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- 06/08/17--13:29: Lordy! McCain Explains Senior Moment During Comey Hearing
- 06/08/17--16:48: Bob’s Stores Liquidation Sales Don’t Always Mean Savings
- 06/08/17--14:22: Heat Wave Starts This Weekend
- 06/08/17--16:58: Power Line Fire Knocks Out Electricity in Vernon
- 06/08/17--19:24: Budget Up Next After Regular Session
- 06/08/17--17:56: FDA Asks Company to Pull Its Opioid Opana Because of Abuse
- 06/08/17--19:19: Birth Control Pills Recalled; Mislabeling Could Result in Pregnancy
- 06/08/17--20:27: Man Dead After Car Crashes in Front of West Hartford JCC
- 06/08/17--19:37: New Bill May Help Residents Save on Prescriptions
- 06/08/17--20:19: New Britain School District Unveils New Food Truck
- 06/09/17--04:00: Coffee Farmer in Hawaii Gets Extension on Deportation
- 06/09/17--11:49: Missing 12-Year-Old Twins Found Safe After 1,300-Mile Search
- 06/09/17--06:10: LGBTQ+ Community Battles Staggering Suicide Rates
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- Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Citizens Bank in the Stop & Shop supermarket in Richmond, Rhode Island. Love was accused of stealing $3,280.
- Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015: Savings Institute Bank and Trust in Westerly, Rhode Island.
- Friday, Oct. 2, 2015: Coreplus Federal Credit Union in East Lyme.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015: Citizens Bank in Mystic. Love is accused of stealing $5,950.
- Friday, Oct. 9, 2015: Dime Bank in Norwich.
- 06/09/17--06:52: Burglars Smash Window, Steal $11,000 Worth of Sunglasses
A man linked to a pipe bomb detonated in Woodbury last April has been arrested, state police said.
Connecticut State Police obtained two search warrants for 20 Greenwich Drive in Southbury and a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse as a result of an investigation into a pipe bomb detonated in Woodbury on April 15.
Various state police troops, the state police emergency services unit, fire and explosives unit and the FBI executed the search warrants on Thursday at 4:05 a.m.
Brian Fluman, 34, faces three counts of charges related to explosives and blasting agents, one count of possession of an assault weapon and one count of manufacturing of bombs as a result of the search and seizure.
Fluman, a convicted felon, was also charged with breach of peace, criminal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.
His bond was set at $50,000 and is expected to appear in court on June 9.
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A New Britain man is accused of manufacturing "M80" type explosives, in addition to possessing hallucinogens.
Robert Bryant, 33, was charged on Wednesday with with illegal bomb manufacturing, illegal possession of exploding fireworks, illegal possession of explosives, sale of hallucinogens, possession of hallucinogens and illegal possession of prescription drugs.
New Britain Police and the Hartford bomb squad executed a search warrant at 59 Grandview Terrace after a complaint about explosives being made int he house.
Police found 54 "m80" type explosive devices, 1033 grams of flammable powder, fireworks, a pressure cooker, wicks, tools used for building fireworks, 55 grams of dried hallucinogenic mushrooms, numerous pills and other explosive devices that have not yet been identified.
Bryant's bond was set at $500,000.
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More than 25,000 safety gates are being recalled due to entrapment and strangulation hazards to young children.
The recall involves Madison Mill 23 and 25 foldaway expandable safety gates.
A young child's neck can fit into the "V" shaped opening along the top edge of the gate, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards.
Young children can also pass under the gate allowing access to restricted areas, such as stairs.
The safety gates were sold at independent hardware stores nationwide from January 2013 through May 2017 for between $20 and $35.
Consumers should contact Madison Mill for instructions on receiving a full refund.
For more information, contact 877-220-4705 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday - Friday, email at email@example.com or online at www.madison mill.com and click on “Product Recalls” for more information.
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had some explaining to do following head-scratching questioning of former FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill. Many thought McCain's questioning was rambling and incoherent, taking to social media to highlight the point.
