TicketNetwork, Connecticut reach legal settlement
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials say online ticket exchange TicketNetwork and three other companies have settled a legal dispute that should make it easier for consumers to know they are buying tickets on the secondary market, not directly from events.
Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein said Thursday that Connecticut-based TicketNetwork, a subsidiary and two affiliated companies agreed to not use the names of theaters, stadiums or other entertainment venues.
The companies also agreed to not deceptively use pictures, logos or descriptions of venues.
A TicketNetwork spokesman says settling was the most appropriate action and avoids costly litigation.
The state accused TicketNetwork of falsely creating the impression that their online ticket sites were official websites for the venues or other entities authorized to sell tickets.
Connecticut man held in slaying of mother
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) - Police say a 22-year-old man is being held on a murder charge in the killing of his mother in Orange, Connecticut.
Police Chief Robert Gagne said Timothy Granata was arrested Thursday afternoon after the body of 58-year-old Claudia Granata was found at her home. The chief said police were called to the home on Wild Rose Drive at around 2:15 p.m. and found the young man nearby.
Granata is held on $2 million bond and is expected to appear in court on Friday. It is not known who is representing him.
Transit official arrested on impersonation charge
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A veteran state transportation official and manager of the massive Q Bridge construction project in New Haven has been arrested on a charge of impersonating a state official.
State Police say Brian Mercure was arrested on Thursday. He's accused of emailing a message to the Republican-American of Waterbury in which he "purported to be a state official." Police responded to a complaint last Dec. 4.
Police say the unidentified state official did not send or authorize the email. Police did not provide other details.
A state Transportation Department spokesman said Mercure, a 29-year employee, was placed on paid administrative leave.
Mercure did not immediately return a call to his house and it's not known if he's represented by a lawyer.
The 52-year-old Mercure is charged with criminal impersonation and was released on $2,500.00 bond.
PLANE IN SWAMP
Small plane in swamp, no serious injuries to pilot
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) - Danbury officials say a man escaped serious injury when his small plane went into a swamp after missing the runway at Danbury airport in Connecticut.
Danbury Fire Department spokesman Steven Rogers tells the Danbury News-Times the plane crashed near Foley's Pump Station on Miry Brooke Road.
The pilot was the only person aboard.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted a picture of the plane resting upright in shallow water. The mayor said in a tweet the pilot appeared to be all right.
Danbury fire and emergency medical services responded, along with a boat, at around 7:15 Thursday evening.
Boy dies after being hit by truck in Connecticut
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A boy has died after being struck by a truck while riding his bicycle in Suffield.
WFSB-TV reports that Francis Anthony Alamo was struck by a box truck as he was riding his bicycle with a group of children. It happened around 2:45 p.m. Thursday near the Suffield Middle School.
The boy, a seventh grade student, was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
Suffield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin says Francis was "a bright, creative young man" who "brought energy and enthusiasm" to his classes and activities.
The cause of the crash is being investigated. No charged have been filed against the truck driver.
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN-YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University
NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service.
He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East.
Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2013.
He was Democrat Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential campaign but was re-elected to the Senate as an independent in 2006.
Lieberman received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva in 1989 for his leadership in Jewish and civic affairs.
The position was established through a gift from Ira and Ingeborg Rennert. Ira Rennert is a billionaire junk bond investor.
WOMEN'S COMMISSION LEADER
Connecticut women's commission names new leader
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women has tapped a new executive director.
The organization announced Thursday that Carolyn Treiss (Trees) will oversee the 40-year-old organization, which was created by the General Assembly to advise lawmakers on matters affecting women.
Treiss has a background in public policy, social services and advocacy. A former board president of the Connecticut branch of the National Organization for Women, Treiss is the former director of the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice CT, the former chief of staff at the Office of Health Care Access and a former legislative program manager at the Department of Social Services.
She replaces Teresa C. Younger, who led the state agency for the past seven years until June, when she left to lead the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Whole Foods recalls items made with recalled fruit
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Whole Foods Market is recalling tarts and squares made with stone fruit that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The Rhode Island Department of Health on Thursday says the items were made in Whole Foods stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
They include tarts and squares made with peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. Wawona Packing recalled the fruit this week.
The items were sold between June 1 and July 21.
The grocery chain says it has pulled all the recalled fruit from its stores. It was labeled with a "Sweet 2 Eat" sticker.
Customers who purchased the items are advised to throw it away, and bring in their receipt to the store for a refund.
US Commerce chief to pump for Export-Import Bank
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - The U.S. Secretary of Commerce is joining a Connecticut business executive and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy to pump up support for a banking agency targeted for elimination by conservative Republicans.
Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is scheduled to join the Democratic senator and Lou Auletta, president and chief executive of Bauer Inc., a Bristol aviation equipment manufacturer, on a conference call Friday to discuss the Export-Import Bank.
Congressional Democrats want the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to schedule a vote before the bank's charter expires in September, allowing it to back new loans.
Conservative Republicans say the bank is a form of corporate welfare. Backers say it promotes trade and helps create jobs.
It provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to overseas buyers of U.S. goods.
The call is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.
Bicyclists gather in Southport for cancer ride
SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) - Close to 1,000 bicyclists are gathering in Salisbury for a 100-mile ride to help cancer survivors.
The CT Challenge ride begins in Lakeville on Friday and finishes in Westport. There also will be rides of between 10 and 100 miles on Saturday, all which start and finish at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.
Former Boston Red Sox and New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine is co-chairing the event along with 11-year-old Mya Oberstein, a cancer survivor.
It's the 10th anniversary of the ride, which has raised $10 million for cancer survivors.
The money raised goes to the Center for Survivorship in Southport, which provides support services such as nutrition classes and physical therepy for those who have overcome cancer.
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