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The lights are back on at Bradley International Airport and TSA screening has resumed after a power problem caused multiple outages on Monday morning.
Authorities at the airport in Connecticut said it experienced a power loss from its main source of power.
Terminal A had been operating on backup power, the airport said. Some areas were operating with lights and others were not.
Airport officials are working with Eversource to determine the cause of the power loss.
The power problems impacted the airport's TSA screening area and no screening was taking place for hours. A crowd of people could be seen standing in the dark near the TSA checkpoint around 4 a.m.
Some lights flickered back on around 4:45 a.m. before fully returning around 5 a.m.
Around 5:20 a.m., the lights went out again. Power was restored around 6 a.m. before going out again around four minutes later.
Officials restored power again shortly after.
Hundreds of people were stranded in the terminals waiting to get their tickets and go through TSA. Passengers were allowed to enter the TSA checkpoint around 7:30 a.m.
More than 20 flights are delayed because of the power problems.
Inbound roadway access to the airport was temporarily closed, but has since reopened.
If you are scheduled to fly this morning, you're urged to contact your airline to find out the status of your flight.
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Tuesday is Election Day and the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Connecticut residents to make some important decisions in the midterm elections, including choosing the next governor, one U.S. Senate seat, five Congressional seats and several state offices.
Gov. Dannel Malloy decided not to run for re-election, so voters will be deciding who will succeed him.
Voters heading to the polls for the midterm elections will also be voting for one United States Senate seat. The incumbent, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat, is running against Republican Matthew Corey.
Proposals to Amend State Constitution
One ballot question asks whether the constitution should be changed to ensure transportation revenues are spent on transportation projects.
The second amendment calls for placing limits on the General Assembly when it attempts to transfer or sell state-owned property to a non-state entity.
U.S. House of Representatives:
Connecticut voters will also be asked to choose U.S. Representatives in the state’s five Congressional Districts.
The incumbent, John Larson, a Democrat, is running against Republican Jennifer Nye.
Joe Courtney, the incumbent and Democratic candidate, is running against Republican Danny Postemski Jr.
Rosa DeLauro, the incumbent and Democratic Party candidate, is running against Republican Angel Cadena.
The incumbent, Jim Himes, is the Democratic Party candidate and Harry Arora is the Republican Party candidate.
Secretary of the State:
The incumbent, Denise Merrill, is running as the Democratic Candidate and Susan Chapman is running as the Republican Party Candidate.
Denise Nappier opted not to run for re-election after 20 years in office.
Shawn Wooden is the Democratic Party candidate and Thad Gray is the Republican Party candidate.
The incumbent, Kevin Lembo is the Democratic Party candidate and Kurt Miller is the Republican Party candidate.
Other races include all 36 State Senate and 151 Assembly seats. See the candidate list here.
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Police are investigating a homicide in Waterbury.
Officials said it happened around 5 a.m. on Knollwood Circle.
No information was immediately available on who the victim is.
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Amanda Lindner can fit all of her trash from the last seven months into a 16-ounce mason jar -- and she says you can do it too.
Watch the video above to see all of her life-hacks for cutting down your carbon footprint.
The Brooklyn woman's journey to the mason jar started when she decided to try a 50 day zero-waste challenge. According to Lindner, everyday objects like plastic straws, plastic utensils, and plastic bags are causing the most amount of harm to the planet, and are fairly easy to stop using.
Since starting the zero-waste challenge, she has made it her mission to eliminate the most harmful waste objects from her life completely by carrying around a reusable coffee cup, bamboo utensils, and cloth bags.
Lindner purchases most of her groceries in bulk and stores them in mason jars. She buys package free produce from farmers markets and transports it home in cloth bags. She also reduces her carbon footprint by eating a plant-based diet.
While some may find a zero-waste lifestyle to be challenging, Lindner says it has allowed her to reduce her carbon footprint while saving money in the process.
“I save myself a lot of money by buying things not in packaging because I’m not only avoiding the cost of the package but I’m also avoiding the cost of the brand on the package,” she said. “It really doesn’t require that much effort.”
Watch the video above for all of her tips for a waste-free life.
This article, part 9 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.
Texas Republican Pete Sessions has represented a slice of Dallas and its suburbs in the U.S. House for two decades, breezing through most of his re-election campaigns, buoyed by the support of suburban conservatives who know Sessions as a reliable pragmatist and deft political navigator who can get things done in Washington.
But since the seismic shift of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential win, the political establishment has had to adapt. In Sessions' case, he’s found himself fighting hard to defend his long-held seat against an unfamiliar, well-funded challenger: civil rights attorney and former NFL linebacker Colin Allred, a Democrat from Dallas with no political experience but an endorsement from former President Barack Obama.
