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  • Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

    08/23/2017 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 23, 2017 | 7:28 AM | Hillary Russ
    Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state. Nearly two months without a budget, Connecticut is getting crushed by a burdensome debt load that has squeezed spending and amplified legislative discord. State lawmakers must agree on a biennial budget soon or else Governor Dannel Malloy’s executive order to slash state aid to municipalities and eliminate school funding for some districts will go into effect in October. The state faces a $3.5 billion deficit over the...
  • ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee taken off UVA game due to name

    08/23/2017 5:09:25 AM PDT · by Puppage · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 08/23/2017 | AP
    ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia’s season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal denies facing same legal issue he's suing Trump over

    08/22/2017 1:01:08 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 6 replies
    A Democratic senator leading a lawsuit against President Donald Trump denies that his family's investment in the Empire State Building puts him in a similar legal position. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — lead plaintiff in the Federal Emoluments Clause lawsuit Blumenthal v. Trump, filed in June — addressed the issue after it surfaced on legal blogs. The senator said through a spokesperson that investments listed on his financial disclosure forms are not owned "personally" by him, but rather by a family member, distinguishing himself from Trump.
  • A mother has been arrested after five children were found eating dog food off the floor

    08/22/2017 8:42:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 24 replies
    Fox 4 kc ^ | August 18, 2017
    Mother arrested after five children found eating dog food off the floor Police officers were immediately 'taken aback' by smell coming from the flat A mother has been arrested after five children were found eating dog food off the floor of her flat which was stained with faeces urine and cockroach carcasses, police said. Officers from the force in Middletown, Connecticut, were "immediately taken aback" by the smell emanating from inside of Chloe Edwards home. They were investigating the property after a fire safety officer alerted them to a large pile of rubbish by the 27-year-old's front door, as they...
  • ICE Overrides Blumenthal On Deportation

    08/21/2017 1:07:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    New Haven Independent ^ | August 20, 2017 | by CHRISTOPHER PEAK
    Marco Antonio Reyes Alvarez, the undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant who has found sanctuary from deportation in a church downtown, might face a prolonged stay at First & Summerfield due to a new directive that limits the ability of members of Congress to halt removal orders. Federal legislators have regularly introduced “private immigration bills,” which, if passed, would grant permanent legal residency to a person who entered the country illegally. More importantly, while the private immigration bills were being considered, federal agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) used to hold off on deporting the individual. If a U.S. senator was...
  • Bridgeport Police: Family Of Four Arrested In Fatal July Shooting

    08/18/2017 5:24:56 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Bridgeport Daily Voice ^ | 8/17/2017 | Meredith Guinness
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Four members of a Bridgeport family have been arrested in a July dispute that led to the fatal shooting of their neighbor, police said. Waldo “Abel” Gonzalez, 43, was charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit and risk of injury to a minor in the death of Ronald Simmons Gonzalez, police said. Ronald Gonzalez, 44, was shot at the corner of Norman Street and Freemont Avenue after a July 2 dispute with the suspect and his family, police said. The suspect is being held on $1 million bond. Waldo...
  • Yale University censors ‘hostile’ historic artwork

    08/17/2017 2:02:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | August 17, 2017 | Matthew Stein
    Committee on Art in Public Spaces deems image ‘not appropriate’ Officials at Yale University recently censored a stone work of art on campus depicting an armed Native American and Puritan side by side, which has been described as a “hostile” image by the Ivy League institution’s alumni magazine. The stone carving was edited to cover up the Puritan’s musket, while the Native American’s bow was left as is, reports Yale Alumni Magazine. The decision to censor the carving was made by both head librarian Susan Gibbons and Yale’s Committee on Art in Public Spaces, the latter of which advises President...
  • Stamford Officials Eye Legislation That Would Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’

    08/17/2017 10:54:16 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 12 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 8/16/2017 | Staff
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Drivers aren’t the only ones who could be fined for texting or talking. Now, there’s a proposal to keep pedestrians safe that could set off a national trend. Crossing busy Broad Street in downtown Stamford can be a challenge, even if you’re not staring down at text messages on your cell phone. “I see mothers pushing their babies, they’re texting and I’m like how do y’all do all this at this intersection? That scares me,” Dawn Thompson said. “There been many times where I looked down on my phone and then notice that there’s a car...
  • Dem Senator (Blumenthal - CT) Says Trump Is 'Bullying' Him

    08/08/2017 1:32:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 7, 2017 | Peter Hasson
    Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal claimed Monday that President Trump is "bullying" him. Blumenthal appeared on CNN early Monday morning where he claimed that Trump was "weaponizing" the Department of Justice to go after leakers, prompting Trump to punch back at Blumenthal over Twitter. Trump ripped Blumenthal for falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam, calling the senator "a phony Vietnam con artist!"
  • Students Vote with Feet, Donors with Dollars

    08/08/2017 9:03:18 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 8, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When a Trinity College professor drew national outrage for his “Let them all ******* die” Facebook status update about white people, his college stood by its man. Not all students and donors were similarly inclined. "Donors have pulled back and incoming students have decided to go elsewhere in response to the firestorm that erupted from a professor's racially-charged Facebook posts, Trinity College’s president said Monday," Russell Blair wrote in The Hartford Courant on August 1, 2017. "Joanne Berger-Sweeney said 16 incoming students have withdrawn and past donors have chosen not to contribute to the school this year, resulting in about...
  • Trump Says Blumenthal Lied About Vietnam (He Did) and Cried (He Didn’t)

