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    The Red Sox met President Barack Obama at the White House today and slugger David Ortiz managed to get a selfie with the president.

    Within moments, the photo has been retweeted thousands of times.

    The Red Sox responded to the Tweeted selfie by asking if it’s the greatest selfie ever.

    The team was in Washington, DC in celebration of the Word Series win last season and Ortiz presented Obama with a personalized Red Sox jersey and that’s what they are holding in the photo.  

    President Obama, a Chicago White Sox fan, told the team, that several members of his administration are Red Sox fans and praised the team for their championship and for bringing the city of Boston together in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    "Obviously, all the wins were sweet for Red Sox fans, but I think for the nation as a whole, there was something particular about this squad that was special and will go down in history," the president said.

    He said the team represented the grit and resilience of one of America's iconic cities during one of its most difficult moments.

    If you followed the Red Sox at all last season, then you know the story of the famous Red Sox beards. The president showed that he too was aware of the stories.

    "I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don't recognize all these clean-shaven guys," the president said.

    And Big Papi captured the moment on what's sure to be one of the most Tweeted photos of the day. For more of his Tweets from the meeting, see his Twitter account.




     

     



    Photo Credit: @davidortiz

    David Ortiz takes a selfie with President Barack Obama.David Ortiz takes a selfie with President Barack Obama.

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    The push to raise the federal minimum wage will be back in the spotlight Wednesday, as President Barack Obama continues to stump for proposals to raise the rate to $10.10 an hour. 

    The president's planned stop at the University of Michigan comes less than a week after Connecticut made headlines by becoming the first state to adopt a law to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. The wage hike, estimated to affect about 60,000 workers in the state, will be phased in over several years.

    The debate over the minimum wage is heating up in statehouses and campaign trails across the country, as Democrats seek to make the proposal a driving issue in the upcoming midterm elections. In Michigan, a campaign coalition is collecting signatures in hopes of putting a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 in front of the Legislature or on the ballot. Obama, who has called on Congress to raise the federal rate, made a similar stop in Connecticut prior to the Legislature's vote on the issue.

    Supporters say the time is right to increase wages for the lowest-paid workers across the country. Critics of the increases argue that such measures create hardship for businesses -- possibly leading employers to hire fewer workers --  and the economy as a whole.

    Here's a look at some key figures in the debate over wages in America:

    $7.25 - The current federal hourly minimum wage. 

    3.6 million - The number of hourly workers age 16 and up making at or below the federal minimum wage in 2012 -- about 4.7 percent of the United States' 75.3 million hourly paid workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 2 million of those workers make below the minimum wage because their jobs qualify for one of a number of exemptions.

    $15,080 - The annual salary, before taxes, of a minimum-wage worker who logs 40 hours a week.

    $1,256 - Monthly salary, before taxes, for that same worker.

    $21,008 - The annual salary, before taxes, of a worker logging 40 hours at an hourly rate of $10.10.

    $1,616 - The monthly salary, before texas, for that same worker.

    $879.20 - Average monthly cost of food for a family of four, according to USDA estimates for January 2014.

    $2,912 - Annual cost of gas for the average U.S. household in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    $3,816 - The average rent for a Manhattan apartment in February 2014, according to Manhattan Rental Market Report. The median monthly cost of rent nationwide was $845 in 2011, according to the American Housing Survey.

    500,000 - The estimated decrease in jobs nationwide if the federal minimum wage is bumped to $10.10 an hour, according to a February Congressional Budget Office report. The report also found that 16.5 million workers could see their wages increase by 2016, lifting an estimated 900,000 people out of poverty.

    21 - The number of states with a minumum wage higher than $7.25 on the books (Washington, D.C., also exceeds the federal minimum), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nineteen states have a minimum wage that is the same as the federal level, while four have set a rate below the federal minimum. Five states have no minimum wage.

    34 - The number of states considering legislation to raise the minimum wage in 2014, according to NCLS.

    $9.32 - The hourly minimum in Washington state, which is home to the highest base wage currently in effect. The rate is adjusted for inflation annually. 

    $5.15 - The lowest state minimum wage for hourly workers, a rate on the books in Georgia and Wyoming (some states have lower rates in place for workers in professions with tips).

