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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant
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Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Veteran Boston Investigative Reporter Detained in Russia — Joe Bergantino, executive director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and a long-time Boston television reporter, was detained in Russia Thursday while conducting a training session for fellow journalists, according to a release from the New England First Amendment Center.

Ex-Courant Editor Teutsch Remembered As Dedicated Journalist, Humble Colleague — Clifford L. Teutsch, a dedicated newspaperman who led The Courant's newsroom through some of its most exhilarating and most turbulent times, died Friday. He was 64. Teutsch served as editor of the Courant from September 2006 to May 2009, and as managing editor for a dozen years before that.

Claim Check: Elizabeth Esty Misleads on Social Security — These days, video cameras follow candidates everywhere, from intimate meet-and-greets to massive p olitical rallies, and when rivals dig into that footage, they face a choice. They can look for some unflattering off-the-cuff gaffe to embarrass their opponent, or they can cherry-pick and string together piecemeal quotes to make their challenger appear to be saying something he or she is not.

Educator placed on leave: Principal in Granby, Conn., Who Made Erotic Horror Films Placed On Leave — A Connecticut principal who produced sexually provocative and violent films was placed on administrative leave Wednesday, and he and a fellow educator involved in the business are now under investigation by their respective school districts. The actions came in response to a story in Thursday's Courant focusing on Mark D.

Slasher films: Two Connecticut educators, using pseudonyms, are behind a slasher film production company called Moongoyle Entertainment. — The independent short film "Slicing Beauty" is a fairly typical bikini-and-blood slasher flick, featuring gratuitous nudity, sexually charged dialogue and a lead actress who "bares all as a kinky serial killer who loves to give her victims a satisfying but often morbid peep show."

Claim Check: Foley on “Underperforming” Schools — It's been strangely quiet in the Claim Check cubicle lately, but not because candidates and PACs have suddenly abandoned political advertising. Instead, Connecticut candidates took a break from specific boasts or specific accusations to focus on generic vote-for-me-I'm-a-nice-guy ads that defy fact-checking.

Insurance Commissioner, Other State Employees, Hop The Globe — Of the 20 work days in June 2013 the state's commissioner of insurance spent 17 away from his desk - far away. Thomas B. Leonardi's schedule that month included trips to Washington D.C., Rome, Zurich and Seoul. That month's globe-hopping schedule wasn't unusual.

Interactive Map: The Travels Of The Connecticut Insurance Commissioner — State Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi has taken more than 115 trips over the past three years, many out of the country, to speak at conferences and attend seminars, a review of records filed with the insurance department and state ethics commission reveals.

Charter School Group Directed Work To Executive's Husband — HARTFORD - The Jumoke Academy charter school organization, now facing a state probe into allegations of nepotism, directed more than a million dollars in construction work to the husband of one of its executives, a Courant investigation has found.

Claim Check: A Foley Misstep on His Time at The Bibb Co. — Readers who are keeping count will know that this is the seventh time Claim Check has considered Tom Foley's tenure with the Bibb Co. They may also recall that we have typically deemed ads from both sides to be generally accurate, even when they lack context or rely heavily on opinion - which doesn't lend itself to fact-checking.
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Oct 15, 2014

RT @bradheath: Police say license plate readers don't invade your privacy - until someone asks to see what they've collected.… #FOIA

Sep 29, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. gouging the public for the right to view records owned by the public.

Sep 27, 2014

Today would have been Daniel Barden's 9th birthday. A good day to consider What Would Daniel Do.…

Sep 21, 2014

RT @SturdevantNews: Fascinating look at family connections in construction for publicly-funded school. via @vdelatorre, @MatthewKauffman

Sep 19, 2014

Apple to the world's media: "Thanks for all the free publicity while we play catch-up with our competitors."

Sep 09, 2014

Claim Check: Tom Foley ad states he “never” took a salary from Bibb Co. SEC docs say otherwise

Sep 05, 2014

Rowland 101. From April: What exactly are the crimes the ex-governor is accused of committing?

Sep 04, 2014

Claim Check considers - for the sixth time - assertions about @TomFoleyCT's management of the Bibb Co.

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