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Premium Content Chicken Little Finizio

 April 23, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Three of seven New London city councilors this week flatly rejected Mayor Daryl Finizio's alarmist plea to borrow another million dollars, on top of the $4.4 million the council agreed to borrow earlier this month, to stabilize city...

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Premium Content Learning to sail the Morgan again

 April 20, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

There are vast records in the archives at Mystic Seaport about the Charles W. Morgan, careful record keeping from a ship that sailed the world hunting whales.

Most of the records, though, were about the business of the ship, keeping track...

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Premium Content Mayor Finizio unplugged

 April 18, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

At the moment, the most engaging sight in New London is the barque Eagle.

What a treat to see it at the base of State Street, its gold figurehead almost poking into the downtown, framed on one side by the red brick of Henry Hobson...

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Premium Content Someone should whisper in the governor's ear

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

So the daffodils are out. Tax day has come and gone.

With Tuesday's gentle April showers, could May flowers be far off?

We seem to be finally done, with the possible exception of some lingering oil bills, with the terrible winter of...

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Premium Content Have Malloy policies destroyed historic Seaside?

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Historic preservationists sometimes use the term "demolition by neglect" to refer to the process by which significant properties are allowed, through lack of maintenance, to decline to a state in which they can no longer can be...

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Premium Content Save the ladies

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

It's hard to remember all the dust that got kicked up when Hygienic Art first unveiled a mural, back in 1999, that soon became known as the naked ladies.

Actually, they are not fully naked, just exposed in places their Greek-style gowns...

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Premium Content Malloy Inc.: Deal-making with a tax scofflaw

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

When I wrote back in the summer of 2011 about the state's proposed developer for the historic Seaside sanitorium in Waterford, Mark Steiner, I suggested he might have trouble coming up with the $8 million purchase price, given his financial...

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Premium Content Goodbye Mayor Finizio

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

It wasn't too long ago, when we were still in the tight grip of winter, that I heard Daryl Finizio talk about his aptitude for being mayor and his plans for running again, while dismissing the notion he might ever run for any other...

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Premium Content King Malloy and his insulting tax rebates

 April 4, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

If I could give a legislator-of-the-month award to people who represent us in Hartford it would go this month, without question, to Rep. Ted Moukawsher of Groton.

Moukawsher bravely bucked his party this week and became the only Democrat on...

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Premium Content Shame on Connecticut College

 April 2, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

It is interesting that Ruth Simmons, president emerita of Brown University, will give the keynote speech this Saturday when Katherine Bergeron, a former dean at Brown, is inaugurated here in New London as the 11th president of Connecticut...

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Premium Content Judges: Work four years for 100k-a-year pension

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

When Gov. Dannel Malloy nominated a batch of judges this month, state Sen. Andrew Maynard promptly issued a press release, praising the selection of two nominees from Noank.

"I congratulate the governor for nominating two exceptional...

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Premium Content Rep. Wright owns a wreck in Essex

 March 28, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

It's hard to imagine a more storybook New England coastal town in this part of Connecticut than Essex, with its neat and manicured streetscapes and carefully tended historic buildings.

The sign for dog waste bags in the center of the...

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Premium Content Good times for bad guys at Connecticut's casinos

 March 26, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

While trying to get a handle this week on how many state police troopers are left at Connecticut's casinos, I called and asked the police press office for a number.

That is information police won't discuss, I was told, for "tactical...

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Premium Content Time for colleges and hospital to pay

 March 23, 2014; Updated: 10:50 pm

In listening to testimony in a hearing Friday for a proposed law that would allow Connecticut municipalities to tax nonprofit hospitals and colleges, I couldn't help but think of the car industry executives who arrived in Washington by private...

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Premium Content Readying the Charles W. Morgan to sail

 March 21, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

When Matthew Stackpole talks about the impending voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, he lifts one of his hands in the air, makes a fist and moves it around, simulating a big whaling ship tossed about in the sea.

I suspect he is not even aware...

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Premium Content Time for spring thaw

 March 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

It's been a tough winter.

It's already St. Paddy's parade season, and yet it still feels like New Year's.

It makes you think we should all try to just get along, if we are stuck with more cold weather.

For inspiration, just look...

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Premium Content Gov. Malloy: Buy Union Station

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

You can find a lot of crazy things in The Day's archives.

Remember, for instance, back in 2001, when the New London Development Corp., still busy destroying a neighborhood in Fort Trumbull, asked the city to invest $10 million in the...

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Premium Content Mayor-picking time in New London looms

 March 14, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Could it be too soon to think about New London's mayoral race of 2015, even as the March winds of 2014 still blow so cold?

Nah.

After all, the country is already engaged in presidential politics of 2016, from the deflation of Chris...

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Premium Content State gives grant to lawyers suing New London

 March 12, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

I've always been wary about the millions of dollars the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy has poured into its Small Business Express Program, given the failures of some of the recipient businesses.

I wonder why it should be the business...

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Premium Content Voila: New London is saved

 March 7, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Earlier this year, in welcoming the new president of Connecticut College, Katherine Bergeron, to New London, I suggested she might want to have lunch with Mayor Daryl Finizio, to help warm up town-gown relations.

I am sure President...

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Premium Content Mayor Finizio: Tax hike would not bite equally

 March 5, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

If the pregame chatter is any indication, it seems pretty clear that New London Mayor Daryl Finizio is going to ask for a big tax hike when he unveils his newest municipal budget.

I think if you ran into the mayor today and asked him where...

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Premium Content A tale of Coast Guard heroism coming to life

 March 2, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

If you like sea stories, which I do, you should probably pay attention when the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Robert J. Papp, recommends a book.

I was intrigued when Papp talked about "The Finest Hours" by Michael Tougias and Casey...

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Premium Content Finizio would raise martini prices

 February 28, 2014; Updated: 12:12 am

Mayor Finizio opened his public forums at City Hall this week with a boxing analogy.

Indeed, the mayor, saying he expected to be beat up by angry downtown businesspeople, theatrically wore a hat emblazoned with the big logo of a boxing...

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Premium Content Viagra without a prescription?

 February 26, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

It doesn't seem so long ago that Pfizer executives were landing at the company's glamorous new waterfront research headquarters in New London, their copters touching down on a pill-shaped landing pad painted a bright Pfizer/Viagra blue.

As...

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Premium Content Show us the Coast Guard museum money?

 February 23, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

I thought the standout moment at the National Coast Guard Museum memorandum signing in New London last week came when Sen. Richard Blumenthal was at the podium.

Blumenthal suggested that he could go after federal money to help build...

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