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"Latinos not protected by police"
6:08 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rights group alleges Suffolk still fails Latinos

The family of Marcelo Lucero surrounded by reporters. Lucero was stabbed to death in 2008 in what prosecutors say was a string of similar hate attacks.
Credit AP/Craig Ruttle

Latino rights advocates are accusing the Suffolk County Police Department of mishandling an investigation into the death of a migrant laborer. While critics stop short of alleging a cover up, they are calling on the federal government to take over the investigation.

The complaint dates back to a 2010 attack against two migrant workers from Mastic. The men went on a drinking binge and, at some point, were viciously attacked by multiple people, who beat and sodomized them.

One of the victims survived. The other did not.

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Land preservation
3:55 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Land trust terminates contract for bird sanctuary; property owner 'disappointed'

A view of the causeway property owned by Bruce Beinfield from across Farm Creek in Rowayton, Conn.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Farm Creek Preserve Facebook page.

In Connecticut, the Norwalk Land Trust is scrapping a plan to create a public bird sanctuary. The $1 million contract would have preserved an environmentally-sensitive coastal property. But the plan’s controversy proved too much for the land trust. 

The Norwalk Land Trust said in a statement that its decision to rescind the contract was made “after it became clear the contract was unenforceable.”

Supporters wanted to preserve the peninsular property to protect a surrounding tidal estuary in Rowayton.

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State opposes recognition of tribes
11:23 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Federal rule change raises questions about tribal recognition in Conn.

Golden Hill Paugussett Clan Mother Shoran Piper and her children at the Trumbull Reservation, the smallest Native American reservation in the U.S.
Credit Davis Dunavin

Native American tribes who have been denied federal recognition might have another chance under proposed new rules from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. But those new rules come with a clause that leaves tribes in Connecticut unsure if they’ll ever be recognized.  It has reopened an old debate between the state of Connecticut, homeowners and tribes.

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Himes raises the most money
4:55 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Members of Conn's Congressional delegation raise much more money than their opponents

Congressman Jim Himes

Of the five members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, Representative Jim Himes has raised the most money so far in this year’s election cycle. Representative Rosa DeLauro has raised the least. This is according to Open Secrets a website that tracks money in politics.

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Probing into the dark pools
4:40 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

NY AG investigates more investment banks

Investigators say UBS, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank are being questioned.

Three more investment banks say they are being investigated in a widening probe by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over allegations the banks give flash traders unfair advantage over regular investors.

Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Credit Suisse have regulators asking questions about who they allow to trade in their private stock exchanges. These so-called "dark pools" have grown rapidly in recent years as slower moving institutional investors seek protection from predatory flash traders.

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