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New York City
11:08 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Police Wound Two Bystanders In Shooting Near Times Square

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 11:56 am

Caught in the line of fire by police officers, two women were shot near crowded Times Square in Manhattan last night. The bystanders were wounded as police struggled to deal with a man who was behaving erratically. The man had "simulated" firing a gun at police; he was not found to have a weapon.

The incident began just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, when police say an agitated man was running around in traffic in the area of 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.

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The City Below
9:14 am
Sun September 15, 2013

New York Underground: Exploring City Caves And Catacombs

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 6:15 pm

Urban explorer Steve Duncan goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world: their tunnels, subways and sewers. Late in 2010, NPR's Jacki Lyden joined Duncan and a group of subterranean adventurers in New York. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 2, 2011.)

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Spoiler Alert: the Food Pantry Wins
1:39 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Fight Between a Food Pantry and Hartford's West End

The Grace Seventh-Day Adventist Church runs a food pantry for two hours a week. Some neighbors don't apparently like it.
Credit City of Hartford

A Hartford church operates a food pantry for two hours a week, helping to feed the hungry.

But it does so in an expensive part of town, the city's West End, less than a half-mile from the house of Mayor Pedro Segarra and across the street from the beautiful Elizabeth Park. It has caused a bit of controversy, which has been quite well documented elsewhere. (There's this, too.)

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News
3:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

UConn President Herbst Defends Hartford Plan, Salaries

Susan Herbst and John Dankosky speak with UConn students after today's Where We Live broadcast.
Credit Heather Brandon

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst is defending raises that were recently awarded to two dozen top school administrators. The pay hikes, which range from $10,000 to more than $25,000, have raised eyebrows. They come at a time when the state is struggling to balance its budget.

Herbst said administrators’ salaries need to be competitive in a national labor market. "We have a study of what these different positions--deans, vice presidents--make around the country," she said on WNPR's Where We Live, "and I stay within that range to make sure our salaries are normative. But I will tell you that I will only hire great people." 

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Boston Marathon Bombing
9:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

More Images Posted Of Accused Boston Bomber's Capture

Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19 as he emerged from a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass., backyard. The red dot of a police sharpshooter's laser sight can be seen on his forehead.
Mass. State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy Boston Magazine

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 11:32 am

Boston Magazine has posted 48 photos taken by Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy on the day and night that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Watertown, Mass.

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Urban Forest
12:36 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Hartford to Plant 1,000 Trees

The city of Hartford loses a few hundred trees each year. But now, in a partnership with a local non-profit, the city is poised to plant 1,000 new trees this fall. The goal is to plant 20,000 trees over the next ten years.  It's an ambitious program that began last year with the first 1,000 trees planted.  Now, the city wants to spend $425,000 to keep things going.

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Streets
1:59 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Hartford Wants to Improve Downtown Traffic

If you've ever gotten stuck in traffic in downtown Hartford, you'll like this story. The city is applying for a grant that will allow it to upgrade traffic signals in the central business district. The plan is to reduce congestion.

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1:29 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

UConn Board of Trustees Approves Steps Toward Major Campus Changes

The UConn Board of Trustees approved steps toward increasing its water supply and moving its West Hartford campus to downtown Hartford.
Storrs -- The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees took several steps Wednesday to prepare its main campus and its Hartford area branch for the future.
Child Health
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

This map from the CDC shows decreases (light blue) and increases (gray) in obesity prevalence among low-income, preschool-aged children from 2008-2011.
CDC

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:47 am

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front.

After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.

A CDC map shows several Southern states — including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi — that are part of the downward trend.

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10:45 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Hartford Officials Call UConn Campus Proposal Inadequate

Wanting to avoid "past development mistakes," Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and City Council President Shawn Wooden wrote a shrewd letter to UConn President Susan Herbst.
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Where We Live
1:24 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

A Downtown Disappearing

Heather Brandon

You might’ve noticed a slideshow at the Hartford Courant website comparing what used to be on various downtown street corners, and what’s there now. It shows some pretty stark contrasts. Multiple, narrow stone structures were demolished to make way for, in some cases, enormous buildings that take up half a city block... and in others, maybe no buildings at all. 

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News
5:47 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Emergency Summit On Urban Violence Opens In Chicago

A sidewalk memorial in Chicago remembers Eugene Clark, 25, who was shot and killed last weekend. In the same weekend, the city had at least 6 people killed and 22 wounded by gunfire. This weekend, the Congressional Black Caucus held a summit in Chicago to discuss violence in urban areas.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 12:59 pm

Rep. Robin Kelly, one of the hosts of the urban violence summit in Chicago, said at the outset Friday that this wouldn't be just another summit.

"Maybe just some of you are tired of having your leaders hold summits that are long on talk and short on action," she told attendees. "Today's summit aims to be different."

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Here & Now
1:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

As Americans Drive Less, What Does That Mean For Cities?

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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:15 am

A new report from the advocacy group U.S. Pirg has found that for the first time in six decades, Americans are actually driving less.

A number of factors have contributed to this, according to Micheline Maynard, editor of the journalism project, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around.”

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Here & Now
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

What Detroit Can Learn From Other Cities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy, July 19, 2013. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

As officials in Detroit move forward with the city’s bankruptcy filing, what can they learn from other cities across the country that have gone down this path?

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy in October of 2011. There’s also San Bernadino, California; Jefferson County, Alabama; and Central Falls, Rhode Island, among others.

