Back to school suggestion: Pulse Smartpen

August 18, 2009
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Back to school suggestion: Pulse Smartpen

If your son or daughter is going into high school, college or graduate school there is one present I can recommend without any hesitation: the digital Pulse Smartpen by Livescribe — $150 to $200 depending on the size of the memory. Using special paper, the Pulse pen takes digital images of what you write and...

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Courant trying to salvage reputation by publishing Sleepy's investigation column

August 18, 2009
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Embarrassed by public disclosure that Courant management – for the first time in its history – is holding up a story of a state investigation into one of its prime advertisers, the nation’s oldest newspaper is now scrambling to get it into print. The column was written by me last month, was scheduled to...

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Courant Editor Hazell fabricates conversations, claims to be at meeting she wasn't, sends out emails giving instructions on how key advertisers are to be treated different

August 18, 2009
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I have no idea what is going on with Courant editor Naedine Hazell – who not long ago was a well respected journalist by many of the staff at the oldest continuosly published newspaper in the country. But when she makes up conversations that didn’t happen, pretends that conversations that did happen did not,...

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Courant Publisher Graziano and Editor Hazell have good reason not to debate the Watchdog in public

August 17, 2009
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Today was the first time I had the honor to appear on “Where We Live,” WNPR’s daily news-talk show, where we had nearly an hour to discuss in-depth many of the issues involved in my firing by  The Courant and what that means for the public, who as far as I am concerned was the...

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Courant Spin on Watchdog departure

August 17, 2009
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From: Hazell, Naedine Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 12:37 To: Courant News Staff Subject: Staff update

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New Britain Herald Editor backs CtWatchdog (of course he is a friend)

August 17, 2009
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Story: JAMES H. SMITH: One fewer, Courant staffers soldier on George Gombossy, who spent his entire, sterling 40-year career at The Hartford Courant, went out swinging 10 days ago. The New York Times wrote about his exit this way: “. . . was it because he would not stop unfavorable articles about advertisers, or...

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Courant finally publishes short story on Sleepy's, but leaves out damaging facts about its key advertiser

August 17, 2009
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After getting egg all over their faces, the management of The Courant scrambled Monday to get something in the paper about Sleepy’s so they could prove they weren’t protecting one of their biggest advertisers. In their rush to print, you will notice several things that were in my column that I had posted on...

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AP story on Watchdog firing

August 16, 2009
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PATRICK SANDERS Associated Press Writer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Less than a year after Tribune Co. launched an innovative plan to combine the newsrooms of The Hartford Courant and a local TV station, a columnist is alleging that the new management forced him out because he wrote unflattering news about a Courant advertiser. George...

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NYTimes: Watchdog fired by Courant

August 16, 2009
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August 18, 2009 Losing Job, Consumer Columnist Cries Foul By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD The Hartford Courant and its former consumer columnist, George Gombossy, agree on one thing: that Mr. Gombossy was laid off this month. But was it because he would not stop unfavorable articles about advertisers, or because his job was simply eliminated? The...

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