Saturday, February 25, 2006
Judge Halts Rape Victim's Ordeal Woman's Ex-Husband Ordered To Stop Forcing Her Into Court With Lawsuits
By MARK PAZNIOKAS COURANT STAFF WRITER February 25 2006
A Superior Court judge in New London Friday permanently barred a convicted rapist who had harassed his victim with a series of legal actions from filing further lawsuits without the permission of a judge. Judge Clarance J. Jones issued a permanent injunction against Allen Adgers, who is serving a 13-year sentence for kidnapping and raping his former wife at knife-point, said Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, whose office sought the order. "This decision is a victory for victims' rights," Blumenthal said. "It means that this sexual abuser will be stopped from abusing the justice system, as well as continued harassment and harm against the victim of his crime."Last fall, Hartford State's Attorney James Thomas won a separate order barring Adgers from using the courts to learn the whereabouts of his victim, identified in court papers as "Isabelle."..................
Friday, February 24, 2006
Drug claim sparks international row
DANIEL TEPFER firstname.lastname@example.org Connecticut Post
The manager of a Norwalk catering hall touched off an international incident when she asked police to arrest the Philippine consul general's chauffeur, who she told police was smoking narcotics in her parking lot.
The consul general fired off a letter of protest to the U.S. Department of State, and a national Filipino-American organization Thursday demanded an apology from the manager of Chatham Manor, Lisa Guarente.
Norwalk police cleared the chauffeur of any wrongdoing and said he was only smoking a cigarette while waiting for his bosses.
"It think it was an act of insensitivity to the Filipino community," said Bridgeport lawyer Sylvester Salcedo, who represents the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Northeast Region. "We are seeking an apology for the consul general, her husband and their driver for these shocking and unfounded accusations."
In addition to an apology, Salcedo said the group wants Guarente, whose mother, Ginger Raymond, owns the ritzy Connecticut Avenue catering hall, to donate $500 to the Norwalk Public Library to purchase books and materials on Filipino-Americans and the Philippines. "We don't have to go to World War III over this; we want to do this in a way to convince all of Norwalk to embrace all diversity," Salcedo said.
"They are taking this way beyond what it is," Guarente said. She wouldn't specifically address what she was quoted as saying in the police report............
....According to Norwalk police, shortly after 10 p.m. they were dispatched to the catering hall on a complaint from Guarente, who claimed there was a Hispanic man sitting in a black Mercedes smoking narcotics.
Police said Guarente told them she had observed several men in tuxedos approach the driver's side of the Mercedes and saw "a transaction" take place.
Police said they examined DeLuna, who didn't speak much English, and determined he was only smoking cigarettes.
Salcedo said the tuxedoed man Guarente told police was involved in the "transaction" was the consul general's husband who went out to have a smoke with DeLuna...........
(and i'm gonna cross post this at ravings of a semi-sane madwoman
way to go ms nappier! bitch and moan if you have to and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
State May Take Stand Against Darfur
Genocide Plan Would Allow Nappier To Divest Funds From Companies Doing Business In Sudan
By MARK PAZNIOKAS Courant Staff Writer February 24 2006
State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier wants Connecticut to become the fourth state to take a stand against genocide in Sudan by pressuring corporate America.Nappier outlined legislation Thursday that would authorize her to divest state pension funds from companies with ties to the east African nation.As much as $1 billion of Connecticut's $22 billion pension fund could be affected by legislation that has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, and House Majority Leader Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden.The Darfur region of Sudan has become synonymous with human suffering in recent years. Western governments charge that the Sudanese government sponsors Arab militias to carry out a policy of genocide against non-Arab rebels in the nation's western region.....
Thursday, February 23, 2006
and i just found this in daily kos
about my 'favorite' senator
CT-Sen: Lieberman has Bush's back on UAE port deal
Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 10:11:39 AM PDT
One of the uglier attacks on Joe Lieberman is that he has "divided loyalties" because he's Jewish. Apparently, that means he puts Israel's interests above America's.
But today we have definitive proof that Lieberman's divided loyalties aren't to Israel, but to George W. Bush.
One of the few legislators to come close to defending the transaction was Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, who is considered a security hawk among Democrats.
He told ABC News that he was "not yet" prepared to try to block the sale. He noted that many port terminals in the United States are foreign-owned........
let's get up off of our butts and vote for ned lamont in the primary!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
you also have made me proud. proud that you stood up to him, proud that you faced him, proud that you didn't give up.
Furious Glares At Rape Defendant `I Need Him To See Me,' Says The Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By Trucker Thomas E. Hooks, Left. `It's Like A Mission.' At His Court Appearance, She Took A Seat On The Front Row.
