NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT-FUNERAL
Funerals held for 2 more NYC derailment victims
COLD SPRING, N.Y. (AP) - Two more funerals are being held for victims of the New York City train derailment.
Services were being held Friday for Jim Lovell in Cold Spring and Donna Smith in Newburgh. James Ferrari of Montrose was buried Thursday.
An Irish pipe solo was played at the funeral for Lovell, a sound and lighting expert. He was headed to work on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Sunday when the Metro-North Railroad train derailed.
Lovell's loved ones remembered him as a dedicated father, caring husband and loyal friend with a passion for his work.
Smith, a paralegal, was active in her church and civic groups. She was heading to hear her sister sing Handel's "Messiah" with a choral group.
Smith's family offered thanks to emergency responders and hospital staff for support in their time of need.
Lawsuit settled over 2007 Conn. van drowning
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The families of a woman and three children who drowned when a van rolled into a Bridgeport pond in 2007 have settled a lawsuit against the dealership that sold the van.
The van was parked at Beardsley Park on July 4, 2007, when it began rolling down a hill. Thirty-nine-year-old Michelle McIntosh ran after the van but couldn't stop it and drowned with the children inside. An investigation determined one of the children had shifted the transmission into drive.
An attorney for McIntosh's family, William Bloss, tells the Connecticut Post that all sides agreed to keep terms of the settlement with the Loman Auto Group of Woodbridge, N.J., confidential.
Bloss said McIntosh's 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager was sold without a device to prevent the transmission from being shifted into drive without the brake being depressed.
Conn. postal worker charged with voyeurism
AVON, Conn. (AP) - A post office clerk in Avon has been charged with secretly using a cellphone to record a co-worker.
Forty-two-year-old Craig D'Angelo was arrested Friday and charged with voyeurism.
Avon police say a U.S. Postal Service agent contacted them on Oct. 22 over a complaint about possible voyeurism inside the post office. Avon police said a search of D'Angelo's cellphone and personal computer did not turn up evidence of any other victims.
D'Angelo was released on $2,500 bond.
It was not immediately clear whether D'Angelo has an attorney and a phone number listed for him was not answered.
PRATT & WHITNEY-MACHINISTS
Union, Pratt & Whitney in final days of pact talks
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Job security remains a top issue for the Pratt & Whitney machinists union as it heads into the final days of contract negotiations with management.
The union says on its website it's not close to recommending a contract to members. A vote is scheduled for Sunday.
The machinists said the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. intends to cut 190 jobs. About 3,000 workers are covered by the contract.
A spokesman said Pratt & Whitney will not comment on bargaining.
Pratt & Whitney's military program is vulnerable to Pentagon cuts, but engine orders are expected to pick up with an increase in joint strike fighter production.
Manufacturing jobs have been an issue for years as companies squeeze out productivity from fewer workers and use cost-cutting to boost profit.
Unilever to pay $4.5M for water act violations
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Unilever has agreed to pay $4.5 million after pleading guilty to two felony environmental violations at its former health and beauty products manufacturing plant in Clinton.
The U.S. Attorney's office says Unilever Home and Personal Care USA pleaded guilty Thursday to violations of the Clean Water Act. Authorities say the charges stem from Unilever's December 2008 illegal discharge of industrial wastewater and the company's failure to report the discharge in a timely manner.
As part of its plea agreement, Unilever agreed to pay a $1 million fine and intends to contribute $3.5 million to state and local environmental programs.
Unilever says it's not aware of any evidence that any release resulted in harm to fish, other wildlife or drinking water.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 3.
Conn. flags lowered for Mandela, Pearl Harbor
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's governor has directed flags to fly at half-staff in recognition of both the death of Nelson Mandela and the lives lost in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Flags are flying at half-staff through Monday in Mandela's honor.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says that flags will also remain at half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 7, in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Malloy said Friday that the day is an opportunity to honor the actions of those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor and the battles that followed during World War II.
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