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BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

December 27, 2018

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The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight _ not yet, at least _ but to help the men and women who do. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized devices that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. About 1,200 words with photos.



Outgoing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and members of his administration had high praise Thursday for Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont’s nominee to lead the state’s prisons. The Democratic Malloy, who made criminal justice reform a major focus during his eight-year tenure, told reporters that everything he has heard about former Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Rollin Cook would indicate he’s “a good pick” for the job. SENT: 250 words.


Police say the Connecticut teenagers charged in the killing of a 12-year-old boy were driving around hunting for a member of a rival street gang. SENT. 280 words.


Things got a little wild in New England in 2018 _ wild as in actual animals weaseling their way into the headlines. A Vermont family’s pet peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys. A black bear trashed a car in Connecticut after locking itself inside. Beavers flavored bourbon at a distillery in New Hampshire. And so many crows descended on one corner of Massachusetts, it took a cannon to shoo them away. There was no shortage of antics from the naked apes at the top of the food chain, either. By William J. Kole. SENT: 830 words, photos.


_ CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR-ENVIRONMENT: Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has tapped a former deputy commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to oversee the agency. SENT.

_ MALL DISTURBANCES: Police say four people were arrested at a Connecticut mall following a series of fights that may have involved 200 to 300 people. SENT.

_ CITY COUNCILOR CHARGED: A Meriden city councilor was back inside a courthouse where he was charged with assaulting two judicial marshals during a protest. SENT.

_ OFFICER DEATH: Meriden police are mourning the death of a 33-year veteran of the force. The department tells the Record Journal that 57-year-old Lt. Lawrence Guidobono died on Christmas Day after an illness. SENT.

_ SWAN RESCUE: One swan is a’ swimming again, just after Christmas. A sick baby swan that was rescued from Hitchcock Lake in Wolcott, Connecticut last month has been returned to health and returned to its home. SENT.

_ FATAL COLLISION-CHARGES: Police in Connecticut say they’ve arrested the driver in a crash that killed a woman last May. SENT.



James Harden and the surging Houston Rockets look for their eighth win in nine games when they host the Boston Celtics, who have won two in a row. By Jeremy Rakes. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET


The New York Knicks visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET


The New Jersey Devils visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The New England Patriots are approaching the final week of the regular season with a postseason-like focus. A first-round bye through the AFC playoffs is on the line Sunday, so they insist they’re not taking their game against the lowly New York Jets lightly. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. For weekend use.

With: Jets-Patriots Preview Capsule


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