City | 9:23 pm | March 6, 2013 | By Michelle Hackman

Fund created for Newtown trauma victims


The Connecticut General Assembly unanimously passed a bill today creating a fund for first responders, teachers and others who suffered psychological trauma from the Sandy Hook shooting. Backed by private donations, the new fund will supplement an existing workers compensation fund that pays for lost wages resulting from a workplace physical injury, but does not currently compensate people for purely »

City | 8:31 pm | March 6, 2013 | By Michelle Hackman

New poll reveals support for gun control

A new poll released by Quinnipiac University this morning found broad support for many of the gun-control proposals currently being debated in the state Legislature. The poll, which sampled 1,009 Connecticut residents in early March with a 3-point margin of error, found that the majority of the state supports tightening generic gun-control laws. “In the wake of the Newtown »

City | 8:13 pm | March 4, 2013 | By Michelle Hackman

Obama nominates McCarthy to lead EPA

President Barack Obama named Gina McCarthy, the former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as the nation’s next head of the Environmental Protection Agency in a press conference Monday morning. McCarthy currently heads the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, where she tightened limits on soot and mercury emissions from power plants. In Connecticut, where »

City | 4:47 pm | March 3, 2013 | By Michelle Hackman

Sexual innuendo costs Rep. Hewett his job

At a public hearing held on Feb. 20 to determine whether to fund a science center in downtown Hartford, the last thing state lawmakers expected was controversy. But controversy was exactly what they got when one of their ranking members turned a teenager’s testimony into a sexual innuendo. The teen in question, a 17-year-old girl whose anonymity is being »

City | 5:00 pm | February 26, 2013 | By Michelle Hackman

Facebook removes tribute pages to Sandy Hook

Facebook has agreed to remove several so-called “tribute pages” for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over concerns that the pages were being used to exploit the tragedy. Sen. Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty wrote a joint letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday morning asking that the pages »