City’s magnet schools face budget shortfalls

October 16, 2007
New Haven’s magnet schools recently won more than $6 million in federal grants, but they may lose that same amount — plus a third of their students in the next three years — as a result of a state budget reconfiguration. Throughout the state, some leading municipal officials and education specialists are now sounding alarms »

‘No-freeze’ policy leaves immigrants in cold

October 11, 2007
With the weather cooling down and raindrops gathering on window panes, state government leaders are hoping to reach a consensus soon on whether low-income residents applying for winter heating assistance will need to present their social security numbers. A state joint legislative committee met Tuesday to review the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and a proposed »

City resident fights to hold on to pet chicken

October 10, 2007
Beyond the honking cars, shrieking sirens and grinding construction machinery, New Haven residents may just be able to make out the sounds of chickens BAWK BAWK-ing. The New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals last night reviewed an appeal that Rebecca Weiner ’85 and her husband Michael Rastelli filed after a neighbor’s complaint almost cost them »

Two NHPD cops enter guilty pleas

October 8, 2007
A former New Haven Police Department detective and a current NHPD detective pleaded guilty Friday to federal civil rights charges relating to the theft of government funds and the planting of evidence at a search-and-seizure scene. Justen Kasperzyk, 35, pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy felony and a theft of government property misdemeanor, while »

Sustainability hits the streets

October 4, 2007
As Yale’s first-ever director of sustainable transportation, Holly Parker says her role is to offer more transportation options — or, as she puts it, “lots of tasty vegetables.” “It’s like you’re telling people to ‘Eat your vegetables’ — carpool, ride a bike,” she said. “[But] people get tired of being reminded. What you have to »

Dems debate ’08 race

October 2, 2007
A panel of representatives from six democratic presidential campaigns addressed over 75 students in a campus forum yesterday, fielding questions related to student interests and responding to criticisms on the candidates’ behalf. The Yale College Democrats-sponsored event, held in the Branford College common room, raised questions about health care, costs of higher education, global warming, »

Danbury sued over immigrants’ arrests

September 28, 2007
Nine day laborers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing Danbury’s mayor and police officers of committing constitutional violations and unlawfully collaborating with federal agents to enforce immigration laws. The civil rights suit was filed by Yale Law School professors and students on behalf of nine of eleven workers now known as the “Danbury 11,” as »

Newspaper wants names of ID seekers

September 24, 2007
Using a Freedom of Information request, the managing editor of Connecticut’s Journal Inquirer is trying to force New Haven’s city government to release the names of municipal ID card applicants. Chris Powell’s initial FOI request for the “names, addresses and photographs” of applicants was denied by city officials last month on the grounds that the »

Leaders talk immigration

September 21, 2007
Labor and immigrant advocates from across the state convened in New Haven yesterday, demanding that Congress produce new federal immigration legislation that addresses international trade policies, due process and immigrant rights. Presenting a declaration titled “Immigrant Rights are Human Rights” in a press conference at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, religious leaders, community »

State’s schools enhance security

September 20, 2007
Crime doesn’t pay, but schools are paying in its wake. Amid fears of crime on campus, schools across the state are installing new security equipment in an effort to protect their students. Now, Connecticut is looking to reimburse public schools for up to $10 million in security costs through a competitive grant program announced by »

Elm City tries to attract Elis to municipal IDs

September 7, 2007
With a major outreach effort potentially on the horizon, Yale students may soon have an easier time counting themselves as members of the New Haven community. Students and City Hall officials said they are exploring strategies to register Yalies with the city’s municipal ID card program, the first in America to offer ID cards to »

City rallies in wake of DHS raid

September 6, 2007
For a road typically filled with music jingles, fragrant smells and food vendors, Fair Haven’s Grand Avenue looked vacant — the restaurant table settings untouched, market shelves undisturbed, city sounds muted to low whispers. It was June 7, a day after the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entered the predominantly Latino »