March 2014

Connecticut Spy Case Jury Selection to Start: Intel Bound for Iran

04/07/14

Connecticut Spy Case Jury Selection to Start: Intel Bound for Iran

A former Pratt & Whitney worker who allegedly tried to ship military documents to Iran awaits trial.

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UConn Rides Stats Karma  Into NCAA Title Game; Tops Kentucky on Conversion Rate

04/05/14

UConn Rides Stats Karma Into NCAA Title Game; Tops Kentucky on Conversion Rate

UConn has made it to the Final Four a total of four times—impressively converting three of those into national championships, in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

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Billy Smolinski's Family Loses Defamation Case Appeal; He Disappeared in 2004

04/01/14

Billy Smolinski's Family Loses Defamation Case Appeal; He Disappeared in 2004

The state Appellate Court has upheld a judge’s ruling that two family members of missing Waterbury man William “Billy” Smolinski Jr. should have to pay a $52,666 judgment to Smolinski’s former girlfriend.

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Ukrainian Parish in New Haven Gets an Update from Blumenthal

03/31/14

Ukrainian Parish in New Haven Gets an Update from Blumenthal

Members of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church gathered Sunday to hear updates on Ukraine’s future from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was following up on a memorial service held last month for those killed in recent turmoil. Myron Melnyk, director of the Ukrainian Studies School at St. Michael’s on George Street, spoke on behalf of the church community. “We welcome all diplomatic efforts. We support Obama’s statement that the Ukrainian people should keep their independence. But, we’re also concerned the Ukrainian government is not involved with these diplomatic efforts,” Melnyk said. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris to discuss ongoing issues in Ukraine....

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Bear of a Topical Topic, Russia and Putin, Tackled Via Connecticut

03/29/14

Bear of a Topical Topic, Russia and Putin, Tackled Via Connecticut

"Two decades after the collapse of Soviet Russia, Americans are still mystified by Russian behavior."

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UConn vs. Iowa State in NCAA Sweet 16: CPTV Film on UConn History a Nice Warm-Up

03/27/14

UConn vs. Iowa State in NCAA Sweet 16: CPTV Film on UConn History a Nice Warm-Up

The UConn men's basketball team plays in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 Friday. Tonight, CPTV is showing "UConn Men's Basketball: An Illustrated History."

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Connecticut Forensic Scientist Targets Sex Trafficking Through DNA

03/25/14

Connecticut Forensic Scientist Targets Sex Trafficking Through DNA

                          Victims of human trafficking are often stripped of their passports, identification, and ultimately, their identities. DNA is the one thing that remains with a victim, and for that reason and others, it can be a powerful tool in combatting human trafficking, according to forensic scientist Timothy Palmbach. Palmbach, chairman of the Forensic Science Department at the University of New Haven, set out last year to test the use of DNA analysis in identifying victims, prosecuting traffickers and ultimately, developing a DNA database of victims and at-risk persons. Palmbach retired from the state Department of Public Safety in 2004, last...

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$60,000 a Year for Flood Insurance? Connecticut Shoreline Residents Avoid 'Surge'

03/24/14

$60,000 a Year for Flood Insurance? Connecticut Shoreline Residents Avoid 'Surge'

Nearly 1,100 homes in Milford and hundreds more in other Connecticut shoreline communities will be subject to increases of at least 18 percent a year in flood insurance rates, according to a law signed Friday by President Barack Obama.

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Lyme Disease Battle Goes on in Connecticut; Blumenthal Pushes Awareness

03/22/14

Lyme Disease Battle Goes on in Connecticut; Blumenthal Pushes Awareness

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal held the meeting to kickstart his 2014 awareness campaign about the importance of Lyme disease education and prevention.

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UConn Football, New Coach Bob Diaco, Eager to Improve

03/21/14

UConn Football, New Coach Bob Diaco, Eager to Improve

With a new head coach in place and spring practice underway—the annual Blue-White Game is April 12—UConn’s football program searches for the same success as the university’s other sports.

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Three Drive-In Theaters Keep Classic Summer Fun in Connecticut Alive Against the Odds

03/20/14

Three Drive-In Theaters Keep Classic Summer Fun in Connecticut Alive Against the Odds

The list of “dead” drive-ins in Connecticut to be mourned is long and littered with once-thriving landscapes. But take heart, this unique form of entertainment and lifestyle experience is not completely gone from the state.

