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  • Pryor Helped Set Education Reform On Right Track

    Pryor Helped Set Education Reform On Right Track
    When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was elected four years ago, Connecticut had the worst achievement gap between poor minority students and suburban white students in the country. In addition, overall test scores were flat, and the state was consistently...
  • Pryor Tells Superintendents: 'You Are On The Right Track'

    Pryor Tells Superintendents: 'You Are On The Right Track'
    HARTFORD — A day after announcing his plans to leave soon, state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor addressed superintendents at their annual back-to-school meeting Tuesday, pointing to progress made during his watch and urging them to go forward...
  • Amistad America Put Into Receivership

    Amistad America Put Into Receivership
    An independent receiver was appointed Thursday to take command of Amistad America Inc., the troubled nonprofit group widely criticized for its management of the replica slave ship that it has controlled since the ship's launch 14 years ago. Attorney...
  • The Valley Line: MUSE/IQUE wraps up summer concert season; Los Angeles Childrens Chorus features local youth

    The Valley Line: MUSE/IQUE wraps up summer concert season; Los Angeles Childrens Chorus features local youth
    Oh my gosh, I'm absolutely melting in this extreme hot weather. But what has been worse is the stickiness that has accompanied the heat. I must admit that I am a wimp. When the weather forecasters said that we could be experiencing triple-digit heat...
  • Courtroom Surprises: Twists And Turns In Connecticut Trials

    Courtroom Surprises: Twists And Turns In Connecticut Trials
    Nearly a century ago, it might have become the trial of the century. A Bridgeport priest was shot dead on a busy city street. Multiple witnesses placed a dim-witted vagrant at the scene. Ballistics experts linked the man's gun to the crime. A chilling...
  • Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'

     Totality of slavery made mercilessly clear in '12 Years a Slave'
    The 1977 TV blockbuster "Roots" features a scene in which the slave Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton, is whipped unmercifully until he acknowledges that his name in captivity will be Toby. The sequence is not only distinguished by its brutality, but...
  • Matthew McConaughey maps his route to stardom

     Matthew McConaughey maps his route to stardom
    We could, on our own, diagram the ups and downs of Matthew McConaughey's acting career. But, to borrow a line from "Dazed and Confused," it'd be a lot cooler if he did. He obliges. 'Dazed and Confused' " 'All right, all right, all right!' First...
  • Oscars 2014: For many, '12 Years a Slave' is too hard to watch

    Come Sunday night, director Steve McQueen's critically praised rendering of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, may win the Academy Award for best picture. So why isn't everyone...
  • The Oscars and the Holocaust-film myth

    The Oscars and the Holocaust-film myth
    Among the 25 or so awards to be handed out at Sunday's Oscars will be the prize for documentary short. One of the less recognized categories at the annual ceremony, the doc short field this year contains a certain newsworthiness because of the inclusion...
  • Charter School Group Refuses To Disclose Financial Terms Of Sharpe's Departure

    Charter School Group Refuses To Disclose Financial Terms Of Sharpe's Departure
    HARTFORD — A charter management group that runs five public schools in Connecticut refused on Wednesday to release financial details involving the abrupt departure this past weekend of its former CEO, Michael M. Sharpe. Family Urban Schools of...
  • State Pours Money Into Amistad, Must Demand Accountability

    State Pours Money Into Amistad, Must Demand Accountability
    Connecticut needs to renegotiate its relationship with Amistad, its tall ship, to get a guarantee in writing that the ship will be in the state and open to the public four months a year. That's the least the state should get in return for spending...