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Racism on social media, armed school guards, Lamont’s change of heart top weekend news

March 25, 2019

The Facebook video that went viral last week of a New Haven woman going on a racial tirade in a supermarket has experts calling for these types of incidents to be used to combat racism.

“It’s waking people up that it’s much more pervasive than they thought,” said Kica Matos, director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice for the Center for Community Change. “Far too often we don’t contextualize what’s happening on social media. The footage we keep seeing that captures racial incidents makes visible how pervasive everyday racism is and the challenges people of color deal with.”

Here are some of the weekend’s top stories:

Social media exposed racist rant, but real change is needed, experts say

The Facebook user who posted the now-viral video of Corinne Magoveny-Terrone’s racist ShopRite tirade wanted to show the reality of racism everywhere. Experts say while social media exposes these types of incidents, it also needs to start spurring long-term responses to racism.

Lamont’s shifts on tolls, schools signal collaborative style, steep learning curve

In his first few months in office, Gov. Ned Lamont has changed his stance on two important issues: tolls and school consolidation. It’s a stark contrast to his predecessor, Gov. Dannel Malloy, who was known for not budging. Whether it’s the learning curve of governing or a true contrast in style, experts say it’s clear Lamont is doing things differently.

Newtown’s armed school guards a model for Connecticut

Newtown’s armed school guards — all retired police officers who carry concealed sidearms — are part of a 19-member civilian school security force that has become a model in Connecticut for districts that want more protection than video cameras and locked entrances can provide.

WWE HQ plan showcases Stamford’s economic momentum

The WWE’s announcement last week that it will relocate its headquarters in 2021 from the East Side of Stamford to a 415,000-square-foot center at 677 Washington Blvd., represents one of the city’s largest-ever office deals and the revival of a property rocked by the loss of its longtime tenant, investment-bank UBS. The plan also cements Stamford’s position as arguably the top corporate destination in Connecticut, as the city grows as a hub for media, IT, biotech and consumer-goods companies.

CT’s incoming housing commissioner comes from humble beginnings

Three decades ago, Seila Mosquera-Bruno came to the United States from a farm in Ecuador. She brought with her a 2 1/2-year-old daughter and could speak little English. Mosquera-Bruno has since worked in a factory, added an associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree to her name and ascended to chief executive officer of an affordable housing nonprofit. Now, Mosquera-Bruno is likely to be confirmed as Connecticut’s top housing official.

CT preschool advocates press for better pay, family affordability

Connecticut preschool advocates are calling for better pay for child care workers and more affordable options for families. In 2018, the state Department of Labor said child care workers on average, excluding the public school system, make $12.21 an hour. At the same time, many parents struggle to pay a preschool tuition in Connecticut that averages $13,880 a year for infant care, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Sherman family scrutinized for not using conventional medicine

The state Department of Children and Families has launched an investigation into a Sherman mother’s decision to treat her arthritic 3-year-old daughter with unconventional medicine. Though holistic medicine continues to gain popularity, those who rely more on this type of care face challenges, including the possibility of state intervention.

Three people, one dog dead in Oxford house fire

Three adults and a dog were killed late Saturday night when a fire destroyed their Oxford home. The cause remained unknown on Sunday. It was believed to be the town’s first fatal fire in at least three decades.

Bridgeport police union wants fewer cops subjected to disciplinary hearings

The Bridgeport police union is seeking to have 11 of the 19 officers cited in an internal investigation avoid facing Police Commission hearings about their conduct during a 2017 incident. The union would rather have them disciplined at the discretion of Chief Armando Perez.

Eversource’s underwater cable plan for Norwalk Harbor stirs resistance

Two commissions charged with safeguarding Norwalk Harbor are pushing Eversource Energy to revise plans to relocate two high-voltage power lines beneath its waters. The plan to move power lines from the Walk Bridge and reroute them beneath the visitors docks at Veterans Memorial Park is facing renewed criticism.

Stamford searches to cure train station gridlock

The original idea was simple: If shuttles are available to take commuters from the Stamford Train Station to work, more people will get off the highway and take the train. Lured by the ride to work, many people are opting for the train. But now there are so many shuttles at the station every day, they have become a source of gridlock.