Patrick Skahill http://wnpr.org en For Waterbury's Rick Mastracchio, Again a Walk in Space http://wnpr.org/post/waterburys-rick-mastracchio-again-walk-space <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Astronaut Rick </span>Mastracchio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is scheduled to make his ninth </span>spacewalk<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The Waterbury native will repair a failed computer outside the International Space Station.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:10:23 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20397 at http://wnpr.org For Waterbury's Rick Mastracchio, Again a Walk in Space $2.4 Million Settlement Hailed as Victory for State Minority-Owned Businesses http://wnpr.org/post/24-million-settlement-hailed-victory-state-minority-owned-businesses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Connecticut construction company will pay $2.4 million in fines for alleged fraud tied to a 2007 road project. The settlement is being hailed as one of the most important decisions in decades for minority business owners.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20278 at http://wnpr.org $2.4 Million Settlement Hailed as Victory for State Minority-Owned Businesses Hartford Contractor Identified in Federal Construction Probe http://wnpr.org/post/hartford-contractor-identified-federal-construction-probe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manafort Brothers, Inc. will pay $2.4 million in fines for alleged fraud tied to a 2007 road project. A Hartford-based firm has also now been identified at the center of the federal investigation.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:04:30 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20272 at http://wnpr.org Hartford Contractor Identified in Federal Construction Probe Forty Years, in Search of a Zipless F--- http://wnpr.org/post/forty-years-search-zipless-f-0 <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Fear of Flying</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sold 18 million copies worldwide and helped tip feminism into a new focus on fulfilled sexuality. But it also introduced a meme so pervasive that the book's author, Erica&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jong</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, worried the phrase "</span><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/05/228487056/40-years-ago-fear-of-flying-dared-to-show-women-like-sex-too" style="line-height: 1.5;">zipless f--k</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" would appear on her tombstone.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jong recenly defined the phrase on NPR's Weekend Edition:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">The zipless f---- was more than a f----. It was a platonic ideal. Zipless, because when you came together, zippers fell away like rose petals. Underwear blew off in one breath like dandelion fluff. Tongues intertwined and turned liquid. Your whole soul flowed out through your tongue and into the mouth of your lover.</span></p></blockquote><p>So how does the world of 2013 look to the writer who gave us Isadora Wing?</p><p>We talk with Jong about feminism and gender in American pop culture and politics.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:22:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Patrick Skahill & Chion Wolf 20234 at http://wnpr.org Forty Years, in Search of a Zipless F--- Connecticut's Growing Role in Mushroom Cultivation http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-growing-role-mushroom-cultivation <p>Last month, Governor Dannel Malloy announced more than $880,327 in state grants for dozens of Connecticut farms. Among the recipients is a farmer in Higganum looking to fill 1,000 logs with many more mushrooms.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:43:44 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20216 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut's Growing Role in Mushroom Cultivation Rowland Pleads Not Guilty; Lawyer "Eager to Go to Trial" http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-pleads-not-guilty-lawyer-eager-go-trial <p>Former Governor John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke election laws to pursue roles with two congressional campaigns. A federal judge in New Haven heard the plea Friday and said jury selection is scheduled to begin on June 10.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:04:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill & Heather Brandon 20014 at http://wnpr.org Rowland Pleads Not Guilty; Lawyer "Eager to Go to Trial" Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned http://wnpr.org/post/head-state-health-insurance-exchange-reflects-lessons-learned <p>Now that the deadline for enrollment in Obamacare has passed, the head of Connecticut's health insurance exchange has said he learned a few lessons.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:28:38 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19929 at http://wnpr.org Head of State Health Insurance Exchange Reflects on Lessons Learned How Yale Scientists Are Trying to Read Minds http://wnpr.org/post/how-yale-scientists-are-trying-read-minds <p>New research out of Yale University is claiming clairvoyance. It's called "neuroimaging," a fancy way of saying scientists are reading your mind.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:09:24 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19873 at http://wnpr.org How Yale Scientists Are Trying to Read Minds How Does a Four-Inch Eel Hurdle a 40-Foot Greenwich Dam? http://wnpr.org/post/how-does-four-inch-eel-hurdle-40-foot-greenwich-dam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baby eels are making their annual migration from Long Island Sound to rivers across Connecticut, but along the way, they're encountering one persistent obstacle: river dams. Now, one man in Greenwich is working to make the eels' journey a little easier.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:07:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19771 at http://wnpr.org How Does a Four-Inch Eel Hurdle a 40-Foot Greenwich Dam? For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-dph-big-picture-snapshot-state-health <p>A new report called "Healthy Connecticut 2020," from the state Department of Public Health, outlines some of the challenges facing Connecticut health care professionals in the coming decade.