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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 10, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT CT lawmakers can’t correct justice issues in a short session The Connecticut Post July 9 Exactly when did all that chatter in Hartford about tolls fade so far back in the rear-view mirror? Remember those heady summer days of 2019 when Gov. Ned Lamont kept alluding to a special session...

Bridgeport latest Connecticut city to remove Columbus statue

Jul. 7, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport has become the latest Connecticut city to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus. The city issued a statement saying the statue was removed Monday from Seaside Park and placed in storage “out of an abundance of caution for preservation of the historic artifact,...

Head of Columbus statue knocked off amid protests

Jul. 4, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The head of a Christopher Columbus statue in Waterbury was knocked off amid protests over racial injustice and the legacy of the 15th-century navigator. The Republican-American reports that photos shot Saturday show the headless statue outside Waterbury's City Hall. The statue had...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Nursing home industry urging public to continue safety steps

Jul. 3, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

Representatives of the nursing home and assisted living industry are urging residents “to do their part” and help keep the current spread of the coronavirus low in Connecticut as a way to prevent a resurgence in long-term care facilities. They credited social distancing, hand washing, the wearing of...

Connecticut begins partially reopening some DMV offices

Jun. 23, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday partially reopened four of its branches to begin offering in-person licensing and new vehicle registration services by appointment only, the latest in a series of steps toward resuming operations at one of the state's busiest agencies. Road testing also...

Prosecutor to drop charges against 26 arrested at protest

Jun. 19, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut prosecutor will not pursue criminal charges against 26 adults who were arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in Waterbury last month, while the city's police chief is defending the arrests. Waterbury State's Attorney Maureen Platt told reporters late Wednesday...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Jason Watson, left, stands in Meriden Superior Court with his attorney, Dean Popkin, to face charges on domestic violence in connection with an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend Perrie Mason at their Meriden, Conn., home on Aug. 15. Watson was charged this week with murdering Mason last year. Authorities believe he crushed her body after she died, set it on fire and placed her body parts in garbage bags, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday. (Lauren Sellew/Record-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Warrant: Slain mother's body was crushed, set on fire

Jun. 17, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities believe a Connecticut man charged this week with murdering his ex-girlfriend last year crushed her body after she died, set it on fire and placed her body parts in garbage bags, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday. The affidavit provided the first...

Police: Man to be charged with murder in mother-of-2 death

Jun. 16, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man accused of strangling his ex-girlfriend days before she was found dead near his workplace will be charged with murder, police announced Tuesday. Meriden police said they have secured an arrest warrant for Jason Watson in connection with the killing of Perrie Mason, a...

Demonstrators block traffic on interstate in Hartford

Jun. 1, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Protesters on Monday blocked traffic on Interstate 84 in Hartford to protest police killings of black people, including George Floyd, who died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee on his neck for several minutes. Demonstrators also marched to the capital...

Protests of Floyd death shut down some Connecticut highways

May. 31, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt in a video message Sunday supporting peaceful demonstrations as protesters across Connecticut called for justice following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Protesters closed both sides of Interstate 84 in...