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

January 16, 2019

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Connecticut’s Office of the Child Advocate is out with a report detailing the mistreatment of children incarcerated or confined by the state’s criminal-justice system. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.


A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it would be the country’s first to write such a requirement into law. SENT: 350 words.


Supporters of Eduardo Samaniego are planning rallies in Massachusetts ahead of a court hearing in Georgia, where the prominent local immigration activist has been detained since October and faces deportation to his native Mexico. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 530 words.


_ MANAFORT LAW LICENSE: A Connecticut judge has accepted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s proposal to permanently give up his right to practice law in the state amid disbarment proceedings. SENT.

_ COCAINE SHIPMENTS: Federal authorities have intercepted more than 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to Connecticut. SENT.

_ HEROIN DEALER SENTENCED: A Haitian national who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in the greater Norwalk area for most of the past decade has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. SENT.

_ WEAPONIZED DRONES-ASSAULT CHARGES: A Connecticut man who created popular online videos of drones firing guns and shooting flames has been sentenced to prison on unrelated charges of assaulting and interfering with police. SENT.

_ FISHERMEN’S FORUM: New England’s largest trade show for fishermen is slated to take place at the end of February and the beginning of March. SENT.



The No. 2 UConn women visit Tulane looking for their 90th consecutive American Athletic Conference win. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8 p.m.


Connecticut plays Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


The Toronto Raptors visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


The Boston Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Patriots’ defense in the second half of their regular-season meeting, nearly leading the Chiefs to a comeback win. New England is hoping its effort disrupting Philip Rivers and the Chargers in the divisional round will carry over against Kansas City. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.


One is the sixth-round pick that became arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The other is the first-round choice in his first full season as starter. Yet there are similarities between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and some day their resumes may be similar, too. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


The Boston Red Sox are keeping their popular minor league affiliate in Maine’s largest city through at least 2022. The Double-A Portland Sea Dogs announced the extension of their player development contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.


UConn has hired Lou Spanos, a coach with experience in both college and the NFL, to fix its historically bad defense. SENT: 130 words.


Hartford at Maine, 7 p.m.


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