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2012 | MATTHEW STURDEVANT
    WEST HARTFORD — — The newest Colt .45-caliber pistol is touted for its durability and design. It is tested to make sure it can be dropped in water, covered in mud, immersed in sand or ice or left in a dust storm — and still be able to get off a round when you pull the trigger. "Virtually, it's indestructible," said Casimir Pawlowski, who works in international sales and technical sevices for Colt Defense LLC. "You can drive over these things with a Humvee and they're still gonna work. It's like a brick that shoots bullets."
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,August 20-24, 2012

    08/20/2012 6:39:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl ^ | August 20-24, 2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily 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 - 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...
  • She won the (CT-5) primary, but can she win over labor?

    08/18/2012 11:49:36 AM PDT · by matt04 · 3 replies
    With a $2 million bankroll and heavy advertising, Elizabeth Esty won the high-profile Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District. Now, she has to win a quieter, if still crucial campaign for the support of organized labor. The first test will come Wednesday when the Connecticut AFL-CIO's political committee meets to consider transferring its backing to Esty from Christopher G. Donovan, the union favorite she defeated in a three-way primary. Esty, who voted against labor on a handful of key items during her single term in the General Assembly, concedes she has little hope of defeating Republican Andrew Roraback in...
  • Second Amendment Experts Say Lawyer's Arrest Illustrates Misunderstood Gun Laws(CT)

    08/17/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 17 August, 2012 | CHRISTIAN NOLAN
    Immediately after New Haven immigration attorney Sung-Ho Hwang was arrested with a gun tucked in his waistband at a theater showing 'Dark Knight Rises,' his lawyer derided the actions of police officers as "baseless." Tensions were high from the start; especially since the incident occurred two weeks after a man shot and killed a dozen people and injured 58 at a showing of the same movie in Colorado. The officers had responded to the Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas in New Haven shortly after 10 p.m on a call about a man inside with a gun. When the police officers arrived, they...
  • 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,"...
  • State house candidate Christina Ayala charged after crash (hit & run Dem)

    08/17/2012 8:06:47 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 20 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | August 17, 2012 | Brian Lockhart and Frank Juliano
    State House candidate Christina Ayala, who won the Democratic primary Tuesday night in the 128th District, is facing several charges after police said she fled the scene of an accident Wednesday night with two minors in her car ... Ayala had pulled over about a block-and-a-half up the street to survey the damage to her car. "She never looked back one time, never walked back one time, never even paid attention to the car she hit," Stokes said. Kenneth Stokes followed Ayala after she got back inside her vehicle and pulled away. He said he pulled next to her at...
  • July jobs numbers in Conn. seen as questionable

    08/16/2012 12:28:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    An unusual monthly jobs report for July shows that employers in Connecticut added more than 5,000 jobs even as the unemployment rate jumped sharply, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. A business survey shows that 5,100 jobs were added in July while a household survey indicates a sharp drop in employment and a spike in the unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, up 0.4 percent from June. The discrepancy is a first in the 22 years the surveys have been conducted and forced officials to abandon any effort to draw conclusions. "The complete disagreement between our two key indicators of...
  • McMahon Wins GOP Senate Race: AP

    08/14/2012 6:01:34 PM PDT · by matt04 · 69 replies
    Polls closed in Connecticut at 8 p.m. as voters cast ballots in the state's primary elections Tuesday. The Associated Press delcared Linda McMahon the winner of the GOP Senate race over Chris Shays about 40 minutes after the polls closed. Elections officials said turnout appears to be on track to hit 25 percent to 30 percent as Republicans and Democrats picked their candidates for the November general election. Hotly contested races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives dominate Tuesday's ballots. Many polling places saw a slow stream of voters. Secretary of the State's office spokesman Av Harris said...
  • Sub commander relieved of duty after woman alleges he faked death to end affair (CO for a Week)

    08/13/2012 3:48:35 PM PDT · by castlegreyskull · 39 replies
    The Day ^ | 8/12/2012 | Karen Florin and Jennifer McDermott
    Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, who has been accused of having an affair with a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va., woman and faking his death as a means of ending it, has been relieved of his duties as the commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, just one week after he was put in command. The woman said she met Ward, 43, on a dating website in October. She said Ward, who is married with children, told her her he was separated and that he worked in "special ops." She said he got her pregnant then, in an effort to end the...
  • CTfastrak construction rolls on

