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  • Komisarjevsky Sentenced to Death

    01/27/2012 8:39:05 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The man who killed three women in a 2007 Cheshire home invasion was sentenced to death on Friday and addressed the court before that sentence was handed down. Joshua Komisarjevsky will be joining Steven Hayes on death row for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in their Cheshire home in 2007. He is scheduled to be executed in July, pending appeals. "I will never find peace within. My life will be a continuation of the hurt I caused," Komisarjevsky said in court. "The clock is now ticking and I owe a debt I cannot repay."...
  • Yale QB's Rhodes bid was suspended (ESPN reports on prohibited NYT story)

    01/27/2012 4:25:48 AM PST · by Scoutmaster · 10 replies ^ | January 26, 2012 |
    A Yale football player who said he withdrew from consideration for a Rhodes scholarship in order to prepare for his team's rivalry game against Harvard had in fact been informed his candidacy had been suspended, The New York Times reported. The Rhodes Trust had suspended quarterback Patrick Witt's candidacy when it learned, outside of official channels, that a female student had accused Witt of sexual assault in September, the newspaper reported. Witt had previously announced he had withdrawn his application because his interview for the prestigious scholarship was on the same day as Yale's game against Harvard, its ancient archrival....
  • Lynn Haven police: Suspect killed, ate homeless man

    01/25/2012 1:27:36 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | 01/25/2012 | NEWS HERALD STAFF REPORT
    A man who allegedly killed and ate a homeless person traveled to Lynn Haven where he was arrested, Lynn Haven police said Wednesday. Tyree Smith, 34, of Bridgeport, Conn., told a family member that he killed the victim with a hatchet, police wrote in a news release. Smith, who was covered in blood at the time, added that "after he bludgeoned the victim he took pieces of brain matter and his eye, which he consumed," police said.
  • Sorry, Wrong Number! Drug-Sale Text Message Goes To Police Instead

    01/24/2012 8:57:22 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    CBS Conn ^ | 1/24/12
    MERIDEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – A recent Pew Research study found 73 percent of cell phone owners send text message and those who do, send an average of more than 40 messages each day. With all those text messages coming and going, it’s not surprising that some reach the wrong recipients. In Meriden recently, police say officers received a text from an unknown sender, offering black market sale of Percocet tablets, the prescription combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. He notified the drug unit, continued communication with the texter, and set up a “buy.”
  • Conn. unemployment falls (to) 8.2 percent

    01/23/2012 2:27:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 4 replies
    The state Department of Labor announced Monday that the state's unemployment rate fell 8.2 percent. The agency released the December job figures Monday. The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 8.5 percent. The number of nonfarm jobs in the state increased by 600 in December, bringing total nonfarm employment to 1.6 million jobs. The largest job growth came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which added 2,500 jobs. The retail sector had the largest percentage growth, 1.1 percent, as it added 1,900 jobs during the holiday season. The manufacturing sector lost 1,500 jobs. State officials say...
  • Consumer group accuses Hollywood of 'threatening politicians'(Won't support obozo)

    01/21/2012 3:56:24 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-20-12 | Brian Sasso
    Consumer group Public Knowledge on Friday accused the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its head, former Sen. Chris Dodd, of trying to intimidate lawmakers into supporting a pair of controversial anti-piracy bills. In recent days, Dodd and other top Hollywood figures have threatened to cut off campaign donations to politicians who do not support their effort to crackdown on online copyright infringement. "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write...
  • NAACP: Cop Planted Evidence (VIDEO)

    01/21/2012 7:01:55 AM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The NAACP is calling for a federal investigation into allegations a New London police officer planted drugs outside a suspect's house just before his arrest. The questionable conduct happened in October 2010 and was captured on tape by a camera inside a police cruiser. Lance Goode was arrested that night. He says the video shows Officer Roger Newton dropping drugs on the ground, looking around, and then kicking them underneath his car. "Someone we're supposed to trust, a police officer. His career was that important that my life, my family's life didn't mean nothing?" said Goode. Goode just filed a...
  • NAACP questions New London arrest, FD firing (VIDEO)

