| May 5, 2014
| 3:05 AM
Jesse Leavenworth here to tell you about Jesse Leavenworth.
I write of my Revolutionary namesake with pride, but must admit some truth in the old saying about looking back far enough and finding a horse thief.
Old Jess and I share ancestors who came...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:20 PM
That Connecticut's widely heralded Freedom of Information Act is under assault is troubling, but not new.
Since the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, we've seen relentless efforts to cut back on public access to police reports and investigatory...
| Apr 7, 2014
Overnight camp, park and recreation, sports programs. None of these summertime activities come cheap. "I'm a single parent with two kids," says Erin Sheak of Waterbury, who wanted to send her children, ages 4 and 7, to camp but didn't know how she could...
| Apr 6, 2014
| 4:47 AM
Courant crime reporter Gerald J. Demeusy probably didn't realize at the time that he would chronicle a historic moment in Connecticut on the night of May 17, 1960.
The veteran journalist watched 2,000 volts of electricity surge through the body of...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:11 AM
Until the Newtown shootings in December 2012, the 1977 slaying of a mother, her seven children and a young family friend was the largest mass murder in Connecticut history.
In the wee hours of July 22, 1977, at about 4:15 a.m., neighbors smelled smoke...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 4:05 AM
At first, the 1981 stabbing death of 40-year-old Alan Bono of Brookfield looked like a routine argument gone awry. Police referred to it as an "open-and-shut case."
But then came Arne Cheyenne Johnson's defense: The devil made him do it.
With the help...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 4:10 AM
Bernard Madoff's investor fraud took the Ponzi scheme to a new level, but it wasn't so long ago that Connecticut had its own infamous fraud case tied to some of Hartford's most well-known real estate: Colonial Realty Co.
And in the two decades since...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 2:01 PM
Trees matter in Connecticut, and always have. The Charter Oak, the muscularly limbed behemoth in which Connecticut's charter was secreted to protect it from the king's agents in 1687, is central to our political creation story. Though it fell in an 1856...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 3:01 PM
This week, the Democrats who control our state legislature will have their last chance to kill off the gambling game keno. The game, which is to be run by the Connecticut Lottery, is expected to generate about $30 million a year. This is about 0.1 percent...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:26 PM
Some not-for-profit hospitals in Connecticut are barely keeping their noses above water. State lawmakers should allow them to convert more easily to for-profit status so they can survive, but add reasonable safeguards against job losses and cuts in...
| May 2, 2014
The end of the legislative session has featured an unusual amount of gear-shifting by the state's leading policy-makers. The most notable came last week when reality forced Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to abandon his $55-a-person income tax refund under pressure...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 11:09 AM
When she decided to forgo the usual classical-music path, harpist Brandee Younger faced a tough road: what space was out there for the harp in the jazz world, let alone hip-hop and popular music?
Luckily, Younger, a Brooklyn-based musician, had a few...