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Government
12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Haven Sending Help For An Ebola-Stricken Sister City

New Haven mayor Toni Harp with church leaders during a service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

The city of New Haven, Connecticut shares a special connection with Freetown, Sierra Leone. The two are sister cities, and they have a shared history dating back to slave ship Amistad. It docked in New Haven in 1839 and marked a turning point in the African American fight against slavery. Now Sierra Leone’s largest city is at the center of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

At St. Luke’s, an African-American Episcopal church in New Haven, Caribbean culture is strong. But Reverend Richard Meadows, Jr., says some of his parishioners are from West Africa.

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Ballet Haven program
8:06 am
Thu November 6, 2014

New Haven Teacher Faces Illness By Creating A Legacy Of Ballet

Kesa Whitaker, speaking to the dancers of Ballet Haven (CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

In New Haven, a public school teacher is using ballet to help girls tackle all kinds of challenges in their lives. And she’s doing it while dealing with a serious challenge of her own.                       

About 30 teenage girls wearing black leotards stand in lines on the stage of the Fair Haven school in New Haven – one foot slightly in front of the other, their arms extended.

Kesa Whitaker watches from auditorium’s floor, calling out ballet instructions.

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Weingarten praises New Haven school reforms
11:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

National teachers' union president calls New Haven a national model

AFT President Randi Weingarten helps a kindergartner at the Fair Haven School in New Haven on Friday
Credit Craig LeMoult

The head of the nation’s second largest teachers’ union was in New Haven, Conn., recently. The city’s schools are being held up as a national model for education reform.

A classroom of kindergartners called out "good afternoon!" in unison to greet Randi Weingarten on Friday. She’s the president of the American Federation of Teachers, which boasts 1.6 million members nationally. 

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Elephant in the Room Boxing Club
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New Haven Boxing Gym Trains Kids, In An Effort To Keep Violence In The Ring

Young boxers in the ring at Elephant in the Room Boxing Club in New Haven (CLICK PHOTO FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

Life in some low-income neighborhoods is often hard and sometimes violent. One woman in New Haven is trying to prevent violence on the streets, by containing that aggression in a boxing ring.

“Ropes up! 100 revolutions! Lets go!”

Devonne Canady barks orders at about a dozen kids, who spin jump ropes around them while standing on wooden pallets in the parking lot of a boxing gym.

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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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