David Shepardson, Washington bureau chief for The Detroit News, joins us to explain how other cities have handled tough issues such as whether pensions will be paid.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How Parking Can Be Greener, Better Designed, and More Available

Flickr Creative Commons, taberandrew

Some of you may actually be in moving cars right now, listening to this show, but the average automobile spends 95 percent of its life parked somewhere. 

Your car might be parked at work for a while, and that big employee parking lot uses up a lot of valuable space and throws off a lot of heat on summer days.

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Small Business
8:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Hartford's La Paloma Sabanera Closes

Johnathon Henninger

After a nearly decade long presence in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood, a popular coffee shop and community hub closed its doors at the end of June.  

The story of the closing of La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House is a hard one to tell right. There's the recession, controversy over the new Hartford busway, an absentee landlord and a difficult rent negotiation, and even some tough winter weather. 

Iacobucci- "So it always seemed like we'd be able to take two steps forward, and one step back."

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Small Business
8:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Hartford's La Paloma Sabanera Closes

Johnathon Henninger

After a nearly decade long presence in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood, a popular coffee shop and community hub closed its doors at the end of June. WNPR's J Holt brings us its story.

 

The story of the closing of La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House is a hard one to tell right. There's the recession, controversy over the new Hartford busway, an absentee landlord and a difficult rent negotiation, and even some tough winter weather. 

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News
4:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Stamford residents protest Bridgewater project

Dru Nadler

Governor Dannel Malloy is going forward with plans to move Bridgewater Associates to Stamford. But some local residents have been working hard to delay that project. They expressed their opposition in a public hearing in Stamford this week.

Governor Malloy’s plan is to give the hedge fund Bridgewater more than $100 million in tax breaks to move from its current location in Westport to Stamford.

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Stamford
4:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Stamford Residents Protest Bridgewater Project

Dru Nadler

Governor Dannel Malloy is going forward with plans to move Bridgewater Associates to Stamford. But some local residents have been working hard to delay that project. They expressed their opposition in a public hearing in Stamford this week.

Governor Malloy’s plan is to give the hedge fund Bridgewater more than $100 million in tax breaks to move from its current location in Westport to Stamford.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Evolution of Graffiti

Dimitry B on Flickr Creative Common

Let's be clear, graffiti has not gone totally legit. People get arrested all the time for it, and in some cases they should. Part of the problem is that the word itself gets used to mean several different things. The press calls it graffiti if you paint some nasty slogan or a swastika on a wall that doesn't belong to you.

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From Street Art to Elite Art
11:14 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Has Graffiti Lost Its Edge?

Credit Zoetnet on Flickr Creative Common

Does graffiti still have the power to turn our heads? We might check out a new design or a bold stroke of color--but not because we're shocked.

Since early artists first sprayed their frustrations across the subway cars and city walls of 1960's Philadelphia and New York, graffiti has gone from the street to the elite, from the public to the private, from vandalism to fine art,  as likely to be in a gallery as on the side of a garage...but it hasn't always been that way.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:15 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Authors of The End of Country and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm

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News
5:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 3: A Rail Corridor Exposed

This is the third in a series of stories examining vulnerable areas on our shoreline. 

Connecticut's beaches are still struggling to recover after Superstorm Sandy. So in the next storm they may not be so effective at absorbing floodwaters before they reach houses and other critical infrastructure.

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News
5:12 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 2: Elderly and Disabled on the Waterfront

Dru Nadler

Coastal towns in Connecticut are already gearing up for another hurricane season less than a month away. This is the second of a three-part series examining vulnerable areas on Connecticut's shore. 

Yesterday I visited Morris Cove, one of New Haven’s most desirable neighborhoods right on Long Island Sound. Now, we head to a very different residential area on Connecticut’s coastline.

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Where We Live
11:11 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Where We Drive: Chain Stores, Strip Malls and Sprawl

John Dankosky

Why is it that Americans are so fiercely individualistic, so protective of their rights to be “different," yet we all shop at the same few stores with the same products, in places that look the same?

If you’ve got a morning commute down a commercial thoroughfare, just look around...how many Dunkin’ Donuts do you pass? How many Walgreens or Subways? How did we get to a place where chain retail sprawl has become the norm?

Today, the Hartford Courant’s Tom Condon, a student of sprawl, joins me for a trip down Route 44. It’s part of my commute every day.

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News
6:03 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part I: From New Haven's Nicest Neighborhood

As the region struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, the next hurricane season is less than a month away. Here in Connecticut officials have their eyes on several areas along the coast that are particularly vulnerable to the next storm. This is the first in a three-part series examining areas on the state's coastline that could be in trouble.

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Public Notice
3:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Newspapers Oppose Public Notices Bill

A bill that would allow towns and cities to publish full public notices online and not in newspapers is making its way through the legislature. Municipal advocates say it could save them money and is more efficient. The state's newspapers say it could threaten democracy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:57 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

New York, New York

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Gotham. The Big Apple. The Empire City. The City That Never Sleeps. The Capital of the World. Metropolis. THE City. Today: A paean to New York City.

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Taxpayer Dime
11:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Opposition Grows to Bridgewater Project in Stamford

Controversy is heating up over a plan by the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates to move from Westport to Stamford - with the help of taxpayer dollars. But Stamford officials are under increasing pressure to get it done.

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News
3:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

New Haven To Have A Night Rainbow

Edmund White (Flickr Creative Commons)

The City of New Haven's 375th birthday celebration will feature a laser light display.

New Haven was founded in 1638 by English Puritans. The city is celebrating it's 375th birthday this week with a hosts of activities throughout the city, culminating this Saturday with the official birthday celebration on the New Haven green.

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