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Ex-Inmate on Connecticut Parole Board Brings an Insider’s View to Hearings — WATERBURY, Conn. - There was the usual grab bag of inmates preparing to be heard here, from the career offender with a heroin problem to the plotter of a jewel heist to the glum men with girlfriend trouble.

Wall Street; Starting to Count On Castro's Fall — Talk about planning ahead. It seems that half the world -- certainly half of Southern Florida -- is frantically preparing for the day when Fidel Castro, one of the world's last military dictators, falls or otherwise surrenders power. Some Cuban-Americans are reserving boats they can use to ship desperately needed supplies to Havana.

In Newtown, Conn., a Question of What to Do With Adam Lanza’s Home — Randall Bell makes house calls in some of the world's most forbidding places. And not just any houses, but properties touched by carnage, natural disasters and other headline-grabbing tragedies. So when the distress call came six months ago from Hudson City Savings Bank, Mr. Bell accepted the assignment.

Before Newtown Shootings, Adam Lanza’s Mental Problems Were ‘Completely Untreated,’ Report Says — An comprehensive examination of Adam Lanza, the troubled individual who shot dead 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012, by a panel of medical and child-care experts, concludes that Mr. Lanza was "completely untreated in the years before the shooting" for various psychiatric and physical ailments and was deprived of services during critical periods of his life, which might have mitigated some of the difficulties he faced.

Prosecutions of Parents Can Vary After Children Left in Sweltering Cars Die — Haley Wesley, Lyn Balfour and Mikey Terry each had a different experience with the criminal justice system. Ms. Wesley was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Napa County, Calif., and pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Ms. Balfour was acquitted by a jury in Greene County, Va., after spending much of her savings fighting her case.

Connecticut Father’s Activities Detailed on Day Son Died in Hot Car — DANBURY, Conn. - In some ways, this past July 7 was like any other summer day for the Seitz family. Kyle Seitz awoke at 7 a.m., fed and walked the dog, dressed for work and began tending to his family's newest arrival, a 15-month-old named Benjamin.

Last Dry Town in Connecticut Approves Liquor Sales — BRIDGEWATER, Conn. - Forget last week's small-potato questions of who should govern or represent the people of Connecticut. Here, the big news on Tuesday was that this tradition-bound town of 1,725, which prides itself on an annual tractor parade down Main Street and the handmade chocolates that bear its name in shapes like Pilgrims' hats, was at long last prepared to relinquish the bragging rights of being the last dry town in Connecticut since the adoption of Prohibition almost a century ago.

Ted Kennedy Jr. Wins State Senate Race in Connecticut — Connecticut finally got a Kennedy of its own on Tuesday night when Ted Kennedy Jr., the 53-year-old son of the former United States senator from Massachusetts, overcame opposition over the novel way his race was financed and won his bid to become a state senator representing Branford and five other towns east of New Haven.

A Kennedy’s Campaign Is Sharply Questioned on Finances — BRANFORD, Conn. - Getting a scion of the Kennedy family elected to an open seat in the State Senate in this heavily Democratic state must have seemed as though it would be a cinch. But on Thursday night, Ted Kennedy Jr.

Tone of a House Race in Connecticut Between Ivy League Alumni Turns Nasty — CHESHIRE, Conn. - His is not one of those hard-up campaigns that have to worry where the next sign or brochure is coming from. As a 60-year-old businessman whose fortune runs into nine figures, Mark Greenberg has been able to furnish plenty for his run for Congress.
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Dec 19, 2014

Tip that you might have a future #philosophy prof, or at least major, on your hands: kid writes "if and only if" in her notes to you.

Dec 18, 2014

Was I 23 years ahead of my time or 23 years too early w/ my piece on how US investors were playing Cuban securities?

Dec 18, 2014

RT @AP_Politics: POTUS Obama signs bill stopping benefits for Nazi war crimes suspects, by @rplardner + @davidrising + @HerschaftAP.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @joshrottenberg: If you did a Venn diagram of the 2 biggest news stories - Cuba & a comedy about killing a dictator - you’d get this: ht…

Dec 18, 2014

Harvard investigating dining halls' decision to suspend purchases from Israeli soda maker to appease Palestinians…

Dec 16, 2014

Courant editorial dismayed how #Rowland's driver had pension sweetened by heavy OT, automatically deemed "mandatory"

Dec 16, 2014

Yikes. Govt loses money each time it makes a penny (cost=1.7 cents each) and a nickel (cost=8 cents each) via @nypost

Dec 16, 2014

Developer raising money for new Tappan Zee Bridge from Chinese investors for #EB5 green cards, courtesy of @NYPost

Dec 16, 2014

Is there really a market for "assassination comedies," as James Franco's "The Interview" is being billed? #Hollywood #oxymoron

Dec 15, 2014

Why I already like my new dental hygienist: She told me she looks at every mouth as if it were a crime scene #openandsayah

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