Power outages, Shakespeare theater’s future, dogfighting in CT top weekend news

January 21, 2019 GMT

The winter storm packed less of a punch than anticipated, but still left thousands of Connecticut residents in the dark and a fallen tree killed an Eversource worker on Sunday. In other news, Stratford community members are wondering what to do with the property where the Shakespeare theater stood and Hearst Connecticut Media examined the gruesome underground world of dogfighting in the state.

Here are eight stories you may have missed this weekend:

Winter storm knocks out power to thousands

The first winter storm of the year produced less snow than originally predicted, but icy conditions wreaked plenty of havoc. The storm brought down trees and power lines, causing outages for thousands statewide and even killed an Eversource worker in Middletown.

What will rise from Shakespeare theater’s ashes?

As investigators sift through the scorched rubble where the iconic Shakespeare theater in Stratford stood to determine how it burned to the ground last weekend, the community is considering what to do with the 14-acre waterfront property.

Dogfighting still a ‘blood’ sport in Connecticut

More than 100 charges have been filed in Connecticut in the past decade for dogfighting, an illegal “blood” sport that usually includes gambling on the winner. The mauled dogs often end up in shelters, while some are killed by their owners when they are no longer useful for fighting.

Colin McEnroe: Ned’s nice triumphs, but pink squirrels only get you so far

Gov. Ned Lamont reminds new Hearst Connecticut Media columnist Colin McEnroe of an old Yale classmate. McEnroe says the good-natured Lamont may appear weak to some.

Women’s March: ‘Frustration has not faded’

Despite dwindling turnout for the third annual Women’s March, Connecticut participation remained strong with some traveling to New York and others gathering in Hartford on Saturday.

Barbara Dalio takes holistic approach to educational philanthropy

Barbara Dalio — whose foundation has contributed about $65 million to public education programs in Connecticut and whose husband is the state’s richest man — can often be overlooked in a room with flashier dignitaries as she listens to figure out how she can help the next cause.

Danbury shooting puts spotlight on intolerance, white supremacy

Experts say hate speech gains that have been made in the mainstream may be empowering racists like the armed man killed this month by Danbury police.

CT’s lagging population growth a ‘ticking time bomb’ for congressional seat

Connecticut’s inability to keep up with the country’s population growth could have political consequences.