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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 1:30 pm, CT

January 24, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

PROFESSOR-NAZI SALUTE

A community college fired a business professor Thursday accused of comparing education officials to Nazis by shouting in German and giving a Nazi salute for more than 10 minutes at a faculty and administrators’ meeting. By Dave Collins. SENT: 420 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HOUSE DEMOCRATS

President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He’s unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s not even about the wall at this point. Democrats are sticking together with an unusual amount of unity as a way to strengthen Pelosi’s hand and set a tone in the new Congress that Trump can’t simply demand $5.7 billion _ using federal workers as leverage _ to get his long-promised border wall with Mexico, or anything else on his wish list. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ SCHOOL SEXUAL ASSAULTS: Two administrators at a Connecticut high school have been placed on paid leave amid an investigation into a coach fired after he was charged with sexually assaulting two students. SENT.

_ INMATE DEATH: An investigation into the death of a Connecticut prison inmate has cleared the prison’s staff of any criminal wrongdoing. SENT.

_ POLICE COMMISSIONER RESIGNATION: A Connecticut police commissioner who was reportedly recorded making racist remarks to other residents has resigned. SENT.

_ UTILITY INDICTMENTS: Taxpayers and officials are objecting to an agreement that allows an indicted public utilities official to retire with full benefits and compensatory pay. SENT.

_ SUSPECT DRIVER SHOT: Police have identified a driver who was critically injured after he was shot by officers and crashed into a tree in Ledyard. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-BALL CONTROL

The Patriots’ biggest weapon on offense this postseason has been their ability to keep the ball out of their opponents’ hands. Their commitment and success in the run game have allowed them to dominate time of possession in their first two wins, each time holding a 16-minute advantage over the Chargers and Chiefs. The Patriots have also been efficient on third down, successfully eliminating opportunities for both Philip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes. They’re hoping to do the same to Jared Goff and the Rams. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

RAMS-GOFF’S ARRIVAL

Jared Goff was 7 years old when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl in early 2002. The Rams quarterback has looked up to his fellow Bay Area native ever since, and now they’re meeting in the Super Bowl. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 9 p.m. ET.

IMPROVING RANGERS

With the New York Rangers playing their best in months as they went into their extended break, veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist hopes his young teammates don’t too focus far ahead when they return. The Rangers have won four of five to pull nine points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 725 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CCSU at Bryant, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Sacred Heart at Robert Morris, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Siena at Fairfield, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

_ Digital technology offers new ways to teach lessons from the Holocaust, and UConn is taking advantage. By Jennifer Rich, Rowan University. https://theconversation.com/digital-technology-offers-new-ways-to-teach-lessons-from-the-holocaust-102023

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