New Haven 20 win case

On June 29, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of 20 New Haven firefighters who claimed, in a reverse discrimination suit, that they were denied a promotion because of their ethnicity. The Court’s 5–4 ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano set a new standard that increases the amount of evidence that must […]


On the ground: Watching and waiting at Ricci’s firehouse

For years, New Haven’s firefighters waited. Not a single firefighter has been promoted to captain or lieutenant since the city threw out the results of its now-infamous 2003 promotion exam, on which no black firefighters did well enough to be considered for a promotion. The city’s action drew a lawsuit from Frank Ricci and 19 […]


Court sides with firefighters in Ricci case

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of 20 New Haven firefighters who claimed in a reverse discrimination suit that they were denied promotion because of their race. The Court’s 5-4 ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano set a new standard that raises the amount of evidence that must be present to throw out an employment […]


Watching and waiting at Frank Ricci’s firehouse


Stern unveils models of new colleges

School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern ARC ’65 unveiled his designs for Yale’s two new residential colleges on Thursday, presenting two structures that reflect a sampling of Gothic styles from across Yale’s campus. At a ceremony held in the Memorabilia Room of Sterling Memorial Library, Stern presented models for the 13th and 14th colleges. […]


Local chefs compete for title

In a kitchen smaller than a typical seminar room, six event organizers, four reporters, three celebrity judges, two cameramen, and 16 chefs, sous-chefs, and student-assistants scuttled between hot burners, chopping blocks and tables piled high with food to crown New Haven’s next Iron Chef. The second-annual Iron Chef–Elm City contest took place at Gateway Community […]


Around New Haven

City to sell former Timothy Dwight school The city has agreed to sell the historic Timothy Dwight School building on 130 Edgewood Ave. for $4.51 million to Amistad Academy, which will use the space to consolidate its formerly split K-4 and 5-8 campuses. Amistad, a charter school supported by the nonprofit Achievement First, will build […]


Former provost makes chemistry fun

Penelope Laurans, the acting master of Jonathan Edwards College, saw it coming. When former Provost Andrew Hamilton joined the Yale faculty in 1997, word began to circulate among undergraduates. “He could teach ‘orgo,’ the most dreaded course in the curriculum, and give it wonder and spark,” she recalled students telling each other. Introducing Hamilton — […]


A streetcar named New Haven

For the third time in city history, the New Haven Department of Transportation is considering the revival of a trolley program to run between Union Station, downtown New Haven and some surrounding areas. Projections by two national consulting companies, URS and TranSystems, have shown that the project would take 10 years and $30 million to […]


‘Lidless’ earns drama prize

The Yale Drama Series awarded its third annual David C. Horn Prize to “Lidless,” a play by Frances Yao-Chu Cowhig, a graduate student from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. Dramatist and screenwriter David Hare, the judge of this year’s contest, selected Cowhig’s play out of 650 applicants and announced […]


Connecticut cleans its water

In spite of Connecticut’s budget woes, $135 million will likely be allocated by the state Bond Commission this Friday to improve the state’s clean water infrastructure — “a critical step” in protecting the Long Island Sound, one leading local environmentalist said. The money would come from the Connecticut Clean Water Fund, a state program consisting […]