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May 11, 2018

ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session

by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs

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HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.

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April 30, 2018

MMA in Connecticut - What’s the Holdup?

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Apr 30, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Business | Entertainment | Gaming | Public Safety | Sports | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Despite opening the door to Mixed Martial Arts and changing the law last year to make the state more hospitable to combat sports, no MMA events have yet been held in Connecticut outside the two federally recognized tribal casinos. At least two fight promoters say the dearth of events thus far has been about costs.

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April 24, 2018

Sports Stars Try To Give Betting A Push

by Jack Kramer | Apr 24, 2018 5:32pm
Posted to: Gaming | Sports

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HARTFORD, CT—Two big-time major league sports stars came to the state Capitol Tuesday to try and kickstart the effort to pass sports betting legislation before the close of the legislative session.

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April 10, 2018

Optimistic Speaker Says Gaming This Session Is ‘Complex’

by Jack Kramer | Apr 10, 2018 12:35pm
Posted to: Gaming | Legal | Sports | Bridgeport | East Windsor

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HARTFORD, CT—The odds of passing legislation concerning new casinos and legalized sports betting before the close of the legislative session, May 9, aren’t good, according to House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin.

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March 15, 2018

OP-ED | Who Should Replace Kevin Ollie? Nobody

by Susan Bigelow | Mar 15, 2018 10:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Opinion | Sports | State Budget

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Well, looks like the University of Connecticut fired their men’s basketball coach. Who should they replace him with? Dan Hurley? John Becker? Larry Bird? Whoever the assistant coach is? I’ve even heard Jim Calhoun’s name come up.

I have a better idea, though: let’s not replace him at all.

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November 24, 2017

OP-ED | Football Is Brutal. So Why Coach It?

by Barth Keck | Nov 24, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Public Health | Sports

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Why coach football?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself more frequently this high school season — my 13th as an assistant coach — due to recent research outlining the dangers of the sport.

Football, in plain terms, is a brutal game that can cause serious injuries. A recent study at Boston University, for example, found that the potential for head impacts on kids under 12 who play tackle football “may double their risk of developing behavioral problems and triple their chances of suffering depression later in life.”

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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Legendary Coach Loses Battle with Cancer, But Her Spirit Lives On

by Barth Keck | Nov 10, 2017 6:30am
Posted to: Education | Opinion | Obituary | Sports | Haddam | Killingworth

Published with permission courtesy of Opticon, the H-K Yearbook
Working with high school kids is a privilege that comes with substantial responsibilities. That reality was never lost on Patsy Kamercia, longtime physical-education teacher and field hockey coach at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Higganum.

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September 29, 2017

OP-ED | Words Matter: ‘Patriotism’ and ‘Racism’ in the National Anthem Controversy

by Barth Keck | Sep 29, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Election 2016 | Military Spending | Opinion | Sports | Veterans Affairs | White House

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Words matter. Two words that matter a great deal right now are “patriotism” and “racism,” the critical concepts surrounding NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Thanks to Donald Trump’s incendiary criticism of that activity, the heated issue got much hotter last weekend.

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September 25, 2017

Auriemma Offers To Give Up Salary During Budget Stalemate

by Christine Stuart | Sep 25, 2017 5:29am
Posted to: Education | Sports | State Budget

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — University of Connecticut women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma told the Hartford Courant that he would give up his $2.4 million salary next year to help balance the state budget.

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September 5, 2017

UConn and Father-and-Son Football Coaches Appeal Ethics Decision

by Christine Stuart | Sep 5, 2017 11:30am
Posted to: Ethics | Sports

ASPEN PHOTO VIA SHUTTERSTOCK HARTFORD, CT — The University of Connecticut, the school’s head football coach, Randy Edsall, and Edsall’s son, Corey, are appealing a decision by the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board, which concluded that Edsall violated state ethics laws by negotiating a deal to allow his son to be hired as an assistant coach.

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