If Sessions defeats Allred, he will win a 12th term in Congress. He has become a leading voice since he was first elected in a differently drawn district in 1996, eventually rising to chair the powerful House Rules Committee. In 2010, as head of the Republican National Congressional Committee, Sessions led the successful GOP effort to reclaim the House majority. In 2016, he ran unopposed to keep the seat.
His supporters praise his fiscal pragmatism and his commitment to free enterprise, citing his lengthy congressional tenure and House leadership record as important strengths.
Allred supporters speak of ideological values — civility, empathy, accountability, honor — that they fear are getting lost in the partisan division in their district, in Texas and nationwide. In Allred they see someone who shares their values and would stand up and fight for them in Washington.
Texas' 32nd District has long leaned Republican, but it's one of 25 congressional districts that in 2016 voted Republican for the U.S. House but for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Nonpartisan analysts Charlie Cook, Larry Sabato and Nathan Gonzales all consider this race a toss-up, meaning it’s anyone’s guess as to what might happen Tuesday.
The district’s demographics are evolving, said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and it’s looking less Republican red and more purple, with Democrats mixed in — indicating it's more likely to swing politically.
"It's one of the inner-ring suburban districts where people have been moving out of the urban core, making those districts more diverse, and therefore more competitive," he said.
Allred has the advantage in fundraising. He outraised Sessions $5 million to $4.4 million, according to federal campaign finance data, and nearly $5 million more has poured in from outside the district, mostly split between supporting and opposing Allred.
"Colin Allred raised more than $1 million in the most recent quarter, so it’s a fair fight. Usually, an incumbent Republican will have a lot more money than his Democrat challenger — but not so much this year," Jillson said. “It’s a very close race.”
Sessions has not faced a competitive challenger since 2004, but this year the 32nd District could see a political novice with a compelling backstory unseat the longtime congressman considered one of the House's most powerful and effective lawmakers.
Thirty-five-year-old Colin Allred has never run for an elected office, but people around Dallas might have known him because he played four seasons in the NFL as a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans.
Allred said he wasn't a star linebacker, but he was a hard worker. He worked hard when he played for Baylor University in Waco so he would have a chance at the NFL. He hoped to make enough money for law school.
In a campaign video, Allred introduces himself by talking about his childhood in Dallas. His mother, a Dallas teacher, raised Allred on her own because his father wasn’t around. But, Allred said, his story “isn't about the father who wasn't there — it’s about the mom who was."
He speaks of his lifelong ties to the community and his first-hand understanding of the needs and challenges of the people he hopes to represent. He said Sessions’ D.C. ambitions have distanced him, literally and ideologically, from his Dallas constituents.
Meanwhile, Allred said he has been spending time getting to know his district by hosting weekly sit-downs — "Coffees With Colin" — and listening to people's concerns about health care, jobs, education and opportunity.
One topic that rarely comes up at his coffees, Allred said, is Trump.
"People usually don’t ask me about him, and I think it’s partly because he’s so ever-present, and they want to know what we are going to do to cut through some of this noise and to get some work done for the people of the area," Allred said.
Allred does have concerns about the Trump presidency, though. Not as much about policy, because policy can be reversed. He told the Dallas Morning News that he's more worried about “the degradation of our values" under the current administration.
After the NFL, Allred earned a law degree, eventually working in Obama's administration as counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That earned Allred the endorsements of the former president and of his housing department director, fellow Texan Julian Castro.
Allred also got the endorsement of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat who’s praised Sessions’ leadership in the past. But Allred, Rawlings said, is now "the right man for America" and "the right man for Dallas."
"I have always tried to do the right thing for the city of Dallas, and it is now obvious that politically our country is headed in the wrong direction,” Rawlings said.
Sessions calls himself a Reagan Republican — he even has a life-size Ronald Reagan cardboard cutout on display in his congressional office.
He frequently mentions his commitment to free enterprise and is consistently business-friendly. According to his chief-of-staff, Caroline Boothe, it was the congressman's record of fighting for "freedom and opportunity" that earned him the endorsement of the city's daily paper, The Dallas Morning News. The editorial said Sessions "better represents the principles of limited government" than his opponent.
Sessions has voted with Trump about 98 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight's analysis. He has been particularly proud of supporting the Republican-crafted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by the president at the end of last year, which provided steep tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans, along with more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and families.
Sessions said last year that the tax cuts, a signature achievement for Trump, turbo-charged the American economy.
"There are 9 million more jobs available in America today. We've seen the stock market rise about 40 percent since we passed the bill and, perhaps more importantly, take-home pay increased at the highest rate since the 1970s," Sessions said at a Rotary Club forum in December. "What we're seeing is economic growth across the board."
Sessions was not available for an interview, but Boothe said the congressman is known in D.C. as the "go-to guy to get things done." And, she added, he gets things done because to him it's more than "just his job — it's his responsibility, his civic duty."
The congressman received the president's endorsement via tweet — twice — and several major faces in the party have stumped or fundraised for Sessions, including Donald Trump Jr., House Majority Leader Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence, who called Sessions a "friend" who acted as a mentor to him when he was new to Congress.
