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    The former owner of a Plainfield company that provided DJ and lighting work for school dances and proms has been charged with sexually assaulting multiple children and possession of child pornography.

    In April 2012, Plainfield police went to J Productions, at 54 Oakwood Boulevard, with a search and seizure warrant and sent evidence found to a lab for analysis.

    At 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police arrested James Holmes, 29, of Middleboro, Massachusetts, on charges including possession of child pornography, employing a minor in an obscene performance and two counts each of sexual assault in the second degree, sexual assault in the fourth degree, risk of injury to a minor and illegal sexual contact.

    Holmes was held on a $200,000 bond and was arraigned at the Danielson Superior Court.

    J Productions performed at schools all over New England, including schools within the Town of Plainfield. It also worked at weddings charity events and provided equipment rentals and photography services.

    A link for the company’s Web site no longer works.
     


    James Holmes, a former DJ from Plainfield, has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting children and child porn possession.James Holmes, a former DJ from Plainfield, has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting children and child porn possession.

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    Four college baseball players from Georgia made out with a bigger catch than expected during a fishing trip in South Florida.

    The men caught a rare great white shark less than a mile and a half off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Tuesday afternoon.

    "We released it as soon as  possible," said Captain Luis Perez, who also goes by Captain Taco. "The giant predator swam away, tired from a four-hour fight, but okay."

    The college students were in South Florida for a baseball game, but their parents chartered Perez's boat, called "Hooked Up," during the team's downtime.

    "I do not think they really understood what was going on until they saw the shark up close," Perez said. "Then they were thrilled."

    The shark was about 13 feet long and weight 800 to 1,000 pounds, according to Perez.

    Although a rare sight in South Florida, Perez said this shark was likely following bluefish, which do venture this far south every couple of years.



    Photo Credit: Courtesy Luis Perez

    Four college students reeled in a Great White Shark during a fishing trip off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. The shark was released after a four-hour fight.Four college students reeled in a Great White Shark during a fishing trip off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. The shark was released after a four-hour fight.

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    Police are looking for a man who shot a dog in the face and left it for dead in a New Haven, Conn., park.

    A witness called police around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after watching the events unfold, according to a report from the police.

    The witness told police a man walked the dog, a 1-year-old pit bull, into Edgewood Park on a leash. The dog seemed to trust the handler, according to the witness.

    As the man and the dog reached the bridge by the duck pond, the man tied the dog's leash to a concrete railing tightly, which kept the dog from moving at all. The handler pulled out a gun and shot it in the face, the witness said.

    The bullet missed the dog's brain by a centimeter, and somehow he miraculously survived the shooting. Officers have named the dog "B." He was taken to the Pet Shield veterinary hospital in North Branford for treatment.

    After the shooting, the witness followed the man to the Kensington Street area but lost sight of him after that, police said.

    The shooter is described as a man in his 30s and between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He had very short dreadlocks and wore a black Champion jacket with a black letter "C" on the left breast.

    According to a veterinarian, "B" should have no long-term effects from the shooting. He is still recovering and is not up for adoption at this point but could be put up for adoption at a later date, police said.

    Anyone with information on the incident or recognizes "B" is asked to call police at 203-946-6313.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police

    New Haven Police released this photo of New Haven Police released this photo of "B." A 1-year-old Pit Bull that was shot in the face and left for dead in Edgewood Park in New Haven on Sunday. The dog survived the shooting,

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    Residents of Newtown have been out in front of town hall since noon on Wednesday, reading more than 3,300 names of those lost to gun violence all over the country since December 14.

    They hope it will send a message to members of Congress before a crucial vote on gun control. The U.S. Senate will take up the bill on Thursday.

    Newtown families also headed to Washington, where Vicki Soto's sister Jillian read outside the nation's Capitol.

    "I'm here today because my sister is unable to be here, and I'm here to honor her and demand something be done. Demand we get a vote," Soto said.

    It's a vote some senators have tried to stop from coming up for debate on Thursday. Yet on Wednesday night in front of Edmond Town Hall, Newtown Action Alliance tried to make sure the debate moves forward.

    "We're trying to send a message that we want a vote. We want a vote now and shame on the senators for trying to filibuster this," said Monte Frank, who added that people of Newtown deserve at least a discussion on gun legislation, -including universal background checks.

