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June 25, 2015

OP-ED | Are Drug Company Kickbacks Fueling A Deadly Public Health Crisis In Connecticut?

by Matt DeRienzo | June 25, 2015 11:00pm

Pharmaceutical companies’ aggressive marketing of expensive (and profitable) medications has likely exacerbated America’s problems with health care.

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June 6, 2014

OP-ED | Torrington Will Get Its Day In Court

by Terry Cowgill | June 6, 2014 4:30am

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It is a sad day when struggling communities have to look to state government for sustenance and rejuvenation. But such is the case with Torrington, a once proud mill town in the upper Naugatuck Valley.

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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 28, 2014

Bond Agenda includes Courthouse, Road Paving and Business Assistance

by Hugh McQuaid | May 28, 2014 3:33pm

Laurie Gaboardi File Photo The State Bond Commission is expected to approve around $570 million in borrowing on Friday, including around $71 million for a new courthouse in Torrington and nearly $40 million for business assistance programs.

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December 27, 2013

OP-ED | Walmart: Big Boy As Low-Hanging Fruit

by Terry Cowgill | December 27, 2013 6:30am

As shoppers hit the big-box stores and plunge into another orgy of post-holiday bargain hunting, the usual handwringing about the low-wage employees who serve the buying class will surely begin.

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November 8, 2013

ANALYSIS | Election 2013 Roundup: What We Learned

by Susan Bigelow | November 8, 2013 6:30am

Election Day has come and gone, and the 2013 municipal elections are in the books at last. So what did we learn?

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May 3, 2013

OP-ED | No More Excuses for Sexual Assault

by Susan Bigelow | May 3, 2013 5:30am

Susan Bigelow The stories keep getting worse out of Torrington. Four different teenage boys affiliated with the Torrington High football program were charged in February and March with statutory rape. On the heels of that, some of their classmates took to social media to further humiliate the victims. And now there’s this:

Another incident surfaced in Litchfield Superior Court this week in which three other boys — two of whom were affiliated football team at the time — are charged with the 2011 gang-rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl. The Register Citizen reports details of the allegations unflinchingly and graphically in this harrowing read.

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April 20, 2013

OP-ED | Rape Cases Highlight Need for Important Conversations

by Sarah Darer Littman | April 20, 2013 5:47am

According to the arrest warrants, a 13-year-old girl said “no.” Not just once. Multiple times. But an 18-year-old football player had sex with her anyway.

By the law, by any normal, decent person’s standards, that’s called rape. It doesn’t matter if she snuck out of her house at 3 a.m.; it doesn’t matter if she smoked pot for the first time; it doesn’t matter if that 18-year-old football player plied her with alcohol first. She said “no.” More than once. And when a girl says “No, I don’t want to have sex,” then a man is supposed to respect that.

Otherwise, there’s a term for him: Rapist.

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April 10, 2013

Mayors Keep Pressure On Lawmakers To Maintain Funding

by Christine Stuart | April 10, 2013 1:15pm

(Updated 4:55 p.m.) The largest municipal lobby in the state isn’t giving up its fight against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget. In fact, its lobbying efforts have only increased as a deadline for the legislature’s budget looms.

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March 21, 2013

OP-ED | Victim Bullying in Torrington a Shameful Example of Rape Culture

by Susan Bigelow | March 21, 2013 5:30am

Susan Bigelow Two Torrington High School football players have been accused of sexual assault. But online, who’s getting the blame? Who’s being bullied? Two 13-year-old girls. If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it happens all the time. It has to end.

There aren’t a lot of details about what happened because the cases are sealed, but what we do know is chilling: two Torrington football players stand accused of the second-degree sexual assault of two 13-year-old victims. What’s heartbreaking, and what’s depressingly expected, is that students from the Torrington public schools took to social media to harass, taunt, and bully the victims. Here’s a smattering of what Register Citizen reporter Jessica Glenza was able to uncover:

“I wanna know why there’s no punishment for young hoes,” said one Twitter user. “If it takes two then why is only one in trouble? Ha,” said another. “[S]ticking up for a girl who wanted the D and then snitched? have a seat pleaseeee,” wrote someone else. “You destroyed two people’s life,” someone accused her. It goes on like this. There are almost certainly a lot more that were either deleted, posted elsewhere, or not found.

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