A lawyer representing the town of East Haven says findings in a federal racial profiling investigation must still be substantiated. He’s cautioning against a quick rush to judgment.
An investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights’ Division found that East Haven Police intentionally target Latinos for traffic stops, and use excessive force against those taken into custody.
"Charges like these are easily made. They’re not so easily proven."
Hugh Keefe is a trial lawyer for the town of East Haven.
A U.S. Department of Justice investigation finds that police in East Haven engage in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos. The DOJ's Office for Civil Rights launched its investigation in 2009 after Latinos described a pattern of race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police.
Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin announced the probe’s findings.
Think college music program in Connecticut and the Hartt School of Music springs to mind. There’s the Yale School of Music and Wesleyan’s ethnomusicology program. Now, a report on the quiet transformation of Southern Connecticut State University’s Music Department – thanks to the generosity of a state resident.
SCSU student Andrew Pinto sings a song he composed. Pinto, a music theory major, says he’s benefited from free private singing lessons at Southern.
As a fifth grader at a New Haven magnet school in 2009, Jacob was watching a lot of “Ed, Edd n Eddy” shows on TV—a slapstick cartoon that features adolescent equivalents of the Three Stooges. Maybe too many shows, his mother now says.
The two-term mayor of East Haven was defeated by the town’s former longtime mayor in a vote recount this weekend. Democrat April Capone lost her seat to Republican Joe Maturo, Jr. by 34 votes.
April Capone and Joe Maturo are familiar rivals. Capone beat the five-term Maturo by a 25-count margin in 2007. This time the roles were reversed, and Maturo beat Capone 4,025 to 3,991 in Saturday’s recount.
Most people have heard of Ronald McDonald houses that provide a place for sick children and their families to stay while seeking medical treatment. But chances are you haven't heard of a Fisher House. Now there's an effort to build one in West Haven.
There ARE city Repiblicans, but in New Haven, there's an 18-1 registration ratio, and there are no Republican candidates running for Alderman or Mayor. In Hartford, the Republicans have crossed-endorsed Mayor Segarra. Hear from Hartford Republicans about why it is that the Republican party is not representing in urban areas.
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Airdate: October 17, 2011 A recent Pew Center study of U.S military in the post 9-11 era found 37 percent of veterans suffer from post traumatic stress. For those diagnosed with PTSD and who are getting care at a VA facility, one of the treatments used is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing or EMDR. It's therapy to resolve trauma related disorders.
Eleven teachers involved in a cheating scandal at a Waterbury elementary school returned to work on Tuesday. The teachers will lose 20 days of pay and must perform community service as after-school tutors.
I sometimes worry that our show is too Hartford-centric, so I'm thrilled that everything we're talking about today happens south of Middletown.
First we're talking to New Haven's police chief about a return to good old-fashioned foot and bike patrols, back almost literally by popular demand. Police Chief Frank Limon says walking the beat is a good way for officers to connect directly with city reisdents. He hopes increased patrols will help reduce crime.
A forensic biologist at the University of New Haven is developing a DNA databank that will help federal authorities track where marijuana originates. It’s aimed at assisting law enforcement with drug busts, but it could also be used to protect against bio-terrorism.
Small businesses everywhere are learning the lesson – adapt to technology or die. Consumers increasingly look for both marketing and retailing online and companies need to meet those expectations or lose sales. In the first of a series of reports on the rise of social media in marketing, WNPR’s Harriet Jones looks at how one manufacturer is facing up to the challenge.
Irene hit Connecticut as a strong tropical storm Sunday with torrential rains and gusty winds that destroyed coastal homes, toppled trees and left a record 800,000 customers without power, surpassing damage from Hurricane Gloria in 1985. More than eight inches of rain fell.
The storm reached New England weaker than expected as it failed to re-intensify after making initial landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, but it still destroyed or damaged dozens of beachfront homes in East Haven and nearby communities and undermined sections of seawall, walkways and streets.
You've probably heard of New Haven Promise by now. It's a scholarship program funded by Yale University and community partners which awards New Haven public school students who show academic potential.
But the Promise program isn't just about paying tuition for some.
WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with New Haven Promise Executive Director Emily Brynes about the program's community outreach.
More than 100 students were honored on Thursday as the first class of New Haven Promise. That’s the new scholarship program that provides college tuition for city students.
Wearing caps and gowns, New Haven public high school graduates filed into Sprague Hall on the Yale University campus. Parents beamed. City and state officials told the students that the Promise scholarship program was an expression of confidence in their promise for a brighter future.
For the past two decades, the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white classmates nationwide has remained largely unchanged. Hispanic students perform about two grade levels below their white peers in math and reading.
Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in the nation, and a new study finds the problem exists in every school district in the state.
White students in Connecticut are two to three times more likely than Hispanic students to achieve at or above goal on the Connecticut Mastery Tests.
A special summer program has just wrapped up at a New Haven elementary school. But in this class the students are parents.
It’s the final day of his year’s parent training program at Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven. Brenda Whitfield is telling the class of about 20 parents, what she’s learned. "I found out a lot of stuff about the math I can tell my granddaughter and my grandson. And I learned a lot about the science. I just learned so much while I was here at the training."
Former Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim has not announced whether he’ll jump into the mayoral race this year, but a poll finds that if he does, it could change the landscape of the election.
Joe Ganim was released from prison one year ago after serving six years for a massive municipal corruption scandal. The former Bridgeport mayor was convicted on 16 counts, including steering city contracts in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks.
Connecticut’s multi-million dollar investment in a new high-speed rail line from New Haven to Springfield is supposed to spur economic development. And for some communities it will mean big changes. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to talk to small business owners in Meriden about their hopes for the city as the new line comes through.
It’s a sunny day in downtown Meriden and Ron Dagan and I are walking on a street parallel to the nearby train tracks.
For years, the original manuscript of the novel Gone With the Wind was believed to have been destroyed. But as WNPR’s Diane Orson reports, the last four chapters recently re-appeared in a Southport, Connecticut library.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell tells the sweeping story of a headstrong Scarlett O’Hara and her turbulent love affair with Rhett Butler – set against the backdrop of the Civil War. The film starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh received ten Academy Awards.
A former lab technician was sentenced to 44 years in prison today in the 2009 murder of a Yale University graduate student.
Raymond Clark the Third told the courtroom that he, alone, was responsible for the death of 24-year old Yale pharmacology student Annie Le. Clark pleaded guilty in March to murder and attempted sexual assault.
Le disappeared in September 2009. Her body was discovered five days later behind the wall of a high security, university research building. DNA evidence linked Clark to the crime.
Two men were arraigned last month in connection with an alleged sexual assault at Southern Connecticut State University. SCSU is part of a consortium of Connecticut colleges and universities that are working together to reduce violence against women. As part of our continuing series on campus safety, WNPR's Diane Orson reports.
The statistic is hard to believe. A U.S. Department of Justice study finds one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape while in college.
Firehouse 12 in New Haven is an innovative space that is part of a neighborhood resurgence in downtown New Haven. In fact, the jazz trumpeter and composer Taylor Ho Bynum says that there are only a few places like it in the world. It's a high-tech recording studio that presents avant garde jazz, while attracting a crowd to its downstairs cocktail bar. The setting is a renovated firehouse in the up-and-coming Ninth Square neighborhood, newly filled with restaurants and galleries.