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Bloomfield Man Shot on Homestead Ave

BLOOMFIELD — A 29-year-old Bloomfield man is recovering from gun shot wounds after he was accosted on Homestead Avenue.

The unidentified witness was shot in the buttocks and wrist Monday in front of an auto shop parking lot at 10 Homestead Ave., at about 4:15 p.m., when the suspect walked up behind him and fired two shots, Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

According to the surveillance video of the incident, the suspect approached the victim, and shot him. In the video,  the suspect can be seen running away from the victim, who fell to the ground.

The victim got up and limped out of view of the camera.

The suspect, described as a tall, light-skinned black male in his late teens or early 20s, ran north through the rear yard of the auto shop and west onto Irving Street, police said. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and light blue jeans.

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition,police said.

Police are asking that anyone with information contact Lt. Brandon O’Brien at 860-757-4089 or submit a tip online at

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Hartford Mayor Reacts to Aetna’s Move

HARTFORD — Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin released a statement Wednesday in response that Aetna is leaving the city and will move to another state

“Based on multiple conversations with Aetna’s senior leadership, I think it is clear that Aetna decided a long time ago to relocate their corporate headquarters out of Connecticut,” Bronin said. “They have said that Aetna remains committed to its Connecticut work force, and that the Hartford campus will continue to be a substantial employment base for thousands of Aetna employees. But losing Aetna’s flag is a hard blow for the state and for the greater Hartford region.”

Aetna’s potential plans were all the buzz around Hartford Wednesday after former politician-turned-commentator Kevin Rennie wrote in his blog that “New York is far ahead of Boston in the competition for Hartford-based Aetna’s new headquarters … After 164 years in Hartford, the insurance giant invited proposals from Boston and New York. The city that never sleeps is soon expected to win a public acknowledgement of its victory.”

Added Bronin, “As a state, we need to act boldly to change the things that need to change. Across the country, companies are locating in places where they can recruit top talent. We don’t have to be New York or Boston to be competitive, but we have to recognize that strong, fiscally-sound, culturally-vibrant metropolitan areas are key to economic growth. Connecticut has the opportunity to be one of those places, but we need to marshal the full strength of our region and our State to invest in a strong, vibrant Capital City – not at the expense of our suburbs and small towns, but for the sake of Connecticut’s economic future, because we’re all tied together.”

Aetna communications officials shared a statement regarding the insurance giant,a pillar of business in Hartford since 1853.

“We are in negotiations with several states regarding a headquarters relocation, with the goal of broadening our access to innovation and the talent that will fill knowledge economy-type positions,” the statement read. “We remain committed to our Connecticut-based employees and the Hartford campus, and hope to have a final resolution by early summer.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a news briefing on Wednesday that the state is prepared to match “every incentive offered by as competing state.”

He said Hartford will “never be a New York or a Boston … and that is fine,” while pointing to urban renewal efforts like expanding the University of Connecticut’s presence and increasing housing options.

He said he is prepared to offer tax and regulatory incentives and still believes Aetna will maintain a presence in the state. In all, Aetna offers 5,800 jobs, he said.

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Ben Jealous, Former Journlist and Head of NAACP, Poised to Run for Governor of Md.

By Stephen Crockett, Jr. I The Root

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous, backed by former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, is expected to announce Wednesday that he’s throwing his hat into the ring to become governor of Maryland.

Jealous, 44, who was the youngest person to run the civil rights organization, is expected to announce his candidacy in front of Baltimore Blossoms, “a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody,” the Associated Press reports.

“I want to protect the Obama legacy, bring Bernie’s dreams to reality, and build a future for Maryland that harnesses our shared hopes and dreams,” Jealous said in a statement.

Jealous will be running in a crowded Democratic field of candidates hoping to take on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan next year. Jealous was elected to the NAACP in 2008, when was just 35.

Under his leadership, “the nation’s largest civil rights group worked to abolish death penalty laws, opposed ‘stop-and-frisk’ police tactics and ‘stand-your-ground’ self-defense laws, and embraced gay rights in a historic 2012 vote to support same-sex marriage rights,”ABC News reports.

Read more at U.S. News & World Report and ABC News.

