“Land Of Opportunity” Beckons

by Markeshia Ricks | Aug 30, 2016 8:14 am | Comments (20)

Markeshia Ricks Photo A commercial building instead of a police station in at 1 Union Ave. Another one in the historic former New Haven Railroad building. A now half-empty Church Street South razed and reborn as a 900-unit, mixed-use and -income development.

City officials asked U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to envision all those changes — and to help them make them happen — on a one-mile walking tour from Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ 100 College St. headquarters to Amistad Park.

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Victims Validated

by Alexandra Diaz | Jun 23, 2016 7:23 am | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo The last four words Quanisha Cole heard her older sister Jajuana say were: “Don’t let me die.”

Then she was rushed to hospital, where Quanisha remembers hearing her mother ask for updates until doctors delivered terrible news: Jajuana, caught in gang crossfire, had died at the age of 13. 

Quanisha, who was 11 at the time, shut down. For almost a year, she rarely spoke. She struggled with disciplinary problems in school, found herself quick to anger with her mother and siblings. She didn’t know, she said later, how she could go on.

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