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

March 25, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-SUICIDES

The community of Parkland, Florida, is focusing attention on its suicide prevention programs after two survivors of the Florida high school massacre killed themselves in a week. Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky said Monday that community leaders, government officials, parents, police and others held an emergency meeting Sunday after a second Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student apparently killed himself over the weekend. Also Monday, police in Connecticut said the father of one of the 20 children slain at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 was found dead in an apparent suicide. Newtown police say the body of 49-year-old Jeremy Richman was found inside Edmond Town Hall, where he had an office. SENT: 500 words, photos.

With: SCHOOL SHOOTING-SUICIDES-THE LATEST

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Several coaches at elite universities and others charged with participating in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme are due in Boston federal court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. court appearance.

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-YALE

Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student linked to a national bribery scandal. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOUSE FIRE-THREE DEAD: Authorities in Connecticut continue to investigate a weekend house fire that killed three people. The blaze in the ranch-style home in Oxford was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. SENT.

_ CLERGY ABUSE-CONNECTICUT: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in Connecticut has added 10 more names to its list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. SENT.

_ DEADLY BLAZE: A Connecticut woman has died in an early morning house fire in Windham. SENT.

SPORTS:

NCAA WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF

Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night. UConn’s back in the regional semifinals for the 26th consecutive year. The Huskies had to work for it as pesky Buffalo rallied from a 24-point, third-quarter deficit to get within eight in the fourth before the Huskies won by 12. It was UConn’s closest game in the second round since a two-point victory over Xavier in 1999. The next-closest was a 15-point win over TCU in 2003. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 980 words, photos.

GOING GRONK

Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished. Yeah, but what about Gronk? Well, the party is about to go bazooka. Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever Gronk wants. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

BRUINS-LIGHTNING

The Boston Bruins seek their fifth straight win when they visit the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. By Erik Erlendsson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PENGUINS-RANGERS

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are in a tight race in the Metropolitan Division as the regular season winds down. They head to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers, who are coming off an overtime win in Toronto. By Simmi Buttar. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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