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Week in Review: July 10-16

A state senator joins the fight to ban interstate ape sales, state test results are in and a New York City woman is found dead in Stamford.

Government

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., David Vitter, R-La., and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal are that aims to eliminate the interstate sale of monkeys, apes and other non-human primates in the exotic pet trade. Supporters of the legislation, including the Humane Society of the United States and Born Free USA, an animal advocacy group, argue that keeping primates as pets endangers both the animal and the general public.

The 57 state troopers who this week all come from the 121st Training Troop, the state’s newest recruiting class. They graduated from the State Police Academy in Meriden last November. The troopers will be laid off on Aug. 24 if the unions can’t strike a new deal. Gov. Malloy said 6,500 state employees would be laid off across the state since the unions nixed a deal in June that would have slashed $1.6 billion from the state budget.


Police & Fire

Stamford police a 32-year-old man for murder early Monday morning for stabbing and killing a man at a South End club early Sunday morning, according to the Stamford Advocate. Oscar Jeronimo was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in lieu of $500,000. According to police, Jeronimo allegedly stabbed a 31-year-old man after a fight outside of a club just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Police officers found the victim lying on the ground next to the Manhattan Strip Club near Pacific and Dock Streets.

A 21-year-old woman near Wardwell and Frederick Streets on Saturday afternoon was an aspiring fashion designer, according to the Connecticut Post. According to Captain Richard Conklin of the Stamford Police Department, police suspect that Brown, who was attending the Art Institute of New York City, was high on PCP at the time of the incident.


School News

Tenth-grade students in Stamford their Connecticut Academic Performance Test scores in all four subjects this year, according to according to results released Tuesday by the Connecticut Department of Education. Results show that Stamford students improved the most in Writing with 52.2 percent reaching the state's goal and 87.3 percent scoring at or above proficient. Writing profiency is up 6.4 percent from last year, while the number of those that reached goal is up 9.2 percent.

The results of the Connecticut Mastery Test for 2011 were , according to numbers released Wednesday by the the State Department of Education. The data released shows that third-graders are making significant improvements in math, reading and writing in both goal range and proficieny level when compared to 2010 results. Fifth-graders, however, saw lower results in all categories except for math.

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