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Murderer Sues Connecticut Over Prison Porn Ban

Conn. man says ban being used to deny him art book

(Newser) - Dwight Pink Jr. has a few decades left to serve of his 56-year murder sentence, and he doesn't want to spend all that time without nude pictures. The Connecticut inmate is suing the state in federal court over its 2011 ban on "pictorial depictions of sexual activity or... More »

Connecticut Ghost Town Up for Auction

Start your bidding for Johnsonville, Connecticut, at $800K

(Newser) - Bidders who aren't scared off by million-dollar purchases can take possession of an American ghost town in Connecticut. Johnsonville was a robust mill community in the 19th century, but it is now abandoned and up for sale at auction.com . Bids start at $800,000, and the top one... More »

Sandy Hook Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

Threat called in this morning; kids were sent home but no danger found

(Newser) - A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says the threat was called in to the school at 9:30am this morning and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. He says the school building and grounds... More »

Mystery Conn. Shipwreck Stumps Divers

So far 6 dives to an 85-foot schooner have yet to reveal the ship's identity

(Newser) - After hearing rumors that a shipwreck was just off the banks of the Connecticut River in East Hartford, police officer and scuba instructor Woodrow Tinsley had to have a look for himself. And while it didn't take him long to find the schooner he estimates to be 85 feet... More »

Feds Question Man After Alleged Obama Threat

They locate vehicle in Connecticut after alert; no charges so far

(Newser) - With President Obama visiting Rhode Island yesterday evening, the Secret Service issued alerts to police in Connecticut in New York to be on the lookout for someone headed their way in a blue Jetta who might be out to harm the president, reports NECN . State police in Connecticut located the... More »

Conn. City Lost 8K Gallons of Water Per Minute

New London could have lost 10M gallons in just one day

(Newser) - A broken water main in New London, Conn., caused the city to lose more water than it uses in a day—about 8,000 gallons a minute, at least when it first started this morning, the Hartford Courant reports. A state of emergency was declared and residents were told to... More »

Connecticut Teen Killed in Freak Boating Accident

2 girls in inner tube somehow fell, crashed into boat's propeller

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a fun summer afternoon for four teenage girls turned tragic yesterday when a freak boating accident killed one 16-year-old and seriously injured another. Two of the teens from Greenwich, Conn., were in an inner tube being pulled by the other two teens in a boat... More »

State Trooper Stole From Dying Motorist

Crooked Conn. trooper pleads guilty, faces jail time

(Newser) - A Connecticut state trooper who stole cash from the pocket of a dying motorcyclist and took a crucifix he found in a pool of the man's blood has pleaded guilty and faces more than a year in jail. Aaron Huntsman, 45, was caught by his own dashboard camera and... More »

15-Month-Old Boy Dies in Hot Car

Connecticut death is 16th this year

(Newser) - Despite all the warnings—and all the attention the Cooper Harris case in Georgia has received—yet another child has died in a hot car, at least the 16th so far this year. At a press conference yesterday, police in Ridgefield, Conn., released few details but said they were notified... More »

Hoarder Dies When First Floor Collapses

Conn. woman buried under junk she collected

(Newser) - A Connecticut woman died under the junk she had spent many years amassing when the weight of it all caused her home's first floor to collapse. Police found the body of 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell on Saturday after a letter carrier warned that mail had been piling up at her... More »

Half of Illinois Wants to Leave State

People in Montana, Hawaii, Maine want to stay put, poll finds

(Newser) - If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out, according to a new Gallup poll . Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with... More »

Friends Vote Slain Student Prom Queen

They hold ceremony at the beach

(Newser) - Maren Sanchez was allegedly killed for refusing to go to prom with her attacker —but her friends ensured that the slain Connecticut 16-year-old was still a part of the dance. Though Friday's prom was postponed, her friends wore tuxes and dresses to the beach, where they brought Maren'... More »

Girl Killed at School—for Rejecting Prom Invite?

Connecticut teenager stabbed in school hallway: police

(Newser) - A Connecticut teenager was fatally stabbed at school this morning, apparently by a boy who wanted to take her to tonight's junior prom, the Hartford Courant reports. Police say Maren Sanchez, 16, was attacked in the hall at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., and died about a... More »

Vermont Poised to Roll Out US' Toughest GMO Rules

Governor expects battle over 'common-sense legislation'

(Newser) - Vermont's governor is set to sign a bill requiring the labeling of genetically modified food, a move that sets it apart from other states, the New York Times reports. While Connecticut and Maine have instituted similar requirements, their versions depend on state legislatures to take action first, the Wall ... More »

Ex-Conn. Governor Faces More Prison Time

John G. Rowland charged in alleged campaign scheme

(Newser) - Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned 10 years ago in a corruption scandal that sent him to prison, was indicted yesterday on charges he tried to hide his role in two congressional campaigns. Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband pleaded guilty March 31 to a scheme... More »

First State in America Opts for $10.10 Minimum Wage

Connecticut to reach Obama's preferred rate by 2017

(Newser) - Several states, including Maryland, Massachusetts, and Hawaii, are considering raising the minimum wage to $10.10—a number President Obama has pushed for on a federal level —but Connecticut is the first to make it happen. The bill was passed with back-to-back votes yesterday, mostly along predictable partisan lines,... More »

Conn. Pastor Admits Affair, Drops Dead

Bishop Bobby Davis collapsed as parishioner shouted

(Newser) - A Connecticut pastor managed to get a long-ago infidelity off his chest before he died—but only just. Parishioners say Bishop Bobby Davis asked them to stay behind after a Sunday service at Bridgeport's Miracle Faith World Outreach church so he could confess something to them. After he came... More »

Prohibition May Finally End in One Connecticut Town

Sleepy Bridgewater will put it to a vote on Tuesday

(Newser) - Connecticut's last dry town is on the verge of a historic decision: whether to allow two local developers to open restaurants that serve alcohol, the AP reports. As it stands, the upscale bedroom community of Bridgewater is on the sleepy side, with 1,700 people, an average age above... More »

Guy Allegedly Shot by Aaron Hernandez Gets Shot Again

Alexander Bradley in nightclub altercation

(Newser) - A man who alleges he was shot in the face by former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in Florida was shot again, this time outside a Connecticut nightclub, where he then opened fire, police say. Alexander Bradley was shot multiple times in the right thigh last night outside... More »

For 26th Year, Police Remember Abandoned Baby

Connecticut department chipped in to pay for his burial in 1988

(Newser) - It's a 26-year tradition now in Meriden, Conn., and one with a somber start: On Jan. 2, 1988, police found a newborn boy frozen to death outside. He had been wrapped in a blanket, but the full-term baby with blond hair and blue eyes stood no chance in the... More »

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