August 2013

Gustave Whitehead First to Fly? Maybe. Will His Fairfield House Crash?

04/15/14

Gustave Whitehead First to Fly? Maybe. Will His Fairfield House Crash?

The debate over who first achieved motorized flight may continue elsewhere, but here in Connecticut, there's no question.

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Malloy Says Metro-North Trains to Be on Limited Service for Extended Time

09/26/13

Malloy Says Metro-North Trains to Be on Limited Service for Extended Time

Service on Metro-North’s New Haven Line service is expected to be disrupted for days or longer after a 138,000-volt feeder line running from Mount Vernon to Harrison, N.Y., lost power early Wednesday, suspending regular service, railroad and state officials said.

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Police Lieutenant Reprimanded for Response to Newtown School Shootings, Reports Say

09/12/13

Police Lieutenant Reprimanded for Response to Newtown School Shootings, Reports Say

NBC Connecticut and The News-Times of Danbury are reporting that a Newtown police lieutenant, George Sinko, has been reprimanded for how he responded on the morning of the Sandy Hook School shooting, Dec. 14, 2012. The NBC report said Sinko was directing traffic at a construction site when the 911 call came in, that he stayed at the site and then stopped at the police department on the way to the school, getting there more than an hour after Adam Lanza shot his way into the school and killed 20 young students and six staff members. See the full NBC story and The News-Times story.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season Opener Has Scene Evoking Newtown School Schooting

09/10/13

'Sons of Anarchy' Season Opener Has Scene Evoking Newtown School Schooting

Citing a story published online Sept. 6 by Newsday, the Newtown Bee is reporting that the season premiere at 10 p.m. tonight of the FX network show "Sons of Anarchy" contains a scene that echoes the horrific events of last Dec. 14, when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and killed 20 young students and six school staff members. "It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 (Glee was the first to take that step, five months ago), but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch," the Newtown Bee story says. "At the end of Tuesday night's opener, a boy -- probably 12 or 13 --...

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Yale Discovery Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Drug, Restored Memory

09/05/13

Yale Discovery Could Lead to Alzheimer’s Drug, Restored Memory

A step in the neurological pathway to developing Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Connecticut Preservation Advocates Hail New Plum Island Zoning

09/04/13

Connecticut Preservation Advocates Hail New Plum Island Zoning

A ruling to prohibit residential development of the former federal animal research facility has been met with a positive reaction from local environmental advocates.

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New Haven-Based Group Takes on Sex Trafficking, and Words Used to Described Those Involved

09/03/13

New Haven-Based Group Takes on Sex Trafficking, and Words Used to Described Those Involved

In a world in which sex attracts attention, it’s not rare to see prostitution arrests, mugshots or brothel raids posted on the Web or televised. Images, names and phrases such as “child prostitute” and “romantic relationship” flash before us and, more often than not, that’s where the coverage ends.

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Connecticut Attorney General Joins Push Laws on Outdoor Wood-Burning Furnaces

09/03/13

Connecticut Attorney General Joins Push Laws on Outdoor Wood-Burning Furnaces

Connecticut’s attorney general, and seven others, have put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on notice they want standardized laws governing residential wood-burning heaters.

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As Connecticut Prepares for Keno, a Look at How It Plays in Massachusetts

09/02/13

As Connecticut Prepares for Keno, a Look at How It Plays in Massachusetts

AGAWAM, Mass.--After his daily nine-hole golf game, Joe Barbato spends most of the day hanging out at the Dairy Store on Suffield Street. Sure, you can buy milk, snacks and cigarettes there, but the Dairy Store isn’t really like a Cumberland Farms. It’s actually a keno parlor.

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Fighting Connecticut Massage Parlors That May Offer Sex Services Is a Challenge

09/01/13

Fighting Connecticut Massage Parlors That May Offer Sex Services Is a Challenge

Ten Bridgeport massage parlors — with names like Oriental Health Spa and Fantasy Studio — were closed by authorities in December 2012; more closings followed in January. Branford closed a massage parlor in March for code violations. North Haven and East Haven police raided three massage parlors in June.

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Anti-Obama Protestors Rally Above I-95 Traffic in New Haven

08/31/13

Anti-Obama Protestors Rally Above I-95 Traffic in New Haven

A group of about a dozen protesters gathered on the Howard Avenue bridge over Interstate 95 in New Haven Friday afternoon to send an “Impeach Obama” message to the traffic rushing past below them.