    "We really want to be remembered as the place not where this unspeakable tragedy occurred but from the ashes we've risen and tried to engage some meaningful change," Frank said.

    Norwalk Councilwoman Anna Duleep struggled through her time at the podium, especially when reading the name of a Norwalk police officer.

    "For a lot of us, our hearts broke before December 14," Duleep said. "[We need] to show that we are Newtown. Whether it's Norwalk, here physically in Newtown, or whether it's California, we all could be struck next."

    Organizers said they'll be at town hall until noon Thursday to wait for a vote.


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    Middletown police used a Taser on a student at Woodrow Wilson Middle School on Wednesday morning.

    Police released limited information about the incident because the student is a juvenile, but said Middletown police and school resource officers responded to the school when staff members called for assistance and the student was uncooperative and combative, police said.

    "The officers tried to take the student into custody and during the arrest was the student "drive" stunned one time with a Taser," a release from police said. "The student was then compliant with officer's directions and the arrest continued without further incident."

    Police said the student was not hurt.


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    Los Angeles school district police plan to investigate a shooting incident at a Carson middle school where a BB gun injured a 13-year-old student.

    Solomon Harris, an eighth grade student at Curtiss Middle School, was allegedly shot in the back and face as he sat in class by two classmates who regularly bully him, Harris said.

    "They call me gay, talk about my bumps on my nose, and my face and just how I talk," Harris said. "I felt it, and all day going through school, I was like, why me?"

    The classmates, a boy and a girl, had showed Harris the gun, which he thought was a toy gun. The teacher had no idea a BB gun was being passed around, nor did she hear the small pellets fired from the air rifle, Harris said.

    "How are you going to sit in a classroom and the teacher didn't observe what's going on?" asked Ruth Debro, Harris' mother who is a teacher in the school district.

    Debro plans on moving her son to another school for fear that something else might happen.

    "I'm not sending him back to Curtiss Middle school to be abused anymore," Debro said. "I would feel guilty if i sent him back and something happened to him and what does that teach him?"

    Los Angeles Unified School District and school police were made aware of the shooting, which was reported after school hours. School police had planned to fill out a crime report to investigate the incident Thursday morning.


    Solomon Harris, left, shows his mother a sweatshirt dimpled by BB-gun pellets, allegedly shot at him by two of his peers. The 13-year-old student at Curtiss Middle School says the pair who shot the pellets regularly bullies him.Solomon Harris, left, shows his mother a sweatshirt dimpled by BB-gun pellets, allegedly shot at him by two of his peers. The 13-year-old student at Curtiss Middle School says the pair who shot the pellets regularly bullies him.

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    UConn fans will get a chance to cheer the national championship women's basketball team at a parade.

    Gov. Dannel Malloy and UConn announced Wednesday that plans for a parade are being made. The date and the time are still being determined, pending the schedules of the players, coaches and staff, according to a release.

    The parade route has yet to be set as well.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    UConn's Kelly Faris holds the NCAA national championship trophy enroute to the UConn campus in Storrs on Wednesday.UConn's Kelly Faris holds the NCAA national championship trophy enroute to the UConn campus in Storrs on Wednesday.

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    New Haven police are looking for a man who shot a dog in the face and left it for dead in Edgewood Park.

    A witness called police around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after watching the events unfold, according to a report from the police.

    The witness told police a man walked the dog, a 1-year-old pit bull into the park on a leash. The dog seemed to trust the handler, according to the witness. As the man and the dog reached the bridge by the duck pond, the man tied the dogs leash to a concrete railing tightly, which kept the dog from moving at all. The handler pulled out a gun and shot it in the face, the witness said.

    The bullet missed the dog's brain by a centimeter, and somehow he miraculously survived the shooting. Officers have named the dog "B." He was taken to the Pet Shield veterinary hospital in North Branford for treatment.

    After the shooting, the witness followed the man to the Kensington Street area, but lost sight of him after that, police said.

    The shooter is described as a man in his 30s and between 5-feet-9 inches and 5-feet-11 inches tall. He had very short dreadlocks and wore a black Champion jacket with a black letter "C" on the left breast.

    According to a veterinarian, "B" should have no long-term effects from the shooting.  He is still recovering and it not up for adoption at this point, but could be put up for adoption at a later date, police said.

