New Haven Region

Commuter Rail
2:58 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Meriden Revitalizes as New Haven-Springfield Rail Line Chugs Closer

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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.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Thu May 12, 2011

College And Its "Degrees of Inequality"

Werwin15, Creative Commons

Could our higher education system, once seen as a great equalizer, actually be adding to the nation’s inequalities?

As high schoolers grapple with the grueling spring admissions process, one author argues that students’ true courses into college are forged by many factors other than their grades.

In her book Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education, Ann Mullen analyses two New Haven schools.

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9:15 am
Thu May 12, 2011

New Haven School Reform At Barnard Magnet School

Diane Orson

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 as teachers 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.

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Journalist Detained in Libya
6:23 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Family Waits For Journalist's Return; Harvard Holds Vigil

The Atlantic

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.

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3:58 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Connecticut Commuters React With Relief To News Of bin Laden's Death

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.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:43 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

State of the Moment

Gallery 360, New Haven, is pleased to present Emilia Dubicki and Jonathan Waters: 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.

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Where We Live
10:43 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Local Art Activates Change

Julie Dickerson

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. 

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2:56 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Discussion Of African Capital Markets At Yale

via WikiMedia Commons

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."

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New Haven
4:41 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Human Traffic Signals

Uma Ramiah photo

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.”

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Sexual Assault
4:02 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Federal Authorities To Investigate Yale University

Diane Orson

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.

21-year old Yale student Alexandra Brodsky:

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New Haven
8:12 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Dubey Family Benefit Concert

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.

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7:40 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Thomas Ullmann Speaks Out About Cheshire Murder Case

As jury selection continues for the second trial in the 2007 triple murder in Cheshire, the attorney who represented the first defendant is speaking out about his client’s case.  

Attorney Thomas Ullmann says zealous legal representation in all cases is a foundation of our criminal justice system.

"Its what differentiates our system of government and the protection of individual rights from many other countries."

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Small Business
7:05 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Incubator Assists Small Businesses in New Haven

Photo Courtesy of Connecticut Innovations

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.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Controversial High School Theater, Worthy Risks?

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.” 

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New Haven
2:01 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

600 Attend Yale's “Rebellious Lawyering Conference”

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.

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10:52 am
Fri February 11, 2011

Young Composer To Play Among Masters

Bottled Water
7:55 am
Tue February 8, 2011

New Haven Considers Giving Up the Bottle

Nancy Eve Cohen

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3:06 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

New Haven Mayor Says Change To Pension Plans Is Urgently Needed

Diane Orson

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says changes to city pension plans are urgently needed to keep from bankrupting the funds.  

He says New Haven is facing a growing budget gap.

"Over four years the next year this is a total budget gap of $309 million. The largest single expenditure item contributing to that gap is the increasing city contribution to our two pension plans."

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Civil Rights
3:09 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

East Haven Police Chief Testifies Before FOIC Commission

East Haven’s Police Chief says he’s done his best to comply with all requests for information in connection with a federal investigation into alleged racial profiling by the town’s police officers.  

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Higher Education
10:40 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Could ROTC Return To Yale?

Eastern Washington University, Flickr Creative Commons

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. 

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Civil Rights
8:06 am
Tue January 25, 2011

East Haven Police Chief To Testify Before Freedom Of Information Commission

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.   

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri October 29, 2010

A New City Plan

Chion Wolf

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. 

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