The Newtown Police officer who hasn't returned to work since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder is asking lawmakers to expand Connecticut's worker's compensation law to cover the condition.
Thomas Bean said Tuesday he's experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts since responding to the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting and cannot return to work in law enforcement.
Bean is currently receiving about half his pay through Newtown's long-term disability insurance plan. That policy is due to end in June 2015.
The panel overseeing the state's casino law is exploring the potential impacts should Internet gambling come to Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a daylong forum Tuesday on Internet gambling, which is currently legal in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby suggested that the Legislature not make any decisions on the legalization of online gambling until the panel completes the process of awarding casino licenses in Massachusetts.
The New York state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents Tuesday, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board. The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates to demonstrate their displeasure with the state’s implementation of the new Common Core.
New Yorker staff writer and best-selling author Elizabeth Kolbert offers a startling look at the mass extinction currently unfolding before us in her new book – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.
Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions – we’ll learn more about the sixth with Elizabeth Kolbert.