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For some, DOMA decision is immediately life-altering

Story revised to clarify the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling for binational couples. For one Connecticut same-sex couple, the decision on the DOMA was immediately life-altering. Lucy Truman and Kelli Ryan, a binational couple living in Newtown, had two things packed Wednesday morning as they anxiously awaited the Supreme Court’s decision: Truman’s suitcases […]

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Historic day ends with celebration

Members of Connecticut’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and their supporters, gathered at Real Art Ways in Hartford Wednesday night to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  Below is a photo gallery of some of the couples reveling at the party — young, old and in-between. First, though, […]

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Interactive: A look at hospital charges in Connecticut

Consumers in May got to see what hospitals across the country charged for some of the most commonly performed inpatient medical procedures.  “Up until now there hasn’t been a one-stop shop to compare hospitals in the state, across multiple procedures,” said Victoria Veltri, Connecticut’s healthcare advocate. “It was a big move nationally, never mind for […]

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Activists protest Koch brothers’ potential purchase of Courant parent

On Broad Street in Hartford outside the headquarters of the nation’s oldest, continuously published newspaper, activists mobilized in protest against the Koch brothers’ reported interest in buying the Tribune Co. “We’re concerned about the way that the Koches know nothing about, and represent nothing about, the values of journalism,” said Josh Stearns, Journalism and public […]

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Supervision, planning, training are keys to school security

The NRA has suggested armed guards as the best way to protect America’s schoolchildren. Others say metal detectors, video cameras and sophisticated alarm devices would help defend and protect against mass shootings like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. School safety experts Gregory Thomas and Michael Dorn think differently. They think student […]

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Can we predict school violence?

Following the mass shooting at Columbine, the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education tried to determine if they could predict such future attacks. They examined 37 school-targeted attacks, committed by 41 individuals over the span of 25 years from 1974 to 2000. The final result of the study was the Safe School Initiative. […]

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‘Gun Appreciation Day’ comes to the State Capitol

Hundreds rallied Saturday outside the State Capitol on “Gun Appreciation Day,” protesting the prospect of new gun-control legislation in Washington and Hartford in response the shooting deaths of 26 children and educators in Newtown. “Write your legislators, email them, call them, put the pressure on them,” Robert Crook, a lobbyist for gun owners as director […]

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Connecticut gun sales increasing every year

The shooting deaths of 20 schoolchildren and six of their faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School have prompted the governor and Connecticut legislature to seek ways to reduce gun violence. This is one of an ongoing series to inform that effort. Connecticut’s people have a lot of guns… …And are acquiring more at an ever-increasing […]