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Hartford Courant

258 Broad St
Hartford, CT 06115   Directions

(860) 241-6200

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Will signed week before heavy metal star Oliver Herbert’s death part of police probe
01/13/2019 11:34am

State police investigating the drowning death of heavy metal star Oliver Herbert in Stafford Springs have examined a will signed by Herbert a week before his death at a Hartford car dealership, multiple sources close to the probe said. The will was notarized by a person who was a friend of Herbert...

Five Hartford police officers, shot on duty, are posthumously honored
12/12/2018 4:00pm

Two years ago, while talking to a friend, retired Hartford Police Sgt. Thomas Elwood learned that a fellow officer who was shot on duty never received a citation for his valor. With a little digging, he discovered the officer wasnt alone. Nine members of the force who served prior to 1974 the...

State files rebuttal fighting Cheshire killer Joshua Komisarjevsky's claim for new trial
12/12/2018 2:50pm

Joshua Komisarjevsky doesnt deserve a new trial in the 2007 Cheshire murders, the states attorneys office said Wednesday in a legal brief with the Supreme Court arguing to reject his appeal, which is based in part on the failure of the state to turn over a series of police phone calls from the...

New Jersey sports betting market closing in on $1B mark
12/12/2018 3:00pm

New Jerseys sports betting market is closing in on the $1 billion dollar mark after less than six months of operation. Figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show New Jerseys casino and racetrack-based sports books took in over $330 million worth of bets in November....

National Enquirer owner admits it buried stories to help Trump's presidential run
12/12/2018 7:10pm

The parent company of magazines including the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and In Touch has admitted to engaging in a journalistically dubious practice known as catch-and-kill in order to help Donald Trump become president. Federal prosecutors revealed Wednesday they had agreed not to prosecute...

Periodico Identidad Latina

593 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105   Directions

(860) 231-9991

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WFSB

333 Captial Blvd
Rocky Hill, CT 06067   Directions

(860) 728-3333

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WTIC-FOX 61

285 Broad St
Hartford, CT 06115   Directions

(860) 527-6161

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Is your child addicted to video games? Here are some options that may help
05/20/2019 10:12pm

HARTFORD Britains Prince Harry raised some eyebrows last month when he suggested the video game Fortnite should be banned. His point was the game is so addictive, its ruining lives. And hes right. An estimated 250 million people play Fortnite around the world, and some of them are, in fact, addicted to the it. So if youre a parent, and you dont want your kids disappearing down that particular rabbit hole, what do you do FOX61s Brent Hardin talked

Activists spark change at Hamden town council meeting
05/20/2019 9:42pm

HAMDEN After weeks of protests all over the state, activists got to see some change at the Hamden legislative council meeting Monday night. Since a Hamden police officer fired his weapon at an unarmed couple in a car in New Haven last month, activists have been seeking justice for the man and woman Paul Witherspoon and Stephanie Washington. On Monday night, activists spoke to the council, asking them to amend their resolution, which challenges community and police relations.

Dressbarn to close all of its 650 stores
05/20/2019 8:33pm

MAHWAH, N.J. Dressbarn will be closing all 650 of its stores, Ascena Retail Group announced on Monday. The womens clothing retailer has locations across the country. A list all of CT locations here. For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served womens fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers. This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level

Bear euthanized after attacking and killing a small dog in Burlington
05/20/2019 8:29pm

BURLINGTON A small dog was attacked and killed by a black bear Monday afternoon on Bradley Road. This is not the first time there has been a reported bear attack in the town. Police shot and killed the mother bear. Residents in Burlington said they are always on high alert as they never know when a bear may be roaming outside. Police found the dog in the backyard of the home. When a trooper found the bear, police said

CT congressional delegation pushing hard for May 2018 storm reimbursement
05/20/2019 8:07pm

HAMDEN Last August, President Donald J Trump declared Fairfield and New Haven counties disaster areas following The May 2018 tornadoes in super storms that or across the state. But, FEMA only opened the door to reimbursement for storm damage to public properties, not residential properties. No, one year after the devastation struck many communities, including Hamden, Sen. Richard Blumenthal D-ConnecticutU.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-Connecticut Monday reintroduced a bill that they hope ultimately alleviates the financial burden manyvhave incurred due

WVIT

1422 New Britain Ave
West Hartford, CT 06110   Directions

(860) 521-3030

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Research Group Tracks Great White Shark in Long Island Sound
05/20/2019 3:45pm

A research group that tags and tracks sea life said Monday for the first time, it has tracked a great white shark in Long Island Sound.OCEARCH said a GPS tracking device on the shark sent a ping from off the Greenwich shoreline just before 9 a.m. Cohen Claims Trump Lawyer Shaped False Statement to Congress The shark, named Cabot, is 9-feet, 8-inches long and roughly 533 pounds, according to the research group.Photo Credit: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Speaker Considers Special Session for Tolls
05/20/2019 5:34pm

