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Breaking News

Breaking News
10:45 pm - February 5, 2016

Warming shelter opened in Mansfield

Mansfield opened a warming center/emergency shelter at the community center for residents without power.

Coventry residents were invited to stay there as well as Mansfield and Willington residents.

Those planning to stay overnight were encouraged to bring a blanket and pillow and any necessary supplies, including medication.

Those with questions or who needed additional information were asked to call (860) 429-3328.

Local Headlines
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George Gilbert uses a snowblower to clear the driveway of a home on Oak Street in Willimantic Friday afternoon. Friday’s storm left thousands in the Windham area without power. Photo by Roxanne Pandolfi.
Storm knocked out power for thousands in the area
A storm that hit Connecticut Friday kept town employees busy as they cleaned up local roadways...more

Friday fire displaces family
WILLIMANTIC — A family was displaced Friday evening after a cooking fire damaged their apartment on Ash St...more

Burst pipe shuts down town hall in Coventry
COVENTRY — An early morning water pipe burst at Coventry Town Hall Friday, closing town offices and damaging materials in the building...more

DEEP: Columbia off the hook on old dam
COLUMBIA — While it appears the Squire Dam might have a structural problem, selectmen found out recently that failing to take action will not result in a fine...more

Snowshoe event will go on as planned
HAMPTON — If there’s snow, there will be snowshoeing...more

Narcan price spike a growing concern
At a time when even small-town first responders are arming themselves with a life-saving heroin reversal drug, the price of that drug is rising dramatically, creating a financial burden for cash-strapped organizations...more

Andover man charged with fraud
An electrician from Andover was charged by investigators with collecting $8,000 in benefits fraudulently, according to the chief state’s attorney’s office Friday...more

Sports

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton addresses the media during a press conference earlier this week at the San Jose McNery Convention Center in preparation for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Photo by USA Today Sports.
Protecting Cam will be key for Carolina
If the Carolina Panthers are going to win their first Super Bowl ever Sunday, they must know where two men are at all times. No, I’m not talking about Cam Newton and Peyton Manning...more

Mount Snow perfect for families
All things considered, Mount Snow is the perfect place for families to make the transition from bopping along on the green trails to big-mountain cruising...more

Peyton’s legacy already secure
SAN JOSE, California — The truth is, it really doesn’t matter what happens on Sunday night. Not, at least, in any historical context...more

Agent cuts ties with Manziel
The agent for Johnny Manziel has parted ways with the embattled Cleveland Browns quarterback in the wake of the latest incident when he allegedly hit his former girlfriend at a Dallas hotel last Saturday...more

Celtics stun Cavs at buzzer
CLEVELAND — Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer from the corner gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night when they rallied from five points down in the final 20 seconds...more

Proehl upset with Rams move to LA
SAN FRANCISCO — Carolina wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl and the rest of the Panthers were in the midst of preparations for their playoff opener against Seattle when the news came down: the NFL had approved the relocation of...more

Hahn moves into lead at Phoenix Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — James Hahn shot a 6-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead Friday over Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee after two rounds of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hahn, who live...more

State Headlines

Hospitals to fight Malloy’s cuts
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London and representatives of the network that includes The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and Windham Community Memorial Hospital...more

‘Outraged’ Blumenthal wants DOJ probe of Eversource’s H-1B use
Shares of Eversource Energy dropped 2 percent Friday morning, after the company released its fourth quarter and 2015 results and outlook, and as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal expressed “outrage” at circumstances of some 200 Eversource employees who lost their jobs...more

State Police plan ‘super’ enforcement Sunday
State Police plan to increase enforcement on Sunday to make sure people don’t get caught up in the spirit of the game with breaking motor-vehicle games or DUI. Troopers say parties and...more

Obituaries

Roderick Almon Dole, Sr (Storrs)

Opinion

Beware of state budget gimmicks
State legislators trudged back to Hartford for the 2016 session Wednesday to face yet more discouraging fiscal news. In a one-day special session in December, lawmakers passed a $350 million plan to close a budget shortfall in the $20 billion state budget that runs through June 30...more

UConn believes it answers to no one
Now that even the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents admits public education in the state is based on social promotion and there are no learning requirements for advancement from grade to grade and then to a high school diploma, it’s no surprise that most Connecticut high school graduates cannot identify the three branches of state government...more

Debating possible pension fixes is progress
For years, short-term political calculations took priority over planning for the future when it came to the state’s employee pension plan. By shortchanging contributions to the pension, governors and legislatures alike, of both political persuasions, were able to spend money elsewhere and, at times, but certainly not all the time, avoid tax increases...more

Fighting against UConn’s efforts at secrecy
Let’s give Michael McLachlan a superhero cape. The Republican state senator from Danbury, whose district includes New Fairfield, Sherman and part of Bethel, sure deserves it...more

Letter on hospital
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National / World Headlines

Huge crane falls in NYC
NEW YORK — A construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm Friday, killing one person and crushing parked cars in the first accident of its kind in New York City since 2008...more

North Korea is fueling for rocket launch
WASHINGTON — Satellite images taken this week of North Korea’s Sohae rocket launch site show apparent fueling activity seen in the past one to two weeks before a rocket launch, a...more

Twitter shuts down terrorist accounts
WASHINGTON — Twitter Inc. has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a...more

Thousands flee Russian backed Syrian offensive
BEIRUT — Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege...more

‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch is transferred to adult jail in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — Ethan Couch, the “affluenza” teen who returned to Tarrant County last week, was transferred to Tarrant County Jail in downtown Fort Worth Friday, according to jail records...more

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