    Anyone with information on the incident or recognizes "B"  is asked to call police at 203-946-6313.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police

    New Haven Police released this photo of New Haven Police released this photo of "B." A 1-year-old Pit Bull that was shot in the face and left for dead in Edgewood Park in New Haven on Sunday. The dog survived the shooting,

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    A man found in a pool of blood at a home improvement store in Southern California after he purposefully attempted to cut his arms with handsaws remained in critical condition Thursday morning, authorities said.

    Pasadena Fire Captain Art Hurtado was among the horrified shoppers at a Home Depot in West Covina on Wednesday. He was shopping with his wife on his day off when he jumped in to help the victim.

    "We are always in work mode," Hurtado said. "As soon as I threw my keys to my wife, she knew — saw the work and the stride that I had. And she knew I'm working."

    Art and his wife Isabelle saw West Covina police officers rush to the man, and he joined them.

    "The officers had already found a man face down, multiple aisles, and the whole store is in chaos," Hurtado said.

    "People just couldn’t believe it," added Cpl. Rudy Lopez, with West Covina Police Department. “He walked into the saw area, picked up a couple of saws in the saw area and started cutting both of his arms.”

    Hurtado said that as soon as he noticed the first saw, he "thought it was just going to be a crime scene and a fatality."

    Without gloves or any equipment, the 21-year fire department veteran began working on the victim.

    "I barely had a pulse, and he was just barely breathing," Hurtado said.

    But Hurtado kept trying, using what was on the store's shelves around him.

    "I can save this guy, if I engage, that’s what we do," he said.

    "I started asking for a lot of towels," Hurtado added. "They finally showed up with a large packet of quarter inch rope, nylon rope. And I ripped it open and just stretched it out, and I told the police officer, 'I want 24-inch sections. Just start cutting.'"

    Lopez said the victim used several handsaws – including one that is used to cut drywall – to cut "all the way down to the bone."

    "It was a godsend," Lopez said. "He happened to be at the right place at the right time, probably saved his life."

    It was all in a day’s work, according to Hurtado.

    "Were we in a good place for it? No, but you improvise," he said. "You make things do. Like I said, if I didn’t have rope, I would have used my shoelaces. We would have made it work."

    Home Depot told NBC4 in a statement that it will cooperate with law enforcement's investigation. The victim remained in surgery late Wednesday.


    Art Hurtado, Pasadena Fire captain and paramedic, helped save the life of a man at Home Depot on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after the victim apparently tried to cut his arms off using handsaws found at the home improvement store.Art Hurtado, Pasadena Fire captain and paramedic, helped save the life of a man at Home Depot on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after the victim apparently tried to cut his arms off using handsaws found at the home improvement store.

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    The head of a goat was delivered to Chicago's Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed.

    The "intimidating package," as reported by Cubs officials, was found at about 2:30 p.m. outside Gate K and addressed to franchise owner Tom Ricketts.

    The package didn't appear to have been deliveredby the U.S. Postal Service, Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

    The delivery comes in the midst of the organization's ongoing negotiations with the city and small business owners regarding a a five-year, $300 million plan to renovate the Friendly Confines.

    The Billy Goat Curse dates back to Oct. 6, 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis bought a box seat for his goat, Murphy, for Game 4 of the World Series at Wrigley Field to help promote his establishment. When he was ordered to remove the goat, he claimed to place a curse on the team that would prevent it from ever hosting another World Series at Wrigley Field.

    Dead goats were found hanging on the Harry Caray statue outside the field in 2007 and in 2009.


    Clearly this fellow is to blame.Clearly this fellow is to blame.

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    A California high school student who had just turned 16 years old on Wednesday died after being hit in the chest with a softball during a physical education class, officials confirmed.

    The teen -- identified as Taylor Dorman by friends, fellow students and Ramona High School principal Tony Newman -- collapsed on a school field in Ramona after being struck by a ball Wednesday morning..

    Newman confirmed that Wednesday was the 10th grader's birthday.

    Dorman was airlifted to Palomar Hospital. Details on the teen’s condition at the time of his transport to the hospital were not immediately released.

