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HONORING A FRIEND
TONI WILSON AND TORRINGTON FALL TO NAUGY, BUT FINAL SCORE DIDN’T MATTER, PAGE 1C

Judges’ raises a tough case
Legislators turn thumbs down so far
BY DAVE COLLINS
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD — A proposal by Connecticut Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers to give most state judges pay raises of $45,000 over the next four years is drawing criticism from some state lawmakers, who say the state can’t afford the increases. Rogers proposed the raises on Oct. 3 to the state Commission on Judicial Compensation, saying judges’ pay hasn’t

increased over the past five years and needs to be brought in line with salaries of judges in other states. Rogers proposed a pay raise of about 11 percent for the fiscal year that begins next July and 5.5 percent raises in the following three years. A Superior Court judge’s salary would increase from about $147,000 to about $192,000 over the four years, while Supreme Court justices’ pay would rise See JUDGES, Page 7A

“As public officials, judges do not expect to become wealthy. But fairness and the need to retain highly qualified jurists require that judicial salaries maintain their value.”
CONNECTICUT CHIEF JUSTICE CHASE T. ROGERS
ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

PANTHERS GO PURPLE
POMPERAUG FIELD HOCKEY TEAM DONS PURPLE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL SUFFERING FROM EPILEPSY, PAGE 1C

PAC WILL PAY FOR YOUR GAS

Official suspended without pay
Naugatuck’s zoning enforcement officer is serving a one-month unpaid suspension for accusing a burgess and his wife of lying during a public meeting. PAGE 1B

Stars in the house for weekend
Alanis Morissette plays the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Friday night, while Glen Campbell will perform Saturday night at the Warner Theatre in Torrington. IN WEEKEND

Homebuilders boost economy
A surprisingly strong housing report helped lift stocks modestly higher as homebuilders began new homes at the fastest rate in four years, with even more on the way. PAGE 10D

Multivitamins may fight cancer
A study of nearly 15,000 older male doctors over more than a decade found that those taking a daily multivitamin had 8 percent fewer cancers than other men. PAGE 10A

ALEC JOHNSON REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

A customer walks across the parking lot of Danby’s Gulf Express on East Main Street in Meriden on Wednesday to pay for gas. The station today will sell gas for $1.84 per gallon as a part of a rollback event sponsored by the conservative Americans for Prosperity.

Pre-Obama pump price for petrol to push a political point
BY ALEC JOHNSON
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

OPINION OF THE DAY: “We have to elect businessminded folks and not career politicians who only know how to create more pork.” — Richard Lazarski, Terryville
READ THE FULL LETTER ON PAGE 9A

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Charles, left, and David Koch are multi-billionaires and arch conservative foes of President Obama. They have spent millions of dollars in support of Mitt Romney’s campaign.

ERIDEN — The price of gas has customers at Danby’s Gulf Express on East Main Street scrimping. Mostafa Salah, store manager, said nearly every day people come in with a fist full of change to see how much gas they can buy. “They are hurting,” he said. “It’s no good for me. It’s no good for the customers.” A conservative political action committee wants that sentiment to carry to the polls on Election Day — so much so that for two hours today, between 4 and 6 p.m., customers can buy up to 15 gallons at Danby’s for $1.84 per gallon.

That was price per gallon when President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. The Virginia-based Americans for Prosperity PAC is paying the station the difference from its regular price, which on Wednesday was $3.93 cash, $4.03 credit. Americans for Prosperity opposes Obama’s energy policy and believe it has led to higher prices at the pump. State Sen. Len Suzio, RMeriden, said he plans to be at the station today to tell drivers how the state’s gas taxes also raise the price. Connecticut’s gas tax makes prices here 28 cents per gallon higher than the national average. One part of that state gas tax is fixed, at 25 cents per gallon. See GAS, Page 6A

Education reformers show how to close gap
BY ALIA MALIK
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

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Sunshine, few clouds, mild temperatures for an all-around pleasant day. Page 12B

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To wipe out one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation, two out of every 100 students in Connecticut, at each grade level, must improve from performing below goal level on standardized tests to performing at or above that level. And that will have to happen every year until 2020. That means 719 more students at each grade level would need to score at goal level next year, according to the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now. In 2014, those students must maintain their scores, while another 719 students improve their scores

“AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS IS A MARATHON. IT’S NOT A SPRINT. IT HELPS US SEE WHETHER A SCHOOL DISTRICT IS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARDS ACHIEVING THIS GOAL.”
PATRICK RICCARDS
CEO of the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now

Former tax collector will receive no Oxford pension
BY QUANNAH LEONARD
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

to goal level — and so on until 5,752 students at every grade level have improved by 2020. Statewide, 456 more students would have to graduate See GAP, Page 7A

CONNECTICUT POST ARCHIVE

Former Oxford Tax Collector Karen Guillet, seen at a court hearing in July.

OXFORD — The municipal pension of Oxford’s former tax collector Karen M. Guillet will be revoked in full under an agreement filed Wednesday at Hartford Superior Court. Guillet, 62, of 2 Douglas Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of firstdegree larceny under a plea deal she accepted at Milford Superior Court on July 31. She was charged with stealing more than $243,000 from the town. State Attorney General George C. Jepsen said Wednesday that Guillet, who was a municipal employee in Oxford from December 1984 until January 2010, has signed a stipulation for judgment, agreeing to the revoca-

See PENSION, Page 7A

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