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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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Ukraine
5:35 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ukrainian cultural curator in Stamford watching events in birthland closely

Lubow Wolynetz, 75, of the Ukrainian Museum and Library in Stamford, Conn. holds a picture of an Ukrainian hero and anti-occupation activist, poet Taras Shevchenko. The museum is organizing an exhibit to celebrate the bicentennial year of his birth.
Kaomi Goetz

The political unrest in the Ukraine is being closely watched by Ukrainian immigrants in Connecticut and New York. Lubow Wolynetz, 75, of the Ukrainian Museum and Library  in Stamford, Conn. says she has mixed feelings about her birth country being in the news.  

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bipartisan fillibuster blocks legislation
10:24 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Gillibrand: Senate's rejection of military sexual assault bill not a failure

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. pauses while speakig at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults.
Credit AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

After one year of lobbying her colleagues, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to change how the Pentagon handles sexual assault cases was rejected by the Senate on Thursday.

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Hearting on Cuomo helps taxpayers
6:35 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Why Bellone mentions Cuomo so much

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Suffolk Exec. Steve Bellone discuss Sandy preparations
Credit Office of NY Gov. Cuomo, Darren McGee

In his State of the County speech Wednesday night Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone mentioned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ten times.  That's eight more times than he mentioned anyone else. Turns out the name dropping is intentional.  

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