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Two Stonington school board members resign amid controversy, COVID-19

The board continues to await the results of investigations into how school officials handled sexual harassment complaints against former teacher Timothy Chokas.


Area nursing homes COVID-free as staff testing continues

In southeastern Connecticut, nursing homes in East Lyme, Groton, New London, Stonington and Waterford reported no new cases of COVID-19 among residents for the week ending June 30.


PPP loans a boon to region's small businesses, nonprofits

Recipients ran the gamut from car dealerships, law firms, contractors and publishers to medical providers, restaurants, hotels, private schools and churches.


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OPINION

Be glad it's working here

In truth, everything done to flatten the curve and mitigate the number of fatalities has been a large-scale science experiment. There was no choice but to try out strategies and discover in real time whether they worked.

Memo to Trump: Time for mask mandate?

If the numbers improve, you can take credit for what everyone else started. If not, then you were right about masks all along. Genius!

Helping businesses survive difficult times

Many business sectors are adapting fast in light of coronavirus-induced shutdowns and the lingering pandemic-produced economic malaise.

More stimulus needed

Additional federal stimulus spending will stop the economic nosedive and deliver a faster and more humane recovery.

Connecticut COVID-19 Numbers

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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


Waterford, East Lyme officials discuss COVID-19 impact on business

Elected officials are wary, but optimistic about businesses in East Lyme and Waterford as they deal with the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


New London forms committee to tackle COVID-19 recovery

The city has formed a COVID-19 Long Term Recovery Committee to tackle a wide range of virus-related issues facing the community.


3 more states added to Connecticut's list requiring quarantine

Anyone traveling into Connecticut, New York or New Jersey from Delaware, Kansas or Oklahoma must now self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID-19


PawSox, strip club among R.I. recipients of coronavirus loans

The minor league affiliate for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and an infamous Providence strip club are among nearly 2,500 companies in Rhode Island that were awarded emergency loans of more than $150,000 as part of Congress’ $2 trillion...


Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

Harvard University’s freshman class will be invited to live on campus this fall, while most other undergraduates will be required to learn remotely from home


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NASCAR moving Watkins Glen race to Daytona road course

NASCAR cannot meet the quarantine rules in New York and must move its August race from Watkins Glen


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Ryder Cup postponed until next year

In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Europe team captain Thomas Bjorn kisses the cup during the trophy presentation after the European team defeated the United States to win the 2018 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Le Golf National in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, outside Paris, France. The Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin because of the COVID-19 pandemic that raised too much uncertainty whether the loudest event in golf could be played before spectators. The announcement Wednesday, July 8, 2020, was inevitable and had been in the works for weeks as the PGA of America, the European Tour and the PGA Tour tried to adjust with so many moving parts.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

With no guarantee of fans, there won't be a Ryder Cup this year

First Massachusetts' casino reopens after pandemic shutdown

Plainridge Park Casino reopened on Wednesday.

CDC voting safety guidelines support mail, early balloting

Pole worker Bob Tipton hands a ballot to a voter during voting at precinct 61 in Edmond, Okla.,Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early voting options for November amid fears of spreading...

Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don't reopen

President Donald Trump listens during a

President Donald Trump is launching an all-out effort to press state and local officials to reopen schools this fall

Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy, plans to close dozens of stores

The 202-year brand claims to have dressed all but four U.S. presidents in its sharp Oxfords, classic suits and polos for casual Friday.

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, an officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago. Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: A surge in recent shootings has left dozens dead, including young children. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Exhausted American cities are facing yet another challenge in addition to the coronavirus and the street protests over the police killing of George Floyd

Two COVID-ravaged NY churches take different recovery paths

Parishioners receive the sacrament from the Rev. Luis Gabriel Medina during Communion at Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, July 7, 2020. This was the first in-person Mass at the church in almost four months. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Two New York City churches ravaged by the coronavirus are taking different approaches to reopening as they mourn, between them, the loss of at least 134 members of their congregations

U.S. tells WHO that it is withdrawing because of coronavirus response

President Donald Trump speaks during a Tulsa, Okla., rally in June 2020. (Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)

The Trump administration has begun the process of withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization, a move that could hurt the U.N. agency's response to the coronavirus pandemic and reshape public health diplomacy.

Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLB

Vehicles wait in line outside of Marlins Park on Monday at a COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami. The long line of cars each morning as players arrive at work provides a reminder of the risks when they leave. Behavior away from the ballpark will be a big factor in determining whether Major League Baseball's attempt to salvage the 2020 season can succeed. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)

As Major League Baseball attempts to salvage the 2020 season, behavior away from the ballpark will help determine the outcome

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

Cleveland manager Terry Francona watches during Monday's practice at Progressive Field in Cleveland. (Ron Schwane/AP Photo)

As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep more players off the field

European soccer clubs face $4.5B income drop over next year

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo goes for the ball during the Serie A match against Torino on July 4 in Turin, Italy. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse/AP Photo)

European soccer clubs expect to lose $4.5 billion in revenue over the next year because of the coronavirus pandemic

Red Sox's Bogaerts ready to lead after Betts' departure

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts laughs with interim manager Ron Roenicke, right, during baseball training camp at Fenway Park, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts says he believes he's ready to step into a leadership role in the clubhouse following the offseason trades of All-Stars Mookie Betts and David Price

Column: The measure of DeChambeau is if anyone copies him

Bryson DeChambeau smiles after his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Fascination with the long ball in golf is nothing new

Yanks schedule exhibition games vs. Mets, Phillies

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge throws from the outfield during a pitching change in an intrasquad game Monday, July 6, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The New York Yankees have scheduled preseason exhibitions against the crosstown Mets and Philadelphia Phillies

Column: Jimmie Johnson finds voice during last NASCAR season

Jimmie Johnson is introduced to the crowd during activities as he carries his youngest daughter Lydia as his oldest daughter Genevieve and wife Chandra follow prior to a NASCAR Cup Series race on March 1 in Fontana, Calif. This year has hardly been the farewell tour Johnson envisioned when he said 2020 would be his final season of full-time NASCAR racing. The seven-time champion has had to say his goodbyes at empty race tracks absent of all fanfare and now his streak of 663 consecutive races has ended because he tested positive for the coronavirus. (Will Lester/AP Photo)

Associated Press auto racing writer Jenna Fryer says Jimmie Johnson has been denied a proper farewell tour in his final season of full-time NASCAR racing

NBA teams on the cusp of having real practices again

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse yells toward players during the second half of his team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Practice facilities in the NBA have been open for a couple of months, with one major element missing from them

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

FILE - Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, file)

The government’s small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs that Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

In this May 27, 2020, file photo, medical personnel adjust their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the initial weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running out again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again

Retailers to governors: Please mandate face mask wearing

Retailers have a message for state governors: Please make everyone wear a face mask

Hospitals approaching capacity in Sunbelt stats over virus surge

A health care worker works at a COVID-19 testing site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center, during the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Hospitals are fast approaching capacity a number of states, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb

Fauci: Coronavirus situation ‘really not good,’ appeals to young people to take precautions

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Though President Donald Trump has attempted to downplay the dangers of coronavirus as the reopened country sees a surge in new cases, the country’s top infectious disease expert sees a much more worrying situation.

Norwich courthouse to reopen July 20 for priority matters

The Judicial Branch is resuming some court operations in Superior Court in Norwich and seven other locations throughout the state on July 20.

Connecticut bars to stay closed indefinitely

Gov. Ned Lamont confirmed Monday that he will postpone the launch of the third phase of the state’s reopening effort.

Rock the Docks concerts moving from Norwich Harbor to Dodd Stadium

Four concerts, limited to 500 attendees, are planned for Wednesdays in late July and early August.

Most of WNBA's older coaches OK with Florida virus risk

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault, right, gestures during a game against the Las Vegas Aces in Game 1 of a WNBA playoff series in Washington. Thibault knows that he could be at higher risk for severe illness if he gets the coronavirus because of his age. The 69-year-old coach didn't hesitate about going to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the upcoming WNBA season. (Nick Wass/AP File Photo)

Mike Thibault, the 69-year-old Washington Mystics coach didn't hesitate about going down to Florida with his team Monday to prepare for the virus-delayed WNBA season.

With Fenway retrofit, players get taste of luxury (boxes)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi walks through the seating area to the field for baseball training camp Monday at Fenway Park in Boston. (Elise Amendola/AP Photo)

The Boston Red Sox are trying to squeeze every last space out of Fenway Park as they prepare for the season

Former Fitch, UConn infielder Aaron Hill looking to utilize his newfound sweet swing

Shortstop Aaron Hill, then of the Mystic Schooners, warms up between innings during the 2014 season at Fitch High School in Groton. Hill is scheduled to play this summer for the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Aaron Hill looking to use his newfound power this summer with the independent Milwaukee Milkmen.

