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  • 05/08/14--03:56: Quadruplets Born on Dad's

  • A Fort Worth family is celebrating the arrival of quadruplets born on their father's 36th birthday.

    The quads, three girls and a boy, were born Monday at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine to proud parents Anna and Joshua Hall.

    Just before 2 p.m. the boy, named Brooks, was the first of the four to arrive. Brooks was followed by his three sisters, Sadie, and identical twins Elle and Ivy. Brooks weighed in at 3 pounds 11 ounces, Sadie at 2 pounds 15 ounces, Elle at 3 pounds 6 ounces and Ivy at 3 pounds 5 ounces.

    As is typical with quads, the babies were born premature and will require a stay in the Baylor NICU before being allowed to go home and join their two older sisters, ages 2 and 4.

    “We feel very blessed to welcome these four new children into our family,” said Joshua Hall.

    According to Dr. Sherri Kappler, medical director of the Level III Baylor Grapevine neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the average set of quads is born at 29.5 weeks. "Mrs. Hall was able to reach almost 32 weeks, which was great news for the babies," she said.

    "Because these babies are often very small, they need special care to aid in growth and development before they can go home. Breathing and feeding may be difficult for these tiny patients," the hospital said in a news release Wednesday.

    "We are just praying everybody is going to be good sleepers good eaters. It is going to be fun," added mother Anna.

    The quads were the first born at the facility, which in 2013 delivered more than 2,500 babies.

    “Since this is the hospital's first set of quads, this birth is extra special to us," said Susan West, nurse manager of the Baylor Grapevine NICU.

    In March, Steven and Michelle Seals gave birth to quintuplets, four girls and a boy, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

    The Seals' babies were born at 29 weeks and spent several weeks in the NICU.

    NBC 5's Julie Fine contributed to this story.


    Elizabeth Watkins, RN, settles one of the quads born to Joshua and Anna Hall, of Fort Worth, into the NICU while dad watches. The four babies were delivered at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine on May 5, 2014.Elizabeth Watkins, RN, settles one of the quads born to Joshua and Anna Hall, of Fort Worth, into the NICU while dad watches. The four babies were delivered at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine on May 5, 2014.

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    Police have canceled a Silver Alert for 11-year-old Iyanna Mitchell, who went missing from New Haven late Wednesday afternoon.

    Mitchell went missing from a home Landers Street and is considered an endangered runaway, police said.

    She stands 5 feet tall and weighs 74 pounds. Police said she has dark skin with brown eyes and brown hair worn in two cornrows.

    Mitchell was last seen wearing a pink Gap jacket, light green T-shirt, blue jeans with blue, green and pink flowers and blue Nike sneakers, according to police.

    She went missing around 4:45 p.m., according to police. A Silver Alert was issued Wednesday evening and canceled just after 9:30 p.m.

    It's not clear where Mitchell was found or whether she has been reunited with her family.

    Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call New Haven police at 203-946-6316.



    Photo Credit: New Haven Police Department

    Police are searching for 11-year-old Iyanna Mitchell, who disappeared from New Haven Wednesday afternoon.Police are searching for 11-year-old Iyanna Mitchell, who disappeared from New Haven Wednesday afternoon.

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    Dozens of students at Teaneck High School held a rally after school Wednesday in support of the 63 students arrested last week in a senior prank, and to protest the charges.

    Police initially said they found urine in the hallways and extensive damage after arresting the students overnight, but the school superintendent later said there was no evidence to back up the police report. 

    Sixty-three high school seniors were charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

    A 17-year-old senior at the school, who did not want to give her name because she was afraid of what might happen if her future college found out she'd been arrested, said she never expected police to be called over a harmless prank. 

    "I went, blew up some balloons and then I got arrested by the cops," said the honor student. 

    "A lot of people want to say we're bad kids, and we're really not. We're really not. It was overexaggerated," she said. "We were gonna do the prank, we were gonna go home, say good night to our parents, and we were gonna go to school the next morning and have a good laugh."

