Around New Haven: 9.10.10

Two Le family members say they will not sue Yale

The aunt and uncle of Annie Le GRD ’13, who was murdered at a Yale Medical School laboratory a year ago, will not participate in any potential civil lawsuit against the University, they told the Sacramento Bee on Thursday. Robert Nguyen and Tuyet Bai told the Bee through a spokesman that they do not know whether other family members — including Vivian Le, Le’s mother, who retained a lawyer in recent months — would consider suing the University. “People grieve in different ways,” said the spokesman, Kevin Eckery. —Yale Daily News

Police investigate local Craigslist thefts

Police are investigating three theft cases involving Craigslist. The most recent crime occurred Monday, when a man answered a Craigslist ad to bring his iPhone to Newhallville. There, his iPhone was taken; after he called the police using a second phone, the man was robbed again, by three other maleswho ran with the phone and a GPS device, according to the New Haven Register. No arrests have been made. On Tuesday, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73 urged Craiglist to remove its adult services section to prevent the appearance of ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking. —Yale Daily News

A&P owner sells seven Conn. markets to Big Y

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which operates A&P stores, said Wednesday that it has successfully sold seven of its Connecticut stores to the Springfield, Mass.-based chain Big Y Foods Inc. The sale follows A&P’s announcement over the summer that it would close 25 stores in five states. Big Y will purchase the stores in Branford, East Haven, Middletown, Mystic, Naugatuck, Old Lyme and West Hartford. Shaw’s supermarket on Whalley Avenue closed in March, when its parent company, Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., closed all 18 of its Connecticut stores. No one has purchased the site. —Yale Daily News

Study: Food recalls plague Connecticut

Fifty of the 85 food recalls nationwide affected Connecticut over the last 14 months, according to a study released Thursday by the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, Consumer Federation of America and Center for Science in the Public Interest. But the recalls did not halt the sale of the potentially affected foods in the state. For instance, until last month, one store sold batches of peanut butter banned in January, because its owners were not aware of the recall. In response to the study, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who represents New Haven,said in a statement that legislators must pass strong food safety laws this year. —Yale Daily News

Workers affected by plant explosion sue

Attorneys for nine people injured or killed in the February explosion at a Middletown, Conn.-based power plant sued its owner Thursday. The lawyers filed lawsuits against the plant’s owner, Kleen Energy Systems, also based in Middletown, and some contractors, alleging that their negligence was responsible for the blast. The lawyers said the lawsuits comeafter three visits to the plant and examinations of its equipment. Kleen Energy declined to comment to the Associated Press on Thursday. The plant was under construction when natural gas and high-pressured gas were ignited, and the explosion killed five and injured dozens.—Yale Daily News

City receives $1 million for neighborhoods

U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd announced Thursday that he has secured $1 million in federal funding for New Haven to reinvigorate neighborhoods affected by the economic downturn. The funding comes from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in July. The law approved $1 billion to be distributed nationwide as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which originally started in 2008, after the passage of the Economic Recovery Act. The money can be used, among other things, to remodel foreclosed homes and create jobs. —Yale Daily News

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