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I've never been either pro or con police politically, but I do teach special education. This
story was on a Facebook page I like to visit.

Heartwarming moment dozens of cops and firefighters flocked to autistic boy's birthday party after his heartbroken mom revealed none of his classmates turned up

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Originally diaried by Horace Boothroyd III (I want a name like that),  the Youtube video of a Bridgeport, CT police officer kicking and stomping a suspect was viewed by thousands.

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And here I thought they'd sue the school district for negligence, but that was not to be. Instead......

A law firm representing the families of ten of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School says it has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it is a military weapon unsuited for civilian use.

In addition to Bushmaster, the families have named Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the store where the Bushmaster rifle was purchased in 2010. Messages seeking comment from the defendants were not immediately returned.

The 40-page complaint was filed in superior court in Bridgeport.

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Adam Lanza, the young man responsible for the Sandy Hook school shooting didn't receive any documented psychological assistance since 2006.  

The Connecticut Post has the link to the new report by The Office of the Child Advocate. The 144 page report, which refers to Adam as 'AL'  puts most of the blame on his mother for enabling, rather than providing access to competent treatment. It notes that his Asperger's Syndrome has nothing to do with the violent outcome, but does say that ~

"That AL had ready access to (assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips) cannot be ignored as a critical factor in this tragedy."
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Thu Oct 16, 2014 at 01:10 PM PDT

Possible Ebola in New Haven

by Sprinkles

The test results aren't back yet, so there's no reason to go into an extended diary. From
local channel WFSB~

http://www.wfsb.com/...

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Hospital officials in New Haven said the condition of a Yale University student with Ebola-like symptoms has improved, but remains in quarantine on Thursday.

Yale-New Haven Hospital officials confirmed that the patient was one of the Yale University student researchers who helped monitor the Ebola outbreak in Liberia last month. That student was one of two who had been tested in Liberia. Both had negative results. They came back home on Oct. 11.

The governor said that both students were in contact with someone who had Ebola.

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Who would have thought this would happen to a perfectly coiffed, pearl wearing Fairfield, CT politician?

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (Gold Coast Republican) was arrested after assaulting her sister at a family picnic last weekend.

BRIDGEPORT -- A law and order state representative from Fairfield was ordered to turn over her gun Monday following her arrest on charges of assaulting her younger sister.
She just took her bullying ways to the next level, and she got busted.

Here's one clue ~ last January she introduced "The Employers’ Bill of Rights” via Bully in the Workplace

Earlier this week Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick introduced Bill 5236, AN ACT CREATING AN EMPLOYERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS. It consists of 3 very cryptic – yet easily decoded – sentences.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

    That the general statutes be amended to require the Labor Department to develop and promulgate an Employers’ Bill of Rights.

    Statement of Purpose:     To create an Employers’ Bill of Rights that would serve to protect employers from frivolous complaints and claims brought by employees.

Under the squiggly thingie she shows her true Republican colors ~
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Stores and national chains are tracking your cell to see what you look at, how long you look at it, when you come in, and even what sex you are.

The other day I was Googling a some shoes and afterwards, every website's ads I visited showed me Nordstrom's picture of them. I got so tired of it I ended up deleting all my cookies. Online stores can track what we look at, giving them an advantage over brick and mortar retailers - so should we be pissed?

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Local Connecticut blogger, Jon Pelto has been all over the the deficits of Bridgeport 'superstar' school superintendent Paul Vallas, so he sure deserves to be the first to post this

Despite the best efforts of Governor Malloy, Commissioner Pryor, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Bridgeport Board of Education Chairman Kenneth Moales and Paul Vallas himself, the issue they simply couldn’t overcome was the fact that under Connecticut law (even after it was changed to try and accommodate Vallas), Vallas was unwilling or unable to do the things necessary to meet Connecticut law.

Perhaps the most telling moment came when Paul Vallas whined that asking him to be certified to serve as superintendent of schools was like asking Michael Jordan to become certified to coach basketball.  What Vallas refused to understand was that if Michael Jordan wanted to coach basketball at a Connecticut public school he would have needed to become certified for the job.

Yes, the man really did say that.

For some background, the Bridgeport Board of Education rubber stamped and extended Vallas's job for three years, which prompted retired judge and educational advocateCarmen Lopez to file a lawsuit. Not only didn't he hold the appropriate certification, Vallas didn't even have the necessary 15 credits to enter UConn's program.

The Connecticut Mirror has some more on this:

In April, the state board approved an independent study created for Vallas by the University of Connecticut as a valid program. But the judge said Friday that the short, independent study he completed in May at UConn was merely a simulation.
"There is no doubt that Vallas received preferential treatment," the judge wrote in her 27-page decision.

Vallas is in his 17th month of leading the 21,000-student school system.
The judge also noted that Vallas lacked the required prerequisites to enroll in the regular UConn program in the first place, and that such an independent study hadn't been approved for anyone else in the last decade. Additionally, the university's governing board had never approved an independent study program.

"Ultimately, the course standards were reduced," the judge wrote. "The court accepts Vallas' testimony that the work, although done over the course of 10 weeks while fulfilling his employment as acting superintendent, could have been completed in a week.

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The Connecticut Education Association has devoted it's front page to the latest mis-adventure of Bridgeport School Superintent (a.k.a. "I'm a Michael Jordan All-Star") Paul Vallas.

 CEA Complaint Cites Violations of State Law by Bridgeport Superintendent

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Bridgeport School Superintendent Paul Vallas is breaking the law by not allowing teachers, parents, and community leaders to participate in the educational process as outlined in state statutes, according to a complaint filed by the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) with the State Department of Education today.
For those who missed my last diary "Vallas leaves a trail of destruction,, someone would think he's demonstrating negative behavior to obtain adult attention.
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After taking a job as Bridgeport, CT's school superintendent, a job he wasn't qualified to hold, greasing the Chairman of Bridgeport's Board of Education's
palm with a  $1,000,000 payment to cover his  financial issues, and disregarding the city's laws with a series of no bid contracts, Paul Vallas will save more money by eliminating the jobs of all their Literacy and Math specialists. What a guy!

Vallas has already eliminated the department heads for the district's Math, Reading, Social Studies and Science Department programs.

Not breaking a sweat, he's also placed the consultants who were the support system for the district's sped teachers back in the classroom.

I'd add a negative label to his name, but can he track me down?

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I'm a CT teacher visiting Florida, and I wanted to share today's editorial in the Tampa Bay Times. One of my school district teachers lost her daughter in the Newtown shootings.

It shows all the Newtown victims, along with the politicians who voted against background checks. The Tampa Bay Times devoted an entire page to both the victims and politician's pictures. Please rec this editorial up - it has currently 68 'thumbs down'.

On another Friday morning just four months ago, these 20 first-graders were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

And these six educators died trying to protect them.

This week, 45 senators forgot those faces and ignored our voices. They voted against expanding background checks for gun buyers.


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How low can the human race go? Victoria Soto's mother is pleading for the many 'rogue' creators of Facebook pages which have cropped up who are either gathering 'donations' or getting their 10 minutes of fame to please, please stop ~

From The Connecticut Post:

"I understand some people have good intentions (and) some people say she is a public figure, but, to me, she is my daughter that was put in this awful position (and) she would never want to be a public figure and she would not want people making pages in her name," Soto said. "I know Vicki better than most, and she would hate this."
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