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

February 15, 2019

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TOP STORIES:

TRAINING FLIGHT CRASH

A relative of a student pilot who died in a small plane crash in Connecticut has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the flying school and the instructor who survived the 2017 wreck. It’s the second such lawsuit against the now-defunct American Flight Academy in connection with two fatal plane crashes involving students within a five-month period. By Dave Collins. SENT: 500 words.

NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT-AARON HERNANDEZ

A judge has ruled that the young daughter of deceased NFL player Aaron Hernandez did not opt out of the NFL concussion settlement in time to pursue a separate lawsuit against the league. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MYSTERY BODY IDENTIFIED

A man whose naked body was found on an island off Connecticut nearly 23 years ago was finally identified this week through a new search of an updated national fingerprint database. But the man, Landberto Quintero, remains a mystery to authorities. Norwalk police on Friday released Quintero’s name and hoped the move would prompt relatives to come forward. Authorities haven’t been able to identify any of his family members. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUBURBAN PROSTITUTION: Police in Connecticut have arrested two residents of an upscale Hartford suburb on prostitution charges. SENT.

_ WOMAN SHOT-MISTAKEN IDENTITY: A Connecticut man plans to sue two towns after he was mistaken for a murder suspect with the same name and arrested. SENT.

_ SCHOOL BUS-SEX ASSAULTS LAWSUIT: A Connecticut town has agreed to settle two lawsuits that alleged a student with behavioral problems sexually assaulted two other students on separate occasions on a school bus. SENT.

_ COCAINE DEALER SENTENCED: A Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring that was run out of prison by another man. SENT.

_ SUNKEN YACHT: A salvage crew is scheduled to raise a sunken luxury yacht out of the Connecticut River amid concerns about potential fuel leakage from the vessel. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-DUCKS

The Anaheim Ducks look to go 2-0 under Bob Murray when they host the Boston Bruins, who have won three straight. By Dan Greenspan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.

RANGERS-SABRES

The Buffalo Sabres are 3-2-1 in preparing to close a seven-game homestand against the New York Rangers on Friday night. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

TOP ROTATIONS

Forget this obsession with bullpens for a second. From the Red Sox and Indians to the Nationals and Mets, plenty of clubs are still anchored by well-armed rotations. “At the end of the day, your starting staff is the backbone of your team,” Washington ace Max Scherzer said. “Being a reliable starting staff, that’s something that is underappreciated in the game.” As pitchers begin to limber up at spring training, here’s a look at baseball’s five best rotations. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Fairfield at Canisius, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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

Marist at Quinnipiac, 8 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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