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Yale Promises 300 Beds For First Responders - After Mayor's Public Shaming

Mar 29, 2020
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Yale University President Peter Salovey announced Saturday that the university will make available 300 beds to house “first responders and hospital personnel,” one day after Mayor Justin Elicker publicly lambasted the university for turning down his request to help house local firefighters and police officers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

expecting parents
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

One Hartford woman looks at the COVID-19 pandemic as the “icing on the cake” for her challenging pregnancy.

Lauren Perrault, 33, is used to husband Gabe Peterson, 35, being by her side at the doctor’s office. 

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

As COVID-19 spreads further across the state, more people who suspect they have the virus are seeking testing. Tests remain in high demand as the state struggles to get residents results in less than a week.

CT transit bus
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

As the Department of Transportation continues to make adjustments to CTtransit service and policies, some bus operators feel as though they’re still at risk of carrying or contracting the coronavirus.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

On Thursday, the state Department of Transportation announced immediate changes to public bus operations.

Passengers will now board from the rear, some buses will have new impermeable barriers to protect drivers, and the DOT is advising riders to use public transit only for essential travel. 

 The Yale campus is quiet on March 11, 2020, as the school is on spring break. The university plans to shift classes online after the break ends to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public

As college campuses across the country grapple with potential outbreaks of the coronavirus, Yale University has told students to not come back after spring break -- but that decision was made after spring break started, leaving many students in limbo.

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Katy Perry dropped a new single and video (which we apparently call a "visual" now) on Wednesday night. The video ends with what's being called "a stunning reveal."

And: A pair of new comedy specials caught the Nose's eye. Pete Davidson's Alive in New York on Netflix and Whitmer Thomas's The Golden One on HBO are both kind of... sad-funny? Funny-sad? And maybe in a particularly millennial way.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker
Tucker Ives / Connecticut Public Radio

In his first budget proposal as mayor of New Haven, Justin Elicker is proposing a tax hike for residents, cuts to vacant positions, a restructuring of city departments and a plea to Yale. 

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public

A state bill that would levy a 35% excise tax on ammunition purchases drew a large crowd at a public hearing at the state Capitol Thursday. 

Fatal Collision In New Haven Is Fourth Pedestrian Death This Year

Feb 24, 2020
Matt Gibson / Flickr

A driver hit and killed a pedestrian in the Bishop Woods/Quinnipiac Meadows neighborhood Sunday evening.

The crash occurred on Middletown Avenue near Cross Street, according to police spokesman Capt. Anthony Duff. The Accident Reconstruction Team was on scene.

The driver remained at the scene after the crash. The victim was a 68-year-old man. Police did not immediately have more details to report Sunday evening.

Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

The family of a Connecticut man shot and killed by police in West Haven last month has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the state and city police.

A state police officer shot Mubarak Soulemane at an I-95 exit ramp in West Haven in January. Police had chased him from Norwalk, after he was said to have stolen a car and was armed with a knife.

Courtesy: The New Haven Museum

The New Haven Clock Company Factory opened on Hamilton Street in the mid-1800s. At its peak, it was the largest timepiece manufacturing facility in the world. Hundreds of Connecticut workers built clocks and pocket watches -- and later fuses during World War II. 

In New Haven, Sharpton Shines Spotlight On Soulemane

Jan 27, 2020
Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

Al Sharpton leaned into the microphone to make sure his local audience of hundreds, and his national audience of millions, got the point:

A 19-year-old black New Havener was shot and killed inside a car by a white state trooper earlier this month. This injustice must not go unnoticed, and the increasing trend of police officers serving as judge, jury, and executioner for black men accused of crimes “can’t be normalized.”

In New Haven, A Hidden Church Revealed

Jan 9, 2020
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent

As a bank building at Elm and Orange streets meets its maker, an edificial ghost has appeared: a long-forgotten church.

Passers-by have been doing double takes over the past week at the site of the demolition taking place at 80 Elm St. at the corner of Orange. That’s where a crew hired by Spinnaker Real Estate Partners is dismantling the 1948 Art Deco former Webster Bank building to make way for a new six-story 132-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker released his transition team’s report Tuesday outlining the city’s goals.

The report includes 10 areas of concentration ranging from education, public safety and climate change to housing, immigration and arts and culture. 

Paul Bass / New Haven Independent

Connecticut continues to react to escalating tensions between the United States and Iran sparked by the killing of a senior Iranian general by American forces.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A recent stabbing at a Hanukkah gathering in New York has local leaders in the Jewish community worrying about acts of anti-Semitism taking place in Connecticut.

In New Haven, Democratic nominee Justin Elicker won a lopsided victory over incumbent Mayor Toni Harp, who had continued her reelection effort after losing the primary in September.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The city of New Haven has a new mayor. Justin Elicker was sworn in Wednesday, Jan 1.

In his inaugural address, Elicker said the city is growing at a rate not seen since the 1920s.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Mario Aguilar Castanon, formerly threatened with deportation, has been granted asylum by the U.S. Immigration Court in Boston. After a delay during which it appeared he might be kept in detention pending an appeal by ICE, the teenager was released and returned home.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

At sixteen years of age, Reginald Dwayne Betts went to prison for carjacking. Decades later, Betts is a celebrated poet and graduate of Yale Law School. But, like many ex-offenders, the consequences of those teenage mistakes have followed him for years.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Ten people were honored Monday in New Haven for their outstanding service to the community. Outgoing mayor Toni Harp presented each of them with a key to the city during a special ceremony at City Hall. 

At Amazon Warehouse In North Haven, Workers Do Their Jobs Side-By-Side With Robots

Dec 30, 2019
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

Guess who's getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

New Haven saw an uptick in violent crime in 2019, according to year-end statistics.

Police Chief Tony Reyes said violent crime is up, particularly shooting incidents, but he stressed that New Haven remains a safe city. Officers broke down the numbers and described the challenges and strategies by neighborhood during a recent meeting at police headquarters. Statistics showed 74 nonfatal shooting victims as of Dec. 15 -- the highest number since 2012.

In an effort to avoid talking about tolls yet again, The Wheelhouse flees to the icebound hell of New Haven. But there is no escape. Also we have discussion of gentrification and a glance at presidential endorsements in Connecticut.

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The New Haven Board of Alders unanimously passed an amendment to a city ordinance Monday night that requires the Health Department to take action when a child under 6 years old has a blood lead level of 5 micrograms per deciliter or greater.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly drew names of voting precincts from a lottery machine on Wednesday, revealing the polling places that will be subject to an audit for the 2019 municipal election.

Lori Mack / CT Public Radio

Hamden acting police chief John Cappiello has recommended the firing of the officer charged with assault and reckless endangerment after he shot at an unarmed couple in New Haven.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

On the day of the first public hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, students at Quinnipiac University in Hamden watched on a giant projector screen in the student center.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

At sixteen years of age, Reginald Dwayne Betts went to prison for carjacking. Decades later, Betts is a celebrated poet and graduate of Yale Law School. But, like many ex-offenders, the consequences of those teenage mistakes have followed him for years.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

A New Haven woman previously under threat of deportation to her native Bangladesh has been granted asylum in the United States, according to her son. 

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