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

February 9, 2019

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TOP STORY:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-RED FLAG LAWS

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country. Supporters say these “red flag” laws are among the most promising tools to reduce the nearly 40,000 suicides and homicides by firearm each year in the U.S. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

_ With SCHOOL SHOOTING-RED FLAG LAWS-CONNECTICUT GLANCE: The number of warrants issued under Connecticut’s red flag law has spiked in recent years, following the mass shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. SENT: 141 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OBIT-HEAD START FOUNDER: Edward Zigler, a Yale University professor who helped create the Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers in the 1960s, has died at his Connecticut home. SENT.

_ MONTICELLO REPLICA: A co-founder of the Friendly’s restaurant chain and his wife are hoping to turn a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home into the centerpiece of a new educational and business center in Connecticut. SENT.

_ BREWERY-FARM PURCHASE: A small but highly-regarded Massachusetts craft beer brewer has purchased a working farm in Connecticut where it plans to grow crops, build fermentation facilities and make cider. SENT.

_ HWS-PRESIDENT: Hobart and William Smith Colleges have named Wesleyan University provost Joyce Jacobsen as president. The private upstate New York colleges announced the appointment on Friday. SENT.

_ PATRIOTS FANS-LOMBARDI TROPHY: New England Patriots fans still reveling in the team’s sixth Super Bowl championship can get their picture taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Super Bowl 53 trophy will be on display for fan photos on Saturday and Sunday at the Patriots Hall of Fame next to Gillette Stadium. SENT.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-TEMPLE-UCONN

The No. 5 UConn women return to campus to host Temple, a team they beat on the road last month by 21 points. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.

CLIPPERS-CELTICS

The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Boston Celtics. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

RAPTORS-KNICKS

The Toronto Raptors visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

KINGS-BRUINS

The Los Angeles Kings visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Mount St. Mary’s at Sacred Heart, 3 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Monmouth (NJ) at Fairfield, 1 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

CCSU at Robert Morris, 4 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Penn at Yale, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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