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Candidates Clash On Housing, Immigration

by Paul Bass | Aug 21, 2017 2:36 pm | Comments (53)

Paul Bass photos Marcus Paca promised that if he becomes mayor, he will fight gentrification, while Mayor Toni Harp argued that the burst of market-rate housing in town doesn’t constitute gentrification.

Harp promised to continue New Haven’s “sanctuary city” policies even if President Trump withholds federal grants, while Paca promised to take a closer look at the issue first to avoid losing needed dollars.

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$9.5M Challenge: How To Spot Rogue Cops

by Paul Bass | Aug 11, 2017 1:07 pm | Comments (55)

Paul Bass Photo Markeshia Ricks PhotoHe destroyed evidence on one bogus stop. He harassed and arrested a man outside his home on trumped-up charges on another. He shoved and threatened to tow the “fucking car” of a “motherfucker” fisherman who’d parked on a bridge.

Daniel Conklin served a total of one day of suspension for those misdeeds. Then the police promoted him to detective.

Will his future actions spark the next police misconduct case to cost New Haven taxpayers millions of dollars?

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Lawyer Bid Blocked For Model 2nd-Chancer

by Nathan J. Robinson | Aug 7, 2017 7:49 am | Comments (26)

(Opinion) Former prisoners do not get much more “rehabilitated” than Reginald Dwayne Betts. In the time since his release in 2005, Betts has published two acclaimed books of poetry and a memoir, earned a college degree with a 4.0, earned an MFA, started a family, held a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard, earned a law degree from Yale, received an NAACP Image Award, given talks at schools, prisons, and conferences around the country, been accepted to a PhD program, worked for the New Haven Public Defender’s Office, and passed the Connecticut Bar Exam.

Yet this past Thursday, Betts was told by the State of Connecticut that he may not have the requisite “character and fitness” to practice law.

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“Parking For Democracy” Loses Its Spot

by Allan Appel | Aug 3, 2017 7:42 am | Comments (29)

Allan Appel PhotoA controversial proposal to seek to increase participation in meetings at City Hall by making about 90 coveted metered spots on Orange, Elm, and Church streets free from to 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday nights has gotten lost in the never-ending general debate about what to do with parking downtown.

(Update: Wednesday night, at a meeting of a city parking working group, the major players agreed to a compromise plan that will now move ahead for approval. Click here to read a story about that by the Register’s Mary O’Leary.)

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