6:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

How biblical law could inform dialogue on climate change

Credit AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in  the year 5775, which also  marks the beginning of Shmitah.  Shmitah  occurs every seven years.   According to biblical laws no planting or harvesting is allowed.  It is a sabbatical for the land and a practice that would fit in well with the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations, this week. 

Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and the Associate Rabbi and Director of Engagement at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. 

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State of Disparity
9:04 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Young Stamford artists answer question, "what is inequality?"

"The Shadow" by Sophia Vasylyk was shown in the "What Is Inequality?" exhibit in Stamford, Conn.
Credit Craig LeMoult

As we’ve been reporting in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut continues to have one of the widest gaps in the country between its wealthy and poor residents. This past weekend, an art show by students and graduates of Stamford’s public schools explored the question “what is inequality?”

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9:15 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Eight Writers Awarded Prestigous Windham Campbell Literary Prizes At Yale

Left to right: Sam Holcroft, Nadeem Aslam, Noelle Janaczewska, Jim Crace, Kia Corthron, Aminatta Forna, Pankaj Mishra, John Vaillant
Credit Courtesy Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Windham-Campbell literary festival is going on in New Haven this week. Eight writers from around the globe are being honored, having been surprised with prestigious awards that grant them $150,000 each. Here are the voices of a few of them—John Vaillant, Aminatta Forna, and Nadeem Aslam—speaking about their prizewinning work:

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Elephant in the Room Boxing Club
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New Haven Boxing Gym Trains Kids, In An Effort To Keep Violence In The Ring

Young boxers in the ring at Elephant in the Room Boxing Club in New Haven (CLICK PHOTO FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

Life in some low-income neighborhoods is often hard and sometimes violent. One woman in New Haven is trying to prevent violence on the streets, by containing that aggression in a boxing ring.

“Ropes up! 100 revolutions! Lets go!”

Devonne Canady barks orders at about a dozen kids, who spin jump ropes around them while standing on wooden pallets in the parking lot of a boxing gym.

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State of Disparity
7:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Report highlights impact of race & education on jobs & wealth in Conn.

A new report says Connecticut’s economic recovery is only benefiting the state’s wealthiest citizens.  The advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children says only the state’s highest earners have seen their wages increase since 2000.  The report says young people, members of racial minority groups, and workers who don’t have a college education are seeing negative trends in wages and employment.

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