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:47:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19767 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut's DPH, a Big-Picture Snapshot of State Health So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? http://wnpr.org/post/so-you-think-its-wolfdog-what-can-dna-tests-tell-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has ordered genetic testing for seven hybrid </span>“wolfdogs”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found in the state. But if all dogs come from wolves, can a DNA test actually tell us how much “wolf” and how much “dog” is in a hybrid?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19575 at http://wnpr.org So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales http://wnpr.org/post/five-alaskan-students-visit-mystic-aquarium-study-beluga-whales <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Native American students from Alaska visited Mystic Aquarium this week as </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">part an academic exchange program studying beluga whales. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The five high schoolers are from Point Lay, an </span>Inupiat&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Native American village of about 250 people on Alaska's northern coast. They're on the second leg of a two-part academic exchange program.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:33:52 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19204 at http://wnpr.org Five Alaskan Students Visit Mystic Aquarium to Study Beluga Whales Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested http://wnpr.org/post/mysterious-wolfdogs-roaming-southeastern-connecticut-will-be-genetically-tested <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials said DNA tests will be conducted on seven animals to determine if they are hybrid "</span>wolfdogs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">." The animals, which are illegal to own in Connecticut, have allegedly threatened several people in the southeastern part of the state.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19104 at http://wnpr.org Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested Physics 101: Why Did the Universe Blow Up? http://wnpr.org/post/physics-101-why-did-universe-blow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent observations of so-called "gravitational waves" are providing astronomers with the strongest confirmation yet of cosmic inflation, a theory that says the universe rapidly expanded following the Big Bang. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why, exactly, did the universe balloon by 100 trillion trillion times, in less than the blink of an eye, 13.8 billion years ago?</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:29:32 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19004 at http://wnpr.org Physics 101: Why Did the Universe Blow Up? Charla Nash Seeks $150 Million in Damages From State http://wnpr.org/post/charla-nash-seeks-150-million-damages-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a matter of law, citizens can't sue the state, in order to protect taxpayer money. That's why there is a Claims Commissioner -- a government appointee tasked with deciding when it's "just and equitable" to waive state immunity. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last June, the Commissioner decided immunity shouldn't be waived for </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charla</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Nash, who is seeking $150 million in state damages.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:56:56 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18819 at http://wnpr.org Charla Nash Seeks $150 Million in Damages From State Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-town-council-gives-ok-solar-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a 15-5 vote, Bridgeport's City Council approved a massive solar energy project this week that could bring thousands of solar panels to a former city landfill. Since dumps are no longer allowed in Connecticut, that's left a lot of city leaders wondering what to do with that old space.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:59:09 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18811 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart http://wnpr.org/post/cancer-treatments-could-hurt-your-heart <p>Heart disease is the leading cause of death for cancer survivors. A relatively new scientific field called "cardio-oncology" is working to change that.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chemotherapy and radiation may save you from cancer, but they can also do a lot of damage to your heart.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18653 at http://wnpr.org Cancer Treatments Could Hurt Your Heart For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-deer-sunday-may-no-longer-be-day-rest <p>The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hasn't done a statewide estimate for about five years, but at last count, there were around 120,000 deer in Connecticut, with the largest concentrations in Fairfield County.</p><p>DEEP officials said the numbers are getting out of control, and voiced their support for a legislative&nbsp;proposal that would&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">expand deer hunting in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18588 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming http://wnpr.org/post/despite-pura-request-utilities-want-keep-trimming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority called for a "voluntary suspension" of so-called "enhanced tree-trimming" around the state. United Illuminating and CL&amp;P quickly filed formal responses and -- surprise -- they both want to keep trimming.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:10:15 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18564 at http://wnpr.org Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens http://wnpr.org/post/call-pesticide-free-town-greens <p>Connecticut lawmakers are once again eyeing restrictions on pesticides. A&nbsp;new proposal would ban their use at public parks and town greens.