McCain himself caught wind of the swirling controversy and remarked in a statement, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games."
That response elicited a jovial response from the MLB squad.
From Captain America aka Chris Evans to the "House of Cards," just about everyone was watching the Comey hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday morning. Many — with the notable exception of President Donald Trump — shared their thoughts on social media. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, of course, got in on the act.
Here's a small sampling:
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Blame it on the late night baseball.
As Bob's Stores begins to liquidate some of its shops, experts and customers find store-closing sales don’t always equate to savings.
Nine Bob’s Stores in Connecticut will soon close their doors for good, a result from a February bankruptcy filing.
April Holt thought she’d find a bargain at Manchester’s closing Bob’s Store on Memorial Day Weekend. But one item on her $531 receipt had her taking a closer look.
Her husband needed a pair of waders for work, which Bob’s marketed as 40 percent off of $49.99.
A good deal, Holt thought, until her husband peeled back the sticker. Underneath the $49.99 price tag was one for $29.99, which was exactly how much Bob’s charged her for the so-called liquidation sale price.
“I mean it took a minute to say, ‘What is that? What just happened? Did we get ripped off?,” said Holt.
She did some price comparison at the Bob’s Stores location in Enfield, which is not liquidating.
There, she found the same pair of waders on sale for just $25, $5 less than what she paid on liquidation.
As Truth in Advertising’s Bonnie Patten explains, when retailers set prices, they must attempt to sell those items for a reasonable amount of time. They can then determine a sales price that is lower than the initial price.
“However if in the beginning they just make up that value price and they never attempt to sell that price, then that’s considered a fictitious price and the bargain isn’t really there,” Patten said.
Manchester’s Bob’s Store does have a few good deals on liquidation, mostly shoes marked 40 percent off of similar prices advertised online.
However, it also has several lackluster deals.
A pair of Carhartt overalls at Bob’s comes in at 40 percent off of $89.99.
The same pair of overalls is advertised online through a different retailer for just under $48.
The story is the same for a Nautica polo shirt. It’s marketed as 40 percent off of $59.50 at Bob’s, which is about $38.
Online, it’s on sale for just under $24, plus possible shipping.
This trend happens industry-wide, according to Patten, both at brick-and-mortar stores and online.
So, she said, customers can’t always believe a sale when they see it.
“They just have to look at the bottom line— what the item costs” Patten said. “And decide from that whether they want to purchase the item or not.”
NBC Connecticut requested a comment from Bob’s Stores on the findings and will update this if the company responds. Manchester’s Bob’s Stores location will close its doors for good on Wednesday, June 28.
NBC Connecticut Meteorologists are forecasting high temperatures to rise over the next several days.
High temperatures on Friday will be near 80 degrees for inland parts of the state and into the middle 70s along the shoreline.
We're also tracking a few scattered showers and thunderstorms for tomorrow afternoon. Here's a look at First Alert Future Radar at 5:00 p.m. Not every city or town will experience the showers or thunderstorms as they will be quite scattered.
High temperatures on Saturday are forecasted to reach the low to middle 80s for inland Connecticut and middle to upper 70s along the coast.
Temperatures change from warm to hot on Sunday. High temperatures will reach the low 90s for parts of the state. This will kickoff the first day of our forecasted heat wave. (A heat wave is when there are three or move days with high temperatures at or above 90 degrees).
Take a look at high temperatures Sunday afternoon. Some towns will expereince highs into the middle 90s.
The warm weather will stick around for the next several days. The temperature trend below shows 80 and 90 degree high temperatures through next Friday. Temperatures along the shoreline will run around 5 degrees cooler.
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A power line fire in Vernon knocked out the electricity in town.
The fire spread to the lawn of a vacant house on Morrison Street. The Vernon Fire Department was able to put it out and there was no property damage.
However, power went out in the area and was restored just before 8 p.m. on Thursday.