    43.8 - the percentage of minimum-wage-or-less earners with jobs in food preparation and serving related occupations, according to BLS figures. More than 1.5 million workers in the field are paid salaries at or below the minimum wage before tips.

    1938 - The year the federal minimum wage was instituted. At the time, it was set at 25 cents an hour.

     



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    The debate over the minimum wage is heating up in statehouses and campaign trails across the country.The debate over the minimum wage is heating up in statehouses and campaign trails across the country.

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    A Blood Gang member and two others were arrested after searches of two homes turned up drugs and weapons in the presence of young children in Bridgeport, according to police.

    An ongoing investigation led authorities to search third-floor residences at 1670 Iranistan Avenue and 286 Maplewood Avenue in Bridgeport the morning of April 1.

    They seized $3,935 cash, $70 in counterfeit cash, 123.1 grams crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, two loaded semi-automatic handguns and an electronic stun gun, police said.

    Three minors – ages 2 months, 8 years and 12 years – were present, and the Department of Children and Families was contacted, according to police.

    Convicted felon and known Blood Gang member George Smith, 34, was charged with narcotics and weapons violations, forgery and risk of injury to minors. Police said Smith has ties to New York. He was held on a total of $600,000.

    Courtney Christensen and Conta-Nina Dwight, both 20, were also arrested and charged with narcotics violations. Christensen was held on $10,000 bond and Dwight was held on $50,000.



    Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

    George Smith, Conta-Nina Dwight and Courtney Christensen (left to right) are facing charges after police allegedly found drugs, cash, counterfeit money and loaded handguns in two Bridgeport homes in the presence of young children.George Smith, Conta-Nina Dwight and Courtney Christensen (left to right) are facing charges after police allegedly found drugs, cash, counterfeit money and loaded handguns in two Bridgeport homes in the presence of young children.

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    The winner of a $425.3 million Powerball lottery ticket sold in Milpitas, Calif., said that he plans to use the money to travel, fight child hunger and promote pediatric health.

    B. Raymond Buxton claimed his prize on Tuesday from the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento, more than a month after realizing he was the sole ticket winner.

    According to California Lottery, Buxton, a retiree, purposely chose April 1 to come forward, wearing a shirt with a picture of Yoda that read "Luck of the Jedi I Have."

    Buxton bought his ticket at the Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas while he was getting lunch at the Subway inside the convenience store located there. Dixon Landing Chevron received a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket.

    Buxton had already bought a ticket for the Feb. 19 drawing, but because the jackpot was so large, he wanted to improve his odds. So he bought a $2 Quick Pick ticket.

    His winning Powerball numbers: 17, 49, 54, 35, and 1, with a Powerball number of 34.

    “’Unbelievable!’ is all I could muster.” That's how Buxton describes the moment he found out he had won. “I sat in front of the computer for hours in disbelief, frequently checking and rechecking the numbers across multiple sources. Once the initial shock passed I couldn’t sleep for days."

    According to California Lottery, Buxton was so excited he couldn't bring himself to share the good news with anyone. 

    "Sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary," he said. "It’s amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life."

    Buxton deliberately took a long time to come forward, validating the winning numbers and putting a legal and financial team together to plan for the future.

    Buxton consulted the "I Won! Now What? Winners Handbook." He opted for the cash version of the prize, which amounts to $242.2 million before federal taxes.

    Buxton said he plans to use some of his winnings to travel. He also wants to give back.

    “I’m going to enjoy my new job setting up a charitable foundation focused on areas of pediatric health, child hunger and education,” he said.

    The $425.3 million Powerball jackpot is the largest jackpot ever won in California, according to California Lottery. It's the sixth largest in U.S. history and the fourth largest Powerball jackpot of all time.



    Photo Credit: California Lottery

    This photo of Powerball winner B. Raymond Buxton courtesy of California Lottery shows Buxton…but not his face.This photo of Powerball winner B. Raymond Buxton courtesy of California Lottery shows Buxton…but not his face.

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    A Bridgeport woman is facing charges after reportedly stealing nearly $3,000 in electricity for her apartment over a period of two years, police said.

