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With a looming Dec. 31 deadline, gun owners lined up at the state police headquarters on Dec. 27 to provide documentation that permits them to keep assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines purchased before Connecticut's new gun laws took effect in April.

With a looming Dec. 31 deadline, gun owners lined up at the state police headquarters… (John Woike / Hartford Courant )

February 10, 2014

Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.

But few thought the figures would be this bad.

By the end of 2013, state police had received 47,916 applications for assault weapons certificates, Lt. Paul Vance said. An additional 2,100 that were incomplete could still come in.

That 50,000 figure could be as little as 15 percent of the rifles classified as assault weapons owned by Connecticut residents, according to estimates by people in the industry, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. No one has anything close to definitive figures, but the most conservative estimates place the number of unregistered assault weapons well above 50,000, and perhaps as high as 350,000.

And that means as of Jan. 1, Connecticut has very likely created tens of thousands of newly minted criminals — perhaps 100,000 people, almost certainly at least 20,000 — who have broken no other laws. By owning unregistered guns defined as assault weapons, all of them are committing Class D felonies.

“I honestly thought from my own standpoint that the vast majority would register,” said Sen. Tony Guglielmo, R-Stafford, the ranking GOP senator on the legislature’s public safety committee. “If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem.”

The problem could explode if Connecticut officials decide to compare the list of people who underwent background checks to buy military-style rifles in the past, to the list of those who registered in 2013. Do they still own those guns? The state might want to know.

“A lot of it is just a question to ask, and I think the firearms unit would be looking at it,” said Mike Lawlor, the state’s top official in criminal justice. “They could send them a letter.”

An aggressive hunt isn’t going to happen, Lawlor said, but even the idea of letters is a scary thought considering thousands of people are now in an uncomfortable position. At the least, the legislature should reopen the registration period this year with an outreach campaign designed to boost the numbers.

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Kids forced into prostitution for Super Bowl: FBI

U.S. Army helicopters fly over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The FBI rescued sixteen juveniles ranging in age from 13 to 17 in a two-week operation leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl championship.

NEW YORK — Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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45 arrested, 16 juveniles rescued in Super Bowl prostitution bust

NYC police bust major sex ring near Super Bowl Boulevard.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forty-five people were arrested and 16 juveniles rescued in a two-week crackdown on prostitution in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The bureau said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children reported missing by their families, the FBI said.

Arrests were made and victims recovered in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said FBI spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

The FBI, backed by state and local law enforcement agencies, had mounted a major crackdown on human trafficking and prostitution ahead of the February 2 championship game, with some 3,000 law enforcement agents and civilians trained to help spot people who might be the victims of human trafficking.

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file photo, Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters shortly after the Maine House and Senate both voted to override his veto of the state budget, at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The Republican governor's clash with Democratic lawmakers over whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act ended with the governor's veto - and a vow by Democrats to try again. The story, one of several quarrels between the GOP governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature, was voted the top story of 2013 in Maine in a survey by The Associated Press and its member news organizations in Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Maine Gov. Paul LePage in June 2013.   (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Maine will become the second state to require labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients under new legislation signed by Gov. Paul LePage (R) this week — but only after other states follow suit.

LePage signed the legislation, initially introduced by a Republican state representative, over the objections of agriculture giants who produce many of the raw ingredients that go into everyday foods.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 70 percent of the food products sold in supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients, the Portland Press-Herald reported.

But shoppers in Maine won’t see those GMO labels slapped all over grocery stores any time soon. The legislation doesn’t go into effect until five nearby states, including New Hampshire, pass similar labeling laws. New Hampshire’s legislature will take up a similar measure during its legislative session this year.

That provision was necessary, the bill’s backers said, to build a broad base of support. It’s similar to a provision in a GMO labeling bill passed by Connecticut’s legislature, signed into law last month by Gov. Dannel Malloy (D), which won’t take effect until a combination of Northeastern states that add up to 20 million residents pass similar legislation.

