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Vice President Joe Biden To Visit Goodwin College

courant.com — EAST HARTFORD - Vice President Joe Biden will visit Goodwin College on Wednesday to speak with administrators and students at the private school about the importance of skills building in the workforce. He is also expected to highlight Goodwin's manufacturing production training program, a year-old initiative at the career-path-focused school.

Condition Upgrade For Motorcyclist In Manchester Crash, Police Say

courant.com — MANCHESTER - The condition of a motorcyclist who was injured in a collision with a car Friday night has been upgraded. Donald Roy Bidwell Jr.'s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, but stable, police said Wednesday. The Cambridge, Mass. man is expected to be released from Hartford Hospital this week.

Bike Cops Pedal Up To Drug Factory On Wheels, Hamden Police Say

courant.com — HAMDEN - Officers patrolling a trail on bikes arrested three people and confiscated 94 bags of heroin after becoming suspicious of someone police say was doing more than hiking. The arrests happened about 6 p.m. Monday, police said, when officers Gregg Curran and Enrique River-Rodriguez were patrolling the Farmington Canal Trail on bicycles.
Aug 20, 2014

Two bike cops in Hamden came upon a mobile drug factory in Hamden this week while pedaling on a trail. courant.com/community/hamd…

UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco Speaks At Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

courant.com — What's goin on? UConn football coach Bob Diaco spoke to a sold out crowd as the guest speaker at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Wednesday morning at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.
Aug 20, 2014

UConn Football Coach Bob Diaco Speaks At Middlesex Chamber Of Commerce Breakfast Part I courant.com/sports/uconn-f…

Former Bridgeport Man Charged With Unemployment Fraud

courant.com — NEW BRITAIN - A former Bridgeport resident accused of fraudulently collecting more than $18,000 in unemployment benefits was arraigned in Superior Court Tuesday, according to the Chief State's Attorney's office. Tyiwaine Drake, 29, who now lives in Virginia, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community and unemployment compensation fraud, said spokesman Mark Dupuis.
Aug 20, 2014

A former Bridgeport man got busted for unemployment fraud, state authorities said. courant.com/community/brid…

Manchester Peach Festival Friday

courant.com — In this file photo, Jiovanni Fusco, then 2, decides he likes the peach cobbler his grandfather, Renato Fusco, feeds him at the Eighth Utilities District annual peach festival. Jiovanni shared the dessert and watched rogue balloons fly to the clouds while hundreds ate peach shortcake and danced to polka music.

Rocky Hill Approves Purchase Of Development Rights For Historic Farm

courant.com — ROCKY HILL - With the blessing of two former mayors, and three generations of the Hayes family looking on, the town council unanimously approved an ordinance to buy the development rights of the historic family farm. The $2 million deal, voted on Monday night, will assure that the property, consisting of three parcels totaling 44.27 acres, will remain a working farm in perpetuity.

Why I Stay In Connecticut

courant.com — (Getty Images / ) In response to the letter "Farewell, Connecticut" [Aug. 17], I live in Connecticut by choice. I live in a state that doesn't try to deny food assistance to those in need. A state that expanded Medicaid to include as many of its citizens as it could.

Agency Postpones Decision on Whether NU Chief's Pro-Malloy Fundraising Violated Law

courant.com — The State Elections Enforcement Commission failed to reach a decision Tuesday on whether Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May violated state law last year when he asked about 50 company managers to contribute money to help Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy win re-election.
Aug 20, 2014

ATTN: @GlobeMcGrory MT @jonchesto: CT elex officials deliberating whether NE Utilities CEO Tom May violated law ow.ly/AwEEC

Aug 20, 2014

CT elections officials deliberating whether Northeast Utilities CEO Tom May violated state law in donation request. ow.ly/AwEEC

Baby's Death Refocuses Spotlight On 'Safe Haven' Law

courant.com — HARTFORD - After the death of an abandoned baby in East Hartford, state officials are reminding troubled parents of the Safe Haven law, which shields parents from prosecution if they surrender a baby under 30 days old at a hospital emergency room.
Aug 19, 2014

RT @jkovner_courant: Death of abandoned baby in East Hartford prompts reminder that infants can be surrendered under Ct's Safe Haven law, cour.at/1tewNQX

Aug 19, 2014

Death of abandoned baby in East Hartford prompts reminder that infants can be surrendered under Ct's Safe Haven law, cour.at/1tewNQX

Northwest Catholic Student Musicians To Play With National Ensembles

courant.com — WEST HARTFORD - Two trumpeters from Northwest Catholic High School have been selected to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in October. Senior Justin Drisdelle of Rocky Hill and sophomore Sarah Jessen of Winsted have been selected by the National Association of Music Education to participate in the 2014 all-national honor ensembles.