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

September 5, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Mike Melia at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. —A Connecticut judge heard arguments Wednesday about whether UConn football coach Randy Edsall should be allowed to retain his son as an assistant coach with the team. Judge Joseph Shortall did not issue a decision after the hearing in New Britain Superior Court, and it is not clear when he will rule. SENT: 345 words, photos.


With lawsuits mounting, the maker of OxyContin is providing a grant for a nonprofit to speed development of a lower-cost overdose antidote. Purdue Pharma announced its deal to help Harm Reduction Therapeutics develop a version of naloxone days after the number of lawsuits against the drug industry over the toll of opioids under one federal judge topped 1,000. By GEOFF MULVIHILL. SENT: 621 words, photos.



Vermont is suing a major drug company over its prescription opioid marketing practices that the attorney general says helped lead to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed the complaint against OxyContin-maker Purdue in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Wednesday. A number of other states have also filed separate lawsuits. By LISA RATHKE. SENT: 495 words.



— SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES: Law enforcement officials in Connecticut are investigating suspicious packages found at four buildings in downtown Hartford, including a government office and a courthouse.

— EXCESSIVE DENTISTRY: The Connecticut Department of Public Health is recommending a fine and probation for a local dentist who it says performed unsound and unnecessary work on a child.

— BOARDING SCHOOL SEX ABUSE: A Connecticut boarding school is removing the name of a former headmaster who was found to have failed to report sexual misconduct allegations from its athletic field.

— OFFICER KILLED-INVESTIGATION: A prosecutor in South Carolina says he is awaiting autopsy results and other information before deciding whether to file more charges in the death of an off-duty Connecticut police officer.

— OFFICER KILLED: A memorial service for a Connecticut police sergeant killed while trying to break up a fight outside a South Carolina bar is scheduled for this week.

— CAFETERIA WORKER-THREAT: Police say a Connecticut high school cafeteria worker was found with a rifle in his car and allegedly made a threatening comment to a co-worker.

— DRUG RING-SENTENCING: A Connecticut woman has been sentenced to a year in prison for her role in a New England drug ring.

— ROOMATE THREATENED: — A college student in Connecticut has been arrested after police say he chased his roommate with a knife and threatened to kill him.

— UBER DRIVER IMPOSTER: A Connecticut man who sexually assaulted a woman in his car while posing as a driver for a ride-hailing service has been sentenced to four years in prison.

— CHARTER-SPECTRUM WIRELESS SERVICE: Cable company Charter is launching its own wireless service as cable companies try to diversify to offset slowing traditional cable TV revenue.

— FUGITIVE APPREHENDED: A man on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most wanted fugitives list for allegedly killing his sister and an ex-girlfriend in New York City in 2002 has been captured in Connecticut. SENT: 130 words.

— RESOURCE OFFICER FIRED: A police officer assigned to a Manchester middle school has been fired after an investigation found he had inappropriate out-of-school communication with some students and even advised a 13-year-old boy to ask a girl of the same age for nude photographs. SENT: 130 words.

— CEMETERY VANDALIZED: Authorities in Connecticut say gravestones at a historic cemetery were vandalized. St. Patricks’ Cemetery in Meriden was recently vandalized with graffiti images and profanity. Most of the graves date back to the late 1800s. SENT: 130 words.



USA Basketball is turning to some of college basketball’s best women’s players to get the United States national team ready for World Cup play later this month. Two players from Oregon and Notre Dame and one from South Carolina are on the training camp roster. The group closes out camp in Columbia this week before heading north for exhibition games in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. By PETE IACOBELLI. SENT: 637 words, photos.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —Tom Brady says his goal is still to play five more years in the NFL. In the epilogue to his online documentary series “Tom Vs. Time” the 41-year-old Patriots quarterback says he expects it to be a challenge. But Brady feels like there are still things left for him to accomplish on the football field. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 560 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping the biggest comeback by the Boston Red Sox this year for a 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit and seesawed past Atlanta to sweep the three-game series between division leaders. By Charles Odum. SENT: 960 words, photos.


Luis Severino goes for his 18th win for the New York Yankees in their series finale against 10-game winner Mike Fiers and the Oakland Athletics. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET.


Zack Wheeler, who is 7-1 with a 1.83 ERA since June 27, starts for the New York Mets against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the series finale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET.


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