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The timing couldn’t be worse.

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Target Corp’s general counsel, Timothy Baer, spoke with top state prosecutors on Monday to address their concerns about a massive data breach, as consumer lawsuits piled up against the retailer and two U.S. senators called for a federal probe.

Attorneys general from several states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York have asked the company to provide more information about the cyber attack, in which hackers stole data from as many as 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited Target stores during the first three weeks of the holiday shopping season.

Target did not specify which state officials Baer spoke with to “bring them up to date” on the data breach, the second-largest in U.S. retail history. The No. 3 U.S. retailer said the call took place earlier on Monday but gave few details on the discussion.

The company faces at least 15 lawsuits seeking class action status as a result of the cyber attack. The suits were filed by people who claim their information was stolen and they allege that Target either failed to properly secure the customer data, did not promptly notify customers of the breach or both.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said it was company policy not to comment on litigation.

The Secret Service is leading the government’s investigation into the matter. Target has not said how its systems were compromised, except to say the operation was “sophisticated.” It has apologized and offered 10 percent discounts over the weekend to bring disgruntled customers back to stores.

With so little information disclosed so far about the attack, it is unclear whether the plaintiffs will be able to prove their allegations.

Meanwhile, two Democratic U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chuck Schumer of New York, have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the breach.

 

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‘I love you more than anything in the world’: Girl, 15, forced to send notes to her parents hidden in origami after they lose custody of her to a HOSPITAL

  • Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease as a child
  • The 15-year-old was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital after coming down with the flu
  • She has been kept there against her will for nine months
  • Doctors have claimed the teen is in fact suffering a mental illness that manifests itself in physical symptoms
  • Her parents are embroiled in a custody battle with the hospital who did not wish to comment
  • Neither the Department of Children and Families or hospital were able to comment after a court judge prohibited public statements being made

By Jennifer Smith

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The parents of a 15-year-old girl who has a long history of medical problems have lost custody of her to a hospital. 

Justina Pelletier was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a genetic disorder that can cause loss of muscle coordination and weakness, several years ago.

The teenager from West Hartford, Connecticut, however was able to live a normal life until coming down with the flu in February.

'Don't forget me': Justina Pelletier, 15, has been held at Boston Children's Hospital for nine months against her will by doctors who believe she is suffering from a mental illness

‘Don’t forget me’: Justina Pelletier pictured in Boston Children’s Hospital where she has been held against her will for nine months by doctors who believe she is suffering from a mental illness

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The family are only able to visit 15-year-old Justina at the hospital (pictured) for one hour every week, and can speak only twice a week on the phone for 20 minutes at a time

Justina was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital to receive treatment from a specialist she has known since her diagnosis.

Upon admission however a team of new doctors allegedly swooped in on the teen and came up with a different conclusion about her condition.

They also cast doubt on whether she had ever had mitochondrial disease, suggesting she in fact suffering from Somafotorm disorder – a psychological condition that manifests itself in physical symptoms.

After the conflicting diagnosis, doctors allegedly gave Justina’s parents the heart-breaking news that they wouldn’t be able to take their daughter home.

Nine months after the incident. Mr and Mrs Pelletier remain embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the hospital who allow Justina so little time to see her family she has resorted to smuggling letters to them in origami artwork.

‘This one’s in her artwork,’ says Justina’s sister, Jennifer, pointing to a folded note.

Justina has resorted to hiding handwritten notes to her family in origami artwork

Justina has resorted to hiding handwritten notes to her family in origami artwork

Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children's Hospital in February   Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children's Hospital in February

Despite being diagnosed with the condition which can affect muscle coordination and mobility, 15-year-old Justina lived a normal life until being taken to Boston Children’s Hospital in February

'It's kidnapping': Justina's parents has been left fighting for custody of her as psychologists and doctors describe the case as 'one of the most bizarre' they have seen    Justina's mother, Linda Pelletier, recalls how security ushered her and her husband out of the hospital after being told she wouldn't be taking her daughter home with her

‘It’s kidnapping’: Justina’s parents Lou and Linda Pelletier have been left embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the hospital

‘I know you trust in me. Don’t forget it. I love you more than everything in the whole world. Justina,’ Linda Pelletier reads from one note.