Longtime Sessions supporter Susan Fountain, who’s lived in Dallas over three decades and considers herself “very politically active,” said for her this election is really about the economy and Sessions' Washington expertise.
"We have a rousing economy down here in Texas,” she said. She also cited Sessions' decades of legislative experience.
“Pete is chairman of our House Rules Committee, and he's been a congressman for 22 years — he has that much experience," Fountain said.
Most of Sessions' campaign ads stay focused on his legislative accomplishments and Texas’ healthy economy.
But in a rare attack ad, which barely mentioned his opponent, Sessions accuses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and “the Democrats" of "jamming” voters’ TVs with negative attack ads.
"They want revenge” for his coordinating the 2010 Republican takeover of the House, Sessions alleges, speaking over a faint thwack-thwack-thwack of the arrows flying through the air behind him hitting a Pete Sessions for Congress campaign sign.
"When you stand on principle, you become a target," Sessions said.
'I Felt Like I Stepped Into a Fire Ant Pile'
Voters in Texas and across the U.S. have passionate views on health care, immigration and jobs, said Jollsin, the SMU political scientist, but no issue in these midterms is more important than Trump.
Texas voters’ opinions of Trump mirror their partisan identification, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released last week. Asked if Trump has the temperament to serve as president, cares about people like you, is trustworthy and competent and more, between 78 percent and 91 percent of Republicans said yes. But between 4 percent and 10 percent of Democrats felt the same way.
Republican Todd Gottel served for a decade as mayor of Rowlett, a conservative Dallas suburb in Sessions’ district. Gottel knew the president's rhetoric was stoking division, but he was shocked last year when he saw up close the urgency and the fury of those who oppose the administration.
Gottel was asked to stand at the podium and read voter-submitted questions into a microphone for a jam-packed public town hall Sessions hosted in a high school gymnasium in Richardson. As many as 2,000 people packed the small gym beyond capacity, with people standing in aisles and spilling out the exit doors.
Sessions began the presentation by extolling the virtues of being respectful and listening to one another. He then tried to explain why he opposed and planned to dismantle Obama's signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act, projecting a series of different graphs explaining how the ACA could negatively affect GDP and job growth.
Many in the audience barely let the congressman get a word out before they'd start shouting, jeering or chanting phrases like "do your job" and "this plan sucks." There was so much of it that at one point, Sessions said to the crowd, "Now I’m starting to understand why you’re so frustrated; you don’t know how to listen." The crowd roared louder.
It was a tough act for Gottel to follow.
"I felt like I stepped into a fire ant pile," he said.
Sessions has not hosted a live town hall since.
Gottel said he felt that the forum was too raucous for any nuanced discussion of real issues.
He likes Sessions and considers him a pragmatic conservative who is willing to listen and consider all sides of political issues.
There's a "huge amount of value to someone that has the level of experience and the contacts to be able to get things done" in Washington, Gottel said. "In many cases, it may take someone days [to get something done] where it takes [Sessions] a phone call."
Gottel said he's not actually the biggest Trump fan — he doesn't like "the tweets," doesn't approve of all the behavior. Still, he gives him credit for having accomplished a lot since he's been in office. He voted for him two years ago and can’t think of a reason why he wouldn’t do the same in 2020.
Rowlett resident Lauren Bingham, who identifies as a progressive but not with either party, said she is worried about raising her 5-year-old son in a culture that she sees as increasingly divisive and one in which vulnerable people are getting left behind.
She's been canvassing her neighborhood in support of Allred, sometimes with her son by her side, and has heard from other voters "who just don’t feel like we’re headed in the right direction, that we’ve lost the civility we used to have in politics," she said, adding, "not like it’s always been fantastic and rainbows and sunshine, but the name-calling, the family separation, the travel ban."
Bingham is involved with a local chapter of the nonpartisan Mormon Women for Ethical Government, an organization "dedicated to the ideals of decency, honor, accountability, transparency, and justice in governing."
Mormon women aren’t typically at the forefront of activism, so it was a bold move for the group to come forward, Bingham said. After the 2016 election, she said, these women "kind of started coming out of the woodwork, saying they don’t like what’s going on."
Allred's "appealing profile" will likely be problematic for House Republicans who'd gotten used to this being a very safe seat, said David Wasserman, House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, on C-SPAN in August.
"Over time, those suburban professionals have moved away from the Republican party, because they're frankly questioning their partisan identity in the age of Trump," Wasserman said.
Despite Texas’ positive economic numbers, some voters say the Republican optimism about jobs does not reflect the reality for all, and the struggles faced by some families and lower wage-earners are being overlooked. Low unemployment rates may not reflect that temporary, contract or part-time workers don’t necessarily receive health benefits, for example.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, at 21 percent, almost double the national average of 12 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It was also one of 17 states that declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, making it even more difficult for Texans in need to receive assistance.
