Alan Yu http://wnpr.org en How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients http://wnpr.org/post/how-well-designed-doctors-office-could-help-patients <p>Doctor's offices and hospitals may not always be stunning examples of architecture, but both architects and doctors are thinking of how designs can put patients at ease and help them heal.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:05:51 +0000 Alan Yu 22664 at http://wnpr.org How a Well-Designed Doctor's Office Could Help Patients Pop-Up Festivals Hope to Take Visitors Beyond Downtown New Haven http://wnpr.org/post/pop-festivals-hope-take-visitors-beyond-downtown-new-haven <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas has attracted visitors from all over the world to downtown New Haven. Organizers are now looking beyond downtown to the neighborhoods.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:52:02 +0000 Alan Yu 22719 at http://wnpr.org Pop-Up Festivals Hope to Take Visitors Beyond Downtown New Haven Geek Is Chic: How Comic Con Became a Pop Culture Phenomenon http://wnpr.org/post/geek-chic-how-comic-con-became-pop-culture-phenomenon <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">People who attend Comic Con and Star Trek conventions -- or nerds in general -- used to be the butt of jokes, including a </span><a href="https://screen.yahoo.com/star-trek-convention-000000768.html" style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">famous "Saturday Night Live" skit by William Shatner</a><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">, where he tells "Trekkers" to get a life.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">Now "fandom" is a huge industry. It generates&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/28561.html" target="_blank">more than $500 million</a> by one estimate, and is growing in both revenue and attendance.&nbsp;</font></font></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:30:57 +0000 Alan Yu, Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22645 at http://wnpr.org Geek Is Chic: How Comic Con Became a Pop Culture Phenomenon Stratfords of the World Unite In Connecticut This Summer http://wnpr.org/post/stratfords-world-unite-connecticut-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People from the six places called Stratford are coming to Connecticut this summer.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Alan Yu 22402 at http://wnpr.org Stratfords of the World Unite In Connecticut This Summer Connecticut Investigates Attack on eBay With Other States http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-investigates-attack-ebay-other-states <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="3">Connecticut's attorney general is working with other states to try and prevent data breaches like the ones that happened to eBay, Target, and Neiman Marcus.</font></font></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:34:23 +0000 Alan Yu 22354 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Investigates Attack on eBay With Other States Hospital Disinfects Phones to Tackle "Major Threat" to Patients http://wnpr.org/post/hospital-disinfects-phones-tackle-major-threat-patients <p>Sometimes people go to a hospital, and they leave with an infection.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="http://readydock.net/solutions/readydockuv-for-mobile-devices/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">new device being tested at St. Francis Hospital</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;might reduce those infections.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:00:40 +0000 Alan Yu 21774 at http://wnpr.org Hospital Disinfects Phones to Tackle "Major Threat" to Patients Organ Company In Hartford Still Pulling Out All the Stops After 100 Years http://wnpr.org/post/organ-company-hartford-still-pulling-out-all-stops-after-100-years <p>If you ask Michael&nbsp;Fazio&nbsp;how long he’s been in the pipe organ business, he’ll say, “How do I get out of it?”</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:18:48 +0000 Alan Yu 21951 at http://wnpr.org Organ Company In Hartford Still Pulling Out All the Stops After 100 Years Most Voters in Connecticut Support Legal Recreational Marijuana Possession http://wnpr.org/post/most-voters-connecticut-support-legal-recreational-marijuana-possession <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">At 52 percent supporting legal possession, it's only a slight majority, but <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/connecticut/release-detail?ReleaseID=2040" target="_blank">a new poll released</a> by Quinnipiac University echoes a nationwide shift in attitudes towards marijuana.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">The poll also found that 90 percent of Connecticut residents support medical marijuana use.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Alan Yu 21721 at http://wnpr.org Most Voters in Connecticut Support Legal Recreational Marijuana Possession Could Climate Change Spread Ticks and Mosquitoes In Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/could-climate-change-spread-ticks-and-mosquitoes-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Climate change is linked to more floods, hotter and drier weather, and melting sea ice, but it could also affect infectious diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. The problem is we don't know how.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 13:06:59 +0000 Alan Yu 21489 at http://wnpr.org Could Climate Change Spread Ticks and Mosquitoes In Connecticut? Dental Care Still Out of Reach For "Huge Piece of the Population" http://wnpr.org/post/dental-care-still-out-reach-huge-piece-population <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Your teeth may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to health care. Dentists say oral health problems seldom get better on their own, and can point to disease elsewhere in the body, including diabetes and some forms of cancer and leukemia. Of course, a toothache can just be painful.</span></p><div><p>But if you’re an adult who doesn’t have dental insurance, caring for your teeth and your health can be a real challenge. The Affordable Care Act covers dental care for children, <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/can-i-get-dental-coverage-in-the-marketplace/" target="_blank">but not adults</a>, and dental care isn't cheap.