Stories

Friends Remember Torrington Woman Killed in Orlando, Florida Massacre

June 16, 2016

Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando claimed the life of Torrington native Kimberly Morris. Morris had recently moved to Florida, and was working as a bouncer at the Pulse Nightclub on the night of the massacre.

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Lessons From Flint, Michigan’s Water Crisis

June 15, 2016

As many as 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan were exposed to harmful concentrations of lead in the city’s drinking water. In an attempt to save money, the city decided to disconnect from Detroit’s water system and began to use water from the corrosive Flint River.

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Foodstuffs: In Newmarket, Invasive Crabs Are On The Menu

June 15, 2016

They have green backs, pink bellies and are only about 2 inches in diameter. The invasive green crab has been destroying clam and scallop populations from South Carolina to Maine, since they were introduced here two centuries ago.

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Tesla Battery Project Seeks To Turn Vermonters’ Homes Into Tiny Power Plants

June 14, 2016

As our reliance on solar and wind energy grows, so does the challenge of reliability: The wind and sun can’t be turned on and off whenever people need electricity. One part of the solution is energy storage.

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New England Governors Converge To Address Opioid Epidemic

June 7, 2016

Pressing for the same or nearly the same limits on opioid prescriptions is one of the ways New England’s Republican and Democratic governors are working together to address the drug epidemic.

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U.S. Companies Replace Teflon Toxin With Chemical Cousin. Is It Safe?

June 7, 2016

A new kind of water contamination has shown up all over the US, including New England. This time it’s not lead, like in the Flint, Michigan water system, but instead it’s a chemical used to manufacture Teflon pans, firefighting foam, even microwave popcorn bags.

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Lights Out for CFLs — Efficiency Maine Switching Off Subsidy in Favor of LEDs

June 7, 2016

Compact fluorescent light bulbs were once all the rage, promoted as an energy-efficient way to light homes and businesses. But those spiral-shaped CFLs may be fading into history.

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Why Are So Many Suboxone Patients Buying the Drug on the Street?

June 7, 2016

For some patients looking to break their addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, there’s a drug out there that works. It’s called Suboxone, but government regulations and individual doctors have made it difficult to get, which is leading many to buy it illegally.

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Does Lack of Milkweed Adequately Explain a Decline in Monarch Butterflies?

May 27, 2016

Every year, monarch butterflies make an amazing journey from Canada and New England all the way down to Mexico. It’s an ecological wonder celebrated by all three countries — but recently, scientists have noticed a dip in the number of butterflies making the trip.

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On a Cross-State Canoe Trek, Advocates Urge Communities to Embrace the Scenic Housatonic

May 13, 2016

As Schuyler Thomson lead a group of paddlers down the Housatonic River in northwest Connecticut, he squinted through the morning sunlight on the water.

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