Political Turmoil In Egypt, Educational Turmoil In Bridgeport And New Details On Adam Lanza

The Wheelhouse discusses the big local and international stories of the week.

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The Wheelhouse - July 3, 2013
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The Wheelhouse - July 3, 2013

Egyptian military officials have set a deadline of today for President Mohammed Morsi to agree to share power, or face a coup.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an Egyptian-American journalist and correspondent for the program Democracy Now!

When he was on Where We Live earlier this year, he spoke about the unrest in the country - a year after democratic elections that brought Morsi to power.

"There was a real sense of hope, after Mubarak was toppled on February 11 and in many ways, that hope has dissipated to despair right now," said Kouddous.

"The economy is on the brink of collapse. We have a government ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood, which won in the elections but appears to not want to reform any of the state institutions but rather extend their control over them. So it's as if we started this revolution to replace Hosni Mubarak and his cronies and put someone else in. But really, it was about changing the very nature of governance in Egypt and that’s why we see these protests continuing."

Today, it’s our Wednesday news roundtable, The Wheelhouse and we’ll be talking about the latest developments in this important country that bridges the Middle East and Africa.

Later, we’ll turn to a different kind of unrest - in the Bridgeport Public Schools. Another attempt at state intervention in that troubled district has been struck down by the courts - we’ll hear from education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas of the Connecticut Mirror, and Only in Bridgeport’s Lennie Grimaldi.

And the Hartford Courant published two big articles this week - with some new information they’ve gathered about Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s life. We’ll find out what new we’ve learned with editor Andrew Julien.