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Boy, 13, Dies After Ingesting Fentanyl, Collapsing at School

It's not clear how he got access to the dangerous opioid

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Connecticut boy died Saturday, two days after collapsing during gym class in his school's gymnasium due to a fentanyl overdose. Two other students who came in contact with the drug and were hospitalized at the same time have been released, USA Today reports. The mayor of Hartford,...

Dead Teen Hockey Player's Friend Petitions for New Rule

Skater wants neck guards to be required

(Newser) - A high school student who lost his friend doesn’t want anyone else to go through that. When 16-year-old high school sophomore Teddy Balkind suffered a fatal injury during a hockey game in Connecticut a week ago, he wasn’t wearing a neck guard. At first, authorities said Teddy had...

Here Are the Best, Worst States to Raise a Family

Massachusetts ranks highest in WalletHub's rankings, Mississippi comes in at the bottom

(Newser) - Finding the best place to settle down and raise a family can prove a tough choice, with different levels of import placed on the various factors in play, depending on who's being asked. WalletHub looked at more than four dozen metrics in five main categories to help ease the...

Community Mourns Teen Killed in Freak Accident

Hockey player fell and was struck by another kid

(Newser) - A community is mourning a high school sophomore after a hockey game turned tragic. Teddy Balkind was playing in a matchup between his school, St. Luke’s of New Canaan, Conn., and Brunswick School in Greenwich when he fell. Another student wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid...

High School Coach Suspended After 92-4 Win: 'No Mercy'

Conn. girls basketball coach Jason Kirck slammed for unsportsmanlike conduct

(Newser) - If your basketball team is winning by, say, 30 points, it's usually considered unsportsmanlike to keep making fast breaks and shooting three-pointers. Jason Kirck is finding out the hard way what happens when you violate that often-unspoken sports etiquette to the extreme. The coach was handed a suspension after...

School Board Meeting Over Mascot Ends With a Punch

Things got heated in Glastonbury, Conn., Tuesday night

(Newser) - A school board meeting in Connecticut got heated on Tuesday, and for once, COVID requirements and critical race theory weren't the cause. At issue was Glastonbury High School mascots, the subject of the special board of education meeting being held that night in Glastonbury. The school's mascot has...

Cops Grab Canoe to Save Elderly Man

He was submerged in cold waters off the Connecticut coast

(Newser) - Police officers in coastal Connecticut grabbed a nearby canoe belonging to a private citizen instead of waiting for a police boat when they located a missing elderly man early Tuesday. The Westport officers paddled to the rescue after spotting the man partially submerged off Saugatuck Shores Beach, reports the Hartford ...

Cops: Wife Told Husband He Had Alzheimer's, Stole $600K
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Cops: Wife Duped Husband for Years, to the Tune of $600K

Donna Marino's spouse didn't have Alzheimer's but she made him think he did to control his money

(Newser) - For two decades, a Connecticut man says he let his wife handle virtually all of his finances for him, a move he apparently felt even more necessary once he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. At least, he thought he'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. East Haven police say that'...

These Are the Safest States Amid the Pandemic
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10 Safest, Least Safe States in US

Vermont is No. 1 and Louisiana is last

(Newser) - WalletHub usually considers a wide range of factors in determining the safest states in America, including the number of assaults, mass shootings, and terrorist attacks. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic still in play, it's also considering the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated. That's one...

Doctor Accused of Fraud Has Bigger Problems Now

FBI says Anatoly Braylovsky tried to hire a hitman to take out a witness

(Newser) - Connecticut doctor Anatoly Braylovsky got burned in a sting operation last year and was charged with making bogus opioid prescriptions. This year, the FBI says he got burned in yet another sting and is charged with trying to hire a hitman to help him beat the first charges. As the...

Amazon Delivery Thwarted by Entitled Bear
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Amazon Delivery Thwarted by Entitled Bear

We doubt the black bear could use the TP it swiped off a Conn. resident's porch, but A for effort

(Newser) - Last month, the Hearst Connecticut Media editorial board asked a pointed question: "Can we talk about all these bears in CT?" But while the board expressed concern about the 5,500-plus bear sightings in the state this year—more than double the number from 10 years ago—it didn'...

Introducing Your New Bus Driver: Mom and Dad

Meanwhile, one school district will force many kids to walk

(Newser) - Schools in many states are having a hard time finding school bus drivers—to the extent that one school is offering to pay parents who drive their kids. The EastSide Charter School in Wilmington, Del., is offering $700 per year for each child that is dropped off and picked up....

Grad Charged After Hitler Quote Turns Up in Yearbook

Connecticut high school students will get a replacement book

(Newser) - A recent high school graduate has been charged with two counts of third-degree computer crime after some offensive quotes turned up in the yearbook. Two students at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut found very different quotes on their pages than the ones they’d chosen. One, with references to drugs,...

Sandy Hook Families: Gunmaker Sent Us 18K Cartoons

Motion tied to suit alleges Remington handed over tens of thousands of 'random' files to stall

(Newser) - A gunmaker sued in 2014 by nine Sandy Hook families has spent seven years pulling together tens of thousands of documents for discovery proceedings, claiming it was using "extensive resources" to do so. Now, in a complaint filed last week in Connecticut Superior Court, lawyers for those families allege...

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in 19th State

Connecticut plans to address harm done by war on drugs

(Newser) - Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday signed a bill making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which remains an illegal drug under federal law. People age 21 and older will be allowed to possess and consume marijuana beginning on July 1 under the new law, which also...

State Makes Prison Phone Calls on the House

Connecticut is the first state to remove the barrier to families keeping in contact

(Newser) - Connecticut has gone from charging some of the highest rates in the nation for prison phone calls to providing them free of charge. A vendor with the state contract has been charging as much as $5 for a 15-minute call, WTNH reports. Inmates, including juveniles, will now be entitled to...

Outrage After 8th Noose Found at Amazon Site

'There's no way this should be happening in Connecticut in 2021'

(Newser) - After a seventh noose was found at a warehouse construction site in Connecticut last week, Amazon closed the Windsor site for the weekend to install extra security measures as police and the FBI investigated the incident as a possible hate crime. Community leaders expressed outrage after an eighth noose was...

Weeks Long Search For Mother Ends in Tragedy and Arrest

The body of Jessica Edwards was found and her husband was charged

(Newser) - The body of a Connecticut woman who'd been the subject of a search for nearly two weeks has been found, a development that led police directly to her young husband. Per ABC News , the South Windsor Police Department announced the discovery of 30-year-old Jessica Edwards' body in an East...

Amazon Halts Warehouse Build After 7th Noose Is Found

Local police are working with FBI and state authorities on 'potential' hate crimes

(Newser) - Amazon has temporarily shut down a new warehouse construction site in Connecticut after a seventh noose was found hanging over a beam, a series of incidents local police called potential hate crimes. Another rope tied like a noose was discovered Wednesday at the site in Windsor, about 10 miles north...

Killer's Appeal Rejected in Triple Homicide

Joshua Komisarjevsky and another man murdered a woman, daughters in Connecticut

(Newser) - The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a man convicted of murder, sexual assault, and other crimes in the killings of a woman and her two daughters , ages 11 and 17, in a 2007 home invasion. Justices issued a 7-0 decision Monday upholding the convictions against Joshua Komisarjevsky, per...

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