Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:55 am
Demolition has begun at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults last December. Bricks will be pulverized, steel melted down and a new school built at the same location.
Allison Hornak attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a kid. After college, she returned home to Newtown, Conn., and opened an art gallery that's within walking distance of where the mass killing took place.
Hornak says she has a lot of fond memories of Sandy Hook — like a teacher who let her chew gum in class, and the pathways through the school.
Governor Malloy announced three new initiatives that will make it easier for families to access mental health services, and to provide better identification and intervention for children and teens with mental health issues.
Bridgeport is scrapping plans to build a police training facility and shooting range across the street from an elementary school.
Mayor Bill Finch said the city will look into other locations. "After hearing such strong concerns from the parents," Finch said in a statement, "we have decided to seek alternate sites in the city for the indoor shooting range, and all potential new sites will be in non-residential areas away from school buildings."
Raymond Mancuso, the court monitor who oversees progress at Connecticut's Department of Children and Families, in a recent report said the agency is making improvements, and is moving toward an end to court oversight -- with one glaring exception.
Last Saturday night, seven people overdosed at a dance music show at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. It’s believed they were taking a powerful hallucinogenic drug called 2C-P. Four people collapsed at nearly the same time. By the time police arrived, one 19-year-old had stopped breathing. Officers used CPR and a defibrillator to treat him. The victims were hospitalized and have been released.
Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:25 pm
On Saturday night, the emergency room staff knows all too well what's coming — people showing up with a broken jaw, a knife wound or a bashed-in face, often after too many hours in a pub. Doctors at the emergency department in Cardiff, Wales, realized that many of the people who were injured in fights never reported it to the police. That realization led to a simple program that has radically reduced the toll of violence.
Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 1:31 pm
When teenagers drink, it's all too often all out, downing five or more beers in a session. But some teenagers are drinking even more, a study finds, boosting the upper limits of binge drinking to 15 drinks or more.
In a poll of high school seniors, 20 percent said they'd had five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks. That's what health officials consider binge drinking.
But 10 percent said they'd had 10 or more drinks at a time, and 5.6 percent said they'd had 15 or more drinks.
After a series of fatal accidents a few years ago, Connecticut passed distracted driving laws aimed at keeping teen drivers safe. Since the first kid got behind the wheel of a car, it’s been a challenge for parents and law enforcement.
A common thread running through any type of interpersonal conflict in whether it’s bullying in school or online, gun violence on a street corner, or abuse in a home, is a need for safe places to live, work, and learn. It’s a fundamental human need.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Hartford Friday for a town-hall style meeting with high school students. They talked about school safety in the wake of last year's Newtown school shooting.
Students had a chance to ask questions of both Secretary Duncan and Governor Malloy. Shamar Mahan started things off.
Researchers have released their final results in a huge, decade-long cancer study involving Pratt & Whitney workers.
Concern over the health and safety of workers at Pratt & Whitney began in the early 2000s. Several workers, all employees at the North Haven plant, were found to have died from a rare form of brain cancer.
Researchers were brought in to first, find out how many cases of cancer there were among workers; then compare that with rates among the general population.
Last December, the Capitol Region Gun BuyBack coalition traded more than $10,000 in gift cards for over 180 working guns -- an effort to get those firearms off the streets. In a couple of weeks, they're hosting another gun buyback -- and officials say it's not just about public safety...but about public health. Joining us now is Dr. David Shapiro from St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, one of the partners in the program. Dr. Shapiro, thanks for joining us.
Every day an estimated 22 veterans kill themselves in the U.S. and most of them use a gun to do so, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. This trend mirrors the general population where more people kill themselves with guns than by all other methods combined.
The VA is trying to help with a program that offers gun locks to veterans for free. The thinking is that if they lock their guns up they might not reach for them in the spur of the moment.
School safety and the evaluation of teachers are on the minds of state lawmakers.
After the Newtown shootings, people across the country - and especially in Connecticut - are asking how we can keep students from harm.
The legislature’s bipartisan task force on gun violence prevention, school security and mental health is taking up the topic and we’ll talk with State Representative Andy Fleischmann who is chair of the education committee.
From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.
Family members of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, have spent the past month grieving. Now, some of them have banded together and say they're ready to be part of a national discussion about how to make our communities safer. They call themselves the Sandy Hook Promise. Jeff Cohen, of member station WNPR, has the story.
On this first day of the Connecticut's legislative session, at least one lawmaker wants to make sure that the general assembly can do their work safely. New London State Representative Ernest Hewett has proposed installing metal detectors at the entrance of the state Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.
"It's like going on a plane," said Hewett. "If you get on that airplane and everybody has to go through the same security you went through, you feel a little comfortable on that plane."
Across the state, children went back to school again today/Monday. And in many school districts, there's an increased security presence. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. It's the first day back at school and I'm in Canton -- an hour from Newtown. I came to Cherry Brook Primary School to speak to parents as they dropped their kids off. One parent cried and then apologized when I asked her to talk.
Security will be heightened at many Connecticut schools as students return to class. But as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, that won’t begin to address the questions that many parents have.
“….we intend to have a normal day tomorrow….”
Superintendent of Hamden schools, Fran Rabinowitz addresses a crowd of around 200 parents Sunday at a meeting intended to reassure them about the reopening of school. Rabinowitz says she wasn’t surprised by the high turnout.
In Newtown, Connecticut, the small New England community continues to mourn after Friday's shooting that claimed the lives of so many children. Families with children in the school who survived the shooting are struggling to explain the tragedy to their kids. But they're also trying to retain some normalcy in the holiday season.
Jeff Cohen, from member station WNPR, met up with one family.
Alicia Caraballo’s story is far too common in Connecticut cities: “I have a 24 year old son. Only child. Did everything the right way. Went to school. Became a social worker. Became a school administrator. Little did I know I would be called to the hospital because my son was murdered.” She’s now Adult Education Director for the New Haven Board of Education - and one of many officials and activists throwing their support behind a new attempt at curbing gun crime: Project Longevity.
And a national overview shows that 11.5% of the country’s bridges are “structurally deficient.” But what does that mean exactly? Are they in danger of falling apart, like the span over I-35 in Minneapolis, or the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 that killed motorists in Connecticut in 1983?
When I was a kid, my parents fell into the practice of dropping me off at churches they themselves had no intention of attending.
So for a while, in the 1960's, I joined the Universalist Church on Fern Street in West Hartford. I went to services and Sunday school and, somewhere around sixth grade, I joined a Youth Fellowship there.