Fifty-eight percent of Texas voters said they were either “not very” or “not at all” satisfied with the health care system in the U.S., compared to 35 percent who said they were “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with it, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.
Sessions has voted dozens of times against the ACA. He voted last year for the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s legislative attempt to repeal Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act — including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions — but that plan ultimately fizzled in the Senate.
Sessions last month introduced a nonbinding resolution to protect people with pre-existing conditions, but critics point out that, besides it being nonbinding, it would not limit the amount insurers could charge those patients for care. Allred criticized the proposal, calling it a pre-election Hail Mary and the “worst kind of Washington politics.”
Sessions still continues to work on his own health care plan called the World’s Greatest Health Care Plan, which has failed twice so far to get to a vote. Part of this plan includes eliminating individual and employer mandates from the ACA, which he argues stifles free enterprise.
“Mandates take away choice, and mandates do not allow an opportunity for a market to flourish,” he said during his town hall last year, adding that he would replace them with a monthly tax credit.
Julian Culpepper, a 30-year-old nurse practitioner and 32nd District constituent, is unimpressed by Sessions’ record on health care legislation.
As a health care professional, Culpepper said he looks to organizations like the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics for apolitical assessments of proposed legislation. Both were critical of the Republicans’ effort to repeal the ACA and never saw Sessions or other members of Congress come forward with "an objective analysis" in support of the bill.
"I recommend things to my patients that are based in evidence or science," Culpepper said. "To think that a congressman would be willing to throw our entire health care system into turmoil against the advice of most experts is unacceptable."
Immigration and border security is a pressing issue in Texas, which has the longest border with Mexico, at 1,254 miles, of any U.S. state.
Fountain, the Sessions supporter, supports him on immigration because he believes in "controlling our borders and knowing who is going in, and who is going out, of our country," she said.
Sessions is a border security hardliner who says he opposes illegal immigration, not immigration on the whole. He supports Trump's wall — a porous or underprotected border poses a “great danger” to the American people, he's said — despite his reservations as a fiscal pragmatist about the wall's estimated multibillion dollar price tag, he told Fox News in February 2017.
“It can’t be built in one year, or a year and a half, but it can be done,” Sessions said. “And if this is the will of the president, I guarantee you it’s the will of the American people. We want to protect what this country stands for.”
Allred says the wall would not make the border more secure.
"It's ineffective. It's a waste of money," Allred said in a late October debate with Sessions in Dallas, adding that immigration policy should be built with compassion for people who are fleeing oppression or poverty and seeking to better their lives in a country that still believes in the importance of opportunity.
Bingham, the Allred supporter, said one of the most important issues for her this election is the Trump administration’s enforcement of a zero-tolerance border policy that includes separating children from their parents after they cross the border illegally, a policy the Mormon Women for Ethical Government “unequivocally denounced."
A candidate’s stance on this issue is a good indicator of their commitment to values like civility and empathy, Bingham said.
Allred denounced the practice of family separations because it denied the families due process in court.
A spokesperson for Sessions told NBC DFW in June that the congressman “obviously does not want actual families to be separated,” though they also emphasized that most children crossing the border weren't with their families.
Trump continues to rail against immigration in the closing days of the election, an apparent effort to galvanize voters in close elections around the country. It remains to be seen whether that will win purple districts like the 32nd District, where some voters are weighing Trump's messages with the way he makes them.
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Madeline Sayoc, the mother of Cesar Sayoc, the man suspected of mailing over a dozen suspicious packages to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, said her son struggled with mental illness.
After waking up from surgery last week, she learned her son was accused of mailing explosives to former President Barack Obama, billionaire George Soros, actor Robert De Niro, and others.
"While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I cannot express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety," Madeline Sayoc wrote in a letter sent by her attorney to ABC News. "This is not how I raised him or my children."
Cesar Sayoc’s attorneys have not commented on his mental health.
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Cesar Sayoc Jr., in an undated mug shot from the Broward Sheriff's Office.
A deer crashed into a T-Mobile store in Middletown Monday.
The deer crashed through the glass front window of the business on Main Street.
Workers said the deer did not actually make it into the store, but only shattered the outer layer of glass. The deer did not appear hurt and ran off.
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A deer ran into the front window of this T-Mobile store on Main Street in Middletown Monday. Workers said the deer did not actually get into the store and quickly took off.
Gracie Lou Phillips, an 82-year-old North Texas woman who voted for the first time in her life last week, died surrounded by family members early Monday morning, her family confirms.
Phillips, who was transitioning to hospice care when she joined 4.8 million Texans who chose to vote early in the midterm election, had been battling pneumonia.
In a conversation with NBC 5 last week, Phillips’ granddaughters said a busy family life at an early age, and misconceptions about voting, kept Phillips away from the polls throughout her life.
