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Letter: Kidder for Merrimack County commissioner
Kidder for commissionerDavid Kidder would make a great Merrimack County commissioner. We have known him for many years. He has a strong sense of public service. For the past 12 years, Dave has served as a state representative for an area that includes New London, where we live. He has been thoughtfu...
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2 men shot just blocks away from each other in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police are investigating after two unidentified men were shot just blocks away from each other in Providence. Lt. Roger Aspinall says officers were called to Fern Street just before 9 p.m. Thursday following reports of the first shooting in the neighborhood near Chalkstone Avenue. Around the ...
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Priceline just dumped the feature that made it famous has become well-known for two things: Campy ads featuring William Shatner, and auction-like bidding for flights.
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News Analysis: Crux of Connecticut Judge’s Grim Ruling: Schools Are Broken
A decision that threw out the state’s education financing system as unconstitutional spoke to a larger nationwide truth.
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Huskies to play 7 games each in Storrs, Hartford
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The UConn men's basketball team will split its home schedule this season between the on-campus Gampel Pavilion and the XL Center in Hartford. The school released the 30-game regular season schedule Thursday. It includes 14 home games, 12 on the road, and four at neutral sites, ...
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Daycare director arrested in connection with baby's death
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A woman who ran what police say was an unlicensed daycare at her Fairfield home has been arrested in connection with a 4-month-old baby's death. WFSB-TV reports ( ) that Carol Cardillo, 53, was charged Thursday with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury ...
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Inmate sentenced in brutal 2014 attack on his cellmate
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - An inmate who admitted to brutally beating his cellmate in Connecticut says he will try to kill the next person assigned to his cell. Jay Hotchkiss was sentenced Wednesday in New London to four more years in prison for the July 2014 assault. He is ...
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Ex-New England Mafia boss pleads not guilty in 1993 killing
BOSTON (AP) - The former New England Mafia boss Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme (sah-LEHM'-ee) has pleaded not guilty in the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub owner. The Boston Globe reports ( ) that the 83-year-old Salemme made the plea in U.S. District Court in Boston to an indictment charging ...
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School exit exams urged in Connecticut, despite US trend
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - In ordering Connecticut to overhaul its education system, a state judge suggests making exit exams a requirement for students to graduate from high school. It's a strategy some states first implemented in the 1970s, as a way to set a standard for measuring student performance. But ...
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USA swelters through hottest summer nights in 121 years
3 states -- California, Rhode Island and Connecticut -- each had their hottest summer on record.       
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USA swelters through record warm summer nights
3 states -- California, Rhode Island and Connecticut -- each had their hottest summer on record.       
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USA's summer nights were record warm
3 states -- California, Rhode Island and Connecticut -- each had their hottest summer on record.       
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Hartford man pleads guilty in shooting death of friend
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man who said he accidentally shot and killed a friend has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Hartford Courant ( ) reports that 32-year-old Daniel Morales was about to go on trial on a murder charge but pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree manslaughter and criminal ...
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Bucks Co. borough looks to outsource police force
In an effort to save costs -- the police force takes up 60 percent of the town's budget -- Penndel may outsource policing to its larger neighbor, Middletown.
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New Haven police chief resigns after restuarant tirade, outcry
The police chief of New Haven, Conn., resigned months after witnesses said he chewed out wait staff at a restaurant.
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Connecticut man convicted of murdering woman gets 115 years
A Connecticut man who murdered his next-door neighbor and bragged about it on Facebook received a 115-year sentence Tuesday.
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Where to find New England’s fall color off the beaten path
The Northeast's fall foliage dazzles locals and draws millions of tourists, but many flock to the same tired vantage points.
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Judge, Citing Inequality, Orders Connecticut to Overhaul Its School System
In a decision that could fundamentally reshape public education in the state, a judge on Wednesday ordered changes in everything from how schools are financed to how teachers are paid and evaluated.
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Police: Animal shelter director forged rabies certificate
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) - The director of a Connecticut animal shelter has been charged with forging a rabies certificate. The Meriden Police Department says Marlena DiBianco turned herself in on Wednesday. She is charged with forgery in the second degree. Police launched an investigation in April 2015 after allegations of ...