    08/13/2012 2:31:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Despite much criticism, the largest public transportation project in Connecticut is rolling ahead. The busway, renamed CTfastrak, is being built on existing rail lines from New Britain to Hartford, and construction has already started on 11 new bus stations. On Flatbush Avenue, the bus station there will include a bridge to bring cars and people over to the new station, in an attempt to alleviate traffic on the highway and get more people to use public transportation. The project is expected to cost more than $500 million, of which 80 percent will be paid with federal money. The project has...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,August 13-17,2012,EDT,WTIC AM

    08/13/2012 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl ^ | August 13-17, 2012 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily 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 - 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...
  • 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>
  • Latest Foreclosure Data May Be A Bad Sign For The US Housing Recovery

    08/10/2012 1:51:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09 August 2012 | Mamta Badkar
    Foreclosures fell 10 percent year-over-year in July and 3 percent from last month, according to RealtyTrac. A good sign for a housing recovery. But foreclosure starts – default notices or scheduled foreclosure auctions – increased 6 percent on a year-over-year basis. This represents the third consecutive month of increases after 27 straight months of declines. And the foreclosure starts increased on an annual basis in 27 states, jumping 201 percent in Connecticut; 164 percent in New Jersey; and 139 percent in Pennsylvania.
  • Connecticut town sued for allegedly trying to ‘keep out’ black residents [which it never did]

    08/10/2012 11:15:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A small Connecticut town is being sued for allegedly discriminating against minorities in an effort to keep its black population "so low that it does not register above zero percent," according to a federal complaint. The town of Winchester "systematically and unlawfully" works to keep out African-American families by denying access to federal housing vouchers known as Section 8, according to a lawsuit brought by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and plaintiff Crystal Carter. "We are challenging a pattern of denying minorities fair access to housing," said Greg Kirschner, staff attorney for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center . Carter, a...
  • New Haven Lawyer Arrested After Bringing Loaded Gun Into Dark Knight Screening(CT)

    08/09/2012 6:04:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 9 August, 2012 | Nicole Ball
    A 46-year old man and a licensed attorney was arrested Tuesday night in New Haven after police say he brought a loaded gun concealed in his waistband into a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." Sung H. Hwang's lawyer Hugh Keefe told the Associated Press today that his client's arrest at Criterion-Bow Tie Cinemas at 86 Temple St., where he was found with a loaded gun in his waistband, was "baseless." Hwang is a well-known lawyer in New Haven and heads the Law Offices of Sung-Ho Hwang LLC at 1 Audobon St., New Haven. He is also an officer with...
  • Police Charge New Haven Man Who Took Handgun to 'Dark Knight' Showing (New Haven, CT)

    08/08/2012 6:35:45 AM PDT · by Celerity · 30 replies
    WPIX / Hartford Courant ^ | 8/8/2012 | Staff Report
    Staff report The Hartford Courant 8:09 a.m. EDT, August 8, 2012 NEW HAVEN— Police rushed to a Temple Street movie theater shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday after receiving calls of an armed man in the theater. The first arriving officers searched the Criterion - Bow Tie Cinemas at 86 Temple St., where patrons said they'd seen the man with a gun in a holster. They first searched a theater where "The Watch" was being shown, then found him in a neighboring theater where the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" had not yet begun. Officers went into the theater, ordered...
  • AT&T says 20,000 workers begin strike

    08/07/2012 10:26:09 AM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    AT&T Inc, the largest U.S phone company, said 20,000 employees represented by the Communications Workers of America have begun a strike on the East and West Coast. The West contract covers more than 17,000 wireline employees in California and Nevada, while the East contract covers more than 3,000 in Connecticut, AT&T said today in a statement. Separately, AT&T reached a tentative agreement with the CWA in contract negotiations for more than 22,000 land-line employees in the southeastern U.S.
  • Tens of thousands without power in Greenwich

