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    A pedestrian was struck and killed in Stamford Thursday night and police are trying to identify the man who died. 

    The man was struck by a 2008 Toyota Prius on High Ridge Road, or Route 137, just before 11:30 p.m., according to police.  

    Police said the man, who appears to be 60 to 70 years old, was crossing High Ridge Road from west to east, near Olga Drive and the Burger King restaurant. He was not in the crosswalk at the time. 

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene and police are trying to figure out who he is because he was not carrying any identification.

    He is 5-feet-4 to 5-feet-7, weighs approximately 140 pounds, and has medium-length gray hair and a receding hair line. 

    He was wearing a blue button-down short-sleeve shirt over a brown button-down shirt, red pants, and gray-and-blue Asics sneakers. 

    He was also wearing a Timex watch with a white face on his left wrist and a blue latex glove on his right hand. 

    The driver, a 65-year-old Stamford resident, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. 

    Anyone with information should call the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad at 203-977-4712. 

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    Governor Dannel Malloy announcement about changes in state education funding means Groton Public Schools are facing about $17.5 million worth of cuts in state aid.

    Groton Superintendent Dr. Michael Graner said would “basically dismantle the school system.”

    Instead of the approximately $25 million Groton Schools got last year in Education Cost Sharing, they’d only get $7.5 million.

    “I can’t think of any programs that wouldn’t be cut, actually,” Graner said. “Or significantly reduced.”

    Class sizes could reach 30 to 40 kids, there’d be massive layoffs to teachers and other staff, and academic, extra-curricular, arts and sports programs would see cuts and revamps at all grade levels, according to Graner.

    Already the district has made $2.8 million worth of town budget cuts, Graner said. It closed Pleasant Valley Elementary School, laid off 18 teachers, a principal and other staff members.

    Graner said the governor initially projected about $15 million in state aid cuts from Groton Schools, but he didn’t think that would go through. In fact, Graner said the town only budgeted for $5 million worth of state educational aid cuts.

    He’s hoping there’s a “reasonable” budget and change to the numbers before the first payment in October.

    “It scares me because they’ve already taken a whack here in Groton. How much more are you going to take away from these kids?” asked Christine Lowney, a Groton Schools employee.

    She’s preparing her granddaughter to enter the first grade in the Groton school district, at a different school since her granddaughter attended Pleasant Valley.

    “They’re our future, and if you’re gonna take things away from them now that they need, it’s going to affect them in the long run,” Lowney said.

    “It’s concerning when it comes to class sizes, their education, especially when you have one who is going to be taking a lot of high honors classes,” Tina Price of Mystic said.

    Price has two Groton high schooler students and she hopes this doesn’t make her kids less competitive for colleges.

    “With so many kids in the classrooms, how are they going to be able to teach so many at the same time,” Price said.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Three people were transported to the hospital after a crash in Dayville on Friday night.

    Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications tweeted photos of the crash on Putnam Pike at 7:29 p.m.

    The photos show two vehicles -- a car and a pickup truck -- with serious damage.

    Putnam Pike (Route 12) was closed Friday night. 

    Photo Credit: Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications

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    Four Connecticut state beaches are closed to swimmers this weekend after they tested high for bacteria and algae.

    The swimming area at Silver Sands State Park in Milford has been closed since Friday and the water will remain off-limits until at least Tuesday. The state plans to retest the bacteria levels on Monday, but it will take a day to have the results. Oyster Fest, a popular summertime event here in Milford will still go on and the park is still open.

    NBC Connecticut caught up with one woman whose plans to spend a week out on the beach were dampened not only by yesterday’s lousy weather but also the news that the beach won’t reopen this weekend.

    "It's pretty disappointing since it’s like the end the summer and I'm going back to college in a few days so I want to enjoy my last few days in Milford, but hopefully it will clear up soon so I can get back in the water before I leave," said Jill Martinez of Milford.

    The state routinely tests the water quality at its swimming areas.

    Swimming areas are also closed at Indian Well in Shelton and Lake Waramaug in Kent because of high bacteria levels. Swimming at Kettletown Beach in Southbury is closed, not for high bacteria but for blue green algae.

