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Ken Dixon

Starting tomorrow, it’s not a barrier to the public. New x-ray scanners and entrance restrictions are “security enhancements.”

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Brave New World alert! Here is the latest from the State Capitol Police, complete with their bold-face fonts, to workers in the state Capitol, including the Connecticut General Assembly: “It is important to remember, your CGA issued ID/Access badge will be  required in order to gain access into the buildings through the staff/legislator entrances. So […] [Read More]
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UConn management torched in new audit report: credentials of prospective employees are not being reviewed

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Here are the recommendations of the state Auditors of Public Accounts, who just released a review of 2010 and 2011 at the state’s flagship basketball academy/higher education institution. Boldfacing was done by the Blogster. Really: contractor work beginning on projects before actual contracts are finalized? Whoa! The credentials of prospective employees are not being checked? […] [Read More]
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james

State Correction Commish heading to NYC

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After less than a year in office, James E Dzurenda of Stratford, commissioner of the state Department of Correction, is leaving for a new job as First Deputy Commissioner for New York City Department of Correction. He will be in charge of all the city jails in all five boroughs in NYC as well as Rikers Island, […] [Read More]
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Controversial Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor is on the way out.

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Stefan Pryor, the controversial state Department of Education commissioner who joined the Malloy administration in September of 2011, is looking for a new job. The governor’s office just announced that he will not be seeking a second term, which would coincide with the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Pryor’s tenure was marked by major […] [Read More]
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craig

From one ambassador to another, Tom Foley-supportive PAC collects $25,000. RGA adds $250,000.

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Tom Foley volunteered for the state’s public financing program, requiring him to accept no more than $100 in individual contributions. Of course, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, unlimited contributions can find their way into state elections, particularly this year’s gubernatorial match-up between Gov. Dan Malloy and Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman still looking for […] [Read More]
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SHAC chairman says final report on Newtown massacre will be released in about 6 weeks

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Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson, who heads the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, just told reporters that he anticipates a final report in about six weeks. Speaking before the commission’s 10 a.m. meeting, in which testimony will be received from Newtown teachers, Jackson said that he anticipates no cooperation from Peter Lanza, the father of murderer/suicide […] [Read More]
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Capitol Police will begin security clampdown (school groups, too!?!) at end of month

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Remember when the north, south east and west entrances of the Capitol were open to the public? That all changed with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. For years, the only doors open, much to the mystification if not the consternation of visitors who often try many doors before they find the right ones, […] [Read More]
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“Ransomware” could make computer users hostages to cybercriminals

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Attorney General George Jepsen today warned state residents that an new computer virus called “ransomware” can result in extortion from cybercriminals. Here’s the release: “Once activated, ransomware viruses scan an infected computer’s drives, encrypting various files in its path. Users trying to access their files are locked out unless they pay a ransom through specified […] [Read More]
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Remember when a “hot car” was a stolen vehicle? Now they are death traps for kids

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The state Department of Transportation has given a $100,000 grant to help raise public awareness on the potential danger of leaving children to swelter in parked motor vehicles. Lieutenant Gov. Nancy Wyman will join U.S. Sens Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy on Monday, along with representatives from the Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center, the DOT, […] [Read More]
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Working Families Party will sponsor rally Friday at Hartford McDonald’s

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The Working Families Party has scheduled a rally tomorrow in the wake of a National Labor Relations Board’s announcement  Tuesday that McDonald’s plays a major role in hiring at its restaurants. Fast-food workers are planning a rally to request that McDonald’s start paying employees $15 an hour and respect their right to unionize. It is […] [Read More]
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