    The county medical examiner’s office will determine Dorman's official cause of death at a later time, as well as confirm whether or not possible contributing medical conditions played a role in his death.On Wednesday night some students gathered at Ramona High School to mourn the sudden loss of their classmate. Students signed a memorial poster for Dorman and placed flowers near the poster.

    Last May, an 18-year-old student at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos died suddenly after collapsing in the school gym.

    In that instance, senior football star Anthony Vaeao was playing basketball with friends when he fell to the ground. He was rushed to hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

    In August 2012, a report released by the medical examiner’s office determined Vaeao's cause of death stemmed from a heart problem, with obesity listed as a contributing factor.



     



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    Baseball season is underway and you can get in on the action in New Britain.

    The home opener for the Rock Cats is tonight and the team will be wearing Sandy Hook Elementary School patches on their uniforms to honor the lives lost in Newtown this past December. 

    The Rock Cats are playing the Portland Sea Dogs and both teams have Connecticut natives on their rosters. 

    Naugatuck native, Pat Dean, who pitched briefly at New Britain in 2011 will be in the Rock Cats starting rotation.

    Bethel native Matt Barnes, who was a star baseball player at UConn, is a pitcher for the Portland Sea Dogs. 

    Before the game, there will be food and drink specials in Samuel Adams Bar and Grill and there will be an opening night salute to first responders.

    The game will also serve as a benefit for the Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund.

    Two ticket packages have been put together with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to the fund. You can buy five tickets for $35 or 20 tickets for $140.

    Fans can also buy a special Rock Cats jersey that features a Sandy Hook commemorative patch. 

    You can also purchasing balls for the postgame Launch-A-Ball.

    Individual tickets are still available for the home opener and all seven games during the first homestand by calling the Rock Cats Box office at 860-224-8383.

    Enjoy the fireworks after the game.

    The Sea Dogs will be here through Sunday for a four-game stretch.

    Click here for a printable schedule.
     



    Photo Credit: Rock Cats

    This is the patch that will be on the Rock Cats uniform for opening day.This is the patch that will be on the Rock Cats uniform for opening day.

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    Two people were killed and more than three dozen were injured when a private charter bus overturned on a highway outside Dallas on Thursday morning.

    The bus full of seniors was headed to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a passenger told NBC 5 DFW. The bus was going northbound on the President George Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas, when it veered to right and back to the left before flipping over near Belt Line Road at about 9 a.m.

    Two people were killed in the crash, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel. Their names have not been released.

    Forty people were transported to area hospitals. Irving fire officials said 45 people were on the passenger list.

    Sixteen patients are in critical condition, while many others sustained only minor injuries, according to emergency crews. The injured were sent to various Dallas-area hospitals, including Baylor Irving Medical Center, Las Colinas Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

    Bus driver Loyd Rieve is among those patients. Rieve's family told NBC 5 DFW he is in the intensive care unit in serious condition at Parkland Hospital, with injuries to his lungs, ribs and various bruises all over his body.

    Injured passengers who were able to walk were loaded on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus for transport to Baylor Irving Hospital. Baylor staff called in extra staff to help deal with the injuries.

    Dr. Paul Pepe, of Parkland Memorial Hospital, said doctors were taking a closer look at every injury.

    "Being elderly, we are watching them like hawks," he said.

    Dr. Alex Eastman, Parkland director of trauma, said four patients there between the ages of 66 and 80 were in critical condition.

    DPS said the bus was traveling northbound when the bus drove onto the right side of the road for an unexplained reason. The bus hit a rubber attenuator and traveled back across all lanes of the turnpike and onto the grassy median before running up along the middle concrete barrier. The bus flipped over and slid on its right side, the same side as the exit doors.

    Trapped passengers had to use emergency hatches on the roof and push out the windows on the left side of the bus to either climb out or await rescue by passers-by and emergency crews.

    The family of the bus driver told NBC 5 DFW on Thursday that Rieve has been driving commercially, including 18-wheelers and charter buses, for more than 30 years.

    They said they don't believe driver fatigue was a factor and that he is very strict about his sleep schedule. He had been in wrecks before, his family said, but added that they were "not his fault."

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's online record system, the owner of the bus, Cardinal Coach Line, was given a "satisfactory" safety rating in 2009.