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‘She thought she was Prophet of Stamford and Obama was stalking her’: Dental hygienist shot dead after ramming her car into the White House ‘had been taking medication for schizophrenia’

  • Capitol Hill was placed in lockdown on Thursday after gunshots fired in downtown DC on Thursday
  • Her one-year-old daughter was in the car when her mother was shot and killed by police officers
  • 34-year-old has a history of mental illness
  • One of Carey’s five sisters is an NYPD cop
  • Mother said she suffered from postpartum depression after birth of daughter Erica
  • Miriam Carey had been sued by her Connecticut condominium association for failure to pay fees

By Louise Boyle, Rachel Quigley, James Nye and Michael Zennie

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The mother gunned down yesterday after ramming a White House barrier because she thought President Obama was stalking her was prescribed schizophrenia medication after telling police she was the ‘Prophet of Stamford’, it emerged today.

Miriam Carey, 34, was taken for a mental health evaluation after an encounter with Connecticut police almost a year ago, in which she claimed to be a prophet and said the President was going to place the city of Stamford under lockdown, according to CBS.

She also believed he had been electronically monitoring her Connecticut home in order to broadcast her life on television like in the movie The Truman Show.

Authorities did not alert the Secret Service about the mother-of-one as they had no evidence she had ever made any kind of threat against Obama.

ABC News reports that cops had twice in 2012 been called by Miriam Carey’s boyfriend, who reported the woman was delusional, acting irrationally and putting her infant daughter in danger.

 

Authorities said the single-mother had a 'history of mental illness' but did not elaborate.

Snapped: Authorities said the single-mother and dental hygienist had a ‘history of mental illness’ but did not elaborate

Miriam Carey is pictured at the Connecticut periodontist office where she worked. Her bosses described her as having 'a delightful bedside manner'

Miriam Carey is pictured at the Connecticut periodontist office where she worked. Her bosses described her as having ‘a delightful bedside manner’

Luxury Car: Police swarm around the Nissan Infiniti car on grass near the U.S. Capitol October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Luxury Car: Police swarm around the Nissan Infiniti car on grass near the U.S. Capitol October 3, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Rescued: This is little Erica, the one-year-old daughter of Miriam Carey who was miraculously rescued safely from her mother's bullet-riddled car

Rescued: This is little Erica, the one-year-old daughter of Miriam Carey who was miraculously rescued safely from her mother’s bullet-riddled car

US CAPITOL SHOOTING: Moment police draw guns on driver

Last night her mother revealed the 34-year-old has suffered from postpartum depression since giving birth to her daughter Erica last year.

These revelations are the first clues as to what led a seemingly happy dental hygienist to snap and drive her Infiniti luxury sedan 270 miles from her home in suburban Stamford to Washington, DC – where her rampage put the nation’s capital on lock-down Thursday.

Carey’s 18-month-old daughter Erica – who was in the back seat – was not injured, despite the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol police firing up to 15 shots into her car.

Little Erica was rescued from the bullet-riddled car after her mother was shot dead. She is currently in the custody of child services workers.

Pictured: A neighbor has confirmed to MailOnline that this is Miriam Carey, the woman who is believed to have been shot dead by Capitol Police

Pictured: A neighbor has confirmed to MailOnline that this is Miriam Carey, the woman who is believed to have been shot dead by Capitol Police

It also emerged today that Carey’s friends said she was upbeat and ‘normal’ until she fell down some stairs and hit her head in April 2012.