    Tomeka Hudson, 37, of Connecticut Avenue, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree larceny.

    She’s accused of using jumper wires to bypass the electric meter in her apartment after power was shut off when she reportedly failed to pay in 2011.

    A United Illuminating technician discovered the wiring in Nov. 2013, disconnected it and reported it to UI investigators, who notified police.

    Police were contacted about another theft this month and said Hudson had tampered the wiring of another apartment to direct electricity to her home.

    UI estimates that Hudson received $2,974 in free electricity between June 2011 and Nov. 2013, according to police.

    Police said Hudson has an outstanding balance of $3,091 with UI dating back to 2008.



    Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

    Tomeka Hudson, 37, is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 worth of electricity for her apartment between June 2011 and Nov. 2013.Tomeka Hudson, 37, is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 worth of electricity for her apartment between June 2011 and Nov. 2013.

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    Madison police have arrested a juvenile from Long Island who is accused of falsely reporting a violent crime in a Madison home and making it look like the call was coming from that residence.

    Police there were three incidents between January 5 and January 23 in which the juvenile called Madison Police Department to report a violent crime and those calls prompted a heavy police response, including SWAT teams.

    After a lengthy investigation and several search and seizure warrants for telephone and Internet records, police identified the caller as a juvenile from Long Island. 

    The juvenile was charged with three counts of falsely reporting an incident and three counts of harassment in the second degree.  He appeared at New Haven Juvenile Court on April 1, 2014.
     


    Madison police have arrested a juvenile from Long Island who is accused of falsely reporting a violent crime in a Madison home and making it look like the call was coming from that residence.Madison police have arrested a juvenile from Long Island who is accused of falsely reporting a violent crime in a Madison home and making it look like the call was coming from that residence.

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    West Hartford police have released additional information about a crash that killed a Kingswood Oxford teacher last month and it appears that the school bus her car collided with had the right of way.

    Patricia Rosoff, 64, of West Hartford, was killed in the crash at Mountain Road and Boulevard on the morning of March 25.

    She  was on her way to school when her car and a school bus carrying Conard High School students, police said. 

    In a news release issued on the day of the crash, police said Rosoff was traveling east on Boulevard and the bus was traveling south on Mountain Road when the crash happened.

    Police interviewed four witnesses, all of whom were traveling southbound behind the bus on Mountain Road, who said the traffic light was properly functioning and was green for Mountain Road traffic. 

    Police said they could not determine whether the angle of the sun was a factor in the crash.

    Investigators have found no mechanical issues or brake trouble with the school bus or Rosoff's Saab, no drugs or alcohol, and nothing to indicate why the vehicles collided.

    There is no evidence of excessive speed and the traffic lights were functioning properly.

    Police said they are continuing to investigate.

    Rosoff taught art, art history, and English at Kingswood-Oxford School for 39 years. 


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    Days after the melee that injured three in a massive strip club shooting in Waterbury, the mayor has asked that the venue be shut down and is urging the state Liquor Control Commission to deny its application for a liquor permit.

    According to Mayor Neil O’Leary, the morning of March 22, four people fired 29 shots into a crowd at Pandora’s Cabaret at 141 Washington Avenue. O’Leary said investigators have learned that three of the shooters were bouncers contracted by the strip club.

    “The fact that this establishment would utilize armed bouncers who would engage in such dangerous criminal behavior indicates to me that the owners and management of Pandora’s Cabaret have on regard for public safety or the laws that govern us,” O’Leary wrote in a letter to the Liquor Control Commission on Monday.

    The incident began with a brawl inside the club that bouncers forced into the street, police said. The suspects then fired into the crowd, wounding three. Authorities found 29 shell casings in the parking lot.

    “Fortunately the injuries were not serious, but it is a miracle that more people were not shot and no fatalities occurred considering the number of shots that were fired directly into a crowd of people,” O’Leary wrote.

    Surveillance video released last Wednesday shows a man firing a semi-automatic handgun from the club’s front door.

    “The total disregard for human life demonstrated by the suspects in this case is disturbing,” O’Leary wrote. “I shudder to think what could have happened if a police officer encountered this shooting in progress.”

