"inviting the sharks into the pool"
9:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

NYAG: Barclays lied to investors

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman file a suit alleging Barclays told investors that it had set up safeguards to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders. But it says Barclays actually catered to those traders.
Credit AP/John Minchillo

Large institutional investors have long been at the mercy of flash traders who use computers to make thousands of trades a second, skimming off tiny bits of profit from pension and retirement accounts. 

For protection fund managers sought out private stock exchanges called dark pools where only certain investors were allowed in. 

Think of them like a fish tank for guppies. 

"What Barclays is accused of is making promises that they would keep sharks out of the pool but were actually sort of inviting the sharks into the pool."

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Crime lab lost accreditation in 2011
6:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

State officials: Troubled Conn crime lab sees dramatic turnaround

Governor Dannel Malloy announced what he called a dramatic turnaround at the Connecticut state police crime lab on Wednesday. He says a national accreditation board has found compliance at the Meriden lab in every category and no negative findings.

73 illegal firearms seized
5:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Four-month joint operation busts 154 on gun & drug charges

Some of the guns seized by law enforcement in Bridgeport and New Haven
Credit Craig LeMoult

Law enforcement officials say a four-month initiative to stem violent crime in Bridgeport and New Haven resulted in the seizure of 73 illegal guns and the expected prosecution of 154 people on firearms, drugs and robbery charges.  The operation involved a partnership between local and federal law enforcement.

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Stamford Board of Finance
2:55 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Stamford gets $2.1M to balance its year-end books in late request

The Stamford Board of Finance voted 5-1 Tuesday night to approve an 11th-hour appropriation for $2.1M for a projected shortfall in several departments including police and fire. That's not before board members chastised the Martin Administration and this year's budgetary process for not keeping the body better informed of the projections.

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Stamford Public Schools
2:47 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Stamford boards push through state application for new school funding

Stamford boards of finance and education made necessary approvals Tuesday night to allow the city to meet a grant application to the state by a June 30, 2014 deadline. The final vote by the Board of Representatives is Wednesday night, but essentially the same body already approved the measure last week indicating its support. 

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44 Conn. cities and towns using VEOCI software
12:04 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

New Haven tech company gaining attention for emergency management software

Bridgeport's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Scott Appleby addressing first responders at the city's Emergency Operations Center.
Credit Brian Scott-Smith

As cities and towns across Connecticut look to improve their coordination during emergencies, many are signing up for a system created by New Haven-based Grey Wall Software called VEOCI, or  the Virtual Emergency Operations Center.

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Transportation Reinvention Commission
12:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

MTA calls in commission of experts

In response to deteriorating rail infrastructure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is calling in experts to help figure out what to do.  The Transportation Reinvention Commission meets for the  the first time on Wednesday.

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Asian Tiger Mosquito is carrier of dengue virus
7:20 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Long Island public officials want federal help to eradicate mosquito borne virus

Congressman Steve Israel and other Long Island officials at the news conference at North Hempstead Beach Park on Monday June 23, 2014.
Credit Gabrielle Fonrouge

Long Island public officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to spend more money and resources to help prevent the spread of the Asian Tiger mosquito on Monday. The tropical mosquito is a carrier of the deadly Dengue virus. The request to the C-D-C comes despite the fact that only one Long Islander has contracted the virus. That was last November. 

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No Malloy veto overridden since 2011
6:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Democratic controlled Conn General Assembly decline overriding Gov. Dannel Malloy's vetoes

On Monday Connecticut lawmakers declined to override Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s eight vetoes from this year. This means lawmakers in the Democratic controlled General Assembly have not overridden any of Malloy’s vetoes since he took office in 2011.

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161 town jointly prepare for storms
5:02 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conn. statewide drill simulates hurricane emergency

Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy in Milford on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

It’s been nice weather over the last few days, but emergency response teams in cities and towns across Connecticut have been busy responding to a category-one hurricane.  The simulation is intended to prepare the state for this year’s hurricane season.

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