What Is The ‘Pink Tax’ And How Is It Impacting Women?

The pink tax, though not an actual tax, refers to a gender-based pricing system that singles out products and services marketed to women. Stacker explored how the pink tax impacts women across the nation. Personal care products such as body wash, shampoo, lotion, and deodorant cost women close to 13% more than products geared toward men, according…

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How The Idea Of Privacy Has Changed In The US

The Constitution includes 4,400 words, and not one of them is the word “privacy.” In an effort to contextualize the changes in American thinking about privacy in the digital age, Stacker investigated the way the idea of privacy has changed in the U.S. during the last two decades using a variety of news and government sources.…

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Checking In With A Gold Star Family

Brian Scott-Smith talks with a Gold Star Mother who lost her son in Afghanistan and explores how America may be forgetting its Gold Star Families. Plus, we take a look at other stories making the headlines from around the region.

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New Labor Law Gives Boost To Baristas

Labor organizers and legislative Democrats celebrated the Friday implementation of a new law prohibiting captive audience meetings outside a Vernon Starbucks, where employees said that management had discouraged their campaign to unionize ba. 

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JOB LISTING: Program Specialist for Volunteer Engagement

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. As…

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State Settles Whiting Abuse Case for $9M

The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services agreed to pay the family of a man who was abused at Whiting Forensic Hospital $9 million.  Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis approved the settlement, which stems from a 2018 lawsuit filed by the family of William H. Shehadi Jr. who is mentally ill was tortured…

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OP-ED | When Voting Alone Won’t Cut It

“With your vote,” President Joe Biden told a shocked, reeling nation in a speech lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, “you can act. You can have the final word.” He’s right! Everybody has to vote. Except… we did vote. We have been voting. Every election, we vote like it’s the apocalypse. It wasn’t enough.

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Lamont Appoints Mark Kohler, a Recently Retired Associate AG, as Secretary of the State

Mark Kohler, a recently retired associate attorney general, will serve the remaining six months of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s term in office following her resignation Thursday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced in a morning press release.  Merrill, who was not seeking re-election, announced earlier this week she would step down at noon Thursday to…

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OP-ED | What Would It Mean To Codify Roe Into Federal Law – And Is There Any Chance Of That Happening?

In simple terms, to codify something means to enshrine a right or a rule into a formal systematic code. It could be done through an act of Congress in the form of a federal law. Similarly, state legislatures can codify rights by enacting laws. To codify Roe for all Americans, Congress would need to pass a law that would provide the same protections that Roe…

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OP-ED | What Happens When Local Journalism Disappears?

I was surprised and a bit saddened by an email I received a few weeks ago from Kathy Brown, the senior editor of a local news outlet. It began this way: “You are receiving this because in the past you have sent in an article or press release to HK-Now.com/Haddam Killingworth News. Tomorrow I am retiring from the newspaper business.”

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George Floyd Att’y Meets With Cox Family; 4 Minutes Of Video Capture Case’s Key Moments

A nationally prominent civil rights attorney has joined the legal team for a 36-year-old New Havener who was partially paralyzed while in police custody, according to the man’s local lawyer — potentially moving the rapidly developing local police misconduct case into the national spotlight. Read more from the New Haven Independent.

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OP-ED | Rule No. 1: Do Not Ignore Nazis

White supremacists have been trying to recruit new members in Connecticut, and we need some ground rules. As town officials in Newington, West Hartford, Bristol, East Hartford, and elsewhere are seeing these groups try to make inroads, it’s understandable if town officials are at a loss as to what to do…

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