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HARTFORD — It's unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any new legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Judiciary Committee failed to act Wednesday on one of two competing bills that created a procedure for allowing the public to view and seek copies of images of homicide victims. The other bill, which restricts access to 911 calls, is currently sitting on the Senate's calendar. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 590 words.
GUITAR FACTORY CLOSURE
HARTFORD — An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell will be closing in June after 47 years and production of the Ovation line in the United States will stop, the manufacturer's parent company told the shop's 46 workers this week. One former worker at the New Hartford factory called it "the end of an iconic American brand." By Dave Collins. SENT: 400 words.
BOSTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state addressed a women's leadership conference in Boston on Wednesday, an event set just 30 miles from the New Hampshire state line as she weighs another presidential campaign. Clinton also spoke to University of Connecticut students in an evening appearance on the Storrs campus. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 500 words, photos.
MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-SUFFOLK DOWNS
BOSTON — Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred facility, warned on Wednesday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives the license to Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun, which has proposed a $1.3 billion casino on land Suffolk Downs owns in Revere. But track officials have cited the difficulty of sustaining racing without income and crossover business generated by a gambling resort. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.
YALE HOAX ARREST
NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man has been charged with making a call during the Thanksgiving holidays in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on the way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday. Jeffrey Jones, 50, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace, police said. SENT: 420 words.
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor. The House voted 114-30 on Wednesday to support the bill, which would require the GMO labels on produce and processed foods and which carries a maximum civil penalty for violators of $1,000 per day per product. Two other New England states, including Connecticut, have passed laws to require GMO labeling but the legislation only takes effect when neighboring states also approve the requirement. By Dave Gram. SENT: 580 words.
HARTFORD — Senate Minority Leader John McKinney says new state revenue estimates show Connecticut lawmakers should nix Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's $155 million proposal to provide $55 tax refunds.
HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are moving closer to requiring the Department of Education to come up with a curriculum that local school districts can use to teach about the history of the labor movement. The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill on a bipartisan 25-10 vote. Some critics said the bill is unnecessary, political and could send an anti-business message.
YALE HOAX ARREST
NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man has been charged with making a call during the Thanksgiving holidays in which he falsely claimed an armed man was on the way to shoot up Yale University, police said Wednesday. Jeffrey Jones, 50, of Westbrook, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, threatening, reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace, police said.
HARTFORD — Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to address fights and other acts of violence that have occurred at some juice bars, establishments serving alcohol that allow underage patrons.
HAMDEN — Hamden officials say they've imposed a one-year moratorium on new permits for off-campus college student housing because of loud partying, parking problems and other issues bothering local residents.
BUS ONLY CORRIDOR
NEW BRITAIN — The first in a series of open houses is being held to update the public about the planned New Britain-to-Hartford bus-only corridor.
NEW LONDON — New London authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at the offices of The Day newspaper that forced an evacuation of the building. No one was injured.
NAUGATUCK — A Connecticut woman whose infant daughter died this week says the baby became ill after a doctor recently changed her formula.
BOSTON — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium. That sparked a debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better grip in cool weather. The game time temperature Wednesday was 50 degrees. Boston manager John Farrell didn't challenge Pineda's use of the substance on April 10. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 450 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist was busy while stopping 31 of 32 Philadelphia shots that got through to him in the New York Rangers' Game 3 playoff win over the Flyers. Who knows how exhausted he would have been if not for the 28 drives that never penetrated the wall of defense that shielded him? Lundqvist allowed just one first-period goal in New York's 4-1 victory in Philadelphia on Tuesday night that gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the first-round series between Metropolitan Division rivals. By Ira Podell. SENT: 680 words, photos.
DETROIT — The Boston Bruins have held the Detroit Red Wings to historically poor offensive production. With two goals through three games, the Red Wings are off to their worst three-game start in any playoff series since getting shut out in the first three games of the 1945 Stanley Cup finals. By Larry Lage. SENT: 630 words, photos.
CAMBRIDGE — Richard Sherman was called all kinds of names after his raging rant at the end of the NFC championship game. It was worth it, the Seattle cornerback said, because it gave him a chance to talk about the perception of black athletes to a wider audience. First, at the Super Bowl. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 790 words, photos.
NEW HAVEN — Boxer Tramaine "Mighty Midget" Williams has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison on an assault weapon charge. Williams, a nine-time amateur national champion, was arrested in January, two days before he was scheduled to fight as a super bantamweight in Madison Square Garden. He was 8-0 as a professional.
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