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Former Finance Director in Winsted Accused of Stealing Millions for Gambling, Mistress

08/31/13

Former Finance Director in Winsted Accused of Stealing Millions for Gambling, Mistress

Former Winchester Finance Director Henry Centrella was arrested by state police on larceny charges Friday. He is accused of stealing more than $2 million from taxpayers to fund his gambling and a double life of extravagant spending on a Florida mistress he had promised to marry.

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Police to Enforce a 40 MPH Limit on Parts of I-95, I-91 in New Haven

08/30/13

Police to Enforce a 40 MPH Limit on Parts of I-95, I-91 in New Haven

State police and state Department of Transportation will patrol in the Long Wharf area of New Haven to enforce the speed limit, which is 40 mph at the Long Wharf interchange of I-95 and I-91.

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New Farm-to-Table Café at Hartford Public Library Is Also a Jobs Initiative

08/29/13

New Farm-to-Table Café at Hartford Public Library Is Also a Jobs Initiative

At a debut event Wednesday for Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, a new farm-to-table café, the invited guests were naturally encouraged to enjoy some breakfast—mini cheddar-and-bacon quiches, homemade cinnamon scones and mini muffins, Omar Coffee Company brews, Harney & Sons teas and more. The food was good, and so is the advent of another daytime fine dining option in downtown Hartford, one that’s not just for library patrons. But also in the air at the event were the larger positive things that Kitchen represents—big-picture considerations for Hartford, and for the state in general.

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Report: Bullying a Factor in Suicide of Greenwich Teen on First Day of Classes

08/29/13

Report: Bullying a Factor in Suicide of Greenwich Teen on First Day of Classes

The Greenwich Time newspaper is reporting that bullying is likely a factor in the suicide of Bart Palosz, 15, a Greenwich High School sophomore, on the first day of classes this week.

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New Milford House Explosion Last Summer Ruled Accident; Gas Leak the Cause

08/29/13

New Milford House Explosion Last Summer Ruled Accident; Gas Leak the Cause

An investigation of the 2012 propane gas explosion that destroyed a residence in a rural part of New Milford, resulting in one death and serious injuries to two others, determined that the incident was an accident, and no criminal charges will be filed, according to State Police.

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Hunting Bear in Connecticut Continues to Be a Hotly Debated Question

08/28/13

Hunting Bear in Connecticut Continues to Be a Hotly Debated Question

As Connecticut’s bear population continues to grow, so does the debate over whether to hunt them.

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Threat to Poison Water at a Connecticut State Park Leads to Madison Man's Arrest

08/28/13

Threat to Poison Water at a Connecticut State Park Leads to Madison Man's Arrest

A Madison man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening to poison the water at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.

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Guilford Dealer in Valuable, Allegedly Vanishing Violins Faces Larceny Charges

08/27/13

Guilford Dealer in Valuable, Allegedly Vanishing Violins Faces Larceny Charges

A Guilford business owner offered to sell high-end custom musical instruments on consignment, but failed to provide the sale proceeds or return the consigned items, police say.

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End of Summer Seaside Tale: Westport Folks May Want Southport Beach Food Shack Blasted by Sandy

08/27/13

End of Summer Seaside Tale: Westport Folks May Want Southport Beach Food Shack Blasted by Sandy

The 300-square-foot shack that used to dispense food at Southport Beach in Fairfield got washed across Pequot Avenue when Storm Sandy hit last October. The town's Department of Public Works pushed it back again last fall, but town officials told Hunter King, who has had the concession there for many years, that the shack would have to be demolished.

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Hamden Man Who Brought Wheelchair Rugby to India Going Back Again With Hope

08/26/13

Hamden Man Who Brought Wheelchair Rugby to India Going Back Again With Hope

Jon Sigworth, 26, introduced wheelchair rugby to India five years ago. He even made a documentary about it. Soon, he’ll be headed back to coach that team he started in Delhi, and much more. And he bought a one-way ticket.

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$5.6 Million Lake Waramaug Sale, Bidding Wars: Litchfield County Market Rebound?

08/26/13

$5.6 Million Lake Waramaug Sale, Bidding Wars: Litchfield County Market Rebound?

A Lake Waramaug property sold earlier this month for a local record of $5.6 million. Does it portend positive things for the area real estate market? Local real-estate agents confirmed that the sale of the 6,200-square-foot home on Arrow Point Road represents the highest-priced sale this year in the county, the highest ever in the town and the highest ever for a home along the three-town centerpiece lake.

