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    A Hollywood-style movie studio is in the works in South Windsor, but it's not lights, camera, action just yet.

    Connecticut Studios presented the plan to the South Windsor Town Council on Monday.

    According to Mayor Saud Anwar, the project will be broken down into phases, and phase two all depends on the success of phase one.

    “Phase one is construction of the fuel cell and also one of the large stages,” Anwar explained.

    Town Manager Matthew Galligan said the money for that is already in place and according to the mayor, phase one is a guarantee. Phase two, however, depends heavily on funds generated by a fuel cell selling excess energy back to CL&P.

    “The key thing is the fuel cell,” said Galligan. “Once that is up and running, that will be generated into the project.”

    The mayor said breaking the project into phases is actually a better way of doing business and plans are in place if phase two ultimately isn’t viable.

    Galligan said the town is committed to the projects and, with a well-thought-out approach, is confident an East Coast Hollywood could soon become reality.

    “I think we are going to have movie studio. There is strong indication that the movie industry is very big on the East Coast,” he said. “Connecticut ranks third in the country for being favorable for that industry and the players are still knocking on our door saying, 'When are you going to build it?'"


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    The Kennedy legacy lives on.

    Ted Kennedy, Jr. officially gained the title of state senator Wednesday, becoming the newest member of the powerful family to take office.

    Kennedy represents the 12th District in the Connecticut State Senate, a region encompassing Branford, Durham, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison and North Branford. He will also serve as Senate chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, which oversees the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and is a member of the committees on public health and transportation.

    “It is a great honor to join this body and begin working for the people in the communities that my family and I call home,” Kennedy said in a statement after taking the oath of office Wednesday. “I am thankful to all those who placed their trust in me, and particularly my wife and children, who have been with me every step of the way. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues in the General Assembly as we work to preserve and protect Connecticut’s coastline, create jobs, and keep Connecticut moving forward.”

    A representative for Kennedy said the state senator plans to develop a plan to preserve Long Island Sound and introduce legislation that will make it sustainable for both recreational and commercial use.
     



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    Ted Kennedy, Jr. takes the oath of office as he is won in to the Connecticut State Senate beside State Senate President Martin Looney.Ted Kennedy, Jr. takes the oath of office as he is won in to the Connecticut State Senate beside State Senate President Martin Looney.

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    A 46-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon when his car struck a guardrail, crashed through a line of trees and plunged into the Farmington River in Barkhamsted, according to state police.

    Police said Kenneth P. Gibb, of Barkhamsted, was driving northbound on West River Road around 1 p.m. Wednesday when his car veered off the road and down the river bank.

    Gibb's 2011 Honda Accord came to rest in the water. Emergency responders pulled the car out and towed it away, shutting down West River Road while they worked.

    State police said Gibb died from his injuries.

    The cause of the crash is under investigation.



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    At least one person is dead after a car plunged into the Farmington River in Barkhamsted.At least one person is dead after a car plunged into the Farmington River in Barkhamsted.

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    After a day of ceremonies and celebration, state officials walked the red carpet Wednesday night, escorted by the Governor's Guard, to kick off the 2015 Connecticut Inaugural Ball.

    Hundreds looked on as part of a tradition first adopted in colonial times.

    "We've been doing this since the late 1700s, and it's tradition we've been doing ever since then," explained ball chairman Major Lee Fongemie.

    Aside from a change of venue to the Connecticut Convention Center, much has stayed the same since the First Company Governor's Foot Guard began hosting the gala centuries ago.

    "It's so easy to lose tradition, and this is one of our mainstays, is to keep some of it alive today," said Lehmann.

    Some 2,000 people attended the soiree to celebrate the start of Gov. Dannel Malloy's second term. NBC Connecticut's Gerry Brooks served as Master of Ceremony.

    "The First Company Governor's Foot Guard was formed in 1771. How many states can say that? Since 1791 they've been charged with organizing the inaugural festivities, so this is just a continuation of history. And it's such an honor to be a part of it," said Brooks.