When Carey was receiving treatment for the injury in the hospital, she learned that she was pregnant.

She received a handicapped parking permit because of the injury, but doctors from the medical suite where she worked complained that she was tying up parking in front of the building, according to CBS.

The resulting dispute from this ended with her losing her job.

It emerged today that Carey had beensued by her condominium association for failure to pay fees.

The complaint filed in November by the association for the Stamford building said Miriam Carey had failed to pay her fees in full since August 2010 and owed the association $1,759 in addition to collection costs.

The lawsuit was settled in February.

The lawsuit by the Woodside Green Association indicates Carey took out a mortgage on her Stamford condo in the amount of $237,616 in September 2009.

Idella Carey told ABC News that her daughter Miriam ‘had postpartum depression after having the baby’ in August 2012.

‘A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed…. She was hospitalized,’ Mrs Carey added.

She thought Carey was taking Erica to a doctor’s appointment in Connecticut.

The 34-year-old has five sisters, one of whom is an NYPD officer.

Another, Amy Carey – who is a nurse in Brooklyn – expressed disbelief when told about what happened to her sister by a Washington Post reporter.

‘That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job. She wouldn’t be in D.C. She was just in Connecticut two days ago,’ she said. ‘I spoke to her…I don’t know what’s happening. I can’t answer anymore.’

Dentist Barry Weiss told NBC Connecticut that Carey was working for him in January 2012 when she suffered a fall and missed two-to-three weeks of work.

When she returned she was pregnant but he later fired her in August 2012 after patients complained that she was too rough.

She was not married to the father but ‘seemed happy’ about the pregnancy, the former boss said.

Authorities said the single-mother had a ‘history of mental illness’ but did not elaborate.

Neighbor Erin Jackson told ABC she believed Carey lived in the Stamford home with the baby and the girl’s father.

Asked if she believed Carey suffered from a mental illness, Jackson said ‘absolutely’ and revealed she had her tires slashed in an incident last year in Connecticut.

Police, including FBI and bomb disposal units, surrounded a home in Stamford on Thursday evening that authorities say is linked to the investigation, but won’t give specifics.

Police there said they were awaiting a search warrant from Washington, though 50 people from the apartment building already were being evacuated for the night.


Stamford: Hazardous materials personal prepare to enter the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in the early hours of this morning after a neighbor said the dental hygienist 'absolutely' was crazy

Stamford: Hazardous materials personal prepare to enter the apartment complex where Miriam Carey is believed to have lived in the early hours of this morning after a neighbor said the dental hygienist ‘absolutely’ was crazy

Aftermath: Capitol Hill police officers look at a car following a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol Aftermath: Capitol Hill police officers look at a car following a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol

Impact: A veteran Capitol Police officer smashed his squad car into a barrier while rushing to the scene of the incident. He was not severely injured

Impact: A veteran Capitol Police officer smashed his squad car into a barrier while rushing to the scene of the incident. He was not severely injured

Run For Cover: Seen from the US Capitol, tourists flee as Capitol Police are seen outside of the Senate side of the Capitol Building on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC Run For Cover: Seen from the US Capitol, tourists flee as Capitol Police are seen outside of the Senate side of the Capitol Building on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC

Events Unfolded just after 2 p.m. today in Washington D.C. when the vehicle driven by an unidentified woman crashed into security gates at the White House sparking a furious chase that ended at the Capitol Events Unfolded just after 2 p.m. today in Washington D.C. when the vehicle driven by an unidentified woman crashed into security gates at the White House sparking a furious chase that ended at the Capitol

US CAPITOL SHOOTING: Police car’s high-speed crash following…

BRAVE CAPITOL POLICE RISKED THEIR LIVES FOR FREE BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

When Congress reconvened after the lock-down Thursday afternoon, the Capitol Police officers who stopped Miriam Carey got a standing ovation – but not much else.

