Our recent conversation with Robert Egger, the social enterprise pioneer, got us thinking more about the role of non-profits in the state. In fact, he thinks Connecticut has a leg up in the way it thinks about the non-profit sector, having appointed Deb Heinrich, a former state lawmaker, to the job as “liason” earlier this year. We sat down earlier this week with Heinrich to talk about “social enterprise” and the scope of her work for Governor Malloy.
In Hartford, city officials have been wrestling with a possible ethical issue for months. The question was whether the city treasurer should be allowed to supervise his wife. Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say an agreement is near.
More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression, but fewer than half seek treatment. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Thursdsay/last week was National Depression Screening Day -- a push to get more people to the doctor's office. David Wheeler is a clinical psychologist at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield.
The Cricket Hall of Fame inducted six new members last weekend. We talk with the center's director about the organization's mission, cricket in Connecticut and why they chose to set up their home base in Hartford.
Come to think of it, does cricket even have a home base?
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The English jurist William Blackstone said "Better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent suffer."
In recent years, I've seen Blackstone's ratio, when it's cited, shrink down to four to one, as if there's been some kind of deflation of the presumption of innocence. I also wonder how it would fare as a poll question. It's an older idea than Blackstone's 18th century. It's as old as Genesis, as old as Maimonides, but there seem to be plenty of people eager to convict the guilty and not commensurately worried about the innocent.
In Hartford, the mayor and the city treasurer are working to resolve a staffing issue that both say could look like a conflict of interest. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.
The concern is the treasurer's office, where Adam Cloud was appointed treasurer earlier this year. But also in that department is his wife, Nicole Plessy-Cloud. She works as a supervisor.
In an outside legal opinion sought on the matter in January, attorneys said that the situation didn't violate the city's ethics code -- but that it could should Cloud make any decisions about his wife's pay or advancement.
Ted Carroll is celebrating his 25th year as president of Leadership Greater Hartford, one of the largest community-based leadership organizations in the country. The organization honors him for his service at their annual Polaris Awards September 27.
Because we’re based in Hartford - we care about our community. But we often find ourselves talking about what’s broken...not what’s working. Carroll has been working as a leader and a mentor for decades...and he’s spread his message about mentorship around the world.
Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts has announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year when his contract expires. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Roberts has served as chief since July 2006 and is a 30-year veteran who worked his way up from patrol. A city native, he was the hometown pick to replace Patrick Harnett -- the New Yorker who served before him. And he's been known as a chief who speaks his mind about his city -- where young people and guns too often find their way to one another. But he's also had a rough go of it.
What are we watching when we watch (and cheer about) a college game?
Historian Taylor Branch disputes the notion that we are watching a logical, natural outgrowth of the college's academic identity. If you're a student, are those your fellow students playing football? If you're an alumnus, are those people on the basketball court extensions of what you used to be?
By most measures the traffic stop of Denise Nappier on the night of Sept. 1 was not a big deal. We shouldn't still be talking about it on Sept 19. But we are, because the incident raised a whole series of questions, most of which are still sizzling in the air.
Municipal officials are giving Connecticut utility companies mixed reviews for their power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, today/yesterday was the first of two legislative hearings on the storm. They praised the work of the crews.
Governor Malloy has appointed a panel to review how the state, municipalities and utilities responded to Tropical Storm Irene. The group will also take a broader look at Connecticut’s disaster preparedness.
Members of the S.T.O.R.M. Irene Panel include leaders from the military, disaster relief, non-profit agencies and municipal governments. They’ll examine response to the storm - what worked and what didn’t.
Last year, a large group of students got into fight at a major intersection in downtown Hartford. Now, a property owner wants to donate a corner kiosk for police to use as an outpost to prevent further incidents. WNPR's John Dankosky reports. The city says the kiosk at the corner of Asylum and Main Streets is being donated by the Konover Commercial Corporation for use as a police substation.
The recent MetroHartford Alliance roll-out of new logos and ad campaigns irritated a lot of people, including me, because the whole thing seemed so disconnected from the Hartford I know.
It was the work of a Canadian marketing company which seemed to know about as much about Hartford as I know about Toronto. They said they had talked to a lot of key stakeholders, but they didn't seem to have talked to anybody I think of when I think about the bees who make Hartford buzz.
More than 1,000 veterans from all over Connecticut were expected in Rocky Hill Friday for an annual event called Stand Down; it's an outreach event hosted by the state Department of Veteran Affairs to help veterans in need. Stand Down is in its 16th year, an event VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz looks forward to every year. Here, she is welcoming nursing students who volunteered at the event. "Hey, hey!' 'Hi Commish.' 'It's the Yale School of Nursing!"
Hartford's state's attorney said Thursday there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop.
And now, a spokeswoman for the Hartford Police Department is saying the same thing.
"She didn't do anything wrong," said spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy. "The chief began an investigation Friday, the officer has been reassigned pending the results of the investigation, and at this time there's nothing to indicate that State Treasurer Nappier did anything wrong."
Insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking the state for an increase in the rate it charges for its individual health plans. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. According to a filing with the state insurance department, Anthem wants to increase rates by 12.9 percent for some of its policies. Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror. "Anthem is asking for a 12.9 percent increase and it's across several different products that they offer, several different types of individual market plans.
Yesterday, I asked the outside world to submit questions for Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Facebook and via email. The response reminded me of why I wouldn't want his job. A lot of people are really mad at him for raising taxes. A lot of other people are really mad at him for cutting spending. A lot of other people are really mad at him for extracting concessions from state workers. A lot of other people are mad at him because the concessions are nowhere near meaty enough to address the state's deficit problems.