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Bringing dietary change to “food deserts” not easy

Build it and they will come? That maxim may not apply to big supermarkets located in low-income neighborhoods that are otherwise known as “food deserts.” Food deserts are high-density neighborhoods where residents have easy access to fast-food restaurants and high-priced convenience stories, but have to travel a significant distance to find a big grocery store […]

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Blumenthal takes Lyme disease fight to the Senate

NEW HAVEN–As attorney general, Richard Blumenthal won praise from the vocal group of Lyme disease patient advocates who believe the illness can be a chronic condition–and the ire of many doctors–when he challenged a medical society’s guidelines for treating the controversial tick-borne ailment. On Monday, Blumenthal announced that he plans to continue his Lyme disease […]

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Open seat makes 5th District the one to watch in redistricting

With four public hearings in three days, the legislature’s Reapportionment Committee this week finishes its first round of information gathering to be used in drawing five congressional and 187 state legislative districts to reflect the 2010 census. Then the fun begins. Drawing new districts in Connecticut is an exercise in computer-assisted puzzle making and old-fashioned […]

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Budget cuts could shut down tiny environmental watchdog

After a 40 year run, the Council on Environmental Quality–the state’s tiny environmental watchdog–could be put out of business by the governor’s budget-cutting plan and its responsibilities shifted to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “It’s really very disheartening,” said Barbara Wagner, the chair of the all-volunteer board that oversees the Council and its […]

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Wilson-Foley latest Republican defending donations to Democrats

Linda McMahon got flak from Republicans last year during her U.S. Senate bid for donating more than $35,000 to Democrats while she was the chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment. Now, it’s Lisa Wilson-Foley’s turn. The Republican 5th District candidate and health-care entrepreneur donated more than $7,000 to Democratic congressional candidates in Connecticut over 13 […]

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Pew examines the rise of non-profit news sites

As traditional newsrooms have declined in recent years, a new kind of news-gathering organization has emerged: non-profit operations that report on the state or national levels, most of them primarily on-line. Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism examined 39 such organizations–including The Connecticut Mirror–and found they vary widely in terms of transparency and […]

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Report: Connecticut residents provide 465 million hours of unpaid care to relatives

Connecticut residents spent 465 million hours serving as unpaid caregivers in 2009, providing care to family members that would have cost $5.8 billion if it had to be provided by paid workers, according to estimates in a report released Monday. The report, “Valuing the Invaluable: The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving, 2011 Update,” […]