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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
PARENT LUNCHROOM BAN
One mother shed tears when she read the superintendent’s announcement. Another said it felt like a body blow. After struggling with growing numbers of parents in school cafeterias, the Darien school system said parents and guardians would no longer be welcome to visit with their children during lunch at the town’s elementary schools. By Michael Melia. SENT: 780 words, photos.
A broad coalition of organized labor, environmental advocates, business groups and private companies is launching a new lobbying effort to introduce congestion tolls in Manhattan. The alliance, known as the Fix Our Transit coalition, was created to push state lawmakers to approve the tolls, which would be levied on vehicles entering the busiest parts of Manhattan as a way to raise money for New York City’s deteriorating subways and transit system. By David Klepper. SENT: 440 words.
— TAX FRAUD: A Connecticut businessman who prosecutors say led the IRS on a “wild goose chase” by avoiding paying more than $4.8 million in federal income taxes has been sentenced. SENT.
— DEADLY HOME INVASION: The triggerman in a deadly Connecticut home invasion spurred by the desire to steal $25,000 in marijuana sales proceeds has been sentenced to 55 years in prison. SENT.
— BANK ACQUISITION: Connecticut-based People’s United Bank has reached an agreement to acquire a Boston-area bank in a transaction valued at $327 million. SENT.
— CHILD SEX ASSAULT: A 36-year-old Connecticut man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl he met at the church they both attended. SENT.
— EXOTIC BIRDS STOLEN: Police say exotic birds equaling a total of $15,000 were stolen from a Connecticut pet store this week. New Haven police say the call came in early Tuesday when a newspaper delivery man noticed a pried-open door at a pet store. SENT: 130 words.
— MAN SHOT DEAD: Police in Bridgeport are investigating the city’s ninth homicide of the year. Capt. Brian Fitzgerald says a 30-year-old man was shot in the neck and torso at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.
No. 2 UConn hosts No. 16 DePaul just four days before the Huskies’ showdown with top-ranked Notre Dame. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. start.
PATRIOTS-THIRD DOWN FOCUS
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expecting the Vikings defense to give them their biggest challenge of the season. One of the main reasons is Minnesota’s stinginess on third down, where it is allowing opposing offensives to convert a league-low 28 percent of the time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Yale at Bryant, 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac at UMass, 7 p.m.
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