The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Thursday, November 12, 2015
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JOHN HART (Editor-in-Chief of the political magazine "Opportunity Lives." He's an award-winning writer and journalist who also served as a senior aide to former Sen. TOM COBURN and former Congressmen JIM DeMINT and STEVE LARGENT) DIVIDES DEEPEN AMONG RIVALS The Republican presidential candidates fighting to break out of the middle tier stepped up their game at Tuesday night's prime-time debate, scrapping with their rivals over everything from Donald Trump's deportation plan to the role of the U.S. military. The Fox Business Network/Wall Street Journal debate -- the fourth on the calendar -- in turn served to expose deep differences within the still-crowded field. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina and others staked out a no-apologies stance in support of a stronger U.S. military. And they sparred with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who repeatedly argued against military spending and intervention and questioned how Rubio could call himself a conservative while supporting bigger budgets. The fireworks in Milwaukee were hardly isolated to the prime-time debate. At the earlier showdown, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal repeatedly questioned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's fiscal record in the Garden State -- while Christie, confined to the earlier debate for the first time, fought to show he's presidential material worthy of the upper primary tier. Christie kept his focus squarely on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as the "real adversary" throughout.

CHRIS HERB (President of the "Connecticut Energy Marketers Association" which represents 600 locally-owned home heating oil and propane companies.) Chris chatted about the home heating oil market for the winter months. What will prices look like? Also, there's word that low prices for heating oil are slowing Gov. Dannel Malloy's push for folks to convert to natural gas, which isn't all that much of a deal anymore.

TONY RENO (Yale University head football coach ) Coach Reno previewed Yale's next game -- this Saturday -- right here on the "Talk of Connecticut." The Bulldogs are on the road in New Jersey, taking on Princeton. Yale is now 5-and-3 overall and 2-and-3 in Ivy League play after a win last week at home versus Brown, 41-14.

KEVIN CONVEY (Former editor-in-chief of the New York Daily News. He's currently a chair and assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University) Kevin talked about recent job cuts at both the Hartford Courant and the New Haven Register. What do these layoffs say about the future of newspapers? Can they survive, even in digital form? "The layoffs at the New Haven Register is more sad evidence of the terrible bind formerly strong regional newspapers find themselves in, torn between the print past and the digital future,” said Kevin Convey, a former editor-in-chief at the New York Daily News who is now chair and assistant professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University. “They know they need to embrace digital, and yet they are haunted by the realization the largest share of their revenues comes from the print side. They face a declining ad base, and yet are saddled with legacy costs such as printing and pensions. The transformation they need to make is not unlike the terrifying task of trying to change the motor in an Indy 500 car without pulling into the pits. Thus, it is unlikely we have seen the last of attempts by papers, particularly smaller regional papers, to cut costs — jobs, really — in order to survive this turbulent time.”

Dr. BRANDON BROCK (Neurologist with Cerebrum Health Centers) NO MORE HEADING: US SOCCER OUT WITH NEW GUIDELINES FOR YOUTH SOCCER The days of kids 10 years old or younger heading the ball in a soccer game or practice are over. In resolving a class-action lawsuit regarding the large number of concussions in the sport, the U.S. Soccer Federation has issued new guidelines either banning or limiting players heading the ball depending on their age. Children 10 years or under will no longer be allowed to head the ball in practice or games, while players ages 11 to 13 will only be allowed to do it during games, not practice. It's unclear what degree heading causes concussion and long-standing injury. There has been no new consensus by pediatric experts on whether heading the ball causes damage to the brain. (The decision arose out of a lawsuit, and was not the result of new medical findings.) U.S. Soccer's online statement said the development of a player safety initiative was under way before the current lawsuit was filed and that the organization sought input from its medical science committee. Is this a step in the right direction to reduce concussions?

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