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Judge: Connecticut education funding system unconstitutional
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered Connecticut officials to develop plans for a major overhaul of the state's public education system within six months, saying a huge gap in test scores between students in rich and poor…
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Auriemma, UConn shows support for Quinnipiac
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Count Geno Auriemma as a big supporter of Connecticut’s other Sweet 16 team, the surprising Quinnipiac women’s basketball team and its coach, Tricia Fabbri.Auriemma pulled open his UConn warmup jacket to reveal a Quinnipiac shirt during a press conference Friday.“I wouldn’t want...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Connecticut Huskies Big East Conference Diana Taurasi Connecticut Quinnipiac University Basketball New Haven Connecticut NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
All Aboard! Why did Maryland ride rails to NCAA women’s regional?
Brenda Frese always wants to give her team new experiences.
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All Aboard! Maryland women ride rails to NCAA regional
ABOARD AMTRAK REGIONAL 174 (AP) — Brenda Frese always wants to give her team new experiences.
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Officials: Death of student who fell from roof an accident
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut medical examiner has ruled the death of an 18-year-old college student who fell from the roof of a building that housed a Hartford bar an accident.
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Bus with anti-transgender message is vandalized in NYC
A bus spreading a message against transgender culture was vandalized near United Nations headquarters         
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Smith leads UNH men’s basketball to third straight win
Jaleen Smith chipped in his fifth double-double of the season to lift the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to an 82-52 conference win over the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday.Smith, breaking a program record for games played with 118, scored 19 points on 8...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | America East Conference University of New Hampshire Hartford Connecticut New England Basketball New Hampshire
Hearings on plan to save southern New England lobsters
BUZZARDS BAY, Massachusetts — Interstate fishing managers have scheduled hearings on a plan to try to save southern New England lobsters.Lobster fishing in places like Rhode Island and Connecticut dates back centuries, but the stock has dwindled as water temperature has warmed. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is working on a plan to slow decline.The commission's plan includes strategies such as changing the legal harvesting size limit for lobsters, reducing the number of traps allowed in the water and enforcing new seasonal closures.
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Coast Guard tracking Russian spy ship near U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut
GROTON, Conn. — Officials are tracking a Russian spy ship that cruised up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton Wednesday in what some lawmakers called another aggressive action from Russian President Vladimir Putin.“A Russian spy ship patrolling 30 miles from the Groton sub base underscores that the threats posed by a resurgent Russia are real,” U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said in a written statement.
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Father accused of throwing infant son off bridge: 'I'm sorry'
He jumped off the bridge, police say, and survived. Now he’s on trial.       
14059 points by USA Today | Hartford Connecticut Connecticut The Hartford Courant Courant Joe Lieberman
Aetna, Humana call off $37 billion deal
HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna Inc. has ended its 19-month effort to buy Humana Inc., ruling out an appeal of a federal court decision striking down the $37 billion health insurance deal as anticompetitive.The two companies said Tuesday the decision was mutual.Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said the combined company would have improved the quality of health care and made it more affordable, but the “current environment makes it too challenging to continue pursuing the transaction.”
3 points by Boston Herald | Hartford Connecticut Health care Health insurance The Hartford Courant Executive officer Companies based in Hartford Connecticut Chief executive officer Joe Lieberman
Construction halted on mosque with too-tall minarets
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — After exceeding a city height limit, builders of a mosque on New Haven's outskirts are wrestling with how to cut 24 feet from its soaring, crescent-topped minarets.
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People for Feb. 13, 2017
Bradford Matthew Hahn was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. He is a mechanical engineering/mechatronics major.Bow Ryan Murray was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. He is a fresh...
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Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal.
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Man called his mom before allegedly throwing infant son off bridge: ‘Tell everybody I’m sorry’
On July 5, 2015, just after 11:30 p.m., Tony Moreno made a desperate call to his mother: He was standing on the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, Connecticut — she was afraid he might kill himself.More worrisome, she could hear over the phone that he was with his 7-month-old son, Aaden.
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Man convicted of stealing $500K in cigarettes from warehouse
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been convicted in federal court of breaking into a Connecticut warehouse and stealing more than 8,000 cartons of cigarettes worth about $500,000. Andrew Oreckinto, of Matawan (MA'-tuh-wahn), New Jersey, was convicted on Monday of theft from an interstate shipment. He ...