A traffic light at Route 30 and Route 31 are out and police said to expect significant delays and ask drivers to use alternate routes.
Eversource reported more than 3,500 customers were without power in Vernon, about 25 percent of the customers the company serves in the town.
Rockville General Hospital said it lost power at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. The power flickered for about three seconds before the system switched to generator power. Patient care was not impacted.
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There was very little reflection on the regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly in the day after it ended.
Governor Dannel Malloy has already turned his attention to approving a budget before June 30, when the state’s fiscal year ends.
He said in recent talks among staff and lawmakers, his optimism or finding common ground appears to be fading.
“I think it would be in all of our best interests to get a budget done,” Malloy said “We’re nowhere near that today.”
When asked whether he thinks Republicans will actually vote on a budget for the first time ten years, Malloy said, “Hope springs eternal.”
Republicans have a louder voice than they’ve had in decades when it comes to policy and budget discussions. They have had a firm seat during budget negotiations, and Rep. Themis Klarides, the top Republican in the House, said since Republicans have so much more influence, then their ideas need to be listened to.
“This is a crossroads, and we have to pick the right one. I’m concerned that it’s going to continue to be the wrong one,” she said.
One of the key differences between the governor’s budget proposal and the Republicans’, is the increased labor savings in the GOP budget. Republicans proposed negotiating for more concessions, or changing state laws to reduce wages and benefits in an effort to save taxpayers hundreds of millions.
Klarides said even though the proposal targets state workers, she said that’s one of the hard decisions leaders are expected to make.
“This is not being critical of union workers or state employees. All of us have many friends and I’m sure family who are state employees but we are at a crossroads. We are at a serious crossroads. If we don’t take the proper road then the state will be a in a worse position than it is now,” she said.
Democrats in the Connecticut House have been working with the governor and lawmakers across the aisle on a proposal, and are holding out hope for a bipartisan solution.
Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz said he’s going to do what it takes with a budget, incorporating popular GOP positions as a possibility, as a way to try to guarantee more than just Democratic votes.
He said Republicans shouldn’t shut themselves off from supporting a budget for the state of Connecticut.
Aresimowicz said, “I hope that doesn’t happen but I’m going to make it as hard as possible for them to vote no on a budget that goes up on the board.”
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The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER, an extended release form of the opioid drug oxymorphone made by the drug company, from the market because it has such a high potential for abuse.
"This is the first time the agency has taken steps to remove a currently marketed opioid pain medication from sale due to the public health consequences of abuse," the FDA said in a statement.
The company is pushing back, saying the drug is safe and effective. The FDA says if Endo doesn’t voluntarily pull the drug from the market, it will withdraw approval.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says opioid overdoses have hit record highs, killing more than 47,000 people in 2014 — more than the 32,000 who died in road accidents.
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In this Jan. 18, 2013 file photo, Schedule 2 narcotics: Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana are displayed for a photograph in Carmichael, California.
A pharmaceutical company is recalling birth control pills mislabeled in a way that could result in an unplanned pregnancy.
The pills, sold under the name Mibelas 24 F-E, were packaged in the wrong order so the first four days of tablets labeled as active pills are actually placebos.
The pills were distributed nationally.
If taken as labeled, consumers will not be receiving the right hormones to prevent conception and could end up pregnant, according to a statement released by the Food and Drug Administration.
The lot number affected is L600518 with an expiration date of May 2018, although, in addition to placing the pills in the wrong order, the packaging error also made the lot number and expiration date “no longer visible.”
Any consumers who have taken the mislabeled pills are advised to call their doctor immediately. The pills should be returned to the pharmacy.
Consumers with questions can call the manufacturer, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, at 800-399-2561.
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Birth control pills marketed under the name Mibelas 24-Fe have been recalled after a packaging error resulted in mixed-up hormone and placebo pills.
Police are at the scene of a fatal crash that happened in West Hartford on Thursday evening.
