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September 16, 2015

Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies

Subway sandwich empire co-founder Fred DeLuca dies

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Fifty years after starting his first sandwich shop as a teenager, Subway CEO and co-founder Fred DeLuca died on Monday. He was 67 and suffering from cancer.

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Subway yesterday announced his death, but not the location. He had developed leukaemia, which the company announced in 2013. The business was founded with friend Peter Buck who lent DeLuca $1,000 to open Pete’s Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The company remains based in the state.

By 1968 the business was renamed Subway and the two young entrepreneurs began looking at franchising as a method of expansion. It worked: With over 44,000 locations Subway is the world’s largest fast food franchise. The company has locations in 110 countries.

Subway brands itself as a healthy alternative on the fast food market. It has faced various controversies: ingredients, contracts with franchisees, and longtime advertiser Jared Fogle have all come under scrutiny. Fogle left the company this year after admitting underage sex and child pornography offences.

“I knew nothing about making sandwiches, nor the food industry,” DeLuca would later write of his 1965 startup. Growing up he lived in state-owned housing in The Bronx, New York City. Forbes estimated his 2015 wealth at around $3.5 billion.



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August 11, 2015

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Two people were injured during a domestic dispute at about 2:20 pm on Monday, August 10, Ansonia, Connecticut. A woman was assaulted with a box cutter and a machete by her boyfriend, named locally as Mario Forbes.

When another man tried to intervene, by grabbing his machete, Forbes attacked him with the box cutter. The man sustained a serious neck injury and the woman suffered a head injury. Both were treated at separate hospitals and were later discharged.

Forbes was arrested at the scene on suspicion of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, first-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and was being held on $150,000 bail. He was due to appear before a court in Derby on Tuesday.

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Two people were injured during a domestic dispute at about 2:20 pm on Monday, August 10, Ansonia, Connecticut. A woman was assaulted with a box cutter and a machete by her boyfriend, named locally as Mario Forbes, aged 31.

When another man tried to intervene, by grabbing his machete, Forbes attacked him with the box cutter. The man sustained a serious neck injury and the woman suffered a head injury. Both were treated at separate hospitals and were later discharged.

Forbes was arrested at the scene on suspicion of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree strangulation, first-degree reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct and was being held on US$150,000 bail. He was due to appear before a court in Derby on Tuesday.

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February 3, 2015

Connecticut ex-death row inmate Robert Courchesne dies

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Connecticut murder convict Robert Courchesne, who had a death sentence overturned by the state Supreme Court, collapsed in prison yesterday. He died in hospital an hour later.

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Courchesne, now 57, stabbed heavily pregnant Demetris Rodgers to death in 1998. In 2004 he was convicted of her murder and that of her unborn baby, delivered minutes after the murder by cesarean section. Baby Antonia Rodgers spent over a month on life support before death was confirmed. Using legislation that provided the death penalty to multiple murderers the court sentenced Courchesne to death.

Courchesne reached the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2010 and had the Antonia murder conviction overturned. The court ruled it was not proved the baby was alive at the time of the cesarean delivery. The death penalty was substituted with a 60-year sentence which prosecutors accepted instead of opting for a retrial.

Yesterday’s death at Danbury Hospital is being probed by police and prison officials, but is not considered suspicious. Courchesne collapsed while walking in the Garner Correctional Center, Newtown at around 10:35 a.m. local time.

Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012, but those already on death row remained sentenced to die.


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January 14, 2013

Gun control debate continues a month after Sandy Hook

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With the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School a month ago, the gun control debate in the United States continues but without any introduction of legislation on the floor of the United States congress. The President of the United States has not yet offered any legislative proposals for consideration for Congress though he announced plans yesterday to do so to following the release of a report by Vice President Joe Biden later in the week. While the President and Congress have been slow to act, the State of New York appears poised to become the first state to pass gun control legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

The most recent attempt by a USA Congressperson to submit legislation to address the issue of guns and child safety dates to January 2011, with H.R.227 – Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2011. The bill was put forward by Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and then went nowhere. Other attempts by people inside the United States Congress to enact some form of gun control in recent years include the April 2011 bill, H.R.1552 — Preventing Gun Violence Act put forward by Representative Steve Israel of New York that intended to prevent juvenile offenders from being able to buy guns. This bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in November 2011, and also went nowhere.

Other gun control legislation has been introduced in the past several years, but most of it is intended to prevent gun trafficking instead of limiting ownership rights inside the United States. An example of this type of legislation is S.1973 – Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2012, put forward by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of New York, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts in December 2011. This bill was read twice, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and has gone nowhere since December 2011 with the exception of Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii adding himself as a co-sponsor in April 2012.