    01/20/2012 4:02:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The Connecticut and New London branches of the NAACP are calling for a federal Justice Department investigation of a city police officer and questioning the firing of a black firefighter recruit. The state chapter announced the moves Friday. City resident Lance Goode filed a complaint with the state NAACP last week claiming Officer Roger Newton violated his rights by planting drugs on him just before his arrest. Goode gave the NAACP a video that he says shows Newton planting the drugs. Newton is on leave pending an internal investigation. The NAACP also questioned the firing of black firefighter recruit Al...
  • State Employee Fired In Food Stamp Scandal; 1199 Union Worker

    01/19/2012 4:24:37 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    A state employee has been fired in the emergency food stamp fraud scandal after receiving $200 in benefits, officials said Wednesday. The union worker was terminated for understating her income while applying for the federal benefits, said her attorney, Rich Rochlin. She has been employed as a healthcare worker for the past six years at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Rochlin declined to release the worker's name, citing attorney-client privilege and saying he has not been authorized by the client to release her identity. Rochlin's client, who is single, claimed...
  • (CT) Budget hovers on brink of deficit as Malloy's fiscal cushion erodes quickly

    01/18/2012 3:48:47 PM PST · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's vaunted fiscal cushion has begun to erode quickly, and an underperforming state income tax is the chief culprit. Fiscal analysts for the executive and legislative branches agreed on a consensus revenue report late Tuesday that pushes the current budget to the brink of a deficit -- or possibly over it. More importantly, the controversial half-a-billion-dollar surplus Malloy and the legislature built into next year's budget -- after a record-setting tax increase -- has been chopped in half in less than seven months. And the worsening fiscal picture also creates one more problem for Malloy, or more...
  • Judge rules (CT) trooper layoffs unconstitutional

    01/16/2012 3:52:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    A Superior Court judge has ruled that state trooper layoffs ordered by Gov. Dannel Malloy last year are unconstitutional. Last year, 56 state police troopers were laid off during the summer after they rejected part of a concessions agreement put out by Malloy's administration to deal with the state budget deficit. All of the state police troopers got their jobs back, collected six weeks of unemployment, which was less than their pay. But they say that's not the point. They sued because they say Malloy didn't have the authority to lay them off. It is unclear whether the state will...
  • Conn. Representatives push to make stealing war plaques federal crime

    01/13/2012 12:21:30 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Connecticut Congressional leaders announced Thursday that they are pushing a proposed law that would make stealing war veteran plaques and transporting them across state lines a federal crime. The penalty would involve time in prison and or fines up to $250,000. The move comes after several towns have had their war memorial plaques stolen and sold for scrap metal. In Ansonia, thieves stole two solid bronze plaques honoring war heroes. "They are more than just robberies of plaques because these memorials are a testimony to our veterans," U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro said. "It's revolting because when you steal memorials you're...
  • For Students Facing Long School Day, Supper Is Being Served

    01/13/2012 11:04:46 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 22 replies
    A free meal at school for breakfast, lunch — and dinner? About 450 city students have been eating supper in school cafeterias as part of a government-funded meal program that may expand in Hartford and also to other Connecticut school systems this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gives schools about $2.99 per dinner to serve students in after-school activities that involve academics.
  • Komisarjevsky files motion for new trial

    01/12/2012 5:13:31 PM PST · by matt04 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    One of the men convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters during a home invasion in Cheshire in 2007 has filed a motion in court requesting a new trial. Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted last year of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Dr. William Petit was the only survivor. Todd Bussert, one of the three attorneys for Komisarjevsky, says his client admits what he did in the home invasion murders but that trial was not fair. The main reason is because Komisarjevsky was denied a probable cause hearing on the amended criminal charges. Komisarjevsky...
  • Report: One-Percenter Barack Obama Considers Purchasing Katharine Hepburn’s Former Connecticut

