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Today in history: Dec. 3

December 3, 2018

25 years agoReps pick Rinaldi to leadWith two of its mavericks roped in, the Board of Representatives’ Democratic majority finally managed to elect Mary Lou Rinaldi as board president last night.The full board chose Rinaldi 21-19 over Minority Leader Ralph Loglisci, after a day’s delay for the Democrats to collect votes. The city’s Republican mayor, Democratic city chairman and Rinaldi all brightly asserted that the brief deadlock would have no impact on the way the board does the city’s business for the next two years.“We’re all professionals. Everybody elected to the board has a clear sense of duty,” said Rinaldi, D-5.The Democrats had refused to start the 23rd Board of Representatives the night before, lacking the votes of city Reps. Mildred Perillo, D-9, John Zelinsky Jr., D-11, and John Hogan Jr., D-12. Their votes would have been enough to elect Loglisci, R-14.20 years agoNo charges in death of pedestrianNo criminal charges will be brought against the driver who struck and killed an elderly Stamford pedestrian on Washington Boulevard on Sept. 30, a police official said last night.While there was no probable cause found to indicate Kenneth Dederick, 32, of Greenwich, was criminally negligent, Dedrick suffered from a vision problem that may have contributed to the accident, Deputy Police Chief Steven DeVito said.Dederick has no peripheral vision in one of his eyes, which could have prevented him from seeing Orian Rolle, 79, when she stepped into the street in front of his Ford Taurus, DeVito said.“He probably shouldn’t have been driving because of the defect,” DeVito said. “It could have made a difference in him seeing her.”15 years agoStamford teens arrested at dance may be expelledThe nine students arrested at Friday night’s homecoming dance at Stamford High School have been suspended and may be expelled, city officials said.Superintendent Anthony Mazzullo said the nine teens — six boys and three girls — were suspended for 10 days. When they return, each student will be given a hearing, Mazzullo said.“We will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “I have no tolerance whatsoever for this type of behavior, and I know the school shares this opinion.”The school will review each student’s case and impose the maximum penalties, he said. He would not address expulsion, but Assistant Police Chief John Geter said that’s a strong possibility.“I understand expulsion is going to be lined up for these kids, but I’m not sure which ones,” Geter said.Police were called to the school at 11:18 p.m. after a fight broke out between two 15-year-old boys. When officers arrived, they found several students fighting.erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com; (203) 964-2265; @erin_kayata

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