Soon after moving to New Haven, Fire Chief John Alston went to Best Buy to pick up a new gadget. He liked the young man working in tech support so much that he encouraged him to apply for the fire department.
Over a year after that first retail encounter, Alston pinned a badge on the lapel of James Hilton, that former Best Buy employee, as Hilton formally became a New Haven firefighter.
The quest to bring urban schools up to par is more about money and curriculum than about whether black kids sit next to white kids in class.
So argued Mayor Toni Harp, weighing in on a debate over how best to move urban education forward 64 years after the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education declared racially segregated public school unconstitutional and 22 years after the Connecticut Supreme Court in Sheff v. O’Neill ordered the desegregation of public school.
As some Democrats back home called on embattled U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty to resign in the wake of revelations of her mishandling a staff sexual harassment episode, two prominent Democrats interviewed in New Haven held their fire.