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Looking for a summer job? McD’s holding a hiring blitz on April 19

April 17, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

10023341 Roadsign.epsIf you’re a high school student, college student or retired person looking for a part-time job… if you’re at all interested in getting a job working for McDonald’s, be prepared to show up bright and early on Tuesday, April 19 and get in line.

Or submit your application online, now.

That’s because McDonald’s is planning to do all of its spring-summer hiring on that one day.

In all, according to a press release issued by the corporation, it plans to hire up to 50,000 new workers throughout the United States on April 19.

The hirings are expected to bring McDonald’s workforce up to 700,000 – a 7.7 percent increase over current levels.

In Connecticut, McDonald’s and its franchisees expect to hire more than 1,300 new crew workers and managers on April 19, according to a local spokesperson for McDonald’s, Charlene Durham.

Durham said the new positions will include a combination of both seasonal and “sustaining full-time and part-time positions” based on each restaurant’s specific needs.

If you’re interested in a job, you’ll want to visit a participating local McDonald’s (you can call ahead to find out if your local franchise is participating) or you can apply online at http://www.McDonalds.com/Careers

Want to find out if working at McDonald’s is for you? One way is to read the stories posted on McDonald’s Website under “While I Love My McJob,” also at http://www.McDonalds.com/Careers

Posted April 17, 2011

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FBI cracks international 'bot' network that has infected more than 2 million computers

April 13, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

Robot wallpaper image from blingcheese.com

Today, the Department of Justice and FBI announced it has cracked a network of hackers who have infected more than 2 million computers with a malicious “bot” program that hijacks sensitive personal and financial data from computers.

Known as a “bot” network – because the malware can be controlled remotely like a robot – it infects computers with a software program known as Coreflood, which installs itself by exploiting a vulnerability in computers running Windows operating systems.

The press release issued today by the FBI calls this sting “the most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever taken by U.S authorities to disable an international botnet.”

Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch Shawn Henry said, “These actions to mitigate the threat posed by the Coreflood botnet are the first of their kind in the United States and reflect our commitment to being creative and proactive in making the Internet more secure.”

Besides infecting personal computers, the network had accessed corporate and business computer networks and used information they contain to steal funds.

According to information contained in court filings, the group of all computers infected with Coreflood – known as the Coreflood botnet – is believed to have been operating for nearly a decade and to have infected approximately 2,336,542 computers around the world (About 1,853,005 are in the U.S.).

According to court documents, examples of illegal fund transfers allegedly conducted via Coreflood botnet include:

  • $115,771 from a real estate company in Michigan,
  • $78,421 from a law firm in South Carolina,
  • $151,201 from an investment company in North Carolina,
  • $934,528 in wire transfers that were attempted to be taken from a defense contractor in Tennessee, but was successful in stealing about $241,866.

Connecticut’s complaint filed against 13 “John Does” states, “The full extent of the financial loss caused by the Coreflood Botnet is not known, due in part to the large number of infected computers and the quantity of stolen data.”

In Connecticut

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut has filed a civil complaint against 13 “John Doe” defendants that accuses them of engaging in wire fraud, bank fraud and illegal interception of electronic communications.

Search warrants also were obtained for computer servers throughout the country, and a seizure warrant was obtained in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut for 29 domain names. (Click here for a PDF version of the warrant.)

“The seizure of the Coreflood servers and Internet domain names is expected to prevent criminals from using Coreflood or computers infected by Coreflood for their nefarious purposes,” said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein for the District of Connecticut. “I want to commend our industry partners for their collaboration with law enforcement to achieve this great result.”

Assistance was provided by Microsoft, the Internet Systems Consortium and other private industry partners, the release states.

Government will monitor infected computers

The government now has a temporary restraining order that authorizes it to respond to signals sent from infected computers in the United States, in order to stop the Coreflood software from running.

The Coreflood malware on a victim’s computer is programmed to request directions and commands from C & C [command-and-control] servers on a routine basis. A single C&C server can control millions of bots.

New versions of the malware are introduced using the C & C servers in an effort to stay ahead of security software and other virus protection updates.

If the C & C servers do not respond, the existing Coreflood malware continues to run on the victim’s computer, collecting personal and financial information.