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December 18, 2012

Hackers target Westboro Baptist Church website, Twitter account

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Hackers claiming to be associated with the internet activist group Anonymous have attacked the website belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) and hacked into the Twitter account belonging to Shirley Phelps-Roper, the Church’s spokeswoman. The attacks are part of an operation dubbed ‘#OpWestBor’ on Twitter and is in response to the Church’s decision to picket funerals of victims of the December 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment,” said Phelps in a post to her Twitter account on Saturday.

On Sunday, in a video posted on YouTube, Anonymous announced their intentions saying, “From the time you have received this message, our attack protocol has past been executed and your downfall is underway. Do not attempt to delude yourselves into thinking you can escape our reach, for we are everywhere, and all-seeing, in the same sense as God. … We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming.” The Church’s website has been unreachable for most of the day. At the time of this report, the website was unreachable. As a result of the breach, Anonymous claims to have gained access to and leaked alleged personal information such as names, home addresses and telephone numbers belonging to Church members.

Also as part of the operation, early yesterday morning, a member of Anonymous called ‘CosmoTheGod’ hacked the Twitter account belonging to Phelps, posting a ‘tweet’ saying, “This account is now being ran by @CosmoTheGod #UGNazi #oops.” As of this report, Anonymous still has control of it.

This isn’t the first time hackers took control of the Church’s website. In 2011 the Church blamed Anonymous for circulating a letter claiming an attack on the Church’s website was imminent and blamed them for taking down their website in an earlier attack, something the group denied. Shortly after the incident, user “th3j3st3r” on Twitter claimed responsibility for circulating the letter and the initial attack. When Phelps and one of the group’s members were interviewed on live television shortly thereafter, she denied hackers could break into their website or take it offline. However; during the interview, Anonymous hacked into the Church’s website, defaced it and took it offline.

“I was just going to say in the time that Shirley was blabbing her religious preachings I actually did some business and I think if you check downloads.westborobaptistchurch right now you’ll see a nice message from Anonymous”, said Anonymous nine minutes into the interview.

On December 14, a gunman identified as 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother Nancy then went into Sandy Hook Elementary school carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and two other handguns, where he opened fire killing 26 people, 20 of them children between the ages of five and ten years old. Shortly after the incident, Lanza shot himself, committing suicide.



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December 14, 2012

Dozens dead in Connecticut school shooting

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Before turning the gun on himself, a 20-year-old male opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killing 28 people, 20 of them children ranging from five to ten years old. Approximately 600 students were inside the school.

The New York Post identifies the shooter as 20-year-old Adam Lanza. He was reported to be in possession of a .223-caliber assault rifle and two hand guns when he opened fire inside the school. His motives are not yet clear, but reports say his mother Nancy, who was also killed, may have been the target. She was a teacher of a kindergarten class at the school. Adam’s brother Ryan, who was initially reported to be the shooter, is also in police custody.

United States president Barack Obama spoke in a televised address saying, “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

“So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.”

A hospital near the school, in Danbury, Connecticut, is currently on lock down. According to The New York Times and Danbury Hospital‘s Facebook page, the hospital is treating three of the shooting victims.



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November 7, 2012

Voters in Maine and Maryland vote for marriage equality

Voters in Maine and Maryland vote for marriage equality

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In Maine and Maryland, voters have approved ballot measures yesterday to allow marriage between same-sex partners. Votes for a similar measure in Washington are still being counted. Reports from Minnesota suggest a ballot measure that would amend the constitution to ban gay marriage has been rejected by voters.

In Maryland, voters supported the law passed earlier this year by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley 52% to 48%. Josh Levin from Marylanders for Marriage Equality said that voters would “feel the ripples of this monumental victory across the country for years to come.”

Supporters of marriage equality in Maine stated they had 250,000 one-on-one conversations with voters. Matt McTighe from Mainers United for Marriage celebrated the passage of the Maine ballot initiative saying: “A lot of families in Maine just became more stable and secure.”

Chad Griffin from the gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign said: “When the history books are written, 2012 will be remembered as the year when LGBT Americans won decisively at the ballot box.”

Frank Schubert, an opponent of gay marriage, downplayed the results. “The fact that an uber-liberal state like Maine or Washington might go for same sex marriage, it doesn’t mean that the country has changed.”

Six other states — Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts — as well as the District of Columbia already recognise same-sex marriage. In May, Barack Obama announced that he supports legalisation of same-sex marriage.



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June 15, 2012

Sexual harrassment accusations against Geno Auriemma non-story

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Although several media organizations, including Eurosport, the United Kingdom‘s Daily Mail, USA Today, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated reported on a breaking story about an accusation of sexual harassment that emerged against United States women’s national basketball team head coach Geno Auriemma in a case filed by Kelley Hardwick in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan earlier this week, the online community ignored the media-driven narrative.

