Tag:  Connecticut

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Generation Y

UConn facing federal Title IX lawsuit

Attorney Gloria Allred, second from right, speaks to the media on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 outside of U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Allred filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the four women with her, from left, Kylie Angell, Rosemary Richi, Erica Daniels and Carolyn Luby, who claim the University of Connecticut violated their civil rights in response to sexual assault allegations the women made while students at the school (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb) by Pat Eaton-RobbAssociated Press Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four women who say they were sexually assaulted while students at the University of Connecticut added a federal lawsuit Friday to an earlier civil rights complaint filed against the school. The women are among seven students and recent graduates who last month asked the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to conduct a federal Title IX investigation of UConn. In both complaints, the women allege the school failed to protect them and responded to their sexual assault complaints with deliberate indifference or worse.

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National

Sisters of DC chase victim dispute police account

Amy Carey-Jones, center, sister of Miriam Carey, speaks to the media outside the home of her sister Valarie, left, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The sisters of a woman fatally shot by police in Washington after she tried to ram her car through a White House barrier say she wasn’t delusional and suggest she may have been fleeing danger when she was killed. Valarie Carey said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday that perhaps her sister, Miriam Carey, was afraid and fleeing with a 13-month-old child in her car when she was killed on Thursday. Another sister, retired New York City police officer Amy Carey-Jones, suggests police overreacted or were negligent. The sisters also disputed officials’ account that Miriam Carter was under the delusion that President Barack Obama was communicating with her. Amy Carey-Jones said it’s “not the Miriam we knew.”

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People

Ex-NFL player Hugh Douglas arrested in Conn.

This Sept. 22, 2013 booking photo released by the Hartford Police Department shows former NFL football player and former ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas, of Bryn Mawr, Pa. (AP Photo/Hartford Police Department) HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police say former pro football player Hugh Douglas has denied charges that he assaulted his girlfriend and told investigators that marks on her neck were from rough sex.

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People

Chappelle heckled at Conn. show, stops performance

Dave Chappelle, who’s suddenly everywhere again, is on the cover of the latest Prince single, Breakfast Can Wait. It’s only fitting, given that the Purple One, like Chappelle, is also known for his reclusiveness and inscrutability. (CNN Photo/File) by Dave Collins Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Both supporters and critics of Dave Chappelle flooded social media sites with comments Friday, after he was heckled at a show in Connecticut and refused to perform his set.

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People

Lauryn Hill starts prison sentence for taxes

An April 22, 2013, file photo shows singer Lauryn Hill walking from federal court in Newark, N.J. Hill has started serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file) DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade.

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National

States fight discrimination toward gay foster kids

Kamora Herrington, mentoring program director of True Colors talks to kids during a breaking the silence gathering at True Colors in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) by Kelli Kennedy MIAMI (AP) — Sixto Cancel says his ultra-religious foster family frequently talked about their disdain for his homosexuality at the dinner table, trashed his room and called him homophobic slurs. While he was still a teenager, he says, they kicked him out of their Connecticut home after he had lived there for nearly a decade. “I’ve had foster homes who completely said you can’t live here if you’re gay,” said Cancel, a 21-year-old student at Virginia Commonwealth University who bounced between half a dozen foster homes while in care. “For a long time I had that self-hatred and uncomfortableness with who I am.” Discrimination against gay and lesbian youths in foster care is prevalent enough around the country that federal health officials sent a letter in 2011 encouraging states to develop training for caseworkers and foster parents on the issue. Advocates in a handful of states including Florida, California, Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts have increased efforts to train caseworkers, recruit foster parents and assign mentors. Officials don’t want to force youths to disclose their sexuality, but must try to create environments where they feel safe to come out when ready. Without such support, the federal government memo says, gay and lesbian youths who leave the foster care system can wind up homeless.