The temporary restraining order authorizes the government to respond to these requests from infected computers in the United States using substitute servers with a command that temporarily stops the malware from running on the infected computer.

During that time, the hackers behind Coreflood will not be able to introduce different versions of the Coreflood malware onto the infected computers.

This will give computer security providers time to update their virus signatures and malicious software removal tools so their customers can use them to remove the Coreflood malware, the release states.

Is your computer infected?

The press release also states that, “The Department of Justice and FBI, working with Internet service providers around the country, are committed to identifying and notifying as many innocent victims as possible who have been infected with Coreflood, in order to avoid or minimize future fraud losses and identity theft resulting from Coreflood.”

If you are among those who are contacted, “at no time will law enforcement authorities access any information that may be stored on an infected computer.”

The FBI also stresses that this crackdown does not mean that Coreflood malware or similar forms of malware have been removed from the Internet entirely.

“Nor does it mean that criminals will not attempt to build another botnet using a different version of the Coreflood malware or other malware,” the release states. “The best defense against such malware, and botnets in general, is for users to ensure their computers are protected by regularly-updated anti-virus security software.”

The crackdown is the result of an ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI’s New Haven CT Division, in coordination with the U.S. Marshals Service.

The matter is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang, and attorneys from the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

The targeted domain names

Besides the U.S. (many in Virginia and Washington), the hackers targeted by the FBI sting also originate from Australia, Canada, Germany, India and the UK.

They also employ misleading terms such as “spamblocker,” “taxadvice, “wiki,” “wellness,” “flu.medicalcare” “ticket,” “onlinebooking,” “licensevalidate,” “gamer,” “logon,” “unreadmsg,” “mediastream” and “google” in their domain names.

Some of the domain names (and their tertiary domain names) include:

SINKHOLE-00.SHADOWSERVER.ORG; adv-webhost.com; node1.adv-webhost.com; alex.adv-webhost.com; antrexhost.com; ads.antrexhost.com; cafe.antrexhost.com; coffeeshop.antrexhost.com; marker.antrexhost.com; old.antrexhost.com; spamblocker.antrexhost.com; bonuspages.net;

And… carl.bonuspages.net; diplodoger.com; ns1.diplodoger.com; ehostville.com; taxadvice.ehostville.com; fishbonetree.biz; brew.fishbonetree.biz; googlestat.net; hostfarmville.net; inews.hostfarmville.net; hostfields.net; wiki.hostfields.net; wellness.hostfields.net; hostnetline.com; ticket.hostnetline.com; joy4host.com; just-twin.com; celsius.just-twin.com; licensevalidate.net; acdsee.licensevalidate.net; savupdate.licensevalidate.net; medicalcarenews.org; flu.medicalcarenews.org; medinnovation.org; vaccina.medinnovation.org; nebuladay.net; gamer.nebuladay.net;

And… nethostplus.net; accounts.nethostplus.net; imap.nethostplus.net; logon.nethostplus.net; mediastream.nethostplus.net; onlinebooking.nethostplus.net; pop3.nethostplus.net; schedules.nethostplus.net; taxfree.nethostplus.net; netwebplus.net; ipadnews.netwebplus.net;

And… penlist.net; butik2000.penlist.net; realgoday.net; dru.realgoday.net; stafilocox.net; exchange.stafilocox.net; unreadmsg.net; jane.unreadmsg.net; vip-studions.net; a-gps.vip-studions.net; and virtukon.com; kelvin.virtukon.com.

What you should do

Make sure you have virus and malware protection, make sure it’s up to date (usually there are daily updates), keep the program running and schedule a daily full scan.

To learn more about what you can do to protect your computer, including how to download and receive updates on security issues, visit these sites operated by U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and the Federal Trade Commission: us-cert.gov/nav/nt01 and onguardonline.gov/topics/malware.aspx

Posted April 13, 2011

Protect yourself from price gouging from contractors hired to clear your roof

February 8, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments
When it comes to cleaning off accumulated snow, some roofs will require more work than others, but homeowners should be cautious and get a written estimate of costs from the contractor. Courtesy photo.

When it comes to cleaning off accumulated snow, some roofs will require more work than others, but homeowners should be cautious and get a written estimate of costs from the contractor. Courtesy photo.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued a warning that homeowners take some precautions when hiring a contractor to clear their roofs of snow and ice.

