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October 2012 Archives

Are energy drink makers concealing products' risks?

National trends indicate that people in New Haven and elsewhere are drinking less soda than they used to. In their place, energy drinks have become popular. Sales of these high-caffeine beverages jumped 17 percent last year as more people have come to rely on them to make it through the day. But some critics say that the companies behind these products are not being honest about the effects of consuming that much caffeine in light of five deaths that have occurred since 2004 which have been blamed on Monster Energy Drink.

Officer charged in high-speed fatal collision

A Hartford police officer has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a car accident that took the life of a 50-year-old man in July. Prosecutors say the officer was out of control as he was on his way to a crime scene, causing the collision.

Dog attack on elderly woman inspires tougher ordinance

More than six months after an 89-year-old woman was nearly killed when a pair of dogs mauled her in her front yard, the Waterbury Board of Alderman has tightened the city's ordinance regarding dog safety. From now on, an animal that is labeled a "nuisance dog" must be kept in a more secure yard and walked with a harness and leash. The idea is to reduce the chances of a similar dog bite incident happening in the future.

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