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Haitian man admits role in scheme to stage dozens of crashes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Haitian man has admitted in federal court he was involved in a scheme to stage dozens of car crashes in Connecticut and collected up to $30,000 per wreck by submitting bogus insurance claims. Jacques Fleurijeune, also known as "Magic," pleaded guilty on Monday to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Connecticut English-language films Federal government of the United States New London Connecticut New Haven Connecticut Federal Bureau of Investigation Long Island Sound Hartford Connecticut
UConn women win 100th straight, topping No. 6 South Carolina, 66-55
Add 100 consecutive wins to the Connecticut Huskies' long list of milestones.  Given the team's glitzier numbers linked to national championships, 11 titles and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma's squad already owns the longest winning streak in Division I college...
6 points by Los Angeles Times | Connecticut Huskies Big East Conference Dawn Staley Geno Auriemma Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Basketball Connecticut South Carolina Gamecocks
No. 1 UConn tops South Carolina to extend record to 100 wins in a row
The four-time defending champion Huskies haven't lost since Nov. 17, 2014.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Connecticut Huskies Basketball University of Connecticut Big East Conference Geno Auriemma Connecticut Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Diana Taurasi
The Latest: Another winter blast of snow hits Northeast
The Latest on a winter storm that moved into the Northeast on Sunday (all times local):
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Geraldo Rivera quits Yale position over college name change
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera says he resigned from a voluntary position at Yale University after the school decided to change the name of a residential college that honors a slavery supporter.
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Police stop vehicle, find more than 4 pounds of cocaine
WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Rhode Island State Police say they pulled over a Massachusetts man and found more than 4 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle.Troopers say they stopped 44-year-old Francisco Fernandez, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, for a motor vehicle violation on Saturday in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.Authorities say they found the drugs in a backpack in Fernandez's vehicle after it was towed from the scene because he did not have a valid driver's license.State police say the drugs are worth an estimated $60,000 on the street.
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Northeast in sights of another winter blast of snow, winds
The Northeast U.S. is once again in the sights of a winter blast of snow, bitter cold and strong winds.
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'Doubt' co-creator Tony Phelan left Cleveland certain of an acting career
Tony Phelan left Cleveland with no doubt about his career path. But a surprise turn at Yale put him the road that led to the CBS legal drama 'Doubt.' CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tony Phelan left Cleveland with no doubt about his career path. He was going to be an actor. Not the slightest bit of doubt. PREVIEW Doubt What: The premiere of a legal drama starring Katherine Heigl. When: 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. Where: CBS (WOIO Channel 19). At the age of 12, he had been a member of the Cleveland Play House's youth troupe, the Curtain Pullers. He had done plays at Dobama Theatre and Cain Park. He was going to be an actor. "My first play was William Inge's 'Dark at the Top of the Stairs' in 1976, and I just fell in love with doing theater," said Phelan, who grew up in Cleveland Heights. "I really felt I found a community where I belonged in the theater. It was wonderful." But something happened that put him on the path to being the co-creator, executive producer and director of "Doubt," the CBS legal drama premiering at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, on WOIO Channel 19. What happened is, in 1982, he headed for Yale University. And while at Yale, a professor sat him down and calmly blew up his career path. "He was my acting teacher, and he looked me in the eye and told me, 'I really don't think you have it in you to be an actor,' " Phelan said during a telephone interview. "And I was, of course, devastated. My whole life was falling apart in front of my eyes." Emmy winner Katherine Heigl , left, and Laverne Cox star in the CBS legal drama "Doubt." JoJo Whilden/CBS  But this professor had more to say. "Your instincts are more what a director should have," he told the undergraduate from Northeast Ohio. "Look, I'm going to direct a production of 'The Glass Menagerie' with Joanne Woodward and Karen Allen at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Come and be my assistant and see if you kind of take to this. "I did, and I discovered that he was absolutely right," Phelan said. "From that point onward, I shifted my focus toward being a theater director. That was the goal after Yale, and that's what I was doing for 12 years in New York." So that's how the career path changed from acting to directing. How did he get from New York to Los Angeles? Phelan was working as a freelance director when he met actress Joan Rater. They were married and started working together on stage adaptations of published works. "So Joan was writing as well as acting," Phelan said. "And then a friend of a friend saw one of these shows and asked if we ever considered writing for television. At the time, Joan and I were living in New York in a tiny two-bedroom apartment. It was