    In the past two years, none of the company's five buses has been in a crash, the records say. But the company's two inspections over that period found violations that resulted in putting a bus and/or or a driver out of service.

    The National Traffic Safety Board announced it is also sending a team of regional investigators to the scene of the bus crash.

    "People Stacked on Top of Each Other"

    Passenger Dan Risik told NBC 5 DFW that the charter bus had left for Choctaw Casino Resort from a Wal-Mart parking lot.

    After the crash, Risik said people were laying on other people, trapping individuals underneath each other.

    Risik said many of the passengers included retirees and senior citizens.

    Robert Hare and Ed Cluck witnessed the aftermath of the crash and stopped to help injured passengers.

    "A lot of people in shock, broken bones," Hare said. "[There are] a couple of people who are dead. They were crushed under the bus."

    "You see this bus on the side of the road, and what can you do?" Hare said. "You just stop, you get out and you do whatever you can to help."

    "[I] just saw this big, white smoke. My first thought, it was a street sweeper. Man, that's awfully odd, a street sweeper," Ed Cluck said. "Cars started slowing down, and you realized it was a vehicle on its side — and obviously a big one. [I] stopped, jumped out and got to the front of the vehicle. You look into [it], see who you could help, and it was just people stacked on top of each other."

    Hare and Cluck helped pull passengers from the bus.

    "[We] popped the roof hatches and try to get out everybody we could," Cluck said. "It was pretty bad; people screaming. There was obviously a lot of pain. It was bad."

    Survivor: "I Feel Very Lucky"

    "It happened pretty quick, we were going down the road and all of a sudden a crashing sound like it ran into something and the bus started to shake vehemently and then turned over on its right side," said Risik. "People were on top of people, screaming, hollering, yelling for help. It wasn't a very pleasant situation to be in."

    Risik — who was seated in the middle of the bus on the right side in an aisle seat — said when the vehicle came to stop, his leg was trapped.

    "My buddy I was on top of him. He was saying 'please get off me, please get off me.' Well, I couldn't, because a lady was on my leg, and she couldn't move because she was kinda in between the seat or whatever," said Risik.

    The bus was carrying about 45 people, most of them senior citizens, law enforcement officials said. Risik said most of the passengers weren't wearing seat belts.

    "After hearing what I've heard and seeing what I've seen in person, I feel extremely fortunate to be virtually injury-free. A few scrapes, whatever," said Risik. "Other than that I feel very lucky."



    Photo Credit: AP

    Emergency responders works the scene of bus crash on the George Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas.Emergency responders works the scene of bus crash on the George Bush Turnpike in Irving, Texas.

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  • 04/11/13--08:20: Quinnipiac, How to Say It

  • If you live in Connecticut, or the surrounding region, you probably know how to pronounce Quinnipiac, but the school is now in the national spotlight and they want to ensure that everyone knows how to say their name.

    So, they have shared a short video on correct pronunciation.

    It’s aptly called “Bobcats share the secret to correctly pronouncing 'Quinnipiac” and you can watch it on Facebook.

    The Quinnipiac Bobcats take on Minnesota’s St. Cloud State University at 8 p.m.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Students from Quinnipiac University boarded buses this morning to head to Pittsburgh to watch the men's hockey team compete in the NCAA's Frozen Four hockey tournament.Students from Quinnipiac University boarded buses this morning to head to Pittsburgh to watch the men's hockey team compete in the NCAA's Frozen Four hockey tournament.

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    Greenwich High School was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after a 911 call reporting a student with a gun walking into the building.

    Police received the call at 10:43 a.m. from a student who reported an armed male student was entering the high school.

    Greenwich police, including the Department's school resource officer, responded and detained the suspected student at gunpoint, according to police. 

    The student, who was identified as Gianfranco Romero, 19,  was 'highly cooperative" and did not have a weapon in his possession, police said.

    After speaking to witnesses, police determined Romero made a comment to two other students that he had a gun in his book bag and that he planned to use the gun to shoot people in another state, according to investigators.

    The students became alarmed and talked to other students, who then made the 911 call to police.

    Romero was arrested and charged with breach of peace.

    A search of Romero's house did not turn up any weapons, police said.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    The newest addition to Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll collection has stirred up controversy.

    As part of its Dolls of the World series, the company introduced a new Mexico Barbie doll, which comes with a Chihuahua figure and a passport.

