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slain woman's fitbit data cited in murder case against husband


ellington, conn. -- a 40-year-old connecticut man is facing charges that he killed his wife in 2015, and police are reportedly citing data from the slain woman’s fitbit in the case against him. wfsb 3 connecticutrichard dabate was arrested this month and charged with murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old connie dabate on dec. 23, 2015.authorities say dabate told them a masked man had entered their ellington home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch. investigators say he was found with an arm and leg zip-tied to a folding chair, and he had superficial knife wounds, according to the hartford courant.but connecticut state police say data from connie dabate’s fitbit, along with information from soc






officials: man dies after falling from boat into li sound


advertisement | advertise on newsdaydr. richard melucci, an anesthesiologist from mount sinai, died saturday night, april 15, 2017 after falling from his boat into the long island sound (credit: richard melucci) a mount sinai man died after falling from his boat into the long island sound saturday night, authorities said. the hartford courant said connecticut state environmental conservation police identified the victim as richard melucci, 43.petty officer frank iannazzo-simmons, a coast guard spokesman, said his agency received a phone call from the man’s wife around 6 p.m. saying that her...






ethics panel questions job for uconn football coach's son


hartford, conn. — a state ethics office is questioning whether the son of university of connecticut football coach randy edsall should be hired as the team's assistant coach.emails and letters provided to the hartford courant (http://cour.at/2nfjhjz ) show an advisory board to the office of state ethics is questioning whether it was permissible for the elder edsall to negotiate a job for his son corey under the state ethics code. uconn is working to finalize a one-year, $95,000 contract with corey edsall so he can work on his father's staff.the board has asked its staff to prepare a formal advisory opinion. uconn is expected to learn april 20 when the opinion will be issued.uconn has said it sees nothing wrong with the younger edsall's employment.






mold repair work beginning at mark twain's historic home


hartford, conn. — mold is threatening thousands of artifacts in the mark twain house & museum in connecticut.the hartford courant reports (http://cour.at/2l7jojp) the "adventures of huckleberry finn" author's historic home in hartford is undergoing an extensive remediation effort to clean the damage.the mold was first discovered in 2015 and impacts at least 5,000 of the museum's 16,000 artifacts, including furniture and some first editions of twain's works.the problem was blamed on a faulty hvac system and leaky roof that have since been repaired. the roughly $1 million project has been largely paid for using taxpayer money.the mold-removal work begins feb. 13 and should last three to four months.twain, whose real name was samuel langhorne clemens, lived with his family in the home fro






federal agents seize records from connecticut flight school


hartford, conn. (ap) — federal agents have seized records from a connecticut flight school that had a student pilot die in a 2016 plane crash. investigators have said the crash appeared to be intentionally caused by the student pilot.the hartford courant reports (http://cour.at/2pxaqds ) that agents from the u.s. department of transportation’s inspector general visited the american flight academy at hartford’s brainard airport on thursday. the newspaper said a lawyer for the academy could not be reached for comment and that the u.s. attorney’s office declined to comment.the 2016 crash that killed student pilot feras frietekh and burned instructor arian prevalla has been under investigation by the fbi. the national transportation safety board determined that frietekh crashed the plane inten






'use real statistics'; wnba player, broadcaster respond to wiggins' bullying cla


former lynx guard candice wiggins, who said in an interview with the san diego union-tribune that her wnba experience was “toxic” because she was a heterosexual, heard some responses tuesday.current and former wnba players were empathetic to wiggins but also disputed her claims in social media posts. an example came from imani boyette, who just finished her rookie year with the chicago sky. she posted a lengthy blog. an excerpt:“next time, i hope you ask your journalist to interview someone else who was there with you. i ask that you use real statistics. i ask that you not try to out other women. i ask that you try not to defame a league that gave you your platform. … the wnba is about inclusion, always has been and always will be.”the entire post is here.wiggins, who played for the lynx f






connecticut man charged with vandalizing kim kardashian's 'selfish' selfie books


kim kardashian west, the socialite with a famous love of selfies, has more than a few fans who can't get enough of the reality tv star's photographs.but carl puia, who was arrested monday in glastonbury, conn., and charged with destroying several of kardashian's books at a barnes & noble store, is not one of them.the 74-year-old man is being charged with third-degree criminal mischief after pouring a red liquid over several copies of kardashian's photography book "selfish," nbc connecticut reports.“six copies of the books were destroyed in the massacre and could not be revived,” the glastonbury police department said."selfish," a collection of kardashian's sometimes racy selfies, was first published in 2015. the latest edition of the book is more than 500 pages, and features selfies the ce






