What’s with that “notch” in CT’s northern border?

Take a look at the northern border of the state of Connecticut and you're likely to notice something intriguing. Along the northern border, there is a "notch" that cuts into the state. Why does it exist? What is its function? Curious about the history, I spoke with two experts on the matter. One from Suffield, …

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Millennials love horoscopes, tarot cards, and New Age spiritualism. Why?

Over the past few years, young people in the United States have shown an increasing interest in astrology and other forms of New Age spiritualism. I sat down with a number of small business owners who provide New Age spiritual services to find out what is behind this trend and what people should know. While …

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Rap gives back: How one Hartford teacher is using music to help the homeless

Joey Batts might not seem like your average high school teacher, but he has fused his love of his community and music to help a particularly vulnerable subset of the population in one of the most difficult times of year for many people. Through an annual concert series known as Hip-hop for the Homeless (more …

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Bus drivers are mad as hell at the lack of proper bathroom breaks

Bus operators, those who drive the buses in Connecticut’s public transportation system, demonstrated in Hartford for the second time this year. They are fed up with what they consider to be a lack of consideration for their need to use the restroom. In doing some research on the issue, I was surprised to see that …

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Evading ICE: Some undocumented immigrants are claiming sanctuary in local churches

In order to avoid deportation, some undocumented immigrants in the United States have claimed sanctuary in local churches. As of August, there were four such cases in Connecticut. I sat down to talk with one of them. Claiming sanctuary is a legal gray area. While it is not recognized by federal law, U.S. Immigration and …

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“Where do I fit in?” A conversation with Korean adoptees

Certain aspects of Korean culture are having a “moment” in the United States, which has given voice to many oft underrepresented Asian American voices. But one group of Asian Americans are frequently overlooked: adoptees. I spoke with four Korean adoptees raised in the United States about their unique experiences. Given that most adoptees from Korea …

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