    01/12/2012 11:34:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/12/12 | Zip
    How does this fit in with the White House’s new Obama moniker, “warrior of the working class?” Old Saybrook, Conn (WTNH) – It was rumored that President Barack Obama has considered purchasing the late Katharine Hepburn’s 8,300-square-foot mansion in the posh Fenwick section of Old Saybrook. Some folks living in the Fenwick section of Old Saybrook were not surprised by the recent rumors. Marge Taylor says news President Barack Obama may be looking at Katherine Hepburn’s old house is nothing new. She says his daughters Sasha and Malia have already been seen around the neighborhood because Sasha is friends with...
  • Parents Furious Over Apparent Use Of ‘Scream Rooms’ Inside Middletown, Conn. Elementary School

    01/12/2012 6:35:16 AM PST · by South Hawthorne · 59 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 11, 2012 11:59 PM | CBS New York Story Monkey
    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Parents in a Connecticut suburb are outraged over disturbing disciplinary actions at a local elementary school. They claim students are being locked in unsupervised “scream rooms,” where some children have harmed themselves, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez. The Middleton School District is on the hot seat as furious parents are demanding to know what’s going on behind closed doors at Farm Hill Elementary School. “My daughter is telling me that there’s kids being taken out in ambulances, by stretcher,” parent Sean Archer told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez on Wednesday. Disturbing allegations have surfaced of teachers locking...
  • Muslim student sues Univ. of Bridgeport (Barf Alert)

    01/12/2012 6:06:36 AM PST · by BCW · 14 replies · 1+ views
    ABNA ^ | 12 JAN 2012 | CTPOST
    A Muslim woman is suing the University of Bridgeport, alleging that the school failed to investigate her claims that a fellow student sexually harassed her and instead retaliated by reporting her to the FBI based on a false claim that she was a terrorist. Balayla Ahmad filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday saying that she was sexually harassed by a male student for months in 2009 and that university officials showed "deliberate indifference" to her repeated complaints. She said college officials recklessly disseminated false accusations by the harasser that they had good reason to believe were unreliable and threatened her with...
  • Muslim student says she was profiled, harassed

    01/11/2012 2:33:41 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    A Muslim woman is suing the University of Bridgeport alleging the Connecticut university failed to investigate her claims that a fellow student sexually harassed her and instead retaliated by reporting her to the FBI based on a false claim by her harasser that she was a terrorist. Balayla Ahmad filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday saying she was sexually harassed by a male student for months in 2009 and that university officials showed "deliberate indifference" to her repeated complaints. She says college officials recklessly disseminated false accusations by the harasser which they had good reason to believe were unreliable and threatened...
  • Connecticut Woman Decides To Press Charges In Campaign-Stop Scuffle In New Hampshire

    01/11/2012 12:42:09 PM PST · by matt04 · 32 replies
    A Manchester woman said today that she has decided to press charges after a scuffle Sunday at a presidential campaign event for Republican candidate Newt Gingrich inside a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, N.H. Rebecca Burton, 43, says she was inside the restaurant when her sign, which said, "Occupy Hartford,'' was pulled away by a security aide for Gingrich. The candidate had not yet entered the room. "Before I knew it, the sign was ripped out of my hands, and I saw a gentleman walking away with it,'' Burton told The Courant. "He pushed me roughly, and he said, 'Get out....
  • Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills

    01/11/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by blam · 62 replies
    24/7 ^ | 1-11-2012 | Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills Posted: January 11, 2012 at 6:59 amMichael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen 10. New Hampshire > 2011 budget shortfall as a % of general fund: 27.2% > 2011 budget shortfall: $365 million > 2012 projected budget shortfall: 18.4% (8th largest) > GDP change (2006 – 2010): +7.5% (11th smallest increase) > Median home value change (2006 – 2010): -4% (12th largest decline) New Hampshire is often considered to have weathered the recession better than most states. It has one of the strongest economies in the country in many respects. Its...