NBC Connecticut crews at the scene said a car looks like it's wrapped around a tree on Bloomfield Avenue in front of the Jewish Community Center (JCC).
It appears the car is scorched and sustained some fire damage.
There was only one man in the car and police have not identified the victim.
Bloomfield Avenue is closed near the accident and there is access to the JCC via Simsbury Road.
Please check back for updates on this developing story.
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A bill is awaiting the Governor's signature that could save residents money the next time they go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription.
Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 445, called "An Act Concerning Fairness and Pharmacy Benefit Manager Contracts".
Pharmacy benefit managers, known as PBM's, are the companies that administer the prescription drug benefit component of health insurance plans. They also set the co-pay for a particular drug.
PBM's have contracts with pharmacies across the country, and many of those contracts bar pharmacies from telling their customers whether it's cheaper for them to pay for a drug through their insurance or out of pocket.
The bill, co-sponsored by the two Senate presidents, Democrat Martin Looney, and Republican Len Fasano, seeks to eliminate the gag order on pharmacists to allow them to share all relevant information with their patients.
The Senate approved the bill unanimously last month and yesterday the House approved it with a small amendment. That required another vote of the Senate yesterday, which was unanimous once again. If the governor signs the bill into law, the restriction on the gag order will take effect Jan. 1, 2018.
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A notable coffee farmer in Hawaii was granted an extension on his deportation after being defended by a federal judge, NBC News reported.
Andres Magana Ortiz had boarded his plane to Washington Thursday to turn himself in to immigration authorities to honor a removal order. But in a last-minute turn, federal officials granted him 30 more days in the country.
Officials argued that Magana Ortiz "successfully (built) a life and family in this country" and that deporting him would rip him apart from his three children, all U.S. citizens, as well as his wife.
Magana Ortiz, now 43, came to America at 15 from Mexico. He became a coffee farmer and even gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture free access to his farm to study crop pests.
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Hawaii coffee farmer Andres Magana Ortiz speaks to reporters in Honolulu on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Magana Ortiz must return to Mexico in 30 days if efforts to halt his deportation aren't successful.
Twelve-year-old twins who sparked a frantic multi-state search spanning more than 1,000 miles after they went missing earlier this week have been found safe, authorities say.
Sisters Rickhia McClam and Nicolette McClam were last seen at their father’s home in South Florida on Tuesday. Authorities had thought they could be heading to New York City to be with their mother, who lives in Harlem.
But the sisters never left Florida at all, authorities say. They were found at their godmother's home in Pompano Beach, and investigators believe they were there the entire time authorities were looking for them. The girls were not hurt.
Their parents have been embroiled in a contentious custody battle for years, and their mother, Natonia Dutes, had said they were talking about running away during a visit to New York last weekend.
Dutes says the girls told her: “We want to run away, we don’t want to be there.”
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Sisters Rickhia McClam and Nicolette McClam, both 12 years old, have been missing for days. Authorities believe they may be in New York or on their way to the city.
Rebecca Juro remembers keeping her secret as far back as age 5. She felt different compared to other little boys in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood and, without anyone saying it, she understood being different was bad.
"I knew my parents would not be excited to hear their son wanted to wear a dress," she said.
Juro kept her secret for decades. In her teens, she lived as a boy and dated girls. In her 20s, she became a punk in the testosterone-fueled music scene of the 1970s. By the 1980s, she buckled under the weight of her double life.
At the age of 32, she decided driving off a bridge was better than living a lie.
"If I couldn’t live as myself, what’s the point?" she said, looking back on her suicide attempt. "I couldn’t see any other way out."
The trans community faces higher suicide attempt rates than almost every other demographic: 40 percent of transgender adults reported having tried to kill themselves, according to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey.
Ninety-two percent of those made the attempt before the age of 25.
Only white, middle-aged men have a higher suicide rate. In 2015, men between the ages of 45 and 64 accounted for seven out of 10 suicides.
