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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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Replica of historic ship may visit Sailfest
6:25 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Amistad reconsidering skipping trip to New London after Malloy threatens to drop funding

The "Freedom Schooner Amistad" in New Haven
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is threatening to reconsider supporting additional state funding for the replica Amistad slave ship. That’s because the group managing the schooner said it’s planning to skip this weekend's Sailfest in New London.

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Grants continue early childhood programs
6:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Stamford and Bridgeport Head Start programs win millions in federal funding

Organizations running early childhood education programs for low-income kids in Stamford and Bridgeport have won millions of dollars in federal grants to continue their programs.

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The psychology of falling for a Ponzi scheme
5:15 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

How to fall for a Ponzi in three steps

The Panoramic View Resort in Montauk, NY. Scammers told victims they were investing in a safe mutual fund but instead used the money in the troubled resort.
Credit Photo courtesy of Ed Kim

Six years after Bernard Madoff became a household name people still fall for Ponzi schemes. That's probably because schemers have a tried and true method backed up by psychology. 

Last year there was a big $96 million Ponzi scheme on Long Island. It had all the trapping of a Hollywood con: offshore shell companies, luxury cars, and there was even a famous beachfront resort near the Hamptons.

But for the victim there was nothing glamorous about it

"I thought it was some run of the mill fund," Jan says in a sweet Texan twang that makes friends of almost any ears.

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