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On Heels of UConn's NCAA Titles, Student-Athletes Unionizing Has Traction

On Heels of UConn's NCAA Titles, Student-Athletes Unionizing Has Traction

State Rep. Patricia Dillon, D-New Haven, plans to sponsor legislation that will help eliminate barriers to athletes unionizing at public universities like UConn.

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Connecticut Catholics Welcome New Bishops

Connecticut Catholics Welcome New Bishops

After suffering through years of child sexual abuse scandals, wayward priests and waning influence, state catholics are ready for new leadership.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ Author Brings Her Italian Wines to Connecticut

‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ Author Brings Her Italian Wines to Connecticut

'Under the Tuscan Sun' author Frances Mayes will be presenting her line of Italian wines in Connecticut in May.

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  Agave Grill's Spicy Barbecue Pork Tacos Praised in Food Network Magazine

Agave Grill's Spicy Barbecue Pork Tacos Praised in Food Network Magazine

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Food Network Magazine’s May issue features a story entitled “50 States of Tacos” and Agave Grill in Hartford is included.

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Connecticut Politics

by Jennifer Swift
Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

Politico: Dodd Campaign Could Have Unknowingly Received Illegal Campaign Contributions

Former Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign may have been a recipient of illegal campaign contributions from a man who pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in illegal contributions and witness tampering, Politico reports.

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Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Won't Back Down from Accusation

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Won't Back Down from Accusation

Danbury Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Boughton says he misspoke at a debate when he suggested a Democratic donor was appointed to a “high-paying position” because of a “quid pro quo” arrangement, but maintains the arrangement still stinks of a pay to play atmosphere in the state’s executive branch.

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Arts & Entertainment

Iraq Veteran, Ballet Dancer Roman Baca Brings Fallujah to West Hartford

Iraq Veteran, Ballet Dancer Roman Baca Brings Fallujah to West Hartford

The Ballet Theatre Company's 16 Annual Spring Repertory Performance will take place on May 3 at the University of Saint Joseph.

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Like ‘Survivor’ as Horror Movie: Haunted Camping Coming to Connecticut

Like ‘Survivor’ as Horror Movie: Haunted Camping Coming to Connecticut

Be afraid, be very afraid. For two nights in July terror will take over a Connecticut campground, for the entertainment of paying guests.

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Style & Shopping

 ESPN's Sage Steele Wears a Connecticut Design on 'NBA Countdown' Again

ESPN's Sage Steele Wears a Connecticut Design on 'NBA Countdown' Again

The dress Sage Steele wore on “NBA Countdown” April 19 marked the third time she has worn a Jean Anne Boccaccio design on the air.

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Own a Piece of Connecticut Landmark Where Bogart, Bacall, Liz Taylor Stayed

Own a Piece of Connecticut Landmark Where Bogart, Bacall, Liz Taylor Stayed

The entire collection of antiques from the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk will be sold at an estate sale on April 25-27.

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Health & Wellness

Old Saybrook Dad Writes Book on His Son's Triumph Over Autism

Old Saybrook Dad Writes Book on His Son's Triumph Over Autism

“I want people to read it, see that there’s hope. Nobody could tell us what things would look like in five or 10 years, we didn’t know anyone like this. I want people to know that they’re not alone, and that there is hope,” Steven Yates said.

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Safe Staffing: Connecticut Nurses Lobby for Hospitals to Report Levels

Safe Staffing: Connecticut Nurses Lobby for Hospitals to Report Levels

A coalition of healthcare unions and others in Connecticut are worried about staffing levels in hospitals and lobbying for a bill that would implement a new state reporting requirement.

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History

AMC's 'Turn' Features Connecticut Spies of the American Revolution

AMC's 'Turn' Features Connecticut Spies of the American Revolution

They always say the truth is more compelling than fiction. In the case of AMC's "Turn," a healthy dose of both is making for some great TV. Set during the American Revolution, "Turn," chronicles the true story of the Culper Spy Ring, which operated in and around New...

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Aaron Burr's Treason Trial Explored in Litchfield, Town With Strong Ties to Burr

Aaron Burr's Treason Trial Explored in Litchfield, Town With Strong Ties to Burr

It was Aaron Burr’s treason trial that drew listeners to the Litchfield Historical Society recently to listen to Prof. R. Kent Newmyer, a professor of law and history at the University of Connecticut School of Law, who discussed his book, “The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr: Law, Politics, and the Character Wars of a New Nation.”

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Education

'DamNation' Takes Top Honors at Environmental Film Festival at Yale

'DamNation' Takes Top Honors at Environmental Film Festival at Yale

"DamNation," a documentary film by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight, won top prize at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival at Yale.