    Superintendent Barbara Pinsak said in a statement last week there was no damage to school property and the cleanup consisted of removing petroleum jelly from doorknobs, sweeping floors of debris and removing graffiti.

    She said the district doesn't condone the students' behavior but exaggerated reports of mayhem "misrepresent" their school and community.

    The school did not allow media on the property Wednesday, but students approached reporters, eager to defend themselves in the yearly prank they describe as harmless. 

    "I feel like they were treated like criminals, as if they killed somebody," said senior Hanifa Abbasi.

    The student who was arrested said she fears her friends' futures are at risk. 

    "By charging my peers, they're destroying futures, they're destroying careers," she said. "I had a talk with one of my peers who wants to go into criminal justice, and he was arrested. How's that gonna look?" 

    Another student who asked to remain anonymous agreed that police "overreacted. It was just a harmless prank." 

    -- Rob Schmitt contributed to this report


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    A Southern California school board is "deeply sorry" for a "horribly inappropriate assignment" that had middle-schoolers debate whether the Holocaust happened, officials said at a contentious meeting Wednesday evening.

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was among the speakers protesting the district's decision during a meeting on Wednesday night.

    "There's something broken (in the district)," he said.

    He attributed the assignment to "stupidity" and invited the school district to bring both students and staffers to visit the Museum of Tolerance.

    Rialto School Board President Joanne T. Gilbert said school district leadership "accepts responsibility and the duty to correct this problem."

    She said officials had no intention to be hurtful.

    The middle school assignment prompted death threats against school officials and police to be stationed outside schools earlier this week in response.

    Before the board's statement, community members slammed the assignment and demanded the board take action.

    The "argumentative research assignment" asked eighth-graders to argue whether the Holocaust "was an actual event in history or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth," according to a copy obtained by NBC4.

    "I thought it was really unfair," student Oyuky Barragan said. "Are they saying that the Holocaust was really a hoax?"

    The one-page instruction sheet stated: "When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence. For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain."

    The death threats made against the superintendent and district spokesperson were traced back to a phone in Connecticut, Rialto Police Capt. Randy De Anda said.

    The interim superintendent said he never saw the Holocaust assignment until the recent uproar brought it to his attention.

    "From the bottom of my heart, I feel sorry for this whole thing," Rialto Unified School District Superintendent Muhammed Z. Islam said. "We will ensure this thing doesn't happen again."

    The assignment, most recently given to the students in April, instructed them to base their argument on "multiple credible sources."

    "You will read and discuss multiple, credible articles on this issue, and write an argumentative essay, based upon cited actual textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim," it continued.

    The district said it would not assign the topic again and would strike references to "the Holocaust not occurring" from any future research projects.

    "The Holocaust should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed," the district said in a statement.

    NBC4's Patrick Healy and Samia Khan contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

    School file photo.School file photo.

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    A preliminary magnitude-3.3 earthquake struck the city of Cudahy on Wednesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The temblor struck at 11:39 p.m. about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the USGS said.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.

    The quake was felt throughout the Southland, including Long Beach, North Hollywood, Glendale and Buena Park.

    "Felt it in Pasadena and it felt like someone jumping upstair," Ashly Cheang posted to the NBCLA Facebook page.

    "At first I thought it was my roommate opening her closet, I heard a rumble then I felt the jolt," a viewer in Whittier said.

    More than 200 people responded to an NBC4 tweet about the tremor:



    A magnitude-3.3 quake struck Cudahy, about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, at 11:39 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014A magnitude-3.3 quake struck Cudahy, about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, at 11:39 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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    President Barack Obama was recognized for his global efforts to protect human rights at a gala event hosted by director Steven Spielberg Wednesday night.

    The USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Spielberg, honored President Obama with the Ambassador for Humanity Award at the 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

    "I think about young girls in Nigeria, or children caught up in the conflict in Syria," President Obama said during his speech. "I think drop by drop by drop, that we can erode and wear down these forces that are so destructive, that tell a different story."

