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July 23, 2014

OP-ED | Giving Adoptees and Their Kids the Rights They Deserve

by Bill Finch | July 23, 2014 8:38am

I’m a proud father of four kids. So when the doctor asks for our family medical history, why does the government keep that information locked away? I may be the mayor of our state’s largest city, but because of outdated laws, I’m just another adoptee who is treated as a second-class citizen.

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July 15, 2014

Malloy Highlights Efforts To Combat Urban Crime

by Christine Stuart | July 15, 2014 4:30pm

Susan Bigelow map Looking at a map of the 2010 race for governor it’s easy to see why Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been very visible in Connecticut’s major cities this summer.

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July 8, 2014

OP-ED | Sort Out the FUSE Problems, But Don’t Forget the Kids

by Owen Francis | July 8, 2014 3:53pm

We’ve seen a lot of news in the last few weeks about problems with Family Urban Schools of Excellence (FUSE) and their operation of schools in Hartford. But in all of the coverage, there has not been much talk about the students, like my own kids, whose school districts had failed them and whose lives have been changed for the better by attending a Connecticut charter school.

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May 30, 2014

Bond Commission Approves $570 Million in Borrowing

by Hugh McQuaid | May 30, 2014 1:07pm

The State Bond Commission released about $570 million in borrowing during a Friday meeting, including funding for a new courthouse in Torrington, state assistance for businesses, and bonding for projects sought by lawmakers.

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May 16, 2014

Candidate Demands Apology For Comments Made By Opponent

by Christine Stuart | May 16, 2014 12:52pm

CTNJ file photo Republican lieutenant governor candidate David Walker demanded an apology from his opponent, Penny Bacchiochi, on Friday for “playing the race card” on a radio program this week.

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April 3, 2014

Consumer Protection Approves Six Marijuana Dispensaries

by Christine Stuart | April 3, 2014 2:52pm

istockphoto The Consumer Protection Department approved six medical marijuana dispensaries Thursday that will be located in Hartford, Branford, Bridgeport, South Windsor, Uncasville, and Bristol.

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March 19, 2014

Harp Picks Looney’s PILOT Proposal Over Sharkey’s

by Christine Stuart | March 19, 2014 3:53pm

Christine Stuart photo If she was forced to choose, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said she prefers Sen. Martin Looney’s proposal to change how cities and towns receive money from the payment in lieu of taxes program.

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March 13, 2014

Will A Bill Shrinking Drug-Free Zones Get A Debate In An Election Year?

by Christine Stuart | March 13, 2014 5:30am

Christine Stuart photo It’s an issue that doesn’t impact a majority of state lawmakers, which makes a bill that shrinks drug-free school zones from 1,500 to 200 feet, a tough sell.

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February 22, 2014

OP-ED | Don’t Let the Truth Get in the Way of a ‘Good’ Op-Ed

by Bill Finch | February 22, 2014 6:07pm

Students and parents of Bridgeport’s East Side and East End communities have waited many years for a replacement for the aging Harding High School. This project is one that is well-deserved, beautifully designed and long-awaited by the entire school community. For nearly two decades, Harding has been in major disrepair, and all possibilities to repair and renovate the current building have been exhausted. There is no alternative to new construction.

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February 21, 2014

OP-ED | The Environmental Racism of Bridgeport’s Carnival of Corruption

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 21, 2014 8:05am

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If the window of government transparency in Connecticut has become foggy lately, in Bridgeport it’s turned into a funhouse mirror.

The latest to come from Mayor Bill Finch’s Carnival of Corruption was a vote Thursday evening to proceed with phase one of a deal to build a new Harding High School on 17.2 acres of a 78-acre brownfield site on Boston Avenue, currently owned by General Electric. This would enable Finch and his allies to sell the current Harding High site to Bridgeport Hospital.

According to federal law, a brownfield site refers to “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

The aforementioned brownfield site is, according to a piece in the CT Post, “contaminated with lead, arsenic, petroleum hydrocarbons and volatile compounds.”

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