    Although every doll in the series comes with a passport, critics say the inclusion of a passport with the Mexico Barbie is culturally insensitive in light of the current immigration debate that affects millions of Mexicans in the United States, according to NBC’s Today show.

    “The folks over at Mattel are so smart that not only they have come up with a Mexico Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the world undisturbed,” journalist Laura Martinez wrote mockingly on her blog. "Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don't even think of calling her indocumentada (undocumented)."

    But Mattel is defending the doll as a celebration of cultural traditions in keeping with the rest of the Dolls of the World line.

    "Every doll in the current line includes a ‘passport’ and stamps as well as an animal friend providing additional play value," Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz said in a statement. "We consulted with the Mexican Embassy on the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, especially with respect to the selection of the Chihuahua. Our goal with the Dolls of the World Mexico Barbie, as well as the entire Dolls of the World Collection, is to celebrate cultural differences and tradition, introducing girls to the world through play."

    The Mexico Barbie is described as "being dressed for a fabulous fiesta in her vibrant dress with ruffles, lace and brightly colored ribbon accent," according to Mattel site.

    "It sounds to me like Mattel took some shortcuts," Jason Ruiz, an American studies professor at Notre Dame University told Latinos Post. "The bright pink ribbons? A Chihuahua? That kind of stuff is so easy to use."

    Others, however, see nothing wrong with the doll. Ana Flores, co-founder of SpanglishBaby.com, told Today.com that her 5-year-old daughter has one “and absolutely adores her.”

    “I don’t rely on dolls to teach my daughter accurate culture or history — that’s what books, conversations, travels and real-life cultural events are for,” Flores wrote in an email to NBC. “I actually applaud Mattel for having this collection that can serve as a starting point for our girls to have a wide range of options to choose from.”

    The Dolls of the World collection, initially launched in 1980, is the largest and longest-running series in the history of the Barbie brand. It features Barbies wearing ensembles inspired by the traditional costume and fashion of the countries they represent.

    In 2012, Mattel launched dolls from Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, the Netherlands, India, Ireland and Mexico. The collection has one Barbie wearing Argentine tango attire, with a ruffled blue dress and black lace shawl, and another one wearing a Chilean huaso, a knee-length black skirt with a ruffled blouse and a red vest.

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    Photo Credit: barbiemedia.com

    Mattel has introduced Mattel has introduced "Mexico Barbie" as part of its "Dolls of the World" iconic series.

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    Sen. Chris Murphy is asking media mogul Rupert Murdoch not to broadcast a NASCAR race sponsored by the National Rifle Association, amid intensifying debate in Washington over new measures to curb violence.

    The NRA 500 race is set to air April 13 on Fox Sports, which is owned by Murdoch's News Corp.

    The freshman senator from Connecticut, who has emerged as one of the Senate's most vocal gun control proponents following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, called that race "inappropriate" in its celebration of guns.

    "The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race," Murphy wrote in a letter to Murdoch.

    "This celebration of guns is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre. But most importantly, broadcasting this race, which will highlight the NRA and its radical agenda during this time, sends a harmful signal to the families affected by gun violence, as well as the millions of Americans who support sensible gun control measures and enjoy your sports programming," it continued.

    "Considering your support of sane gun control measures and the extreme nature of the NRA, I urge you to not broadcast this race on April 13th. Inserting Fox Sports in this debate at this critical time will give credence to an extreme organization that is opposed to reasonable policies to stem gun violence," Murphy wrote.

    Murphy has been a central figure in the national debate over gun control, which ramped up after 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn.

    The Senate voted Thursday to begin debate on a new package of gun control proposals, months after President Barack Obama formed a task force to come up with recommendations to reduce gun violence in response to Sandy Hook.

    Last month, Murphy sent a letter to NASCAR CEO Brian France, asking him to reconsider his decision to sanction the race and prevent the NRA from having the title role.

    Murphy’s entire letter to Murdoch is posted below:


    April 11, 2013
     
    Mr. Rupert Murdoch
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    News Corporation
    1211 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10036
     
    Dear Mr. Murdoch: 
     
    I write today to urge you to not broadcast NASCAR’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13th.  This race, which is being sponsored by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is going to take place during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to reduce gun violence. The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race. This celebration of guns is inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre. But most importantly, broadcasting this race, which will highlight the NRA and its radical agenda during this time, sends a harmful signal to the families affected by gun violence, as well as the millions of Americans who support sensible gun control measures and enjoy your sports programming.
     
