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Coronavirus precautions dictate slow start for Coast Guard Academy swabs

Morgan Ward and fellow members of Bravo Platoon wait for their medical screening as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2024 report in Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for the start of Swab Summer. The 275 prospective cadets arrived by platoon over the course of the day and, after a check-in routine and swearing-in, started a 14-day restriction of movement, or quarantine, period consisting mostly of online and some classroom training. The traditional physical training, haircuts and uniform issue will take place after the quarantine period.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The coronavirus forced changes to the first day at the academy, which is usually filled with upperclassmen shouting commands as the new cadets, known as swabs, get haircuts and uniforms and go through drill practice.

House, Senate at odds over submarine spending

In their separate versions of the annual defense policy bill for fiscal year 2021, a House proposal fully funds the construction of two Virginia-class attack submarines whereas a Senate proposal does not.

New London Veterans Affairs Committee updates veterans on its work

The committee's office will soon be relocated to the New London Senior Center at 120 Broad St.

Pressure increases on Coast Guard to ban Confederate flag

Recent events have led many to renew their calls to ban the Confederate flag, including by military services such as the Coast Guard.

Sector Long Island Sound gets new commanding officer

Capt. Eva Van Camp assumed command in a ceremony Wednesday, with outgoing commanding officer Capt. Kevin Reed headed to California.

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What The...: Chirps and croaks part of summer’s symphony

I want to hear birds singing the morning out of the night, bullfrogs bemoaning their loneliness, the silence down deep in a lake.

Hartford HealthCare to help Connecticut College deal with virus risks

The Connecticut College campus from the air on April 25, 2014, over New London. The college has partnered with Hartford HealthCare to expand health services for Conn students and prepare to reopen the campus this fall with extra precautions to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The expansion of the medical group's Campus Care program will bolster on-campus medical staffing and provide direct access to Hartford HealthCare's network.

New London's Sailfest 2020 is going virtual

Fireworks, like these last year, will be not be seen from New London and Groton this weekend, as Sailfest was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, a video of a past Sailfest fireworks show will be shown Saturday night, July 11, 2020, on www.theday.com. (Tim Cook/The Day, FILE)

Sailfest 2020 will feature a virtual fireworks display on Saturday on theday.com.

With gifts and gift cards, Mystic businesses show support for hotel assault victim

Tears form in her eyes as Crystal Caldwell sits on the sofa at her home in Groton on June 29, 2020, and talks about a recent assault that occurred while she was working at the Quality Inn in Mystic. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

At least 28 local businesses have donated gift cards, books, beer, a massage and more to Crystal Caldwell.

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Who will hold Stonington police accountable?

Police leadership has misled the public about whether hospital policy kept them from apprehending...

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Tropical storm Fay likely to form south of New York City, bring heavy rain to Northeast

A new tropical storm may be brewing, and is set to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and perhaps a low-end tornado risk to parts of the Northeast into the weekend.

No COVID deaths in Connecticut for the first time in four months

New data shows there were no new COVID-19-associated deaths in Connecticut between Monday and Tuesday