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Connecticut GOP Seeks Probe Of Secretary Of The State Denise Merrill In Licensing Of Official Who Didn't Disclose Drug-Felony Record

courant.com — Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in November that there was no "political angle" to her office's 2011 decision to let a Bridgeport Democratic Party leader continue as a notary public despite his failure to list criminal drug convictions on his original 1988 application and four renewal applications.
Dec 20, 2014

GOP Seeks Probe Of Secretary Of The State Merrill In Licensing Of Official Who Didn't Disclose Drug-Felony Record courant.com/politics/hc-le…

State's Pakistani Community Condemns School Attack In Peshawar

courant.com — HARTFORD - About 100 people gathered outside the state Capitol on cold and breezy night Wednesday to share their grief and anger over the Taliban's killing of 141 students and staff in an attack earlier this week on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Dec 19, 2014

"Terrorism has no religion at all."" Ct Pakistani Community Condemns School Attack In Peshawar courant.com/community/hart…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @psleight: State's Pakistani community holds vigil at Capitol, condemns Tuesday's Peshawar school shooting: courant.com/community/hart…

Dec 19, 2014

State's Pakistani community holds vigil at Capitol, condemns Tuesday's Peshawar school shooting: courant.com/community/hart…

Connecticut Company Made The Sensor Monitoring Lincoln's Nose on Mt. Rushmore

courant.com — ELLINGTON - The very first thing that Nancy Hamilton mentions about the sensors her company makes is the one in place on Mount Rushmore. Abraham Lincoln's 20-foot-high nose has a crack in it, and the National Park Service has one of Trans-Tek's rugged electromechanical monitors attached to watch how the crack is responding in freeze and thaw cycles.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: A Connecticut company made the sensor that's monitoring Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore cour.at/1vbE1Dp pic.twitter.com/KLQSDkCquz

20-Year-Old Connecticut Man Killed Leaving UConn-Duke Game In New Jersey

courant.com — A 20-year-old Connecticut man was struck and killed Thursday on Route 3 in East Rutherford, N.J., after leaving the University of Connecticut men's basketball game at the Izod Center, police said. The victim, who was not identified by police, was one of four Connecticut residents who were trying to cross the highway at about 10:30 p.m., police said.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @KristinStoller: The 20-year-old Conn. man who was struck and killed after the @UConn game has been identified as Ellis Snyder: cour.at/1wyZNVZ

Manchester Man Sentenced For Sexually Abusing Child

courant.com — HARTFORD - A Manchester man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl. Lloyd Nott, 55, was a trusted family friend of the girl's family and she was left in his care when the assault occurred, a prosecutor said Friday.
Dec 19, 2014

#Manchester man sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl. courant.com/breaking-news/…

Glastonbury Police: A Home Depot Worker Was Injured In A Scuffle With A Shoplifter

courant.com — GLASTONBURY - An employee at The Home Depot was injured when he tried to keep a 60-year-old man from stealing a tool set Thursday police said. The injuries were minor, they said, and the suspected thief, John Sparagna, was arrested. Sparagna was charged with second-degree robbery and breach of peace.
Dec 19, 2014

There was a scuffle with a suspected shoplifter at The Home Depot in Glastonbury. courant.com/breaking-news/…

$5,000 Reward Offered In Shooting Of Bald Eagle

courant.com — ROCKY HILL - A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever may have shot a bald eagle in Rocky Hill earlier this month. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reported that a citizen found a dead bald eagle on Great Meadow Road near the Connecticut River on Dec.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: A $5,000 reward has been offered for any info that leads to the arrest of whoever shot a bald eagle cour.at/13MAMM3

West Hartford Special Olympian Honored

courant.com — WEST HARTFORD - Bernard Richardson is beloved by customers and co-workers at the Farmington Avenue Stop & Shop where he's worked for 18 years. He helps customers juggle groceries in the parking lot, brings carts to those entering the store, and generally helps wherever he sees someone in need.

Jeff Jacobs says UConn needs more players not named Ryan Boatright.

courant.com — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Mike Krzyzewski said that UConn played like the championship program it is. What the Huskies didn't play like on this Thursday night in the Meadowlands was like a championship team. "It was a fight," Coach K said after Duke free-threw its way to a 66-56 victory against UConn.

