Hartford Region

Hartford
4:15 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Trude Mero, Hartford Activist, Dies

A champion of the city of Hartford has died.  Trude Mero was a humanist, an activist, and a dedicated African American leader in the city of Hartford for decades.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Wait, The Royal Birth Wasn't The Only News Of The Week?

Thomas Good, Wikimedia Commons; SROPhotos, Flickr Creative Commons

Are you ready for the 2014 gubernatorial election? I don't think we are, but we waded into it anyway after Senate Minority Leader John McKinney announced his bid for the governor's mansion.

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Where We Live
10:11 am
Mon July 22, 2013

HM and the Science of Memory

Housing
2:17 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

A New Development for Aging Public Housing in Hartford

Dwayne Patterson stands outside his apartment building at Bowles Park in Hartford.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

It's been more than a half century since the state built two big public housing developments in Hartford -- nestled in neighborhoods that now include middle-class housing, the University of Hartford, and expensive single family homes. The housing developments are called Westbrook Village and Bowles Park. Over time, the units have grown too old and expensive to repair.

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Coming Home Project
2:27 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Veterans Groups Ask VA to Change PTSD Claims Process

Veteran advocate groups have petitioned the federal VA to change its claims process. The proposed rule change would impact veterans with PTSD who were sexually assaulted while in the military. 

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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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Where We Live
10:39 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Social Enterprise: Business With The Aim To Make A Difference

Chion Wolf

Social Enterprise is a big idea that straddles for-profit and non-profit worlds, with an aim to make a difference. Today, local business leaders and entrepreneurs are working to make our state a social enterprise “hub.”  But can we turn from a place with lots of non-profits struggling for access to a very small pot of money - to an entrepreneur driven, socially conscious business community? This hour, we’ll talk to social enterprise guru Robert Egger, and also to a new Hartford business incubator who are looking to support social entrepreneurs.

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Education Reform
7:56 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Incentivizing School Desegregation

Connecticut’s final 2013 budget includes more money for suburban school districts that accept urban students through the Open Choice program.  Open Choice is seen as an important way for the state to meet its desegregation goals in the long-running Sheff vs. O’Neill case.

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Hospitals
10:37 am
Mon June 24, 2013

St. Francis Hospital Cuts City Funding and Blames the State

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is cutting funding to a Hartford program that targets infant mortality. The hospital says the recently-passed state budget is to blame. The Maternal Infant Outreach Program is almost 30 years old and is jointly funded by two hospitals and the city of Hartford. It serves about 450 pregnant women a year.

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Where We Live
10:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Connecticut's Freedom of Information

creative commons

Connecticut was one of the first states to have its own Freedom of Information Commission, designed to administer and enforce FOIA laws. But things are changing.

A last minute bill passed at the legislature, limiting the release of information about Newtown - but does that set a precedent for future crime scenes?

It’s definitely got people talking about the future of FOI - and spurred the creation of a new task force to see if our current laws are relevant in a new internet age.

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Families
5:45 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Minors Involved in Sex Trafficking Are Victims, Not Criminals

Connecticut's Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families testified at a Senate hearing on Tuesday in response to a bill that would require states to do more to help children who've been exploited by sex traffickers.

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Substance Abuse
4:21 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Danbury Man Wants to Take Anonymous Out of Recovery

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News
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Where We Live
11:37 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Ladies of Twain

The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford was in danger of being shut down back in 2008 after years of bad financial management.  But the struggle to save the 19 room mansion has been one that’s been going on for much longer.

It’s taken years of research, a lot of money and a little bit of luck to restore the house and make it a destination for visitors - who get to experience what it looked like when Mark Twain smoked cigars in his billiard room.

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Hartford
4:26 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Kupiec, Segarra's Chief of Staff, Resigns

Hartford City Hall.
Credit Heather Brandon / WNPR

There is shakeup in the administration of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Jared Kupiec, Segarra's chief of staff, is resigning. Kupiec's resignation comes after a series of political missteps -- including one in which he used his city credit card to pay for a New Year's Eve dinner for Segarra, the mayor's spouse, and others. The dinner was at a high-end downtown restaurant and included champagne and caviar.

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Where We Live
11:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Reimagining Journalism

Jeremy Keith (Wikimedia Commons)

Remember when you used to learn about what was happening in your community when the newspaper hit your front stoop? That world has, of course, changed—and journalism professor Dan Kennedy says we’re now in a “post-newspaper” age.

