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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 4 pm, CT

December 5, 2018

Editors, news directors:

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The story slugged Desecrated Graves originally listed on Wednesday’s digest has been pushed back until Thursday.

TOP STORY:

COAST GUARD ACADEMY-RETALIATION

Department of Homeland Security investigators have determined that officials at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy retaliated against a faculty member who had complained of harassment and bullying based on her gender and race. SENT. 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DISASTER DECLARATION: Connecticut state agencies, municipalities, and the state’s two federally recognized tribes are now eligible to receive federal financial assistance to help repair the damage caused by severe rain and flooding in September. SENT.

_ PARTY DEATH-LUXURY APARTMENT: A man will spend up to life in prison for the beating and stabbing death of a party guest from Connecticut at his luxury Manhattan apartment. SENT.

_ POLICE CHASE DEATH: The family of a Connecticut woman killed during a police chase is suing Danbury and the police officer who led the pursuit. SENT.

_ ATHEIST HOLIDAY BANNER: A Connecticut town has approved an atheist holiday banner for display at the town square. SENT.

_ SCHOOL BULLETS: Police are investigating after a student found two bullets in a Connecticut school’s gymnasium. SENT.

_ MAYOR FINED: A Connecticut mayor has been fined $500 for violating campaign law during her re-election bid. SENT.

_ SCREWS-FLAT TIRES: Plainville police are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for leaving screws in a roadway and causing hundreds of flat tires. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--LAFAYETTE-UCONN

UConn looks to bounce back from a loss to Arizona as it concludes a five-game homestand by hosting Lafayette. By Pat Eaton-Robb UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 6 p.m. start.

BKC--T25-HARTFORD-DUKE

No. 3 Duke continues its five-game homestand with a visit from Hartford. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from 7 p.m. start.

OTHER MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Lehigh at Yale, 7 p.m.

Quinnipiac at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-IMPROVED DEFENSE

Earlier this season opponents took advantage of a New England defense that struggled to get pressure up front and was susceptible to giving up big plays in the secondary. The Patriots appear to be tightening up at the right time. New England’s defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer in five-straight games. It also has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine-straight games, dating back to Week 3 against the Lions. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

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