Sanders had voted for a 2005 federal shield law that generally provides immunity to gun manufacturers against such lawsuits, claiming in a Michigan debate that gun companies and dealers would go out of business if they were sued for selling guns legally to people who might later use them for criminal acts.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) released a fiery statement Thursday evening, in reaction to the mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
By Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. — The distribution of donations made to Newtown following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was so problematic that it has likely left “a permanent fracture in the community,” First Selectwoman Pat Llodra said Friday. Llodra and Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. appeared before the state’s Sandy […]
By Shawn R. Beals, The Hartford Courant MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Wesleyan University has barred students from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, an order issued after a sophomore was seriously injured Sunday in a fall from a third-story window. In an email to students and staff Wednesday, university officials said that the house will be […]
By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau PRATT, Kansas — America will elect two Congresses this fall, particularly in the House of Representatives. That’s because there are two Americas doing the voting: one hunkered down in redder-than-ever Republican districts that send partisan Republican conservatives to the House of Representatives, the other in bluer-than-ever Democratic districts that […]
By David Owens, Don Stacom, and Dave Moran, The Hartford Courant BRISTOL, Conn. — The man accused of fatally slashing his 1-year-old niece has a lengthy arrest record that includes drug, gun, and robbery charges, court officials said Tuesday. Arthur Hapgood, 36, of Waterbury was arraigned in Superior Court, where his bail was boosted from […]
By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden turned down a Connecticut teenager’s invitation to her high school prom — but sent along a corsage, nevertheless. “I am flattered, but my schedule will not permit me to be in Connecticut on Friday evening,” Biden said in a handwritten note on vice […]
By Dave Altimari, The Hartford Courant MERIDEN, Conn. — Although a prosecutor and her public defender asked that Danielle Shea be released on a promise to appear in court, a judge set bail at $10,000 for the woman accused of phoning in bomb threats in an attempt to cancel graduation at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, […]
By Jon Lender, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Connecticut — Charla Nash, blind since a 2009 mauling by a chimpanzee that ripped off her face and hands, says in a video plea to legislators that her disabilities make her feel “locked up … like I’m in a cage.” Nash’s legal and public-relations team released the video in […]
By Alaine Griffin, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. — Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanza, said in an interview in The New Yorker that he wished his second-born son who shot 20 elementary school children and six educators “had never been born.” In an article written following a series […]
By Hilda Munoz, The Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. — A local television news photographer whose use of a drone at a fatal car accident recently came under question filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Hartford Police Department on Tuesday. The lawsuit says Pedro Rivera was not breaking any state or federal laws when he […]