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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 5, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Police brutality ignites anger in tense times The Connecticut Post May 30 The images coming from Minneapolis are alarming — a violent response to a brutal killing of a black man by a white police officer. We are blind, though, if we think what is going on in...

Lamont moves up second phase of state's reopening by 3 days

Jun. 5, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday he is moving up the second phase of reopening many businesses and activities by three days so the changes don't conflict with Father's Day weekend. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Democrat said Phase 2 will now happen on June 17,...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020, photo, Tom Cummings waits in his car as volunteers place groceries in the trunk during a food distribution drive sponsored by Island Harvest Food Bank in Valley Stream, N.Y.  The Valley Stream stream donations were just one of many events Island Harvest has conducted throughout the area recently. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'Respect them': Even in wealthy areas, food bank demand high

Jun. 5, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — One was a nurse, another a retiree. Others had recently lost jobs with an insurance company and a country club. On a humid day last week, in the parking lot of this Long Island town’s largest park, they had a common bond. Each was making their first visit to a food bank...

Connecticut surpasses 4,000 deaths; Lamont fears complacency

Jun. 4, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to decline, Connecticut surpassed 4,000 deaths from the virus on Thursday, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont to warn residents not to become complacent about social distancing. The Democrat said he's worried that people...

Connecticut officer involved in 2019 fatal shooting resigns

Jun. 4, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An officer who was cleared of wrongdoing in a fatal shooting last year of an 18-year-old driver has resigned from a central Connecticut police department. Wethersfield officer Layau Eulizier fired through the windshield of a car coming at him in April 2019, killing Anthony Vega...

Immigrant families to receive $3.5 million in COVID relief

Jun. 3, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some struggling immigrant families in Connecticut without legal status will receive a share of $3.5 million in public and private money for COVID-19 relief. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday that $2.5 million in state-funded grants to landlords will be provided on...

Symbolic funeral procession honors Floyd in Connecticut

Jun. 3, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of cars traveled from Windsor to Hartford on Wednesday in a procession led by a hearse with an empty casket —- one of several demonstrations around Connecticut to honor George Floyd and protest racial injustice. In Danbury, protesters shouted “I can’t...

Barber Trey Maestri, gives a trim to Owen Bouchard, of Southington, at Trey's Barbershop, 101 Center St., Southington, Conn., Monday, Jun. 1, 2020. Despite restrictions on waiting areas, chair spacing and even conversation, customers flooded back to area salons and barbershops Monday. (Dave Zajac, Record-Journal/Record-Journal via AP)

COVID risk now included in unemployment eligibility check

Jun. 2, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When determining eligibility for unemployment benefits, Connecticut's Department of Labor is now allowed to consider whether returning to work during the cononavirus pandemic would pose an “unreasonable risk” to a person's health or the health of their household. When...

New Floyd demonstrations planned around Connecticut

Jun. 2, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New demonstrations against police brutality are planned Tuesday across Connecticut, where peaceful protests have been held in cities and suburbs since the death last week of George Floyd in Minnesota. Events are planned in cities including West Hartford, Fairfield and New Britain,...

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...