RNS HartfordFAVS photo by Ann Marie Somma

Descendants want justice for Connecticut witches

HARTFORD, Conn. (RNS) Connecticut was executing suspected witches some 40 years before Salem, Mass. Scores of others were put on trial until witchcraft was no longer listed as a capital crime in 1715. But unlike other states, Connecticut has yet to acknowledge those sent to the gallows. And descendants are trying to change that. By Ann Marie Somma.

Religion News announces editors for Toledo, Hartford faith news websites

Tiffany McCallen

Aug. 15, 2012

Columbia, Mo. — Former Toledo (Ohio) Blade Religion Editor David Yonke and Hartford (Conn.) Courant alum Ann Marie Somma were recently hired as editors and local community managers of Religion News LLC’s forthcoming ToledoFAVS.com and HartfordFAVS.com faith and values news sites. Their posts began in July. Somma has worked as a reporter for numerous media companies in Connecticut in the last 15 years, among them: The Waterbury-Republican American, The Danbury New Times, The Hartford Courant and most recently at WFSB-TV as a multi-media producer.

RNS photo courtesy California Department of Corrections

Shifts seen in support for death penalty

WASHINGTON (RNS) The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actions that supporters say represents increasing evidence that America may be losing its taste for capital punishment. By Kevin Johnson/USA Today.