    He said police have responded to more than 40 incidents at the strip club since it opened a year ago. Most calls revolved around fights and large crowd complaints, but several serious crimes also transpired, including a slashing, shooting and armed robbery.

    O’Leary said the strip club should close its doors.

    “I strongly believe that its continued operation will have an adverse effect on public safety and quality of life in the City of Waterbury,” he wrote.

    Last week, police obtained an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Javier Vasque, who detectives believe instigated the fight.

    He'll find gun possession and attempted assault charges.

    Investigators believe drugs and alcohol contributed to the incident.



    Photo Credit: Waterbury Police

    Waterbury police have released surveillance footage of two men they hope to identify in connection with last weekend's shooting at Pandora's Cabaret, a strip club on Washington Avenue.Waterbury police have released surveillance footage of two men they hope to identify in connection with last weekend's shooting at Pandora's Cabaret, a strip club on Washington Avenue.

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    Four men were arrested following a road rage incident in Vernon in which one person pointed a gun at two others Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

    Police said the incident began while two cars were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Route 30 and Bolton Road around 3:30 p.m.

    The driver in front, 36-year-old Jose Cruz, of Vernon, was waiting to turn left from Route 30 onto Bolton Road when the driver behind him, 45-year-old Tyrone Green of East Hartford, grew angry and made the left turn around Cruz’s car.

    Cruz subsequently began to tailgate Green and the two cars continued onto Whitney Ferguson Road. Green stopped on an entrance ramp to Interstate 84 westbound and two passengers, 39-year-old Ricaldo Harrison and 36-year-old Omar Lockhart, got out and approached Cruz’s car.

    Police said Cruz took out a handgun and pointed it at the two men.

    Police shut down part of Whitney Ferguson Road and the I-84 ramp while authorities responded to the scene. The men were taken into custody and the gun was seized.

    Cruz was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He was held on $1,500 bond.

    Harrison, Lockhart and Green were each charged with second-degree breach of peace and held on $5,000 bond.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    Police arrested four men following a road rage incident in Vernon.Police arrested four men following a road rage incident in Vernon.

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    Torrington Middle School was locked down earlier Tuesday after a rifle shell casing was found on the floor of the cafeteria, according to Board of Education Chairman Ken Traub and Torrington police.

    Police arrived at the school, located at 200 Middle School Drive, around 12:15 p.m. Traub said the school went into a "soft lockdown" while authorities investigated.

    According to police, the casing had fallen from the pocket of a 12-year-old student, who brought three of them to school.

    Police said no weapons were involved and no threats were made.

    Authorities are investigating the incident.

    No arrests have been made.


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    More than a year after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a foundation created to distribute donations has made funding recommendations to address unmet needs of the needs of the community and continue to help Newtown heal.

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, a nonprofit designed to distribute funding, released a report Tuesday following anonymous surveys and on-on-one meetings conducted by the Sandy Hook School Support Fund’s 2nd Distribution Committee between Dec. 16, 2013 and Jan. 31, 2014.

    The surveys asked community members and survivors what kind of support and assistance they still needed and which resources they thought would best support them.

    According to one of the surveys, one-on-one counseling, cash assistance, family and relationship counseling are among the resources most requested, followed by support groups, workshops, community activities, additional school security measures and support for school staff and first responders.

    The report also found that family members of the victims and surviving children have experienced enduring mental health issues, and that families or surviving children often feel forgotten and “are struggling with significant family disruption” in the wake of the tragedy.

    Additionally, the report expressed “grave concerns for the well-being” of several members of state police who were on scene that day. Some emergency responders haven’t wanted to seek mental health treatment due to stigmas around needing assistance and a lack of understanding of the resources available, according to the report.

    Parents and community members are concerned about first responders and other affected individuals who have not sought the treatment they might need, according to the report.

    According to a second survey that addresses barriers to getting help, primary roadblocks have been difficulty accessing services, lack of awareness and understanding about available funding resources, financial burdens and feeling discouraged, like nothing will help.

    Barriers are most commonly experienced by family members of victims and surviving children, members of the Newtown Ambulance Corps, family members of first responders, teachers and school staff.