    The USC Shoah Foundation documents and archives the video testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides, such as the one in Armenia and Rwanda. Some of those survivors were in attendance at Wednesday night’s gala.

    "Every day that you have lived, every child and grandchild that your families have brought into this world, have served as the ultimate rebuke to evil and the ultimate expression of love and hope," President Obama said.

    The USC Shoah Foundation was founded by Spielberg after he completed the the film, "Schindler’s List." Since it's founding, more than 50,000 personal accounts of survival have been documented.

    “As long as we fail to learn, our work will be urgent work,”  Spielberg said at the event.

    The star-studded evening opened up with remarks by Liam Neeson, the actor who portrayed Oskar Schindler in the film. Bruce Springsteen performed and the event itself was hosted by Conan O’Brien.

    "The President's recent appointment of the first special envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services in United States history demonstrates his staunch commitment to honoring the past while building a better future," Spielberg said in the a statement.

    Before speaking at the USC Shoah Foundation gala Wednesday night, President Obama attended a campaign fundraiser at the Bel Air home of Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.

    The President was expected to stay overnight on the Westside before traveling to San Diego for another Congressional fundraiser Thursday.

    Wednesday’s visit was President Obama’s 17th visit to Los Angeles since taking office in 2009.


    Steven Spielberg and President Barack Obama at the 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.Steven Spielberg and President Barack Obama at the 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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    Foxes are not unusual in Connecticut, but we usually do not get the opportunity to see fox pups playing in their natural environment.

    Richard Belton and Amanda Kennedy shared this video of fox pups in Oxford on Wednesday with us.

    We loved it so much we wanted to share it with you.

    According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut has both red and gray fox populations and it is not unusual to see foxes during the day.

    DEEP warns residents not to feed foxes and to feed your pets inside. Clean up fruit that drops from trees and bird seed that falls from feeders.





     



    Photo Credit: Richard and Amanda Belton

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    Woodin Street in Hamden closed after a car rollover.

    No information was immediately available on whether there are injuries.

    A utility pole is damaged.



    Photo Credit: Google Maps

    Woodin Street in Hamden closed after a car rollover.Woodin Street in Hamden closed after a car rollover.

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    The estranged wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will vie to keep the team in her family's hands, despite the NBA's efforts to strip her husband of his ownership, according to a published report.

    Rochelle Sterling, who is a co-owner of the team, told The Los Angeles Times that she believes sanctions issued against her husband in response to recordings of him making racist remarks do not apply to "me or my family." She said through representatives that she has hired a law firm to represent her in her bid to keep the team.

    On Thursday, an attorney for Rochelle Sterling told the Associated Press she won't agree to an "involuntary seizure of her interest" in the team.

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced last month the league's plans to force Sterling to give up the team he has owned for 30-plus years and hit the billionaire with a $2.5 million fine. The decision came out of an internal investigation that Silver said confirmed that Sterling was the man heard making derogatory comments about African Americans in a recording originally posted online by TMZ.

    The league has signaled a desire to act quickly to oust the longtime owner, a move that was publicly embraced by the team in a statement. An advisory committee has already started meeting about the process for forcing a sale, and a host of celebrities and wealthy investors have expressed interest in purchasing the team.

    Rochelle Sterling's reported bid to maintain ownership of the Clippers could complicate those efforts. Silver said in his original announcement that the sanctions, which included a lifetime ban from all NBA games and practices, applied only to Donald Sterling.

    There had been no discussions about whether he could sell to a family member, Silver said during the announcement. Rochelle Sterling, also known as Shelly, has been closely involved with the franchise for years and she has attended the Clippers' post-season games surrounded by bodyguards.

    Rochelle Sterling's comments come as her attorneys continue a legal battle involving her estranged husband's companion, V. Stiviano -- the woman heard on the recording at the heart of the controversy. The recordings were posted about a month after Rochelle Sterling and her attorneys filed a lawsuit that names Stiviano and seeks the recovery of community property.

