by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 15, 2018 5:41 pm | Comments (7)
Hartford - Mayor Toni Harp and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim joined forces here to urge lawmakers to pave the way for a new casino for a region suffering staggering unemployment. They made a simple pitch: We need jobs.
Advocates of a tribal casino planned for East Windsor sought to complicate that narrative.
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by Liam Brennan | Mar 15, 2018 12:13 pm | Comments (11)
Liam Brennan is the father of two current and two future NHPS students.
(Opinion) March roars into New Haven bringing not only spring but a new superintendent. Carol Birks, the victor of the Board of Education’s controversial hiring-by-fire process, faces an uphill battle as she takes the reins of Elm City public schools this coming Monday. City and state officials have bequeathed to her a system afflicted with deep challenges and left parents wondering whether she is a remedy to — or just a product of — a negligent government.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 15, 2018 8:32 am | Comments (17)
Hartford — New Haven State Sen. Gary Winfield had some clean-up business to attend to in a law he authored enabling cops to wear body cameras. The state’s top prosecutor balked — and the two ended up sparring about whether cops deserve special rights to check their story before offering sworn statements.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 14, 2018 12:52 pm | Comments (15)
Nearly 600 students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School walked out of their classes and onto the streets of downtown New Haven — with permission — to add their voices to a national day of student protest against gun violence.
Thousands of students throughout the country, including students at other New Haven high schools including Wilbur Cross and Hillhouse, participated in the national day of school walkouts, which was held one month to the day after a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida murdered 17 students and teachers with an assault weapon. At least 5,000 New Haven high school and middle school students participated, according to Board of Education Chief Operating Officer Will Clark.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 14, 2018 8:12 am | Comments (14)
The city is looking to curb the number of nip bottles littering sidewalks, public parks, and storm drains by pushing for a statewide bottle deposit for the popular alcohol miniatures. It should not expect to find much support among city liquor store owners.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 13, 2018 4:41 pm | Comments (4)
When the promised snowstorm failed to arrive in New Haven Tuesday afternoon, Honda Smith and a city tag-and-tow team faced a dilemma on Valley Street: Place tickets on 60 cars illegally parked on the odd side of the street? Or let it slide?
Public Space Enforcement Officer Honda Smith had called for the tag and tow team hours before when the snow was flying and the visibility was low.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 13, 2018 8:18 am | Comments (57)
The Harp Administration pitched alders on granting permission to borrow up to $250 million this coming fiscal year to help shore up an underfunded city employee pension fund that is struggling to keep up with spiraling unfunded liabilities.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 12, 2018 1:10 pm | Comments (15)
Months before the major parties decide who should become Connecticut’s next governor, you can cast an early vote — and in the process challenge our winner-takes-all electoral system.
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by Brian Slattery | Mar 11, 2018 10:07 pm | Comments (18)
On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., on the corner of College and Chapel, before New Haven’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade arrived, a small crowd of people were banging on the outside of a port-a-john and screaming while someone else was in there.
A couple blocks away, near the corner of Chapel and York, two small kids — one South Asian and one white — chased each other across the pavement of the street, thrilled at the novelty that it was closed, while an audience made up of people from all over the world lined the sides of the street two or three rows deep, smiling, chatting, expectant.
In only a half hour, the event managed to show me, as an Irish-American, both what I hate and what I love about St. Patrick’s Day.
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by Christopher Peak | Mar 9, 2018 2:39 pm | Comments (36)
After owning up to smoking pot, three top-scoring police recruits almost didn’t get the job — until police commissioners intervened and voted to let their past drug use slide.
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