2 conn. men charged for human trafficking ring linked to young men with mental h


danbury, conn. -- two connecticut men were arrested thursday in connection with a danbury-based human trafficking ring that police say exploited young men with mental health issues, delivering them to wealthy clients to have sex for money. danbury police and the new haven office of the fbi said they believe the ring may have been operating for decades. authorities arrested 63-year-old bruce bemer of glastonbury and 71-year-old william trefzger of westport, charging them each with patronizing a trafficked person. both were being held on $500,000 bonds. robert king of danbury had previously been arrested in the case and charged with promoting prostitution and witness tampering in connection to the investigation.the hartford courant reports bemer admitted to investigators in court documents t






arrests follow freak accident on college campus


jeffny pally, 19, died in october being run over by a fire department vehicle.(photo: family photo) 4 connectlinkedinemailmore(newser) – a freak accident left the university of connecticut reeling in october; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more.jeffny pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the storrs campus around 1:15 a.m. when the door opened as fire crews responded to a call. the 19-year-old sophomore fell back and was struck by a chevy tahoe leaving the firehouse. why she chose to sit in front of the bay remains unknown, but police say they've pieced together what allegedly happened in the hours beforehand.on the evening of oct. 15, pally attended a party at the kappa sigma fraternity that revolved around building a homecoming parad






arrests follow freak accident on college campus


jeffny pally, 19, died in october being run over by a fire department vehicle.(photo: family photo) 5 connectlinkedinemailmore(newser) – a freak accident left the university of connecticut reeling in october; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more.jeffny pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the storrs campus around 1:15 a.m. when the door opened as fire crews responded to a call. the 19-year-old sophomore fell back and was struck by a chevy tahoe leaving the firehouse. why she chose to sit in front of the bay remains unknown, but police say they've pieced together what allegedly happened in the hours beforehand.on the evening of oct. 15, pally attended a party at the kappa sigma fraternity that revolved around building a homecoming parad






arrests follow freak accident on college campus


jeffny pally, 19, died in october being run over by a fire department vehicle.(photo: family photo) 8 connectlinkedinemailmore(newser) – a freak accident left the university of connecticut reeling in october; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more.jeffny pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the storrs campus around 1:15 a.m. when the door opened as fire crews responded to a call. the 19-year-old sophomore fell back and was struck by a chevy tahoe leaving the firehouse. why she chose to sit in front of the bay remains unknown, but police say they've pieced together what allegedly happened in the hours beforehand.on the evening of oct. 15, pally attended a party at the kappa sigma fraternity that revolved around building a homecoming parad






arrests follow freak accident on college campus


jeffny pally, 19, died in october being run over by a fire department vehicle.(photo: family photo) 34 connectlinkedinemailmore(newser) – a freak accident left the university of connecticut reeling in october; now, six arrests may have it reeling once more.jeffny pally was sitting up against a garage bay door at a fire station near her dorm on the storrs campus around 1:15 a.m. when the door opened as fire crews responded to a call. the 19-year-old sophomore fell back and was struck by a chevy tahoe leaving the firehouse. why she chose to sit in front of the bay remains unknown, but police say they've pieced together what allegedly happened in the hours beforehand.on the evening of oct. 15, pally attended a party at the kappa sigma fraternity that revolved around building a homecoming para






father accused of throwing infant son off bridge: 'i'm sorry'


closeskip in skipxembedxshare cops in connecticut say a man threw his 7-month-old son off a bridge before he tried to commit suicide. timetony moreno appears at a pre-trial hearing at middletown superior court in middletown, conn., monday, feb. 6, 2017.(photo: patrick raycraft, ap) 3 connectlinkedinemailmoretony moreno called his mother close to midnight, court documents show. when she answered, she heard only the sound of a baby cooing, then crying.eventually, moreno spoke. he asked his mother to come down to the arrigoni bridge, which runs about 100 feet above the connecticut river in the city of middletown, conn.“sorry,” he later said, according to court documents published by abc affiliate wtnh. “just tell everyone i’m sorry.”shortly after, police say, moreno threw his 7-month-old son






father accused of throwing infant son off bridge: 'i'm sorry'


closeskip in skipxembedxshare cops in connecticut say a man threw his 7-month-old son off a bridge before he tried to commit suicide. timetony moreno appears at a pre-trial hearing at middletown superior court in middletown, conn., monday, feb. 6, 2017.(photo: patrick raycraft, ap) 3430 connectlinkedinemailmoretony moreno called his mother close to midnight, court documents show. when she answered, she heard only the sound of a baby cooing, then crying.eventually, moreno spoke. he asked his mother to come down to the arrigoni bridge, which runs about 100 feet above the connecticut river in the city of middletown, conn.“sorry,” he later said, according to court documents published by abc affiliate wtnh. “just tell everyone i’m sorry.”shortly after, police say, moreno threw his 7-month-old s