    Lake Waramaug could open Tuesday, but the earliest Indian Well will reopen isThursday.

    No timeline was given for Kettletown.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

    Signs were posted at Silver Sands State Park in Milford prohibiting swimming after the water tested high for indicator bacteria.Signs were posted at Silver Sands State Park in Milford prohibiting swimming after the water tested high for indicator bacteria.

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    Tonia Sewell thought that she and her boyfriend would keep the pointer-mix puppy for just five days, until Saturday's Clear the Shelters adoption drive at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

    But instead of giving up the puppy, they decided to keep it. Call it an foster fail.

    “The biggest successful foster fail,” Sewell, of Miami Beach, said over the hubbub at the Humane Society Saturday morning.

    Clear the Shelters, the third annual pet adoption drive sponsored by the NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminates today with more than 900 shelters participating in 76 communities across the country. Since this year’s event was launched in the last month, more than 31,000 pets have been taken. By midday, that number had reached almost 40,000.

    To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, all of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees.

    When the day began, Sissi, a grey-furred cat with long whiskers, was available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia. She is super fluffy and a little shy.

    At the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, Spike needed a new family after his owner died.

    And at Muttville, a senior dog rescue in San Francisco, a 12-year-old bubbly former stray named Sierra was ready for a home.

    At the Humane Society of Greater Miami, which saw almost 100 adoptions during last year's event, there was a line outside before the shelter opened Saturday morning. An hour in, about 100 people had come through looking for a pet.

    "We’re hoping to break last year’s record for sure," said Toni Diaz, the associate director of development.

    Sewell had already fostered some kittens and thought she would take a break when the Humane Society called about the puppy, which looks like a Jack Russell Terrier. Her boyfriend had always wanted a dog, she said.

    “It was meant to be,” she said. “We fostered him for a week. He got along with our cats and that was it.”

    The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

    On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

    In the Washington D.C. area, dogs, cats, a guinea pig and a sun conure or parakeet were adopted in the first hours of the adoption drive. Marcel Green of Gaithersburg, Maryland, lined up early — at 4 a.m. outside the Humane Rescue Alliance — to find a dog for his mother. More than six hours later he and his father, Bruce, were headed home with a 2-month-old chocolate colored puppy.

    Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

    A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 45,000 pets were adopted from 680 shelters, 13 of which were emptied.

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    Rescue crews are searching off the coast of Fairfield for two men who were swept out into the water while fishing at Penfield Reef Saturday.

    According to the US Coast Guard, six people were fishing at Penfield Reef when three of them were swept out by the water around 7:45 a.m. One person resurfaced, but the other two remain missing.

    The missing victims are described as two men in their 20s.

    USCG crews, the Fairfield Marine Unit, and Bridgeport Marine Unit are all searching the area.

    Anyone with information should contact the USCG command center at 203-468-4401.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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    Rescue crews are searching off the coast of Fairfield for two men who were swept out into the water while fishing at Penfield Reef Saturday.Rescue crews are searching off the coast of Fairfield for two men who were swept out into the water while fishing at Penfield Reef Saturday.

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    Hartford police made 58 underage drinking referrals Friday night in the parking lots of a Florida Georgia Line Concert at the Xfinity Theatre.

    Hartford police had prepared for an increased level of law enforcement at the concert, specifically to crack down on underage drinking after many concertgoers wound up in the hospital at a recent event.

    On July 21, the Xfinity parking lots were packed with people, many of whom were under 21 years old, for a Chance The Rapper concert. Police said there was a lot of heavy drinking, which resulted in 50 people being charged with underage drinking and 96 people being taken by ambulance to hospitals.

    Many of those patients were suffering from severe intoxication and some were transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

    After the incident, police met with Xfinity Theatre representatives, and Xfinity Theatre agreed to pay for an additional law enforcement presence at the FGL show.

    Police said they made 58 referrals. AMR supervisors did not release a specific number of transports, but estimated that “around 30” people were transported to the hospital, police said.

    Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley described Friday’s show as more subdued and calmer than some others.