    The horror that unfolded on December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary School has sparked a national conversation about the adequacy of our gun laws.  You, News Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Fox News, should contribute and continue to cover this discussion. Given that you have been outspoken in your support of gun reform, it is the height of irony that some would perceive that your company would now essentially endorse the NRA’s extreme position against such laws by broadcasting this event.
     
    Shortly after the tragedy in Newtown, you called on policymakers and the President to strengthen our gun laws, asking, “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” This valid question will be answered when the Senate considers major reforms to our gun laws in early to mid-April.  As a senator, I can tell you that many of us possess the courage, and will strongly advocate for sensible gun reforms to take assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets and require all gun purchasers to submit for a background check. 
     
    You also challenged President Obama to show bold leadership on this issue after he addressed the nation.  I believe that the President has shown incredible leadership since the tragedy by trying to help our country, my state, and the community of Newtown heal in the wake of this terrible event.  I would like to make a similar challenge to you.  You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500.  By airing this race you will be strengthening the brand of a radical organization that is currently standing in the way of meaningful progress on this issue. Today’s NRA bears little resemblance to the one of its founding.  It stokes fear and perpetuates a perverse interpretation of the Second Amendment in order to sell more guns and fuel larger donations from gun manufacturers.  After the events of Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek, and so many other senseless tragedies, the NRA continues to say that the only solution to gun violence is more guns.  It even disavows common sense measures, like universal background checks for gun purchases - a policy that enjoys the support of 74 percent of its members and that it advocated for in 1999.  
     
    Considering your support of sane gun control measures and the extreme nature of the NRA, I urge you to not broadcast this race on April 13th.  Inserting Fox Sports in this debate at this critical time will give credence to an extreme organization that is opposed to reasonable policies to stem gun violence.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.
     
    Sincerely,
     
     
    Christopher S. Murphy
    United States Senator



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    New Britain police are reaching out to the public for help to find the man suspected in the shooting of a 22-year-old man at Bassett and Roberts streets just after 4 p.m. on April 8.

    Police have identified Timothy McDonald, 20, as the suspect and have obtained a warrant.

    Police have not recovered the gun used in the shooting and said McDonald is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

    He has no permanent residence and police do not know where he is. 

    The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a non-life threatening injury and was transferred to a Hartford area hospital.

    If you have information about McDonald’s whereabouts, call 911 or the main number at New Britain Public Safety. (860) 826-3000.

    You can also call the anonymous tip line at (860) 826-3199 or leave a web tip at http://www.newbritainpolice.org/crime-tips.


     



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    An employee of a Waterbury company that treats people with eye diseases is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her employer.

    MaryAnne Lawley, 29, of Waterbury, turned herself in to police on Thursday in connection with an investigation that began in June.

    Detectives from the State Police Central District Major Crime Squad were called on June 13 to investigate allegations that an employee of Greater Waterbury Retina was “skimming” and had taken $46,192.59 in cash receipts from the business for several years, police said.

    What followed was an investigation in which police obtained evidence, including more than 2,000 pages of financial documents, according to state police, who obtained a warrant for Lawley.

    She turned herself in at Troop “I” Bethany on Thursday on charges including larceny in the first degree, two counts of willful violations of income tax regulations, tampering with physical evidence and false statement in the second degree.

    Lawley was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond and is set to appear in Waterbury
    Superior Court on April 24.

    A LinkedIn page for a MaryAnne Lawley says she is the billing/code supervisor at the company.
     



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    Police have arrested a Waterbury woman accused of embezzling from her employer.Police have arrested a Waterbury woman accused of embezzling from her employer.

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    A pedestrian is dead after an incident involving a CT Transit bus on Thursday morning in Hartford. 

    Police said the man killed is a 54 years old and from Hartford.

    The incident happened Lewis and Gold streets in Downtown Hartford at 11:17 a.m. and people were on the bus.

    No additional information is available.


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    A man is dead after an incident involving a CT Transit bus.A man is dead after an incident involving a CT Transit bus.

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