Trudeau turns down White House invitation amid pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned down a White House invitation to celebrate the new regional free trade agreement in Washington with U

Trump's leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up a newspaper with the headline that reads

First came the coronavirus, then unrest over racial injustice

41 shot Saturday night in NYC with at least 4 dead

New York City turned into the Wild West as a series of shootings claiming four lives and injuring 37 others erupted amid Fourth of July celebrations.

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; R.I. students scramble

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of reopening on Monday

Studies: Coronavirus will undermine trust in government, 'scarring body and mind'

A health care worker prepares to draw blood at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site, Sunday, July 5, 2020, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Two new working papers present complementary data showing that the coronavirus pandemic will leave a deep psychological scar on the nation for years to come.

Human waste can offer advance warning of COVID-19 outbreaks

Analyzing human waste could prove to be a valuable early detection tool to identify increases in COVID-19 cases or where new hot spots might emerge.

Harvick takes advantage of Hamlin's crash to win Brickyard

Kevin Harvick, on far side of wall, celebrates with his crew after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Kevin Harvick took advantage of Denny Hamlin’s late crash and wound up winning his third Brickyard 400 title

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season

FILE - In this  Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza (19) controls the puck during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y. Jason Spezza's confidence in the NHL returning wasn't shaken by word of 11 players testing positive for the coronavirus. Given his involvement in Players' Association talks, the veteran Toronto forward knew from doctors' input that there would be positive test results in hockey just as there have been in other sports as group workouts ramp up across North America.(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension

Tanaka doing well; Yanks to air intrasquad game Monday

New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, left, leaves the field after a bullpen session with catcher Gary Sanchez after a bullpen session during a baseball summer training camp workout Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive

King Félix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fence

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, right, talks with manager Mike Shildt during baseball practice at Busch Stadium Sunday, July 5, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic

DeChambeau wins Rocket Mortgage Classic

Bryson DeChambeau holds the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament trophy Sunday, July 5, 2020, at Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. DeChambeau won the tournament by three strokes for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Bryson DeChambeau got the result he was looking for from transforming his body

ECML giving locals a chance to play baseball

Shawn Nadeau of the Pirates dives into home plate past Knights catcher Kevin Fay during an Eastern Connecticut Major League game on Sunday at Washington Park in Groton.  (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

After finishing an overnight shift as a New Britain police officer, Sam Sabilia jumped in his car shortly after 7 a.m. and headed to Washington Park.

Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix

Race winner Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, centre, pose with second placed Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco, left, and third placed Mclaren driver Lando Norris of Britain after the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Mark Thompson/Pool via AP)

Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty

Liverpool makes triumphant Anfield return as English champ

Liverpool's Sadio Mane, 2nd right, scores the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Carl Recine/Pool via AP)

Liverpool has won its first game at Anfield as the newly crowned English champion and moved in sight of a slew of records which would cap one of the best ever top-flight campaigns

Trump: U.S. has 'made a lot of progress' controlling virus, but infections keep setting records

Marvin Turcios puts out American flags at Ocean's 10 restaurant on Miami Beach, Fla.'s famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020. The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration had "made a lot of progress" on controlling the novel coronavirus pandemic, even as the seven-day average of cases in the United States set a record for the 26th straight day.

Scientists say WHO ignores risk that coronavirus floats in air as aerosol

Six months into a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads.

A different Fourth of July for southeastern Connecticut

Robert Lecce, left, portraying an official on the committee of safety recruiting enlistments for the Revolutionary War, talks to John McGough, portraying a civilian, during the Be Revolutionary event Saturday, July 4, 2020, at the Leffingwell House Museum in Norwich.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Traditional Fourth of July Parades went virtual, beaches filled up early and protests against police brutality continued Saturday.

