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When the Peabody's Great Hall of Dinosaurs opened in 1931, it was a state of the art exhibit, reflecting years of meticulously mounted fossils, and information for visitors based on the most current research on dinosaurs. Derek Briggs, director of the Peabody Museum, said that in the 80 years since its opening, scientists know a lot more about dinosaurs. "For example," he said, "the giant Saurapod, known as Apatosaurus, is depicted in a very static way [in the exhibit]. The notion at the time was it perhaps couldn't even hold up its weight. We now know this was a very active animal that lived in groups, and could move like a modern elephant."

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The town of East Haven has gotten national attention for years for its alleged treatment of Latinos.

The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has said the town's police department had a deeply-rooted practice of discrimination.  And four of the town's police officers have been arrested.  Now, this week, two of those officers are on trial in federal court in Hartford.

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An official of the west African nation of Sierra Leone says the Spanish government should pay reparations to his country and the city of New Haven over the revolt of African captives aboard the slave ship Amistad. The remarks were made in the Elm City last week.

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Two Connecticut police officers are on trial in federal court this week. They're accused of harassing and intimidating Latino residents in the city of East Haven. The police department there has been working to change a culture of discrimination. Jeff Cohen of our member station WNPR has the story.

Connecticut jurors heard opening statements Monday in the trial of two police officers accused of multiple civil rights violations in East Haven. The cops are charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice stemming from a federal racial profiling investigation.

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Cold cases are frustrating to police and to family members whose loved ones disappear. Jan and William Smolinski of Cheshire have been looking for their son, Billy, for nine years. He disappeared in 2004.

Speaking on WNPRs Where We Live, Jan Smolinski says while there are missing person cases that do not involve a homicide, they suspected foul play when he disappeared. She says the night he went missing, her son called another man who was dating Billy's girlfriend. 

Evan Cossette, a former Meriden police officer, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison in New Haven federal court. Cossette was found guilty in June for using unreasonable force against a handcuffed prisoner, and for trying to cover up his actions by lying about it in a report. He is the son of police Chief Jeffry Cossette.

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It was a violent weekend in some parts of the world, and we're monitoring the situation at the Nairobi mall today along with the rest of the world as the situation unfolds. In Connecticut, steady habits are keeping some of our attention in court, where Bridgeport Superintendent Paul Vallas and East Haven police officers are busy today to kick off this first week of fall. Meanwhile, others in Middlebury were involved in some very unsteady habits. Read all about it in today's Wheelhouse Digest.

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New Havenites reclaiming a beautiful park in their city got us thinking about urban parks in general. Frederick Law Olmsted is the undisputed father of American city parks, including Central Park itself. He came from Hartford, and he is buried here.

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Connecticut's Department of Children and Families has organized an event this Sunday in Waterbury called Dads Matter Too!, an opportunity for fathers to enjoy a fun day with their children, and a chance to celebrate the role dads play in their child's life.

The day starts with a 5k road race at 9:10 am, followed by a fun run for the kids, and at 11:00 am, a one mile father/child walk.

Luis Luna, a Wallingford man who was arrested three years ago for filming police as they broke up a fight in New Haven, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city. Luna was arrested on September 25, 2010, and filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

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Homeless veterans have told the VA  that one of their top needs is finding legal assistance. The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center in New Haven is one organization that fills this need.  Now the non-profit is working to build a network of similar legal service providers.

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Sentences matter today at The Wheelhouse Digest. Tom Foley visited Where We Live to explain some accusatory words he levied against Governor Dannel Malloy in recent days. Hours later, Joshua Nassi, former aide to Chris Donovan, was sentenced to time in prison. If you're more of a list person, or maybe you're into puns and names, we've got you covered there too.

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New Haven is now the largest city in Connecticut to offer residents a Prescription Discount Card. Mayor John DeStefano introduced the benefit for city residents yesterday. (Click here for a list of all participating towns and cities.)

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It just goes on and on. We're in New Haven today where the Yale Rep is getting ready to mount a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," but there's already one playing in Dublin at the Gate. There probably hasn't been one year in the last 50 when there wasn't a significant staging of this play.

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Constance Baker Motley, a New Haven native, has been nominated for a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal. Motley was born in 1921 to a family that emigrated to New Haven from the West Indies. She was a pioneer as a civil rights lawyer, lawmaker and judge.

How Does Yale Address Sexual Misconduct Complaints?

Sep 12, 2013
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Yale University has released hypothetical situations to illustrate how it handles sexual misconduct complaints, including several that would result in expulsion.

