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Blumenthal: National Guard's role in helping Connecticut combat election hacks should be model for country

“They’re making use of their private civilian expertise to safeguard our election and do a tremendous public service and that’s a model for the whole country,” the Connecticut senator said Friday at a news conference.

When coronavirus sidelined 18 members of a Coast Guard cutter crew, cadets stepped in

Coast Guard Academy Cadets, from left, Joram Stith, Jordan Park, Malia Haskovec, Branyelle Carillo and Henry Smith pose for a portrait Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the academy's docks in New London. They filled in on the Coast Guard cutter Munro this summer, when the coronavirus sidelined 18 crew members a week before deployment. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A week before the Munro was to deploy, a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, it was determined that 18 of the crew would have to quarantine. So the ship's commanding officer turned to the Coast Guard Academy.

No yelling, fewer dropouts during swab summer at Coast Guard Academy

7/8/20 :: NEWS :: BERGMAN :: Second class Cadet Greg Hill, center, checks on Charlie Platoon 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 retention rate for Swab Summer was the highest it's been in recent years. Nine out of 265 cadets did not finish the training compared to the 15 to 20 who have dropped out each of the past few summers.

With pending release of USS Thresher records, some families hope for answers

The USS Thresher (SS593). On April 10, 1963, the submarine sank approximately 220 miles east of Cape Cod, killing everyone aboard: 16 officers, 96 sailors and 17 civilians.  (Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)

Michael Shafer, whose father and uncle died when the Thresher sank 57 years ago, said he hopes the planned release of the Navy's records related to the diasaster, prompted by a lawsuit, get him closer to the truth.

Hike to raise awareness of military veteran suicide

On Sept. 19, veterans and active duty service members will take to the streets of Norwich to illuminate the issue of veteran suicide.

LOCAL NEWS

Rhode Island back on state's COVID-19 travel advisory

Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada and Wyoming also returned to the list today, bringing the total of listed states to 33.

Library Notes: Be prepared with accurate election information

Connect with your local libraries for assistance finding information about election concerns, so you can be certain your vote counts.

Writing on Water: Historic houses have their own stories to tell if we dig a bit

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Perhaps therein lies the real truth of our local history: the stories imbedded in the walls of these ancient homes.

UPDATED: East Lyme to hold public safety building referendum Oct. 1

There will be one question to increase the bond authorization by $985,000 and one to appropriate $1.2 million in FEMA dollars.

COLUMNS

Not with a gun on Fifth Avenue, but Trump killed a family friend

The president's decision not to tell Americans how deadly COVID would be cost many lives, including...

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Norwich man charged with possession of child pornography

A police investigation of a man's death led police to charge a second man with possession of child pornography

Conn College student charged with voyeurism

Police arrest a Connecticut College student in connection with an alleged case of voyeurism in a dormitory bathroom.

Police logs - Sept. 20, 2020

Arrests by state and local police across the region.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner Kraft of soliciting sex

In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft points to fans as his team warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.  Florida prosecutors said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they will not appeal a court's decision to block video allegedly showing Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced that it won’t appeal a court decision blocking video that allegedly shows Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex at a massage parlor

Providence College coronavirus outbreak continues to grow

The number of Providence College students who have tested positive for the coronavirus has grown to nearly 160

NATION/WORLD

EU ministers discuss border consistency amid 2nd virus wave

European Union ministers are discussing to better coordinate travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc and guarantee the smooth circulation of people and goods as many EU nations see a resurgence of the coronavirus