Papers haven’t gone away, but their staffs and scope have shrunk, and what’s bubbled up to fill the gap is a new type of digital journalism with a new business model. Kennedy went looking for examples of this change around the time of the economic downturn, and found a pretty interesting lab experiment - Connecticut.

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History
3:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Free Consent of the People

“The foundation of authority is laid firstly in the free consent of people.” That principle lies at the heart of the representative system by which the United States has governed itself for more than two centuries.

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School Safety
8:30 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan In Hartford

Diane Orson

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Hartford Friday for a town-hall style meeting with high school students. They talked about school safety in the wake of last year's Newtown school shooting.

Students had a chance to ask questions of both Secretary Duncan and Governor Malloy.  Shamar Mahan started things off.

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Housing
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Hartford-Area Landlord Settles Discrimination Suit

Fair housing advocates are celebrating a victory. They recently won a settlement from a Hartford-area landlord who allegedly denied apartments to people using public assistance to pay their rent. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center claimed the landlord, Paul Rosow, discriminated against people who received disability checks and housing assistance.

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Housing
12:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Hartford-Area Landlord Settles Discrimination Suit

Fair housing advocates are celebrating a victory. They recently won a settlement from a Hartford-area landlord who allegedly denied apartments to people using public assistance to pay their rent. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. The Connecticut Fair Housing Center claimed the landlord, Paul Rosow, discriminated against people who received disability checks and housing assistance.

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Comcast Theatre
4:44 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

City Wants To Prevent Underage "Vodka Guzzling Fest" At Comcast Theatre

Hartford's outdoor concert season is about to start.  And while that's fun for a lot of people, some call it a scheduled mass casualty event.  Binge drinking is a serious concern for law enforcement and public health officials. 

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Hartford
10:37 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Caviar Takes its Toll

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has made headlines recently for questionable city spending -- like dining on caviar at taxpayer expense. Now, it looks as though the city council is taking concrete action to push back. It's likely the council will reject Segarra's appointment for the city's chief operating officer.

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News
12:39 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Hartford Gun Buyback On Tap

Last December, the Capitol Region Gun BuyBack coalition traded more than $10,000 in gift cards for over 180 working guns -- an effort to get those firearms off the streets.  In a couple of weeks, they're hosting another gun buyback -- and officials say it's not just about public safety...but about public health. Joining us now is Dr. David Shapiro from St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, one of the partners in the program.  Dr. Shapiro, thanks for joining us.

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Luxury
2:18 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Hartford Taxpayers Pay For Caviar, Rack of Lamb For Mayor And Friends

When someone issues a controversial audit at 5:02 p.m. on a Friday, it's kind of sign that they don't want you to read it. That's what happened last week, when the city of  Hartford released its internal audit of its credit cards.  

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History
3:17 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Learning about the Lusitania

In an age when we hear instantly of any news, good or bad, it is hard to imagine that information was not always so readily available.  On May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania sank off the coast of Ireland from damage caused by a German submarine’s torpedo.  For hours, it was little more than an unconfirmed rumor that the ship had sunk, and many accounts incorrectly reported the ship was beached with no loss of life.  Approximately an hour and a half after the sinking, a cablegram to the New York City office of the Cunard Line, the steamship line that owned and operated the Lusitania, confirmed t

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Where We Live
11:05 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Celebrating Brazil's Culture: Samba, Capoeira, Community

Chion Wolf

The music, culture and movement of Brazil is evocative of a certain kind of lifestyle to many Americans - like me - who’ve never been there. The beach at Ipanema, dense rainforests, a lyrical language and laid-back people.

But the real Brazil is booming and complex, one of the world’s emerging economies.

Connecticut is also home to many thousands of Brazilian immigrants - who occupy an uneasy space as part of a Latin American diaspora with a different language and cultural heritage.

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Racial Equality
3:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Agreement Reached In The Sheff v. O'Neill Saga

The Connecticut Department of Education has reached a new agreement with the plaintiffs in the decades long Sheff v. O'Neill case.

The lawsuit is meant to ease the racial disparity between students in Hartford Public Schools and neighboring school districts.

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Where We Live
12:50 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Connecticut Libraries Creating Community

Catie Talarski

Libraries might be changing faster than just about any other part of public life. These civic institutions were known for more than a century for their voluminous stacks of books and quiet spaces - now, they’re all about public events, high-tech connectivity, even 3-D printing!

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Immigration
2:49 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Stalls

Courtesy of CT DMV

Many undocumented immigrants in Connecticut want to apply for a state driver's license.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports,  legislation to allow them to do so stalled in a legislative committee.  Now proponents are pushing lawmakers to find another way to get the legislation before the full General Assembly. 

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