Most talked about Hartford Courant stories

World War Two Mortar Round Removed From Manchester Home — MANCHESTER - A state police bomb expert removed an inert World War II mortar round from a house on Nye Street on Wednesday afternoon. Fire Chief Robert Bycholski said the state police would detonate the object, as a precautionary measure.

DeLauro Proposes National Soda Tax — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro on Wednesday introduced legislation to impose a federal tax on soda and other sugary drinks, a proposal designed to curb obesity, diabetes, and the resulting health care costs. The bill proposes an excise tax based on sugar content, charging one cent for every teaspoon, or 4.2 grams, of sugar.
Jul 30, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has proposed a national soda tax. What do you think of the idea? |

Teen Charged In Milford Stabbing Appears In Court — MILFORD - At a brief court appearance Wednesday, lawyers for Christopher Plaskon, the teenager accused of fatally stabbing a classmate at Jonathan Law High School in April, said they are diligently pursuing their own investigation of the incident and are in process of requesting documentation from the state.

Police Dispatch Supervisor Planned In Canton — CANTON - A supervisor for the four dispatchers in the police department may be appointed, a move town officials say would improve oversight and operations. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner outlined that idea to the board of selectmen earlier in July and a more detailed proposal is expected to be brought to the board when it meets on Aug.

Southington Police Investigate Sex Assault — SOUTHINGTON - Police are investigating a sexual assault that was reported early Wednesday at the Motel 6 at 625 Queen St. Police were called to the motel at 2:24 a.m. and detectives are investigating. No arrests have been made, police said.

24-Hour Play Festival Has Its Roots In A Love For Theater — The 24-Hour Play Festival at Playhouse on Park is nigh. Six one-act plays, each of them around 10 minutes long, are written, cast, designed, rehearsed and presented to an audience within one non-stop daylong flurry. The marathon playmaking event kicks off Friday night, Aug.

UConn football ninth in preseason AAC poll — Huskies receive 98 points; Cincinnati preseason favorite

Heroin, Cocaine Seized, Two Arrested In Manchester — MANCHESTER - Officers seized drugs and arrested two people Tuesday at a motel on Spencer Street, police said. Officers from the East Central Narcotics task force were in the area of Studio 6 Motel after getting information that a meeting had been set up between a man or multiple men and a prostitute.

Wrongly Convicted, Imprisoned Man Makes Case For Compensation From State — HARTFORD - Kenneth Ireland - an innocent man convicted of the brutal rape and murder of a Wallingford mother - was convinced he'd die in prison, of old age or, more likely, of violence. Every waking moment of his 21 years in prison he had a knot of fear in his stomach.
Jul 30, 2014

Kenneth Ireland seeks compensation for 21 years in prison for crime he did not commit. #nightmare…