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Connecticut Struggles With Issue of Students Who are Homeless

08/25/13

Connecticut Struggles With Issue of Students Who are Homeless

A significant number of school-aged children have become homeless over the past five years in the midst of an economic downturn and foreclosure crisis, but Connecticut has struggled to confront the problem in part because of inconsistency in identifying them.

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Resilient Westport Squad Plays for Little League World Series U.S. Title Today

08/24/13

Resilient Westport Squad Plays for Little League World Series U.S. Title Today

In an elimination game, and with the winner headed to the United States final, Westport rallied from seven runs down to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. ... Westport plays Chula Vista, Calif., for the U.S. title today at 3:30 p.m. (ABC).

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Hamden Man Thought Co-workers in Orange Would 'Hang' Him With 'Noose'

08/23/13

Hamden Man Thought Co-workers in Orange Would 'Hang' Him With 'Noose'

Wydell Sims’ first thought was that they were going to hang him. It was 11:30 a.m. May 9 and Sims, a shipping and receiving manager at Valley Tool in Orange, was sitting at his desk in the warehouse, alone. He didn’t hear his two co-workers enter his workspace. As he recalls, he turned and saw one co-worker standing by a bay door rattling a chain hanging from the ceiling. The other co-worker was behind him holding a rope tied in what Sims described as “a noose.” Sensing danger, Sims stood up. That’s when the co-worker holding the rope approached and tried to drape it around his neck. Sims grabbed the co-worker’s wrists and pushed him away. “I thought they were going to hang me,” recalls Sims, who is black. His...

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Westbrook Man Who Stabbed Alpacas at Essex Farm Gets Six Months in Jail

08/23/13

Westbrook Man Who Stabbed Alpacas at Essex Farm Gets Six Months in Jail

A Westbrook man who stabbed four alpacas at an Essex farm in 2011 will serve six months in jail on animal cruelty charges.

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Social Media Policies for Students in Wake of Torrington Rape Cases Prompt Backlash

08/22/13

Social Media Policies for Students in Wake of Torrington Rape Cases Prompt Backlash

On Wednesday, Torrington Board of Education members discussed a preliminary Athletic Department handbook, which suggests limits on social media for student-athletes.

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Westport Team Loses Tough Little League World Series Game

08/22/13

Westport Team Loses Tough Little League World Series Game

What started as a marvelous performance from the Westport bullpen and starter Chad Knight, slowly took a turn for the worst Wednesday evening at Lamade Stadium.

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As Westport Tries Tonight to Make Little League World Series U.S. Final, an Anchor for the Team

08/21/13

As Westport Tries Tonight to Make Little League World Series U.S. Final, an Anchor for the Team

Easily the biggest storyline this summer for the Westport Little League team has been the production from the mound. Aces Chad Knight and Harry Azadian have stolen the spotlight and headlines with their sure-fire and accurate arms.... But as every success story goes, there’s another anecdote.

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Yale Students Against Sexual Violence Group Demands Changes

08/21/13

Yale Students Against Sexual Violence Group Demands Changes

A new student group is urging Yale University to take stronger action in dealing with sexual misconduct on campus.

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Missing Hamden Girl, 14, Reportedly Found in California

08/19/13

Missing Hamden Girl, 14, Reportedly Found in California

Emma's mother, Sarah Tobin, said on Facebook, "Emma Tobin has been found in Sacramento, California Thank you for all your shares, and prayers."

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No Winter Whiteout but Ongoing Power Blackout at Powder Ridge in Middlefield

08/19/13

No Winter Whiteout but Ongoing Power Blackout at Powder Ridge in Middlefield

The new owner of the Powder Ridge ski area in Middlefield is vexed by his continuing inability to get electrical service restored to the ski resort. Sean Hayes, who also owns the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery park in Portland, said he remains puzzled as to why nothing has been accomplished in the nine months since he first contacted CL&P to request restoration.

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Hillary Clinton Coming to New Haven for Yale Law School Award

08/19/13

Hillary Clinton Coming to New Haven for Yale Law School Award

Former U.S. Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to New Haven in October to accept an award from her alma mater, the New Haven Register reports. Clinton will be in the city for Yale Law School’s alumni weekend, Oct. 4-6. She will receive an “Award of Merit” from the law school on Oct. 5 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall, where she also will deliver an address. “It’s her 40th Yale Law School reunion,” said Yale spokesman Tom Conroy. Clinton has maintained a steady relationship with Yale in recent years. Yale awarded her an honorary degree in 2009, and in 2001 she was the university’s Class Day speaker. The news site Politico recently reported that Clinton is fielding offers...