    As a result, the foundation has put together a community recovery plan to help organize donations and funnel them to the people and services most in need. The committee recommends the following:

    • $75,000 to help with out-of-pocket mental health support costs
    • $75,000 toward a “financial needs fund” for affected individuals and families
    • $10,000 for community programming to foster a sense of unity
    • $40,000 for public education and training surrounding mental health concerns

    The process will be repeated and the foundation will distribute funds again in the fall.



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    West Haven Police have arrested a former school bus driver who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old West Haven High School student on his bus.

    Police said Alan Demand, 51, is accused sexually assaulting the student several times between October 2013 and December 2013 and continuing an illegal sexual relationship with the student until the person reported the assaults to a school resource officer.

    According to the warrant, Demand driver got the girl’s cell number after claming his phone wasn't working properly and asking her to call. The two then had various text message conversations.

    The victim said Demand asked her on numerous occasions to kiss him. She didn’t want to, but eventually gave in, according to the warrant.

    She said the first time Demand touched her was in September.

    The victim had allegedly texted him to say she had shaved her legs, asked if he wanted to feel them and said Demand felt her legs when she got on the bus after school.

    In November, the girl texted Demand to see when he was taking a break. When Demand picked her her up, he allegedly touched her genitals and rubbed up against her on the bus, according to the warrant.

    Police responded to the area after a witness called reported seeing what appeared to be a man and girl on the bus and Demand denied he was with anyone when police showed up, according to the warrant.

    In one communication, Deemand allegedly said “Please don’t tell your mom anything else cause I’ll go to Jail.”

    The warrant says the victim was worried about Demand getting into trouble, but was uncomfortable about what was happening and reported it to school resource officers and her mother.

    Police said they did not find any naked pictures on Demand’s phone, but the victim said she sent him inappropriate pictures.

    Demand was immediately suspended from his driver position at Winkle Bus Company when the allegations were made, police said. 

    The bus company referred NBC Connecticut to its attorney.

    The West Haven Board of Education referring all requests for comment to the West Haven Police Department, but issued a statement from the superintendent.

    "The school district has been working with the Police Department and Winkle Bus regarding this incident since it was brought to our attention. We believe that Winkle Bus handled the situation appropriately and quickly, as the bus driver was immediately suspended. The school also immediately began providing additional support to the student, and that support has been ongoing. We appreciate the Police Department and school administration’s diligence in this matter, as our students’ safety is our utmost priority," West Haven Supt. Neil Cavallaro said in a statement.

    Detectives assigned to Special Victims Unit arrested Demand, who was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, illegal sexual contact and unlawful restraint.

    He was held on $75,000 and is due back in court on April 15. 

    NBC Connecticut called Demand's home in New Haven, but there was no answer. He is being represented by a public defender.

     



    Photo Credit: West Haven Police

    Alan Demand, a former school bus driver, is accused of sexually assaulting a student on his bus.Alan Demand, a former school bus driver, is accused of sexually assaulting a student on his bus.

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    The 18-year-old accused of threatening to “shoot up” high schools in Danbury and Stratford is obsessed with the shootings at Columbine and wanted to recreate them, a friend told police, according to the arrest warrant application.

    Natalie A. Carpenter, of Main Street in Torrington, was arrested March 4 after allegedly making verbal threats against Danbury High School and Bunnell High School in Stratford.

    Carpenter's mother, Wendy, told police that Carpenter attended both schools and was bullied there, the affidavit says.

    A warrant has also been issued for the arrest of Carpenter's boyfriend, 19-year-old Peter Thulin, according to police.

    The arrest warrant application says two of the teens' friends reportedly overheard them making plans to reenact the Columbine shooting at Danbury High School while spending time at an apartment in early March.

    Carpenter, Thulin and their friends had been living at the Hope House, at 383 Main Street in Torrington, a group home for the mentally ill, the affidavit says.

    Her mother, Wendy, told police Carpenter suffered from a variety of mental health issues, including mood disorder, personality disorder, ADHD and depression, and had cut herself and attempted suicide, document show.

    She said Carpenter had not been taking her medication, and that she became obsessed with the shootings at Columbine High after seeing a movie about the shootings a year ago, according to the affidavit.

