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Posted inEducation

Judge presses state on approach to school funding as trial wraps

The five-month trial examining whether the lowest-performing schools in Connecticut are providing students with the education the state constitution requires came to a close Wednesday with final arguments from the attorney defending the state and sharp questioning from the judge. The judge will now craft a complex decision almost certain to become the basis of an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Posted inPolitics

Shays joins ‘Republicans for Hillary’ campaign

WASHINGTON — Former GOP Rep. Chris Shays was one of 50 prominent Republicans on Wednesday to launch “Together for America,” a group that supports Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency. Shays said he decided to support Hillary Clinton, instead of this party’s nominee Donald Trump, for president after watching the national parties’ conventions..

Posted inCT Viewpoints

The Gatling gun and other tools to limit bloodshed

Dr. Richard Gatling lived in a Hartford mansion overlooking the Colt Firearms factory in Dutch Point. His 1861 invention– the first WMD — was built by the Colt company while it was being run by Samuel Colt’s widow Elizabeth. The good doctor said he wanted to limit bloodshed in war, so he created a machine of death powerful enough to scare away the enemy. Also, the gun could limit battlefield deaths, Gatling argued, because we wouldn’t need so many soldiers.