By TRACY GORDON FOX Courant Staff WriterFebruary 22 2006
She had to face him.Two weeks and one day after Thomas E. Hooks allegedly kidnapped the 30-year-old mother of three, tied her up and raped her in his tractor-trailer, she felt compelled to make the 45-minute drive to Superior Court in Danielson Tuesday to watch him face a judge. She wanted him to see her right there in the front row, glaring at him.Dressed up for court, she sat between her parents and her husband, her light brown hair pulled back in a loose ponytail. They waited nearly three hours for Hooks' short arraignment, leaning forward on the wooden bench when he was finally led out in a bright orange, prison-issued jump suit, his wrists and ankles bound. She wanted him to know she was serious when she told him during the assault, "You are screwing with the wrong person.""I need him to see me," she said Monday night, chain-smoking Marlboros and sipping from a bottle of Diet Coke. "It's like a mission at this point."When Superior Court Judge Michael Riley ordered Hooks' bail to remain at $1 million, someone with her clapped loudly. He did not turn around. In the two weeks since the attack, the woman has had panic attacks, made worse because she has to take Exit 72 off I-84 home from work. It's the exit where she first saw the man she identified as Hooks, standing in the middle of the road, waving his arms frantically at her. And she stopped to help him.............
.......In 1988, Hooks was convicted of forcing a woman off the road with his truck, raping her twice and then discarding her on the roadside. His Connecticut victim wants to know how he could get a license to drive a truck after that. She wants to talk to the Florida victim, because "it's her case too."After the court appearance, the woman said she was disappointed Hooks never turned around and looked at her. Later in the day, she went out shopping and decided to get a tattoo around her wrist, where she still has a ligature bruise. The tattoo says, "I'm still living.".......................
comptroller wyman IS RIGHT. medical treatment is up to a WOMAN AND HER PHYSICIAN - NOT a retail drug store chain. KEEP YOUR LAWS OFF OF MY BODY!
State Politics & Policy
Connecticut Comptroller Calls on All State Wal-Mart Pharmacies To Stock EC
Connecticut State Comptroller Nancy Wyman has called on Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception -- which can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse -- in its 20 pharmacies across the state, the AP/Meriden Record-Journal reports. "I believe it is important for women to have a treatment such as [Barr Laboratories' EC] Plan B available as an option if they so choose," Wyman wrote in a letter to Wal-Mart officials, adding, "I also strongly believe that use of this treatment should be a decision made exclusively between a woman and her physician, not a retail pharmacy chain." Wal-Mart spokesperson Dan Fogleman on Thursday said the company is looking over its national policy on Plan B, adding that there are "a lot of broader considerations" and the company is "giving a lot of thought" to the issue (AP/Meriden Record-Journal, 2/17).
Contraception bill draws opposition from church
February 21, 2006, 6:48 PM ESTHARTFORD, Conn. -- Some state lawmakers are on a collision course with Connecticut Roman Catholics over the so-called "morning after pill." The legislature's Public Health Committee is drafting a bill that would require all Connecticut hospitals, including the four Roman Catholic hospitals in the state, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. In response to the proposal, the Connecticut Catholic Conference sent out an "action alert" on the Web recently, saying the proposed legislation threatens the religious freedom of Catholic hospitals in Connecticut. Connecticut's Catholic hospitals have "provided the citizens of Connecticut with a high standard of care for decades," the alert reads. "These institutions should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs, especially those concerning the human dignity of every person, no matter at what stage of life." The state's four Catholic hospitals are the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and St. Mary's in Waterbury. State Rep. Deborah Heinrich, D-Madison, a member of the Public Health Committee, said she understands the church's concern about the bill. But Heinrich said she ultimately supports a rape victim's right to have an abortion. .............
this was NOT easy to find mind you. she had ANOTHER court date 2/14 and i've yet to see the disposition on that one. i'll keep looking though, rest assured
A New Leash on Life for 10 Dogs: Rottweiler Owner Surrenders Animals to Town
By Fay Abrahamsson Published on 2/16/2006
Clinton - On Feb. 1, the fate and future of 10 dogs became brighter when their owner, Marion Lent, accused of animal cruelty, relinquished the ownership of her dogs, all Rottweilers, to the town during an emotional hearing at Middletown Superior Court.
“She signed all of the dogs over to us,” said Chief of Police Joseph Faughnan.
In early January, Municipal Animal Control Officer Donna Cavanaugh and officers from the Clinton Police Department arrived at Lent's rented room at 107 Long Hill Road. There, they removed one deceased dog, six adult dogs, and four five-month-old puppies.
The results of the necropsy (animal autopsy) performed at the University of Connecticut on the adult male Rottweiler found that the animal had a handful of staples in its stomach, according to Chief of Police Joseph Faughnan.