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The Great Cheese Labeling War; Connecticut Farmers on the Front Lines

03/18/14

The Great Cheese Labeling War; Connecticut Farmers on the Front Lines

The United States and the European Union are fighting over who owns the names of popular cheeses like Muenster and Parmesan as part of a new fair trade agreement.

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Connecticut Aid in Dying Bill Draws Emotional Testimony in Hearing

03/18/14

Connecticut Aid in Dying Bill Draws Emotional Testimony in Hearing

An emotional public hearing got under way Monday with stories on both sides of the issue of prescribing lethal medication to competent individuals.

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HIV Equal Effort Doctor, Mother, 92, Back Connecticut Aid in Dying Bill

03/16/14

HIV Equal Effort Doctor, Mother, 92, Back Connecticut Aid in Dying Bill

Gloria Blick, 92 who was appointed by Gov. Dannel Malloy when he was mayor of Stamford to serve on the city’s Commission on Aging, doesn't share the governor's hesitations on Connecticut's aid in dying bill.

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Higher One's Future Cloudy as Fees Investigated, Stock Price Drops, Executives Depart

03/14/14

Higher One's Future Cloudy as Fees Investigated, Stock Price Drops, Executives Depart

Once a rising business star, New Haven’s Higher One stands accused of victimizing the students it was supposed to help—one fee at a time.

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St. Patrick's Day Parades Bring Irish Charm to  New Haven, Hartford and Beyond

03/14/14

St. Patrick's Day Parades Bring Irish Charm to New Haven, Hartford and Beyond

This weekend everyone in Connecticut has a chance to be a little bit Irish as a robust roster of parades roll out in advance of St. Patrick's Day Monday.

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Outlets Shopping Coming to Rentschler Field; Foxwoods Project Underway

03/13/14

Outlets Shopping Coming to Rentschler Field; Foxwoods Project Underway

Michigan-based Horizon Group Properties, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement to develop a new, 350-square-foot outlet shopping center on the former airstrip at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

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Yankees Dominate Red Sox in Connecticut Popularity, Poll Shows; Not in Eastern CT

03/11/14

Yankees Dominate Red Sox in Connecticut Popularity, Poll Shows; Not in Eastern CT

A look back at Quinnipiac’s “Annual Connecticut Baseball Playoff” from June 2013, however, shows that not only do the Red Sox mean lots of beans for some Connecticut baseball fans—but that the “beans” quotient for these folks shot up significantly after the World Series win.

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FBI Now Involved in Investigation of 2006 Branford Arson Homicide

03/09/14

FBI Now Involved in Investigation of 2006 Branford Arson Homicide

Investigators declared her death a homicide. The official cause was arson. Fire investigators have said that whoever set the blaze used an accelerant to torch the home’s staircase, the only means of escape from her second-floor bedroom.

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Cox Customers Could Lose WTNH, WCTX

03/07/14

Cox Customers Could Lose WTNH, WCTX

Another showdown is looming between a Connecticut cable system operator and the owner of two of the state’s television stations.

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In Connecticut on Minimum Wage, Will Obama Recall Long-Ago Norfolk Visit With a Girlfriend?

03/05/14

In Connecticut on Minimum Wage, Will Obama Recall Long-Ago Norfolk Visit With a Girlfriend?

With President Barack Obama visiting Connecticut today to discuss efforts to increase the minimum wage nationally, we were reminded of a another, long-ago and much different connection between the president and the state, his visit to tiny rural Norfolk in Litchfield County three decades ago with his then-girlfriend.

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Finally Used to 860 Area Code? Get Ready for 959 Connecticut (And 475)

03/03/14

Finally Used to 860 Area Code? Get Ready for 959 Connecticut (And 475)

Ready for the state's new 959 area code, which will replace 860 for some? How about 475 instead of 203?

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Quinnipiac Finds Women's Sports Gender Equity to Cost More Than $5 Million Settlement

03/01/14

Quinnipiac Finds Women's Sports Gender Equity to Cost More Than $5 Million Settlement

Nearly one year after a consent decree over gender equity in women’s sports was approved, Quinnipiac University in Hamden is finding it will cost more than $5 million that was reached in settlement.

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