    Donald Sterling, who has remained in seclusion since the NBA's decision, has not commented publicly on the controversy.

    On Wednesday, the NBA's Advisory/Finance Committee met for a second time via conference call to discuss Sterling's ouster. The 10-member committee talked about the "process and timing regarding the termination of Mr. Sterling's ownership of the team," according to a league statement.

    The committee is scheduled to meet again next week as part of a process that could eventually involve a vote by the league's other owners regarding Sterling's termination. The league has announced plans to appoint a CEO to supervise the Clippers as the team prepares for a transition away from Sterling's three decades as owner.

    The team's president announced earlier this week he will take a leave of absence.



    Photo Credit: AP

    Shelley Sterling, left, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.Shelley Sterling, left, wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, watches from a court side seat during the second half in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.

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    Kevin Durant's mom Wanda Pratt offered humble advice for other parents after being declared "The Real MVP" by her basketball star son.

    “My advice is to never give up,” Pratt said on Thursday's "Today" show. “To always put your children first, to always commit yourself to their dreams, their aspirations, and their goals even when it gets hard.”

    Pratt was brought to tears during the Oklahoma City Thunder player’s MVP acceptance speech of  at Tuesday’s NBA news conference. He quickly turned his speech — just in time for Mother's Day — into an emotional tribute to his mother, describing the struggles she endured as a single parent.

    "You made us believe," Durant said in his speech. "You sacrificed for us. You're the real MVP."

    Wanda Pratt said she was expecting just a mere mention during his time at the podium.

    "I didn't know it would be to that magnitude," she told "Today." After the speech, she received a standing ovation from the audience as well as over 150 text messages from friends and family.

    "I was just really overwhelmed. I was really surprised by all of it. It was just a pleasant surprise," said Durant's biggest fan.

    Check out a clip of Durant's touching acceptance speech below: 
     



    Photo Credit: AP

    Kevin Durant hugs his mother during his final moments in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.Kevin Durant hugs his mother during his final moments in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

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    A UConn sorority suspended for hazing allegations that included forced alcohol drinking has been stripped of its recognition as a student organization, according to a statement from the university.

    Kappa Kappa Gamma received notice of the decision on May 7. The sorority is prohibited from operating on campus until 2017 and will be losing its house in Husky Village during that time.

    “Based on the information presented, there is a preponderance of evidence to show that members of Kappa Kappa Gamma engaged in hazing behaviors including but not limited to forced consumption of alcohol, acting like animals, and sizzling like bacon, which included lying on the floor and wiggling,” according to a letter to the sorority from UConn Associate Director of Student Affairs Joseph Briody. “These behaviors occurred during an event in which Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters received Big Brothers from a Greek fraternity.”

    Kappa was found in violation of several provisions of the UConn Student Code, including “conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety” of students, hazing, serving alcohol to minors and “abuse of the University student conduct system,” the letter reads.

    The sorority is barred until May 7, 2018. Residents of the Kappa house in Husky Village will be required to move out by May 15. Students who have elected to live in the house next fall will be reassigned to other on-campus housing, according to the letter.

    The decision comes about two months after an alleged hazing incident that sent one member to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

    “The University’s decision to revoke Kappa Kappa Gamma’s registration and recognition was not taken lightly, but it was appropriate and imperative in light of the severity of the circumstances,” university officials said in a statement Wednesday. “The safety of our students is paramount, and UConn will continue to take swift and appropriate action whenever necessary to protect their well-being.”

    The sorority can appeal the decision until May 14.

    With Kappa’s revocation, the number of Greek organizations on campus has fallen from 34 to 33, according to the university.

    The UConn chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was also investigated in connection with the alleged hazing incident. A review meeting for SAE will be held next week.

    Three other Greek organizations – Delta Zeta, Delta Gamma and Sigma Chi – are on interim suspension in connection with unrelated incidents.



    Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com

    The UConn chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma has been barred from campus for the next four years following hazing allegations.The UConn chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma has been barred from campus for the next four years following hazing allegations.

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    Three masked men invaded a Willow Street home in Waterbury at gunpoint Tuesday evening and pretended to live there when police arrived.

    But law enforcement officials weren’t fooled. Officers arrested Waterbury suspects Omar Arroyo-Ramos, 23, of 15 Hopkins St., Christopher Jusino-Rodriguez, 22, of 108 Hill St., and Bernard Rodriguez-Rivera, 31, of 110 Willow St., on numerous charges in the invasion of the home on the 300 block of Willow Street, police confirmed.

    As armed men forced entry into the home, one resident escaped safely with the family's 18-month-old baby boy through a window, police confirmed. The invaders – carrying an Airsoft gun and stolen 40-caliber pistol – knocked a male resident still inside the home onto the floor and kicked him, according to police. During the incident, one of the residents called police and officers responded.

    The invaders likely knew the victims and that the incident may be related to reported gunshots down the street on Sunday, police confirmed.

    The three suspects face charges of home invasion, first-degree robbery, risk of injury and criminal attempt to commit second-degree larceny, as well as numerous weapons charges, police confirmed.

    Rodriguez-Rivera, who lives on the same street as the victims, was already on probation for 18 years for an unrelated larceny conviction from January, according to the state judicial website. Jusino-Rodriguez also faces burglary charges in three separate cases from March but has pleaded not guilty.

    Police confirmed that the pistol used in Tuesday’s home invasion was stolen in a March robbery.

    The suspects are scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday, the Republican-American reports.



    Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department

    Waterbury police arrested Bernard Rodriguez-Rivera in connection to a home invasion on Willow Street Tuesday.Waterbury police arrested Bernard Rodriguez-Rivera in connection to a home invasion on Willow Street Tuesday.

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    A man identified by RadarOnline.com as embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling can be heard on a recorded phone call denying that he is a racist and expressing disbelief that "nobody tried" to get the facts behind a controversy that led NBA officials to call for his removal as team owner.

    NBC News has not confirmed the authenticity of the audio recording posted Thursday on RadarOnline.com. The report cited a "source" that provided "an affidavit confirming that the phone call was made by Sterling."

    The man identified by the website as Sterling can be heard denying accusations of racism and crediting his East Los Angeles upbringing with giving him an appreciation for diversity.

    "I mean, how could you think I'm a racist knowing me all these years?" he asks a man identified by RadarOnline.com as a long-time friend. "How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?"

    The conversation turns to a photo of Sterling companion V. Stiviano and Lakers great Magic Johnson that was posted to Instagram. On an earlier recording at the center of the NBA's investigation into Sterling, the 33-year team owner can be heard chastising Stiviano for posting the photo.

    "It breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much, wouldn't stand up and say, 'Well let’s get the facts. Let's get him and talk to him.' Nobody tried. Nobody."

    Dylan Howard, editor in chief of RadarOnline.com, told NBCNews.com the source said the conversation occurred in the "immediate aftermath" of the release of the first recording.

    Sterling, 80, has not publicly commented on the recordings and NBA's attempt to force a sale of the Clippers, a team he has owned since 1981. Sterling also was fined $2.5 million and cannot participate in any business or personnel decisions involving the team, currently deadlocked at a game apiece in a best-of-seven series with Oklahoma City in the NBA Playoffs.

    The defiant subject identified by RadarOnline.com as Sterling can be heard saying, "You can't force someone to sell property in America. I'm a lawyer, that's my opinion."

    The NBA's 10-member advisory/finance committee met for a second time Wednesday since the league commissioner moved to oust Sterling. The committee discussed the timing of Sterling's termination, which could eventually come to a vote of NBA team owners.

    Also on Thursday, an attorney for Rochelle Sterling -- Donald Sterling's estranged wife -- told the Associated Press she won't agree to an "involuntary seizure of her interest" in the team.


