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Walking 365 miles in footsteps of historic figure
10:51 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Reenacting the legendary loop of the Leatherman

The Leatherman (left) and Russ Schneider recreating his 365-mile loop (right)
Leatherman photo courtesy of Dan DeLuca. Dan Schneider photo by Craig LeMoult

In the mid 1800s, a man dressed in a leather suit spent 30 years continually walking in a 365 mile circle through Connecticut and Westchester County, sleeping in caves along the way. Who he was and why he did it is a mystery that still fascinates people today. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult reports that fascination led one man to literally follow in the footsteps of the legendary Leatherman.

The song at the end of the story is written and performed by Jason Ajemian.

Leatherman documentary blog

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UTC is Conn's largest private employer
6:09 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Bill allowing UTC to use $500 in state tax credits makes it through the Conn legislature

The Connecticut Senate has approved a bill that would allow United Technologies Corporation to use $500 million in state tax credits to upgrade and expand its facilities in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 34 to 2 on Thursday.

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Crime
6:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Conn. man charged in Yale hoax threat

50-year-old Jeffery Jones of Westbrook turned himself in to police on Tuesday and was arraigned in court on Wednesday. He's currently being held on $250,000 bond.
Credit New Haven Police Department

Police in New Haven, Connecticut have charged a man with making a hoax call last November in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on his way to shoot up Yale University. It prompted a six-hour campus lockdown and search.

Police say Jeffery Jones of Westbrook  has been on their radar for a while. They say he's under investigation for similar calls made to Hillhouse High School in New Haven in December of last year and to Branford Police about an armed bank robbery that never occurred.

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Real Estate
9:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Big-time home sales stoking Northeast real estate market

The housing market is trying to regain its footing, yet sales have slipped in much of the country. One exception is in Connecticut, where sales – especially of expensive homes – are doing well. We look at one history-making sale in Greenwich, Connecticut that's setting the tone for springtime homesellers. 

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Lawmakers urged to show more leadership in housing
4:58 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Nonprofit: Long Island housing uncompetitive, unsustainable

A rendering of the Ronkonkoma Hub project set to bring 1,500 apartments near the Ronkonkoma train station.
Credit Handout

An advocate for affordable housing warned Suffolk County lawmakers Wednesday that Long Island is losing the competition for future residents. Lawmakers were told current zoning laws are forcing young professionals to flee Long Island.  

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