Link Between Oversight and Patient Safety Lacking in Yale Report, as Lamont Negotiates to Avoid Strike

The ten nursing homes in Connecticut reporting the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 received no fines or citations from the Department of Public Health, according to a report issued today by Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and the SEIU District 1199 NE union.  The report found that the 34 fines the department did issue for COVID-19 violations between March 2020 and February 2021 bore no relation to the number of


A New Pop Culture Climate

In December of 2018, I got around to watching the much-hyped indie movie favorite from Paul Schrader, First Reformed. I did so, purely coincidentally, maybe a day or two after I had finished reading Richard Powers’s eventual Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Overstory. Though I would heartily recommend both movie and book, I am not sure the rapid-fire combination is entirely advisable. They were both remarkably powerful pieces of culture, and both are elegies for a dying—a murdered—planet. They are keening laments, both intensely visceral and difficult to look away from. I recall sitting up late into the night after the credits rolled

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A Year Without Jury Trials

After more than a year without jury trials in the state of Connecticut, lawyers and legal observers warn that the effects of the delay will far outlast the pandemic.  Already hundreds of defendants, convicted of no crime, have sat in pretrial detention for the past year – some held for bail amounts of as little as $1485 – as many others are released back into their communities to await trials that may not come for years. Witnesses have moved, memories have faded, and in some cases, victims of sexual assault share neighborhoods with their alleged perpetrators. 

The Sunday Puzzle

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