Stop & Shop deal, pot’s high risk on roads, Lou Gehrig’s $312K cap top weekend news

April 22, 2019 GMT

After 11 days on strike, Stop & Shop employees are heading back to work after tentative agreements were reached late Sunday. The company said the three-year agreements are subject to ratification votes by members of each local union representing employees in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Here are some of the weekend’s other top stories:

CT pot legalization would drive up road risks, experts say

In a state already known for a high rate of alcohol-related driving fatalities, Connecticut officials are bracing for what the potential legalization of recreational marijuana will mean on the road. The state Legislature’s Judiciary Committee this month advanced a bill to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana and also approved $500,000 for each of the next two years for the state police to train more troopers as drug recognition experts.

Investments high in CT medical pot growers, dispensaries

Over the last year, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by out-of-state companies who have purchased two of the four medical-marijuana growers and at least two of the nine pharmacist-run dispensaries in Connecticut. Nine more dispensaries have been approved and the anticipation is high for the state to legalize recreational marijuana. However, the likelihood of the several bills favoring recreational sales surviving this year is quickly is diminishing, with six weeks remaining in the legislative session.

$312K cap tops Lou Gehrig memorabilia auction

Derby resident Bob Ellis said he “nearly fell off my chair” when he saw the bid reach $312,000 for a Lou Gehrig baseball cap that dated back to around 1930. The hat was among 71 baseball memorabilia items Ellis recently auctioned off for a total of more than $500,000.

Two Stamford employees earned $400K+ in 2018

Two Stamford employees — police officers earning significant overtime and extra-duty pay — cracked the $400,000 salary mark last year. Payroll data showed that a total of more than 1,000 Stamford employees — a third of all full-time municipal workers — earned more than $100,000 in 2018.

Opioid addiction in CT: From rock bottom to recovery

Statistics paint a grim picture for those struggling with opioid addiction. About 130 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 1,000 people died from opioid overdoses in Connecticut in 2018, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. To fight the epidemic, local groups such as Connecticut Counseling Centers are working to help people experiencing addiction.

Sex harassment complaints filed against Bridgeport official whose department is under FBI probe

Bridgeport Public Facilities Director John Ricci, whose department is embroiled in an FBI criminal probe, is now facing a pair of sexual harassment complaints from one current employee and an ex-staffer.

Lead remains a persistent health threat to New Haven children

Lead paint poisoning continues to pose health risks to children in New Haven, where 83 percent of the city’s 57,500 housing units were built before 1978 when lead was banned from paint.

Danbury wants to redraw tattoo law

Take a chance on an unlicensed tattoo operation, and you may risk more than ending up on a “What were they thinking?” internet gallery. Infections, allergic reactions and blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and HIV can result from unsafe body piercing practices. So Danbury is cracking down on amateur tattoo and body piercing shops with a plan to regulate everything from keeping meticulous medical records to requiring hospital-grade washing solution.

Final ‘Beetle Bailey’ drawing on display at Stamford Hospital

Mort Walker’s last illustrations of his famed creation Beetle Bailey were drawn inside Stamford Hospital as a thank you to staff, days before the prolific illustrator died in his Stamford home in early 2018.