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Quiz: Test Your 2012 News IQ

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So you think you are a news junkie? We put together a little quiz so you can see how well you followed the news stories that everyone was talking about during 2012.

The answers are at the bottom of the quiz, but no cheating.

What explanation did incoming state Rep. Christina Ayala give as why she did not stop after running a stop light and hitting a car?

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Why did Trumbull officials agree to pay $75,000 in cancellation fees to get out of presenting a Michael Bolton concert?

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In June, an unknown woman left a personal item at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, along with note asking staff sell it and use the money to help cancer patients. What was the item?

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Milford resident Mike Apatow was pulled over by police in May for this unusual reason:

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How many years will former Oxford tax collector Karen Guilette spend behind bars for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the town in order to live a lavish lifestyle

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After Superstorm Sandy struck Connecticut, why were police needed to accompany utility workers to restore power?

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Trucker Barnard Plott had a heart attack during a run and sought medical attention while at a rest stop. One of the EMTs offered him more than medical care. What personal favor did she do for him?

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An American Lung Association report released in spring named this county the most polluted in the state:

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What did East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo say he was going to do for East Haven’s Latino community in the wake of the arrest of four police officers on harassment and intimidation charges?

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2012 was the first full year of the new Third Edition of the Roman Missal. What is the proper refrain for “The Lord be with you”?

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A new span of the Quinnipiac Bridge in New Haven opened on June 24, 2012. What is its official name?

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This year, after years of opposition in the General Assembly, Connecticut package store owners agreed to:

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A still-active federal investigation into influence peddling in the General Assembly resulted in the indictment of the campaign manager and finance director for:

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During the last legislative session, the General Assembly voted to:

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Which artist/show/group did NOT perform at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard this year?

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At the start of the school year, the Milford Board of Education forced two teenage girls to walk two miles down a dangerous street to catch their bus. What was that name of the street?

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Who was the special visitor Oxford First Selectman George Temple greeted at Waterbury/Oxford Airport last fall?

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What was the name of the attorney who defended former Milford police officer Jason Anderson, who was accused of two counts of vehicular manslaughter?

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Jim Calhoun retired in September after 26 seasons as the men’s basketball coach at UConn. How many national championships did he win?

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Milford police solved a mystery of a 136-year-old child’s gravestone that was tossed from a car traveling on I-95. the marker was from a city in Massachusetts. What was the name of that city?

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In February the state Supreme Court ruled:

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In August, Vito Montelli retired as boys basketball coach at St. Joseph High School, in Trumbull. His record stands at 878-329. How many seasons did Montelli coach?

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In February, the State Elections Enforcement Commission found that a political action committee where Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch contributed $46,000 after his 2007 election victory:

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Justin Thompson, was shot and killed on Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport in the early morning hours of January 8, 2012.

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The Sound Tigers got their fourth coach in three seasons this summer after last season’s boss got a promotion to the NHL. Who’s the new guy?

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Bishop William E. Lori left the Diocese on Bridgeport after eleven years to become Archbishop of what city?

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The Sound Tigers named Wethersfield’s Colin McDonald captain earlier this month. Of Bridgeport’s eight captains, he’s the second who was born in New Haven. Who was the first?

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What Broadway star shot a music video for a 2012 album in downtown Bridgeport?

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Longtime state Sen. George L. “Doc” Gunther, of Stratford, died Aug. 26th at the age of 92. Besides being a State legislator for 40-years, what sort of “Doc” was Gunther?

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April 23 marked the 25th anniversary of the L’Ambiance Plaza collapse in Bridgeport. How many construction workers died in the 1987 construction accident?

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In mid-August, a replica of the HMS Bounty visited Captain’s Cove Seaport. What happened to her several weeks later?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, how much sleep should kids 5 to 10 have each night?

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Where did a group of Trumbull clergy give ashes on Ash Wednesday?

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Greenwich resident Kathie Lee Gifford fulfilled a lifelong dream by having a musical she created open on Broadway this year. What was the title?

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What caused Robert Kennedy to resign from his job as Connecticut’s Board of Regents president?