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 19:16:47 +0000 Alan Yu 21378 at http://wnpr.org Dental Care Still Out of Reach For "Huge Piece of the Population" Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" http://wnpr.org/post/company-says-health-care-exchange-contracts-are-trade-secrets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company&nbsp;that got the multimillion-dollar contract to run the call centers for the health care exchange Access Health CT -- called&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maximus</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;-- is refusing to release invoices and contracts to show exactly how much they are paid by the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:17:19 +0000 Alan Yu 21411 at http://wnpr.org Company Says Health Care Exchange Contracts Are "Trade Secrets" More Children in Connecticut Could Have Access to Preschool Soon http://wnpr.org/post/more-children-connecticut-could-have-access-preschool-soon <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut General Assembly </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=HB-5596" style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">passed a budget</a><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;"> this past weekend, which -- along with two other bits of legislation -- expands access to pre-kindergarten education. Advocates have said it doesn't reach the ideal goal of universal preschool, but it's an important step in that direction.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:18:00 +0000 Alan Yu 21311 at http://wnpr.org More Children in Connecticut Could Have Access to Preschool Soon Malloy Announces Budget Deal That Doesn't Have "a Lot of Pain" http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-announces-budget-deal-doesnt-have-lot-pain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy announced a budget agreement on Friday which would not raise new taxes, and would deposit the smaller-than-expected $43.4 million surplus into the state's rainy day fund.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Broadly speaking, Malloy said that without a deficit, it's time to focus on future growth.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Alan Yu 21191 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Announces Budget Deal That Doesn't Have "a Lot of Pain" State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills http://wnpr.org/post/state-senate-measure-could-change-face-electric-bills <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The state senate has <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=2&amp;which_year=2014&amp;SUBMIT1.x=13&amp;SUBMIT1.y=11&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" target="_blank">unanimously passed a bill</a> to address many complaints against independent electricity suppliers.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:43:27 +0000 Alan Yu 21067 at http://wnpr.org State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast? http://wnpr.org/post/what-gets-flushed-rivers-more-rain-hits-northeast <p>Connecticut and the Northeast region have gotten a lot more rain over the years. <a href="http://nca2009.globalchange.gov/northeast">A report from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration</a> found a 67 percent increase since 1958, more than any other part of the country.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:48:20 +0000 Alan Yu 20919 at http://wnpr.org What Gets Flushed Into Rivers as More Rain Hits the Northeast? Free Dental Clinic Continues to Draw Crowds http://wnpr.org/post/free-dental-clinic-continues-draw-crowds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 2,000 people waited outside the XL Center in Hartford this past weekend to get free dental work at the Connecticut Mission of Mercy dental clinic.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There were so many people that hundreds had to line up overnight.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:26:34 +0000 Alan Yu 20886 at http://wnpr.org Free Dental Clinic Continues to Draw Crowds Connecticut Educators May No Longer Be Judged Based On One Test Score http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-educators-may-no-longer-be-judged-based-one-test-score <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The advisory council responsible for developing Connecticut's evaluation system for teachers and principals is recommending changes to the guidelines. If the changes are adopted, educators may no longer be judged based on just one test score.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:42:53 +0000 Alan Yu 20782 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Educators May No Longer Be Judged Based On One Test Score What Groton's Navy Lab Can Teach Us About Irregular Sleep http://wnpr.org/post/what-grotons-navy-lab-can-teach-us-about-irregular-sleep <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Navy is </span><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/navy-oks-changes-submariners-sleep-schedules" style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">allowing sailors on submarines </a><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">to work on a 24-hour schedule, based on research from the Navy lab at Groton, but civilians who don't work normal hours should pay attention, too.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:56:22 +0000 Alan Yu 20568 at http://wnpr.org What Groton's Navy Lab Can Teach Us About Irregular Sleep How to Avoid Delays as Metro-North Gets Fixed http://wnpr.org/post/how-avoid-delays-metro-north-gets-fixed <p>The past year was a bad one for Metro-North.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A derailment and collision in Bridgeport&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/17/184886120/injuries-reported-in-major-train-derailment-in-connecticut" target="_blank">injured at least 50 people</a>, and another derailment in the Bronx&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/02/248139225/deadly-derailment-is-latest-accident-for-commuter-train-line">killed four</a>. Even Governor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dannel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy said on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WNPR’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em>&nbsp;that the railroad&nbsp;<a href="http://wnpr.org/post/governor-dannel-malloy-weighs-metro-north" target="_blank">“couldn’t have had a worse year.”</a>&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:04:00 +0000 Alan Yu 20285 at http://wnpr.org How to Avoid Delays as Metro-North Gets Fixed Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers http://wnpr.org/post/advocacy-groups-want-know-when-and-how-police-use-tasers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><font size="2">The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is <a href="http://www.acluct.org/updates/another-death-prompts-another-call-for-taser-regulation/">calling for statewide regulations</a> and clear policies on how the police use Tasers. </font></font></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:24:57 +0000 Alan Yu 20206 at http://wnpr.org Advocacy Groups Want to Know When and How Police Use Tasers Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-and-utilities-prepare-defenses-against-cyberattacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">Governor Dannel Malloy has <a href="http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2014.04.14_pura_cyber_report.pdf">released a plan </a>to protect Connecticut's utilities against cyber attacks. Connecticut's electric, natural gas, major water companies and the regional distribution systems have already been penetrated in the past.