Lesbian, gay and questioning youth also face a higher risk of suicide. Their attempt rate is four times greater than for heterosexual adolescents, according to the Trevor Project, a national lifeline and advocacy group.
The numbers are more difficult to count for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and related sexual orientation (LGBTQ+) adults because death certificates do not indicate sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the Office of the Surgeon General. But recent reports suggest gay men are six times more likely than heterosexual men to attempt suicide, and lesbians are twice as likely as straight women to attempt suicide, according to the American Association of Suicidology.
Many of the factors driving these higher suicide rates appear to be cultural. The queer community continues to face discrimination despite greater social acceptance since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Rejection, bullying, homelessness, addiction and violence contribute to higher suicide rates among LGBTQ+ individuals, according to experts.
Researchers point to the minority stress theory, which posits that stigma and prejudice create a hostile and stressful social environment that can lead to mental health problems.
In young people, these external pressures become magnified.
"Kids can be made to feel unworthy and that can exacerbate feelings of depression," said Drexel University professor Dr. Guy Diamond. He helped develop a behavioral health assessment tool used by medical professionals at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Now in her 50s, Juro still can’t point to an exact moment that defined her experience as a trans youth in hiding. Cultural cues were subtle yet clearly defined by the times. She grew up in the 1960s, when women were expected to be wives and men were expected to take care of them. As she described it, people were either from "column A or column B. There was no in between."
Juro knew she wanted to be a girl, but she didn’t have a label for what that meant. Nobody did. At school she was bullied. Teachers thought something was off with the "strange little boy" but couldn’t figure out what. She was diagnosed with ADHD and placed in special education classes.
At home Juro didn’t have role models. She and her two brothers were raised by traditional parents. Her dad was an advertising executive, her mother a homemaker. Instead of exploring what eventually became her true identity, Juro filled the role laid before her.
"I spent a lot of time trying to hypermasculinize myself," she said. "I did what was expected of me."
She dated women, played sports, got into fights and eventually dived into the punk scene. Even as an adult she only experimented with women’s clothing in private. When she was still in her 20s, living as anything other than a closeted trans woman felt like an impossibility.
"This was 1982," she said. "There was no such word as transgender. It wouldn’t exist for another 13 or 14 years."
Things turned around after Juro found a therapist near Philadelphia who encouraged her to dress as a woman in a closed gathering of trans people. Unlike previous therapists, this one did not question her sexuality or assume Juro was confused. Instead, her counselor guided Juro through a careful transition that included coming out to friends and family.
When she did, Juro’s father wanted to know if she was a drag queen who performed at clubs and wore sequins. He had recently been to one such establishment and was scandalized to think his son would be among the entertainers. Juro’s mother was initially confused but eventually became her biggest ally. When police bullied her, Juro’s mom scolded them and forced them to apologize.
Looking back at her metamorphosis, Juro laments how few resources were available to ease her transition.
"My little sister is gay and presents male," she said. "I can’t believe these kids have so much freedom now. I live vicariously through her."
But not all queer youth are supported by their loved ones. Sam Escobar, who identifies as gender fluid and uses gender-neutral pronouns, struggled with coming out. The 27-year-old went through the process twice — once at 16 and again at 25. The first time felt fruitless.
"My dad never talked about it again and my mom worried life would be harder," Escobar said. "I was worried about the stress on my parents. I felt very guilty."
This guilt was only compounded by surviving multiple sexual assaults, which contributed to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, anxiety, depression and two suicide attempts. Added to the trauma was an ongoing internal struggle about what it meant to be truly gay. Initially, Escobar felt too shy to flirt with anyone who wasn’t a man. And when Escobar did try to explain non-binary gender, they were frequently met with disbelief or confusion.
Curvy with soft features, Escobar presents as feminine. Boys Escobar dated couldn’t understand why their girlfriend didn’t identify as a woman. They worried it would make them gay if Escobar decided to present more masculine.
"I was constantly trying to fulfill other people’s expectations of me," Escobar said. "I felt like I was never going to be happy."
