2015 High School Essay Contest

Old lace and a new case – Meriden Record-Journal

Published: January 25, 2015 | Last Modified: January 25, 2015 01:01AM Is a person who was convicted of poisoning two people in the 1920s — who then spent the rest of her life in a state-run psychiatric hospital and has no known living relatives — still entitled to have her medical records kept private? That’s […]

Legislators Seek To Open Window On UConn Foundation – Hartford Courant

Megan Merrigan By Kathleen Megan contact the reporter Some legislators think the UConn Foundation should be more open to public scrutiny Five bills are pending this year seeking greater transparency for the UConn Foundation For years, attempts to require the University of Connecticut Foundation to be more open about how it raises and spends millions […]

Release Records Of Famous Killer – Hartford Courant

By Editorial contact the reporter State has no business hiding records of real-life “Arsenic and Old Lace” murderer Amy Archer Gilligan may have murdered dozens a century ago. What’s with the secrecy? It’s absurd for the state to hide the medical records of Amy Archer Gilligan, one of Connecticut’s most notorious murderers. Those killings happened […]

CFOG announces its 2015 High School Essay Contest

CONTACT: Mary Connolly cfogessay@aol.com Jan. 13, 2015 The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government announces its 2015 High School Essay Contest. Each year, high school students from across Connecticut compete for prizes that include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $300 for third place and numerous $50 honorable mention prizes. CFOG is a nonprofit […]

NEFAC Seeks Nominations for Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award – nefirstamendment.org

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award Nominations Deadline February 1, 2015 Nomination Forms Here The New England First Amendment Coalition is seeking nominations for the 2015 Antonia Orfield Citizenship Award. The award is given to an individual from one of the six New England states who has fought for information […]

A Transparency Advocate’s Legislative Wish List – The Hartford Currant

by Matthew Kauffman I recently obtained an internal email in which a lawyer for a public agency laid out the agency’s strategy for responding to a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. Step One was identifying the records the agency was willing to release. Step Two was identifying the records the agency […]

Middletown parents, school board balk at budget cost cuts – The Middletown Press News

The Middletown schools board met Tuesday evening at council chambers. Jane Mills — The Middletown Press By Jane Mills, The Middletown Press MIDDLETOWN >> Next year’s school budget dominated discussions at the education board meeting Tuesday night as board members and parents expressed frustration over the prospect of more belt-tightening after several years of economic […]

Supreme Court Hears ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Records Case – CTnow.com

  Perhaps one of the most unassuming serial killers of all time, she ran the Archer Home for Elderly and Indigent Persons in Windsor from 1907 to 1916. During this time 60 people died at the Archer Home, among them her first and second husbands. (Courant Archives) DAVE ALTIMARI 5:03 p.m. EST, January 14, 2015 […]

PETA wins suit for names of UConn researchers – WTNH

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Connecticut Health Center to disclose the names of researchers who were found to have violated federal guidelines for treating animals. New Britain Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman on Thursday granted an appeal from an animal advocacy group, which asked the court to reverse a […]

Our View: Government accountability starts with openness – The Bulletin

Posted Nov. 24, 2014 @ 2:01 am Prior to the election, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates running for state office to sign a pledge in support of open government. With little fanfare, and waiting to after the election, we learned last week that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the pledge on […]