outrage after convicted conn. murderer released early from 60-year sentence


waterbury, conn. - a murder victim’s family has criticized connecticut’s judicial system after the man convicted of a 1984 murder was released early from a life prison sentence.a state judge thursday ordered the release of 58-year-old david weinberg, who was convicted of murder in 1988 in the 1984 stabbing death of 19-year-old joyce stochmal, of seymour. her body was found in the zoar river.david weinberg wfsb the hartford courant reports that judge roland fasano in waterbury ordered weinberg’s release after the connecticut innocence project raised doubts about weinberg’s conviction. waterbury state’s attorney maureen platt agreed to have weinberg’s sentence modified to time served.stochmal’s sister accused the state of not fully investigating the innocence project’s new information.joyce






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coast guard tracking russian spy ship near u.s. navy submarine base in groton


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-2nd district, said in a written statement. two retired u.s. naval submarine commanders downplayed the significance of the russian presence, saying the ship presents little threat to u.s. security. such russian intelligence ships routine patrol areas outside u.s. naval bases and track u.s. and allied forces' naval exercises.the u.s. coast guard said it is tracking the ship's course, but would not d






c.j.: a professor's documentary gets to the bottom of the n-word


what is your first or most memorable experience with the n-word?southern connecticut state university journalism professor frank harris iii went around america asking that question. he turned the responses into a documentary, “journey to the bottom of the n-word,” which he showed last fall at the twin cities black film festival. harris plans to show the documentary at a few more film festivals before distributing it. the trailer is viewable at bit.ly/2khyeyc.harris, also a columnist for the hartford courant, researched newspapers for the film. “newspapers are like ringside seats to history,” he said. “i looked at when it first appeared in newspapers, how it was used. there were some shocking things i found before i began the interviewing of people. i found a major connection to the n-word






c.j.: a professor's documentary gets to the bottom of the n-word


what is your first or most memorable experience with the n-word?southern connecticut state university journalism professor frank harris iii went around america asking that question. he turned the responses into a documentary, “journey to the bottom of the n-word,” which he showed last fall at the twin cities black film festival. harris plans to show the documentary at a few more film festivals before distributing it. the trailer is viewable at bit.ly/2khyeyc.harris, also a columnist for the hartford courant, researched newspapers for the film. “newspapers are like ringside seats to history,” he said. “i looked at when it first appeared in newspapers, how it was used. there were some shocking things i found before i began the interviewing of people. i found a major connection to the n-word






no, congress isn't letting mentally ill people get guns


why do the media lie so spectacularly and regularly about guns? nominally the answer is, “because there are a lot of liberals in the media, and liberals generally do not like guns all that much.” but this is only half an answer, because at some point one imagines shame would kick in and the lies would eventually stop.well, it apparently doesn’t and they apparently won’t. the latest gun lie comes courtesy of numerous major media outlets and media figures. “senate wants to block rule on guns and the mentally ill,” says pbs. “congress just repealed rules to keep guns from the mentally ill,“ says the huffington post. “senate votes to block rule meant to prevent people with mental disorders from purchasing guns,” says the hartford courant.“congress just repealed a rule to keep the mentally ill






russian spy ship spotted off coast of connecticut


the russian spy ship viktor leonov ccb-175 in the havana, cuba, harbor in 2014.(photo: getty images) 198 connectlinkedinemailmorea russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a u.s. navy submarine base in connecticut on wednesday in what that state's congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new trump administration.a u.s. defense official told cnn the ssv-175 viktor leonov sailing in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment designed to intercept signals intelligence. fox news first reported the ship's location.the official noted it is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the u.s. similar patrols were carried out by the leonov in 2014 and 2015 off florida, and such missions were more common during the cold war.r






russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles off the coast of connecticut


the russian spy ship viktor leonov ccb-175 in the havana, cuba, harbor in 2014.(photo: getty images) 939 connect 1 linkedinemailmorea russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a u.s. navy submarine base in connecticut on wednesday in what that state's congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new trump administration.a u.s. defense official told cnn the ssv-175 viktor leonov sailing in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment designed to intercept signals intelligence. fox news first reported the ship's location.the official noted it is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the u.s. similar patrols were carried out by the leonov in 2014 and 2015 off florida, and such missions were more common during the cold wa






russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of connecticut


the russian spy ship viktor leonov ccb-175 in the havana, cuba, harbor in 2014.(photo: getty images) 4099 connect 3 linkedinemailmorea russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a u.s. navy submarine base in connecticut on wednesday in what that state's congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new trump administration.a u.s. defense official told cnn the ssv-175 viktor leonov sailing in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment designed to intercept signals intelligence. fox news first reported the ship's location.the official noted it is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the u.s. the leonov carried out similar patrols in 2014 and 2015 off the florida coast, and such missions were more common during the cold






russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of connecticut


the russian spy ship viktor leonov ccb-175 in the havana, cuba, harbor in 2014.(photo: getty images) 5839 connect 8 linkedinemailmorea russian spy ship patrolled 30 miles offshore a u.s. navy submarine base in connecticut on wednesday in what that state's congressman called an effort to test the resolve of the new trump administration.a u.s. defense official told cnn the ssv-175 viktor leonov sailing in international waters is outfitted with a variety of high-tech spying equipment designed to intercept signals intelligence. fox news first reported the ship's location.the official noted it is not the first time the ship has been deployed off the coast of the u.s. the leonov carried out similar patrols in 2014 and 2015 off the florida coast, and such missions were more common during the cold






donald trump, michael flynn and the russian ship just off the eastern seaboard a


for days, news reports have noted the presence of a russian naval ship lurking in international waters off the east coast of the united states. for some critics of president donald trump, the vessel has become a symbol of the administration’s ties with russia.trump himself referred to the ship at a marathon news conference thursday, saying that his critics probably think “the greatest thing i could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles offshore right out of the water.” he ruled that out.later in the news conference he added that he wouldn’t telegraph his plans regarding the vessel: “so when you ask me what am i going to do with a ship, the russian ship as an example, i’m not going to tell you,” he said. “but hopefully, i won’t have to do anything, but i’m not going to tell you.”a coast gua






coast guard tracking russian spy ship near submarine base in groton


the military tracked a russian spy ship moving up the east coast to within 30 miles of the naval submarine base in groton wednesday and some political figures called the maneuver another aggressive action by russian president vladimir putin."at this point there's not a violation of international waters. unless that happens you aren't going to see any aggressive pushback, but it's something that has us on high alert," u.s. rep. joe courtney, d-2nd district, told the courant. two retired navy submarine commanders downplayed the russian presence, saying the ship presents little threat to u.s. security. such russian intelligence ships routinely patrol areas outside u.s. naval bases and track u.s. and allied forces' naval exercises.the coast guard said it is tracking the ship's course, but wou






grammys may have missed an opportunity to salute leonard cohen and merle haggard


barley an hour after the conclusion of sunday’s grammy awards, an email arrived from a friend expressing disappointment at the telecast making short shrift of the deaths of two of the greatest musical poets of the last century, leonard cohen and merle haggard.both were name- and photo-checked in the quick “in memoriam” segment toward the end of the three-hour-and-40-minute marathon, while haggard received an additional millisecond of recognition in new grammy host james corden’s rapid-fire rap monologue.off network cameras and during a pre-telecast, veteran folk-pop singer judy collins gave cohen a gorgeous tribute in her performance of his song “suzanne,”  which she recorded half a century ago, helping bring him to the attention of the pop music world.but oh, how much more grammy official






l.a. opera's 30-year-old 'salome' is back, and not a kid anymore


thirty is not old in opera. an art form that been around for more than three centuries, it is also an art form that takes the long view. classic 1950s and 1960s opera recordings of standard repertory survive, thrillingly remastered to the latest hi-res standards. operas written 30, 40, even 50 years ago are perceived as modern.what does age as quickly as fashion, however, is staging. there are notable exceptions, of course, but in the vast majority of cases, the few remaining productions three or more decades old now look glaringly dated, if not downright camp.thirty years ago, los angeles opera, then called music center opera, was a new company; consequently, all its productions were new too. one from that first season, mounted in fall 1986, helped put the fledgling company on the map. st






l.a. opera's 30-year-old 'salome' is back, and not a kid anymore


thirty is not old in opera. an art form that’s been around for more than three centuries, it is also an art form that takes the long view. classic 1950s and 1960s opera recordings of standard repertory survive, thrillingly remastered to the latest hi-res standards. operas written 30, 40, even 50 years ago are perceived as modern.what does age as quickly as fashion, however, is staging. there are notable exceptions, of course, but in the vast majority of cases, the few remaining productions three or more decades old now look glaringly dated, if not downright camp.thirty years ago, los angeles opera, then called music center opera, was a new company; consequently, all its productions were new too. one from that first season, mounted in fall 1986, helped put the fledgling company on the map.