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

March 7, 2019

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TOP STORY:

PELOSI-LEADERSHIP STUMBLES

It wasn’t exactly a mic-drop moment. But when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly ended a conversation as a freshman Connecticut lawmaker no longer seemed to be listening, it showed just how far the Democratic leader and the new majority have to go in getting used to each other. A lot has changed in the 12 years since Pelosi last ran the House. By Lisa Mascaro and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1,130 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE: Authorities say one person has died in an early morning fire at an affordable housing complex in Bloomfield. SENT.

_ BLACKJACK DEALER-CHEATING: A former blackjack dealer at a Connecticut casino has been charged with conspiring with two gamblers to cheat the casino out of more than $60,000. SENT.

_ OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS: Several Connecticut mayors have joined forces in an effort to change state law in response to a judge dismissing lawsuits by 37 cities and towns blaming prescription drugmakers for the opioid crisis. SENT.

_ DRIVE-BY SHOOTING DEATH: A teenager who police say provided a gun used in a fatal drive-by shooting in Connecticut has been sentenced to nine years in prison. SENT.

_ DAYTIME FATAL SHOOTING: Police have released the name of the man killed in a daytime shooting in Bridgeport earlier this week. SENT.

_ BALLOTS REJECTED: The town of Groton saw 77 voters’ ballots rejected due to a poll worker’s incorrect instructions to voters. The Connecticut Post reports the State Elections Enforcement Commission is investigating the issue. SENT.

_ XEROX-HOLDING COMPANY: Norwalk-based Xerox is reorganizing under a new holding company, saying that it will have more strategic, operational and financial flexibility. SENT.

_ HIGH SCHOOL E-SPORTS TEAMS: New Mexico is joining a handful of other states, including Connecticut, in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport _ video games. SENT.

SPORTS:

UCONN’S QUIRKY ALL-AMERICANS

UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier consider themselves kindred, if somewhat quirky spirits. The Huskies two All-Americans have known each other since meeting at a USA basketball camp when they were sophomores in high school and have been inseparable since arriving in Storrs more than four years ago. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 700 words, photos.

PANTHERS-BRUINS

The Florida Panthers visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RANGERS-RED WINGS

The New York Rangers visit the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup of slumping teams. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

SUPER BOWL DVD

NFL Films is no stranger to producing films commemorating a Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots. When it came time to tell the story of the Patriots’ sixth championship, they found that tying it into the past five was the best route. The final product is a 75-minute DVD that shows how the Patriots’ road to their third title the past five years had many of the trademarks of past championship New England squads. The DVD was released to the public on Tuesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ORIOLES-YASTRZEMSKI

The grandson of a Hall of Fame outfielder with a very notable last name, 28-year-old Mike Yastrzemski remains hopeful of finally making to the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. By Rich Dubroff. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

IMPROVED NL EAST

For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single. Not anymore. Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay in the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Temple at UConn, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Fairfield vs. Manhattan at Albany, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

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