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Balloons, teddy bears and candles decorated the corner of a Hartford street where 3-year-old Randell Jones was shot and killed on Saturday afternoon. 

Families and friends gathered Monday in a vigil organized by Mothers United Against Violence.

As friends and families consoled the boy’s mother, Solmary Cruz, her sister Johanna Vazquez said the family is raising funds to bury her nephew, whom she remembers as a happy child. His family affectionately called the toddler “Jun Jun.” 

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Now that COVID-19 vaccination shots are becoming more widely available across the country, political and business leaders have been openly discussing instituting “vaccine passports,” a digital or hard-copy document that would serve as a way for people to prove they’ve been vaccinated and thus gain entry into places where groups gather, like airplanes, restaurants and sports and entertainment venues.

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Pandemic changes to personal lives and schedules have been challenging for most residents over the past year, but they’ve been particularly difficult for people who live with autism.

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Advocates for transgender student-athletes marched at Glastonbury High School on Friday to protest a lawsuit brought by a recent alum.

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Gary Bimonte will be laid to rest this week in a private burial service after a Mass at St. Michael’s church in New Haven. The pizza legend was the youngest grandchild of Frank Pepe, whose Wooster Street restaurant is a fixture in the city. Bimonte died suddenly of a heart attack last week.

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If you’ve received your first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, you know that you are handed a small white paper vaccination card that has the date and dose information on it. It’s evidence that you have received your vaccine, and it could enable you to go to events, start spending time with your family and return to work. 


Hartford police have confirmed that a 3-year-old boy died of gunshot injuries suffered in a drive-by shooting in the city Saturday afternoon. Rondell Jones was in a car with his mother and two older siblings when he was shot.

About two hours later, a 16-year-old was killed and another person injured in a shooting about a mile from the first. Investigators do not believe the two incidents are linked. The 16-year-old was later named by police as Jamari Preston of New Britain.

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The weather’s getting warmer and residents are rolling up their sleeves to get the coronavirus vaccine. But the state Department of Education is telling students and families that it’s no time to let their guard down. 

In guidance, called Finish Strong, the department issued a reminder to keep up the standard practices of masking and social distancing. Communications Director Peter Yazbak said it’s important to remember that the pandemic isn’t over yet.

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
Petra Rolinic

April is National Poetry Month. It’s a time to celebrate poets and their craft. So we asked Hartford’s poet laureate, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, if he would share his talent and his thoughts about why poetry matters, especially right now. 

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Twice this week, unionized workers have shut down streets around the capitol in protest of Gov. Ned Lamont’s state budget plans.

Most recently, long-term care workers and members of New England Health Care Employees Union District 1199, SEIU staged a picket Thursday afternoon outside the state Office of Policy and Management in Hartford. 

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Connecticut lawmakers are considering two cannabis legalization bills. Gov. Ned Lamont is backing a Senate bill, which was voted out of the Judiciary Committee this week. The other is a House bill. Rep. Robyn Porter has championed that measure, which was voted through to the House for debate in late March.

DCF Commissioner Says Old Juvenile Detention Center Could Humanely Shelter Migrant Kids

Apr 8, 2021
Vanessa Dorantes, the commissioner of DCF, said the juvenile training center could be humanely reimagines as a shelter for border migrants.
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The troubled history of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School, a high-security detention facility closed in 2018, should not disqualify it from becoming a shelter for migrant children now housed in overcrowded facilities in Texas, state officials said Thursday.


My kohlrabi transplants are looking great under my grow lights. Kohlrabi, you say? What's that?

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Joni Mitchell's album ">turns fifty this year. It may not have the artistic sophistication of her later albums, but Mitchell's vulnerability endeared her to fans, if not early critics unused to such intimate storytelling. That was okay with Mitchell. She said her "music is not designed to grab instantly. It's designed to wear for a lifetime, to hold up like a fine cloth."

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Cliff O’Connell’s future was once pretty murky. By 2019, he’d had kidney disease for 14 years.

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Aigné Goldsby’s mom was a hairdresser. So as a kid, Goldsby would flex a variety of hairstyles. But at her majority white school, kids would do things like pull on her weave, Goldsby recalled.

When Goldsby grew up and became a lawyer, she didn’t feel at ease bringing her full self to work.

