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Investigative Reporter — Hartford Courant

Investigative reporter for the Hartford Courant

Fake Alumnus at “Life Experience” School Gets Yet Another New Job! — Paul N. Johnson sure gets around. After the Courant exposed that a degree-selling outfit calling itself Denton University was claiming Genentech CEO Ian Clark as a graduate, Denton repeatedly reworked the online "alumni profile," eventually swapping out Clark's photo and claiming it was actually alumnus "Paul N.

After Scrutiny, Schools That Sell Degrees Remake Online Presence — From their homes and offices in anonymous spots around the globe, the owners of some online "life-experience" schools have operated with relative impunity, including building websites with images and text brazenly lifted from other websites. But after unwelcome publicity in The Courant last month, a few schools made changes - some modest, some major - in their online presence.

Dodger Stadium Sells Enough Hot Dogs to Round the Bases 3,551 Times — Baseball season gets underway this week, and the cheering in the stands may be matched only by the cheering at something called the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, which is gleefully looking forward to the consumption of 18.5 million franks and another 4.2 million sausages at ball parks between now and the World Series.

Crime Lab Backlogged: Crime lab is backlogged, but officials spend weeks away — Scientists Say Staffing Shortage Is The Problem The top two DNA scientists at the state's embattled crime lab have fashioned robust second careers as expert witnesses in criminal trials by racking up large amounts of compensatory time, then drawing on that comp time so they can pursue their side work on some weekdays.

Lapointe Dissent: Decision 'Reflects Complete Misunderstanding' Of Court's Role — HARTFORD - The typically cordial interplay among the state's Supreme Court justices flew out the window with its decision in the Richard Lapointe case Tuesday, with one dissenting justice accusing the majority of abandoning impartiality, violating the constitution, damaging the rule of law and jeopardizing confidence in the legal system.

Guns, Medicine, Body Armor, Hospital Beds: State Property Loss Nears $5 Million In 4 Years — The spoiled Stelera is documented in one of more than 1,000 loss reports filed by government agencies to the office of state auditors from 2011 through 2014. A review by The Courant reveals nearly $5 million in state property was lost, stolen, improperly discarded or vandalized.

Two Wesleyan University students are still in the hospital after — MIDDLETOWN - Two of the 11 people hospitalized Sunday after using a party drug at Wesleyan University were still being treated Tuesday at Hartford Hospital, officials said. Police said they are continuing their investigation into the source of a "bad batch" of the party drug MDMA, known as "Molly," that sickened the students.

For Connecticut Cities And Towns: Good News May Be Bad News — The good news for municipalities in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget is that under his proposal, the state would continue to provide nearly $5 billion a year in aid to cities and towns. But that may also be the bad news for municipalities.

Malloy Releases Budget; Stage Set For Political Fight — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will unveil a proposed $40 billion budget Wednesday that trims the state sales tax, collects more revenue from businesses and hospitals, and sets the stage for a political fight over levies, campaign promises and the role of state government.

Connecticut Lottery: 43 Years, Nearly 25 Billion Dollars — Forty-three years ago, as Connecticut officials were gearing up to sell the very first tickets for the state's newly approved lottery, Gov. Thomas Meskill bullishly declared that residents' appetite for legalized gambling would put $14 million into state coffers in that first year - a figure editorial writers at the Courant eyed dubiously as "optimistic."
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Apr 24, 2015

Online school caught with fake alumni profile replaces it with … another fake alumni profile.

Apr 23, 2015

Online school caught with fake alumni profile replaces it with … another fake alumni profile.

Apr 21, 2015

Important federal court ruling: Claim of underfunding “does not excuse an agency’s duty to comply with the #FOIA.”

Apr 20, 2015

The tale of my $599 mail-order Ph.D. prompts “life-experience” schools to scrub bogus info from websites. #TellEWA

Mar 31, 2015

CT Supreme Court order news trial for Richard Lapointe, imprisoned more than 20 years for rape and murder.

Mar 30, 2015

Retweeting to #TellEWA: Think a four-sentence resume and my credit card number are enough to earn me a Ph.D.?

Mar 29, 2015

Think my four-sentence resume and my credit card number are enough to earn me a Ph.D.? via @hartfordcourant

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