According to Eurosport, Kelley Hardwick’s accusation stated “Auriemma followed her to her hotel room during a trip to Russia with the national team, grabbed her arm and tried to kiss her.” Eurosport goes on to report that, according to the court filing, when she rejected his advances, Team USA’s head coach “retaliated earlier this year by persuading the NBA to remove Hardwick as the top security official for the women’s team at the London Olympics this summer.”

On Twitter, Auriemma (@genoauriemma) remained largely silent as the story broke, posting only about the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In the women’s Olympic Team USA corner of Twitter, as of Thursday he ranked eighth with 9,322 followers behind Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) with 128,165 followers, USA Basketball (@usabasketball) with 91,977 followers, Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) with 62,998 followers, Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) with 15,389, Tina Charles (@tinacharles31) with 12,465 followers, Tamika Catchings (@catchin24) with 11,094 followers and Lindsay Whalen (@Lindsay_13) with 10,932 followers. The controversy resulted in an increase in followers for Auriemma, with 25 new followers in the 24 hour period after the controversy broke, 27 in the second 24 hour period, but only 7 new followers on the third day. Relative to the players he coaches, these were low, as Parker and Moore both picked up followers at a greater number, and Augustus had comparable increases to her coach.

Mentions of Auriemma peaked on Twitter with around 1,000 per day on the day the story broke, 800 mentions more than Kelley Hardwick on the same day. A day later, this had dropped to 600, and then to around 200 the day after. Tweets were generally supportive of Auriemma, with several Twitter users including @sevenwithcheese , @Special_K_33 , @waltskelliepic and @jwitts12 indicating continued support for the coach, or a belief that Hardwick fabricated the story. Tweets about Hardwick rarely appeared independently: Almost all of them were connection with the coach.

Search interest for Auriemma remained lower than during previous stories about the coach, with Auriemma’s 2010 White House visit generating almost six times as many searches, and being declared one of the most interesting guys in sport in 2009 generating around three times as many. In the short term, greater volume of searches took place for Kelley Hardwick, Auriemma’s accuser, but this search activity was largely confined to the United States.

The news story did not lead people to visit either the official website for the University of Connecticut Huskies or Basketball USA, with neither website seeing measurable traffic peaks the day of, or the day after, the story broke.

YouTube largely ignored the story. Three days after the story broke, only one video mentioned both Auriemma and Kelley Hardwick, and it had fewer than twenty views. Only one other video mentioning Auriemma was uploaded in the same period. A television news station uploaded video mentioning the lawsuit, but not Hardwick, in the description, and viewing was minimal at twenty-four views as of Wednesday.

Scant references to the controversy exist on Google+, with only five mentions all time for the coach and zero happening in the past week.

During the height of the media coverage, few people flocked to Wikipedia for information on the coach; only 2,520 people viewed the English language article the day after the story broke. By Thursday, this article only had 197 views, about twice as many views as the article normally receives. No attempts were made to vandalize the article, and the article did not require admin attention to lock it down. The story is similar on Italian Wikipedia, where there article normally has five to ten views a day; it only saw a peak of 253 views the day after the story broke before returning to normal viewing levels. No apparent flow-on effect existed for the articles about Team USA on English, German, or French Wikipedia.

Despite the story, Auriemma’s place with Team USA going into the Olympics appears secure.



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April 26, 2012

Connecticut repeals death penalty

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In the United States, the state of Connecticut has repealed the death penalty, becoming the seventeenth state in the U.S. to do so. The state’s governor Dannel Malloy signed the repeal into law on Wednesday and is to take effect immediately.

“This afternoon I signed legislation that will, effective today, replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release as the highest form of legal punishment in Connecticut. Although it is an historic moment – Connecticut joins 16 other states and the rest of the industrialized world by taking this action – it is a moment for sober reflection, not celebration,” said Malloy in a written statement on his website.

In future convictions, the death penalty will be replaced with life imprisonment with no possibility of parole. However, despite the state’s decision, prisoners currently serving a death row sentence are still set to be executed as planned. Currently in Connecticut, eleven prisoners are serving a death row sentence, all of them men. The repeal bill was passed in the state’s house of representatives with 86 supporting the measure and 63 opposing it. The senate had passed the measure just seven days before.

Jodi Rell, then Connecticut’s governor, blocked a prior attempt at repeal by state lawmakers in 2009.

Only one person in Connecticut has been executed since 1976, when the U.S. government reinstated the death penalty after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld capital punishment. That execution of serial killer Michael Bruce Ross occurred in 2005 by lethal injection.

“As our state moves beyond this divisive debate, I hope we can all redouble our efforts and common work to improve the fairness and integrity of our criminal justice system, and to minimize its fallibility,” added Malloy.



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