Connecticuts Speaker of the House is close to waving the white flag on the issue of tolls or the regular session, shifting the focus to a possible Special Session devoted to the issue of infrastructure investment this summer.This is the type of issue that I would like to get done before we adjourn but I wouldnt be opposed to coming back in special session to, said Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D Berlin, the speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Its that important to the state. Cohen Claims Trump Lawyer Shaped False Statement to Congress Aresimowicz and Majority Leader Rep. Matt Ritter D-Hartford said the state is still waiting on guidance from the Federal Highway Administration on what a toll framework has to look like in order to pass federal muster, and to maximize the amount of matching funds the state would receive from Washington.Republicans reiterated that they would not vote for any toll proposal under any circumstance or condition, including limiting the bill to trucks only, which is what Gov. Ned Lamont campaigned on, and later abandoned in favor of tolling all cars from Connecticut and elsewhere. 3 Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklins Home We stand 100 percent against tolls in the State of Connecticut, said Rep. Themis Klarides, R Derby, the House minority leader.Republicans rolled out their latest proposal last week, which included the analysis of the five bridges and crossings in the worst condition, and a slightly scaled back borrowing proposal to cover transportation projects in the coming years. Baby of Slain Teen Opens Eyes for 1st Time, Family Says Democrats have said there is no support in their caucus for the GOP ideas.Ritter said, We have to do something. We all agree on that. Whether it happens in the next two weeks. At some point there will be a vote on making our Special Transportation Fund solvent.

Ex-White House Lawyer Won't Testify After Trump Direction
05/20/2019 9:02pm

President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the presidents wishes and skip a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.Trumps action, the latest in his efforts to block every congressional probe into him and his administration, is certain to deepen the open conflict between Democrats and the president. Democrats have accused Trump and Attorney General William Barr of trying to stonewall and obstruct Congress oversight duties. Cohen Claims Trump Lawyer Shaped False Statement to Congress The House Judiciary Committee had issued a subpoena to compel McGahn to testify Tuesday, and the committees chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has threatened to hold McGahn in contempt of Congress if he doesnt. Nadler has also suggested he may try and levy fines against witnesses who do not comply with committee requests.McGahns lawyer, William Burck, said in a letter to Nadler that McGahn is conscious of the duties he, as an attorney, owes to his former client and would decline to appear. 5th Migrant Child Dies After Detention by Border Patrol Since Dec. Still, Burck encouraged the committee to negotiate a compromise with the White House, saying his client again finds himself facing contradictory instructions from two co-equal branches of government.McGahn was a key figure in special counsel Robert Muellers investigation, describing ways in which the president sought to curtail that federal probe. Democrats hoped to question him as a way to focus attention on Muellers findings and further investigate whether Trump did obstruct justice. Judge Sides With Congress Over Trump in Demands for Records This move is just the latest act of obstruction from the White House that includes its blanket refusal to cooperate with this committee, Nadler said in a statement. It is also the latest example of this Administrations disdain for law.As he left the White House for a campaign event in Pennsylvania on Monday, Trump said the maneuver was for the office of the presidency for future presidents.I think its a very important precedent, Trump said. And the attorneys say that theyre not doing that for me, theyre doing that for the office of the president. So were talking about the future.Separately on Monday, a federal judge in Washington ruled against Trump in a financial records dispute, declaring the president cannot block a House subpoena for information from Mazars USA, a firm that has done accounting work for him and the Trump Organization.And a hearing is planned in New York on Wednesday in another case, this one involving an effort by Trump, his business and his family to prevent Deutsche Bank and Capital One from complying with subpoenas from two House committees for banking and financial records.If McGahn were to defy Trump and testify before Congress, it could endanger his own career in Republican politics and put his law firm, Jones Day, in the presidents crosshairs. Trump has mused about instructing Republicans to cease dealing with the firm, which is deeply intertwined in Washington with the GOP, according to one White House official and a Republican close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.Administration officials mulled various legal options before settling on providing McGahn with a legal opinion from the Department of Justice to justify defying the subpoena.The immunity of the Presidents immediate advisers from compelled congressional testimony on matters related to their official responsibilities has long been recognized and arises from the fundamental workings of the separation of powers, the departments opinion reads. Accordingly, Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear and testify about matters related to his official duties as Counsel to the President.The Judiciary Committee still plans on meeting even if McGahn doesnt show up and McGahn is expected to appear as legally required, Nadler said.Trump has fumed about McGahn for months, after it became clear that much of Muellers report was based on his testimony. The president has bashed his former White House counsel on Twitter and has insisted to advisers that the attorney not be allowed to humiliate him in front of Congress, much as his former personal legal fixer Michael Cohen did, according to the official and Republican.The Justice Department has long held the opinion that close presidential advisers have absolute immunity from being compelled to testify before Congress about their work for the president.A federal judge rejected a similar argument in 2008 in a dispute over a subpoena for Harriet Miers, who was White House counsel to George W. Bush. U.S. District Judge John Bates said it was an unprecedented notion that a White House official would be absolutely immune from being compelled to testify before Congress. Miers had to show up for her testimony, but still had the right to assert executive privilege in response to any specific questions posed by legislators, the judge said.But in 2014, under the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued an opinion arguing that if Congress could force the presidents closest advisers to testify about matters that happened during their tenure, it would threaten executive branch confidentiality, which is necessary among other things to ensure that the President can obtain the type of sound and candid advice that is essential to the effective discharge of his constitutional duties.The House Judiciary Committee voted earlier this month to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt after he defied a subpoena for an unredacted version of Muellers report.Photo Credit: AP