“Her priority through life was her family,” said granddaughter Leslie Rene Moore.
Until last week.
“She finally registered to vote for the first time in her life,” said granddaughter Michelle Phillips. “She kept telling everybody ‘I’m voting. I’m going to vote this year and my vote counts.’”
They say political vitriol drove the great-grandmother to vote in Grand Prairie on Thursday, despite transitioning into hospice care.
“My aunt took her with her portable oxygen tank,” she said. “Poll people were very kind. They met her out at her car.”
Phillips’ proud moment was captured on video where she is seen holding an "I voted today" sticker, reading each word out loud.
“To have someone literally need oxygen to breathe, pure tank of oxygen to breathe, put it in her car and ask to go on what may very well be the last week of her life, that shows the dedication and priority that people need to look at,” said Phillips.
Phillips' family hopes her deed inspires others on Election Day.
“To know that her voice is going to be heard forever is really exciting for us and we’re really proud of her,” said Moore.
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A number of first-time voters will be casting their ballot on Tuesday. One North Texas woman hopes to show others that it is never too late to make your voice count, Sunday, November 4, 2018.
FEMA is conducting preliminary disaster assessments in several towns Monday and Tuesday to determine if they are eligible for federal relief assistance after the flash floods in September.
The storm on Sept. 25 dropped more than 5 inches of rains in parts of the state and washed out roadways in several different towns in New London and Middlesex counties.
Clinton First Selectwoman Christine Goupil said in her town alone damage is significant. A road at the Morgan School is washed away, and she said there’s damage to the Connecticut Water Pump Station that supplies drinking water.
“We’re definitely tipping over $1 million now,” Goupil said.
FEMA assessors will survey the damage to estimate the cost of repairs.
“The numbers that are gathered as a result of this assessment may be used by the governor to request a presidential disaster declaration,” Diego Alvarado from FEMA said.
The FEMA assessment is for municipalities. While many homes flooded, there wasn’t enough damage to qualify for federal aid.
Homeowners like Terrance Russell are left to deal with their insurance companies that may or may not cover all the damage.
“Water came up to the second floor you could just hear everything falling over downstairs and stuff breaking,” he said. “I lost my uniforms from the military. I lost clothes. I lost everything.”
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FEMA was assessing damage in Clinton after flooding during storms on Sept. 25.
Route 9 south in Haddam has reopened after a car fire, according to Connecticut State Police.
The highway was closed between exits 9 and 8 but has since reopened. There was no immediate word on any injuries.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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A car fire on Route 9 southbound in Haddam.
An Uber driver has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old passenger he allegedly let ride on the roof his vehicle on Long Island a month and a half ago, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said Monday.
Ryan Mullen had been riding on the roof of the Danyal Cheema's vehicle Sept. 23 in Huntington Station; he fell off and hit his head on the road, then died of injuries stemming from the trauma, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said.
Sini said Mullen and two friends -- both 16 -- had spent the night out partying in the Cold Spring Harbor area. After the last party, they called for an Uber. Cheema, 25, picked them up. They went to a 7-Eleven, then, according to Sini, asked the driver to "car surf." They offered Cheema $70 to let them do it.
The transaction was not made then, Sini said. At some point later, the boys revisited the proposition, offering to pay Cheema $40 to let them ride on top of the car as he drove the vehicle. It wasn't clear if Cheema allegedly immediately accepted the money, but at some point, Mullen and another boy were on top of the car as Cheema drove. Mullen fell off and hit his head on the pavement.
It was all caught on Snapchat, Sini said.
Mullen was taken home and died that night. The medical examiner's office ruled the boy's cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. Sini acknowledged that poor decisions were made all around, but said Cheema was an adult and the boys were minors. As an Uber driver, too, Cheema was entrusted to get his passengers to their destinations safely, Sini added.
"This is a case that obviously has tragic consequences for the Mullen family. A young boy is no longer with us because of the actions of the defendant," the district attorney said after Cheema's arraignment Monday.
Cheema, 25, pleaded not guilty to the charge, Newsday reported. Information on a possible attorney for him wasn't immediately available.
It wasn't clear how long he had been with Uber. The ride-share company told News 4 it has been cooperating with law enforcement on the investigation.
"Words cannot describe how deeply troubled we are by this incident," an Uber spokesperson said. "Our thoughts are with the rider’s family during this difficult time. This driver has been permanently removed from the app."
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When voters head to the polls on Tuesday in Bristol, volunteers are hoping they won't arrive empty-handed.
"A little gesture on election day to help those less fortunate would be really a wonderful thing," said United Way of West Central Connecticut President Donna Osuch.
On Tuesday "Stock Our Shelters" buckets and boxes will be out in plain view waiting to be filled.
"We were hoping people would donate loose change or a dollar bill or bring a nonperishable food item when they come to vote in order to help us overcome this hurdle," said Bristol Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.
