December 2013

Quinnipiac University's Growth Has Hamden Officials Thinking Building Ban

01/17/14

Quinnipiac University's Growth Has Hamden Officials Thinking Building Ban

Quinnipiac University’s rapid expansion has residents talking about the changing dynamics of their neighborhoods and the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission is considering a temporary moratorium on building.

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Still No CBS for Many Connecticut Cable TV Customers as Battle Intensifies

01/16/14

Still No CBS for Many Connecticut Cable TV Customers as Battle Intensifies

Cablevision has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission charging that WFSB’s corporate parent is violating federal law by negotiating in bad faith in the ongoing dispute over carrying the Rocky Hill-based television station on Cablevision’s Connecticut systems.

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Where Is Mary Badaracco's Body? A Connecticut Case of Justice Gone Awry

01/14/14

Where Is Mary Badaracco's Body? A Connecticut Case of Justice Gone Awry

Even before the grand jury began hearing witnesses, Dominic Badaracco became aware of the secret proceedings. As the prime suspect in his ex-wife’s death, Badaracco had a need to know. He also had a willing helper – Judge Robert Brunetti.

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Hundreds of Striped Bass Found Dead in Connecticut River Tributary

01/11/14

Hundreds of Striped Bass Found Dead in Connecticut River Tributary

Humans weren’t the only ones badly stressed by the recent cold snap.

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Patriots NFL Playoff Game on CBS? Not for Connecticut Cablevision Customers (Updated)

01/08/14

Patriots NFL Playoff Game on CBS? Not for Connecticut Cablevision Customers (Updated)

Customers of Cablevision in parts of Litchfield and New Haven counties aren't likely to be seeing the Patriots playoff game Saturday on CBS at home.

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Wesleyan Student's Gender Inequality Video 'Shrinking Women' a Viral Sensation

01/07/14

Wesleyan Student's Gender Inequality Video 'Shrinking Women' a Viral Sensation

That video Lily Myers' impassioned recital of “Shrinking Woman,” which opens with an image of her mother drinking “red wine out of a measuring glass” and develops the theme, “The women in my family have been shrinking for decades,” went viral—and now has 3.44 million views.

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Why Dennis Rodman's Trip to North Korea Is a Connecticut Story

01/06/14

Why Dennis Rodman's Trip to North Korea Is a Connecticut Story

Dennis Rodman, the rebounding legend who played for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls in the NBA, among other teams, is back in North Korea—and for this visit, the retired player who was controversial on and off the court, has brought along a contingent with Connecticut ties. According to a variety of media reports on Rodman’s arrival Monday for a game to mark North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday, this episode of Rodman’s “basketball diplomacy” includes at least two former NBA players with strong ties to Connecticut. FOX Sports is reporting that a squad of a dozen former players accompanying Rodman includes Vin Baker, who came from Old Saybrook, and Cliff Robinson, who played for the University of Connecticut and made UConn's...

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Connecticut DUI Program Cuts Jail Time, Deals With Addictions

01/05/14

Connecticut DUI Program Cuts Jail Time, Deals With Addictions

Run by the state Department of Correction, the DUI Home Confinement Program gives offenders who are in jail for DUI the option of participating in a five-week addiction-services class. The DUI unit then pairs them with a sponsor and parole officer, who help them work on their addictions once they are back home.

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WNPR: Trend of More People Leaving Connecticut Than Moving In Worst in Nation

01/03/14

WNPR: Trend of More People Leaving Connecticut Than Moving In Worst in Nation

Accoding to the WNPR story, statistics show that, in 2013, not only did more people move out of Connecticut than moved into the state, making Connecticut an "outbound" state.

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Snow, Arctic Temperatures Hit Connecticut; Tips on Staying Safe

01/03/14

Snow, Arctic Temperatures Hit Connecticut; Tips on Staying Safe

“If you absolutely have to go out on the roads, take a cell phone, throw a blanket in the car,” Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said. “Walking out in the snow is very dangerous.”

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Connecticut Food Bank Anticipates Worsening Food Insecurity in State

01/02/14

Connecticut Food Bank Anticipates Worsening Food Insecurity in State

“The $36 drop in benefits doesn’t sound like a lot to you and me, but it’s a lot to her,” Mary Ingarra said of a woman whom she was careful not to identify, but one whom she said had lost her job when a dry cleaners closed five years ago.

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AR-15 Ammo Magazines Sent to Connecticut Governor, Legislators as 'Gift'

01/01/14

AR-15 Ammo Magazines Sent to Connecticut Governor, Legislators as 'Gift'

It was part of Alabama gun activist Mike Vanderboegh’s “Toys for Totalitarians” campaign, in which he is sending banned high-capacity magazines to some legislators after he finished sending various examples of magazines to the governors of Colorado, Maryland, New York and, as of Monday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy Takes to New Haven Streets to Learn About Homelessness

12/31/13

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy Takes to New Haven Streets to Learn About Homelessness

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., recently dropped himself into the life of one of his state’s most unfortunate.