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    Police in Maryland said a man confessed to the fatal stabbings of his 6-year-old sister and his two young cousins while they were lying in bed.

    Antonio Shareek Williams, 25, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the three girls in Prince George’s County. Police said their bodies were discovered around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive in Clinton, Maryland.

    Investigators said Williams was left in the home by his mother to watch over Nadiara Janae Withers, 6, who police described as his sister, Ariana Elizabeth DeCree, 9, and Ajayah Royale DeCree, 6, his two cousins.

    The DeCree sisters are from in Newark, New Jersey, who were in Clinton and visiting for the summer. They are the daughters of the suspect’s mother’s cousin, police said.

    When the mother, Andrena Kelley, returned home from work early Friday morning, she discovered the girls in their beds, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.

    The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene, but all three children were pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police said they found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, in the home when they arrived. She was another sister of the suspect.

    Investigators said Williams was arrested and later provided a full confession of how he stabbed and killed the three girls while the kids were sharing a bed. They said he did not provide a reason for the attack.

    Williams is in custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. Police said they had no word about a lawyer for him.

    Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police Department
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    Antonio Shareek WilliamsAntonio Shareek Williams

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    South Windsor police are investigating the untimely death of a man found in his home on Palmer Drive Saturday.

    Police said a nurse visiting the home called police around 8 a.m. when no one came to the door. When officers entered, they found the 31-year-old man dead. He has not been publicly identified.

    The nurse made daily visits to provide medication to the victim, police said.

    The State Police Major Crimes unit and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will assist with the investigation.

    Police said there is no threat to the public, though the cause and manner of death are being called “undetermined” at this time.

    NBC Connecticut will provide updates as they come into the newsroom.

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    Police have identified a man whose body was found in the Shetucket River in Norwich last month after asking for help from the public to determine who he is.

    Two people who were fishing saw the man's body floating in the Shetucket River off Hamilton Avenue, near Palmer Street, just after 8:30 p.m. on July 22 and police said the man appeared to have been dead for a while.

    An autopsy was performed on July 23 and the results are undetermined, pending further study, police said, but they do not suspect foul play.

    The man has been identified as 54-year-old Jay T. Oat, last known address in Norwich.

    The investigation into his death is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561, extension 6, or the department’s anonymous tip line at 860-886-5561, extension 4.

    Photo Credit: Norwich Police

    Police released sketches and photos of the man's clothing in the hopes someone will be able to identify him.Police released sketches and photos of the man's clothing in the hopes someone will be able to identify him.

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    A 27-year-old New Haven man was seriously injured in a shooting in Hamden Saturday.

    Hamden Police said it happened around 4 a.m. in the area of Oregon Avenue and Manilla Avenue.

    The victim was shot multiple times in the back and rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries. He was listed in serious condition, police said.

    The shooting is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Detective Joseph Liguori at (203) 230-4040.

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    A 2-year-old is recovering from a gunshot wound after apparently getting ahold of a parent's gun, according to Hartford police.

    Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley tweeted Saturday that the child suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Preliminary information is that the child somehow got ahold of a parent’s gun.

    Hartford police are investigating.

    No other details were immediately available.

    This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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    A worker was critically injured in a forklift accident in Ansonia Saturday.

    Police said the accident happened around 8:45 a.m. on North Prospect Street Extension. Police said a 47-year-old man working for a subcontractor of Lowe's Home Improvement suffered a serious head wound when the forklift he was operating rolled over. The man was delivering wood at the time.

    The victim was taken to Griffin Hospital and transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment. He was listed in critical condition.

    The cause of the accident is under investigation by Ansonia police and OSHA. The victim has not been publicly identified.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Valeria Syanchuk should have been celebrating her 18th birthday on Thursday, but instead the Bergen County, New Jersey, resident took cover in a cafe with her mother and grandmother moments after a driver plowed into one of Spain’s most popular destinations.

    What should have been a joyous celebration turned into hours of horror and uncertainty, she said. This was her first visit to Barcelona, and terrorism was not on her mind.

