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Margaret Holloway is seen in this 1974 photo provided by Bennington College in Bennington, VT. Holloway, a woman who became famous for her gritty and colorful performances of Shakespeare on the streets of New Haven, Conn, died of the coronavirus in May 2020. (Bennington College via AP)

Lives Lost: Woman who performed Shakespeare on the street

Aug. 13, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — She had all the makings of a rising star, someone who wrote, directed and acted in her own plays in her 20s and attended one of the country's top drama schools around the same time as Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver. But unlike those stars, Margaret Holloway never made it to...

Storm damage repairs cause 1-hour Metro-North delays

Aug. 12, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Metro-North rail commuters on the New Haven Line faced one-hour delays Wednesday morning as crews worked to fix infrastructure damaged by last week's tropical storm. Officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said repairs were being made to tracks between Stamford and...

Police: Shooting death of boy, 8, believed to be accidental

Aug. 7, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An 8-year-old New Haven boy died Thursday night in what police believe was an accidental shooting in his home. Officers and paramedics responded to Howard Avenue at about 10:40 p.m., Capt. Anthony Duff said. The boy was treated in a second-floor bedroom and brought to Yale New Haven...

SUV sinks in Housatonic River, killing man, woman inside

Jul. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — A man and woman were killed Friday when their SUV sank in the Housatonic River near New Haven as rescue workers frantically tried to free them, officials said. The mid-size SUV crashed into the river around 3:45 p.m. in Seymour and ended up floating upside down about 75 yards from the...

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, left, listens to State Sen. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, right, during special session at the State Capitol, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Police reform, absentee ballot use bills advance to governor

Jul. 29, 2020 4:30 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that attempts to reform police procedures and policies in light of the police-involved killing of George Floyd and other Black people, a wide-ranging proposal opponents argue will punish good officers but proponents contend is...

Spike in drug overdoses reported in New Haven area

Jul. 25, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — New Haven area officials are expressing concerns about a spike in drug overdoses they believe is linked to heroin laced with fentanyl. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said in a statement Saturday that local officials are closely tracking the overdose increase over the past several...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont speaks at a news conference at Pfizer Groton in Groton, Conn. On Friday, July 24, 2020, Lamont signed an executive order that will provide front-line workers

Lamont order presumes workers comp eligibility for virus

Jul. 24, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday signed an executive order that state union leaders predict will provide hundreds, possibly thousands, of front-line workers “presumptive eligibility” for workers compensation benefits if they contracted the coronavirus while on the job during the early days of...

Connecticut may expand absentee ballot use for Nov. election

Jul. 21, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday heard from voters who want to cast their ballots by absentee because they're afraid of going to the polls in November during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as from those who say they're more concerned that expanding eligibility might lead to fraud. Merla Porter a retired...

Police warn proposed reforms may harm recruitment, retention

Jul. 17, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

Connecticut lawmakers were warned Friday that a wide-ranging police accountability bill, which would allow officers to be personally sued in certain circumstances for violating someone's civil rights, will have serious ramifications, including discouraging recruitment of new officers and prompting many existing...

FILE- In this June 24, 2020 file photo, a worker prepares to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from Wooster Square Park, in New Haven, Conn. Sculptures of the explorer were erected in the 19th and 20th centuries across the state, which has a large Italian-American population, but many were taken down in the summer of 2020, following widespread racial injustice protests that began following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. (Peter Hvizdak/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Disputes over Christopher Columbus statues play out in court

Jul. 15, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

Disputes over what to do with statues of Christopher Columbus in Connecticut have resulted in both civil and criminal complaints. Sculptures of the explorer were erected in the 19th and 20th centuries across the state, which has a large Italian-American population, but many were taken down this summer following...