The warning comes on the heels of several reports of roofs collapsing, mainly on commercial buildings, but also including some homes and barns.

Gov. Malloy suggests residents

  • contact the Department of Consumer Protection for information about contractors and
  • get a written estimate for services.

There have been reports of some contractors asking for upwards of $2,000 for their services, which suggests they are taking advantage of homeowners’ fears and the high demand for these services.

“We are getting reports of possible price gouging by contractors offering roof snow removal. The best advice is, if possible, to get a price from more than one contractor, and always have the contractor put the price in writing,” Gov. Malloy said.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr. echoed the governor’s advice.

“This isn’t a perfect situation – rooftops need to be cleared quickly – so a traditional contract between the homeowner and the contractor may not be possible. Even so, get out a sheet of paper and write out what the contractor has told you verbally he is going to do – ‘remove all snow and ice from rooftop for one hundred dollars’ for instance – and have the contractor sign the piece of paper,” Farrell urged.

“You don’t want the price to start fluctuating once the contractor is on the roof,” Farrell said.

Depending upon the nature of the roof, the homeowner should also specify in writing whether it is only the roof that is to be cleared, or whether ice needs to be removed from gutters as well.

Gov. Malloy said, “As we get more mixed precipitation and melting, those gutters have to be functioning or water could flow into homes and cause damage, so while workers are on the roof, this should be done as well.”

Price-gouging investigation

Farrell also cautioned Connecticut contractors that reports of price gouging will be investigated and pursued. “The sky is not the limit on the price that can be charged for roof snow removal,” he said.

“There has to be a reasonable basis between the size of the roof, the time involved in removing the snow, and a comparable ascertainable hourly rate – such as that for home improvement work – that would normally be charged for similar work under normal circumstances. Every situation will be different, but the test of whether price gouging occurred will be whether the contractor can justify the price using an objective standard.”

Gov. Malloy added that insurance coverage is another essential part of hiring a contractor.

“There have been instances of contractors falling off of roofs while doing snow removal – make sure your contractor is insured to do that work, before the work starts and someone gets hurt,” he said.

Another note of caution – anyone removing snow from a roof, whether homeowner or contractor, should be extremely careful of any kind of above-ground wiring and keep all tools away from power lines.

You can reach the Department of Consumer Protection hotline with this toll-free number weekdays during business hours: 1-800-842-2649.

Posted Feb. 8, 2011

Business owner grateful to escape safely when roof collapsed

February 2, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

The top floor of this building at 505 Main St. in Middletown, CT collapsed the morning of Feb. 2, 2011. Courtesy photo

The three story brick building at 505 Main St. in Middletown that collapsed under the weight of successive snow and ice storms was home to Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC, a certified public accounting firm. It is owned by two partners of the firm, Mike DiPiro and Mike Sokolowski.

Two members of the firm were in the 120-year-old, flat-roofed building at the time of the collapse which was at about 10:30 a.m.

Both escaped without injuries. “Everyone is okay,” Dipiro said.

“We would like to assure our clients that all systems are backed up and that no data has been lost. All of our files are intact and the computers were not damaged,” he added.

The computers were housed in the building’s basement.

Dipiro told news reporters that he heard a cracking sound and he shouted “Run, Chris,” as he and his co-worker escaped from the building.

Shortly after that, the third floor of the building collapsed, sending bricks flying below and across Main Street in what witnesses said sounded like an explosion.

Acting Fire Marshal Al Santostefano told The Associated Press the entire third floor of the building was destroyed.

Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas were called to the scene to shut off power and gas.

Main Street (Route 66) was closed from Washington Street to Liberty Street while emergency crews checked nearby buildings. An apartment building was evacuated when cracks in that structure were discovered.

The New Haven Advocate reports that 100 people were evacuated from a three-block section of Main Street at about 12:30 p.m. and were given temporary shelter at the Middletown High School.

The building’s collapse – and closing Main Street – meant businesses were closed in that area today, but Dipiro said his company at least has a “disaster recovery plan.”

That plan is to relocate to new offices in downtown Middletown within the next week and the company “will resume business as usual as quickly as possible,” he said.

“Thankfully, this was not a tragedy,” said Dipiro. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the Middletown Fire Department and business community.”

Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC was founded in 1972.

