Sexual Assault at UConn
2:26 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Herbst Prepares to Hear Student Input on Campus Culture and Safety

UConn President Susan Herbst.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

As the University of Connecticut responds to a federal discrimination complaint, President Susan Herbst sent a letter to the school community about sexual assault and harassment on campus. 

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Sandy Hook
6:26 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Newtown Residents Demolish A School, And Violent Memories

In June, people gathered in Newtown, Conn., to remember the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

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.

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Mental Health
8:06 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Malloy Announces Initiatives Aimed at Children and Teens

Governor Malloy announced a Safe Schools/Healthy Students award to encourage school districts to decrease youth violence while promoting healthy child development.
Credit Office of Governor Dannel Malloy

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. 

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Guns in Bridgeport
9:30 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Proposed Shooting Range Near School is Cancelled

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch speaking on WNPR&apos;s <em>Where We Live</em> in February, 2013.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

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."

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Court Oversight
8:06 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Court Monitor: "Inadequate Staffing Levels" Causing "Stressed System" at DCF

DCF court monitor Raymond Mancuso.
The Connecticut Mirror

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. 

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Youth Radio
5:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

Football practice at Castro Valley High School in California. Proper hitting technique requires players to keep their heads up to prevent neck injuries and concussions.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 7:41 pm

The NFL adopted a new rule this season that makes it illegal for players to hit with the crown of their helmet. In other words, ramming your head into someone.

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Child Care
10:34 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Audit Finds Numerous Day Care Violations

A children's outdoor play area without a fence or protective barrier to prevent children from entering the driveway where cars are parked. Also shown is a set of stairs without protective gates.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A federal inspection of family day cares in Connecticut found numerous violations, including lack of criminal background checks, safety issues, and sanitary concerns. It's not the first time issues have been found with the way the state monitors day care facilities.

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Synthetic Recreation
12:13 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Meet 2C-P, a New Designer Amphetamine

Designer amphetamines like 2C-P and ecstacy, pictured, can cause an elevated temperature, which can damage organs like the brain and the heart.
Credit Drug Enforcement Agency

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.

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Fighting Crime
12:02 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

An ambulance makes its way through revelers in Cardiff city center in Wales in 2010. New measures in the city have reduced injuries caused by violence.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

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.

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Teen Health
12:11 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

15-Plus Drinks A Night: Teenagers Binge At Dangerous Heights

Beer pong and other drinking games are popular among teenagers, and play a role in binge drinking.

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.

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Where We Live
10:38 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Dangers of Driving in the Teenage Years

Tim Hollister, environmental and land use lawyer and author
Chion Wolf

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.

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Where We Live
11:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Creating Safe Communities with the Connecticut Youth Forum

Chion Wolf

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.

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School Safety
8:30 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan In Hartford

Diane Orson

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.

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Safety in the Workplace
6:46 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Final Results Released In Pratt & Whitney Cancer Study

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.

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12:39 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Hartford Gun Buyback On Tap

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.

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Cleaning Connecticut
9:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Report: 77 Percent Of Connecticut Rivers and Streams In Fair Condition

More than half of the nation's rivers and streams are in poor condition, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Things aren't as bad in Connecticut. 

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Coming Home Project
6:13 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

VA Offers Free Gun Locks To Help Prevent Vet Suicides

The Department of Veterans Affairs began giving out gun locks in 2008, modeling a national gun safety program called Project ChildSafe
Sue Ogrocki AP

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.

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Newtown Shooting
5:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

A Month Later, Many Questions Remain In Newtown, Conn.



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.


And I'm Melissa Block.

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10:28 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Education Wrap-Up: School Safety, Teacher Evaluations and Sexual Assault on Campus.

Chion Wolf (File Photo)

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.

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Sandy Hook Promise
9:30 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Families Of Newtown Victims Launch New Initiative



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.

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Aiport-Like Security
8:35 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Bill Proposes Metal Detectors At The Capitol

Chion Wolf WNPR

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."

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6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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4:58 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Back To School, With Security

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.

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2:30 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Schools Beef Up Security, But Parents' Questions Remain

Harriet Jones

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.

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9:11 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Spared In Shooting, Holiday Spirit Comforts Family



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.


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Where We Live
11:09 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Longevity

Chion Wolf

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.

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Human Trafficking
6:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Child Sex Trafficking a Growing Problem

Child sex trafficking is a growing national problem. Congress wants to toughen federal laws against this exploitation, and its looking to Connecticut for help.

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Where We Live
10:46 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Crossing The Bridge

Russ Glasson (Flickr Creative Commons)

In the nearly five years since a tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota, the nation’s bridges have been under scrutiny.

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?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Cold War Connecticut & JFK: 'Elusive Hero'

Flickr Creative Commons,

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.

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