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

April 2, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are due back in federal court on charges stemming from a far-ranging college admissions bribery scam. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated from court appearances set to start at 2:30 p.m., photos, video planned.

TOP STORIES

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts authorities created a false picture of the Sackler family’s role in promoting OxyContin, the Sacklers said Tuesday in their first court response to allegations that individual family members _ not just their company, Purdue Pharma _ helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. The Sackler family says a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and the family of hiding the risks of opioids from doctors and patients is riddled with inaccurate and misleading statements. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-JOE BIDEN

As former Vice President Joe Biden’s camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behavior with women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance. “Join the straight-arm club,” Pelosi told a breakfast hour Washington event on Tuesday. In other words, keep your handshakes at arms’ length and don’t be touchy-feely.” SENT: 730 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Wealthy parents charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery scam could also face additional criminal charges and hefty fines for deducting the bribes from their income taxes, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 760 words by 9 a.m., file photo planned.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

A report by Massachusetts casino regulators has found that Wynn Resorts executives concealed for years allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ 50 CENT MANSION: Rapper 50 Cent’s 50,000-square-foot mansion in Connecticut that first went on the market 12 years ago has finally sold at a fraction of the original asking price. SENT.

_ LAWMAKER-ELECTION FINE: A Connecticut state lawmaker has agreed to pay a decade-old $4,500 fine for election law violations, but continues to insist she did nothing wrong. SENT.

_ CONNECTICUT BUDGET: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says he plans to limit the number of State Bond Commission meetings as part of his “debt diet,” an effort to reduce state borrowing. SENT.

_ RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA-CONNECTICUT: Gov. Ned Lamont says he remains optimistic Connecticut lawmakers will pass legislation legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, despite opposition from four state medical society presidents. SENT.

_ POLAND SPRING LAWSUIT: A judge has given new life to a class-action lawsuit accusing Poland Spring of selling water that’s sourced from wells, not springs. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-STAMFORD: Police say a New York City man was the victim of Stamford, Connecticut’s first homicide of the year. SENT.

_ SCHOOL INVESTIGATION: A Connecticut mayor says multiple staff members are under investigation at a local high school, including the principal who has been placed on paid administrative leave. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE: Police say a person found dead inside a Connecticut home destroyed by a fire last week has been identified as a 27-year-old woman from Massachusetts. SENT.

_ RAPE ACQUITTAL-LAWSUIT: A Connecticut man acquitted of raping a Sacred Heart University student he met at a Bridgeport bar has sued the student and the university. SENT.

_ ILLEGAL ASBESTOS REMOVAL: Federal authorities say two brothers who risked workers’ health through the illegal removal of asbestos from a property they owned have been ordered to pay fines and perform community service. SENT.

SPORTS:

NCAA-UCONN RALLY

UConn coach Geno Auriemma is a bit bemused by what seems like a renewed sense of enthusiasm in the Huskies fan base. Hundreds of supporters, some lined up three or four deep behind barriers, waited almost an hour outside Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday to cheer the team as it headed out to the program’s record 20th Final Four. UConn faces rival Notre Dame in the national semifinal on Friday night in Tampa, Florida. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Columbus Blue Jackets can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Boston Bruins, coupled with a regulation loss by Montreal. Meanwhile, Boston is trying to secure home-ice advantage in the playoffs. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-A’S

Lefty Chris Sale, tagged for seven runs in three innings pitching opening day at Seattle, makes his second 2019 start for the Red Sox when they face Khris Davis and the Athletics. By Rob Gloster. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

TIGERS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ With the injury-depleted Yankees missing sluggers Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar and nearly half their everyday lineup, New York sends Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) to the mound against a slumping Detroit offense. Jordan Zimmermann pitches for the Tigers after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning on opening day last week in Toronto. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6:35 p.m.

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