    Smart tuxedos and flowing gowns added to the glitz and glam that marked the end of a momentous day for Connecticut.

    The governor kept his words brief in addressing the crowd.

    "This is a night of celebration, of getting to see one another spending some time honoring those public servants, Republicans and Democrats who took the oath of office today," said Malloy.

    At $400,000, the ball wasn't cheap, but officials said admission of $200 per person covered the cost.


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    The weigh station at exit 2 on Interstate 95 North in Greenwich will be closed for several hours this morning after a chemical spill from a tractor-trailer, according to state police.

    According to police, the truck leaked ferric chloride.

    The next closest weigh stations are Danbury and Meriden.
     



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    Editorial cartoonists and illustrators around the world responded to the deadly terror attack on a satirical magazine in Paris by sharing their own cartoons on social media.

    The powerful drawings pay tribute to colleagues who were among the 12 people killed Wednesday during a massacre in the offices of Paris-based Charlie Hebdo, a publication that mocked all religions and faiths.

    Among those killed was Charlie Hebdo's chief editor since 2009, cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier, who was on an al-Qaida hit list, according to a 2013 report in Slate. Three other cartoonists -- Stéphane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut and Bernard Verlhac -- were also killed. 

    The magazine's office was destroyed by a firebomb in 2011 after it had proposed inviting the Prophet Muhammad to be a guest editor. Charbonnier, who went by the pen name Charb, continued to defend the publication's rights despite the threats.

    "I don't blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings," he told Reuters in 2012. "I live under French law. I don't live under Quranic law."

    New York-based cartoonist Ted Rall told NBC the shooting was personal to him because he shares the profession and because he knew one of the victims who worked at the magazine.

    “The best political cartoonists are brave, and bravery means that you do what you want,” said Rall. “You call the shots, and you don't pull punches. That's not for everybody. It's not an easy job.”

    Take a look at cartoonists' images below:



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    A person reads the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of the weekly in Paris, killing 12.A person reads the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, after gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of the weekly in Paris, killing 12.

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    Power is out at Fairbanks Apartments in New Haven on the coldest day yet of the season after a small fire led to an electrical fire.

    Fire broke out early Thursday morning at the apartments, located at Ferry Street and Grand Avenue, and the American Red Cross has been called in to help the residents.

    The fire chief said the small fire set off the sprinkler system, which led to water trickling down to the electrical unit, causing a small electrical fire, which shut down power to the entire building.

    With no power to generate heat, the fire chief said the temperature in the stairwells has dipped to around 10 degrees. Crews are considering bringing in generators or evacuating the building.

    Residents have been told to keep their doors closed, so that has kept temperatures higher in residential units.

    According to officials, 134 people were inside when the fire broke out. While none of the residents were injured, one firefighter was sent to the hospital to be evaluated for chest pains.

    The residents are remaining inside their homes because of the extremely cold temperatures and firefighters are on every floor, monitoring the situation.

    The fire is now under control and the investigation is beginning, but officials said this appears to be an electrical fire. The road was closed, but has since reopened. 
     



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    The power is out at Fairbanks Apartments after a fire this morning.The power is out at Fairbanks Apartments after a fire this morning.

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    Suffield public schools were closed on Thursday after fuel in the buses froze.

    The school district originally planned on a 90-minute delay, but fuel froze in the buses at the M&J buys yard, gelling up and preventing the buses from running properly, according to the superintendent's office.

    As a result, school officials decided not to chance it, because going forward with as planned would mean the buses could stall with students on board.

    The elementary school also postponed a ping pong game between fifth graders and their parents until next Thursday.

    School officials said the buses should be up and running Friday.

    Many school districts around the state opened late because of extreme cold. Check the list here.
     



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    Suffield canceled school on Thursday because the extreme cold caused problems for its school buses.Suffield canceled school on Thursday because the extreme cold caused problems for its school buses.