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East Hartford School District Fires Back at DeVos

EAST HARTFORD — Betsy DeVos was just wrong about East Hartford schools, according to teachers, students and parents in the district after the Education Secretary called thier school an “adult daycare.”

“Betsy DeVos messed with the wrong district,” Annie Irvine, president of the East Hartford Education Association, a teacher’s union, said at a rally outside the high school Tuesday morning.

In a statement last week, Irvine called DeVos’ recent remarks “demoralizing.”

DeVos made the comment during a budget hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee last week. She described meeting a former East Hartford student named Michael who was critical of his high school, and she used his story as an example of the need for more school choice.

“Michael described a school where students were the real ones in charge of the class, and they would make it impossible for the teacher to teach. He was constantly bullied to the point he was afraid to even go to the school’s bathroom. And this constant fear made him hate school,” DeVos said. “He described the school he was assigned to as, and I quote, ‘nothing more than adult daycare, a dangerous daycare.'”

Chanting “DeVos is wrong, East Hartford strong,” protesters on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which calls for a 13.5% cut to the Department of Education.

“The Secretary’s focus is on individual students and ensuring they each have access to a high-quality education that meets their needs. In her testimony, she relayed one student’s experience and used his own words to describe the challenging circumstances he faced in high school. He, like so many other students across the country, needed another option but didn’t have access to one,” Department of Education Press Secretary Liz Hill said in a statement.

“For anyone to assert that Michael’s individual story should be generalized to the broader student population is a symptom of the one-size-fits all status quo that too many continue to seek to defend. Michael is an individual student with an individual story to tell. He was able to rise above what he considered challenging circumstances and go on to excel academically. We should be applauding students like him.”

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Blumenthal Says Committee Should Subpoena Comey’s Tape

By Kyle Constable

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said if recordings of conversations between President Donald J. Trump and former FBI Director James Comey exist, Senate committees should subpoena them.

“My hope is Senate committees will obtain those tapes if they exist, by subpoena or otherwise,” Blumenthal told reporters at a press conference in Hartford Friday.

Blumenthal said he has “no direct knowledge” of whether the tapes exist.

Blumenthal’s comments came after Trump taunted Comey in a tweet Friday morning, saying Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations.”

Trump fired Comey earlier this week amidst an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey’s firing drew the ire of Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation.

“The irony is that presidents in the past have taped conversations – Nixon among them – and I have raised the possibility that we might have another Supreme Court case like United States vs. Nixon, which resulted in those tapes being made available and public,” Blumenthal said.

“I believe the Supreme Court will force disclosure of all relevant evidence, because it is certainly vital to the ongoing investigation and to the assurance of integrity in the criminal justice system,” the senator added.

Blumenthal also called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying they should be subpoenaed to testify if necessary.

The last 24 hours have raised “chilling facts” in the wake of Comey’s sudden firing Tuesday, Blumenthal said. He made multiple references to a New York Times report that claims Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty at a dinner shortly after his inauguration.

This conversation, if true, Blumenthal said, would constitute “wildly improper” interference. He also said he has “a hard time believing” Comey would ever have given Trump assurances that he was not being investigated, as Trump has claimed.

Blumenthal would not go as far as to say whether he believed the FBI’s investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 election was a motive behind Trump’s decision to fire Comey. He said it needs to be investigated.

Trump said at a White House event Wednesday he fired Comey “because he wasn’t doing a good job.”

Blumenthal also was careful not to use the word “impeachment” during the press conference, which he used during an interview on CNN earlier this week.

“It may well produce another United States vs. Nixon on a subpoena that went to United States Supreme Court,” Blumenthal told Anderson Cooper. “It may well produce impeachment proceedings, although we’re very far from that possibility.”

While he did not retract his earlier comment, Blumenthal said he will “not discuss what the results will be,” because the process is “very far from any specific result.”

Blumenthal also was asked about a series of tweets Trump sent out Wednesday morning, which made reference to Blumenthal’s past misstatements about his service in Vietnam. He called them a “distraction.”

“This issue is not about me,” Blumenthal said. “It’s about the integrity of our criminal justice system.”


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