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The Wheelhouse Digest
Tue September 24, 2013
New Agent in Charge; Mild Hurricane Season; Horses Are Vicious
Whether it's the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Connecticut, the head of a nasty-looking anvil cloud, or the head of a horse you're looking to avoid: today's Wheelhouse Digest has you covered.
AUDIT SHOWS LAPSES IN MAINTAINING HARTFORD GOLF COURSES
A management company failed to make capital improvements required by its contract.
MDM Golf Enterprises signed a contract with the City of Hartford to manage the city's Keney and Goodwin golf courses. But as part of the contract, MDM said it would make $2.4 million in improvements between the two courses. An audit shows the company made less than half of those improvements. The city exited the contract under a cancelation option last year.
CONNECTICUT FBI GETS A NEW HEAD
Patricia Ferrick is the second woman in charge of the Connecticut bureau.
Patricia Ferrick, an FBI official with a history of investigating public corruption, has been appointed as the new special agent in charge of the bureau's operations in Connecticut. Ferrick is now special agent in charge of the New Haven Division, where she's worked before: she was involved in the corruption case against former Governor John Rowland, and members of his administration. Ferrick most recently served as acting special agent in Milwaukee.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE HURRICANES GONE?
A few factors have made this season a bit of a dud...which isn't so bad, really.
We were promised a hurricane season even worse than last year's by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with 13 to 20 likely named storms. Former WNPR intern Emily Boushee reports that three factors contribute to an unexpected outcome: later-than-normal wind shear from the tropical Eastern Pacific, preventing storms from forming; wind shear as cool fronts press upon us from the north, pushing storms away; and cooler Atlantic Ocean temperatures than predicted.
HORSES: DANGEROUS AND FULL OF MISCHIEF
Horse farmers and supporters are appealing an unusual Appellate Court ruling.
The Connecticut Supreme Court hears an appeal Tuesday in a case that could have a serious impact on the state's equine industry. The case centered on Glendale Farms in Milford, where a horse reached from behind a fence and bit a child's cheek. A Connecticut court found last year that horses are "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious" as a result. Stephen Singer reports that if this ruling is upheld, it would make Connecticut the first state to regard horses as inherently vicious.