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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law enforcement
9:54 am
Wed September 24, 2014

U.S. Marshals mark 225 year anniversary

Credit Brian Scott-Smith

On Sept. 24, 1789, President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act.

Included in that legislation was the creation of the office of the U.S. Marshals, charged with helping federal courts enforce the law.  

Now known as the U.S. Marshal Service, it's the oldest federal law enforcement agency. The Marshal Service calls itself the smallest federal law enforcement agency of its kind.

It has just under 5,500 employees today. That's compared to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has around 35,000 employees.

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3:03 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Norwalk settles mosque dispute with more than $2M payout

Norwalk resident Kimberly Grimm speaks before the Common Council vote Tuesday.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

After weeks of closed-door meetings and public hearings, officials in Norwalk, Conn., have agreed to settle a two-year legal battle with a local Muslim group that was looking to build a mosque. The case highlighted a federal law that some in Norwalk felt left the city vulnerable to litigation. 

The Common Council unanimously agreed to a payout to Al Madany Islamic Center of more than $1 million in damages and legal fees. About $300,000 will be paid by the city's insurer. 

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Church says standard of treatment was different
5:55 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Conn. Supreme Court hears appeal from Hartford Diocese on pedophile priest case

Attorney Hugh Hughes, representing the plaintiff, Jacob Doe, in Connecticut Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Credit CT-N

The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments this week about a priest who was known to be a pedophile when he was appointed to be the director of a Hartford grade school. The Hartford Archdiocese is appealing a million-dollar verdict that was awarded to a man who says he was abused by that priest as a student in the 1980s.

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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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