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Thursday roundup

by: ctblogger

Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:22:39 AM EST

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  • NHI: "Register's Owner: You're All "Terminated""
    The people still left working at New Haven's daily newspaper learned they may be out of a job come April 17.

    Their employer, the Journal Register Company, has notified the state labor department that it may lay off all the company's 285 Connecticut employees on that date.

    Or it may not.

    The decision is up to the company's "new" owners. Who are also, in effect, its current owners. More about that lower down in the story.

    Employees of the New Haven Register and other JRC publications in Connecticut learned the news in a letter from JRC's chief human resources officer. The company-which goes by the slogan "Digital First"-snail-mailed hard-copy versions of the letter, dated Feb. 15, to the employees. The letters arrived days later.

  • Blumenthal receives top honors.
    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is the most liberal member of the Senate, and Connecticut's House delegation is the fourth most liberal, according to the latest rankings by the National Journal.

    Blumenthal tied with Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., to top the list of the Senate's most liberal members, a list that includes Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Patty Murray of Washington and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

    Both Blumenthal and Udall voted for the liberal position on a bill 90.7 percent of the time.

  • Gov. Malloy to General Assembly: The hell with you, I'll do it myself."
    With a veiled swipe at Republican leaders, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is ready to pronounce the legislature's bipartisan task force on gun violence a failure and propose his own comprehensive package of gun-control measures.

    Malloy's proposal is expected to be released Thursday at 10 a.m., before he shares a national stage with Vice President Joe Biden at a symposium on gun violence at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.


    Based on past comments, Malloy is expected to propose a ban on high-capacity magazines, universal background checks for all firearm purchases and, most likely, a stronger ban on firearms defined as assault weapons.

  • Idiot of the week.
    A 19-year-old woman threatened to use homemade napalm bombs and a shotgun to carry out a Newtown-style "suicidal" mass attack on Gateway Community College, according to a federal complaint.

    The criminal complaint, released late Wednesday, details a series of disturbing text messages the woman allegedly sent to a friend-and then to an undercover FBI agent pretending to be the friend-between Feb. 4 and Feb. 16.

    The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the case along with the New Haven and East Haven police. The woman was arrested Tuesday and appeared in federal court in Bridgeport Wednesday; she faces up to five years in jail and $250,000 in fines for the federal offense of perpetrating a criminal hoax. She also faces a series of state charges.

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