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  • 01/08/15--21:17: Airplane Piece Lands in Yard

  • The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how a piece of an aircraft ended up in a Lewisville, Texas, backyard.

    The piece crashed into a backyard early Wednesday morning, and the impact was loud enough to wake up some neighbors.

    “I came rushing outside and I saw this big piece of metal lying in the grass here,” said homeowner Naresh Boga.

    “I heard this loud, hard noise like something fell,” said next-door neighbor Stephanie Sewell. “It was pretty abrupt because you don’t hear something like that around here.”

    The large piece of metal had some writing on it, including “fuel control drain.”

    “I Googled it up and figured out it was something from a plane,” said Boga.

    The FAA confirmed the metal object did come from a large jet, and American Airlines on Thursday confirmed the piece fell from one of its MD-80 airplanes.

    It was a panel door, which protects an extra engine at the tail that powers the plane.

    In a statement to NBC 5, American Airlines said, "We are conducting an internal investigation, as well as working with the FAA, and will return the aircraft to service once repairs are complete."

    “The screws and bolts were still in it. It was crazy,” recalled Newell.

    The Boga family moved into the Castle Hills neighborhood just six months ago, and takes it in stride.

    “What are the odds of that happening in a house where you moved six months ago? Fairly slim,” said Boga.

    The FAA doesn’t have any statistics on how often something like this happens. The agency said about 45,000 flights crisscross the country every day, and said it might happen a few times a year.

    NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.



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    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how a piece of an aircraft ended up in a Lewisville backyard.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how a piece of an aircraft ended up in a Lewisville backyard.

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    Students at Tyrrell Middle School in Wolcott are being dismissed at 11:30 a.m. because the school is experiencing problems with its heat.

    No other schools in Wolcott are affected, according to the superintendent.


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    The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship in South Windsor was evacuated earlier Thursday after extreme cold caused a pipe to burst in a teacher's lounge, according to police and school officials.

    A spokespeson for the Capitol Region Education Council, which manages the school at 625 Chapel Road, said the pipe problem set off the fire alarm, prompting students and staff to leave the building.

    Firefighters arrived to check the building, and buses were brought in to keep students out of the cold, according to CREC officials.

     

    "Originally, first responders detected a smell of gas, but the gas company confirmed that it was just stagnant water," CREC spokespeson Amanda Falcone said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "Once we had that confirmation, we allowed students to reenter the building."

    School officials said the damage was contained to the main office and the school day proceeded as planned. All parents were notified of the incident.

    "CREC is very pleased with how staff and students handled the situation and is grateful for the quick response of South Windsor's police and fire departments and the gas company," Falcone said.



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    International Magnet School For Global Citizenship in South Windsor was evacuated on Thursday because a pipe burst in a teacher’s lounge, according to police.International Magnet School For Global Citizenship in South Windsor was evacuated on Thursday because a pipe burst in a teacher’s lounge, according to police.

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    Hamden police are looking for the people who assaulted a woman in her car and pushed her out of her moving vehicle early Thursday morning.

    Police responded to the 3700 block of Whitney Avenue around 2 a.m. to investigate a suspicious person report and met with a 33-year-old Wolcott woman who told police she’d been attacked and pushed from her car.

    She told officers that she had earlier met two people at Mohegan Sun Casino – a bald man with tattoos on the back of his hands and a blond woman who was between 25 and 35 years old, police said.

    The victim, who allowed the man to drive her vehicle, sat in the front passenger seat, and the other woman was seating in the backseat, police said.

    The victim told investigators she was assaulted as she sat in the car and was pushed out of the moving vehicle in the area of 3700 Whitney Avenue.

    Her face, eye, hand and ankle were injured and she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated.

    Her car that was stolen is a gray 2008 Toyota Solara with Connecticut registration 5ALDM6.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at 203-230-4040.
     


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    The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial early learning and child care center in Torrington has been evacuated after a water pipe burst, according to administrators.