The City of Bristol and United Way are teaming up to help the homeless.
"We've had one soup kitchen go offline, which has put a burden on the other two. And we also have a funding shortage at St. Vincent DePaul, which is our homeless shelter, in terms of when we have emergency overflow," said Zoppo-Sassu.
The mayor says until St. Vincent DePaul is able to meet their funding goal, they won't be able to operate during the winter as an overflow shelter. The shelter relies heavily on private contributions, so the hope is to use election day as a call to action for residents to help the homeless during the most brutal months of winter.
"A little bit from each voter will go a long way. If each voter puts in a dollar or a few coins, we can certainly keep that overflow shelter open this winter and help people," said Osuch.
The mayor says “Stock Our Shelters” has been approved by the registrars and Secretary of the State.
The event is nonpartisan and donating at the polls is completely voluntary. You are not required to donate in order to vote.
Bristol Girl Scout Troops, United Way, Bristol Central InterAct Club and NHS, and Bristol Eastern are all volunteering to help. The City of Bristol will also be working with the United Way Joy of Sharing, Office of the Registrar of Voters, and Knights of Columbus to collect donations and canned goods through November 10th. You can visit the city's website at www.bristolct.gov or the United Way website at www.uwwestcentralct.org for more information. The Knights of Columbus is also hosting a 24-hour canned food drive starting November 9 at St. Gregory's Church on Stafford Avenue.
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The City of Bristol and United Way are teaming up to help the homeless with a "Stock Our Shelters" drive at the polls this election day.
In California's 10th Congressional District, a sprawling patchwork of farms and small cities west of San Francisco, a tight congressional race is coming down to the wire.
Democrat Josh Harder, a 31-year-old former venture capitalist, is running to represent his native district after making millions through Silicon Valley. He is challenging Republican Jeff Denham, a local farmer and Iraq War veteran who has spent most of his life in the district's Central Valley.
The two are vying for a district, made up of rural Stanislaus County and parts of San Joaquin County, that has voted for Denham to represent them since 2010, but went for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 2 points in the 2016 presidential election.
"This race is representative of what we're seeing all over the country," said Melinda Jackson, a political science professor at San Jose State University. "Elections will hinge on voter turnout, specifically whether Democrats are motivated to push back against President Trump."
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report puts the race as a toss-up. A few public polls have shown Harder with a slight edge over Denham. The Democrat raised over $2.5 million more than his opponent and spent about $3 million more, according to federal election data from mid-October.
The race is asking tougher questions than just opinions on policy, said Thomas Reeves, a nonpartisan spokesman for the city of Modesto, the district's largest city. He said residents will have to decide whether to side with Denham's GOP, whose rhetoric on immigration, health care and the environment has become increasingly abrasive under Trump's leadership, or take a chance with Harder, who lived until recently out of the district.
"How do you balance the larger politics of the nation with the realities of California?" Reeves said.
This article, part 10 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.
Who Knows the District?
The Denham campaign has tried to make the election about who really knows the district and its needs. Denham has attacked Harder for his ties to Silicon Valley, claiming that Harder is only interested in flipping the district for Democrats rather than helping the district itself.
"This is a local campaign," Denham told The Associated Press. "This is the fifth time they've moved somebody into this district to run against me."
Denham was not available for an interview with NBC in the last few days of the campaign, but Denham's campaign manager, Joshua Whitfield, said the race boils down to "who is local and who is not."
Less than 3 percent of Harder's campaign donations have come from inside the district, compared to about 18 percent of Denham's, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Harder countered that his family "settled in this district over 180 years ago, I was born here and graduated from the public school system here."
He pointed to Denham's voting record, which aligned with Trump's almost 98 percent of the time, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. To Harder, that shows that Denham is content with siding with his party over his constituents.
"If you really want to show you understand a community, you've got to make sure you fight for it not only when it's convenient, but when it actually matters," Harder said.
A Diverse District
Immigration is an integral issue for California's 10th District, where immigrants make up a large portion of the district's farm workers and over 40 percent of the population is Hispanic.
Reeves said the communities in the district are often proud to have such a diverse population, and local support for immigrants' rights and protections is driven by necessity.
"Our district sees workers that come from all parts of the world. That is a population that we absolutely rely on," he said.
Fluent in Spanish and with a wife of Mexican heritage, Denham has been outspoken in his support for "Dreamers," people brought to the country illegally as young children who are pushing for citizenship, and protections for immigrants. He has repeatedly nudged Congress to find pathways to citizenship for immigrants with efforts such as his ENLIST Act, which would allow "Dreamers" to gain lawful resident status by serving in the military. (The bill, cosponsored by many Democrats, has yet to receive a vote.)
Denham's efforts often clash with the anti-immigration sentiments of Trump and many others in the Republican party. Days before the election, Trump said he plans to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship for those born in the U.S. to noncitizen parents, despite that right being enshrined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
For Denham and his campaign, there is little room for these attitudes. Being pro-immigrant is "simply a matter of right and wrong," Whitfield said.