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    Mystic Aquarium was the only aquarium or zoo honored with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a White House ceremony Thursday.

    First Lady Michelle Obama made remarks praising the Connecticut aquarium and nine other museums that the Institute of Museum and Library Services named as medal recipients..

    "At the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, you’re offering summer internships to teach young people about marine biology, and you’re doing it by helping them feed and train beluga wales -- very impressive," the First Lady said, according to a ceremony transcript.

    Dr. Stephen M. Coan, president and CEO of Mystic Aquarium's parent company Sea Research Foundation, accepted the medal.

    “We are honored to receive this prestigious award," Coan said in a statement. "We are committed to our educational and public engagement programs that make Mystic Aquarium not only an enjoyable family destination, but also a research facility dedicated to protecting our oceans and its aquatic creatures.”

    Connecticut had three other finalists of the 30 considered for the National Medal – Hartford Public Library, Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury and Otis Library in Norwich.

    The National Medal honors the service of museums and libraries to their communities, according to a news release from Mystic Aquarium.

    Justin Richard, who volunteered at Mystic Aquarium while attending Connecticut College in New London after several visits there as a child, attended the white House event with Coan.

    “I got to interact with so many people - little kids all the way up to adults,” Richard said of Mystic Aquarium. “I’ve been lucky enough to work with the kids who come to the aquarium from Point Lay, Alaska. It really solidified my gut feeling that I wanted to teach, and was the motivation for me to go back to graduate school.”

    Rodney A. Butler, a trustee for Mystic Aquarium and chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, nominated the aquarium for the award, highlighting "the pivotal role the Aquarium plays with its education and cultural exchange program for Native American high school students from the village of Point Lay, Alaska, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in southeastern Connecticut," according to the news release from Mystic.

    Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Christopher Murphy (D-Connecticut) supported the nomination.
     
    “The aquarium has brought so much joy and enrichment to not only my family, but families across the state," Blumenthal said in a statement. "This award is monumental recognition of the tremendous work of the aquarium to promote lifelong appreciation and understanding of our oceans and natural environment.”

    Murphy called Mystic Aquarium a "state treasure."

    "Its commitment to educating the community and visitors about ocean life and exploration, as well as the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources, has made a hugely positive impact on the country," Murphy said.

    More information about Mystic Aquarium is available on its website.



    Photo Credit: Mystic Aquarium/Abigail Pheiffer

    Should this seal be named Coral, Grace, Hope, Madison or Mystic? You decide by casting a vote online.Should this seal be named Coral, Grace, Hope, Madison or Mystic? You decide by casting a vote online.

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    Interstate 95 South was closed at exit 15 in Norwalk because of a tractor-trailer fire.

    All lanes on the southbound side of the highway were closed while firefighters put out the blaze.

    There is no word on injuries.



    Photo Credit: CT Dot Traffic Cameras

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    America's oldest  theme park right here in Connecticut opens for the summer season on Saturday just in time for forecasted 70-degree weather.

    Amusement park enthusiasts can get two tickets for the price of one to Lake Compounce's grand reopening on May 10, as well as May 11, 17 and 18 at  www.lakecompounce.com.

    Lake Compounce announced in a news release Thursday that the park has expanded its season pass options to add a summer pass for $50 that gives patrons unlimited access May through September.

    Coming soon this summer, the park plans to open the Bear Creek Campground with cabins for families to stay in, as well as a weekend laser light spectacle and Pink's Hollywood Hot Dogs.

    Popular attractions include Boulder Dash, Down Time, Pirate Ship, The Wildcat, Thunder Rapids and Zoomerang, as well as Crocodile Cove Water Park.

    The Platinum season pass, priced at $74.99, also gives guests unlimited admission through September in addition to access to the Haunted Graveyard and Holiday Lights.

    The gates open at 11 a.m. on grand opening day.

    Lake Compounce is located at 822 Lake Ave. in Bristol, close to the Southington town line.