It’s a familiar refrain for closeted youth.
As a teenager, James Lecense knew he was gay. He was born into a quiet, normative slice of suburbia. New York City was an hour away and Philadelphia even further. All he knew was a small New Jersey community filled with nice people who mostly resembled each other. Nothing was necessarily wrong with his childhood, but Lecense sensed something inside of him was different than the other kids at school. Like Juro, he didn’t know the word for what he was experiencing. He frequently felt isolated from family and peers.
"I grew up in another time," said the 58-year-old creator of The Trevor Project. "I didn’t even know what homosexuality was. I thought I was the only gay person that ever lived."
Moving to Manhattan and becoming involved with theater changed everything for him. He "found a tribe" that provided encouragement and support at a time when many gay men were grappling with the AIDS crisis. The epidemic killed hundreds of thousands of people, both gay and straight, but helped introduce and normalize certain aspects of queer culture.
"I was witness to an entire generation of my peers dying off," Lecense said. Still, "there was no discussion of young people being gay. It was as though you turn 21 and then suddenly turn gay."
The lack of attention to queer youth troubled Lecense, so in 1995 he created a character named Trevor as part of a larger production. Trevor, much like Lecense, was a 13-year-old boy struggling to understand and accept his sexuality. Through a series of diary entries he realized that he is gay and, distraught at what this would mean to his family and future, decides to kill himself.
Trevor’s self-realization felt familiar to Lecense, who hesitates to reveal how similar his personal experience was to his character’s. But the story of a teenager whose sexuality drove him to attempt suicide sparked the interest of two L.A. producers and eventually HBO.
The team created a longer film starring Trevor and soon realized a need that wasn’t being addressed. Who could struggling young people turn to in their darkest hours?
"There was no lifelines, no websites in those days," Lecense said. "We had to do something."
The team raised enough money in three months to fund The Trevor Project, which offers a lifeline, website and chat support for young people in need. The organization hears from an average of 52,000 people per year, according to vice president of programs David Bond. They range between the ages of 10 and 24. Some live in cities, others in small communities. The one thing they have in common is fear of rejection and a total loss of hope.
"When you’re chronically exposed to messages that your experience is less valid … that can lead to mental health problems such as suicidal thoughts or substance abuse," Bond said.
Counselors with The Trevor Project undergo extensive training and role playing sessions to prepare for what’s on the other line. The responsibility can feel heavy even to the most seasoned operator, who must be ready to help someone in crisis mode or just sit back and listen to a kid who feels there is no one else out there.
"If you have a broken leg, everyone can see your leg is broken. With depression, no one can see that from the outside," Escobar said.
"And being queer, everyone is always telling you’re wrong or trying to fix you. Sometimes, it’s better [for them] just to listen."
Like The Trevor Project, Trans Lifeline provides a safe space nearly impossible to find in the outside world. The support hotline offers suicide prevention, emotional support and a virtual community for trans people. It was founded by Greta Martela, herself a suicide attempt survivor who experienced discrimination when she reached out for help. An operator for a national suicide hotline misgendered her repeatedly and seemed uncomfortable discussing issues specific to her experience as a trans woman.
"This was in San Francisco," said Trans Lifeline spokesperson Andre Perez. "If conditions are that bad in San Francisco, then that must mean trans people across the country are facing even greater barriers."
Martela founded Trans Lifeline in 2014 to provide community members a safe space to speak with like-minded people who understand their particular concerns. Some people call in immediate distress, others just to chat. Each person is evaluated based on a loose ranking system. "One" means the person is not in immediate danger while a "four" or a "five" is in severe crisis.
"We try to talk them down. We stay on the phone as long as they need," Perez said. "Before we end the phone call, we try to make sure that there is a follow-up plan where they’re having a friend or relative come over to be with them. We really just don’t want people to be alone."
Callers are typically kids or people of color who feel doubly marginalized from society. When trans people reach out for help, many experience the same discrimination from medical professionals as they do in their private lives. Trans Lifeline seeks to remove that stigma.
