Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Do Superintendents Deserve a “Courtesy” Look at Test Scores Before the Public Sees Them?

courantblogs.com — For years, it has been the policy of the state Department of Education to give school superintendents an advance peek at their district's standardized test scores, a week or so before the high-stakes numbers are released to the public.

Why Exactly Do We Keep Teacher Ratings Top Secret?

courantblogs.com — The state Department of Education took extraordinary measures last week to prevent even the slightest risk that you might find out how qualified your kid's teacher is. If that sounds ridiculous, it's not entirely the department's fault.

Secret Severance Deal For Public Officials? Not In My State.

courantblogs.com — Elected officials in Newington were so eager to be rid of former Town Manager John Salomone that they offered him tens of thousands of dollars of other people's money to get him to leave.

Mystery surrounds newspaper’s relationship to Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s legal fight

heralddemocrat.com — With a reporting staff that numbers in the single digits, the New Britain Herald still fills its pages seven days a week with city politics, police news, local sports and a variety of community topics from teen pregnancy to Christmas caroling.

Controversial Article Has Passages Nearly Identical To Those In Other Publications

courant.com — A New Britain Herald story that now figures in a dispute involving Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson contains several passages that are nearly identical to work that previously appeared in other publications, an examination of the article shows. The passages make up about one fourth of the article, or 11 paragraphs.
Dec 23, 2015

Another troubling revelation in Adelson/Las Vegas saga: Plagiarism found in controversial Connecticut article. cour.at/1PlvgEy

Dec 23, 2015

RT @hartfordcourant: Controversial Herald article has passages nearly identical to those in other publications cour.at/1IrzbhU pic.twitter.com/WwuPsmIU93

Dec 23, 2015

RT @hartfordcourant: Controversial Herald article has passages nearly identical to those in other publications cour.at/1IrzbhU pic.twitter.com/WwuPsmIU93

Dec 23, 2015

RT @MatthewKauffman: Another troubling revelation in Adelson/Las Vegas saga: Plagiarism found in controversial Connecticut article. cour.at/1PlvgEy

Dec 23, 2015

The Adelson forces don't realize that they are getting lots of journalists involved in uncovering their machinations courant.com/news/connectic…

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Architect Sues Developers Of Ill-Fated Dillon Stadium Project

courant.com — HARTFORD - An architecture firm hired to work on Hartford's ill-fated Dillon Stadium is suing the developers, alleging that money that should have been used to cover the firm's unpaid invoices was diverted into the pockets of those in control of the redevelopment project.

Mystery Surrounds Newspaper relationship to Las Vegas Legal Fight and Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson.

courant.com — Michael Schroeder, revered as the man who saved the New Britain Herald from extinction, now finds himself caught up in a complex mystery at the intersection of politics, media and business - a mystery with a litany of unanswered questions, including why would a local paper in New Britain devote 10 paragraphs to criticizing a judge 2,288 miles away.
Dec 23, 2015

RT @mattderienzo: .@hartfordcourant examines CT paper's strange connection to Las Vegas controversy. Fake byline, made-up quotes? courant.com/community/new-…

Dec 23, 2015

Mystery Surrounds #NewBritain Newspaper's Relationship to Las Vegas Casino Mogul Sheldon Adelson's Legal Fight cour.at/1YAJ5j3

Dec 23, 2015

RT @mattderienzo: .@hartfordcourant examines CT paper's strange connection to Las Vegas controversy. Fake byline, made-up quotes? courant.com/community/new-…

Dec 23, 2015

RT @CTnewshound: Did #newspaper publisher plant fictitious stories & reviews for #LasVegas mogul Sheldon Adelson? cour.at/1QWWWj1 @…

Dec 23, 2015

Made-up quotes, a mystery byline, and a curious topic--bizarre story on Sheldon Adelson's long reach to New Britain. cour.at/1QWWNfo

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Records: Stadium Developers Paid Themselves Hundreds Of Thousands As Bills Went Unpaid

courant.com — As unpaid bills piled up at Premier Sports Management Group, leaders of the effort to bring professional soccer to Hartford transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to themselves and companies they control, leaving the firm with a fraction of the money needed to meet its obligations, records now under investigation show.
Dec 18, 2015

The latest on the Dillon Stadium debacle. Those involved distributed cash to themselves. #Hartford. courant.com/news/connectic…

Family In Berlin, New Britain Football Controversy Says It Didn't Violate Rules

courant.com — The parents of a Berlin High School football player seen traveling to school from his father's home in New Britain say their son has not violated residency rules and that they have been unfairly caught up in allegations of cheating by the football squad.

Berlin Football Coach Recruited New Britain Players, Records Allege

courant.com — Berlin High School football coach John Capodice actively recruited players from neighboring New Britain, allegedly finding housing for one family and promising another a Division I college scholarship if the student switched teams, according to statements made as part of the schools' investigation.
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Feb 13, 2016

#OnThisDay in 1955, first mention in @hartfordcourant of microwave oven, offering freedom "for the little woman." pic.twitter.com/ga9UfmPLhY

Feb 13, 2016

Temps could hit -6 at Bradley tonight. The last time it was below zero on Feb. 13th was all the way back in ... 2015 pic.twitter.com/VDy2eydQUj

Feb 09, 2016

Do schools deserve a “courtesy” look at test scores before the public? #FOI officer says no. bit.ly/1PLYhcz @Reporter_Savino

Feb 08, 2016

Dems might want to work on their databases. Leader? I'm not even a member of the Democratic party (or any party). pic.twitter.com/y5cFuoLEtN

Feb 05, 2016

Kinda freaked out the neighbors as I tied pink bags to what only I knew was an inactive phone line blocking road. pic.twitter.com/6I8m9qPyco

Feb 01, 2016

.@LynnArditi Time to FOI emails and other records for evidence of those "new priorities."

Feb 01, 2016

Remind me not to loan my spare computer to @JNCWriter when she forgets hers at home. pic.twitter.com/eKITBQlLJo

Feb 01, 2016

My colleague, Jenna Carlesso (@jncwriter) is literally the coolest reporter in the world.


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