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Westport Advances to Winners Bracket Final in Little League World Series

08/18/13

Westport Advances to Winners Bracket Final in Little League World Series

As a Little League team from Westport, Conn., gets ready to play Northwest Regional champion Eastlake of Sammamish, Wash., today at 2 p.m. (ABC), the traditions playing on around the diamond extend beyond baseball into the richness of community and families.

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Dead Trees in Connecticut Parks Pose Hazard; Colchester Woman's Death Highlights Issues

08/18/13

Dead Trees in Connecticut Parks Pose Hazard; Colchester Woman's Death Highlights Issues

An investigation by the New Haven Register and its sister publications, The Middletown Press and the Register Citizen of Torrington, revealed there are many dead trees near trails in state parks in Connecticut, which pose a potential hazard to visitors. Multiple state employees mentioned understaffing as being a factor in any delay in removing dead trees

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East Haven Sisters Killed When Plane Crashed Into Houses Laid to Rest

08/17/13

East Haven Sisters Killed When Plane Crashed Into Houses Laid to Rest

They’ll be together forever, their afterlife mirroring the way sisters Madisyn Aniyah Mitchell and Sade Auriel Brantley treated all of their days leading up to last Friday’s tragic airplane crash in East Haven.

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Westport Beats South Nashville in Little League World Series Opener

08/16/13

Westport Beats South Nashville in Little League World Series Opener

One of the biggest questions Westport faced heading into the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., was how it would respond to adversity. With a perfect 18-0 record on the line, the team got its first real test Thursday against South Nashville, Tenn., in its opening game at Lamade Stadium.

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Art World Shocker, Stolen Jasper Johns' Paintings, a Connecticut Story

08/15/13

Art World Shocker, Stolen Jasper Johns' Paintings, a Connecticut Story

Jasper Johns' assistant, Litchfield County artist James Meyer, is reportedly charged with stealing 22 works, worth millions, from his famous employer.

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Branford Man Heads to Belgium to Accept Father's WWII Honors

08/15/13

Branford Man Heads to Belgium to Accept Father's WWII Honors

John Tolbert will travel to Belgium to receive the honors for his father James, an WWII Army Air Corp Staff Sgt. who was shot down over Belgium.

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Brookfield, Cheshire & Simsbury Make CNN Money's "Best Places to Live"

08/13/13

Brookfield, Cheshire & Simsbury Make CNN Money's "Best Places to Live"

Three Connecticut towns make the annual survey of best places to live in the nation.

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East Haven Resident Vows to Rebuild House Hit in Plane Crash

08/13/13

East Haven Resident Vows to Rebuild House Hit in Plane Crash

An East Haven resident who returned from work Friday to discover an airplane had crashed into his house spent Monday afternoon packing salvageable belongings in anticipation of the house’s impending demolition.

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Trial Nears in Boston Murder of Northeastern Student From Connecticut

08/12/13

Trial Nears in Boston Murder of Northeastern Student From Connecticut

As a trial date nears in the case of a young New Milford woman who was murdered in Boston in 2008, defense counsel is seeking to have the two suspects that have been charged tried separately. “The court date [for the trial to begin] is Sept. 16, and there’s a motion to sever,” said New Milford resident Nicholas Payne, the father of the victim, Rebecca Payne, in an interview last week, as he and his wife, Virginia, were driving to Boston for the pre-trial proceedings at Suffolk County Superior Court. Ms. Payne was a student at Northeastern University in Boston when she was slain inside her Parker Hill Avenue apartment in the Mission Hill area in May 2008 in what is believed to have been a matter of mistaken identity. She was 22. Last year, Cornell...

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Middletown Couple's "Ring Wrapper" Competing in WalMart Contest

08/12/13

Middletown Couple's "Ring Wrapper" Competing in WalMart Contest

The clever invention of a Middletown couple is vying in WalMart's "Get on the Shelf" contest.

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Mayflower Inn & Spa Sold Again

08/09/13

Mayflower Inn & Spa Sold Again

Keeping pace with a two-year ownership cycle that began in 2007, the Mayflower Inn & Spa again has a new team of proprietors.

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