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  • Director, actress Penny Marshall dies at 75

    Penny Marshall, who starred in “Laverne & Shirley” before becoming one of the top-grossing female directors in Hollywood, has died. She was 75. Mashall’s publicist, Michelle Bega, said Marshall passed away in her Hollywood Hills, Calif., home on Monday due to complications from diabetes. Marshall starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley,” which aired from 1976 to 1983. As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 […]

  • Police say former caretaker arrested in connection with desecration of graves at Bridgeport cemetery

    BRIDGEPORT — A former cemetery caretaker has been arrested in connection with the desecration of dozens of graves at the Bridgeport burial ground she and her husband oversaw for decades. Bridgeport police say Dale LaPrade turned herself in Thursday after being told there was a warrant for her arrest. She was charged with felony interference with a cemetery and released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 18. Complaints from relatives of those buried at Park Cemetery led police to […]

  • Report on Connecticut child deaths urges better access to day care

    HARTFORD  — An investigation of nine child deaths at Connecticut day cares found most of the victims died at illegal home care programs, raising concerns about the ability of low-income families to afford high-quality, legal child care, according to a new report released Tuesday. The report by state Child Advocate Sarah Eagan’s office examined child deaths in licensed and unlicensed home care settings between March 2016 and November 2017. There were no deaths at day cares that are not run […]

  • Arizona governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

    PHOENIX  — Arizona’s governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday that McSally will take over after Kyl’s resignation becomes effective Dec. 31. McSally lost the Senate race to Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. “With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona,” Ducey said in a statement. “I thank […]

  • Hartford garbage plant breakdown causing trash to pile up

    HARTFORD — Equipment failures at a Connecticut garbage plant are causing trash to pile up. The Hartford Courant reports a regional trash facility in Hartford has been unable to burn refuse for weeks and has been hauling garbage out of state at a high cost. The South Meadows facility collects trash and recycling from dozens of area communities and converts it into electricity. Thomas Kirk, head of the state’s Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority, says it could take until mid-January to get […]

  • Gimme an ‘A’: Tunnel authority to move decoration after poll

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.   — The great Holland Tunnel wreath controversy has been resolved. After complaints about the placement of two holiday wreaths and a tree decoration over the New York-bound tunnel, more than 21,000 people voted in a poll commissioned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the tunnel’s operator. Poll numbers were released Monday. The consensus? Move the tree from over the “N” in “Holland” to over the “A,” and remove a wreath hanging over the […]

  • Federal report says homelessness climbed in Connecticut

    HARTFORD — Connecticut experienced a 17.4 percent increase in homelessness between 2017 and 2018, according to a federal report released Monday. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s annual assessment to Congress counted the number of homeless on one day in January 2017 and compared the tally to a day in January of this year. It found that 3,976 people experienced homelessness on the count day this year. Most were in emergency shelters or transitional housing, while 581 people were unsheltered. […]

  • Revenues dip at Massachusetts and Connecticut casinos

    BOSTON — Gambling revenues have dipped at Massachusetts’ casinos for another month. The state Gaming Commission reported Monday that MGM Springfield generated $21 million in gambling revenues in November, the third full month the state’s first Las Vegas-style resort casino has been open. Those gambling revenue figures are down from October’s $22 million and September’s $27 million. Plainridge Park in Plainville, meanwhile, generated $12.8 million in November, down from October’s $13.5 million and September’s $14.3 million, the commission reported . MGM Springfield President Michael […]

  • Complaints issued over sex offender chosen as grand marshal in parade

    SARDIS, Miss. — Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade. WMC-TV reports Michael Saripkin presided over the Sardis Christmas parade Tuesday. Saripkin was convicted in Tennessee of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory rape in 1997. In 2013, he was convicted in Mississippi of inappropriately touching a child. Store owner Carolyn Whaley says she knew of Saripkin’s past but didn’t […]

  • Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

    OZARKS, Mo. — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie “Bambi” as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer. David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents have called one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history, the Springfield News-Leader reports . “The deer were trophy bucks taken illegally, mostly at night, […]