    The 40 children who were in the center at 157 Litchfield Street were taken to the Brooker Memorial Dental Clinic, which is located at 95 New Litchfield Street.

    Parents have been arriving to pick their children up.
     


    The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial early learning and child care center in Torrington has been evacuated after a water pipe burst, according to administrators.The Maria Seymour Brooker Memorial early learning and child care center in Torrington has been evacuated after a water pipe burst, according to administrators.

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    A tipster helped officers catch a man suspected of setting fire to a car parked just inches from a house in Hartford, and police are crediting the caller with preventing anyone from getting hurt.

    Hartford police said a resident called 911 on Wednesday to report seeing someone set fire to a white 1998 Chevrolet G10 van parked in the driveway of a home in the area of 48/50 Bond Street.

    The suspected arsonist was standing across the street, watching the fire ignite, the caller told police.

    As police arrived, the person who provided the tip gave a description of the suspect and said the man ran behind the building at 49 Bond Street.

    Officers spotted someone who fit the description in the parking lot. As they approached the man, who was later identified as Hector Lleras, 22, of Hartford, he attacked a Community Service Officer and ran, according to police.

    Police chased Lleras and took him into custody. They found him with a pair of partially burned gloves and a lighter, authorities said.

    Crews from the Hartford Fire Department put out the flames just before it reached the inner gas tank of the car, which was parked inches from a home with people inside, according to police.

    Firefighters determined that Lleras had soaked a cloth in gasoline, placed it into the fuel tank and set it on fire, police said.

    Investigators said Lleras had no relationship to the owner of the car or occupants of the home.

    The Major Crimes Division Arson Detectives are investigating.

    Lleras has been charged with second-degree arson, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, assault on police, third-degree criminal trespass and interfering with police.



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    Police have arrested a man accused of setting fire to a car.Police have arrested a man accused of setting fire to a car.

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    Bridgeport police are searching for two men wanted in connection with a home invasion in the city last year.

    Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Elijah Tate, 19, and Michael Shaw, 20, which each carry $150,000 bonds, according to police.

    Both are from the New Haven area and are known to spend time in New Haven and West Haven. Tate's last known address was on Blohm Street in West Haven and Shaw's was on Norton Street in New Haven, police said.

    Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call Bridgeport police Det. Martin Heanue at 203-581-5242 or 203-581-5201.



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    Elijah Tate, 19 (left), and Michael Shaw, 20 (right), are wanted in connection with a home invasion in Bridgeport.Elijah Tate, 19 (left), and Michael Shaw, 20 (right), are wanted in connection with a home invasion in Bridgeport.

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    An accused drug dealer with the street name of "Gas Station" is behind bars after police searched the home he shares with his young children in Manchester and uncovered thousands of dollars in cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin and more than $7,000 in cash, according to police.

    Authorities with the East Central Narcotics Taskforce and Capitol Region Emergency Services Team searched the home at 111 Highland Street in Manchester on Thursday as part of an investigation into drug sales in the area.

    Police said a drug dealer called "Gas Station," later identified as Benjamin Ellis, 37, was selling cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in the south end of Manchester.

    A search of his home turned up 5.64 ounces of cocaine, worth $6,800, 10.85 grams of crack cocaine, worth $1,100, 2.4 grams of heroin, $7,110 cash and drug paraphernalia, according to police. Investigators also confiscated Ellis' cellphone and 2005 Dodge Magnum.

    Police said Ellis' three children – ages 6, 9 and 12 – were home at the time of the raid.

    Ellis was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, possession with intent to sell, possession within a school zone and possession with intent to sell in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone, operating a drug factory and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.

    He was also served with a separate warrant charging him with possession and sale of heroin and possession with intent to sell.

    Ellis' bond was set at a total of



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    Benjamin Ellis, 37, is facing charges after investigators searched his home and uncovered thousands of dollars in drugs, according to police.Benjamin Ellis, 37, is facing charges after investigators searched his home and uncovered thousands of dollars in drugs, according to police.

