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Hartford Man Offers Haircuts In Exchange For Hugs

Nadine Cheung | Posted 09.11.2014 | Good News

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'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

The Envelope, Please! Announcing The First Annual 'Blurbie' Awards for Truly Ridiculous PR

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Peter Mandel

As a travel writer whose inbox is always jam-packed with profound and deeply moving press releases, it started me thinking. Wasn't it high time that the finest of these works earned the recognition they deserve?

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.

Dear Fabolous...

Thea Montanez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Thea Montanez

I think the better question you could have asked is, "Where else are the homeless gonna get free access to support services, man?" And just for the record it's not only the homeless that depend on us.

Defining Outcomes in Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Arts skills are for everyone, not just the future actors and directors and stage carpenters of America. For many children, the only opportunity for this experience is in school.

Social Good for All: Dialing Hartford From the Echo Chamber

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Do we claim to speak for a generation, our beloved millennials, when, perhaps, we actually speak for a small sect of highly educated, relatively affluent, big-city-hopping progressives?

New England's Ultimate Road Trip: Rolling Along Route 7

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Rout 7 is U.S. highway, but it doesn't read like it was ever a road for moving goods or getting where you need to go.

A Table With A View

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 08.19.2013 | Travel

Popular reservation website OpenTable has released a list of the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants to pay homage to the summer and outdoor dining season...

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

Mark Twain's House Takes on Mark Twain's House

Cindy Lovell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel
Cindy Lovell

Whether drawn to Mark Twain by a certain nostalgia that includes fishing and hooky-playing or because of his fiery social criticism, readers can't seem to put Twain's books down.

Hartford Performs: Measuring Student Achievement Through Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Brace yourself...this is a big one. Arts education enrichment programs are starting to demonstrate concrete, measurable improvement in student achievement and engagement.

Adam Lanza's Remains Claimed For Burial

AP | MICHAEL MELIA | Posted 03.02.2013 | Crime

HARTFORD, Conn. — The body of the man who massacred 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school was claimed by his father, a family spokesman s...

Goodbye, 1735 Asylum Avenue

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty
Judy Bolton-Fasman

My ancestral address, 1735 Asylum Avenue, is rich with symbolism and irony. But there is something subtler at work here -- something beyond connotations of political or insane asylums.

Opportunities Hartford: Looking Forward With Optimism

Pedro E. Segarra | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Pedro E. Segarra

Mayors do not have the luxury of accepting the status quo, we are often forced (by duty and psychological make-up) to take positions that often run opposite of both conventional wisdom and what's generally politically popular. Opportunities Hartford is primed to do just that, and Hartford, which undoubtedly will be all the better for it.

Connecticut Archdiocese Plans Ministry To Counsel Gays, Lesbians Against Having Sex

Posted 01.05.2012 | Gay Voices

Although New England is generally considered one of the most liberal U.S. regions, one Connecticut-based archdiocese's take on the state's lesbian, ga...

Connecticut Technical School Task Force Seeks Public Feedback

AP | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education

HARTFORD, Conn. — A task force studying the future of Connecticut's 16 state-run technical high schools is asking for the public's opinions. Th...

The Most Dangerous Cities In America

24/7 Wall St. | Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 07.25.2011 | Business

Yesterday, the FBI trumpeted the news that violent crime dropped 5.5% in 2010 while reported property crimes fell 2.8% during the depths of the worst ...

Can We Save The Marriage Between The American Public And Teachers?

John Merrow | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Shouldn't we be paying attention to the troubled marriage between the American public and teachers? Just because the two still care for each other, and their 50 million children, that's not enough.

Hartford Public Library's Innovation: HartfordInfo.org

Matt Poland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Matt Poland

As the CEO of Hartford Public Library I have one of the best jobs in America, because I am participating in creating a sustainable 21st Century urban public library, one of the last remaining truly democratic institutions in our nation.

10 Local American Economies That Have Changed Forever

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By 24/7 Wall St.: A city does not die when its last resident moves away. Death happens when municipalities lose the industries and vital populations ...

Omar Thornton, Beer Distributor Shooter, Stole Empty Kegs Worth $400

AP | EVERTON BAILEY Jr. and STEPHEN SINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

HARTFORD, Conn. — The man who fatally shot eight co-workers at a Connecticut beer distributor stole cases of beer and empty kegs worth more than...

Columbine and Hartford Distributors Shooting

Jeff Kass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeff Kass

Maybe the most obvious connection between Columbine and today's shooting at the Hartford Distributors liquor business in Connecticut that reportedly left at least eight dead is that the suspects committed suicide afterwards.

Astoria Characters: The Bouzouki Balladeer

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

George Vlesmas has devoted his life to the pursuit of the bouzouki, the Greek stringed instrument with the pear-shaped body and swan-length fretted neck that sounds like a chiming harp.

Is Landscape Architecture Just "Parsley Around the Roast" of Architecture?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Charles A. Birnbaum

The nation's designed landscape heritage is rich, varied and fascinating -- especially in our cities where the Harvard educator and landscape architect Hideo Sasaki saw a great design opportunity for the "betterment of [the] human environment."