ethics http://wnpr.org en New London Board of Education to Investigate Incoming Superintendent http://wnpr.org/post/new-london-board-education-investigate-incoming-superintendent <p>The New London Board of Education has voted to launch an independent investigation into allegations that the city’s incoming superintendent may have misrepresented, or allowed others to misrepresent his credentials.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:38:23 +0000 Diane Orson 25906 at http://wnpr.org New London Board of Education to Investigate Incoming Superintendent Citigroup Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Resolve Mortgage Probe http://wnpr.org/post/citigroup-agrees-pay-7b-resolve-mortgage-investigation <a href="http://www.citigroup.com/citi/news/2014/140714a.htm">Citigroup said Monday</a> it had agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into subprime mortgages it sold in the run-up to the financial meltdown of 2008.<p>The deal covers mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008, the company said in a statement on its website.<p>Citi said it would pay $4.5 billion in cash and $2.5 billion in consumer relief, which will be in the form of financing for affordable rental housing, principal reducti Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 25238 at http://wnpr.org Citigroup Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Resolve Mortgage Probe Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People http://wnpr.org/post/celebrate-goodness-ordinary-people <p>Celebrate someone you know, even a stranger who offered some kindness. Was a nurse or doctor there for you, a teacher, a neighbor, your mate, or a friend? Today we pay tribute and remember the goodness of ordinary people.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:39:54 +0000 Faith Middleton, Lori Mack & Jonathan McNicol 25064 at http://wnpr.org Celebrate the Goodness of Ordinary People Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities http://wnpr.org/post/phoniness-resume-fraud-fake-identities <p>Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe &nbsp;resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.</p><p>That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?</span> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Allison Ehrenreich 24935 at http://wnpr.org Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities Can Technology Save the World? http://wnpr.org/post/can-technology-save-world <p>Let's take the most dire problem facing humankind: Climate change has so many negative implications it would take all day to list them. Meanwhile, there's the possibility of a sudden acceleration of a problem caused by the melting of Arctic ice, which exposes more ocean water to warming, which causes more melting, which causes more...well, you get the picture.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:02:45 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24567 at http://wnpr.org Can Technology Save the World? Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth http://wnpr.org/post/bringing-back-woolly-mammoth <p>Science writer <a href="http://carlzimmer.com/">Carl Zimmer</a> names the Dodo and the Great Auk, the Thylacine&nbsp;and the Chinese River Dolphin, the Passenger Pigeon and the Imperial Woodpecker, the Bucardo and Stellar Sea Cow among the species that humankind has driven into extinction. What's notable about that list is that most of us would recognize maybe three or four of those names.</p><p>Think about that.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We have obliterated entire species whose names we don't even know.</span></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 22244 at http://wnpr.org Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth Rowland Seeks Dismissal of Federal Charges http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-seeks-dismissal-federal-charges <p>Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland <a href="http://ctmirror.org/rowland-seeks-dismissal-of-federal-indictment/" target="_blank">filed a motion seeking to dismiss charges</a> that he broke federal election laws in his roles with two congressional campaigns.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:59:13 +0000 Associated Press 22234 at http://wnpr.org Rowland Seeks Dismissal of Federal Charges $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 Rowland Won't Talk; Wants to "Respect the Process" http://wnpr.org/post/rowland-wont-talk-wants-respect-process <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Republican </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. John Rowland took to the airwaves on Tuesday to host his afternoon talk show on </span>WTIC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 1080. He&nbsp;began by saying he would not discuss the federal case that has apparently ensnared him.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:54:34 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19413 at http://wnpr.org Rowland Won't Talk; Wants to "Respect the Process" Former FBI Agent Speaks Out On Rowland and Politics http://wnpr.org/post/former-fbi-agent-speaks-out-rowland-and-politics <p>Former Republican Governor John Rowland is again at the center of a federal investigation that has already resulted in two guilty pleas. Mike Clark is<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the former FBI agent who investigated Rowland the first time around, and blew the whistle on him the second.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:28:23 +0000 Jeff Cohen 19397 at http://wnpr.org Former FBI Agent Speaks Out On Rowland and Politics Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers http://wnpr.org/post/mental-illness-jayson-blair-and-women-composers <p>Life with bipolar disorder is not easy for anyone. For a prominent psychiatrist, it has provided a very important window into how to treat others. Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison from Johns Hopkins University joins us, author of the bestselling memoir about living with bipolar disorder, <em>An Unquiet Mind</em>. We talk to her in advance of her appearance at Friday night's Connecticut Forum.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18037 at http://wnpr.org Mental Illness, Jayson Blair, and Women Composers Auditors: No State Law Violation By Merrill's Office http://wnpr.org/post/auditors-no-state-law-violation-merrills-office <p>Connecticut's Democratic and Republican auditors said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office did not violate any state laws by emailing a monthly newsletter highlighting activities from her office.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:10:34 +0000 Associated Press 17818 at http://wnpr.org Auditors: No State Law Violation By Merrill's Office State Supreme Court Takes the Case of Eddie Perez http://wnpr.org/post/state-supreme-court-takes-case-eddie-perez <p>The <a href="http://appellateinquiry.jud.ct.gov/CaseDetail.aspx?CRN=41515&amp;Type=PartyName" target="_blank">Connecticut Supreme Court</a> has agreed to take up the case of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, according to the court's clerk.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:58:16 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17641 at http://wnpr.org State Supreme Court Takes the Case of Eddie Perez State Republicans Release Federal Subpoenas http://wnpr.org/post/state-republicans-release-federal-subpoenas <p>News broke Thursday that federal agents are investigating state Republicans at the Capitol.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Republicans formally released three federal subpoenas that they received. </span><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/2014.Subpoena.HRO__0.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Here </a><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/2014.Subpoena.HRCC__0.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">they </a><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/2014.Subpoena.NewFriendsPAC.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">are</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:34:21 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17347 at http://wnpr.org State Republicans Release Federal Subpoenas FBI Investigates Connecticut House Republicans' Campaign Mailings http://wnpr.org/post/fbi-investigates-connecticut-house-republicans-campaign-mailings <p>The FBI is investigating the Connecticut House Republican caucus and its use of campaign vendor mailings, a probe that prompted the caucus' chief of staff to resign.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:55:55 +0000 Associated Press 17296 at http://wnpr.org FBI Investigates Connecticut House Republicans' Campaign Mailings A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA http://wnpr.org/post/conversation-ingrid-newkirk-co-founder-peta <p>The debate over animal rights is as old as Voltaire, as old as Aristotle. But as you'll hear today, it turned some kind of modern corner in 1975 with the publication of "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Animal-Liberation-Peter-Singer/dp/0060011572" target="_blank">Animal Liberation: Towards an End to Man's Inhumanity to Animals</a>" by the Australian philosopher, Peter Singer. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:52:07 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 17218 at http://wnpr.org A Conversation With Ingrid Newkirk, Co-Founder of PETA The Wheelhouse Remembers a Felonious Governor http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-remembers-felonious-governor <p>Once again, Connecticut’s felonious former governor is making headlines. This time, John Rowland is hiring a criminal defense attorney as officials investigate his role in the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.</p><p>Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse discusses this and all the week’s news from our downtown Hartford location.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17187 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse Remembers a Felonious Governor Pre-K and Right-to-Die Bills Face the Legislature in 2014 http://wnpr.org/post/pre-k-and-right-die-bills-face-legislature-2014 <p>Governor Dannel Malloy's agenda includes universal access to pre-kindergarten. But in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio&nbsp;is proposing universal pre-kindergarten.</p><p>What's the difference?</p><p>This hour, we ask the executive director of the Office of Early Childhood, who is working on this issue. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 17132 at http://wnpr.org Pre-K and Right-to-Die Bills Face the Legislature in 2014 The Nose Questions God and Atheists; Judging the Morality of Athletes http://wnpr.org/post/nose-questions-god-and-atheists-judging-morality-athletes <p>I was still digesting some of the lessons of the play "Freud's Last Session" -- a 90 minute conversation between Freud and C.S. Lewis -- when I stumbled upon <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2014/02/17/140217crat_atlarge_gopnik?currentPage=all" target="_blank">Adam Gopnik's New Yorker essay about rise of polemical atheism</a> -- that is atheism that takes an openly contemptuous tone toward faith. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:57:07 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 16991 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Questions God and Atheists; Judging the Morality of Athletes Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest http://wnpr.org/post/copenhagen-zoo-euthanizes-giraffe-despite-online-protest Marius, a healthy 2-year-old male giraffe living at the Copenhagen Zoo, has been euthanized; his body was cut up and fed to lions.