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

March 13, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

LAWMAKER-ELECTION FINE

Connecticut officials are threatening to take a state lawmaker to court for not paying a $4,500 fine for election law violations dating to 2006. The move comes after The Associated Press inquired about the fine levied against Hartford Democratic Rep. Minnie Gonzalez. By Dave Collins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AARON HERNANDEZ CONVICTION

Massachusetts’ highest court reinstates the murder conviction of former NFL star and Connecticut native Aaron Hernandez, which was erased after he killed himself in prison in 2017. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 500 words, photo.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. SENT: 800 words, photos, video

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-THE LATEST

TIM DAHLBERG-COLLEGE SCANDALS.

SMALLBIZ SMALL TALK-CYBERCRIME

When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software. Shemanskis told staffers to quickly shut down their PCs, which helped limit the malware’s spread, but the company did lose about a day’s worth of work. The saving grace for the Manchester, Connecticut, manufacturer of building materials was it had backed up most of its files. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHURCH ABUSE-CONNECTICUT: A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut has agreed to pay a former altar boy $900,000 to settle claims that he was sexually abused by a priest. SENT.

_ WOMAN SHOT-ARREST: A Connecticut man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend has been captured in South Carolina after more than a month on the run. SENT.

_ LIGHTHOUSE REOPENING: A historic Connecticut lighthouse is scheduled to reopen to the public for the first time since 2015. SENT.

_ POLICE HARASSMENT COMPLAINT: Activists are calling on city officials to take action after allegations of sexual harassment were lodged against the Hartford Police Department. SENT.

_ GUNS-VACANT BUILDING: Police in New Haven say they discovered a cache of weapons underneath the floor of a vacant clock factory. SENT.

SPORTS:

FREE AGENCY-PATRIOTS

The Patriots lost two big names in the opening hours of free agency after both edge rusher Trey Flowers and left tackle Trent Brown signed with the Lions and Raiders. But they traded for veteran Michael Bennett to replace Flowers and seem content that Isaiah Wynn, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles tendon, can protect Tom Brady’s blind side. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

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