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    Less than two years ago, Aaron Hernandez was one of the most exciting players to watch in the NFL, a talented tight end who had signed a $40 million contract extension with the New England Patriots. The once rising star grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, the son of a locally acclaimed high school tailback, and starred at the University of Florida before being drafted into the NFL.

    But his fall was fast. On June 28, 2013, Hernandez was arrested in the killing of his friend, Odin Llyod, a semipro football player. Later that day, the Patriots released him. Within a year, a Massachusetts grand jury had also charged him in a double homicide from 2012 in Boston, and authorities in Florida announced they wanted to talk to him about two earlier unsolved shootings.

    Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

    With his trial set to begin on Friday in the first of the killings, here are five things to know about the former All-American and the grisly crimes he is accused of committing.

    Hernandez is accused of killing three men after nightclub disputes

    Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player, was found shot multiple times in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. Lloyd, 27, was dating a sister of Hernandez’s fiancee and had been out with Hernandez two nights earlier at the Rumor nightclub in Boston. Prosecutors say that following a fight that night, sparked by one of Lloyd’s cousins, an incensed Hernandez decided to kill him.

    After Hernandez became a suspect in Lloyd’s killing, authorities got an anonymous tip that he had been involved in the deaths of two men a year earlier. Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado died in a drive-by shooting in Boston after leaving the Cure Lounge. Authorities say one of the men had accidentally bumped into Hernandez inside the club, spilling his drink.

    Were there other Hernandez shooting victims?

    Alexander Bradley, who authorities say was with him the night of the double homicide, accuses Hernandez of shooting him in the eye during another fight at a Florida strip club. Bradley has brought a civil suit against Hernandez. Hernandez, in legal papers, has invoked his right not to incriminate himself under the Fifth Amendment.

    Two other men, Corey Smith and Justin Glass, were wounded in Florida in 2007 after a dispute in a nightclub with University of Florida football players. The men were also shot while their car was stopped at a red light nearby. After Hernandez was arrested for the Massachusetts murder, the Florida state attorney, Bill Cervone, said investigators were interested in talking to Hernandez, who was a tight end for the Florida Gators at the time. According to a 2007 Gainesville police report, Hernandez was in the area, but when police tried to interview him he asked for a lawyer. The case remains unsolved.

    The judge in the Fall River case, Susan Garsh, has ruled that there can be no references to the murders in Boston, which prosecutors have suggested might have contributed to Hernandez's motive for killing Lloyd, nor to the shooing of Bradley.

    Football notables could be on witness list

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, could be called to testify in the trial, according to court documents. In an interview after Hernandez’s arrest, Belichick said he was disappointed and hurt.

    “Having someone in your organization that’s involved in a murder investigation is a terrible thing,” he said.

    Kraft released a letter in which Hernandez wrote about his alleged use of marijuana while at the University of Florida and agreed to take biweekly drug tests if he were drafted.

    Of the charges, Kraft said, “If this stuff is true, then I’ve been duped and our whole organization has been duped.”

    Other potential witnesses: Former Florida teammates Brandon Spikes, who is a former Patriot and now plays for the Buffalo Bills, and Mike Pouncey, a center for the Miami Dolphins. Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins could also be called.

    No football gear in the courtroom

    Those planning to attend the trial must leave their football jerseys at home. The judge has specifically banned clothing and buttons that display logos of the New England Patriots or other NFL teams or any football-related insignia. Anyone in football gear will be barred from entering the Fall River Justice Center.

    Hernandez wore Number 81.

    But jurors will be able to see Hernandez's trophies when they visit his home. The judge ruled that prosecutors will not be able to cover a trophy case. One of Hernandez's lawyers, James Sultan, had argued that the house should be shown the way it appeared at the time of Lloyd's death.

    Clues in the tattoos?