<p>If that news disturbs you, you're not alone: According to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-to-stop-inbreeding/2014/02/09/406bcc94-9177-11e3-97d3-f7da321f6f33_story.html">The Associated Press,</a> "Marius' plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals." The news agency says he was killed Sunday morning, despite an online petition with more than 20,000 signatures.< Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:06:18 +0000 Scott Neuman 16755 at http://wnpr.org Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-chief-asks-court-dismiss-lawsuit Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by Caesars Entertainment.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby" data-attribution="Credit MGC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201211/MGC_Stephen_Crosby.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/02/casinosuit.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In a court filing Crosby rejected claims that he treated Caesar’s unfairly in its failed Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:43:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 16383 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations http://wnpr.org/post/task-force-pet-shops-issues-final-recommendations <p>A task force created to examine the sale of cats and dogs in Connecticut pet stores has issued its recommendations to curb the sale of animals that come from puppy mills.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:33 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 16298 at http://wnpr.org Task Force on Pet Shops Issues Final Recommendations Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked http://wnpr.org/post/air-force-cheating-scandal-widens-92-nuclear-officers-linked Nearly 20 percent of the officers in the U.S. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16220 at http://wnpr.org Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked Cloud Campaign Consultant Got Hybrid Insurance Job http://wnpr.org/post/cloud-campaign-consultant-got-hybrid-insurance-job <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal grand jury is looking into the business dealings of Hartford insurance broker Earl </span>O'Garro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. And from the beginning, what raised eyebrows was the relationship between </span>O'Garro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and city Treasurer Adam Cloud -- </span>O'Garro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> did business with Cloud's family.</span></p><p>Now,&nbsp;there's another development. A woman who was a paid campaign consultant for Cloud's 2011 campaign also got a job with Hybrid.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:48:05 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15901 at http://wnpr.org Cloud Campaign Consultant Got Hybrid Insurance Job Troubled Insurance Broker O'Garro Due in Court http://wnpr.org/post/troubled-insurance-broker-ogarro-due-court <p>Earl O'Garro, the embattled insurance broker who is at the heart of a federal criminal probe, is due in state court&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;on charges that he failed to pay his workers.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:24:21 +0000 Jeff Cohen 15833 at http://wnpr.org Troubled Insurance Broker O'Garro Due in Court Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal http://wnpr.org/post/christie-concedes-mistakes-were-made-bridge-scandal New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, engulfed in scandal over the politically motivated closing of bridge access lanes and questions about how he spent federal Hurricane Sandy aid, pledged Tuesday to "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries."<p>In his annual State of the State speech from the State Capitol in Trenton, the two-term Republican governor made quick work of the George Washington Bridge controversy, which hopelessly snarled traffic in the city of Fort Lee for days. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Liz Halloran 15457 at http://wnpr.org Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie http://wnpr.org/post/bridge-scandal-creates-unique-hurdles-christie By most accounts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie passed the leadership challenge posed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.<p>But the political storm created by the George Washington Bridge scandal is testing him in different ways, fueled by a combination of factors that make it difficult even for a politician as manifestly self-assured as Christie.<p>Christie will have a promising opportunity Tuesday to move beyond the mess caused by the politically inspired closing of toll lanes on the nation's busiest bridge in his State of the State speech.<p>Still, that's just a start. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Frank James 15429 at http://wnpr.org Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie Alex Rodriguez Sues Baseball, Players Union Over Suspension http://wnpr.org/post/alex-rodriguez-sues-baseball-players-union-over-suspension Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court, trying to overturn a 162-game suspension.<p>The judge hearing the complaint also agreed to allow the Yankees third baseman and his lawyers to release an unredacted version of the decision handed down by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.<p><a href="http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10287360/alex-rodriguez-reveal-details-suspension-decision-judge-rules">ESPN reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>" 'We're thrilled,' said Jordan Siev, one of A-Rod's lawyers. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 15396 at http://wnpr.org Alex Rodriguez Sues Baseball, Players Union Over Suspension New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending http://wnpr.org/post/new-problem-christie-audit-sandy-related-spending <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaHQNSGlfTs</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 15369 at http://wnpr.org New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending