Pray for Newtown: Trying to See the Light


Michael Kasdan reflects on the Sandy Hook school shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago.

A Fifteen Year Old Trans Girl In A Men’s Prison? Are You Kidding Me?


In what world is it okay to throw a fifteen year old girl in a men’s prison? Not one that I want to be apart of. – Al-Jazeera America is reporting on an especially disturbing story this week coming out of one of America’s northeastern liberal bastions, Connecticut.  A transgender teenager in Connecticut was transferred […]

Building My Father’s Coffin

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John Manchester was dreading the fulfillment of his father’s last wish: that his children build him a coffin. In the end, he discovered that working alongside his son and other family members was the perfect therapy.

Police Officers in East Haven Connecticut Found Guilty of ‘Systematic Discrimination’ Against Latinos

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A federal jury has found two Connecticut police officers guilty of civil rights abuses.

My Hometown: Lessons from Suburban and Urban Connecticut


Sameer talks about his childhood in greater Hartford, race, and living in the heart of the shell.

Stargazing with Kristen


Carmelo Vallone reflects on losing his first love to homicide and why he can’t talk about the Trayvon Martin verdict.

Senator Manchin: Gun Control Bill Not Dead Yet


Senator Joe Manchin said, “We’re going to work this bill with all of our hearts.”

In Boston, There is no Finish Line

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The winners in life are not the ones who necessarily cross the finish line at the race. The winners are the ones who never give up.

Gun Control Bill Will Also Bring Mental Health Care Improvements

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Unlike background checks or weapons bans, properly treating mental illness can prevent problems before a potential killer tries to buy a gun.

A Big Week Ahead for Gun Control


There may be a bipartisan measure on background checks on the table after all.

NEWSER: Connecticut Forges US’ Toughest Gun Laws


Gun control advocates praised the bill, with some saying they were amazed at how far it went.

Georgia Town Makes Gun Ownership Mandatory

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Supporters of the new ordinance requiring gun ownership admit they were “largely seeking to make a point about gun rights.”

OPEN THREAD: Would You Allow Your Child to Have Gender-Reassignment Surgery?


Does making transgender children wait to transition make it harder for them in the long run?

South Dakota Passes Legislation to Arm Teachers

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The US will be watching South Dakota in the next several months to see how they manage the details of this new legislation.

Open Thread: Should States Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide?

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Almost a dozen states are considering legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to seek assistance in ending their own lives.

Connecticut Couple Celebrates Over 80 Years of Married Bliss

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A truly inspiring story of love and commitment that has lasted a lifetime.