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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

March 22, 2019

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TOP STORY

VAN GOGH CONFIRMED

A painting at a Connecticut museum that’s long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated by Dutch researchers. The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford announced Friday that the oil painting “Vase with Poppies” has been verified by researchers at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam as having been painted by the Dutch artist in 1886, just after he moved to Paris. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA-CONNECTICUT: How a legalized reactional marijuana industry might work in Connecticut and the ramifications of taking such a step are being discussed at the state Capitol. SENT.

_ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: Three people have been shot during a brawl at a Connecticut nightclub. SENT.

_ SEX ASSAULT-MACHETE CHASE: A Connecticut man who was chased out of a home by a machete-wielding father whose 14-year-old daughter he was sexually assaulting has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. SENT.

_ MCDONALD’S EMBEZZLEMENT: A former manager at a Connecticut McDonald’s restaurant who conspired with a cashier to steal more than $25,000 has pleaded no contest. SENT.

_ SEX ASSAULT-FAILURE TO REPORT: A former Connecticut teacher charged with failing to report a high school student’s sexual assault allegations has applied for a probation program that could lead to the charge being dropped. SENT.

_ DEATH IN HOME: A Connecticut man is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of another man at his Sherman home. SENT.

_ PLANT CLOSING: A Kentucky plant that makes audio components for car manufacturers will close later this year. Harman Becker Automotive will close its doors in Simpson County in September. A statement from Connecticut-based Harman International called the move “an essential step to ensure the long-term competitiveness of our business.” SENT.

_ INMATE DEATH: Connecticut’s Corrections Department is conducting an internal investigation after an inmate who was restrained became unresponsive and died at a hospital. SENT.

_ POLICE CHIEF RESIGNING: The Hartford police chief says he is resigning after 14 months on the job to take a job with an aviation manufacturer. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-TOWSON-UCONN

UConn begins its quest for a 12th national title with a first-round game against Towson. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.

BKW--NCAA-BUFFALO-RUTGERS

Rutgers will again be without head coach Vivian Stringer as the Scarlet Knights take on Buffalo in the NCAA Tournament in Storrs. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 4:30 p.m. start.

BKW--NCAA WOMEN-TIPPING OFF

It’s going to be tough to top last season’s NCAA women’s tournament after one of the most exciting Final Four in the sports’ history. Yet if the regular season is any indication, this could be a wild three weeks. There were six upsets by double-digit seeds in the opening round last year. This could be the season that a 14 or 15 seed breaks through and wins for the first time in the NCAAs. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 580 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-MORANT’S RISE

Ja Morant went from a promising freshman playing for a good mid-major program to one of the best players in college basketball for Murray State as a sophomore. How did that happen? By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

NUGGETS-KNICKS

The Denver Nuggets look for a sixth straight victory when they visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

REPPING YOUR SON

It didn’t take long for TJ Linta to select an agent for a potential pro football career. “After an exhausting search, I finally settled on JLSPORTS,” he says with a laugh. The agent there is one Joe Linta, TJ’s father. And also his coach in high school. Joe Linta doesn’t have a huge NFL clientele, but he’s one of the most respected people in the field because of his background as a coach and scout. It certainly didn’t hurt TJ that Joe Flacco is one of his dad’s clients, and the younger Linta happens to be a quarterback. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 980 words.

HKW--NCAA-CLARKSON-WISCONSIN

No. 1 Wisconsin takes on No. 4 Clarkson in Hamden, Connecticut, in a rematch of the 2017 women’s hockey national championship game. UPCOMING: 150 words. 4 p.m. start.

HKW--NCAA-CORNELL-MINNESOTA

Cornell and Minnesota face off in the NCAA women’s hockey semifinals in Hamden, Connecticut. UPCOMING: 150 words. 7 p.m. ET start.

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