    "I was panicking," she said. "People kept looking at us like something was wrong, and we had no idea what they were saying."

    Witnesses described hordes of people running and screaming in the moments after the attack. One tourist from Argentina saw a 3-year-old boy die on the street. A brown stain is all that remains two days later.

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    Syanchuk and her family landed in Barcelona around 11 a.m. By that evening, the three women were tired from wandering the Gothic Quarter’s serpentine streets. Her grandmother asked if they could stop and rest somewhere. As they entered a cafe, the employees scrambled to shut the gates.

    "Do they know what happened?" asked one employee to another, Syanchuk said.

    The cafe workers explained they had received an alert from the Spanish government to remain inside because a terrorist attack was underway. Terrified, the employees wanted to get home and advised Syanchuk’s family to return to their hotel.

    The women hurried through the maze-like streets, but police had the area on lockdown. The cafe was already closed and their hotel entrance was blocked. Instead, the women were forced to wait in the street as armed guards descended onto the area.

    "We got lucky because my mother wanted to sit down," Alena Ansolis, Syanchuk’s mother, said. "We were heading back to the hotel. It happened right outside there."

    Hours passed and the only information available was that the driver remained on the loose.

    "I kept searching news and kept refreshing every couple of minutes," Syanchuk said. "You have no idea who these people are, if they’re standing right next to you."

    When the immediate threat passed, Syanchuk and her family asked police to escort them back to the hotel. Since then, the three have stayed close together but decided to continue their journey through Europe. Syanchuk will be meeting relatives for the first time in Germany, and she doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to experience something positive after the events of this week.

    "Walking down the street is so emotional," she said, adding that the increased police presence and outpouring of sympathy makes her family feel safer.

    "I saw a man driving a garbage truck and he got out to put a rose on a memorial. Everyone has come together. It doesn’t matter who."

    The streets of Las Ramblas are brimming with memorials dedicated to the 13 people who died and the more than 100 who were injured in Thursday’s attack. Tourists and residents continue to offer signs, flowers, candles and other mementos for the fallen.

    An American from California was among those who died in Thursday's attack. Jared Tucker, 42, and Heidi Nunes-Tucker, 40, were celebrating a belated honeymoon with sangria when Tucker stopped for a bathroom break. A mere minute passed before chaos erupted in the streets, Nunes-Tucker told NBC

    The dozen other fatalities included tourists from Canada, Belgium and Italy. A three-year-old Spanish boy also died. 

    On Saturday, two days after the attack, dozens of taxis paraded into Las Ramblas bringing with them giant wreaths to place at a large memorial where the rampage first started. Some wept while they addressed a sea of onlookers.

    "I am Muslim and these people don’t represent us," said one driver. "Criminals have attacked us, but true Muslims stand here with you today and always will."

    After presenting the wreaths, these taxis paraded down Las Ramblas honking their horns and waving. Spectators clapped and sang, including Syanchuk, whose balcony faces one of the memorials.

    "There are so many more people than when we first arrived," Syanchuk said. "People have been chanting and marching. I’ve never seen anything like it."

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    Photo Credit: Valeria Syanchuk
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    As a wave of U.S. cities have moved to topple their Confederate statues in the wake of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Richmond — which was once the capital of the Confederacy — could become the next flashpoint in the debate over what to do with its monuments.

    In the heart of Richmond, five statues depicting Confederate figures line a two-mile stretch of Monument Avenue, NBC News reported. The monuments are of Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Matthew Fontaine Maury. 

    On Wednesday, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney pointedly reversed course and announced that he felt the Confederate statues should be removed. The marked change came days after the deadly protest in Charlottesville, where a woman was killed and 19 others were injured after a driver slammed his car into counter-protesters as white nationalists rallied against the planned removal of a Confederate monument.

    "I wish they had never been built," Stoney said in a statement, later adding, "These monuments should be part of our dark past and not of our bright future."