On this front, Harder agrees.
"I think this district is divided by political party, but we are also united on whether or not we should be protecting immigrants and 'Dreamers' that attend our school system," Harder said.
More than 23 million California residents are experiencing drought, about two-thirds of the state's population, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. In Stanislaus County, the largest county in the district, the land is "abnormally dry."
Both Denham and Harder oppose a proposal by California's State Water Board regionally known as the "water grab," which would redirect some of the district's water into the ocean to boost fishing stocks along the way.
The district had more than 7,000 farm operators and close to 5,000 farms as of 2012, according to the Department of Agriculture. If the water grab is enacted, the Modesto Irrigation District forecasts losses of $1.6 billion in output, $167 million in revenue, $330 million in labor income and 6,576 jobs.
Denham has endeared himself to the district as a farmer who leads on water issues, according to the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, which endorsed the congressman.
Legislation Denham wrote making it easier to fund water storage in the region was part of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, signed into law last month.
"Water is the lifeblood of our agricultural community," Whitfield said.
Harder's understanding of the water crisis comes from his family's roots in the farming community, he wrote in an August op-ed in the Modesto Bee. Harder stressed the importance of building "water security" through long-term water conservation and sustainability plans.
Health care has been a point of contention in the race for the 10th District, as it has been in many close races across the country. Health care was the issue most voters called important in a Gallup poll released Friday, and more Democrats thought it was important than Republicans.
Denham's vote for the American Health Care Act in 2017, the nearly successful effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, could be a deciding factor in how residents of the district vote.
Harder believes in Medicare for all, pledges to fight for lower health care prices, and pointed out that more than 50 percent of the district is on Medicaid. He said that when Denham voted for the AHCA, he voted to gut Medicaid, potentially leaving over 100,000 constituents without affordable health care.
"Every person in this community has a loved one that would be hurt by that bill, by that vote, by our member of Congress," Harder said.
Denham said he is proud of his votes and has spoken of different ways to improve health care for the district, such as increasing access to doctors through expanded medical residency training programs. In a September debate with Harder, Denham asked how Harder plans on paying for a Medicare-for-all system and portrayed Harder as having "Bay Area" plans for a rural district.
"When you talk about Bay Area principles, this is one of their biggest principles," he said.
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As the holiday hiring season ramps up, the Better Business Bureau is cautioning jobseekers about employment scams.
The BBB says in 2017, it received more than 2,400 reports of employment scams. Students and people aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to be victimized, according to the organization.
Overpayment scams are among the most common. The BBB says a legitimate employer will never overpay an employee and then ask the employee to wire the money to someone else.
Another red flag is a job that requires you to make an upfront payment for materials in order to work from home. You should not have to pay money to start a job.
The BBB says jobseekers should be wary of work-from-home offers, secret shopper positions, or jobs with generic titles such as caregiver or customer service representative.
If you receive a job offer out of the blue, it’s likely a scam. Whenever you receive unsolicited contact from a recruiter or employer, whether it be on a website, email, or by phone, make sure to research the company. Stay away from businesses that don’t have a physical address or won’t provide you with details about the job and the company.
Before you provide any potential employer with your personal information, do some research on the company, and check the official website to confirm there is a job opening.
The National Retail Federation estimates retailers could add as many as 650,000 temporary positions nationwide over the 2018 holiday season. So it should be easy enough to find a legitimate job.
Kohl’s, Target, Amazon and the United States Postal Service are just a few companies looking for holiday help. Stop by the business and pick up an application in person. That way you know you’re not falling for a scam.
If you encounter an employment scam, the BBB encourages you to report it.
Many Connecticut cities and towns are expecting a higher number of voters to show up at the polls for tomorrow’s midterm election, especially when it comes to younger voters.
A spokesperson for the Secretary of the State said they advised towns to order ballots as if this was a presidential election instead of a midterm. In this scenario it’s better to overestimate in than underestimate.
Monday Registrar of Voters offices were in full preparation swing to make sure everything runs smoothly on Election Day.
At the New London Registrar of Voters office, the phones were ringing off the hook, the printer was buzzing almost non-stop, people were walking in with questions and Democratic Registrar Bill Giesing was working on checking items off his “to-do” list.
“Today’s a lot of crazy. Do you hear that phone ringing?” Giesing said.
He calls the Monday before Election Day the busiest day for his office.
As for turnout, he said New London might see higher college-aged turnout than the last midterm election – but many will register the day of the election – and more overall voters than the 2014 midterm.
“We’re a very transient population. So we have a lot of people move in but then we have a lot of people moving out so it’s pretty hard to gauge that,” Giesing said.
In Colchester, Republican Registrar of Voters Linda Grzeika said they listened to the Secretary of the State and ordered enough ballots for 80 percent of registered voters.