a fifth-floor walk-up, and our son Tom was about 3. It was a struggle, so we decided to pack up everything in a U-Haul and head west." They soon went out on their first job interview and, to their shock, landed the writing gig. After piling up some credits, they were hired as writers during the second season of the ABC hit "Grey's Anatomy." By the fifth season of the medical drama, Phelan was drafted to direct episodes. He and Rater also were promoted to supervising producers. "I think all of that theater training - acting, directing, writing -- prepared us perfectly for working on a television show," Phelan said. "We knew how to talk to actors and work with actors, and write things in a particular character's voice." They left "Grey's Anatomy" for the opportunity to create and run their own show: "Doubt." "The goal is to have as much control of the product as possible." Phelan said. "So if you can conceive a show, write it, produce it and direct it, you fully shape what you want it to be. 'Doubt' is that great melding of all those experiences we've had into a show that is, I think, incredibly entertaining, thought-provoking and suspenseful." The show reunites them with Emmy-winning "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl, who plays Sadie Ellis, a brilliant lawyer at a boutique firm led by "lefty legend" Isaiah Roth (Elliott Gould). Sadie is thrown into, yes, doubt, as she begins to fall for a charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), a pediatric surgeon accused of murdering his girlfriend about 25 years ago. Heigl missed badly with the short-lived NBC series "State of Affairs," but its failure led the way to "Doubt." "When she became available, it was no-brainer for us," Phelan said. "She's one of those actresses who has an incredible ability with both language and emotion. You can ask her to shade something a certain way, and she can give you that immediately." Also in the "Doubt" cast are Dule Hill, playing Sadie's close friend and colleague, Albert Cobb; and Laverne Cox as Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League graduate. "We don't make a big deal of the fact that she's transgender," Phelan said. "It's just accepted. It's just one facet of who this character is." Why embrace everything that is "Doubt"? Why this series at this time? "When you get the chance to do your own network show, you look around and see what hasn't been on the air for a while," Phelan said. "Since 9/11, there have been a lot of shows about tracking down criminals and putting them in jail. But what do you do if you find yourself accused of a crime and the full array of the government is arrayed against you? "Who is that person who is going to stand at your side and provide you with a vigorous defense? And what are the real-world consequences for lawyers handling high-stakes, life-and-death cases, especially when there are gray areas? This is what we're going to explore in 'Doubt.' "
194 points by The Plain Dealer | Actor Grey's Anatomy Katherine Heigl Acting Theatre Yale University Izzie Stevens New Haven Connecticut
More snow heads to New England
BOSTON (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of New England beginning Sunday. The warning is in effect from 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 p.m. Monday and includes Massachusetts and parts of northern Rhode Island and Connecticut. Snow is expected to begin Sunday ...
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No. 1 UConn wins 99th straight, 83-41 over SMU
STORRS, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 of her 22 points in the first half and top-ranked UConn extended its NCAA record winning streak to 99 games with an 83-41 win over SMU on Saturday.Napheesa Collier scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record her ninth double-double this season for the Huskies (24-0, 12-0 American), who will try to reach the 100-straight win milestone against No. 6 South Carolina on Monday night.Kia Nurse and Saniya Chong each scored 13 points and Gabby Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Geno Auriemma Basketball University of Connecticut Big East Conference Connecticut Huskies Connecticut Huskies women's basketball Connecticut New England
Case against man charged in beating death headed to trial
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The case against a former Rhode Island man accused of beating another man to death in West Greenwich and assaulting responding police officers will head to trial. The Westerly Sun reports ( ) that a Warwick judge last month approved a motion sending the case against ...
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Snowstorms in Northeast ground 1,000's of flights nationwide
Over 3,500 flights were canceled after snowstorms slammed multiple travel hubs in the Northeast. Much of New England was under a winter advisory and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended residents to stay at home if possible. Read Full Article at
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Matthew Badger, who lost 3 daughters to 2011 fire, dies at 51
The broken-hearted dad whose three young daughters perished in a 2011 Christmas Day fire at their mom’s Connecticut mansion has died.
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Statements made by man charged with killing baby admissible
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ruled that statements made to police by a man charged with killing his 7-month-old son by throwing the boy off a bridge are admissible at trial.
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Maine governor watched Super Bowl, still dislikes Patriots
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says there's no chance he'll reach out to the New England Patriots about visiting his state following the club's Super Bowl victory.
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