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:37:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18455 at http://wnpr.org A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now http://wnpr.org/post/tree-trimming-opponents-victory-least-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is calling for a suspension of "enhanced tree trimming" around the state. It's a decision following months of public outcry.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:43 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18321 at http://wnpr.org For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now Hate Daylight Saving Time? Blame the Man From Filene's Basement http://wnpr.org/post/hate-daylight-saving-time-blame-man-filenes-basement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you think about&nbsp;why you fiddle with your clock twice a year, there are probably two things that spring to mind: farmers and energy savings. Neither are the reasons why we have Daylight Saving Time, so I called Michael Downing, the author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and asked him why these myths persist.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:47:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18300 at http://wnpr.org Hate Daylight Saving Time? Blame the Man From Filene's Basement Around Schools, a Potential Drawback for "Drug Enforcement" Zones http://wnpr.org/post/around-schools-potential-drawback-drug-enforcement-zones <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new law proposes making drug enforcement zones around schools smaller. It's a measure aimed at giving teeth to a law that's been on the books since 1987. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Currently, if you're convicted of possessing or selling drugs within 1500 feet of a school, you're subject to mandatory jail terms. But in urban areas, especially, that 1500-foot area encompasses vast areas of residential space.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:40:27 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18297 at http://wnpr.org Around Schools, a Potential Drawback for "Drug Enforcement" Zones Invasive Bugs in Connecticut May Be Adapting to Extreme Winters http://wnpr.org/post/invasive-bugs-connecticut-may-be-adapting-extreme-winters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists say this winter's extreme cold is having a limited impact on the state's invasive bugs, and it may even be making one insect stronger. It's called the hemlock </span>woolly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">adelgid,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and it was first identified in Connecticut in 1985.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:23:02 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18156 at http://wnpr.org Invasive Bugs in Connecticut May Be Adapting to Extreme Winters Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? http://wnpr.org/post/could-tarantula-venom-cure-your-aches-and-pains <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spider venom could be the next big thing to cure pain, according to research reported in the March issue of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current Biology&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Yale University.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of different components in venom. And here’s a cheery thought: not every part is out to kill you.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17924 at http://wnpr.org Could Tarantula Venom Cure Your Aches and Pains? A Fracking Conundrum in Connecticut: What to Do With All That Waste http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-conundrum-connecticut-what-do-all-waste <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As America witnesses a record boom in gas production, Connecticut lawmakers are once again trying to figure out what to do with </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> waste.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17838 at http://wnpr.org A Fracking Conundrum in Connecticut: What to Do With All That Waste Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-could-allow-adoptees-access-birth-certificates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal that went before the Public Health Committee could allow adopted children access to their birth certificate if they are age 21 or older.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17731 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates State Police to Motorists: Back Off http://wnpr.org/post/state-police-motorists-back <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut State Police are launching an "educational" campaign targeting tailgating motorists on highways. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program will run throughout March in the areas of Hartford, New Haven, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meriden</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Middletown, and Old </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saybrook</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That includes interstates 84, 91, 95 and 691 and routes 8,9, and 15.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:28:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17651 at http://wnpr.org State Police to Motorists: Back Off Connecticut Parolees May Receive Easier Access to Health Care http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-parolees-may-receive-easier-access-health-care <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Milton </span>Vereen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;got out of jail, he went to a halfway house. The idea was simple. He'd find a job. He'd look for housing. He'd reintegrate into his New Haven neighborhood and cut his ties to prison.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Except one tie was holding him back: his medical care.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:46:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17586 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Parolees May Receive Easier Access to Health Care Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive? http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-pesticide-ban-school-grounds-too-restrictive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislators are considering a change to a statewide ban of pesticide use on school grounds. It's the first of several proposed challenges to a law that's been in effect since 2010.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17495 at http://wnpr.org Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive?