1:10 pm: Associated Press reporting that two apartment building collapsed after an explosion caused by a gas leak. Two people were killed, 18 injured and an undisclosed number of people missing. Utility workers were on the way to check out a report of a gas odor at the time of the 9:30 a.m. blast, which shattered store windows for blocks, hurled debris onto elevated commuter railroad tracks close by, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.
12:05 pm: NYPD is reporting 2 people dead and 17 injured.
Black-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments of the nation's economy. In Connecticut, economists paint a different picture. Small businesses owned by black people account for little more than 4% of all small enterprises, while black people make up 12% percent of the population. Many struggle to get established and compete in the state's economy. But some towns with significant African American populations are trying to change that.
A federal judge has ruled Immigrations and Customs Enforcement violated a New Haven man’s constitutional rights when he was shackled during immigration court proceedings. The federal judge’s ruling late last week does not force ICE to stop the practice. It says there should have been an assessment to determine if the shackling was necessary in the case of Mark Reid. Reid is represented by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.
Stamford Mayor David Martin is planning to address citizens this week via the Internet. He says he plans to be the first mayor in the state to use social media to host a live video stream to interact with citizens.
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is moving forward on her effort to strip senior military commanders of their authority to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. After her proposal failed in an emotional Senate vote last week Gillibrand says she will make another push in six to nine months.