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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant
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Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Once again, Spending the Public’s Money to Keep the Public in the Dark — The Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, with its 90,000 students and $300 million in state aid, is among the most expensive and most important government operations. So when Michael Gargano Jr.

Charter School Group's Role As Landlord Under Scrutiny — 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.

Granby Middle School Principal Resigns, Citing 'Distraction' of Side Business Making Horror Movies — Granby Memorial Middle School Principal Mark Foley, whose Moongoyle Entertainment company created horror movies and a website that some found degrading to women, has resigned his school position, saying he did not want media coverage of his side business to "distract parents, students or staff from the important work at the school," according to a statement released by the district.

How We Knew Tom Foley Was in Trouble on Election Night — For hours after the polls closed Tuesday night, as vote tallies cropped up from town to town, Tom Foley enjoyed a steady if tantalizingly thin margin in his quest to unseat Gov. Dan Malloy. But here at The Scoop, we could tell early on that Foley was in serious trouble, even as he seemed to be thousands of votes ahead.

Town-by-Town Vote Margins for Connecticut Governor — As town results trickle in from local registrars tonight, we'll begin to have a sense of how Tom Foley and Dan Malloy are faring in the battle for the governor's office.

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."
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Dec 04, 2014

In Connecticut, spending the public's money to keep the public in the dark.

Dec 03, 2014

CT judge stumbles on a copy of the Constitution, vacates prior-restraint order barring @CTLawTribune publication.

Nov 25, 2014

Connecticut judge issues rare prior-restraint injunction barring publication of a story by @CTLawTribune.

Nov 04, 2014

With 17 small towns in, Foley is up by nearly 4K votes – but his margin is 444 votes less than four years ago.

Nov 04, 2014

Want to know what early returns in the CT Gov race really mean? This chart will help. #ctelection

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.…

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