Tractor Trailer Crash Sparks Fire, Snarls Traffic

courant.com — VERNON - Two tractor trailers crashed and burned overnight, shutting down I-84 between exits 66 and 67. No one was injured. The westbound lanes re-opened in time for the morning rush, but eastbound lanes remained closed, bringing traffic to a grinding halt.
Dec 19, 2014

I-84 E in Vernon is re-opened, eight hours after a fiery tractor trailer crash. courant.com/breaking-news/…

Highway Ramp Fight Leads To Man's Death, State Police Say

courant.com — BRIDGEPORT - A late-night fight on a highway off-ramp has led to a man's death, the state police said Friday. They did not release the name of the man who died, saying they were notifying his family. A string of 911 calls led them to the scene, they said: According to Lt.
Dec 19, 2014

Frantic 911 calls, scuffling and a fatal fight. State police are investigating: courant.com/breaking-news/…

Hartford Community Group Might Fold; Director Admits Misusing Money

courant.com — Hartford Areas Rally Together, which for nearly 40 years has served as the south end's primary community group and liaison with city hall, is on the brink of collapse - its assets having plummeted by nearly $500,000 in three years and its director admitting to misusing thousands in organization funds.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @HtfdCityline: HART, decades-old community group in Hartford, might shut down; director admits using funds for personal use cour.at/16ziBKO

Connecticut Economy Booming: Best Year Since 1997

courant.com — Connecticut's economy is roaring, with 4,600 jobs added in November, 4,300 added in October, and more than 25,000 new jobs in the past 12 months, according to a report released Thursday. The last time the state's job base grew by more than 25,000 was in 1997.
Dec 19, 2014

ICYMI, my 1A story today about rollicking job growth in Connecticut even as long-term unemployed still linger: courant.com/business/hc-co…

Investigators Work At Scene Of Double-Fatal Fire In Bristol

courant.com — BRISTOL - Investigators are trying to find out what sparked an overnight fire that killed two people. The fire at 29 High Street was reported about 2 a.m. The fire was out by sunrise, but people were being kept away from the scene while the investigation continues.
Dec 19, 2014

The two victims of the double-fatal fire in Bristol were adults, a fire official told The Courant. courant.com/breaking-news/…

Dec 19, 2014

Two dead in Bristol fire. courant.com/breaking-news/… Police and fire investigators are trying to determine the cause.

Pratt & Whitney Will Furlough Workers In 2015 To Cut Costs

courant.com — Facing continuing financial challenges as it rolls out new commercial and military engines, Pratt & Whitney will furlough thousands of salaried workers for seven days next year to control costs. The engine maker's vice president of human resources said employees will see a temporary pay adjustment for seven holidays that they would have otherwise been paid for.
Dec 19, 2014

Workers at Conn. jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney face furloughs as company cuts costs. ow.ly/Gauj2

Dec 18, 2014

Furloughs coming for Pratt & Whitney with expectations that revenue will decline courant.com/business/hc-pr… via @be_d

Ansonia Police Ask For Help Finding Missing Man

courant.com — ANSONIA - Police said they are looking for the public's help in finding a man who they say may be suicidal. Shawn Bagley, 43, told a family member and friends that he no longer had a reason to live, police said. No one knows where he is.

Explaining Trashy `Jailbait!' To Your Children

articles.courant.com — An interesting TV movie showed up last week: MTV's ``Jailbait!'' The show is based on a statutory-rape case prosecuted in Wisconsin. This is the plot: Adam is a senior, a popular 18-year-old jock whose girlfriend is Amber. High-toned Amber intends to remain a virgin until married (to Adam).
Dec 18, 2014

"Explaining Trashy `Jailbait!' To Your Children" = a relic from 2000 re: MTV's genius scripted movie: articles.courant.com/2000-04-24/fea…

Police Charge Southington Teacher With Being Drunk In Class

courant.com — SOUTHINGTON - A teacher who was placed on administrative leave after engaging in erratic behavior in the classroom last month now faces criminal charges. John Edward Hansen, 47, of New Haven is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Bristol on Monday. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct Dec.
Dec 18, 2014

A Southington teacher accused of acting erratically in the classroom last month now faces a criminal charge. courant.com/breaking-news/…

Police Searching For Man Wanted In Oct. 25 Accident

courant.com — PLYMOUTH - Police are looking for a man who they say left the scene of a serious crash in October. Police said they have a warrant for the arrest of Anthony Hernandez, whose last known address was Johnson Street in Waterbury. He also has been known to stay at his mother's home on Beaver Brook Road in Danbury.