Dec 27, 2013
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Connecticut Today

2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

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Connecticut People

Daniel Trust (below) is a Rwandan genocide survivor, motivational speaker and so much more—and he’s only in his early 20s.

You have to connect with Daymon “Daym” Patterson via his viral YouTube dash-cam, fast-food review videos to really understand the phenomenon that launched a branded Travel Channel show. But our story is a great place to start.

Matt Harvey, the Mets phenom pitcher, is a Connecticut-bred talent who keeps his hometown family close.

Arika Kane (right), the soulful R&B singer who grew up in Killingly and is now a VH1 sensation, puts integrity and empowered women first as she pursues success with an independent Connecticut-based label. We like that.

Violin Virtuoso Sirena Huang is on track for a symphonically global career. We caught up with her just before some watershed concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchesta.

Kevin Ollie, the UConn men’s basketball coach, was our October cover story.

Chelsea Wheeler, 10, of Oxford, was our digital “holiday story” in unexpected “wrapping.” She aspires to be a gourmet chef but needs a small bowel transplant and currently can’t eat. Her faith is strong, her story inspiring.

Anna Murphy of Stafford Springs wants to be a soccer star when she grows up. Whatever she does, she’ll be a role model, which is indicated by her role as 11-year-old philanthropist who keeps less-fortunate neighbors warm in the winter.

Ryan Bell of Wallingford puts all of us to shame. Despite the challenges he faces, he’s determined to, well, change the world.

And a NASCAR Bound Student at Forman School in Litchfield is a Dyslexia Philanthropist, at 17 (Photo above)

Politics

Latinos on the rise in politics and government in Connecticut checks in as one of our most notable pieces of 2013

The subjects of this next piece are far less inspiring. Here’s how the story opens:

A once-popular Connecticut governor defrauds taxpayers for personal gain, resigns and goes to prison as mayors of two of the state’s biggest cities and a state senator already sit behind bars. Local government, state government, legislative, executive—everywhere you turned 10 years ago, there was news of bribes, kickbacks and corruption.

“For the record, not everyone in Connecticut is a crook,” began a March 2003 New York Times article entitled, “The Nutmeg State Battles the Stigma of Corrupticut.”

Read all about the state’s abiding corruption.

So pervasive are the things wrong with the system of politics and government in Connecticut that we had to revisit the issue just a couple of months later.

It wouldn’t be a year in politics section without a story looking forward to how this shape up in the next gubernatorial race.

One the biggest draws online this fall was Jennifer Swift’s interactive story following the municipal elections in November, showing through a map how the balance of power had shifted statewide.
 

Our colleague Andy Thibault of Cool Justice opened a Pandora’s Box regarding politics in Danbury, taking aim at mayor and likely gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton. Here’s the opening salvo of a tug-of-war still being chronicled in weekly columns at the New Haven Register.

And finally, in December we looked at campaign financing—and how to skirt the rules.

2013 in Connecticut (Magazine): Best Dining, Arts, Politics, Issues, Fashion & More

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