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

February 18, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

BLUMENTHAL-ANIMAL ABUSE BILL

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. _ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited an animal control facility in Connecticut Monday to push for a bill to prevent animal cruelty. The Connecticut Democrat went to the West Hartford Animal Control facility to talk about the Prevent Animal Torture and Cruelty, or PACT, Act. SENT: 250 words.

OBIT-WWII KISSING SAILOR PHOTO

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal. By The Associated Press. SENT: 370 words, AP Photos.

SCHOOL SAFETY

HARRISBURG, Pa. _ A threat reporting system now required for all Pennsylvania schools fielded more than 4,900 tips in its first month, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along to local police and school officials. The goal of the Safe 2 Say Something program, which funnels tips to an around-the-clock call center at the attorney general’s headquarters in Harrisburg, is to respond to troubling behavior, unsafe school situations and anything else tipsters deems appropriate to report. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: 700 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PUPPETRY SLAM: STORRS, Conn. _ Professional puppeteers and students from around New England are coming to the University of Connecticut for a puppetry slam. The 2019 UConn Winter Puppet Slam, similar to a poetry slam, will feature short works of puppetry. It will be held on Friday at the school’s Konover Auditorium. SENT.

SPORTS:

T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Tina Langley had a vision when she took over Rice’s women’s basketball program four years ago. The Owls have been steadily improving every season and now can add an appearance in the AP Top 25 to their achievements. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.

BRUINS-SHARKS

SAN JOSE, Calif. _ The Boston Bruins visit the San Jose Sharks. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. PST

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