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Posted inEducation

Shutdown, Learning to read, UConn Health Center and Newtown

My Canadian cousin called last weekend just after the debt ceiling crisis had shoved the shutdown crisis out of the spotlight. “Who is running your country?” he asked. Who knew? This partisan brawl was unrecognizable to me, a bizarre event in some unknown country. Even when the U.S. Supreme Court anointed George W. Bush in 2000, it was my country going through an odd paroxysm.

Posted inNews

Welcome to our new website!

We are proud of our new look, and we hope you find even more to like at The Connecticut Mirror. We’re excited about the new visual possibilities the new site offers, and over the next weeks and months, we will be rolling out additional new features, too.  Keep an eye on this space and I’ll […]

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Correction (Aug. 21, 2012)

The following correction was published to the story titled “Report: Connecticut companies, CEOs, don’t pay fair share of taxes”: Correction: Jeffrey Boyd, CEO of Norwalk-based Priceline, benefited when the top income tax rate dropped from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. An earlier version of this story misstated the top U.S. income tax rate. The story has […]

Posted inHealth

A tool for healthy lives

An excellent story on the state’s nonprofit health website C-HIT.org (Connecticut Health Investigative Team) on the Community Health Index, a way to measure an area’s health. Writer Magaly Olivero says the nonprofit Connecticut Association of Directors of Health developed the index “to measure seven ‘social determinants’ – economic security, employment, housing, education, community safety, civic […]

Posted inHealth

‘The toughest enemy’

Lisa Chedekel of C-HIT.org writes on the state’s investigative health website this week that the total number of soldiers who committed suicide in July — 38, including 26 on active duty — is the highest since the Army started reporting monthly statistics in 2009. Chedekel reports that Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of […]

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A new call to study cellphone radiation

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today, according to Washington Post tech blogger Hayley Tsukayama, that says cellphone exposure limits should be reassessed. The blogger writes, “While the report did not suggest that cellphone use causes cancer, the agency did say that FCC’s current energy exposure limit for mobile phones, established in 1996, […]

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Courant story says Donovan staff lawyer gave inside information to campaign head

A story in Saturday’s Hartford Courant says that Laura Jordan, House Speaker Christopher Donovan’s staff lawyer, gave information about roll-year-own cigarette legislation to Joshua Nassi, Donovan’s former campaign manager. Nassi was one of three campaign staff members fired by Donovan in May when the scandal involving campaign donations tied to legislation first broke. That was […]

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Connecticut Navy veteran fights denial of VA medical care … and wins, with others’ help

If you missed it, C-HIT.org — the investigative health news site — posted a story last week about a Connecticut veteran who couldn’t get medical care at a veterans hospital because he had an “other than honorable” discharge. With help from a variety of sources, Stephen Norko, who now lives in veterans housing in Bridgeport, […]