“We told our workers we expect there are going to be lines and just be calm,” Grzeika said.
While she said they don’t expect to run out of ballots, the town does have a contingency plan in place.
“It means more work for us because we can copy the ballots, people can fill out ballots that are copied. But those have to be hand counted,” Grzeika said.
Middletown Republican Registrar of Voters David Bauer said the office is preparing for 16,000 to 18,000 voters Tuesday, which is more voters than an average gubernatorial race.
“We generally expect in Middletown maybe 50 to 55 percent for gubernatorial. We’re anticipating, we’re planning for probably 65 percent or higher,” Bauer said.
They’ll have extra volunteers at each of their 14 polling places. They’ll set them up very early in the morning, before the polls open at 6 a.m.
“We even have a couple reserve poll workers anticipating it’s going to be a pretty active election,” Bauer said.
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A man who was stabbed at the Village Heights Apartments in Colchester Tuesday night is dead and another man has been arrested and charged with murder, according to Connecticut State Police.
State Police have identified the man who was found unresponsive at the complex on Renee Drive around 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 with a stab wound to the abdomen as 42-year-old Joseph Kolodnicki, of Oakdale. They said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Wednesday morning, state police said 38-year-old Elmar Baker, of Colchester, was charged with murder.
Bond for Baker was set at $2 million.
The Eastern District Major Crimes unit has been called in to investigate.
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The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to take up the legal battle over the future of DACA quickly, asking the justices to consider the issue even before a federal appeals court has ruled on the program's legality.
If the justices don't act soon, the Justice Department said, it will probably be too late to get the case on this year's docket, NBC News reported. In that event, the government would likely be required to keep the program going at least another year.
Short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA allows children of illegal immigrants to remain here if they were under 16 when their parents brought them to the U.S. and if they arrived by 2007. The Obama-era initiative has allowed 700,000 young people, known as Dreamers, to avoid deportation.
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Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) and others demonstrate outside the U.S. District Court 9th Circuit in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Yale football picked up a big win over Brown on Saturday and in the stands, one fan was hitting a big milestone of his own.
Stu Cohen attended his 300th football game at the Yale Bowl. He started coming to games in 1964 when he was 14 years old. Now 68, Cohen has seen the Bulldogs win 11 Ivy League Championships, watched the New York Giants play in sub-zero temperatures and only missed one game. Cohen didn’t even miss the Harvard-Yale football game the day after his wedding.
Of course, he had some help. Cohen was an usher at the Yale Bowl for 25 years, but even then he’s been retired for 20 years. Football at the bowl has just always been in his blood.
"My great uncle was a trainer on the football team, my mother grew up across the street, my father down the street,” Cohen said.
Cohen says he started counting his games in 2004 when he found a media guide. Knowing he’d only missed the one, it was easy to figure out. Now, he saves and numbers all of his ticket stubs and still, all those years later, he can’t wait for Game No. 301.
"When I was a youngster it was hero worship,” said Cohen. “Now it's respect that they have...They're playing football for the pride and the fun."
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Stu Cohen attended his 300th football game at the Yale Bowl on Saturday.
On the final full day of campaigning, all three of the men vying to be Connecticut’s next governor were on the campaign trail in a last push to win voter support.
Recent polling shows a two-way race between Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski is still too close to call.
Lamont’s campaign ended Monday with several get out the vote rallies. At the event in West Hartford, Lamont was joined by both Connecticut senators as several other Democrats on the ballot Tuesday. Lamont made a last appeal to voters while drawing a final, significant contrast between himself and Stefanowski.
“The difference between me and Bob is night and day. I can’t figure out how anybody could be undecided at this point. He wants to give an enormous tax giveaway to some of our wealthiest folks. It’s pretty tough to be undecided in this race. I need you to turn out and vote and vote your heart,” said Lamont.
For Stefanowski, he spent the day meeting supporters in events around the state, including a stop in Old Saybrook.
NBC Connecticut caught up with Stefanowski on his way back to his campaign headquarters, where he says his team is focusing on their election day ground game. The candidate says momentum gained from new support in recent days will be what pushes him to victory tomorrow.
“We think people are going to go for change. They know that Ned Lamont is higher taxes, bigger
government. People don’t want that. They’re tired of it,” said Stefanowski.
The latest polls show a potential win for either Stefanowski or Lamont falling within the margin of error. Polling also shows unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel as a long shot to win, but campaigning down to the wire, Griebel says he sees different numbers, that he thinks could make him Connecticut’s next governor.
“We’ve always believed, as the momentum crests these last 24 hours, that the cream will rise to the top. The cream that Monte and I represent in terms of a campaign, in terms of our experience, our candor, our integrity will prevail tomorrow when the polls close at 8 o clock” said Griebel.
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The three gubernatorial candidates - Democrat Ned Lamont, Republican Bob Stefanowski and unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel -the day before elections.