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">When asked just how many cyber attacks have happened, Arthur House, chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, said he can't go into much detail.</font></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Alan Yu 20139 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut and Utilities Prepare Defenses Against Cyberattacks New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production http://wnpr.org/post/new-haven-cardboard-furniture-company-goes-beyond-one-man-production <p>In New Haven, there's a furniture shop where everything is designed, hand-made, and shipped by just one employee working with cardboard.</p><p>Now <a href="http://www.chairigami.com/" target="_blank">Zachary Rotholz of Chairigami</a> is working with manufacturers in Connecticut to scale up production of his cardboard furniture, and even make it high-tech.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:54:33 +0000 Alan Yu 19527 at http://wnpr.org New Haven Cardboard Furniture Company Goes Beyond One-Man Production Most Charter Schools in Connecticut Are "Hyper-Segregated" http://wnpr.org/post/most-charter-schools-connecticut-are-hyper-segregated <p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">In most charter schools in Connecticut, more than 90 percent of students are racial and ethnic minorities. This is despite </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_163.htm#sec_10-4a" style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a state goal</a><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> to provide an integrated learning environment, and let students and teachers interact with people of other racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:35:01 +0000 Alan Yu 19859 at http://wnpr.org Most Charter Schools in Connecticut Are "Hyper-Segregated" Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins http://wnpr.org/post/why-fans-connecticut-and-us-riot-when-their-team-wins <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-weight: medium"><font size="2">Fans watching major sports championship games in the U.S. sometimes riot afterwards. But unlike the fist fights that happen between fans of opposing teams in Europe, researchers found that U.S. fans riot if their team wins.</font></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:38:52 +0000 Alan Yu 19783 at http://wnpr.org Why Fans in Connecticut and the U.S. Riot When Their Team Wins Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking http://wnpr.org/post/study-hartford-new-haven-hurt-abundance-parking <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Regardless of how hard it can seem to find a parking spot sometimes, Hartford and New Haven have built a lot more parking over the past few decades. But that can be a bad thing.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut recently investigated the impact of parking policies in six cities across the U.S.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:45:33 +0000 Alan Yu 19218 at http://wnpr.org Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes http://wnpr.org/post/what-ruling-football-players-means-college-athletes <p></p><div><p>Earlier this week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university. That could have implications for other student athletes in private universities nationwide, including local schools like the University of Hartford.</p></div><div><p>This all started because the football players at Northwestern wanted to form a union so they could have collective bargaining rights and better health coverage.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:03:25 +0000 Alan Yu 19207 at http://wnpr.org What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/are-there-better-ways-handling-child-custody-cases-connecticut <p><font size="2">There's growing tension in Connecticut between parents and guardian ad litem lawyers or GALs, who are appointed to represent minor children in child custody cases.</font></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Alan Yu 19005 at http://wnpr.org Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? Community Colleges in Connecticut Experiment With Remedial Classes http://wnpr.org/post/community-colleges-connecticut-experiment-remedial-classes <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">This fall, community college students in Connecticut who take remedial classes will be part of a large and, some say, much-needed experiment.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:34:56 +0000 Alan Yu 18964 at http://wnpr.org Community Colleges in Connecticut Experiment With Remedial Classes Connecticut Fights Climate Change With Electric Car Selling Contest http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-fights-climate-change-electric-car-selling-contest <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut is running a contest to boost sales of electric vehicles: The dealer that sells the most electric cars between now and July </span><a href="http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=539820&amp;A=4568" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">gets an award</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: 1.5;">. There's no prize money, but the contest is part of an effort to meet an ambitious quota.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:32:16 +0000 Alan Yu 18760 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Fights Climate Change With Electric Car Selling Contest Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim http://wnpr.org/post/volunteer-built-playground-hartford-celebrates-sandy-hook-shooting-victim <p><font size="2">A corner of a Hartford's Elizabeth Park became a construction site last weekend, but this wasn't just any ordinary project. </font></p><p><font size="2">Even on a chilly day in March, hundreds of people came to watch. The organizers hope the community will continue to feel a strong connection to the playground that was built.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="2">A group called the Sandy Ground Project <a href="http://www.thesandygroundproject.org/" target="_blank">is building 26 playgrounds as living memorials</a> to the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Alan Yu 18569 at http://wnpr.org Volunteer-Built Playground in Hartford Celebrates Sandy Hook Shooting Victim