The hypothetical situations follow by a month criticism that Yale has not done enough to punish perpetrators of sexual assault.

Yale University President Peter Salovey asked the school to develop the list of scenarios.

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But they should. Especially in cities like New Haven and Stamford where voters have a chance to pick their next mayor. In the Elm City, this is a "watershed" race. Those are the words of Paul Bass, editor of the New Haven Independent. 

That's because longtime Mayor John DeStefano is finally not running for re-election. He's been the Mayor of New Haven for twenty years!

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In an ongoing effort to create growth for mom and pop businesses in the state, the U.S. Small Business Administration is making capital available to Connecticut Economic Development Fund, a non-profit offering micro-loans. WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan has more.

James Dufour owns Connecticut Carpentry in Meriden. He makes cabinets for hospitals and employs seven people. Up until the start of the financial crisis, the nearly 30-year-old business had little trouble accessing bank loans. 

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Today's show is three segments which are interlinked, even though we didn't exactly plan it that way. We'll begin by looking at the highly competitive four-way race in New Haven's mayoral primary, scheduled for Sept. 10. But we'll look at it with the assistance of the New Haven Independent, one of the nation's most successful nonprofit local news sites. 

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What’s up with Patch? That question seems to be on the lips of many small business owners who rely on the hyperlocal news sites to get the word out about sales, events and promotions. As Patch’s corporate parent AOL threatens closures and consolidations, some are wondering if it will ever be the same again. 

At the Branford River Resort and Spa, manager Doreen Bastian is creating just the right relaxed atmosphere for her guests.

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If today's episode of the Colin McEnroe Show on urine doesn't captivate all of your attention, here are some of the stories you should know about.

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HARTFORD SCHOOL BEING INVESTIGATED FOR CHEATING
State is looking into "irregularities" on CMT scores at Betances Elementary School.

Have you been spending too many hours playing outside? Working on those tan lines? We don’t blame you, the weather’s been gorgeous.

While you were out, political news has continued to churn. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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OBAMA TRIES TO BARGAIN
The President attempts a new deal on jobs and taxes.

Harp and Hedge Funds

Jul 25, 2013
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Did you just get back from a vacation on a remote island? Did you just finish watching all six seasons of "Lost" immediately followed by all 54 episodes of "Breaking Bad"?

Here are the stories you may have missed. 

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TONI HARP WINS DEMS' ENDORSEMENT
But she still has to petition to get on the ballot for New Haven Mayor.

Democrat Toni Harp was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee on Tuesday. But the DTC failed to file paperwork on time to have her name on the ballot.

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In his first official visit to any state since his confirmation, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visits Union Station in New Haven to talk about rail investment, safety and economic growth. 

“We are thinking about jobs, economic opportunity and safety. We’re putting people to work by fixing bridges and installing new high-level platforms. We’re revitalizing train stations. The time has come to put rail on par with our highways and other modes of transportation.”

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For the past few months, a group of people has been gathering each night along an industrial stretch of Route 5 in Hamden. There, next to a nondescript building, they lift their binoculars,  focus their telescopes and gaze across the street--past the traffic, over the railroad tracks, and up about 70 feet high.  

Nestled in a crook of two branches in a tree sits a large nest.  Inside is a  bald eagle chick, with a watchful adult hidden nearby.

"This is the only birdwatching I’ve ever done."

Michael Lejeune works at the town library. 

Connecticut Beaches No. 17 In Water Quality

Jul 3, 2013
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Connecticut's beach water quality ranks 17 out of 30 states, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

State environmental officials say those findings, like many states, are heavily dependent on weather conditions. 

"The issue in Connecticut is more of a storm runoff issue," said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Seeking the calm after the storm

Jul 1, 2013
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It has been a long time since Michael Gordon had fished at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

“See that building right there,” he said looking back to what was his house until “I got kicked out …fire department.”

Back then he sought snappers, bluefish and stripers

Today he came to “Kind of decompress a little bit, I should be down here more often.”

The people and the shoreline…still reconnecting eight months after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

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Massachusetts elects a new senator, the Supreme Court makes landmark rulings, and the race for New Haven mayor gets smaller.

Today, the political news roundtable “The Wheelhouse” is back on a very busy day in the news.

We’ll start with Ed Markey making history in Massachusetts. The Democrat won a special election there yesterday to fill John Kerry’s seat. And it marks the first time in a long time that the Commonwealth hasn’t elected a big, star name like Kerry, Ted Kennedy or Elizabeth Warren. 

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