Transportation Upgrades
3:11 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Improvements To Eastern Conn.'s Outdated Freight Rail Could Boost Economy

The New England Central Railroad departs Willimantic.
Credit Rhonda Miller

Eastern Connecticut is the weakest link in the New England Central Railroad, which is made up of nearly 400 miles of freight rail from the Port of New London to the Canadian border. That’s about to change with a federal grant of more than $8 million to bring eastern Connecticut’s portion of the tracks up to national standards.

The state expects the improvements to create $130 million in economic benefits over 30 years from heavier loads of freight and new business.

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Election 2014
2:34 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama Helps Rally The Urban Vote For Malloy In Bridgeport

President Barack Obama raises the hand of Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, right, during a rally at Central High School in Bridgeport, Conn. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. emocratic city in an effort to re-elect Malloy in Tuesday's midterm election where he will rematch with GOP candidate Tom Foley.
Credit AP Photo/John Minchillo

President Barack Obama came to Connecticut on Sunday to support incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy at a boisterous rally in Bridgeport.

Democrat Malloy is in a close rematch with Republican Tom Foley.

About 1,900 Democratic Party faithful filled the city’s Central High School gym to hear Obama’s closing argument for Malloy.

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Election 2014
5:55 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Foley Downplays Obama's Campaign Visit For Malloy

Conn. GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley's campaign bus parked outside an office park in Shelton, Conn., where the candidate had a campaign rally on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Friday, Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley downplayed the significance of President Barack Obama’s visit to Bridgeport on Sunday to stump for his Democratic rival Governor Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday shows Foley and Malloy in a dead heat.

Foley, a Greenwich businessman, says he’s not expecting that the president’s visit will help sway the vote in Connecticut.

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Libertarian McDermott derides a "rigged" system
3:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

An Average Guy, Campaigning For NY Governor

Libertarian Michael McDermott decided to run for Governor on a lark after his friend already decided to run in his Congressional district.
Credit Charles Lane


Michael McDermott will let the phone ring and ring. But when his lawyer calls, he stops talking mid-sentence.

"Hold on this is our lawyer," McDermott says, "Hey Gary, any word?"

The newly minted head of the Libertarian Party of New York weaves in and out of traffic in this last week before election day. Before the phone rang he was cataloging the many obstacles for his party before election day--like getting on the ballot, and staying on the ballot.

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Ghoulish discovery on eve of Halloween
3:22 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Human Skulls Discovered In Garbage With Witchcraft Books & Videos In Stamford

Two skulls were found at the Stamford transfer station Thursday, along with books and videos on witchcraft and devil worship
Credit Stamford Police


Police in Stamford say they believe two human skulls that were found Thursday at a garbage transfer station in the city were likely purchased from a catalog.

Stamford police traced the skulls back to a home in Fairfield, and interviewed the elderly father of a man who had the skulls until he passed away recently. Lieutenant Diedrich Hohn of the Stamford Police says the father described his son as mentally ill. He said his son was a fan of the occult, Satan and witchcraft.  Hohn says police found a catalog advertising human skulls for sale.

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