Almost a month after a Trinity College student was brutally attacked in the middle of the night just outside campus, it’s still not clear who his assailants were. College administrators have demanded better security in the surrounding neighborhood, frustrating nearby residents who say they’ve been unfairly blamed time and again. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on their reactions.
Some 2400 high school students on 64 robot building teams gather at the Connecticut Convention Center today and tomorrow for the FIRST Regional robotics competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Joining us by phone this morning is one of the participants Dave Givens, he is a junior at Wolcott High School and a member of Team MAX.
The newest exhibition at the Connecticut Historical Society brings together craftspeople from across the country, from New England, New York, and Pennsylvania to as far away as Missouri, New Mexico, and California. A Tradition of Craft: Current Works by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers features selected furniture created by today’s members of SAPFM displayed alongside authentic 18th- and 19th-century furniture from the CHS collection. It’s a unique opportunity to admire the skill and passion of woodworkers from both the past and the present.
Many Americans know the history of the KKK in the South but there is A Little Known History of Discrimination in New England: The Ku Klux Klan Attacks on Franco-Americans in the first half of the 20th century - that's the name of a presentation that will be given by Eileen Angelini. She's a professor of French at Canisius College and was named a recipient of a 2010-2011 Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award as a Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.
Today we’ll check in with Andrew Fleischman, the Chairman of the state education committee. They considered Governor Malloy’s education reform bill this week - and depending on who you ask, the resulting document is “bold” or “gutted.”
In Washington, the Supreme Court held an unprecedented three-days of hearings on the constitutionality of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act.” Gregory Warner - the Marketplace reporter who’s been covering the hearings called it a kind of “Constitutional Woodstock” with protesters, ticket scalpers, and seldom-heard Justices opining on everything from legislative vote-counting to “broccoli.” Warner gives us the play-by-play.
In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra held a press conference today/yesterday to ask the public for help in solving the case of a city man found in the street last month. The man, Dartanyon Blake, later died. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
Blake's family has said he was the victim of a hit-and-run in the city's Blue Hills neighborhood. Police say that that's one of the options they're looking into, but that the investigation has slowed -- and they need some help from the community. Segarra agreed.
Connecticut's child abuse and neglect registry is one step closer to allowing offenders to get their names removed from the list if they can prove they are no longer a risk to children.
Unlike the state's sex offender registry, the child abuse and neglect registry is confidential. Employers can request access to the registry through the state Department of Children and Families. Anyone who is an acknowledged offender in a DCF investigation of child abuse or neglect ends up on the registry, regardless of whether the abuse results in a criminal prosecution.
A bill aimed a reducing the numbers of Connecticut students arrested at school passed a legislative committee this week. Supporters of the measure say too many kids are being arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses.
Connecticut Judicial Branch data show that nearly 20% of the cases that ended up in juvenile court during the first six months of the current academic year began when kids were arrested at school.
"41% of those were for breach of peace or disorderly conduct."
Why can't they cure baldness in men and women? Connecticut's Albert Schweitzer Institute is trying to save the world humanely, one village at a time. And how revered economist John Maynard Keynes would solve our fiscal crisis today.
Traumatic brain injury or TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Department data indicates more than 233,000 veterans have been diagnosed with at least a mild brain injury. But the number is even higher because not all veterans seek help. A non-profit and the VA have partnered to offer support to these servicemembers in Connecticut.
This week on the Needle Drop, we're sampling tracks from forthcoming albums by Zammuto and Death Grips. We'll also be diving into the latest albums from New York post-hardcore outfit Unsane, and Austrian singer-songwriter Soap&Skin.
The legislature’s Education Committee has passed a revised version of Governor Malloy’s proposed school reform bill.
Speaking before last night’s vote, co-chair Andrew Fleischmann said members of the education committee respect the Governor’s broad vision on school reform and sought to fine tune and improve the measure.
March 23, 2012-An analysis of Department of Defense records shows that hundreds of veterans have been wrongfully discharged since 2008. The Vietnam Veterans of America allege that service members were incorrectly diagnosed with “personality disorder.”
Arguments begin in the Supreme Court today over the Affordable Care Act - its one of the biggest, longest, and most highly publicized cases in the court’s recent history - and it has enormous political implications.
Connecticut is working to get back on the tourism map...and the Eastern part of the state is a big part of that plan.
The region has some of the most evocative names... “Mystic Country” and “The Quiet Corner.” It has legendary seaports like New London and Stonington, and the many perfect little New England towns along the Connecticut River.
But how is the tourism industry holding up during the recession? And how will the state’s plan affect the many small businesses in the region.
There's a big change coming this summer. Most 17-year-olds charged with crimes will go from being treated like adults to being treated in the juvenile justice system. It was called the "raise the age" effort, and the major effects were this: in 2010, 16-year-olds were taken out of the justice system designed for adults. As of this summer, the same thing will happen for 17-year-olds.
Spring has come early to Connecticut this year, with crocuses and daffodils in full bloom by the middle of March. And what better way to celebrate the early Spring than by incorporating a little bit of nature into your wardrobe?
Hats of the 1950s and 1960s are beautiful examples of nature melded with fashion. Women threw off their heavy winter layers and donned hats trimmed with flowers and feathers as they welcomed Spring.
This week on the Needle Drop, we're serving up loads of new tracks from forthcoming albums erupting from the underground. We'll also be featuring the many musical masks of the Men. The band's new album showcases everything from instrumental country to raw garage punk. Big K.R.I.T's mixtape will get a feature as well. It's the third free album the Mississippi MC has released in the past three years, and he's sounding better than ever.
Tomorrow, members of the Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that strengthens protections for domestic violence victims. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, a portion of the legislation aims to help teens in abusive relationships.
In 2009, ten percent of teens surveyed by the state health department had been in a physically violent relationship. Seventeen percent had been emotionally abused by the person they've dated.
These statistics led teens in Stamford and Norwalk to study ways to combat the problem.
The U-S Supreme Court begins deliberations on the nation's health care overhaul law next week. At issue is the act's highest profile piece -- the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance, or face a penalty. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
The big-picture goals of the law were to provide health insurance to more people for less money. To make that work, legislators and President Barack Obama agreed to require people to buy insurance beginning in 2014. That mandate is being challenged by opponents who say it's unconstitutional.