    08/07/2017 5:03:36 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08-07-2017 | Jane C. Timm
    President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a hostile tweet storm on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, making a number of claims against the Connecticut Democrat, including that he had lied about serving in Vietnam. Trump's Twitter fusillade was apparently set off by Blumenthal's appearance on CNN earlier Monday in which he spoke about the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia. "I think is very important to protect and safeguard the independence and integrity of that investigation," Blumenthal said. Later Monday, Trump suggested Blumenthal take a long vacation in Vietnam "so he can at say he was there."
  • Trump attacks 'con artist' Democratic senator, saying he 'begged for forgiveness like child' ...

    08/07/2017 4:31:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 7, 2017
    President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets on Monday morning attacking Sen. Richard Blumenthal's credibility just minutes after the Connecticut Democrat criticized the president and his administration on CNN. President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets on Monday morning attacking Sen. Richard Blumenthal's credibility just minutes after the Connecticut Democrat criticized the president and his administration on CNN.
  • VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Flight

    08/07/2017 2:17:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | Aug 3, 2017
    VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Flight Aug 3, 2017 On July 28, the VH-92A configured test aircraft completed its first flight in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. STRATFORD, Conn., Aug. 3, 2017 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft achieved its first flight, and later...
  • Trump Calls Democratic Senator ‘Phony Vietnam Con Artist’ After Comments On Russia Probe

    08/07/2017 9:55:37 AM PDT · by Strac6 · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7Aug17 | Chuck Ross
    President Trump is on vacation, but that hasn’t stopped him from watching early morning cable TV and tweeting angrily in response. On Monday, President Trump went after Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was on CNN earlier in the morning to discuss the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Blumenthal also expressed concern that the Trump administration has “weaponized” investigations into leaks of classified information. On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the agency will be aggressively investigating leaks to the media. Blumenthal’s remarks touched off a trio of tweets from Trump, who began...
  • Trinity Loses Donations, Students After Facebook Posts

    08/01/2017 3:46:46 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 44 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | August 1, 2017 | Russell Blair
    Donors have pulled back and incoming students have decided to go elsewhere in response to the firestorm that erupted from a professor’s racially-charged Facebook posts, Trinity College’s president said Monday. Joanne Berger-Sweeney said 16 incoming students have withdrawn and past donors have chosen not to contribute to the school this year, resulting in about a $200,000 loss in donations. Both groups specifically cited the national uproar surrounding Professor Johnny Eric Williams’ posts, she said.
  • Blumenthal calls for end to “irrational and cruel” deportation policies

    07/31/2017 7:58:04 AM PDT · by Puppage · 48 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 07/31/2017 | Alex Ceneviva
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on the acting head of Homeland Security to end what he called “irrational and cruel” deportation policies. Blumenthal said in a press release that he “plans to release a letter calling on new Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to review and reverse the inhumane, unwise policies and practices and dedicate Department resources to cases involving individuals with criminal records or other indicators of danger-not parents and spouses who have committed no crime and often have voluntarily appeared at ICE offices in accordance with previous policies.” The senator will bring up the case of...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,July 31-August 4,2017,WTIC AM

    07/31/2017 5:59:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | July 31, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And WELCOME To Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich!
  • Norwalk mother fighting deportation grateful for supporters after granted stay

    07/27/2017 5:58:35 AM PDT · by Puppage · 25 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 07/27/2017 | Kent Pierce
    NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– A Norwalk mom is grateful to be waking up with her family Thursday morning. Nury Chavarria won her first battle against deportation but the fight is not over yet. A mom who lives in Norwalk is back home and a court says that’s where she can stay for the near future. 43-year-old Nury Chavarria spent that past week living in a New Haven church. That’s because when she came to the United States from Guatemala at 19-years-old, she did so without the proper documentation. She spent 24 years living here without a problem – working, paying taxes,...
  • Why people are getting the hell out of the Northeast

    07/26/2017 9:06:34 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 155 replies
    Winter is coming for the North. Last year, three states in the Northeast — New Jersey, New York and Connecticut — landed in the top five places people were moving out of fastest, according to 2017 data from United Van Lines. (The other two states on the list were Illinois and Kansas.) And data from Pew Charitable Trusts found that while people are all about moving to the South (their population grew by nearly 1.4 million people from 2014 to 2015) and the West (866,000 more people,) the population growth in the Northeast is “sluggish.” The Northeastern exodus is particularly...
  • New Haven unveils emergency preparedness booklet for immigrant families

    07/25/2017 4:47:11 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 9 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | July 25, 2017 | Esteban L. Hernandez
    NEW HAVEN >> The worried calls started a day after President Trump’s election. Mayor Toni Harp said they came mostly from immigrant residents. It wasn’t hard to pinpoint their worries: Trump had vowed to deport undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Months later, Trump has mostly kept his word, shedding Obama-era deferment policies that once focused on undocumented immigrants with criminal records. However, now undocumented immigrants who have no criminal history are being monitored and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ... The concerns led the city to partner with other local organizations to create a...