    Hernandez’s upper body is covered in tattoos, including the face of a lion on his right bicep with the words, “It’s about the fight in you;” 1989, the year of his birth, on the fingers of his left hand; and a phrase his father likes, “If it is to be it is up to me,” on his left forearm. An Associated Press article in June said that prosecutors were interested in Hernandez’s right forearm but would not specify which tattoos. 



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    Aaron Hernandez's first murder case gets underway on Friday in MassachusettsAaron Hernandez's first murder case gets underway on Friday in Massachusetts

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    Boston was picked Thursday as the United States' best shot at hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024, edging out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington for the honor. Now, another question looms: Why host?

    Many experts, and cities, have begun to doubt whether it's worth it to host the Olympics as costs for recent Games have soared, to $40 billion for Beijing's 2008 Summer Games and $50 billion for Sochi's 2014 Winter Games.

    "It's very difficult to make it pay off economically," said sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, author of "Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup."

    Such misgivings have fueled local opposition in Boston and in some of the U.S. cities that bid for 2024. They've also derailed bids by three European cities for the 2022 Winter Games, leaving just two cities — Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Beijing — vying for that honor.

    The International Olympic Committee has tried to respond to that reticence by launching a series of reforms, dubbed Agenda 2020, aimed at keeping down costs, and the U.S. Olympic Committee in turn asked its four bidders to do just that.

    But it's unclear what weight a lean, sub-$5 billion budget proposal may carry when the Olympics — even those, like Barcelona 1992, held up as success stories — are notorious for tending to go far over budget, and for often leaving in their wake expensive, languishing stadium behemoths later derided as white elephants.

    Boston's bid backers, led by committee president Dan O'Connell, insist hosting the Games can be an economic boon if smartly managed. They say they expect to turn a profit, just as they also stress the city-wide morale boost and civic pride the Games can bring.

    An expert also cautions against weighing whether to host based on dollars alone.

    "It's totally worth it. You cannot put a price on dreams," said sportswriter and USC Annenberg journalism professor Alan Abrahamson. "That's what the Olympics are all about it."

    But for Zimbalist, that morale boost isn't enough. “It doesn't last. It's ephemeral,” he said. And a chief opponent of Boston's 2024 bid put the risks of hoping for an Olympic legacy another way.

    "We're the Athens of America, a beacon of democracy," Liam Kerr, an education advocate who co-chairs the group No Boston Olympics, said of his city. "But we want to be the Athens of America for what happened there 2,000 years ago — not what happened there 10 years ago."

    What happened there 10 years ago was an Olympic Games that left behind now-abandoned stadia and has been blamed in part for Greece's economic crisis.

    How It Can Work

    Experts, Olympic bid backers and opponents agree that for hosting the Olympics to work, a city must keep in mind its own long-range goals, then ask whether hosting would help achieve them.

    It's by asking that question that a city can avoid building expensive stadia that will fall into disuse after the closing ceremonies. That's also how a city can ensure any new infrastructure it gains will serve its long-range vision for itself, as Barcelona did in 1992, he added.

    "The problem is when the Olympics precede the city plan,” Zimbalist said. “If the plan precedes the Olympics, then you've got a better plan.”

    That plan must also be open and transparent and involve plenty of community outreach, said both the backers and opponents of Boston's 2024 bid, which has faced stiffer local opposition so far than the other cities'.

    That will foster debate, Boston's bid panel chief O'Connell acknowledged, but he said he believed it will also strengthen a city's approach to its bid. “The more people learn about the Games,” he added, “the more comfortable they become with it, and the more excited."

    Kerr, co-chair of his rival group disagreed, saying the public would rally against an Olympics bid, no matter how heavily its backers might market it.

    Indeed, public opposition could pose a challenge to Boston's bid for 2024. There's skepticism from locals still smarting at the wild cost overruns of the decades-long "Big Dig," and at the notion of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the already congested city.

    "People would much rather make other investments than the Olympics," Kerr said. "We don't think that will change, no matter how much they market it."