Posted Feb. 2, 2011

Related link:

NECN video http://www.necn.com/02/02/11/Roofs-are-collapsing-across-Connecticut-/landing_weather.html?blockID=402700&feedID=4211

Recall issued for organic and other salad mixes sold at Stop and Shop, other local stores

January 29, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments
Olivias Organics is one of the salad products under the State Garden recall for mixes produced Jan. 4, 2011.

Olivia's Organics is one of the salad products under the State Garden recall for mixes produced Jan. 4, 2011.

State Garden based in Chelsea, MA is conducting a voluntary recall of all salad products produced at its plant on Jan. 4, 2011 due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

No Listeria illnesses have currently been linked to any State Garden product.

Salad products and blends under this recall were distributed to retail stores on the East Coast under various sizes and packaged under the brand names: Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Natures Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia’s Organics, Signature and Wegmans.

See http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm241088.htm for the specific salad product, size, package type and UPC codes – and look for these “trace back” code numbers (45693 and 45703), which are typically found on the upper right corner of labels and bags.

The “best if used by” date will be no later than Jan. 15, 2011 for either trace back code.

The company was notified by the Rhode Island Department of Health that a sample of Northeast Spring Mix Salad at a retail store in Rhode Island tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers who have purchased this product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-888-841-6191 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 .pm. (EST) Monday through Friday.

The company says the recall is a precautionary measure and it is working with the FDA and the Massachusetts Department of Health.

Posted Jan. 29, 2011

Atty. Gen. Jepsen says CT interests need protecting in NU merger with Boston company

January 24, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

PLUG IN SOCKET - ELECTRICITYAttorney General George Jepsen Monday (Jan. 24) called on state utility regulators to exercise their “clear authority” to review the proposed merger of Northeast Utilities with Boston-based NSTAR, to ensure that Connecticut utility customers are protected.

“This merger has enormous potential ramifications in Connecticut. It is important that any impact on consumers be considered and weighed and any necessary conditions to protect them be imposed before this merger goes through,” Jepsen said.

In October, NU and NSTAR, a gas-electric utility, announced a stock-for-stock merger that would result in a $17.5 billion corporation called Northeast Utilities.

It would have headquarters in Boston and Hartford and would be one of the nation’s largest utilities.

In written exceptions filed Monday, Jepsen urged the state Department of Public Utility Control to reconsider its draft decision of Jan. 19, in which the department said it had no authority to review the merger because there was no clear change in corporate control.

Jepsen disagreed. “The NU that will exist, if the merger is consummated as proposed, is a vastly different corporate entity from the NU that currently operates in the state of Connecticut,” he wrote. “The only thing remaining constant after this merger will be the name of the surviving entity – NU.”

Jepsen noted that as proposed, after the merger, “NU will be lead by an NSTAR executive from an out-of-state headquarters and overseen by boards of directors and trustees that have as many NSTAR-controlled seats as they do NU seats. Moreover, 44 percent of the stock in the post-merger NU will be held by NSTAR investors.”

Jepsen said the proposed management changes were significant enough to require the department’s review.

“These changes are fundamental and indicate that a new entity will have the power to exercise control over Connecticut public service companies CL&P and Yankee Gas,” he said.

Assistant Attorneys General Michael C. Wertheimer and John S. Wright are representing Jepsen before the DPUC.

Posted Jan. 24, 2011

Connecticut highway tolls could raise $600 million annually

January 22, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

The proposed locations for a new highway toll system - one that wouldn't necessarily require toll booths, or human beings to staff them. Connecticut Office of Policy and Management map, January 2011

It’s time to bring back highway tolls at Connecticut’s borders, says Rep. Anthony Guerrera, D-29 (Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield), who chairs the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.

No one has had to pay at a toll booth in Connecticut since 1986.

Once the tolls were closed, partly because of safety issues, the state became heavily dependent on federal funds for transportation projects.

In a recent published statement, Rep. Guerrera says, “You put up border tolls for $5 a trip, you’re talking $600 million a year in revenue. That’s $18 billion over 30 years. You can’t argue with that.”

The proposal also calls for earmarking these funds for repairing highways and bridges and other transportation incentives, and not putting them into the general budget.

“We know we have more than $3 billion in infrastructure needs in this state, just to repair what we have,” Rep. Guerrera says.

