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12:40 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Book Review: The Illusion of Separateness

Author Simon Van Booy's latest novel tells the story of a single act of kindness, which transcended time and space, to ultimately show how we're all interconnected.  Book critic Joan Baum has this review.

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Culture
4:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

The Logbooks: Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory

Author Anne Farrow will be speaking  on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 6 p.m., at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, Connecticut.

In The Logbooks:  Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory, journalist Anne Farrow explores a part of U.S. history that she says we, as a nation, have collectively forgotten.  Farrow writes, it's the history of "a labor system that held millions in bondage."  At the same time, slavery was an economic machine that generated great wealth for some families and made Connecticut prosperous. 

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Crime
3:45 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

In New Haven, St. Patrick's Day Arrest Video Sparks Protests

Protesters inside the New Haven Police Department lobby on Monday, March 23.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Tuesday, March 24:

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says an officer seen in a video forcibly arresting a 15-year-old girl would be removed from active duty. The video appears to show the officer slamming the girl onto the street after an altercation during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Protesters say she suffered a fractured shoulder and facial bruises.

“I’m happy,” said organizer Barbara Fair. "I am happy. He is off the street. That’s our first demand that we wanted to happen, and it’s happened.”

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Government
3:29 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Poll: Cuomo's approval rating at its lowest since taking office

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday finds Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval rating is at its lowest since taking office in 2010.

Cuomo’s job approval rating stands at 50 percent, down 8 points just from last December, before the legislative session began and the governor began a more public feud with the state’s teachers unions, said Quinnipiac University spokesman Mickey Carroll.

“It’s not very good,” said Carroll. “A governor should do better than 50 percent."

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Superstorm Sandy
12:33 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

FEMA Outlines Flood Insurance Reforms

People stand next to a house that collapsed during Superstorm Sandy in East Haven, Conn. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun revealing details on how it will reform the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA oversees the program, which allows people to buy flood insurance from the federal government.  The agency contracts private insurance companies to process claims and payouts through the program.

FEMA's talk of reform follows weeks of criticism that the private insurance companies who administer the program underpaid homeowners following Superstorm Sandy.

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