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Oct. 15—DANBURY — The school district saved about $2.8 million last fiscal year largely due to remote learning and lower insurance costs during the coronavirus pandemic. That surplus is expected to go into the city's reserve funds that the schools may use if necessary for technology, special education, insurance and general contingency, said John Spang, Jr., finance director. There is already ...

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Oct. 15—DANBURY — School officials said about 15 to 16 district employees have been placed on unpaid administrative leave this week because they failed to submit their COVID-19 test results on time. The vast majority of the about 1,870 staffers are complying with the governor's mandate that all state employees and educators be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or commit to weekly COVID testing, ...

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WASHINGTON — Four world-class gymnasts are asking Congress to dissolve the the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over the organization's mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. In a letter to two U.S. senators, Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney and NCAA gymnast Maggie Nichols said they are making the request after "years of patience, deliberation ...

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Oct. 15—NEW HAVEN — They did "Occupy the Corner" for nearly a month and the shootings stopped as the community and police pursue a two-pronged approach to change. For much of last month, the residents came together nightly in a parking lot to reclaim the space after there was a shooting there on Sept. 7, which followed a homicide blocks away the day before and a third nearby shooting the day ...

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A federal jury returned a rare verdict against a police officer Friday, awarding $350,000 to the mother of a 21-year old Bridgeport man who was shot in the back as he ran from a city detective eight years ago. The jury in New Haven concluded that the qualified immunity that regularly shields officers from liability in use of force cases did not apply to Detective Christopher Barona in the ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday implored Congress to pass his party’s major spending bill, saying it would expand access to child care and make America more competitive in the global economy. “Millions of American parents, especially moms, can’t be part of the workforce because they can’t afford the cost of child care,” Biden said Friday in a library at the Capitol Child Development ...

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A long-vacant lot in Hartford’s Clay Arsenal neighborhood, once the site of a paint store that leached high levels of lead into the ground, will soon become home to six families. Vernon-based developer Naek Construction Co. broke ground Thursday on the property at Edwards and Walnut streets, where the first of three, two-family homes — being built off-site — will arrive Monday. The modular ...

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Oct. 15—MANCHESTER — Masks are no longer required in public spaces due to sustained improvement in COVID-19 transmission rates, town officials said. Acting General Manager Steve Stephanou and Mayor Jay Moran said the mandate that had applied to all indoor public spaces, meeting spaces, private businesses, and places of employment ended at 12:01 a.m. Friday. Visitors to town-owned buildings ...

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Oct. 15—President Joe Biden arrived in Connecticut around 12:30 p.m. today, landing at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks on Air Force 1 and then taking a helicopter to Hartford. He's set to visit a child-care center near the Capitol to tout his Build Back Better agenda. His visit to Hartford and the University of Connecticu will cause temporary closures of a number of roads in the ...

President Joe Biden conceded Friday that his economic plan won’t pass Congress with $3.5 trillion in new spending over a decade, the level sought by liberals, but again declared that the legislation will become law. “I’m convinced we’re going to get this done,” he said at a childcare center in Hartford, Connecticut. “We’re not going to get $3.5 trillion. We’ll get less than that. But we’re ...