The 1,800 officers who protect the nation’s capital are currently working for free thanks to the government shutdown.

The officers are considered essential staff – so they are turning up for work, but won’t get paid for their service until the impasse ends and Congress agrees to fund the government.

Congressmen tweeted about hiding in coat rooms and ducking behind cars during the harrowing moments before Carey was killed within sight of the Capitol Building.

Meanwhile, the officers who risked their lives haven’t been paid since Tuesday, thanks to Congress’ in-fighting over whether to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund day-to-day operations.

Carey’s former boss of eight years, Dr Steven Oken, said in the eight years he knew Miriam she was ‘always happy’ – and not interested in politics. Neighbors told the New York Daily News she was ‘a nice young lady, stable’.

‘I would never in a million years believe that she would do something like this,’ he told ABC. ‘It’s the furthest thing from anything I would think she would do, especially with her child in the car. I am floored that it would be her.’

That portrait contrasts starkly with the woman who sent Congressmen diving for coatrooms in the Capitol Building and tourists fleeing in terror after she tried to force her way into an entrance to the White House about 2pm on Tuesday.

Despite the sensitive location, Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said: ‘This appears to be an isolated incident.There is no nexus to terrorism.’

Witnesses say Carey plowed through a temporary barrier and hit a Secret Service agent who was trying to wave her off – sending him flying onto the hood of her car.

The Secret Service opened fire on her car as she turned and fled.

Police pursued her through the streets of Capitol Hill during a frantic chase that hit speeds up to 80pmh.

Video footage shows the Capitol Police officers – who have not been paid since Tuesday because of the government shutdown – surrounded Casey’s car – guns drawn. At one point an officer even sticks his weapon inside her open passenger-side window.

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‘It made me feel ashamed’: Poor moms’ anguish over diaper costs

July 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM ET

** FILE ** In a file photo a shopper and her child look at diapers at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart Super Center store Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2004. Kimbe...

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One in three moms has struggled to pay for diapers, according to a new study. Eight percent say they’ve tried to make them last longer by leaving a wet diaper on their child or trying to clean and reuse it.

As a single working mom with no college education, Jessica Aragon was once so desperate for diapers she considered stealing them. Back then, she remembers, she barely had enough money to cover childcare and rent at the end of the month, let alone pay for baby wipes and diapers for her 1-year-old.

“For other needs, like food, you could go to a food bank,” Aragon, now 33, says. “But there was no help for things like diapers. I had to borrow money and sell everything I had — the DVD player, the TV – to get money for diapers.”

Sometimes she’d just have to skip a change and leave her baby wet so she’d have enough diapers to make it through the week. “It made me feel ashamed, like I was less of a mother,” the Columbus, Ohio, mom says.

As it turns out, Aragon is far from alone. Thirty percent of the women interviewed for a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics said they’d experienced a time when they could not afford to buy the diapers their kids needed. And a full 8 percent reported that they would “stretch” the diapers they had when their supply was running short by leaving a wet diaper on their child or partially cleaning the diaper and reusing it.

In fact, worry over how to pay for diapers is now among the top stressors for low-income parents, next to concerns about food and housing, researchers say.

The concerns come as Americans continue to grapple with the effects of the deep recession and weak recovery, which has left many families scrambling to keep up with rising bills. The nation’s median household income declined to $50,054 in 2011. After adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly 9 percent lower than the peak in 1999.

The problem is especially acute for single moms, who tend to already be among the most economically vulnerable. The overall poverty rate was 15 percent in 2011, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. But nearly 41 percent of female-headed households with children under age 18 were living below the poverty line, according to the Census Bureau. That compares to a little less than 9 percent of married-couple families with kids under 18.

The high percentage of moms who worry about affording diapers came as a surprise to the study’s lead author, Megan Smith, an assistant professor of psychiatry, child study and public health at the Yale School of Medicine.

