Regional News

Local Activists Take To The Suburbs To Make Chauvin Verdict, Floyd Legacy Stick

One day afterthe guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin came down in the murder of George Floyd, Connecticut activists took to the streets looking to address people in the suburbs.

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Banjo Festival Showcases Unique Uses Of An Old Instrument

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Report: Air Quality Improving In Mass., Even Before The Pandemic

White House

Biden Makes New Pledge For U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A 50% Cut

President Biden opened a global summit on climate change Thursday morning by announcing that the United States will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half, based on 2005 levels, by the end of the decade. That aggressive 2030 goal, which the White House is framing as a "50-52 percent reduction," will be formalized in a document called a "nationally determined contribution," or NDC. The NDC is a public commitment to address climate change made by each country that signed on to the 2015...

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Emissions

Governors Urge Biden To Order 100% Zero-Emission Car Sales By 2035

Governors from a dozen states are asking President Biden to ban the sale of cars and light trucks that emit greenhouse gases by 2035. In a letter to the president, the governors of California, New York, North Carolina and nine other states — all but one a Democrat — asked for the change ahead of a White House climate summit, scheduled to begin Thursday. "By establishing a clear regulatory path to ensuring that all vehicles sold in the United States are zero-emission, we can finally clear the...

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Reported Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations Climbing In Massachusetts Despite Pause

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The Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
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Massachusetts ordered a halt to the use of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine last Tuesday while federal officials investigate six cases of rare and severe blood clots. But the number of J&J doses reported as administered in the state has climbed each day since that pause was announced.

Gov. Charlie Baker activated the National Guard Tuesday after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all counts against him in the murder of George Floyd.

Pharrell Bright sat in a plastic folding chair in the middle of a gym auditorium at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford.

The Capital Preparatory Magnet School senior had just received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"I saw a lot of the commercials that the hospital has been posting on TV and through the news and it’s saying, 'get vaccinated, it could save some lives,'" he said. "And I felt like I just heard it enough times that I was like, you know what, maybe it isn’t such a bad thing to do." 

That recycling you put out each week in the blue bin may not be going where you think it is. 

Because of contamination in curbside bins, the city of Hartford is now redirecting most of its recycling to a nearby incinerator, which means tons and tons of recyclable materials are going to waste while the city spends about $30,000 a month trying to deal with the problem.

The state House of Representatives approved a bill early Tuesday that would remove Connecticut’s religious exemption from mandatory school vaccinations, a major step for a hot-button proposal that has been raised three years in a row with no vote in either chamber until this week.

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Energy

As New England Wind Power Grows, Local Activists Try To Halt Natural Gas Projects

The fight against fossil fuel expansion in New England has a new front in Killingly, Connecticut. Climate activists want the state to reject a proposed natural gas plant there, which is tied to the company behind a controversial pipeline development currently underway in Minnesota and a recently completed natural gas line in New England.

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Commentary

Commentator Lauren Ostberg has thrown "full moon parties" over Zoom since the pandemic began.
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Creating At-Home Rituals To Help Deal With The Pandemic's Uncertainties

I have been living with the pandemic for about a year, and the tempered hope of a vaccine for a few months. I’m extremely low-priority in the vaccine line, and I ought to be. I’m a 35-year-old woman, with no risk factors, who can — but doesn’t have to — work from home.

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'We Need To Be Nurtured, Too': Many Teachers Say They're Reaching A Breaking Point

To say Leah Juelke is an award-winning teacher is a bit of an understatement. She was a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in 2020; she was North Dakota's Teacher of the Year in 2018; and she was awarded an NEA Foundation award for teaching excellence in 2019. But Juelke, who teaches high school English learners in Fargo, N.D., says nothing prepared her for teaching during the coronavirus pandemic. "The level of stress is exponentially higher. It's like nothing I've experienced...

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