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Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund Needs Fast Fix

January 2, 2014

I have one New Year's resolution for Connecticut's capital city: Let's figure out a way to restore the good name and reputation of Walter "Doc" Hurley's scholarship fund for Hartford youth.

  • Hartford Case Shows Ex-Cons' Tough Road

    December 5, 2013

    Kennard Ray doesn't have to worry about including Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra on his Christmas list. Ray already gave his gift — an abrupt resignation after recently being named deputy chief of staff.

  • State Must Smooth Path To School Reform

    November 21, 2013

    Connecticut's conundrum in dealing with its tops-in-the-nation academic achievement gap is summed up by the saga of Bridgeport School Superintendent Paul Vallas.

  • Daughter Unravels George Wallace's Legacy

    November 7, 2013

    Peggy Wallace Kennedy — daughter of reviled and revered civil rights antagonist George Wallace — recently told a packed audience at Central Connecticut State University that she didn't view the former Alabama governor as a racist.

  • East Haven Voters Must Jettison Mayor

    October 24, 2013

    All you need to know about why closure and healing will be difficult for East Haven is that Mayor Joseph Maturo is still in office and running for re-election.

  • Kids Need Tools To Battle Bullying

    October 10, 2013

    October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Stamford underscored the growing seriousness of the issue by actually arresting a 12-year-old girl last week. She allegedly was tormenting another girl to the point that the estranged friend was considering suicide.

  • Ali's Convictions, Courage Transcend Boxing

    September 26, 2013

    Ken Norton died last week. Naturally, everyone thought about his three epic boxing matches with Muhammad Ali, including the 1973 bout in which he broke Ali's jaw.

  • Obama Out Of Sync With Public Opinion

    September 12, 2013

    So, the stars finally aligned and our senior leaders in Washington all concurred about an important public policy initiative. Yet, even with their agreement to bomb Syria, President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were woefully out of step with the will of the American public — and seemingly the majority in Congress.

  • Raunchy Miley Leaves Disney Behind

    August 29, 2013

    I don't need a psychologist (or a sociologist for that matter) to give me insight on the inner workings of the mind of a former Disney star.

  • Assault On Brother Carl Could Break Snitch Code

    August 15, 2013

    The man known to legions of friends and admirers in the capital city as "Brother Carl" is mending. When I caught up with Carl Hardrick last week, the 72-year-old Hartford anti-violence mediator was still bruised about the face and probably more emotionally scarred than he was willing to admit.

  • Time To Overturn Black Male Stereotypes

    August 1, 2013

    The 90-minute congressional hearing on the status of black males didn't get much media attention last week. No surprise.

  • Zimmerman Accountable — He Had The Gun

    July 18, 2013

    Can we — for a minute, anyway — take race off the table in discussing the not-guilty verdict against George Zimmerman? While we're at it, let's leave politics at the door, too.

  • Pro-Am Hoops League Departs — Could It Rebound To Hartford?

    June 6, 2013

    The abrupt departure of the Greater Hartford Pro-Am summer basketball league from Hartford is not of the scope of the Whalers leaving the capital. But for those who love hoops and lament the lack of positive summer diversions for city youth, the move is significant.

  • Light Must Shine On Government Secrecy

    May 23, 2013

    Mamie Till did the unspeakable almost 60 years ago. She opened the casket at her son Emmett's funeral so the world could see how this 14-year-old was shot, bludgeoned, mutilated and then drowned in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River with a cotton gin fan attached to his neck with barbed wire.

  • Spotlight On Who Will Hire Jason Collins

    May 9, 2013

    Now that Jason Collins is out as the first active male athlete in major sports to declare that he is gay, we'll have to watch if the other shoe falls out of the professional sports closet.

  • Jackie Robinson's Legacy As 'The Greatest'

    April 25, 2013

    Years ago, sportscaster Howard Cosell was asked to name his all-time favorite athlete.

  • Segregated Prom Lingering Vestige Of Old South

    April 11, 2013

    It's prom season. For a lot of teenagers, this means drama.

  • New Haven Can't Rest On DeStefano's Record

    March 14, 2013

    When New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced his retirement in January, I knew it was just a matter of time before school Superintendent Reginald Mayo would exit, too.

  • Fight The Power Of Ignorance To Enslave

    February 28, 2013

    Two of my favorite quotes are from Frederick Douglass, an American hero and one of more compelling voices in the 19th century on slavery and human rights.

  • Young Fathers Must Raise Their Children

    February 14, 2013

    Among the promising ideas President Barack Obama spelled out in his State of the Union address, the one that resonated with me is a premise on which we can all agree.

  • Gun Violence Requires Focus On Young

    January 7, 2013

    Seven years ago, I disagreed with a New Britain minister — who once was my pastor — when he started a petition to bring metal detectors to the high school. His well-intended response was to allegations that a student at the school was found with a loaded pistol and ammunition.

  • Autism Links In Newtown Case Unfounded

    December 20, 2012

    Usually, at this time of year, I write my "Stanta" column, complete with a mug of me decked in a red Santa suit and hat — and giving good-natured, gift-giving jabs at some notable Nutmeggers.

  • Kevin Ollie's Motor Will Take Him To The Top

    September 27, 2012

    Whether Kevin Ollie gets off to a good start as the new head coach at the University of Connecticut or struggles mightily, know this: His future is in the professional ranks — not college.

  • Armstrong Can't Dodge His Tainted Legacy

    September 4, 2012

    Lance Armstrong's decision not to fight long-standing allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs to spike seven Tour De France cycling championships came within days of Roger Clemens' decision to lace up his spikes again. (The 50-year-old pitcher actually delivered a better-than-decent outing against a Bridgeport minor league team.)

  • Forgive Ernie Newton — But Don't Vote For Him

    June 7, 2012

    I had the privilege to meet the great John Lewis a few weeks ago at a house reception in Hartford. The Georgia congressman is an American hero, a man who literally put his life on the line — withstanding physical beatings, arrests and threats — as he persevered withMartin Luther King Jr., fighting for equal rights.

  • Bloomfield Man, 70, Recalls Being Michael Jackson's Chauffeur

    July 11, 2009

    Robert Farmer didn't watch this week's tribute to Michael Jackson.

  • Alzheimer's Forces Renowned Surgeon, 58, Into Retirement

    June 14, 2009

    Lining the shelves in the den of Anthony Mackay Morgan's elegant Simsbury home are books on philosophy, religion — and, curiously, words.

  • Ex-Inmate Goes To The Top For Help He Needs

    May 13, 2009

    It could have worked out so much worse for Leroy James Gardner.

  • Something To Take From Madoff, AIG

    March 18, 2009

    I don't know what's been funnier to watch in past days: Bad Bernie Madoff, the swindling investor who made off with $65 billion of his clients' money over the last 20 years, pleaded guilty to fraud and insisted no one else in his family business was in cahoots.

  • Eddie's 'Lapse' Under Criminal Spotlight

    January 28, 2009

    The breakfast meeting with Eddie Perez was about five years ago. The memory is foggy on the details. But it was at the old Hal's Diner on Main Street, and it was sometime after Perez's first election as strong mayor. He was talking about his vision for the city, and later the topic turned to the allegations against Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, who was accused of extortion, bribery and mail fraud. Perez was adamant that he would never find himself in such a fix.

  • Let Our Judges Call The Strikes

    April 2, 2008

    Gov M. Jodi Rell — championing a bill that would revoke pensions for corrupt state employees — has emphasized the importance of a judge using discretion in deciding whether to eliminate or reduce the amount.

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