“We know that raising the gas tax won’t do it — cars are getting more mileage, we’re hearing gas could cost $5 by next year, people are driving less. So that’s not going to work. The federal government doesn’t have the money. They’ve said they can’t keep up with all the work that America’s infrastructure needs. Tolls are a way to bring in $600 million a year for 30 years,” he argues.

Some of the transportation projects the tolls could help pay for include improving traffic flow on I-95, and expanding mass transit.

A bill is expected to be introduced to the Transportation Committee within the next couple of months.

A similar bill was introduced last March. At that time, Rep. Guerrera said that he wanted to see the gas tax cut in half if border tolls are installed.

Opponents to the proposal argued that the tolls would create an unfair financial burden for people living in towns along the border near the proposed toll locations.

Rep. Guerrera suggested that these residents, particularly if they cross the state line on a regular basis – i.e. to go to work – could be given a tax credit.

The tolls would be on interstates including I-95, I-91, I-84 and I-395 and the Merritt Parkway and Route 6 into Rhode Island.

Others who object to bringing back highway tolls, including the Department of Transportation, worry that Connecticut could lose federal highway money because of certain federal regulations.

In 2005, federal legislation was enacted known as SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act) that provided a number of waivers regarding toll roads and other projects that met certain requirements. However, that bill expired Sept. 30, 2009. In March 2010, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which extended the SAFETEA-LU only until the end of 2010.

Another concern about bringing back tolls is that local roads could become congested as drivers take alternate routes to avoid the tolls. A driver might, for example, read the “last exit before toll” sign and follow signs back to the highway past the toll.

State Rep. Anthony Guerrera, who chairs the Transportation Committee, is renewing his efforts to bring back highway tolls in Connecticut. Courtesy photo.

The proposal would not bring back the original toll booth system. In fact, there might not be any booths at all.

The plan calls for tolls to be paid electronically with an EZPass scanned by a device instead of paying cash.

Or for those who infrequently drive through these gateways, a high-tech camera system would be used that would photograph license plates and send a monthly bill to the registered owner, an idea based on a system used in Toronto.

Rep. Guerrera has even suggested that new cars come equipped with a device – a “fast lane transponder” – that would trigger when passing a toll, same as the EZPass. This electronic data would be used to bill the driver.

The talk of tolls is not a new topic. Legislators, and then-Gov. John Rowland, were debating the pro’s and con’s in 2003.

A New York Times story from April 27, 2003 (“Paying the toll may become part of the ride again”) discusses “new” technology that would allow drivers to maintain highway speeds while passing under devices hung from overhead stanchions.

This story also notes that while the Toronto system was collecting $250 million Canadian dollars a year in 2003, they also got stuck with about a half million accounts that owed $2 each.

Posted Jan. 22, 2011

Related links:

Sunlight Foundation, “Disappearmarks: Millions in SAFETEA-LU Transit Earmarks are Unspent,” June 22, 2010 http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2010/disappearmarks-millions-safetea-lu-transit-earmarks-are-unspent/

Connecticut Mirror, “Tolls on the table again,” March 12, 2010 http://www.ctmirror.org/story/5150/tolls-table-again

Connecticut Roads – a history of I-95, http://www.kurumi.com/roads/ct/i95.html

The preservation of a Merritt Parkway Toll Booth Plaza http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=25903

Insurance Journal, “Toll plazas present serious highway dangers, feds warn,” April 20, 2006 http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2006/04/20/67441.htm

FBI announces takedown of heads of NY Mafia’s Five Families

January 21, 2011 Areawide, Business No Comments

Today’s operation began before dawn. About 500 FBI personnel, along with about 200 local, state, and other federal law enforcement officers, took part. Here, an FBI agents search a house for a suspect in Brooklyn, NY. FBI photo.

Today’s operation began before dawn. About 500 FBI personnel, along with about 200 local, state, and other federal law enforcement officers, took part. Here, an FBI agents search a house for a suspect in Brooklyn, NY. FBI photo.

Editor’s Note: No, it’s not a new episode of The Sopranos, or the series made into a movie, this is the real thing, a round up of the “Bosses”and other head honchos of New York’s infamous “Five Families,” announced in a press release from the FBI sent to HTNP.com today (Jan. 20, 2011). While I normally post stories that are more local, this certainly is an interesting news item.