    Wendy Carpenter added that her daughter wanted to shoot herself in a school so bullies would understand the consequences of their actions but said Natalie Carpenter would never hurt anyone else, the application says.

    But one of Carpenter's friends said Carpenter and Thulin planned to hold students and staff hostage and shoot “until everyone was dead,” adding that Carpenter had warned them not to tell authorities about the plan, according to the application.

    Carpenter and Thulin both admitted to watching videos on the Columbine shootings but said they had no plans to harm anyone. Thulin told police it was “all a big joke,” the application says.

    School officials said Carpenter had a manifesto in her home that described her plan to carry out a school shooting.

    Authorities searching Carpenter’s apartment found a book titled “Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings” and handwritten notes calling the Columbine shooters heroes and explaining that Carpenter wanted to follow in their footsteps, the affidavit says.

    In the notebook, Carpenter wrote that the Sandy Hook school shooting was “uncalled for” and that “high schoolers are the ones who deserve to get shot.” She included a list of weapons she would need to carry out the attack, according to the application.

    Days before the threats were made, Carpenter reportedly tried to buy a shotgun at a Torrington gun dealer and filled out an application at Walmart when she was denied. She allegedly expressed interest in a 12-gauge shotgun, according to the arrest warrant application.

    Carpenter admitted trying to buy the gun and told police she would pay half in cash and use her food stamp card to cover the rest, the affidavit says.

    Wendy Carpenter told police she had expressed concern about her daughter’s welfare and reached out to a psychiatrist who said “Carpenter needs to make decisions on her own and understand the negative consequences of making bad decisions,” according to the application.

    Carpenter is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and criminal attempt at first-degree assault.

    Thulin will be charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit assault and criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault.

    Carpenter is currently in protective custody at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Police said Thulin is also being held at a health care facility, but did not specify which.

    Police said after the arrests that no schools were ever in imminent danger.

    The public defender representing Carpenter did not return a request for comment.



    Photo Credit: State Department of Corrections

    Natalie Carpenter, 18, is accused of threatening to Natalie Carpenter, 18, is accused of threatening to "shoot up" high schools in Stratford and Danbury. Court documents allege Carpenter is obsessed with the shootings at Columbine High.

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    New Haven Public Schools held three college fairs Tuesday and plan three more for Wednesday. 

    By holding the fairs as part of the school day instead of as something extra at night, organizers say students are more likely to turn up.

    So from AIC to Yale, from Albertus Magnus to Wesleyan, college representatives were on hand at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. 

    Wesleyan is where Donijah Collier has already decided he wants to go.

    "Right now I'm going to be attending CCY, Center for Creative Youth, which will give me the equipment and techniques I need to go into Wesleyan for film," he said.

    Collier is a junior, and his principal, Frank Costanzo, explained that the school doesn't just parachute juniors into the uncertain world of choosing a college. The process begins their freshman year.

    "We start early on in advisory through the program that we have here," said Costanzo. "Looking at habits that make for effective college students, the sorts of things students need to be doing."

    One thing New Haven students can be doing is taking advantage of New Haven Promise: if students' grades, attendance, and community service are strong enough, they get money for college if they stay within Connecticut.


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    On Audubon Street in New Haven, four floors up in an office building, is the understated hive of Husky "Hoop-de-doo," as one manager at WorldTek Travel called it.

    When UConn donors call for Final Four packages, this is where the calls go. WorldTek sells packages of airline tickets, hotel rooms and game tickets to fans who have come to count on a trip to the women's basketball Final Four.

    "It's a pretty sure bet every year that they're gonna be there," said Dave Smith, who went to his first Final Four for WorldTek and UConn nearly 20 years ago.

    WorldTek sold out of the men's basketball packages on Monday.

    Smith said the Huskies' presence in North Texas has come as a happy surprise, boosting the intensity of sales to begin with, because it was unexpected on the men's side.

    UConn donors have been making their choice between Final Fours. Some choose both, as Smith did in 2004.

    "I went back and forth between San Antonio on the men's side and New Orleans on the women's side, and traveled back and forth, both semifinals and finals, which was a thrill," he said.