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On Feb. 5th, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI to become NFL Champions. How many Super Bowls have the Giants won?

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Connecticut Public Television taped a concert at the Bushnell in Hartford for airing next year. Which TV star did it feature?

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What did the Milford-based company ShowMotion refurbish last March?

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On Aug. 25 the Bridgeport Bluefish faced what famous pitcher in a nationally televised Atlantic League baseball game against the Sugar Land Skeeters, in Sugar Land, Texas.

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What jazz giant and longtime Connecticut resident died in early December?

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Who was reportedly house hunting in Fairfield County last summer?

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In a high-profile resignation, John Murphy stepped down as the Masuk High football coach. How many state titles did Murphy win in his 16 seasons?

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Yale Repertory Theatre announced a 2013 production of “Hamlet” with an Oscar-nominated actor in the title role. Who is it?

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Why were some Trumbull residents upset over a contract dispute involving a sewer contractor?

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What jail sentence did a judge impose on Ann Pettway for kidnapping a three-week old baby and raising her as her own?

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What surprise did a group of homeowners receive from the town of Monroe?

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A Fairfield businessman sought zoning approval from the Bridgeport Planning and Zoning Commission to establish what kind of business?

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Longtime Connecticut weather man Geoff Fox was fired from Fox CT for ‘inappropriate conduct.” What did Fox allegedly do?

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What happened at Stella’s Restaurant in Stratford last summer?

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What unusual technique did a man use to steal women’s credit cards?

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What did a Greenwich couple give to Bridgeport kids for wedding president?

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Former Gov. John G. Rowland turned 55 years this year? What birthday present did taxpayers give him?

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a number of college students who lived in rental housing destroyed by the storm were displaced. Which college president opened their home to students:

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In a field that included the reigning PGA, Masters and U.S. Open champions, who emerged as the winner of the Travelers Championship golf tournament.

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Milford businessman DeForest Smith posted a controversial billboard during the 2012 election. What did the billboard say?

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What did the state Legislature consider doing to state parks and forests?

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The Boston Red Sox had another epic collapse in 2012, ending the season with the team’s worst record since:

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The answers:

1. She was scared of a man who was yelling at her.

2. Sagging ticket sales

3. A wedding ring and an engagement ring.

4. He set off a radiation detector used by the police to identify possible terrorists.

5. 4

6. Threats were made against utility workers

7. She took care of his dog

8. Fairfield

9. “I might have tacos when I go home.”

10. And with your spirit

11. Pearl Harbor Memorial Harbor

12. Open on Sundays.

13. Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan’s 5th District congressional bid.

14. Legalize marijuana for medical uses; and repeal the death penalty.

15. Yani

16. Wheelers Farms Road

17. The Dalai Lama

18. Atty. Hugh Keefe

19. 3

20. Chelsea

21. Against a Republican attempt to relocate New Britain to the Hartford-centric 1st District.

22. 50

23. Was run illegally and fined the eastern Connecticut father and son who ran the PAC a record $11,200.

24. 14

25. Scott Pellerin replaced Brent Thompson

26. Baltimore

27. Kevin Colley

28. Cheyenne Jackson

29. Naturopathic physician.

30. 28

31. It sank

32. 10 to 11

33. Outside Starbucks

34. “Scandalous”

35. After a furor erupted over the nearly $300,000 in controversial raises were doled out to office staff without BOR approval.

36. 4

37. Matthew Morrison

38. Two 40-foot-long tiger statues in the Detroit Tigers’ stadium

39. Roger Clemens

40. Dave Brubeck

41. Tom Cruise

42. 3

43. Paul Giamatti

44. Stalled work left dirt and debris in their yards

45. 12 years

46. An $11,800 bill for a water main

47. A pot farm for growing medical marijuana?

48. Had racy chats with a woman on Facebook

49. Restaurant,  menu make over in Food Network show “Restaurant Impossible”

50. Crawled on the floors in dark movie houses

51. A new playground

52. A $50,000 a year pension

53. Jeffrey von Arx

54. Marc Leishman

55. Obama= the entry drug to Socialism

56. Allow cell phone towers

57. 1966

Categories: General
Jeff Bustraan

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