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MADD Wants Tougher Connecticut Drunk Driving Laws

12/30/13

MADD Wants Tougher Connecticut Drunk Driving Laws

Emboldened by a 2012 change in the laws that expanded the use of ignition interlock devices to prevent repeat drunken driving offenders from getting behind the wheel if they are inebriated, MADD wants to extend the use of the equipment further

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2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

12/27/13

2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

2013 was a great year—at least in terms of the broad range of compelling stories we offered in the print version of Connecticut magazine and in our online “verticals,” or categories of digital content focused on dining, the arts, politics, style and more.

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Full Report on Newtown Shooting, at Several Thousand Pages, Being Released Friday

12/27/13

Full Report on Newtown Shooting, at Several Thousand Pages, Being Released Friday

Connecticut State Police plan to release all the documents from the investigation into last year’s Newtown school massacre, in which Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 young students and six staff members.

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Fentanyl a Factor in Heroin-Related Deaths Across Connecticut

12/26/13

Fentanyl a Factor in Heroin-Related Deaths Across Connecticut

It may look like heroin. It may act sort of like heroin. It may be sold as heroin. And the people selling it — and the people they bought it from — may even think it’s heroin.

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Holidays Are Profound Homecoming for Family of Vietnam War Airman Killed in Laos

12/25/13

Holidays Are Profound Homecoming for Family of Vietnam War Airman Killed in Laos

In the days since the New Haven airman’s remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery, 45 years after his plane crashed in Laos during the Vietnam War, his four daughters have been carried by a wave of support from Connecticut and beyond.

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Four-Legged Holiday Message: Connecticut Shelter Pets Complete Families

12/24/13

Four-Legged Holiday Message: Connecticut Shelter Pets Complete Families

Nash, a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix dog; Emerald, a 1-year-old calico cat; Weezy and Wonka, two 8-week-old domestic short kittens, and pair of guinea pigs, Baby and Minnie paid a visit to the New Haven Register’s newsroom Monday in hopes of being adopted.

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UConn Economists Say Connecticut Economy Has 'Profound Structural Weakness'

12/23/13

UConn Economists Say Connecticut Economy Has 'Profound Structural Weakness'

An Associated Press story on the report says, "The Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis says in its forecast released Monday that lower unemployment is misleading and is a 'smoke screen.'"

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With Torrington in Heroin Death Crisis, a Look at Connecticut's Typical Users, Statistics

12/22/13

With Torrington in Heroin Death Crisis, a Look at Connecticut's Typical Users, Statistics

A typical Connecticut heroin user also frequently doesn’t know exactly what that stuff he or she is smoking, snorting or injecting is — and it may or may not be heroin, authorities say.

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CNN Picks Up Story of Aspiring Oxford Chef, 10, Who Can't Eat and Needs a Transplant

12/20/13

CNN Picks Up Story of Aspiring Oxford Chef, 10, Who Can't Eat and Needs a Transplant

Our Connecticut Magazine story on the challenges faced by Chelsea Wheeler, 10, of Oxford caught the attention of CNN, which sent reporter Frederik Pleitgen and a crew to the Wheeler home Monday and will be airing a story on Chelsea beginning Saturday morning and running in various shows throughout a 24-hour news cycle.

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Campus Lockdown Situations in Connecticut Bring Significant Costs

12/19/13

Campus Lockdown Situations in Connecticut Bring Significant Costs

There are significant costs anytime law enforcement responds to a potential threat.

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Connecticut Hospitals Missing Deadline Linked to Testing of Newborns' Blood

12/18/13

Connecticut Hospitals Missing Deadline Linked to Testing of Newborns' Blood

Most Connecticut hospitals aren’t consistently meeting the state required 48-hour deadline to get newborns’ blood samples to a laboratory for genetic testing, recently-released data shows.

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Bring Pets Inside During Severe Weather or Face Fines

12/17/13

Bring Pets Inside During Severe Weather or Face Fines

Pet owners be warned: leave Fido out during severe weather and face up to $500 in fines.

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Connecticut's Invisible Homeless Are Youths

12/16/13

Connecticut's Invisible Homeless Are Youths

According to the most recent tally of public schools across the state completed at the end of the 2012 school year, 2,804 students in Connecticut are homeless, up 50 percent since 2008.

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A Newer Connecticut Gun Shop Owner Says New Laws Hurting His Business

12/15/13

A Newer Connecticut Gun Shop Owner Says New Laws Hurting His Business

It’s been about 10 months since Mike Higgins opened the doors at TGS Outdoors, and while he’d like to hire more employees, he said the state’s new gun laws are hindering his business’s ability to grow.

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A Year After Sandy Hook Tragedy in Newtown, Everything Has Changed

12/14/13

A Year After Sandy Hook Tragedy in Newtown, Everything Has Changed

Both within and far beyond Newtown’s borders, an ocean of sympathy remains — with a tide still so high that Newtown’s First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra has publicly implored well-wishers and media to stay away on Saturday’s first anniversary of Adam Lanza’s rampage.

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Body of New Haven Airman Missing Since 1968 to be Laid to Rest at Arlington

12/13/13

Body of New Haven Airman Missing Since 1968 to be Laid to Rest at Arlington

Forty-five years after his plane went down over Laos, U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. is finally being laid to rest.

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Lack of Affordable Housing Fuels Connecticut Homelessness

12/11/13

Lack of Affordable Housing Fuels Connecticut Homelessness

At a time when the nation’s homeless population is in steady decline, the number of homeless people in Connecticut has increased.

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