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    April Fools! “The Voice” winner Javier Colon had a laugh Tuesday after convincing fans on Facebook that he was slated to become the next band teacher at the high school he attended in Stratford.

    Colon posted a picture of a Bunnell High School newspaper story that claims he’ll take over as band instructor in the fall of 2014.

    “Javier is very happy,” an anonymous source alleges in the article. “He feels like he’s gonna be able to make the school so much better in the music department. He’s super excited.”

    Colon captioned the photo, “Check out this article! Very excited to say I’ve got a new job!!! This ran in my high school paper today! Stoked!”

    The post had received about 1,7000 “likes” by 10:30 p.m., when he broke the news of his trick in a follow-up post.

    “April Fools!!!!!!!” he wrote. “That was fun!!!!!!”

    Colon continued on to explain, “As much as I would love to teach at my former high school some day, and be able to inspire kids as I was inspired by my music teachers, that day is not yet upon us. I'm still writing,recording and touring and loving every minute of it!”

    So, sorry to say, Bunnell students, but Colon won’t be heading home to Stratford just yet.



    Photo Credit: Associated Press

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    A 27-year-old man has been arrested for driving his father's marked police cruiser and unlawfully firing a weapon, all while wearing his father's uniform shirt. 

    Crews initially responded to the 15000 block of Stillfield Place in Centreville around 2 a.m. March 16 for suspicious noises. They say 27-year-old James Michael Puebla Berling, a son of a Fairfax County police officer, fired a gun there.

    Shortly after, a trooper noticed a Fairfax County police cruiser driving over the speed limit on Route 29. Fearing an officer was in distress, the trooper gave chase to offer assistance. 

    At some point during the drive, Berling had activated his police lights. 

    Troopers caught up with him back on Stillfield Place, at which Berling and a passenger attempted to escape into nearby woods. They were arrested and charged shortly after. 

    Berling was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, impersonating a police officer and wreckless discharge of a weapon. Officials say the gun fired by Berling was not issued to police. 

    Caitlin Lee, 18, of Centreville was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of marijuana and schedule I or II narcotic.

     

     


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    Police in Bridgeport say at least six girls have reported being groped. And now parents are concerned for their children's safety

    Police say the incidents have happened on the East side of the city near William Harding High School.

    "That's the wrong thing to do, that's not good you know," said Louis Figueroa, who was waiting for his 17 year old daughter to come out of Harding High Tuesday night.

    Figueroa said it was unsettling to think it's a place near where Bridgeport police say someone has groped six girls

    "Like I always say to her you gotta stick to yourself and get away from all that nonsense," said Figueroa.

    It's a pattern police are trying to stop. Investigators tell us all the incidents have happened in the span of a week in late March. All of them have happened on the East Side of the city, all at a time before school to girls between the ages of 13 and 18.

    "The kids are going to school trying to get an education here at Harding and you have people running around acting like maniacs," said Patricia Curtis, grandmother of a Harding student.

    Police tell us this began with a Harding HS student. She was walking by Marin High on her way to Harding when someone came up and inappropriately touched her.

    "We've asked students in the area if you can walk along the main road instead of taking a cut through," said Bill Kaempffer of Bridgeport Police.

    Investigators say two other Harding students have been groped along with 2 from Bullard Haven Technical School and one from Saint Andrew Academy. In response warning letters have gone home with students.

    "I like to bring her and pick her up that way I feel safe as well as her," said Curtis.

    Out of an abundance of safety police tell us they've stepped up patrols in the area of Harding as detectives continue to work this case and as Patricia Curtis waited for her granddaughter Tuesday night

    "Hopefully they'll catch whoever it is doing it," she added.

    Police are pursuing leads and going door to door in the area to see if there's any surveillance video. Again there's someone they're talking to but no arrests yet


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    The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside for the first time Tuesday, April 1. Bao Bao and Mei Xiang share a snuggle while outside in the yard.The National Zoo's giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside for the first time Tuesday, April 1. Bao Bao and Mei Xiang share a snuggle while outside in the yard.

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    Muriel Bowser won the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor Tuesday, defeating an incumbent wounded by a fundraising scandal.