Tough day for MLB: Price out, Freeman positive

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher David Price throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Goodyear, Ariz. Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year. The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday, July 4, 2020, on Twitter that he would not participate in the 60-game season that is scheduled to begin July 23. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Freddie Freeman tests positive for COVID-19

Yankees pitcher Tanaka hit in head by Stanton line drive

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is tended to by team medical personnel after being hit by a ball off the bat of Yankees Giancarlo Stanton during a baseball a workout at Yankee Stadium in New York, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout

Hot dog champs repeat as July 4 gluttony fest moves indoors

Competitive eaters Joey Chestnut, left, and Miki Sudo, right, pose for a photograph after winning their respective divisions with new world records after the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest, Saturday, July 4, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The coronavirus outbreak moved the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest from the Coney Island boardwalk to an undisclosed indoor location but the results were familiar

NASCAR races on at Indy after Johnson contracts coronavirus

Jimmie Johnson, left, talks with Bubba Wallace before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NASCAR’s extravagant weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been rocked by its first driver testing positive for the coronavirus

Matthew Wolff shoots 64 to take Rocket Mortgage Classic lead

Matthew Wolff hits his second shot at the 11th green during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Saturday, July 4, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Matthew Wolff had a roller-coaster round that went well enough Saturday to give him a three-shot lead in the Rocket Mortgage Classic

Briscoe wins 2nd straight to complete dream weekend at Indy

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe drives through a turn during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Chase Briscoe put on new tires during the final caution period and held off AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric to win the first Xfinity Series race on Indianapolis' road course

A cross-country journey led East Lyme's Jackey (Woodworth) Harper to nursing

Jackey (Woodworth) Harper, with husband Paul and son Dylan, was The Day's All-Area Field Hockey Player of the Year in 1999 after a superb season as the East Lyme High School goalie. The Harpers now live in Everett, Wash., where Jackey is a nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center, the first hospital in the nation to treat a COVID-19 patient. (Photo courtesy of Jackey Harper)

She started as an athlete. Jackey (Woodworth) Harper made a remarkable 343 saves in goal as a senior for the East Lyme High School field hockey team, named The Day's 1999 All-Area Field Hockey Player of the Year in her third year as a...

Dixon wins IndyCar race at Indianapolis

Race driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, celebrates after winning the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Scott Dixon retook the lead with 17 laps to go and pulled away from Graham Rahal to earn his first IndyCar Grand Prix victory

Woman dating Trump's son tests positive for COVID-19

In this May 27, 2020, file photo, Donald Trump Jr., walks with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after traveling to Florida, with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign fundraiser who is dating Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, ahead of the president's Independence Day celebration Friday night at Mount Rushmore National Memorial...

Masks are putting people at each other’s throats, especially in Palm Beach County

A statue of a chef at Florio's of Little Italy restaurant wears a protective face mask on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla. In hard-hit South Florida, beaches from Palm Beach to Key West will be shut down for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Restaurants and businesses along the Boardwalk will remain open. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In the increasingly nasty debate about coronavirus masks, Palm Beach County became the nation’s focus for the all the wrong reasons.

R.I. nursing homes defend virus response; drive-in comedy debuts

A Rhode Island nursing home trade group is defending the way its members cared for residents during the coronavirus pandemic, after Gov. Gina Raimondo pledged more scrutiny of the facilities as the state recovers

July Fourth will test Americans' discipline when it comes to virus

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The U.S. is heading into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans’ self-control

Dog in Georgia tests positive for virus that causes COVID-19

A dog in Georgia is believed to have been the second canine in the U.S. to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19

Local roundup: Norwich edges Danielson in CEBA opener

Norwich rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Danielson 3-2 in its Connecticut Elite Baseball Alliance 19-under debut on Thursday night at Owen Bell Park.

AL MVP Trout still doesn't feel comfortable about this year

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) stands on the field wearing a face mask during a baseball practice at Angels Stadium on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout is participating in the Los Angeles Angels' first workout of summer camp, but says he hasn’t made a final decision on playing this year

Rand plans to keep Shoreline Lacrosse around forever, starting now

Coach Adam Rand talks to his senior team at the start of practice during the first day of Shoreline Lacrosse practice Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Samuel M. Peretz Park at Bridebrook in East Lyme.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

East Lyme High School graduate and former professional lacrosse player Adam Rand doesn't tend to understate what Shoreline Lacrosse, a club program he founded in 2009, means to him or what his long-term goal is.

New dad Cole sets sights on Yankees title

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cole still has not made his regular season debut with the Yankees. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

New Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is busy on and off the field this week

Kirk, Simpson share Rocket Mortgage Classic lead

Chris Kirk drives on the 15th tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson shared the  Rocket Mortgage Classic lead entering the weekend at Detroit Golf Club, Kirk had a 7-under 65, and Simpson shot a 64 to reach 12-under 132

31 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%

A heart is visible in center field with the letters

Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020 file photo Jimmie Johnson climbs intp his car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus