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SCHOOL SHOOTING-MISSING MONEY
HARTFORD — Connecticut's attorney general says his office and his counterpart in Tennessee are investigating a charity that raised money it said would go to those affected by last year's school shooting in Newtown. Attorney General George Jepsen wrote a letter Monday to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. about the 26.4.26 Foundation and its co-founder, Robbie Bruce. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 450 words.
HARTFORD — Connecticut's Department of Children and Families on Tuesday announced it will work families and child mental health advocates to come up with a plan to improve mental health services for kids across Connecticut, not just those under DCF's purview. The plan comes in the wake of the deadly 2012 massacre in Newtown and was part of last year's legislative package. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 450 words.
NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT
NEW YORK — The commuter train derailment that killed four people in New York last month caused more than $9 million in damage to the railroad, officials said Tuesday. The Metro-North Railroad said the figure covers repair or replacement of the locomotive, seven coaches and tracks that were damaged in the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx. By Jim Fitzgerald. SENT: 750 words.
GROTON — Navy contractor Electric Boat expects to grow significantly in the years ahead despite an expected decline in U.S. defense spending because of strong support for the strategic roles played by submarines, the company's president said Tuesday. The Groton-based submarine builder employs about 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island. It expects the number of jobs to hold steady before ramping up significantly near the end of the decade for work on a new class of ballistic-missile submarines that the Navy has described as its top priority program. By Michael Melia. SENT: 430 words.
CHARTER-TIME WARNER CABLE
LOS ANGELES — Connecticut-based Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 500 words.
INSIDER TRADING ARREST
NEW YORK — A doctor testifying at an insider trading trial told a jury on Tuesday that he revealed secrets about the testing of a drug to treat Alzheimer's disease to a large hedge fund's money manager, who paid him $1,500 an hour for consultations. Dr. Joel Ross testified for the government at the Manhattan federal court trial of Mathew Martoma, an ex-portfolio manager for Stamford, Conn.-based SAC Capital Advisors. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 378 words.
WASHINGTON — Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill. But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, as well as a new rule blocking homeowners from passing insurance subsidies on to the people who buy their homes. By andrew Taylor. SENT: 650 words.
CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire's congressional delegation on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Energy to provide details of alternative routes for a proposal to run electrical transmission lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire. The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed Northern Pass, a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England. By Rik Stevens. SENT: 325 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
UNIVERSITY GUN SCARE
MILFORD — A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare at the University of New Haven last month. William Dong entered the plea Tuesday in Milford Superior Court on state charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon, said his attorney, Fred Paoletti. SENT: 200 words.
HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
NEW HAVEN — A New Haven teenager was recovering from gunshot wounds and police searched for suspects Tuesday after gunfire erupted outside a city high school as about 2,000 people were leaving a basketball game. SENT: 223 words.
CLINTON — A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden. Police in the shoreline town of Clinton, about 20 miles east of New Haven, arrested William Bradley, 46, on Monday following a six-month investigation. SENT: 300 words.
ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT
MILFORD — State prosecutors have cleared a state trooper in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at a Milford gas station in October. Trooper James Scott shot 28-year-old Matthew Lofaro during what police say was an attempted robbery on Oct. 23.
HARTFORD — Democratic leaders of the General Assembly say more money should be spent on Connecticut's STEP-Up program, an initiative offering employers financial incentives to hire unemployed workers.
NEW BRITAIN — A New Britain man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his assault of his girlfriend and stabbing two New Britain police officers who responded to the attack.
ANIMAL SHELTER ABUSE
LITCHFIELD — The head of an animal rescue group has been convicted of 15 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty over dogs housed in the cold.
FATAL POLICE CHASE
DERBY — An Oxford man who wrecked his car and killed his friend during a police chase has pleaded no contest and agreed to serve up to nine months in prison.
STRATFORD — Stratford officials have approved a $4.1 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a town dump truck in 2008.
NEW HAVEN — A state jury has found a New Haven man not guilty of murder in a 2011 shooting death. The 12 jurors acquitted 34-year-old Larry Johnson on Monday in New Haven Superior Court in connection with the killing of 37-year-old Edward Thompson. But Johnson wasn't released from custody because he also faces drug, assault and other charges.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Less than two months ago, the New England Patriots held Peyton Manning to 150 yards passing in a 34-31 comeback win over the Denver Broncos. The stakes will be much higher in Sunday's AFC championship game and the Patriots secondary will be called on again to control the star quarterback. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 800 words, photos.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — During his two-month banishment to the scout team for fumbling in 2012, Knowshon Moreno promised himself if he ever got another shot, he'd let neither the opportunity nor the football slip through his grasp again. He's had 490 touches since, and been good to his word. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos.
STORRS — The president of the University of Connecticut is taking issue with public comments from a member of the school's new football staff. Ernest Jones, hired as a running backs coach and director of player engagement, told The Hartford Courant in a story published Saturday that he and others are going to make sure UConn's players understand that, "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle." SENT: 130 words.
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Just three months after Kenbriel Hearn emerged from a coma, the 18-year-old football star scored the most memorable touchdown of his life.The senior at Memphis High School suffered two strokes caused by a bleeding mass on his brain and spent three weeks on life support. By the time he awoke this past summer, 5-foot-7 frame had withered from 160 pounds to 112. He was...
West Texas teen who survived 2 strokes scores TD
BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Just three months after Kenbriel Hearn emerged from a coma, the 18-year-old football star scored the most memorable touchdown of his life.
The senior at Memphis High School suffered two strokes caused by a bleeding mass on his brain and spent three weeks on life support. By the time he awoke this past summer, 5-foot-7 frame had withered from 160 pounds to 112. He was paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk or talk.
His football season was the last thing on his mind.
Once regaining the ability to jog, Hearn found himself back in pads when his coach asked him to suit up for the Cyclones' final home game. He figured he was on the sideline for moral support, but unbeknownst to him, both coaches had arranged for a special moment to highlight his road to recovery.
With Memphis trailing 35-0 in the final minute, Hearn was sent into the huddle and given directions to take the handoff and go.
He jogged 48 yards to the end zone, where players from both teams cheered him. He briefly knelt to pray as his mother, Tammy Henderson, looked on, tears streaming down her face.
It wasn't the first touchdown Hearn scored in his three seasons as a Memphis receiver and safety, but it was his sweetest.
"I will remember this one more because I battled through so much," said Hearn, who continues speech and physical therapy. "It was pretty great."
Cyclones coach Andy Correll hatched his plan the week before the Nov. 1 game in Memphis, about 85 miles southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. He emailed his counterpart at Stratford about his plan to let Hearn have one play. Stratford coach Eddie Metcalf went for it.
But with the Stratford Elks working on a shutout, Correll thought Metcalf might not want to spoil the accomplishment for his defense.
During a meeting at midfield, Correll suggested just allowing Hearn to pick up a first down. But Metcalf insisted he take it all the way to the end zone.
"Just let the boy go," he told Correll.
Metcalf later explained it was an "easy response," just as good as being part of three state titles.
"The shutout didn't mean anything in comparison to what that kid would do to me and to our kids," Metcalf said.
When Hearn got the news, his first thought was his mother would be angry. "My second thought was he can't be serious," he said.
Hearn's mother had been clued in earlier in the day that her son would get into the game. She kept mum but acknowledged it was difficult not to tell anyone.
"When he got the ball and started running tears just started streaming down my face," said Henderson, 43. "Him taking the field that last day, it was just joyful."
Correll and his players, who started each practice this fall with a prayer for Hearn, were ecstatic after Hearn's TD.
"All our kids were giving him hugs," Correll said. "He was bawling and I was, too. He just said, 'Thank you,' and that he loved me, and of course I said the same thing back."
Just a few months earlier, Henderson faced the real prospect of losing her son. Doctors told her the mass on her son's brain was a congenital cavernoma — a collection of small blood vessels in the central nervous system that is enlarged and irregular in structure. They are believed to occur in the general population once in 1,000 people.
Hearn's cavernoma was at the base of his skull on his brain stem. Bleeding from it caused Hearn's first stroke. Three days after surgery to remove the mass, he had another stroke, this one affecting his breathing and swallowing. CPR brought him back to life and being on life support allowed the healing to continue.
After recovering Hearn went to San Antonio for rehabilitation.
The seriousness of a cavernoma depends on its location, said Dr. Ben Baronia, who was not involved in Hearn's treatment and is an assistant professor of surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock.
Cavernomas can be fatal, especially when they are near areas of the brain that control breathing, as was the case with Hearn, he said.
"I think that's a remarkable recovery," Baronia said of Hearn being able to jog for the arranged touchdown.
Before he graduates to pursue a career as a juvenile probation officer, Hearn aims to accomplish more in high school athletics this spring by joining the track team.
He has regained all of his weight — and more — can walk and talk again but will have to get a follow-up MRI in a few months. If all is well, doctors will use other than bone to replace the flap removed from his skull during surgery.
He'll also continue rehab to meet his goal of running on the track team in the spring. He's now able to run a lap around the track, do a few sprints and lift some weights.
Hearn said his faith helped him survive, and the lessons he learned will remain for the rest of his life.
"It showed a lot of people don't let anything stop you," Hearn said. "Just put God first. No excuses."