    Photo Credit: Chuck Myers/MCT/Getty Images, file

    This Gen. Robert E. Lee Monument is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The large equestrian statue, which depicts the Confederate commander on his horse, Traveller, was created by French sculptor Jean Antonin Mercié, and unveiled on May 29, 1890.This Gen. Robert E. Lee Monument is located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. The large equestrian statue, which depicts the Confederate commander on his horse, Traveller, was created by French sculptor Jean Antonin Mercié, and unveiled on May 29, 1890.

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    The first of three corpse flowers in Washington, D.C., started blooming late Saturday night, and two more of the stinky blossoms are still waiting to go.

    Three corpse flowers, also called "the stinky plant," were predicted to reach peak bloom between Aug. 17 and 22 at the U.S. Botanical Garden. The plant's signature stench has been described as a combination of garlic, fish, diapers and rotting meat. Their scientific name is amorphophallus titanum.

    "Not really something you'd want around dinner time," USBG plant curator Bill McLaughlin told NBC4 during another peak bloom in 2013.

    The plant, native to tropical rainforests in Indonesia, doesn't follow a set schedule. They can take anywhere from years to decades to store enough energy to bloom. Once they're fully open, they’ll collapse between 24 and 48 hours later.

    The flowers were first discovered in 1878. They hold the record for the world's largest unbranched inflorescence -- flower structure -- growing up to 12 feet tall. Each has one giant bud, made up of hundreds of tiny, stinky flowers. Their scent attracts carrion beetles and flies.

    A corpse flower last bloomed in D.C. in 2016. Thirty-two corpse flowers bloomed around the world last year in the U.S., India, Australia and more, BBC reported.

    You can watch the plants bloom in real time on the USBG's livestream here.

    Photo Credit: United States Botanical Garden
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    A 23-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Norwich Saturday, according to Norwich police.

    Police said the motorcycle was traveling in the area of 82 Chelsea Harbor Drive around 11:35 p.m. when it left the road and hit a wall. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on scene.

    The victim has been identified as Anthony Caruso of Stagecoach Drive.

    The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer Anthony Marceau at 860-886-5561.

    Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

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    Groups across the country continue to rally against racism, and Sunday an interfaith rally is scheduled at the State Capitol in Hartford, with organizers hoping to send a message of unity after the violence in Charlottesville.

    It’s been a week since the events unfolded in Charlottesville.

    And tomorrow an event here at the Capitol hopes to prevent that violence from happening again.

    “We have a very real threat facing American, facing Connecticut, and that threat is hate,” said Joel Leyden of the Interfaith Coalition Against Racism.

    To combat that fear Joel Leyden joined forces with Zahir Mannan, of the Baitul Aman “House of Peace” Mosque.

    About a month ago, they met as both surveyed a Jewish cemetery which had been vandalized in Hartford. That’s when the idea of a new group was born.

    “This coalition formed where we were like we’re all children of the same human family,” Mannan explained.

    The Interfaith Coalition Against Racism brings together people of various religions with a mission of promoting tolerance over hate. It’s an ideal that seemed more urgent after the deadly violence in Virginia last weekend.

    “There are a lot of things that we as a humane, civilized society can do in terms of standing up against real threats,” Leyden said.

    On Saturday, there was an overwhelming turnout of counter-protesters at a controversial “Free Speech Rally” in Boston, which provided hope and faith to members of the Connecticut group.

    And now they think it’s our state’s turn to send a message.

    “This is not against a particular person or really any group but it’s against injustice and hatred in general,” Mannan said.

    The Interfaith Rally Against Racism will take place at the State Capitol Sunday at 2 p.m.

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    Wyndham Lathem, a Northwestern University microbiologist accused of stabbing a man to death, and Andrew Warren, an acquaintance from Oxford University, have been charged with first degree murder after being extradited to Chicago. 

    Wyndham Lathem, a Northwestern University microbiologist accused of stabbing a man to death, and Andrew Warren, an acquaintance from Oxford University, have been charged with first degree murder in connection with a brutal stabbing in Chicago last month. 

    Lathem and Warren returned to Chicago on Friday night after being extradited from California.

    A press conference has been scheduled by Chicago police at 11:30 Sunday morning to outline the charges, and both men will appear in bond court following the press conference, police announced Saturday. 

    The two men turned themselves in to police on Aug. 4, following a two-week manhunt that began after the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was discovered in Lathem’s River North apartment. 

    Cornell-Duranleau, a hairstylist who was in a relationship with Lathem, was found dead inside Lathem’s apartment on July 27. Authorities said that Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed over 40 times, and that the attack was so violent that the blade of the knife they believe was used in the attack was broken. 

    Photo Credit: Chicago Police

    Wyndham Lathem, left, and Andrew Warren were officially charged with first degree murder in Chicago in connection with a stabbing death in the city's River North neighborhood.Wyndham Lathem, left, and Andrew Warren were officially charged with first degree murder in Chicago in connection with a stabbing death in the city's River North neighborhood.

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    Waterbury police are investigating after a 43-year-old man was shot on Hillside Avenue Saturday night.

    Police said it happened around 8:25 p.m. in front of 123 Hillside Ave. The victim was shot in the abdomen and the groin. He was taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment and has not been publicly identified.

    The Waterbury Police Detectives Bureau and Forensics responded to investigate.

    More details were not immediately available.

    Anyone with information on this crime should contact Waterbury police.

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    Whether you need to do back-to-school shopping or you’re looking to update your wardrobe, the week of Aug. 20 is the best time to do it.

    The annual Connecticut tax holiday runs from Sunday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 26.

    This means there is a one-week sales and use tax exclusion for clothing and footwear costing less than $100. Learn more about what is exempt and what’s not here: 

    Here are some examples of clothing and shoes that are exempt during the tax-free week when they are sold for less than $100

    Examples of Clothing or Footwear That Are Exempt When Sold for Less Than $100:

    • Antique clothing
    • Aprons (kitchen)
    • Arm warmers
    • Athletic socks
    • Bandannas
    • Baseball hats
    • Bathing caps
    • Belts, suspenders, belt buckles
    • Bicycle sneakers (without cleats)
    • Blouses
    • Chef uniforms
    • Children’s bibs
    • Clerical vestments and religious clothing
    • Diapers (cloth or disposable, adult or child)
    • Dresses
    • Ear muffs
    • Employee uniforms (such as police, fire, mechanics, nurses, postal)
    • Formal wear gowns
    • Formal wear rentals
    • Foul weather gear
    • Garters
    • Gloves
    • Golf dresses and skirts
    • Golf jackets
    • Golf shirts
    • Graduation caps and gowns
    • Gym suits
    • Handkerchiefs
    • Hats, caps
    • Fashion boots
    • Jeans
    • Jogging suits, sweat suits
    • Leg warmers
    • Leotards, tights;
    • Lingerie
    • Nylons, hosiery -- Support hose specially designed to aid in the circulation of blood purchased by persons with medical need for the hose are exempt under Conn. Gen. Stat. §12-412(19) regardless of their cost.
    • Overclothes
    • Overshoes, rubbers, boots
    • Painter pants
    • Ponchos
    • Rain jackets, rain suits, rain wear
    • Rented uniforms
    • Robes
    • Sashes
    • Scarves
    • Scout uniforms
    • Shirts
    • Shoelaces
    • Shoes: aerobic, basketball, boat, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday wear)
    • Ski sweaters, ski jackets
    • Sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas)
    • Slippers
    • Sneakers
    • Socks
    • Square dancing clothes
    • Swim suits
    • Tennis clothing (dresses, hats, shorts, and skirts)
    • Ties (men’s and women’s)
    • Undergarments
    • Wedding gowns, headpieces, and veils
    • Work clothes

    Photo Credit: Connecticut Department of Revenue Services

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    What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife.

    Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams' Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf.

    On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn't have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback's lack of a job is more about his talent.

    The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway.

    Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits — invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race. Other prominent NFL players have sat out or demonstrated during anthems this preseason, one saying his decision was bolstered by a recent white supremacists' rally in Virginia that turned deadly.

    "There's a lot going on inside people's hearts right now," said Dan Rascher, a sports business professor at the University of San Francisco. "This may have been a catalyst for that even though it's not about Colin Kaepernick, but about our country and who we are."

