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Gun control debate
7:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

National campaign urges Senators to reconsider vote against background checks

A new national campaign is urging eight U.S. Senators who voted against universal background checks for gun purchases to reconsider.  Gun control advocates in Greenwich, Connecticut are asking people to send postcards to the Senators.

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Development
12:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Controversy in Rowayton, Conn. divides community

A sign in a lawn in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Kaomi Goetz

A private property in coastal Rowayton, Connecticut is stirring up controversy. A land trust wants to preserve the half-acre site as a bird sanctuary and protect the surrounding tidal estuary. But others aren’t happy with the details. 

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New York cashes $4.6B in penalties
5:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

NY nets more in bank fees

Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York Department of Financial Services, speaks to business leaders on Long Island. Lawsky has so far collected $4.6 billion in bank fines.
Credit Charles Lane

The amount of money New York State is receiving in penalties levied against banks is increasing. In the last three months state coffers have added more than $4.6 billion in bank fines.

The bulk of the money comes from a record settlement against BNP Paribas, a French bank that admitted to violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, and Cuba. It was first reported that New York would receive $2.2 billion, but that number ticks up by another billion because New York City will be giving a portion of its penalty to the state.

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Bethel dispensary faces challenge
12:59 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

For some, medical marijuana is OK, just not in their back yard

Medical marijuana at a dispensary in California
Credit (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

It will be a year and a half before marijuana becomes available in New York, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law last weekend allowing a limited use of the drug for certain diseases. In Connecticut, a new industry is taking shape as the state’s medical marijuana program nears its launch. Six dispensaries have been licensed to open around Connecticut.   In Fairfield County, one of these dispensaries has run into some unusually strong resistance.

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Overcoming a "sissy" image
6:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Badminton woos Americans on Long Island

The Danish Flemming Quach returning a volley at the US badminton championship held at Suffolk County Community College
Credit Charles Lane

The tall and lithe Michelle Li from Toronto dings a goose feathered shuttlecock to and fro in a lazy, backyard barbeque sort of way. The rubber-nosed projectile flies over the net as she takes a dainty step here, a swing of the ponytail there, and then she jumps a foot and half in the air, and…

WHOP

Li hasn't clocked her "smash" but she guesses it's around 200 MPH. This with a racket weighing less than a quarter pound which, perhaps, mischaracterizes the sport in general as non-contact, non-competitive, non-American.

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