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Sale of Oprah Winfrey's New Chai Tea to Aid Some Connecticut Students

Sale of Oprah Winfrey's New Chai Tea to Aid Some Connecticut Students

Pathways to College at James Hillhouse High School is one of four programs that will benefit from every sale of Oprah Winfrey’s new product, Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. The tea will hit the shelves at Teavana and Starbucks locations April 29.

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Spring Show at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art

Apr 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Maple and Main Gallery is please to present our Spring Show showcasing new works from our 34 Connecticut artists - watercolors, acrylics, oils, pen and ink, collage, mixed media, sculpture, and encaustic. Two floors with over 250 original works of art. Including a special display of cupcake paintings created by several of our artists. Gallery hours: Wed - Sat 11 -6 pm Sun 11 - 5...

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Nature Digital Photography Workshop with artist Craig Norton

Apr 20, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014

Sundays, June 1 and 8, 1-3 p.m.Open to all skill levelsAll types of digital cameras are welcome$90 Members; $120 non-Members Do you always take photos on auto mode? Do you ever wonder what all those other settings are used for on your digital camera? Join photographer Craig Norton who will be sure to help you get comfortable using the various modes on your camera. This class will enhance...

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Beginner Watercolor Class with Mary Smeallie

Apr 20, 2014 - May 26, 2014

Mondays, 1-3 p.m.6 week session: April 7–May 126 week session: May 26–June 30$90 Members; $120 non-MembersMaterial list supplied at time of registration This class will demystify the somewhat intimidating medium of watercolor, starting from scratch. Learn about types of paper, pigments, color mixing, glazing, as well as tricks and techniques. This class will focus on basic technique over...

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Children's Parties Now Offered at Karaoke Heroes!

Apr 20, 2014 - May 31, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

  "Stepping into Karaoke Hereos is like stepping into a comic book."  -CT Business News Journal (link here http://ow.ly/fijyX) Come Celebrate Your Child's Next Birthday with Karaoke Heroes!-Perfect for children age 6 & up-Open "mocktail" bar-Colorful atmosphere with kid-friendly design-All the songs they love! Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry & More!- A 2 hour party for up to...

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April at Gallery 53

Apr 20, 2014 - Apr 25, 2014

Gallery 53, a part of the Meriden Arts and a Crafts Association, will host 2 events during April. On Friday, April 11 Gallery 53 and the South Meriden Lion's Club will pair for a wine tasting and CHAIR-ity evening. Chairs designed and painted by local artists will be auctioned off in a silent auction. The public is invited to attend. The Southington Art's and Crafts Association will hold...

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"Mary Heebner: Silent Faces/Angkor"

Apr 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  In the multi dimensional installation “Silent Faces/Angkor,” Mary Heebner knits together imagery and writing to create an elemental, spiritual, and involving interpretation of the myths of the ancient Angkor temple complex that plays on the links she has found between human and geographic forms. Ms. Heebner often turns to myth to broaden her understanding of the bonds between humans...

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Sunday Explorers

Apr 20, 2014 - May 25, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Sundays, April 13 - May 25, Noon - 4 pm. (no program April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18) Our popular Sunday drop-in program returns for the spring. Join us for hikes, live animal visits, garden experiences and crafts as we explore all the best things about SM&NC in the spring. Information on specific themes is available at the Overbrook Nature Center. Noon to 4 pm 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 3:30...

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Afternoon Critiques with Terrence Regan

Apr 20, 2014

Starting on Sunday, April 20 and continuing on the third Sunday of every month, the NBMAA invites fellow artists and Museum staff for an afternoon critique of some of your recent, and manageable sized artwork. The goal of this critique session is not only to discuss your own artwork and others, but also to learn how to properly engage in the critiquing process. If you would like more...

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Spring Osprey/Eagle Cruises on RiverQuest

Apr 20, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

Cruise from RiverQuest's home berth at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam to search for our returning Ospreys and resident Bald Eagles. Along the edge of the Connecticut River there are two Bald Eagle’s nests we will view and give updates. There are also numerous Osprey nests. Some of the Ospreys are already nesting on navigation aids and man made platforms and some are just...

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Damn Yankees – The Red Sox Version

Apr 20, 2014 - May 11, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Batter up! Just in time for baseball season comes the muscular musical comedy about a Red Sox super-fan who is transformed into a star slugger after he makes a deal with the devil — and his sexy associate, Lola. Goodspeed re-imagines a Broadway classic that swings for the fences, no matter which team you root for. In the game of love and baseball, you gotta have "Heart"...

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