Experimental Immunotherapy Treatment Made in Farmington Treat Pets With Cancer
05/16/2019 6:43pm

There is new hope for animals diagnosed with cancer here in Connecticut. An experimental immunotherapy cancer treatment for pets being made in Farmington is making progress and could have the potential to help people in the future.Over the last year, Michiel Considine has been traveling from Torrington and meeting with Dr. Steve Leshem at the Veterinary Emergency Center in Canton a lot. Its all because of Oskar, his 11-year-old cat, who certainly has nine lives. Cohen Claims Trump Lawyer Shaped False Statement to Congress He is my friend. He is a good guy. He is part of the family and we treat him like part of the family, said Considine.Last year when Oskar was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his leg, the news was devastating for Considine and his family. 3 Handwritten Wills Found in Aretha Franklins Home As a family, just very frightened and werent sure what to do, said Considine.Dr. Leshem is also a surgeon and suggested amputation, but because he couldnt remove all the cancer cells, Oskar was a perfect candidate for a new experimental immunotherapy treatment. Baby of Slain Teen Opens Eyes for 1st Time, Family Says Lets teach the body to kill the cancer, said Leshem. We have had awesome success with it.Thats exactly what Torigen is doing.We make personalized cancer therapies to help pets, said Ashley Kalinauskas. Kalinauskas and her team in Farmington have been perfecting the personalized cancer vaccine in their lab for the last few years. They said more than 50 percent of companion animals over the age of 10 die from cancer and they want to change those statistics.So far, Torigen has treated more than 500 animals. Once cancerous tumors are removed, the researchers use those tumor cells to make a personalized vaccine. They then give that vaccine back to the cat or dog and prevent the cancer from returning.Its a vaccine. Being able to take what went wrong and provide it back in a new formulation, said Kalinauskas.Plus, because Torigen has been so successful in animals, the hope is that the personalized immunotherapy could eventually work for humans.Dogs get cancer in the same way that humans get cancer. said Kalinauskas. So, if we are able to make a difference in a pet and have that cancer not come back or have that patient feel better then we are able to potentially understand how that can work for humans.There are other immunotherapy products already on the market, however, they are not personalized. Torigen hopes this could be a treatment for humans in the next five years, but said the funding for that next step currently does not exist.When it comes to the cost of this vaccine for pet owners, it is not cheap.Its costly, it seems like everything is costly. It is less costly than chemo or radiation by far, said Dr. Leshem.Torigen said pet owners can expect to pay around $1,500 to $1,800 to treat their animal. Dr. Leshem said the success of the treatment does depend on the type and stage of the animals cancer. The treatment works best when the cancer is caught early.It kind of ended up being a no brainer, this is a part of our family. We want to do what is best for him, said Considine. Now Oskar is living cancer free and is back to his old self.If you think this experimental immunotherapy vaccine would be a possible treatment for your pet, ask your veterinarian about it or head to the Torigen website here.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

South Windsor Softball Pitcher Has Impressive No-Run Streak
05/20/2019 10:39pm

The high school softball regular season is winding down and South Windsor pitcher Maria Handchuk has a chance to head to states with an impressive streak under her belt.As of Monday, May 20, the senior pitcher hasnt allowed a run since April 24. She now as 64 consecutive innings without allowing an opposing team to score. But if youre worried talking about it might jinx it, Handchuk and her teammates say theyve traded in their superstitions for success. Dallas Transgender Woman Whose Assault Was Captured on Video Fatally Shot Saturday Like last year you would not have seen me in the black headband, said Handchuk of her own old superstitions. So its honestly not thinking about those things, just realizing its our talent and its our minds and just going in every game knowing our ability.South Windsor is currently undefeated, 18-0, with two more games left in the regular season.Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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