Juro volunteered for the organization in 2015 because she thought she could be the person to say, "no, no, no wait a minute. There are other options." She wishes someone had said that to her when she attempted suicide.
This concept of listening and validating is at the core of Drexel’s Center for Family Intervention Science — where Diamond serves as director. In an outpatient setting just steps away from 30th Street Station, therapists treat families struggling with depression and sexual identity.
The center's approach is focused on honing in on a parent's instinctual desire to protect their child, even when they don’t understand what a young person might be experiencing or feeling. This includes talking to parents who feel homosexuality contradicts their religious beliefs or adults who think teens are merely acting out for attention.
Dr. Jody Russon, Diamond’s colleague whose practice specializes in marginalized youth, said the center’s premise is to "get the parents on board again with supporting their kid" in order to reduce the likelihood of suicide.
The first step in repairing that parent-child relationship is acknowledging that some adults might be going through a grieving process after learning their son or daughter is queer.
"It can be like a death to some," she said. "It’s a real loss if they’re not going to get that wedding or grandchild [the way] they always imagined."
Research has shown that improved relationships between parents and their children can lessen instances of depression, suicide, homelessness and addiction, yet not all parents can learn to accept certain aspects of their child’s life.
Called attachment-based therapy, the treatment happens in steps. First, therapists meet separately with parents and their children and get a sense of what each one feels is happening. Counselors then slowly and methodically start to unravel the parent’s anger, confusion or disbelief and present them with a simple concept: their child is in pain.
Somewhere along the line bonds of support have been broken, Russon said. "If we can bond and rejoin that relationship, then we’re on the right track to healing."
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Because of heat, the town of Simsbury will open cooling centers Sunday through Tuesday.
Simsbury Public Library’s lower level entrance, 725 Hopmeadow St. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday.
Eno Memorial Hall, senior center, 54 Hopmeadow St., 860 658-3273. Open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
For more on cooling centers, check Connecticut 211.
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You can now travel non-stop from Bradley Airport to San Francisco.
United Airlines has added seasonal non-stop flights from Bradley International Airport to San Francisco International Airport. They began this morning and will continue until Sept 5.
Outbound flights leave BDL at 6:25 a.m., Eastern Time and arrive at SFO at 9:50 a.m. Pacific Time. The inbound flight will depart SFO at 10:45 p.m. Pacific Time and arrive at BDL at 7:06 a.m. Eastern Time.
The San Francisco route is United’s sixth nonstop destination out of Bradley.
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The state's attorney for the Judicial District of Tolland has determined that officers who shot and killed a man during a standoff at a motel in Old Saybrook in October 2015 had reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary.
The incident happened at Econo Lodge at 1750 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook on Oct, 10, 2015.
Police responded to the motel after learning that Richard Love, a suspect in four bank robberies, was staying there. Through the window, they saw he was armed, according to police.
Authorities said they heard gunfire inside the room, so Old Saybrook and Norwich officers secured the area, called in the state police Emergency Services Unit Tactical Team for back up and evacuated people from nearby motel rooms.
When Love saw the SWAT team arrive, he pointed a gun at them and refused to listen to orders to drop the firearm, according to police.
Authorities said Love, who had been using crack and heroin, told police he was not leaving the room and didn’t want to hurt anybody.
Once emergency crews eventually entered the motel room, they found Love in the bathroom and he was pointing a gun at a trooper, the state's attorney's report says.
Police then shot Love, who died at the scene, according to authorities.
According to the report from the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Tolland, the division of criminal justice will take no further action.
Love was suspected of the following robberies:
Burglars smashed the front window of EbLens in New Haven early Friday morning and made off with $11,000 worth of sunglasses, according to police.
The incident happened at 60 Whalley Ave. at 3:47 a.m., according to police.
EbLens was founded in New Britain in 1949 and has expanded to several locations in Connecticut, as well as Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York.
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