Saturday, December 12, 2009
Waterbury Marine Dies Four Months After Bomb Blast
On Monday, in his Texas hospital room, the gravely ill Cpl. Xhacob LaTorre of Waterbury received a Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered in August from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, he died of his injuries.
The Marine leaves behind his wife, Frances, and a 1½-year-old son, Javier. A 2005 graduate of Crosby High School in Waterbury, LaTorre was in the ROTC program. He would have turned 21 Saturday.
LaTorre's legs were severely injured when an improvised, explosive device detonated in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on Aug. 10. The bomb instantly killed a fellow Marine who had been on foot patrol with LaTorre, said his aunt, Carmen LaSalle.
His legs had to be amputated, LaSalle said. LaTorre had made progress, though, and was talking and eating at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio within weeks of his injury, she said.
Then infection set in, and his condition worsened, LaSalle said. When he was conscious, he screamed in pain, she said..................
as always the courant has a link to the war dead from connecticut
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
until i just saw it in boing boing
plus this is WAY WAY WAY better than that woman who found a stupid arse egg with a 'cross' on it (it was just a wonky misshapen egg). this is a COW with a cross!!! (no, i don't think it's a divine symbol my peeps. i think it's a darn cute calf)
Calf with a cross on its head
Praise be, this holy calf was born a week ago on a Sterling, Connecticut farm owned by Brad Davis. From WFSB:
Davis said, "Well, I think it's maybe a message from up above. I'm not sure. We're still trying to figure that out.""Cow Born With Divine Symbol" (via Fortean Times)
Megan Johnson of Sterling said, "Well I wasn't surprised. I wasn't surprised at all because the dairy industry has needed a miracle for a long time and this is it. I think it's divine intervention, personally. I'm in the breeding business and I know about reproduction and genetics and I don't think this could happen again in a million cows."
here's the wfsb link
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
i never forgave da liebs for his running as an independent and stealing the vote (from a bunch of either stupid connecticuters or ignorant ones or just plain uninformed ones).
da liebs HAS to go. no forgiveness, boot his ass to the curb. he's playing with y'all right now BUT when you take his toys away, he's going to start crying like that baby he always turns into
Health Care: Lieberman Puts Himself In The Spotlight, Again
By LOIS ROMANO and ALEC MacGILLIS Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has once again inserted himself into the middle of an inflamed partisan debate, raising questions about his motives, his ego and his fickle allegiance to the Democratic Party, which forgave him after he supported Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for president.
Lieberman says he is feeling "relevant" as he threatens to withhold his vote — potentially the decisive 60th — on health care reform legislation if it includes a government-run insurance plan. And it is hard to dispute Lieberman's assertion as Capitol Hill moves farther from the "public option," to the consternation of liberals.
"There is no question he's taken pleasure in this role," said Jacob Hacker, a Yale University political scientist who helped write the initial public option proposal..............
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
WPKN Newsletter December 7, 2009
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Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Binnie Klein hosts a special show on boxing and writing. Guests include Andy Thibault, author, blogger, and teacher, John "Iceman" Scully, boxer, trainer, and ESPN commentator, Felicity Sheehy, student and prize-winning poet, Bruce Coffin, her teacher at Westover School, and Gaby Calvocoressi, acclaimed poet. We'll be discussing the upcoming CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event: Prose, Poetry And Pugilism, Hartford Club, January 15 to benefit young writers.
Show Airs Thursday, December 10 at 10:00 AM.
the above from the cool justice report
Monday, December 07, 2009
they're quite a worthy AND more importantly TRUSTWORTHY organization
Bridge Family Center In West Hartford Seeks Aid
Needs Coats, Basketballs, Other Gifts For YouthBy KATE FARRISH Special To The Courant
WEST HARTFORD — - Because The Bridge Family Center in West Hartford serves 10,000 children, youth and families a year, it's understandable that its holiday wish list includes items that kids and teens love.
Executive director Margaret Hann says gift cards lead the list of donations that the agency is seeking this holiday season.
"Gift cards, those are huge," she said.
The list includes cards for Marshalls, Walmart, Kohl's, BJ's Wholesale Club, Best Buy, Bob's Stores, Target, Old Navy, A.J. Wright, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, Showcase Cinemas, Bow-Tie Cinemas, nail salons, supermarkets and restaurants such as Chili's Grill & Bar, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden and Friendly's.
The agency is also seeking phone cards; new official-sized basketballs; new winter coats for teenagers; new raincoats for children aged 3 to 6; Sony PlayStation games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band; picture books for children from birth to age 8; stamps and stationery..........
the bridge family center
and of course, thank you for serving. now we just have to get the REST of our men and women back (WITHOUT wounds, mental or physical)
By STEVEN GOODE The Hartford Courant
WALLINGFORD — - They came from next door and they came from Maine. Some brought flags and others brought homemade chocolate chip cookies. But they all had a common purpose: Thanking Marine Cpl. Jameson Charest for his service to this country. Charest, 20, returned home to Wallingford Saturday evening to an enthusiastic, snow-covered crowd of friends, family and total strangers. "We have to let them know that their sacrifice has not gone without notice," said Chet Miller , a local U.S. Navy veteran who never met Charest, but came from his other home in Maine for the event. Charest, a 2007 graduate of Lyman Hall High School, enlisted on his 18th birthday. But he had been talking of joining the military since he was a young boy, his mother, Karen Charest, said. .................
pic: Marine Jameson Charest, who received a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained in Iraq while serving as commander of a mine roller, is welcomed home by throngs of flag-waving neighbors and friends outside his home in Wallingford. At right is friend Alyssa Funaro of Durham. (TIA ANN CHAPMAN / HARTFORD COURANT / December 5, 2009)