Thumbs up to a fresh start for University of Connecticut football. The school hired former NFL coach Jim Mora to lead its beleaguered football team, which was predictably demolished by perennial power Clemson over the weekend as part of yet another desultory season. UConn doesn’t need to be great, but something other than a national laughingstock would be a big step up and help justify the state’s investment in big-time college football. By hiring a proven winner, albeit one who has been out of the game for a few years, UConn at least has a chance to reinject some fan interest into the program, which has been lacking in recent years.
Thumbs up to a win in court against Alex Jones. The conspiracy theorist who claimed for years that the Sandy Hook massacre was fake was found to have defamed the families of victims in a default ruling announced by a Superior Court judge on Monday. Combined with three previous rulings in Texas, the families of 10 Sandy Hook victims have now won victories in four defamation lawsuits against the host of the show “Infowars.” It’s incalculable the pain that Jones and his followers have added to that already suffered by the victims’ families for an unimaginable loss, but the best hope is that the rulings will stop others from acting in a similarly harmful manner in the future.