Earlier this week, Connecticut received $30 million federal dollars for the New Haven to Springfield rail project. As the money starts to trickle in, WNPR is checking in with a few towns along the line to see how they're preparing. The first stop is Meriden, a city well on its way to welcoming the train.
Meriden's downtown isn't that different from those in other industrial towns in Connecticut. After manufacturing dried up, retail fled to the malls and slowly, all that was left behind started to crumble.
Last year, the city of New Haven announced the start of an ambitious 5-year education reform program. Schools were assigned levels, or “tiers". That’s something that might not affect kids as much asteachers and school administrators.
With summer vacation just a few weeks away, we visited a lower-performing “Tier Three” school to talk with educators and parents about what’s changed this year.
It's been more than a month since freelance journalist Clare Gillis was detained in Libya. Gillis'parents still live in New Haven, where she was raised, and they are anxiously awaiting her release. Last night, friends held a candlelight vigil for her at Harvard.
Connecticut commuters reacted with cautious relief Monday to news of the death of Osama bin Laden. Some say they’re concerned about a possible backlash.
Police look on as Connecticut commuters rush to catch trains at New Haven’s Union Station. Madison businessman Jim Morrissey says he’s not sure yet what Osama bin Laden’s death will mean for Americans.
Gallery 360, New Haven, is pleased to present Emilia Dubicki and JonathanWaters: State of the Moment, in the expansive, light filled lobby gallery space of New Haven’s newest residential high rise. The exhibition pairs the New Haven area artists Dubicki and Waters for their first show as a duo.
Recently a vandal broke into St. Paul and St. James Episcopal church in New Haven. The ransacked the chapel, broken windows and tore a bible.
So, how did the church community respond? With a message of forgiveness through music. Several days later the most valuable stolen items were returned to the front step. It’s just one of many examples of local artists promoting social justice, tolerance and change through their work.
The Deputy Chief Executive of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was in New Haven on Tuesday. She spoke about African capital markets at a special Yale University event.
Nicky Newton-King says its important to talk about, in her words, the “elephants in the room." "Things that we don’t talk about that we should talk about if we’re trying to improve and position capital markets on my continent to be really meaningful global players."
For at least 20 minutes on Friday evening, no one ran a red light at the corner of Church and Chapel Streets downtown.
It may have been all those human red lights, on a mission.
“We’re here because we’ve noticed a problem in New Haven, where drivers run red lights pretty frequently,” said Juli Stupakevich (pictured), who organized a “Red Means Stop” protest at that intersection. “Red just doesn’t mean stop anymore.”
Federal authorities are investigating a complaint that Yale University has failed to adequately respond to allegations of on-campus sexual harassment and misconduct. Students describe a “sexually hostile” environment at the school.
Sixteen current and former Yale University students filed the complaint under Title IX, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Many in New Haven are still reeling from last week's tragic shooting death of 23 year old Mitchell Dubey. Last Thursday in an attempted robbery, a masked gunman entered Dubey's house, and ordered he and his roommates to sit down. After shooting Dubey in the chest, the gunman fled. Now one of those roommates, Andy Tabar is organizing a big music show this Sunday night at Toad's place in New Haven to raise money for the Dubey family. Andy Tabar joins us by phone.
Connecticut doesn’t yet have a reputation as a breeding ground for new high-tech companies, but there are efforts underway to change that image. In 2008, Connecticut Innovations introduced the CTech Incubator Program. WNPR’s Andrew Huston reports on some of the companies growing there.
Last weekend the Waterbury Arts Magnet School performed the Tony award-winning Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by the Pulitzer prize-winner August Wilson – a celebrated play that was first staged in1984 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut.
The play almost didn’t happen, though. A month ago, production was temporarily stopped, when questions were raised about the frequent use of a racially charged slang term…the so called “n-word.”
Students, lawyers and activists from across the country gathered at Yale University in New Haven recently for a conference on creative ways to fight for social change. As WNPR's Lauren Takores reports, one panel looked at the link between criminal justice and Native American tribal law.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on higher education to reinstate the Reserve Officer Training Corps on college campuses. Many elite colleges and universities haven't had ROTC chapters since the late 1960s. But the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell could open the door. Most undergraduates at Yale University think its a good idea.
Yale student Katherine Miller says President Obama’s message is clear. The military is becoming more inclusive. And that means she’ll be able to pursue her dream of a career in uniform.
The Freedom of Information Commission in Hartford is to hear testimony on Tuesday from the Former Police Chief of East Haven. He’s been subpoenaed in connection with an investigation into alleged racial profiling by East Haven police officers.
Former Police Chief Leonard Gallo is expected to testify about documents related to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into race-based violence, harassment and intimidation by East Haven police officers against Latinos.
The underlying theme this month (right after the elections, of course) is transportation. It seems much-anticipated changes are slowly happening, on the national and local level. This week, Connecticut and Massachusetts announced that they will share nearly 121 million in federal funds to help launch high speed passenger rail service. One step closer to the long awaited Springfield – New Haven rail line.