Smith started out looking into stressors that impact the mental health of moms and especially the factors that affected their ability to bond with their kids. The more moms she talked to the more she realized that a big stressor for some of them was the inability to pay for diapers.

“Some were taking off their kids’ diapers and scraping off the contents and then putting them back on the child,” Smith says. “While that has an incredible impact on the health of the child in terms of urinary tract infections and rashes, it also impacts the self-esteem of the mom.”

Another big surprise to Smith: there are few federal dollars to pay for diapers. Neither WIC nor SNAP provide for diaper purchases.

For the study, Smith and her colleagues interviewed 877 pregnant and parenting women of various income levels in New Haven, Conn. The researchers located the women through health care providers and also by conducting outreach in various spots around the city, including schools, beauty shops, bus stops, playgrounds and grocery stores.

The women were asked questions about their basic demographics, mental health, substance use, trauma histories, health care and social service use, and basic needs — such as food, housing, and diapers.

While the new study focused on mothers in New Haven, Conn., experts note that many families across the country struggle to afford diapers. “The results of the study support the reports I hear every day from diaper bank leaders across the country,” says Joanne Goldblum, a study co-author and executive director of the National Diaper Bank Network, which helps provide diapers to low-income families.

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While law enforcement officials have released few details of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to Connecticut residents, state police and Newtown officers have increased their trips across the country, in some cases sharing graphic details of what they saw inside the school.

In March, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other politicians criticized state police for releasing details of the investigation at out-of-state conferences. A police report has been delayed for months, and state law enforcement officials have attempted to push through legislation intended to keep secret some details of the shootings that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

Since then, state and Newtown police have spoken at or are scheduled to speak at forums from Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. to Maine:

 

•The head of the crime squad leading the investigation, along with an FBI profiler, will speak in California in August.

•State police will speak about Newtown at child advocacy conference in Dallas in August.

•State police, including Lt. Paul Vance, the department spokesman, will discuss Newtown in Billings, Mont., in October.

•Since April, Newtown officers have spoken at conferences in Maine, Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., among others.

•Two weeks ago, a Newtown officer described entering Sandy Hook school and encountering a horrific scene when he spoke at a conference in Orlando, Fla., according to a Florida newspaper report of the conference and another article online.

In March, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who will issue the final investigative report on the shooting, ordered police to stop discussing details of the investigation at conferences. The ban was instituted after the New York Daily News reported that state police Col. Danny Stebbins told New Orleans conference attendees that shooter Adam Lanza had created a spreadsheet of mass killings going back 30 years.

“To prevent such disclosure in the future, I have instructed that any and all such presentations involving evidence in the criminal investigation be ceased while the investigation is pending and my report is still outstanding,” Sedensky said at the time.

 

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Dentists insist substance is natural, helps teeth

Saying the practice takes away the right of consumers to make medical choices and possibly inflicts serious harm on children, opponents of adding fluoride to public water argued Wednesday that a glass of water should contain water — and nothing else.

At an informal hearing at the state Capitol called by state Sen. Joe Markley, chemist Paul Connett called on state lawmakers to abolish the state’s flouridation law and forbid communities from putting additives in water supplies to improve public health.

“We should never use the public water supply to deliver medicine,” said Connett, a retired Dartmouth professor and leading fluoridation critic. “No doctor could do to us what the state of Connecticut is doing.”

Since the early 1960s, the federal government has recommended that municipal water supplies contain a certain amount of flouride to help prevent tooth decay and cavities among those who drink from it, especially low-income families who might not be able to afford regular dental care.
Connecticut passed a law in 1965 mandating that public water supplies serving more than 20,000 people have a fluoride concentration of at least 8 milligrams per liter. This tiny concentration has virtually no effect on the smell, taste or appearance of tap water.

But Markley, a Republican from Southington, put forth legislation this year to abolish Connecticut’s policy, saying that it unfairly adds an extra expense to cash-strapped town budgets. The bill failed, but Markley said he’ll bring it back next year. On Wednesday, he said he wanted both sides of the fluoridation debate to make their case.