    What Could Happen Next

    There's still plenty of room for the field of competitors to shape up before the IOC meets in Lima, Peru, in summer 2017 to announce what city it's chosen to host in 2024.

    Despite the dwindling prospects to host the 2022 Winter Games, strong European competition for the U.S. pick is expected, in particular from Rome and, if it bids, Paris.

    By 2024, though, it will have been a generation since the U.S. hosted a Summer Games, and longer still since New York's bid to host the 2012 games and Chicago's to host in 2016 went down in humiliating defeat, with paltry numbers of IOC votes.

    "I think this is the best shot the United States has had in a long, long time," Abrahamson said.

    He cited the USOC's diligent work to repair relationships, and the fact that the Olympics' habit of geographical rotation would mean the Americas could be ripe to host again eight years after Rio 2016.

    Still, he said, the U.S. needs a strong narrative to make its case.

    “There has to be a constructive story for why the Olympics should come back,” he said. "The time is right. The landscape is right. What remains to be shown is: Why should the IOC come back to the United States?"



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    Two adventurous climbers are no longer just trying to make history by being the first to scale part of Yosemite's El Capitan with only their hands and feet. They're also now climbing the granite monolith at night.

    Kevin Jorgeson, 30, of Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, 36, of Estes Park, Colorado, have been climbing the half-mile section of "El Cap," one of the most difficult routes in the world, since Dec. 27.

    But they're now hitting the rock face at night, since there's "unseasonably warm weather" in Yosemite, climber and photographer Tom Evans wrote on his ElCap Reports blog. "The men have been forced to climb at night, so the rock will be cold enough for their specialized climbing shoes to get maximum traction."

    Video that Evans shot, edited by Ted Distel, shows Jorgenson and Caldwell in precarious situations, climbing mostly with just their bare hands and feet, headlamps attached to their helmets. While it was snowing Sunday, Evans blogged that by Tuesday the weather was becoming "way too warm on the Cap."

    Thursday was the pair's Day 13 of climbing the Dawn Wall, as the section of El Capitan is known. It looms 3,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor.

    Evans noted that Caldwell is "really on a roll now" and has passed the major technical difficulties of the climb. Jorgenson is "nursing finger injuries," but can "get past the hardest parts" if he rests, Evans said.

    Many people have climbed the granite face. But the pair would be the first to climb the section using only ropes only as a safeguard against a fall.

    "If they can pull this off," Evans said in an interview this week, "it will be the hardest rock climb ever done and set a standard so high that it will most likely not be done again for decades."

    The two aren't expected to finish for at least a few more days.



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    Kevin Jorgeson of Santa Rosa (center, in green) navigating Pitch 15 while Tommy Caldwell (far right, in yellow) of Colorado fixes a running rope around a cleat.  Multiple cameramen hang on ropes taking photos and video. Jan. 7, 2015Kevin Jorgeson of Santa Rosa (center, in green) navigating Pitch 15 while Tommy Caldwell (far right, in yellow) of Colorado fixes a running rope around a cleat. Multiple cameramen hang on ropes taking photos and video. Jan. 7, 2015

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    Police in Massachusetts say 15 students were taken to the hospital to evaluate complaints of pain, but none are suffering from serious injuries after a school bus crashed into a sedan Thursday afternoon.

    Authorities say the low speed, low impact crash happened near 350 Carver Rd. just after 3:30 p.m. and resulted in minimal damage to the vehicles.

    Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth says they're expecting to receive up to eight patients, and that up to 10 patients are being sent to South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth.

    Police say there were 35 students total on board the bus.

    According to West Elementary School in Plymouth, the children were OK and the principal and a nurse are on the scene.

    The West Elementary School committee chair said the students were shaken up.

    The school says they are waiting for paperwork to be filed and are bringing in another bus to get the students home as soon as possible.

    The drivers of the school bus and the sedan weren't injured.

    Stay with necn as this story develops. 



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