“As a Black woman it’s been difficult for me, and it’s certainly been a process for me to feel comfortable in predominantly white spaces,” she told NEXT.

Dr. Khuram Ghumman asks patient Tully Zorick, 5, to hop on one foot during a checkup at East Granby Family Practice, LLC where he is in private practice. Dr. Ghumman takes care of the entire Zorick family.
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Every day, Dr. Leslie Miller of Fairfield thinks about selling her practice to a hospital health system.

“Everybody who is in this environment thinks every day of throwing in the towel and joining a hospital,” said Miller, a sole practitioner in primary care for 20 years. “The business side is the problem,” she said, referring to expensive and time-consuming requirements of medical insurance and government regulations.


This hour, we speak with Congressman Joe Courtney for the latest on political maneuvers in Washington, as the president seeks passage of a broad infrastructure bill. Should there be changes to security at the US Capitol, after another violent incident claimed the life of a capitol police officer?  And we get an update on the future of submarine work at Electric Boat in Groton.

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Kevin Skeggs was smiling under his mask. The 24-year-old sat with his mom in the activity room of the Arc of Litchfield County in Torrington on Friday.

Christine Skeggs briefly pulled back her son’s mask to show his big smile. He had a good reason -- Kevin just received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a clinic set up by the state for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD.

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Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana after Senate Bill 888, proposed by the governor himself, was voted out of the state’s judiciary committee on Tuesday. 

Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror

Four months ago, even as the coronavirus vaccine was making its way to Connecticut and the promise of protection drew close to reality, nursing homes were weathering another increase in COVID-19 cases.

As she was raising children with mental health needs, Milagros Vega learned how to access multiple services in Hartford. She moved to the city from Puerto Rico 25 years ago. Now she’s caring for a grandson with similar needs. 

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Eastern Connecticut State University has hired an independent firm to review the way it handles Title IX claims. Risk management firm TNG Consulting will look into claims by several students that the school has mishandled cases of rape and sexual assault on campus.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s federal delegation is joining the effort to promote President Joe Biden’s next big legislative push.

The Pandemic’s Effect On The Housing Market Helped Some — But Others Are Left Behind.

Apr 5, 2021
The housing crisis that faces many other communities has reached this well-off, mostly white community. Since the pandemic began, 30 households have faced eviction in Westport, compared to 775 a few miles away in Bridgeport.
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Last November, Nicolas Rodriguez and his wife, Carmen, had to scale back their hours at the medical equipment factory where they have worked for 21 years.


He never fully recovered his lung capacity after catching COVID-19 in the fall, and coughing and gasping for breath keeps him up most nights. His wife has been sick for months and needs another surgery on her gallbladder, but the high deductible for her first surgery, along with the mortgage on their Hamden home, drained their savings.


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I'm not sure what you want to talk about today but consider this: Nicholas Kristof, opinion writer for the New York Times, complained that "America Is Not Made for People Who Pee." It's great that President Biden wants to rebuild highways, fix aging schools, and upgrade our electrical grid, but what about public toilets? Have you had to search for a public toilet, especially during the pandemic? If so, you're not alone. 

Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers (5) reacts after getting fouled during the second half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against Arizona Friday, April 2, 2021, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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Make it five years without a national title for the most decorated women’s college basketball team in America.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team -- the top-rated program in the country -- was stunned Friday night in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, losing 69-59 to Arizona.

UConn shot poorly and faced some physical defense in the loss, and freshman Paige Bueckers -- the Associated Press national player of the year -- fought hard to get her 18 points.

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While 2020 will be remembered for the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the world’s racial reckoning after George Floyd’s death, one thing 2021 is sure to be remembered for is the ugly rise in attacks on Asian Americans. William Tong, Connecticut’s first Asian American attorney general, joined All Things Considered to talk about how the Asian American community is processing this nationwide phenomenon. He also talked about the legal powers he’s fighting for to combat anti-Asian crimes. 

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Like most college freshmen, Liz Glomb was hoping to do things a bit differently than she had in high school when she started at the University of Connecticut in 2001. The new chapter inspired her to step away from rowing -- a sport that dominated most of her teenage years. 


A Milford man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly yelling “Go back to China” and reversing his car toward a man walking along the street on Tuesday.