    Photo Credit: Lake Compounce

    Lake Compounce opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 10, 2014.Lake Compounce opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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    A Cromwell man has pleaded guilty to federal charges for selling $5 million worth of fake diplomas around the world.

    James Enowitch, 48, put together an elaborate scheme that allowed thousands of people across the globe to get false college degrees without actually going to school, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The so-called “diploma mill” began operating as early as 2003.

    Officials said Enowitch and an accomplice created seven different “school” Web sites where buyers could purchase fake degrees. All it took was a few keystrokes and a few hundred dollars – degree packages sold for between $475 and $550.

    Enowitch profited more than $700,000 from the scheme by selling fake degrees in the name of Redding University, Suffield University Glendale University, Greenwood University and Bryson University, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

    However, they had no faculty, offered no academic curricula or services, required no course or class work, and were not recognized by the United States Department of Education. 

    Some of the sites had local URLs, including suffielduniversity.com and suffielduniversity.org.

    Enowitch declined to comment when NBC Connecticut stopped by his home in April.

    “I have no comment,” Enowitch said. “This is a misunderstanding and I don’t know what to say.”

    He’s also accused of making up a fake organization called the National Distance Learning Accreditation Council to put the stamp of approval on the diplomas so they looked legitimate.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Enowitch falsified transcripts with detailed course work and created a fake verification service in case employers probed the buyer’s background.

    He could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and an order of forfeiture.

     



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    Police arrested an Orange resident following a neighbor’s complaints that he threatened to shoot her on Tuesday when she asked him to clean up after his dogs.

    A woman called police after Jan Marcus, 65, replied “Do you want me to shoot your (expletive) head off?” when she confronted him about the issue.

    Police confirmed in a records search that Marcus has 11 firearms registered to his name and obtained warrants for his arrest and to search his home and vehicle. On Wednesday, while staking out his home, police saw him leave in his car and stopped his vehicle to make the arrest.

    Marcus was compliant with police and showed them where his firearms were in his house. While police searched the home, they also found his six dogs. The Milford Regional Animal Control officer also responded to assist with the dogs.

    Police accounted for all 11 firearms and seized any others, Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo confirmed . The Orange Police Department is working with the State Police Firearms unit to confirm that all of the guns were properly registered, he said.

    Police released Marcus on a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on May 21.



    Photo Credit: Orange Police Department

    Police arrested Jan Marcus after complaints from a neighbor that he threatened to shoot her when she asked him to clean up after his dogs.Police arrested Jan Marcus after complaints from a neighbor that he threatened to shoot her when she asked him to clean up after his dogs.

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    A traffic stop in Delaware has led to the confiscation of more than 13,000 bags of heroin and thousands of dollars in cash -- a haul that state troopers say is one of the largest they've ever made.

    Luis Garcia Valle, 22, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was stopped by a Delaware State Trooper at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday along Naamans Road near Peachtree Road in Claymont, Delaware, Cpl. John Day told NBC10.com. Troopers said he was observed committing a number of moving violations.

    Day said that Garcia Valle was acting suspiciously and that a drug detection K9 officer indicated there could be drugs in the rear of the man's 2000 Mercedes-Benz S340.

    During an inspection, troopers found a hidden compartment in the backseat of the car and inside 13,006 bags of heroin and $6,900 in cash, Day said. The total drug haul equated to 325.15 grams of the illegal substance.

    Day called the drug recovery was "unusually large" and one of the biggest confiscations in the agency's history.

    Garcia Valle was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver. He was booked on $1.3 million cash bail and remains in the county prison.


    PHOTO: Delaware State Police say they found these drugs, 13,000 bags worth of heroin, and cash hidden in a compartment in a man's car.



    Photo Credit: Delaware State Police

    Luis Garcia Valle, 22, of Philadelphia, has been arrested for allegedly carrying 13,000 bags of heroin in a hidden compartment in the car he was driving.Luis Garcia Valle, 22, of Philadelphia, has been arrested for allegedly carrying 13,000 bags of heroin in a hidden compartment in the car he was driving.

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