“As a principle, politically, I try to listen to everybody as much as possible,” Markley said. “I like to hear people who know what they’re talking about differ on a topic.”

Speaking for more than an hour, Connett presented several studies that he said prove fluoridation is actually harmful, that it can have adverse effects on tooth enamel, as well as damaging impacts on bones and brains of young children.

Even if fluoride were medically beneficial, he said, it shouldn’t be put in the water by government. Instead, people should choose whether they want to buy and use fluoride themselves, as they would any other medication.

But absent from Wednesday’s discussion were dentists, who widely support the fluoridation policy.

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How many types of fluoride are there?

A lot. A whole lot. When the element of fluoride is combined with something else, it becomes a fluoride compound. There is a vast range of fluorine-containing compounds because fluorine has the capability of forming compounds with nearly all the elements. Here are some common forms:

……………Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) is compound of calcium and fluorine which occurs naturally as the mineral fluorite – also called fluorspar. Most of the world’s fluorine comes from calcium fluoride. Fluorides in general are toxic to humans, however CaF2 is considered the least toxic, and even relatively harmless due to its extreme insolubility. Moreover, calcium is a well-known antidote for fluoride poisoning. When an antidote exists in combination with a poison, it makes the poison far less toxic to the body. Calcium fluoride is the form of fluoride commonly found in natural, untreated waters.

Fluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6) is commonly used for water fluoridation.  This form of fluoride is a toxic liquid by-product, acquired by scrubbing the chimney stacks of phosphate fertilizer manufacture. Other names for it are hexafluorosilicic, hexafluosilicic, hydrofluosilicic, and silicofluoric acid.  The CDC approximates that 95% of our water is fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid. (http://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/fact_sheets/engineering/wfadditives.htm#1)

Sodium Fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6) is primarily added to public drinking water as a fluoridation agent. This same compound is also used as an insecticide and a wood preservative.  It is a classified hazardous waste by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacture which, if not put into our drinking water, must be disposed of at hazardous waste facilities.  Other names for it are Sodium Fluosilicate and Sodium Silica Fluoride……………

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Bizarre USA Fluoride History – Full Documentary – The Flouride Deception

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Dr. Paul Connett on the Dangers of Fluoride in the Water

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Published on Sep 14, 2012

Excellent power point presentation by Dr. Paul Connett, Director of Fluoride Action Network. With a brief introduction by Kim Kaminski of Clean Water Portland and final words by Frances Quaempts-Miller.
Dr. Connett details the dangers of adding fluoride to water systems, as the Portland City Council just voted unanimously to do this week. Believing that adding medicine to the water should be up to the vote of the people, Clean Water Portland is mounting a Referendum campaign as well as a possible Initiative for the May 2012 primary.

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Forget the Farm Bill: New York Legislators Push for GMO Labeling

In case you missed it: Twin bills are currently moving through the New York Senate and Assembly requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. After Proposition 37 was shot down in California last year, New York’s might seem like a fruitless effort against a monolithic biotech lobby, but it’s part of a renewed effort to address the issue nationwide–New York is now one of 27 states that have introduced legislation to regulate GMOs.

A week ago, the Senate voted down a GMO labeling requirement in the federal Farm Bill, then introduced another amendment that GMO activists say would cut out states’ ability to require labeling. But amid the squabbling at the federal level, the Connecticut state Senate passed a GMO labeling requirement that’s moving through the House, Maine’s GMO labeling bill sailed through the state’s Agriculture Committee, and Vermont’s legislation passed in the state House.

New York’s bills were introduced in a bipartisan effort between Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D) and state Senator Ken Lavalle (R). The Assembly’s version currently has 41 co-sponsors, and Rosenthal feels that while similar legislation has failed in the past, renewed interest in GMO labeling is at an all-time high.

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