“The results of that autopsy showed the dog certainly suffered,” added Faughnan.
The necropsy also showed that the mature dog weighed 52 lbs., almost half of the normal weight of an adult male Rottweiler, according to police. The other dogs were also malnourished when they were found, but they are doing well today, said police.
Lent, 35, formerly of 109 Vons Lane in Winchester, has been charged with 11 counts of cruelty to an animal and six counts of having unlicensed dogs. She had recently moved to Clinton, and she is mentioned in several Internet sites as a breeder and owner of championship dogs, and as owning a company called SanMar Rottweilers. She is noted as the former secretary of the American Rottweiler Club in 2004. ...........
just give me FIVE MINUTES alone with ms lent and with mr rivera (HIS story follows)
BY JEANINE POGGIE DAILY NEWS WRITER
A Freeport man allegedly chained a pit bull on such a tight leash that the dog was strangled when she no longer had the strength to stand, animal protection officers said.
The man also is accused of dangling one of the dog's pups as bait in front of his fighting pit bull, which may have caused the puppy to lose sight in one eye, the officers said.
Geofreda Rivera, 21, of 74 Park Ave., was arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of animal fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals and torturing animals......
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
voicing your CONCERNS over turning over SIX OF OUR UNITED STATES PORTS to a company based in uae.
click on the title for the link. (i tried to post the letter here, but it just wouldn't let me copy and paste)
Couple arrested for leaving child in car while they shopped
(West Hartford-WTNH, Feb. 20, 2006 5:45 PM) _ An Avon couple has been charged with leaving their child in a vehicle while they went shopping on Sunday.
Police say that Jason Davis and Lucy Hayes Davis left their 3-year-old alone in the car for at least 30 minutes while they shopped in a West Hartford shopping plaza.
Police say the temperature was 23 degrees. A witness saw the child in the vehicle for 10 minutes and called police.
Police say the couple was exiting a store when they arrived on the scene.
Dodd calls on government to reimburse troops for armor
February 20, 2006
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd is calling on federal officials to provide troops $1,100 each in case they want to buy new or additional body armor.
Dodd, D-Conn., is dissatisfied with the Pentagon's progress in distributing body armor and reimbursing troops for their purchases, the New Haven Register reported Monday. The Pentagon failed to launch a program last October that would have provided money to unit commanders rather than Pentagon officials, in order to expedite reimbursements for armor.
In a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Dodd said he was frustrated by news that troops are required to turn over their armor to the Pentagon at the end of current deployments in order to receive reimbursement........
and don't forget bushwhacked is proposing the LOWEST raise in armed services pay (2%) in A LONG LONG LONG time
Sunday, February 19, 2006
man do i love bert and i. i discovered the recordings as a young teen. i liked them then, and they've not lost a thing for me now.
marshall dodge and robert bryan (and who knew they met and recorded in a new haven dorm???). maine humor ay-up
50 years after 'Bert and I,' Maine humor retains its appeal
By Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press Writer February 18, 2006
PORTLAND, Maine --Nearly 50 years have passed since two Yale students created "Bert and I" and ushered in a golden age of Maine humor, but the "set her again" story that they helped popularize still resonates with audiences today.
It's often told with variations and embellishments that extend its length to 10 or 15 minutes, but the gist of the tale is simple:
A lobsterman's wife -- in some versions his mother-in-law -- falls overboard from his boat in rough seas and her body washes up on shore weeks later with a dozen lobsters attached. In discussing disposition of the remains, a fellow fisherman says that in view of the high price of lobster and the poor state of the economy, he'd "set her again."
The story no doubt originated along the Maine coast, but where, when and by whom is anyone's guess. To Tim Sample, the most successful Maine humorist and one who gained a national audience through the "Postcards from Maine" segment of CBS' "Sunday Morning," it is part of the oral tradition carried on by storytellers.
Incorporating the requisite colloquialisms and dialect, Sample has made good use of the story during a 30-year career.
So, too, has John McDonald, a Maine storyteller who includes it in his book, "A Moose and a Lobster Walk Into a Bar," now in its sixth printing.
As increased mobility and the influence of television whittle away at America's regional distinctions, Maine -- along with sections of the South -- are among a handful of places with a critical mass of humorists and storytellers to carry on the comic tradition and style that make them unique.
A historic moment came in 1957 when Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan recorded the Maine stories that they practiced in their dormitory in New Haven, Conn. Neither was from Maine, but they had a keen ear for dialect and Dodge had a knack for making sound effects that enhanced their stories.
"They made this on a lark, just for fun," said Sample, who performed with Dodge before his death in a hit-and-run accident while bicycling in Hawaii in 1982....................