New Haven Region

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Atla and Matt DeChamplain, former high school sweethearts who have become one of Connecticut’s premier jazz power couples, debut their first album done together at a festive CD release concert on Friday, October 2, with shows at 7:00 and 9:00 pm at the Palace Theater Poli Club at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury.

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On September 30, 1865, Yale University played its first-ever baseball game, a Saturday afternoon matchup against Wesleyan. Last Saturday night, the two teams met in an exhibition game to celebrate the sesquicentennial of their rivalry, and of their respective baseball programs.

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Sculpture gardens bring together art, human creativity, and nature. There are several in Connecticut, including a private one nestled in a residential neighborhood in North Haven that winds in and around the home of artist David Millen.

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A judge in 17th century Connecticut ruled on the thorniest of problems. Some of these included ruling on a piglet’s paternity, who was to blame for faulty shoes, and whether illicit sex had occurred on a boat sailing to Stamford. 

While most of the rulings wouldn’t stand up in today’s court, our earliest settlers struggled to decide a fair price to pay under a harsh system. Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue shares some of the liveliest tales from our past, vividly described by court reporters not bound by modern day legalese.

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When Pope Francis leads a Mass in Philadelphia later this month, the crowd will be following along with programs made in Connecticut by the Knights of Columbus.

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Senator Chris Murphy is joining Connecticut advocates to call for a big increase in the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the United States.

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This hour, we get updates from a few of our favorite former guests. UConn physicist Ron Mallett is looking to fund a feasibility study to pay for the first steps of his time machine. We’ll catch up with him.

And New Haven-based filmmaker Gorman Bechard is working on two documentaries – one about animal cruelty, and the other on the New Haven pizza wars.

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A place like Hartford has its challenges. If you live in the city, you’re far less likely to have a high school diploma than your suburban neighbors. Same with a college degree. 

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New Haven is adding five dental clinics to its public school health centers. But as access to dental care -- especially for children -- is still a concern in some parts of Connecticut.

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Violet Thomas came out as a transgender woman three months before high school graduation in 2013. She found some respite in her guidance counselor’s office, but things went from bad to worse at home.

So Thomas left, and began moving from couch to couch among friends. But she stayed nowhere very long.

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More than 100 firefighters are suing the city of New Haven in federal court over lost wages.

The New Haven Register reports 174 current and former firefighters claim that the fire department failed to accurately calculate their regular rates for overtime compensation, which they said violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Among the 176 items associated with Lewis Carroll's novel Alice's Adventure in Wonderland at Yale's Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is a limited edition of the book signed and illustrated by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

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Petra Kvitová won the Connecticut Open singles tennis championship for the second straight year, besting Lucie Šafářová today in three sets at the Connecticut Tennis Center.

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Earlier this year, a Branford man died after he was shocked with a Taser by police. Now, a state prosecutor says officers were justified in their use of force.

Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale University Art Gallery is launching a major exhibition of works by American Photographer Donald Blumberg. The exhibit covers the span of his long career, from candid New York street scenes from the '60s to his latest photographs, still shots of TV shows with closed captioning.

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New Haven and Fairfield Counties host many of the state’s fastest growing tech companies, according to a new listing. The Marcum Tech Top 40 is also strong on software and advanced manufacturing firms. 

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Roman Lutsiuk, a Ukrainian volunteer soldier, was wounded twice in combat — first losing several fingers, and then, after returning to the front, sustaining serious injuries after being shot several times in the abdomen. 

He’s now receiving care at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In October, he'll undergo major reconstructive surgery to organs in his digestive system. 

How Police in Connecticut Identify Body Parts

Aug 10, 2015
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If you've ever wondered how the police identify found body parts, an ongoing investigation in New Haven provides a case study.

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Despite grave concerns over a worsening human rights situation in Iran, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization that documents human rights’ violations there, supports President Obama’s nuclear agreement.

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A high school internship from the Nature Conservancy is working to improve students’ understanding of the natural world.

Common Ground

Common Ground is a bit of a misnomer -- there’s not a whole lot that’s common about this high school. Started in 1997, the school uses agriculture as a key component of its curriculum.

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A British citizen who was imprisoned in Connecticut for supporting terrorism has just returned to the U.K.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was in Connecticut on Tuesday as part of a national community policing tour.

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Quinnipiac University has filed a lawsuit against the town of Hamden in a zoning violation dispute. The move follows a zoning board decision to deny the university’s appeal of a recent finding that the school violated a zoning deal for its York Hill dormitory project.


Owners of the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Connecticut will seek a state grant for more soundproofing at the music venue.

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In an age of film streaming and instant video when-you-want-it, where-you-want-it, most independent video-rental stores are going the way of the dinosaur.

Meriden Named Part of Internet Access Initiative

Jul 16, 2015
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Meriden is one of more than two dozen locations around the country where low-income households will get high-speed Internet service under a federal program announced by the president Wednesday. 


Planning and zoning officials in Connecticut have approved changes made to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre's town permit that could make it easier for the venue to abide by noise rules.

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With drop-out rates in New Haven still troubling the district, one high school has been  trying something different to engage kids who are at risk.

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New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and city transportation officials have announced the next phase of GoNewHavenGo, an initiative to encourage Elm City residents to use alternative forms of transportation.