David Bouchier 4/21/14
7:42 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Last Gasp

When the sun begins to peek out, however reluctantly, and the temperature crawls up to a tolerable level I always have the irrational feeling that I should be more active instead of spending my days reading and writing and feeding cats. A lot of senior citizens in search of eternal youth are fiendishly active these days. They go to the gym or the swimming pool every day, or run ten miles at dawn or do Tai Chi or Kung Fu or Pilates (whatever it is) or Jazzercise or one of the other tortures invented for the elderly.

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Nassau County ignoring heroin OD tracking law
11:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Long Island's battle against heroin addiction

Last year, 122 people on Long Island died from heroin overdoses. Lawmakers have labeled it an epidemic, and the Suffolk County District Attorney has started calling the Long Island Expressway the Heroin Highway. But despite the attention to the problem, things are getting worse, not better.  Tim Bolger, editor of the Long Island Press wrote a story about the issue this week. He spoke with WSHU's Craig LeMoult.

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More than 2,100 grad students represented
11:27 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UConn recognizes union for grad students

Cera Fisher is a Ph.D student at UConn who is also a research and teaching assistant
Credit Cera Fisher

The University of Connecticut is officially recognizing the new union that will represent more than 2,100 graduate assistants working on UConn campuses. The State Board of Labor Relations determined on Thursday that more than 50% of the graduate4 students had signed the petition seeking collective bargaining rights.

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Rethinking Recycling
4:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Trashion Fashion hits the runway

Amy Merli

Models will be wearing old newspapers and aluminum foil  on Saturday in Hartford as a Connecticut organization hosts a fashion show called Trashion Fashion, for designs made from trash.  It's an effort to make people rethink recycling.

Two arrested this week for not paying tolls
3:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tollskipping remains steady, but still interesting

Flipable license plate the Port Authority say was used to evade bridge tolls
Credit Handout

Twice this week officials in New York arrested motorist for skipping out on paying tolls at bridges in the region.  It's not exactly a trend, but it sure is interesting.  

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Military
12:09 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Historian’s efforts to research Civil War PTSD thwarted by privacy law

S.H. Perkins, 14th Conn. Regiment, created between 1860 and 1870. Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-cwpb-04960

Post Traumatic-Stress Disorder is a fairly common diagnosis among veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the psychological impact of war on soldiers is hardly new.

Professor Matt Warshauer of Central Connecticut State University has been researching instances of PTSD during the Civil War, which was then referred to as Soldier's Heart. His research has been tripped up by a relatively modern medical issue: privacy.

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208K+ enroll in private insurance & Medicaid
6:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Final Conn. health exchange tally is double what was expected

Connecticut’s state health care exchange announced on Thursday that more than 208,000 people signed up during its first open enrollment period. That’s more than twice the number of people Access Health Connecticut expected to sign up. Nearly two thirds of enrollees in the state exchange are signed up through Medicaid. Of the nearly 78,713 people who enrolled in the exchange with a private insurance carrier, 78 percent received a tax subsidy. 

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Senators say heroin epidemic is a scourge
5:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Blumenthal and Murphy want more money spent on heroin treatment

US Senator Richard Blumenthal of Conn. (right) listening to Michael Botticelli, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, at the heroin addiction forum at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven on Thursday April 17, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Connecticut’s two U.S senators want more money spent for the treatment of heroin addiction. The senators said this at a forum with recovering addicts at a community health center in New Haven on Thursday.  

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LIRR could get similar deal as Subway workers
5:04 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MTA-union deal could avert LIRR strike

A worker mops the floor at New York’s Penn Station during the 1994 LIRR strike.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a labor deal with the union representing workers for New York's subway system. The deal could have an impact on a looming strike on the Long Island Rail Road this summer.  

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Private sector growth on both sides of Sound
4:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

More jobs in Conn. & Long Island in March

March labor numbers for Connecticut and Long Island were released Thursday. Connecticut’s labor report shows the state added 4,900  jobs in March, helping to restore some of the jobs lost in a sudden dive in January. On Long Island, employers added over 14,000 private sector jobs in March compared to a year ago.

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