    Other players who joined Kaepernick in protest are still employed. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins pledged to continue his protests this season, tight end Martellus Bennett signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Brandon Marshall stayed with the Denver Broncos even as he lost two endorsements for kneeling during the anthem.

    Still, some fans say they believe Kaepernick has been passed up as punishment for his actions, which initially went unnoticed until the third preseason game last year.

    The chorus gets louder every time a quarterback vacancy is filled on an NFL team, such as when the Miami Dolphins brought 34-year-old quarterback Jay Cutler out of a short-lived retirement to lead its franchise. Cutler was out of work — like Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and others — and planned to work as a television analyst before the Dolphins reunited him with coach Adam Gase.

    "Either some owners and/or the NFL are punishing him for speaking out, or they've decided that it's best for business to sweep these valid issues under the rug in order not to upset fans who, in our opinion, don't have a valid reason to be upset about Colin Kaepernick being on their team," said Tim Clark, who is organizing boycotts of all 32 teams for the NFL's regular season opener.

    Color of Change, an online civil rights organization, flooded Baltimore Ravens headquarters with telephone calls when the team didn't quickly sign him as it openly considered options to react to an injury. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, which demonstrated over the weekend, says it will boycott the Rams and Chargers games at Memorial Coliseum. A petition calling for a season-long boycott of the NFL has collected more than 170,000 signatures.

    "We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick's protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch," the petition said.

    Elie Mystal, an editor at the "Above the Law" legal commentary website, agreed with the proposed boycotts.

    "Kaepernick doesn't have a job because he spoke out about race," Mystal said. "That's the thing you're not allowed to do in our sporting culture and most of our popular culture, unless you're so over-the-top talented that they need you for winning."

    Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem while Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during Saturday's game between the two teams.

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett's brother, sat during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the second straight week on Friday. He was joined by two teammates standing by him. Bennett said the death of a young woman protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored his decision.

    "First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don't love segregation," he said. "I don't love riots. I don't love oppression. I don't love gender slander."

    Some fans say Kaepernick has not been signed because he's had an inconsistent career. He played in the 2013 Super Bowl but faded in the seasons leading up to the protests, winning just three games in his last 19 starts.

    He had two seasons where he was the starting quarterback for all 16 of his team's games, including the 2014 season that ended with San Francisco missing the playoffs. He suffered from a shoulder injury for half of 2015 and began the 2016 season as a backup, then started 11 games. The 49ers finished in last place for the second season in a row.

    "Do these people (complaining) about Kaepernick going unsigned not understand that he sucks, and he's a liability/distraction?" tweeted Joe Patterson, a business management major at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

    Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Marketing Evaluations, said Kaepernick's popularity has plummeted.

    "He's very polarizing and much more in the consciences of the general population as well as sports fans and, creating, I would think, a pretty big dilemma for the NFL teams as to where he's going to go," Schafer said.

    The fallout wasn't all negative: Kaepernick inspired a movement as high school athletes across the country kneeled during the anthem. Kaepernick had the 17th highest jersey sale in May and came in 39th in all merchandise from May through July 31. He's the only player in the top 50 in sales without a job.

    Kaepernick, who is white and African-American, took a stand that was unpopular among many whites, which is what boxing great Muhammad Ali did when he refused to be drafted into military during the Vietnam war.

    Ali was convicted of draft evasion, which was later overturned, banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title.

    It's uncertain how history will treat Kaepernick. But just as Ali was linked to the "black power" movement, Kaepernick has become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement, says Soyica Diggs Colbert, a Georgetown University professor who is writing a book on black movements.

    "When we think about how Black Lives Matter as a political movement gets woven into sports," Kaepernick's certainly the key figure in that conversation, she said.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Butch Dill

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick walks off the turf after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 41-13.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick walks off the turf after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 41-13.

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    West Hartford police arrested a drunk driver who crashed into a utility pole and knocked out power on South Main Street Sunday, according to police.

    Police said Edwin Vincens, 22, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee down South Main Street around 7:25 a.m. when he left the road and smashed into a utility pole in the 340-block.

