VINTAGE RAIL CAR
Vintage Vt. rail car making its way to museum
NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A restored Vermont railcar that dates back to 1891 has started its journey to a new home at the Railroad Museum of New England in Connecticut.
The Rutland 260 is one of two surviving cars from the Rutland Railroad, which ceased operation in 1963. The 60-foot-long rail car was donated to the museum by the Vermont Railway. It still has its bench seats, paneling and a woodstove.
The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/Jea059) it was built as a passenger car, and was retrofitted in 1920 to be a "combine," a car that has space for passenger seating and freight. The Rutland Railroad's primary cargo was milk, which was transported from Vermont creameries to Troy, N.Y., before heading to New York City.
Bristol vows strict code enforcement after threat
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Bristol officials say they are undeterred in enforcing property code banning blight after an out-of-town landlord was arrested on charges of threatening to blow up City Hall in a dispute over grass that was not mowed.
The Bristol Press reports (http://bit.ly/1dpuRLA) that police say Robert D'Aprile was arrested at his Stamford home and charged with threatening and breach of peace. Authorities say D'Aprile suggested he'd blow up city hall with a bomb.
D'Aprile's lawyer says his client was frustrated and had no intention of hurting anyone.
Chief Building Official Guy Morin says Bristol has zero tolerance for lack of property maintenance.
He says the dispute was tied to a $1,600 bill from the city to D'Aprile for cutting the grass and removing debris after the landlord failed to do so.
BUSH ATTORNEY-ATTEMPTED MURDER
Judge: Ex-husband 'culpable' for beating injuries
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Stamford judge has approved a request by the ex-wife of a former Bush administration lawyer finding him culpable for beating injuries she accuses him of inflicting on her.
The Advocate of Stamford reports (http://bit.ly/1govbPt ) that Superior Court Judge Robert L. Genuario granted a motion Tuesday for Mary Margaret Farren after her former husband, Michael Farren, failed to appear at his civil damages trial.
Farren says he is in a Hartford-area hospital and was unable to appear in court.
He's being sued as a result of injuries his ex-wife says resulted from a beating Jan. 6, 2010.
Farren, a White House lawyer for President George W. Bush and general counsel for Xerox Corp., has been charged with attempted murder, assault and risk of injury to a child. He's pleaded not guilty.
Blood contamination claims at center of lawsuit
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A former employee has testified in a lawsuit against Greenwich Hospital that she was pressured to resign after she discovered contaminated blood vials.
The Connecticut Post reports (http://bit.ly/JdR4Du ) that Isabel Modaffari told a state Superior Court jury on Tuesday that Greenwich Hospital forced her to quit in January 2012 after she talked to the FBI about contaminated vials she said that she discovered.
The 44-year-old Bridgeport woman says her supervisors yelled at her constantly to the point where she couldn't take it anymore.
Modaffari was a phlebotomist, someone who collects blood samples.
The hospital's lawyer, David Poppick, characterized Modaffari as a disgruntled worker who had poor performance reports and didn't easily adapt to new technology.
He said no problems were found after investigations by the FBI and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Labor strife delays hospital's annual meeting
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - Lawrence + Memorial Hospital has postponed its annual meeting due to a labor dispute with nurses and technicians.
The Day of New London reports (http://bit.ly/1gZ1WjU ) that board Chairman Ulysses Hammond said Tuesday that the meeting will not be scheduled until employees return to work. The meeting had been set for Thursday.
The hospital's 800 unionized nurses and technicians went on a four-day strike Nov. 27 and were locked out by the hospital when they tried to return. The hospital says the lockout will continue until a new contract is in place because of a union threat of intermittent strikes.
The union, AFT Connecticut, denies making such a threat.
L+M has been staffed by 150 to 250 replacement nurses and technicians.
As of Tuesday, no new negotiation sessions were scheduled.
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