    08/06/2012 12:44:29 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies ^ | Frank MacEachern and Ben Doody
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has pledged the state's full support to Greenwich, which is in a state of emergency Monday after a tree weakened by Sunday night's storm took out a pair of transmission lines in Riverside, knocking out power to virtually every home and business in town. At about 1:30 p.m. Monday, there were nearly 26,400 outages in Greenwich -- about 88 percent of the town's Connecticut Light & Power customers. Earlier in the day, 99 percent of the town was powerless, prompting First Selectman Peter Tesei to declare a state of emergency. Power is out in every area...
  • Greenwich goes dark after tree takes out transmission line

    08/06/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    A tree fell on a transmission line in Greenwich on Monday morning causing 99 percent of the town to lose power, according to Connecticut Light & Power. The area was hit hard Sunday night by thunderstorms, which caused a number of downed trees, one of which fell on the major transmission line Monday morning. CL&P officials said the line is in close proximity to railroad tracks operated by MetroNorth and Amtrak. The utility company said it was working closely with town, state and railroad officials to carefully remove the tree and complete repairs that are needed. ... In response to...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM, August 6-10, 2012

    08/06/2012 6:03:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl ^ | August 6-10, 2012 | 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 - 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...
  • Candidates combat each other at debate (CT 5th, RINO Roraback is PRO-gender-selection-choice!!)

    08/03/2012 6:37:11 AM PDT · by DTogo · 5 replies ^ | August 2, 2012 | Dirk Perrefort
    NEWTOWN -- Republican contenders in the 5th Congressional District race went on the warpath Thursday, attacking their opponents and arguing about who is the most conservative candidate. ... Bernier, when allowed to ask a question of one of the candidates, asked Roraback how he would have voted on federal legislation to ban the practice of "gender selection abortions." Roraback, a self-described libertarian on social issues, said that while he found the practice "nothing more than despicable," Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land, and he "would not vote for any bill that would violate the rights outlined by...
  • State mulls cut in CL&P profit over massive outages

    08/01/2012 1:37:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Regulators said they will consider reducing the allowed profit for Connecticut Light & Power as a penalty for the way the utility handled power outages during two massive storms last year. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Wednesday that CL&P, Connecticut's largest utility, failed to get adequate help before Winter Storm Alfred last October, and that its response was deficient. Hundreds of thousands of utility customers were without power, some for nearly two weeks during Alfred and Tropical Storm Irene last August. A spokesman for CL&P said he had not read the decision and did not immediately comment. Regulators did...
  • Conn. judge: US gay marriage law unconstitutional (Bush appointee)

    07/31/2012 4:15:23 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 16 replies
    boston globe ^ | July 31, 2012 | Dave Collins
    HARTFORD, Conn.—Part of a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman and denies tax, health and other benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional, a judge in Connecticut ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford issued a 104-page decision saying the provision in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection. The provision "obligates the federal government to single out a certain category of marriages as excluded from federal recognition, thereby resulting in an inconsistent distribution of federal marital benefits," Bryant wrote. Bryant also noted that...
  • State Of Connecticut vs Duane Doutel Has Been Dismissed

    07/31/2012 12:31:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 July, 2012 | Connecticut Carry
    Norwalk, Connecticut --( Mr. Duane Doutel and his Attorney Rachel M. Baird appeared at the Norwalk courthouse (GA20) this morning for the newest leg of the ridiculous saga that has befallen Mr. Doutel. Mr. Doutel’s case was called first and a surprised and befuddled Magistrate tried to play catch up as the prosecution announced that they were willing to ‘nolle’ the charges after a year and five months. Attorney Baird made clear Mr. Doutel’s intent to see this trial through to a dismissal no matter what and that they had no plan to take a compromise like a nolle. The...
  • Candidates Spar in Debate (CT 5th District, Roraback for gay marriage)

    07/30/2012 8:46:45 PM PDT · by DTogo · 3 replies
    Newstimes ^ | Monday, July 30, 2012 | Robert Miller
    BROOKFIELD -- The four Republicans running for the 5th Congressional District nomination tried to define themselves at a debate here Monday while standing for much of the same thing. Speaking at Brookfield High School, the four -- Justin Bernier of Plainville, Mark Greenberg of Litchfield, state Sen. Andrew Roraback of Goshen and Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury -- agreed in the main about almost all the basic tenets of the Republican Party. They face a primary Aug. 14.