    The race was shortened by weather and roiled by an investigation into the fundraising of incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.

    Turnout Tuesday in many of the city's 143 precincts was light but steady.

    With 127 of the city's 143 precincts reporting, Bowser had claimed almost 44 percent of the vote to Gray's 33 percent. Just before midnight in front of a subdued crowd, Gray conceded the election.

    "The amount of work we've done over the past three and a-half years has been nothing short of phenomenal," Gray said. 

    Gray pointed to the unusually cold winter as hampering his campaign.

    "One thing I have to say, I hope the city will change the date of the primary," Gray said. "This is really poor... having to run a campaign in winter. Trying to knock on doors in February is hard, it's complex and it's cold."

    He still has nine more months in office as a lame-duck mayor.

    In her victory speech, Bowser pledged to unite the party amid thunderous applause of her supporters.

    "We know we need a fresh start," Bowser told a fired up crowd. "[Democrats] will unite. The Democrats of the nation's capital have always elected a Democratic mayor, a Democratic mayor, and in big numbers. And we're going to do it again in November... I accept your nomination!"

    Bowser will face David Catania, a former Republican and now an Independent, in November's election.

    "No one wanted to vote [Tuesday],'' Catania said. "It's a little bit disheartening to see the light turnout. It's a function of people losing faith in the system.''

    Though eight candidates ran in the Democratic mayoral primary, the race quickly narrowed to two leading candidates: Gray and Bowser. Gray's support through the campaign stayed steady, but enthusiastic, even after federal prosecutors said he knew his campaign took funds raised illegally by D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson.

    Gray, 71, has emphatically denied that he did anything wrong.

    But support for Bowser, who has been advertising herself as a "fresh face" in local D.C. politics, spiked after Thompson was charged, and the last NBC4/Marist poll, one week before Election Day, showed the two in a statistical tie.

    In other races, Brianne Nadeau defeated incumbent Jim Graham as the Democratic nominee in Ward 1 in District Council. Kenyan McDuffie easily won the Ward 5 nomination, Anita Bonds was re-elected as a nominee for council at large and Phil Mendelson won the nomination for council chair. In Ward 6, Charles Allen defeated Darrel Thompson.

    Light Turnout

    Bowser was the first mayoral candidate to cast her vote Tuesday, arriving at LaSalle Elementary School just after polls opened Tuesday morning.

    Gray stopped by the northeast Washington school around the same time. He talked with voters and danced with volunteers.

    Volunteers for his campaign stood outside the school chanting, "Four more years," while Bowser's camp yelled, "New mayor, fresh start."

    Wearing a campaign shirt rolled halfway up his torso, Gray voted a few hours later at his polling location in Ward 7. The shirt was rolled up because candidates can't show campaign logos inside polling locations.

    Other candidates ouvoting early Tuesday included Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans and Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells, who were both trailing in the polls and looking for an upset. Restaurant owner and newcomer candidate Andy Shallal voted as his campaign workers worked the polls. Also on the ballot were candidates Vincent Orange, Reta Jo Lewis and Carlos Allen.

    Residents Have Their Say

    Aggie Wellington, 64, who has lived in the city for close to 40 years, said she is fairly happy with the direction of the city and voted for Gray.

    "To be honest, I don't have any complaints,'' Wellington said at a polling station at William B. Powell Elementary School.

    Wellington, an administrative assistant, said she wavered between candidates and would like to see a female mayor, but in the end voted for Gray.

    "I don't mind giving him another chance,'' she said.

    Zach Teutsch, 30, cast his vote for Wells. The federal worker said he voted for Gray in 2010 and was "disappointed not to be voting for him this time around.'' Teutsch said he believes Gray has "generally been a good mayor'' but is concerned that he has pledged to stay in office if indicted.

    "I think it would be bad for the city,'' Teutsch said.

    Five people involved with Gray's campaign four years ago have pleaded guilty to felonies. Three weeks ago, federal prosecutors said for the first time Gray knew about an illegal, $668,000 slush fund that helped him get elected in 2010.

    All seven of his campaign opponents believe he knew about the shadow campaign

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: AP

    D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser gestures as she addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser gestures as she addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

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