The number of hate crimes in New York State jumped 30% in 2012 compared to the year prior. That’s from a state report released Thursday that says most of the statewide increase is attributed to Suffolk County property crimes classified as hate crimes.
A former member of the renowned Harlem Globetrotters basketball team died this week. Some also knew Connecticut's Alvin Clinkscales as the first black high school coach in state. Many called him a mentor and friend.
An unusual art exhibit opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut last night. It features the work of world-renowned painter Chuck Close. And next to his paintings hang the work of Bridgeport elementary school students. The exhibit comes out of a collaboration Close has had with a Bridgeport school, as part of a the national Turnaround Arts Initiative to bring art to disadvantaged kids.
Hundreds of volunteers are gathered Thursday at a small park in South Norwalk to build a playground in honor of six year old Allison Wyatt. The playground is one of 26 being built by the program The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play, in memory of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.