Early this morning (Jan. 20) FBI agents and partner law enforcement officers began arresting nearly 130 members of the Mafia in New York City and other East Coast cities who are charged in the largest nationally coordinated, organized crime takedown in the FBI’s history.

Members of New York’s infamous Five Families – the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese, and Luchese crime organizations – were rounded up, along with members of the New Jersery-based DeCavalcante family and New England Mafia to face charges including murder, drug trafficking, arson, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering, labor racketeering, and extortion.

In one case involving the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the alleged extortion has been going on for years.

More than 30 of the subjects indicted were “made” members of the Mafia (see graphic), including several high-ranking family members.

The arrests, predominantly in New York, are expected to seriously disrupt some of the crime families’ operations.

Janice Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in charge of the New York FBI announces the big bust. FBI photo Jan. 20, 2011

Janice Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in charge of the New York FBI announces the big bust. FBI photo Jan. 20, 2011

“The notion that today’s mob families are more genteel and less violent than in the past is put to lie by the charges contained in the indictments unsealed today,” said the Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, Janice Fedarcyk.

“Even more of a myth is the notion that the mob is a thing of the past; that La Cosa Nostra is a shadow of its former self,” Fedarcyk said.

The Mafia [which the FBi also abbreviates as LCN, for La Cosa Nostra] – may have taken on a diminished criminal role in some areas of the country, but in New York, the Five Families are still “extremely strong and viable,” said Assistant Special Agent in charge Dave Shafer, who supervises FBI organized-crime investigations in New York.

Today’s operation began before dawn.

About 500 FBI personnel, along with about 200 local, state, and other federal law enforcement officers, took part, including key agencies such as the New York Police Department and the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General.

By 11 a.m., more than 110 of the 127 subjects charged had been taken into custody.

The idea for a nationally coordinated LCN takedown originated at the Department of Justice last summer, said Shafer, a veteran organized crime investigator. “We have done big LCN takedowns before, but never one this big.”

Among those charged:

  • Luigi Manocchio, 83, the former boss of the New England LCN;
  • Andrew Russo, 76, street boss of the Colombo family;
  • Benjamin Castellazzo, 73, acting underboss of the Colombo family;
  • Richard Fusco, 74, consigliere of the Colombo family;
  • Joseph Corozzo, 69, consigliere of the Gambino family; and
  • Bartolomeo Vernace, 61, a member of the Gambino family administration.

The LCN operates in many U.S. cities and routinely engages in threats and violence to extort victims, eliminate rivals, and obstruct justice.

In the union case involving the ILA, court documents allege that the Genovese family has engaged in a multi-decade conspiracy to influence and control the unions and businesses on the New York-area piers.

“If there’s money to be made,” said Diego Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New York criminal division, “LCN will do it.”

He noted that today’s Mafia has adapted to the times. “They are still involved in gambling and loan sharking, for example, but in the old days the local shoemaker took the betting slips. Now it’s offshore online gambling and money laundering.”

“If you investigate LCN in New York,” Rodriguez added, “it’s a target-rich environment.”

Posted Jan. 20, 2011

Related link:NPR, “More Than 120 Busted In Northeast Mafia Crackdown”


Mafia Family Tree. Graphic provided by the FBI Jan 20 2011

Mafia Family Tree. Graphic provided by the FBI Jan 20 2011

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Connecticut Water refutes criticisms of UConn water plan

Connecticut Water Eric Thornburg from Town Talk

Connecticut Water is well positioned to provide the water necessary to meet the needs identified for the University and the community over the 50 year planning horizon. The EIE considered the projected demands for the University’s Tech Park and the Next Generation initiative, as well as the Town of Mansfield’s plans for redevelopment of the Four Corners, the proposed managed care facility, and other potential development in the community consistent with their local plans.

Future of local water supply is topic of public forum July 29

water - drinking water - water faucet

Questions about water sources, usage and quality have come into focus recently in light of the Storrs Center development, UConn’s plans to bring in water to support a new Tech Park and the concurrent needs of the towns in this region, particularly in terms of their own development plans.

Coventry Farmers Market invites you to a ‘wellness’ swap

SWAPPERS logo Coventry Farmers Market 2013

As always, anything handmade, handcrafted or homegrown is swappable. But remember – you must sign up and bring something to get something in return!

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