by Thomas Breen | Jul 26, 2016 8:38 am | Comments (2)
Philadelphia — While protesters marched the downtown streets here Monday, decrying the presidential nomination system as rigged and nominee Hillary Clinton as corrupt, officials took the stage at the opening of the Democratic National Convention a few miles south and proclaimed, one by one, the virtues of a unified party.
The words didn’t always match the reality on the ground — in the street, or event in the halls of the Wells Fargo Center.
Continue reading ‘Day 1 DNC Diary: Cracks Beneath “Unity”’
by Paul Bass | Jul 25, 2016 4:47 pm | Comments (47)
New Haven’s police chief, at least for the next three weeks, will be Anthony Campbell, as Dean Esserman embarks on a three-week “sabbatical” in the wake of another instance of losing his temper in public.
Mayor Toni Harp announced Monday afternoon that she and Esserman “mutually agreed” that he should take the paid 15-working-day leave of absence, effective Tuesday.
Continue reading ‘Esserman On Leave; Campbell In Charge’
by Kica Matos | Jul 25, 2016 12:11 pm | Comments (8)
Twenty-seven shards of glass: That is what remains of a stained-glass pane at Calhoun College depicting slaves picking cotton after Corey Menafee, an African American employee at Yale University, knocked it down with a broomstick. Mr. Menafee explained his act with great clarity, stating that “… I don’t know, something inside me said, you know, that thing has to come down … It was a picture that just — you know, as soon as you look at it, it just hurts.”
Continue reading ‘Windows On A Shameful Past’
by Paul Bass | Jul 22, 2016 4:28 pm | Comments (11)
“Help me! Help me!” Patricia Cofrancesco was screaming.
A crowd formed around her. “Motherfucker, you killed her!” came one yell. Another: “Motherfucker, you’re going to get it now.”
Continue reading ‘Cofrancesco Recounts Fatal Collision’
by Aliyya Swaby | Jul 22, 2016 1:03 pm | Comments (11)
After its first year of a state-funded “turnaround” effort, Clinton Avenue School might begin the fall with new leadership and a push to improve instruction.
Continue reading ‘Clinton Ave. School Preps For Change’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 22, 2016 8:16 am | Comments (16)
Elijah Joyner already didn’t like cops. Watching the latest footage of police officers shooting an unarmed black man only strengthened those feelings.
“To be honest, I don’t like cops no more,” the teen told more than 100 people gathered at First Calvary Baptist Church on Dixwell Avenue Thursday night to talk about race, violence and how to mend the fractured relationship between the police and the community. “I stopped liking cops after what they did to my father.”
Continue reading ‘Cop-Community Tensions Laid Bare’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 21, 2016 7:52 am | Comments (18)
Plans to turn the former C. Cowles & Co. factory on Water Street in to a U-Haul storage facility moved closer to reality, while a developer pulled the plug for now on her own plans to provide boat storage along the Qunnipiac River.
Continue reading ‘Bid Fails To Stop U-Haul Storage Facility’
by Lucy Gellman | Jul 20, 2016 2:45 pm
“Taylor Reynolds” pulled “Tracy Edwards” to the hard ground in the midst of a concert on of the New Haven Green, instigating a fight over a shattered iPhone.
Patrol Officer “Pat Smith” lunged in. Mistaking him for Reynolds’ friend Sydney, Edwards swung with all they had.
Continue reading ‘Exonerate “Cop-Puncher”? You Decide’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jul 20, 2016 8:13 am | Comments (27)
The rent has reached the sky in downtown New Haven, with a couple paying $6,200 a month to live in a two-story apartment at the top of the historic Union Trust bank building.
Continue reading ‘Downtown Rent Tops $6K’
by David Yaffe-Bellany & Daniela Brighenti | Jul 19, 2016 12:49 pm | Comments (47)
Corey Menafee, the cafeteria worker who lost his job after smashing a slavery-themed stained-glass window panel in Yale’s Calhoun College, plans to return to work Monday.
Continue reading ‘It’s A Deal!’