Legalizing pot up in smoke, CT’s landmark birth control case top weekend news
Here are some of the top stories from this weekend:
Legal pot supporters regroup as black market thrives
Without enough support for the full legalization of marijuana, the state’s cannabis market, estimated at nearly $1 billion, will remain underground for now. Advocates are left to regroup and consider future strategy, including a possible amendment to the state Constitution.
Abortion battle stirs up Connecticut’s Griswold history
As men and women across the country have been rallying against challenges to the famous U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, another landmark constitutional case — Griswold v. Connecticut — has returned to the forefront of the discussion, as has Connecticut’s back-and-forth history with reproductive liberties.
Wind power might bring windfall to Bridgeport
Connecticut is poised to purchase the most wind power in state history — a move that could offer Bridgeport an opportunity to revitalize its long neglected deep water port. The initiative could create 2,000 jobs, including 1,000 in construction and more than 300 permanent positions for the city, Mayor Joe Ganim said.
Greenwich employees earning $100K triples in a decade
Members of the Greenwich Police Department and educators in the Greenwich Public Schools dominate the list of highest-earning town employees, rankings that show how lucrative extra-duty work is for GPD officers.
Site of fatal Stamford Christmas fire sold to neighbor 8 years later
The Stamford property, where three children and their grandparents died in a 2011 Christmas fire, has been sold to a next-door neighbor. Steve Loeb, who purchased the lot for $500,000, said he plans to preserve the property and “do something respectful with the land.”
Police use-of-force complaints decline in Norwalk
Use-of-force complaints against Norwalk police officers have dipped over the past three years, and department higher-ups believe body cams could be part of the reason. Last year, Norwalk police documented only three use-of-force complaints — matching the three-year low previously seen in 2017, according to the department’s annual review. This is down from the five reported instances in 2016.
E-scooters set to zip down streets in New Haven, across Connecticut
In some cities, they’ve landed like a flock of birds, ready to ride. The electrically powered, stand-up scooters, known as e-scooters, are tremendously popular wherever they’ve appeared, competing with bicycles for easy, environmentally friendly two-wheeled transportation.
E-scooters may be an inevitable arrival on Connecticut’s streets. A bill regulating e-scooters, H.B. 7141, was unanimously approved by the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee and passed the state House in April.
Heading into summer, food trucks rev up for ‘chowdowns’
Connecticut cities are recognizing the mushrooming popularity of food trucks by creating a summer focal point for the industry. There is no shortage of food trucks with about 270 gourmet operators listed on a website CT Food Trucks, which also lists festivals where vendors congregate.
Danbury tattoo artists help ink new law
Licensed tattoo artists’ first choice would be no new regulations in Danbury — but since that’s unlikely, ink artists may have secured the next best thing: a seat at the negotiating table. There they were in full-arm ink — representatives from the city’s handful of licensed tattoo shops — at a conference with Danbury policymakers to learn about plans to redraw tattoo laws in the city.
Sustainable communities a small but growing part of CT’s climate
A total of 22 Connecticut municipalities were certified as a sustainable community in 2018 by the organization Sustainable CT. In addition to certifying municipalities for their work, Sustainable CT aims to provide them with a list of volunteer opportunities, and resources and tools to help implement sustainability actions.