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Charter School Group's Role As Landlord Under Scrutiny

courant.com — When new leaders took control of the beleaguered Jumoke Academy this summer, one of their first reforms was ordering former CEO Michael Sharpe out of an apartment that he rented at a discount from the charter school group. But Sharpe wasn't the only one living in the building.

Judge Orders Connecticut Law Tribune Not To Publish Story, Drawing Fire From First Amendment Experts

courant.com — In a ruling that is drawing sharp criticism from free-speech advocates, a Superior Court judge has ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a story about a child custody case. Judge Stephen Frazzini on Monday granted a motion filed in New Britain Superior Court by the mother of the three children involved in the case that sought to stop the Law Tribune from running the story.

Two Men Stabbed In Enfield

courant.com — ENFIELD - Two men in their 20s suffered stab wounds, apparently during a fight on Pearl Street on Tuesday night, but both have non-life threatening wounds, police said. Officers sent to Pearl Street near Cross Street about 7:30 p.m. after a reported altercation found a 22-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said.

Hernandez Double-Murder Trial Delayed

courant.com — A judge Tuesday granted a motion to indefinitely delay a double-murder trial for Aaron Hernandez scheduled for next May, although the former Patriots and Bristol star still faces trial on another charge of murder early next year. Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F.

Enfield Police Investigating Stabbing

courant.com — ENFIELD - Police are investigating a stabbing that was reported from Pearl Street on Tuesday night. A victim was taken to Hartford Hospital, police said. The full extent of their injuries was not immediately available. Police received the report of the stabbing about 7:41 p.m.
Nov 25, 2014

Read it here first: Enfield police investigating stabbing reported on Pearl Street. courant.com/community/enfi…

Nov 25, 2014

Warrant: Torrington man kills mother, takes ATM card, withdraws cash, buys drugs. touch.courant.com/#section/2225/…

Nov 25, 2014

Woman charged w/trying to hire hit man to kill ex wants no tv coverage over concern for her child. #really? touch.courant.com/#section/2224/…

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Former Meriden Police Officer's Conviction

courant.com — A federal appeals court has upheld the June 2013 conviction of Evan Cossette, a former Meriden police officer serving a 14-month prison at a federal prison in Ashland, Ky. Cossette was convicted by a jury after a four-day trial which centered on a videotape of Cossette pushing a handcuffed prisoner backward into a holding cell at the police department in May 2010.
Nov 25, 2014

Federal appeals court upholds former #Meriden police officer's conviction. courant.com/breaking-news/…

Carpenter Says She Didn't Want To Testify In Her Murder-For-Hire Trial

courant.com — Beth Carpenter sat on the witness stand Tuesday in a Rockville courtroom and recalled the last time she had been in that position - the day she testified at her own murder trial in 2002. "I didn't want to testify even when they called my name; I didn't want to go up there," Carpenter said in a voice that was sometimes barely audible.

Former Soccer Coach Charged With Sending Explicit Video To Team Faces New Charge

courant.com — MANSFIELD - The former E.O. Smith High School girls soccer coach accused of sending a video of himself masturbating to members of his team is in trouble again. State police on Tuesday charged Jeffrey M. Sirois, 57, with tampering with a witness. He posted $5,000 bail and is to appear Dec.

Judge Allows TV Coverage Of Simsbury Murder For Hire Trial

courant.com — HARTFORD - A judge on Tuesday begrudgingly agreed to allow television coverage of the trial of Tiffany Stevens, a Simsbury mother accused of trying to hire a man to kill her estranged husband. Tiffany Stevens and Eric Stevens have been locked in a prolonged custody dispute.

Governor orders more troops into Ferguson after riots

courant.com — Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Fire At Downtown Manchester Building

courant.com — MANCHESTER - A fire broke out late Tuesday morning at a downtown building. No one was hurt and everyone who was inside at 1077 Main St. escaped without injury, Fire Chief Dave Billings said. Firefighters were still at the scene early in the afternoon.

Plans For Hartford's Downtown North Show Stadium, Retail, Housing

courant.com — The city has released new renderings of the $350 million Downtown North. The development is expected to bring housing, retail, a brewery and a 9,000-spectator minor league ballpark to long-vacant land. Each rendering is followed by a photo of what exists there today. -- Kenneth R. Gosselin

Artist Creates Unique Portraits After Overcoming Homelessness

courant.com — Peter Mikulak once was a full-time general contractor in New Haven. Now he's a full-time artist living in his hometown of Bristol. The path that brought Mikulak where he is now hasn't been easy. His life still isn't easy. He earns a fraction of what he used to earn.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: Formerly homeless artist Peter Mikulak will create portraits at Westfarms all holiday season cour.at/15mOQwr pic.twitter.com/ZnkbxERAaQ

Live: Statement on Ferguson grand jury decision

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Nov 24, 2014

Live video: Grand jury set announce decision in #MichaelBrown shooting death in Ferguson: courant.com/chi-video-ferg…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: Live: Statement from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Ferguson grand jury decision courant.com/chi-video-ferg…

Accused Killer Who Suffered Brain Damage In Suicide Attempt Committed To State Care

courant.com — HARTFORD - A former Manchester man who'd been charged with killing a man on Sumner Street in January, and who later suffered severe brain damage during a suicide attempt in jail, was committed to the custody of the state Department of Mental and Addiction Services on Monday.
Nov 24, 2014

Accused killer who tried to hang himself, causing brain damage, found not competent and committed to state care. courant.com/breaking-news/…

'Rudolph' Cast Visits Connecticut Children's Medical Center

courant.com — Cast members from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical visited patients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford on Friday.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @hartfordcourant: Patients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center got some special visitors. More photos: cour.at/1v5PyGr pic.twitter.com/WN1HilbpXY