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Willington’s annual tree-lighting drew a big crowd to the town green Friday night. Santa Claus was there asking James Oliver, 6, if he has been a good boy. James was with his mother, Tracey Oliver, they are new residents to Willington this year./Al Malpa photo
Tree-lighting shows Christmas spirit
WILLINGTON — To Aidan Kennedy, 11, of Willington, the upcoming season is not about getting presents. It’s about spending time with...more

Husky ornaments decorate national stage
STORRS — The hard work of University of Connecticut students will be showcased on national television when the National Christmas...more

Samuolis back before judge in Feb
DANIELSON — The Willimantic man accused of murdering his father and shooting and injuring a Willimantic police officer in 2013 will appear...more

Committee mulling town poet laureate position
WILLIMANTIC — The town council’s public safety, public works, environment, culture and recreation committee will review a request...more

Community to gather around Lebanon tree
LEBANON — To help ring in the holiday season, everyone is welcome to come and sing along with traditional yuletide carols, stroll a...more

Columbia events set holiday mood
COLUMBIA — To help celebrate the season of giving, the Columbia Lions Club will sponsor the gazebo lighting and carol sing on the town’s...more

UConn, Mansfield sewer pact OK’d
MANSFIELD — While a sewer service agreement between Mansfield and the University of Connecticut once appeared to be a partisan issue...more

Sports

University of Connecticut sophomore Katie Lou Samuelson lines up a shot from behind the 3-point line during Thursday night’s game against DePaul at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies (6-0) will face No.14 Texas Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena at 4 p.m. in the Jimmy V Classic./Al Malpa photo.
Ranked-stretch continues for UConn at Mohegan Sun
It’s one of those years where there are no guarantees. See … Geno Auriemma doesn’t know what to expect each and every night...more

Red Sox gauge impact of new deal
Until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified, the Boston Red Sox will abide by a gag order from MLB and not comment on the...more

Johnson in lead; Tiger surges
NASSAU, Bahamas — Dustin Johnson wasn’t even expecting to be in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead...more

Horford helps Celtics edge Kings
BOSTON — Al Horford scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Boston Celtics past the Sacramento...more

UConn edges UMass-Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. – Tage Thompson scored twice and Adam Huska made 31 saves in goal as the University of Connecticut men’s hockey...more

Without Gronk others must step up
The gap bridging the New England Patriots and the rest of the American Football Conference shortened up considerably on Thursday as...more

Lynch will start Sunday for Broncos
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian missed another practice Friday because of his left foot injury and was ruled out for Sunday’s...more

Shepard opening eyes
Sterling Shepard lined up in the slot, sprinted open down the right seam and grabbed Eli Manning’s pass with those soft hands for the...more

Belief in James Franklin has paid off for Penn State
Two months ago, this was Penn State football: a team, decimated by injuries at linebacker, getting shelled by Michigan to fall to 2-2...more

McFadden tabbed
Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden is the 2016 Jack Tatum Award winner as the nation’s top defensive back, the Touchdown...more

State Headlines

State leaders remember longtime Plainville representative
Veteran state Rep. Betty Bou-kus, D-Plainville, a well-liked lawmaker who mentored younger colleagues and served as co-chairman of the...more

Frontier lays off at least 53 in Connecticut
Frontier Communications has laid off at least 53 employees in Connecticut as part of company-wide staff reduction of 1,000...more

Operation Fuel accepting applications, donations
When the weather turns cold, activity heats up at Operation Fuel. The nonprofit agency has begun taking applications for its winter fuel...more

Obituaries

Joseph M. Sokolowski (MANSFIELD)

Kathy A. Pekarovic (WINDHAM)

Opinion

Fewer guns mean fewer deaths
Once again, researchers have found that fewer guns among a certain population results in less death. This time, the subject of study...more

Will Trump bring state back into the Union?
Certain quarters of Connecticut are stirring with alarm that President-elect Donald Trump’s new administration might enforce federal...more

Take heart with what might have been
In the aftermath of the race-baiting, server-challenged, FBI-assisted election, many readers have voiced concern about the pending...more

Letters on Windham Hospital; nature and clean energy; ECSU Thanksgiving event; and poll workers
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National / World Headlines

Lots of cash to get well
U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at its fastest rate since 2007, driven by expanded access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act...more

Trumpers fighting recounts
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON — Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party’s requests for...more

Big Apple in search of big bucks
NEW YORK — Two members of New York City’s council are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to provide federal funds to...more

Obama shows confidence in new U.N. leader
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama Friday said he was confident that United Nations secretary general-elect Antonio...more

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