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1 CON­SPIR­ACY TALK- SHOW HOST MUST RE­LEASE RECORDS

A con­spir­acy ex­trem­ist be­ing sued for defama­tion by Sandy Hook fam­i­lies was or­dered by a judge on Fri­day to turn over mar­ket­ing and busi­ness records from his In­fowars in­ter­net pro­gram.

Alex Jones, the Tex­as­based talk- show host, was sued in May by an FBI agent and seven fam­i­lies who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook mas­sacre, claim­ing he “de­vel­oped, am­pli­fied and per­pet­u­ated claims that the Sandy Hook mas­sacre was staged and that the 26 fam­i­lies who lost loves ones that day are paid ac­tors who faked their rel­a­tives’ deaths.”

On Fri­day, an at­tor­ney for the fam­i­lies called Jones a con­spir­acy prof­i­teer.

“From the be­gin­ning we have al­leged that Alex Jones and his fi­nan­cial net­work traf­ficked in lies and hate in or­der to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook fam­i­lies,” said at­tor­ney Chris Mat­tei . “That is what we in­tend to prove, and to­day’s rul­ing ad­vances our ef­fort.”

The fam­i­lies’ law­suit against Jones is sep­a­rate from a sim­i­lar defama­tion claim filed in April by three other par­ents of chil­dren who died in the Sandy Hook mas­sacre.

Jones did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call for com­ment on Fri­day to his pro­duc­tion stu­dio in Austin.

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STATEWIDE 1 STILL TIME TO EN­ROLL IN HEALTH CARE PLAN

With the clock tick­ing, Ac­cess Health CT’s lat­est sta­tis­tics show they are clos­ing in on last year’s num­bers.

As of Fri­day af­ter­noon there are now 109,126 Con­necti­cut res­i­dents en­rolled in in­sur­ance plans through the ex­change. The dead­line for en­rolling was ex­tended to Jan. 15.

Last year 114,000 Con­necti­cut res­i­dents en­rolled in plans sold on the ex­change.

The dead­line for Con­necti­cut res­i­dents to en­roll was orig­i­nally Dec. 15, but it was ex­tended. Cov­er­age starts Feb. 1 for any­one who en­rolled in a plan af­ter Dec. 15.

On Fri­day, U. S. Sen. Chris Mur­phy was in Hart­ford where he was en­cour­ag­ing those who haven’t signed up yet to en­roll.

“We’ve only got a cou­ple days to get the mes­sage out,” Mur­phy said at an un­re­lated event ear­lier in the day in New Haven be­fore head­ing to Hart­ford. “I’m go­ing to Hart­ford to try and get the word out.”

Con­sumers had an ad­di­tional month to choose plans as they ex­pe­ri­ence big­ger in­creases in monthly pre­mi­ums even though the in­creases ap­proved by in­sur­ance reg­u­la­tors were lower.

Of­fi­cials and politi­cians have been thrown a curve­ball this year by a Texas judge’s rul­ing late last year that threw out the 2010 Af­ford­able Care Act.

Con­necti­cut, along with other states, have filed an ap­peal.

FAIR­FIELD 1 CONDO PRO­POSAL RE­JECTED BY P& Z

A de­vel­oper’s pro­posed zon­ing change ap­pli­ca­tion was shot down by the Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, along with their spe­cial per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion to build a six- unit con­do­minium on Old Post Road.

The pro­posed changes are re­gard­ing 780 and 766 Old Post Road — 780 Old Post Road is a land­locked prop­erty lo­cated be­tween busi­nesses on the Post Road and the lat­ter ad­dress. John Cur­ran is the cur­rent owner of 766 Old Post Road, while James Stir­ling owns the 780 prop­erty.

Com­mis­sioner Meg Fran­cis, from the get- go, sum­ma­rized her op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

“I find that this does not fit with the Old Post Road dis­trict char­ac­ter or his­toric des­ig­na­tion of the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood,” Fran­cis said. “A zone change is not some­thing I’m com­fort­able with.”

— hum­berto. [email protected] hearst­media

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