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Does Connecticut give a frack?

By: Cecilia Petricone In June 2014, Governor Malloy signed Public Act No. 14-200, an act prohibiting the storage or disposal of fracking waste in the state of Connecticut. Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is the process of drilling into the earth and injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale, causing the rock to release oil and natural gas. Fracking to extract oil from the ...

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Electric bill passing a step in the right direction

By Selena West A bill banning variable-rate electric contracts in Connecticut passed the General Assembly on May 27. In a bipartisan effort, legislators agreed the variable-rate contracts used by some electric companies take advantage of consumers, especially senior citizens. These companies use variable-rate contracts to attract customers with low introductory rates then quickly inflate rates above the sta ...

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Millennials will change politics

Millennials will change politics Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:25am By Selena West According to a national survey conducted during the 2012 election by Richard Fox, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, and Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University, only 11 percent of American college and high school students reported they might want to run for political office someda ...

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Eggplant: Take it to the grill

Fri, 08/01/2014 By Sage Hahn We have now entered August, which, not so coincidentally, is the prime month to buy, cook and eat eggplants.  These purple beauties are actually nightshades — a category of vegetable that also includes potatoes and tomatoes. And they are rich in nasunin, which is an antioxidant that works to protect your brain cell membranes. Me? I like to just say they’re brain food. Just remem ...

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Something old, something new, something green

Something old, something new, something green Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:33am By Sage Hahn No vegetable is more versatile than leafy greens. At the start of summer, the leaves are young and tender, the vegetables are incredibly delicious, not to mention full of magnesium, potassium and calcium. This means by eating your daily greens you are increasing your natural energy supply, strengthening your bones, regulati ...

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Civic education makes good citizens

Civic education makes good citizens Thu, 08/29/2013 By Selena West In response to discouraging test scores in civics among 12th-graders, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) asked a group of more than 4,000 young people, ages 18 to 24, general knowledge questions about the political process, their civic education backgrounds and specific issues about the 2012 Ele ...

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Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem

Town Garden is Winsted’s hidden gem Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:15am By Sage Hahn The Winsted community garden on Wallens Hill is a special place for green-thumbed residents. Photo by Anita Garnett Special to The Winsted Journal WINSTED — Above the buzz of Main Street at the top of Wallens Hill lies a hidden Winsted gem. The Wallens Hill Town Garden is beautiful: blooming with fresh vegetables, bustling with dedica ...

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GMO Film Screening in Winsted

  Please attend our free screening of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. This important film concerns genetically modified organism and how they affect our health. The screening will take place at the Winsted Town Hall in the Blue Room on Thursday, June 13th at 7pm. It is presented by the Office of the Community Lawyer. For more information call: (860) 738-1262 or visit our website at: http://c ...

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Obama Administration To Select and Target Citizens to be Killed

July 13, 2012 Civic Beat Sage Hahn & Sam Reynolds On July 4th, as you lit up your fireworks and sat down for a barbeque with your family, did the legacy of the holiday cross your mind?  July 4th, 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, instituting a set of rights that we take for granted.  Included in these rights is the basic presumption of innocence until guilt is proven, an ...

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