If getting the 5 Ws – who, what, where, when and why – is one of the first rules of covering a news story, it’s followed immediately by the need for balance. If John Smith is angry at something George Jones said, the reporter knows to call Jones for his point of view.
UConn, state employees’ union pact (redux), and a good idea from NY
Seven current or former UConn students this week said the university failed to protect them from sexual assault and, after learning about it, acted inappropriately or insufficiently. Celebrity civil rights attorney Gloria Allred is representing the women, who filed a Title IX complaint with the civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
Pete Gioia, Jim Himes, Peter Wolfgang, and a week of shutdown fallout & warnings
I’m betting that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t really get the debt ceiling. Then I read Mirror reporter Ana Radelat’s timely profile of Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut’s 4th District congressman. A former Goldman Sachs vice president, Himes does understand the debt ceiling, and because of that, is far more nervous than I’d been […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
Merrill pulls office into the 21st century
If you went onto the Secretary of the State’s website on primary night to try to find voting results, you may have experienced EXTREME!! FRUSTRATION!! (as I did) at your inability to learn, well, anything. The Connecticut News Junkie has a terrific piece on changes in election coverage in the works at the office of […]
Silver: Risk-averse Romney makes a risky choice
New York Times blogger Nate Silver has his usual interesting, poll-based, statistic-heavy take on Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan. Read here.
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, […]
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 […]
A watershed moment for gay Americans?
If you are gay and seeking political office, well, who cares, says a writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill publication. Sexual Orientation ‘Nonissue’ on Campaign Trail”
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, […]
The Supreme Court’s ruling and Connecticut residents
C-HIT.org — Connecticut’s investigative health team website — has published details of the effect on numerous categories of Connecticut residents of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the Affordable Care Act. Go here.