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  • Moody's Warns of 'Likely' Hartford (CT) Default, Decades of Deficits Ahead

    10/19/2017 9:36:34 AM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    Moody’s Investor Service issued a dire warning to lenders Thursday: Hartford will likely default on its debt by November and, if the city does not change course, will run up annual deficits exceeding $60 million through the next twenty years. On Sept. 26, Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond rating to Caa3 from Caa1, reflecting the investor service’s belief that “in the likely event of a default, bondholder recovery will be 65%-80% of principal,” it stated Thursday. Moody’s projects the city’s operating deficits will reach $60 million to $80 million per year through 2036, largely driven by fixed costs, which command...
  • Handgun waiting period laws save lives, study says

    10/17/2017 5:08:28 AM PDT · by Puppage · 35 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 10/17/2017 | CNN
    (CNN)– Over 33,000 people in the United States die each year from firearm injuries, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, delaying the purchase of guns by a couple of days could save nearly 1,700 lives a year, according to a study released Monday. Researchers at Harvard Business School analyzed waiting period laws for handguns in 43 states and the District of Columbia from 1970 to 2014. Their results showed that waiting periods were associated with a 17% decrease in gun homicides and a 7% to 11% decrease in gun suicides per...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,October 16-20,2017

    10/16/2017 6:55:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | October 16, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Tolls would be required for Larson’s ‘big dig’

    10/16/2017 12:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Manchester Journal Inquirer ^ | September 21, 2017 | Kym Soper
    Connecticut abolished tollbooths more than 30 years ago, and every attempt to reinstate them since has been blown out of the water. But that would have to change, says U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, should his proposed underground highway system in Hartford become reality. For the last eight months Larson has talked to nearly every civic group, news editorial board, local business, municipal government, state agency, and federal office, trying to drum up support for his proposed $10 billion “big dig” project. So far, support has been hit or miss for the plan that would sink interstates 84...
  • College football players, fans sing 'Star-Spangled Banner' after PA system fails

    10/14/2017 10:02:33 AM PDT · by topher · 22 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 12-Oct-2017 | By Caleb Parke, Fox News
    It was just another college football game on Saturday in Hartford, Connecticut, until just before kickoff, an announcement came over the loud speakers that there would be no playing of the national anthem. Everyone was on the field, the coin toss had just happened, and players had their helmets off, standing at attention, ready for the anthem to be played, Coach Jeff Devanney told Fox News. But after a few moments of silence, it was announced the PA system failed – and there would be no playing of the Anthem. Trinity senior fullback Ethan Suraci told Fox News the silence...
  • Chris Murphy: Federal ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Would Have Prevented Vegas Attack

    10/14/2017 6:37:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/13/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) says the federal “assault weapons” ban that lapsed in 2004 would have prevented the Las Vegas attack, had that ban still been in force today. This claim shows a deep misunderstanding of the “assault weapons” ban, which did not ban the possession or purchase of “assault weapons.” Rather, it limited importation and mandated types that could be manufactured in the U.S., thus driving up prices. For a man of means like Stephen Paddock, paying the higher price for an “assault weapon” would have been no problem.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,October 9-13, 2017

    10/09/2017 6:07:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | October 9, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Sen. Chris (Gun Control) Murphy: Pulling out of Iran deal a 'self-inflicted wound'

    10/08/2017 10:26:03 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | October 8, 2017 | Eli Watkins
    Washington (CNN) - Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that a decision by President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement would harm the US and benefit Iran. "The President is about to impose on himself and this country a dramatic self-inflicted wound because by pulling out of this agreement, Iran will go back onto a path to develop a nuclear weapon," the Connecticut Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union." If the US exits the agreement, Iran would still receive sanctions relief from other nations party to the deal, and the move would...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 26,2017

    09/26/2017 6:41:41 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | September 26, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,September 18-23,2017,WTIC AM

    09/18/2017 4:25:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | September 18, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Police investigating reports of active shooter at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    09/12/2017 12:06:32 PM PDT · by infool7 · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 09/12/2017 | AP
    LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Police say they are investigating reports of an active shooter at New Hampshire’s largest hospital, which is under lockdown. Lebanon police said Tuesday they are investigating reports of an active shooter at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. People were told to avoid the area, and traffic was stopped on a route leading to the hospital. There has been no confirmation of a shooting. Hospital spokesman Mike Barwell says that Dartmouth-Hitchcock is ‘‘currently locked down’’ and that local and state police are on site. WCAX-TV reports an employee said all workers received an email from the hospital about a...
  • Sen. Chris Murphy A Top Contender For 2020 Democrat Presidential Nomination: Report

    09/11/2017 1:31:17 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 70 replies
    The Stonington-Mystic Patch ^ | 11 Sep 2017 | Rich Scinto
    A Washington Post analysis puts Murphy near the top of the list. Murphy has said he doesn't want higher office at this time. Sen. Chris Murphy’s name is near the top of a list of potential Democratic challengers for the 2020 presidential race, according to a recent analysis by the Washington Post. Murphy appeared third on the Fix’s list behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Here’s part of what the Post had to say on Murphy: He's also got clear progressive bona fides — on gun control and fighting Trump — without seeming like too much...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 11-15,2017

    09/11/2017 8:30:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | September 11, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Mayor denies discriminating against 'furry' councilman forced to resign

    09/10/2017 9:26:00 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 10
    A Connecticut town councilman forced to resign after discovery of his interest in the "furry" subculture was not unfairly discriminated against, the town's mayor says. New Milford Councilman Scott Chamberlain, a Democrat, resigned Friday after initially defending his role in the community of people interested in animal role play.
  • College Student Who Lied About Getting Raped Begs to Dodge Jail

    09/08/2017 10:45:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2017 | Lorena Mongelli
    The young Long Island woman accused of falsely crying rape against two football players at her Connecticut college was back in court Friday, continuing her bid to dodge jail by getting treatment for an undisclosed mental health issue. During a brief hearing, a Bridgeport judge granted defendant Nikki Yovino’s request that her lawyer be present as she undergoes a psychological exam that will help determine her eligibility for the jail diversion program. “She’s hanging in there,” lawyer Mark Sherman told The Post of Yovino, 19, of South Setauket. “She’s looking for a result in this case that would not involve...
  • Councilman resigning after secret ‘furry’ life revealed

    09/08/2017 8:07:15 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 75 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 8, 2017 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Connecticut councilman is resigning after his profile on a website catering to “furries” appeared on social media — but the outgoing first-term Democrat insists his animal costume fetish has “nothing to do with sex.” New Milford Councilman Scott Chamberlain, who was up for re-election, is stepping down after a town resident posted several screenshots on Facebook of the lawmaker’s profile on a private website for “furries,” a subculture of people who don animal costumes, sometimes for sexual gratification. “In response to information about ‘likes’ on a personal page by Councilman Chamberlain, I have called for his immediate resignation from...
  • Hartford, Connectticut to seek bankruptcy if no state budget in 60 days

    09/08/2017 7:22:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/08/2017 | Hillary Russ
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hartford, the capital city of Connecticut, will likely seek to file for bankruptcy if the state does not have a budget in place in 60 days, Mayor Luke Bronin warned on Thursday. The cash-strapped city, like others in the state, has been waiting for clarity on how much state aid it will receive in the budget, which is more than two months overdue. In the absence of a budget, an executive order from Governor Dannel Malloy is guiding state spending, but it severely restricts expenditures. If no state budget is finalized by November, Hartford will be...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM,September 5-8, 2017

    09/05/2017 7:49:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | September 5, 2017 | Jim Vicevich
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  • Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

    08/23/2017 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 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.