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6:30 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Stamford Mayor David Martin proposes 4.9% tax hike in first budget

Mayor David Martin of Stamford presents a summary of his recommended budget for the 2014-5 fiscal year at a press briefing at the Government Center Monday.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

First-term Stamford Mayor David Martin is proposing a tax increase of 1.17 mills or nearly 5 percent for the 2014-15 budget year. Martin is presenting his budget to the city’s Board of Finance Monday night. The mayor says his $515 million budget includes funding to fix longstanding structural issues. 

  

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Homicide victims' privacy rights debated
6:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Conn. lawmakers consider loosening tough restriction on crime scene pictures and audio

Some Connecticut lawmakers say they are struggling over whether to support proposed legislation that would limit public access to 911 audio tapes. The legislation would also limit access to crime scene photos and law enforcement audio recordings in homicide cases. However, the proposal is less restrictive than a law that was passed last year in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Supporters and opponents of the proposal made their case to lawmakers on Monday.

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Norwalk native continues climate change activism
12:38 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Greenpeace captain heading out to sea again

Norwalk, Conn resident, and captain of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, Peter Willcox of the U.S. speaks during an interview to The Associated Press in St Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
Credit AP/Dmitry Lovetsky

  Activist and GreenPeace ship captain, Peter Willcox, was recently released from jail in Russia along with 29 members of his crew. They were arrested for protesting Russian oil drilling in the Arctic.

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Eight writers receive $150,000 each
6:32 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Yale announces winners of Windham Campbell Literature Prize

Eight writers from seven countries are this year’s recipients of the Windham Campbell Literature Prizes, announced today by Yale University.  Each writer will receive $150,000.

The 2014 prizewinners are: in fiction, Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Nadeem Aslam (Pakistan), and Jim Crace (United Kingdom); in non-fiction, Pankaj Mishra (India) and John Vaillant (United States/Canada); and in drama, Kia Corthron (United States), Sam Holcroft (United Kingdom) and Noëlle Janaczewska (Australia). Their bios are online here.

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Proposal to scrap CRRA
5:38 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Conn. officials propose replacing state-run waste to energy business

A proposal to replace a state-run waste to energy business in Connecticut with a new entity faced opposition at a meeting of the state General Assembly’s Environment Committee on Friday. Private waste haulers claim the proposal would put them out of business.

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