    Vincens was not hurt, but the car was totaled and the pole broke into three pieces, tripping a breaker and taking out power.

    Police said Vincens blood alcohol concentration tested at .117 and later .111. The legal limit in Connecticut is .08.

    Vincens was charged with DWI and failure to drive right. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31, 2017.

    South Main Street was shut down in the area while crews repaired the damage.

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    Edwin Vincens (inset) was charged with DWI and failure to drive right after crashing into a police on South Main Street in West Hartford, according to police.Edwin Vincens (inset) was charged with DWI and failure to drive right after crashing into a police on South Main Street in West Hartford, according to police.

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    On Monday, August 21 a rare total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast in the United States for the first time in 99 years. In fact, the total solar eclipse will be the first in the continental United States since 1979!

    Here in Connecticut we will not be in the path of totality (you'll have to wait until 2079 for that) but there is still plenty to see!

    What to Expect

    The solar eclipse in Connecticut will start around 1:25 p.m. when a small sliver of the sun will be masked by the moon. By 2:45 p.m. about 2/3 of the sun will be obscured by the moon making which is the most we'll see. By 4:00 p.m. the solar eclipse will end. This is known as a partial solar eclipse and has occured in Connecticut most recently on December 25, 2000 and May 10, 1994.

    The total solar eclipse will occur only in a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina including Charleston, SC where I'll be for the event!

    How to View

    The only way to safely view a solar eclipse is through special glasses that block damaging radiation from your eyes. You can purchase these glasses at many stores including CVS, Best Buy, and Lowes. Be sure to only purchase glasses with an ISO label ensuring they're safe for using.

    A pinhole or projection method can be used and is a nice idea for a project to do with kids. I remember making one of these in school to observe the 1994 eclipse in Guilford. 

    Another option is shade 14 welding glasses - though these are likely to be sold out at many hardware stores.

    Looking at the solar eclipse with sunglasses or the naked eye can lead to permanent eye damage or even blindness. While it is safe to take your glasses off during totality Connecticut is outside the path of totality.

    What is an Eclipse Anyway?

    Solar eclipses occur during a new moon when the moon's shadow is cast on earth. During a new moon the sun, moon, and earth are in line with each other. The reason there isn't a solar eclipse every new moon is because the moon's orbit around earth and the earth's orbit around the sun are not in the same plane. Only once in a while do these planes intersect and a solar eclipse occurs.

    The moon's shadow is made up of a penumbra and a umbra. Only under the umbra is the moon's shadow complete resulting in a total eclipse (occasionally even with the umbra the moon is too far from earth resulting in an annular solar eclipse where a ring of the sun is still visible around the moon). In totality, a dramatic temperature drop (as much as 10 degrees) will accompany full darkness. From daylight to midnight in moments - a truly remarkable sight. Legendary WRC-TV meteorologist Bob Ryan described his first (Nantucket in 1970), and subsequent, solar eclipses in this wonderful Washington Post piece.

    In the penumbra (where we'll be) part of the sun will be obscured by the moon and less solar radiation will make it to us than we typically see in the afternoon. A temperature drop (likely several degrees) will accompany this as we enter in a portion of the moon's shadow. 

    How Common Are They?

    Partial solar eclipses happen with a fair amount of regularity (2000 and 1994 being our most recent) while total solar eclipses are rare. The last total solar eclipse in Connecticut was in 1925 and the next isn't until 2079! 

    If you're thinking there's no way you won't be around for the next total solar eclipse in Connecticut (check this calculator to see how old you'll be!) a total eclipse on April 8, 2024 will just miss us and plunge portions of Vermont and upstate New York into total darkness. We'll only be a tank of gas away from totality!

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    In his “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”-inspired comedic master work, “The Nutty Professor,” Jerry Lewis gave fans two characters for the price of one: sweet, ineffectual scientist Julius Klemp and his chemically conjured alter ego, the obnoxious lounge singer and ladies’ man, Buddy Love.

    But through his eight-decade career, Lewis, who died Sunday at age 91, presented many other sides of his personality as he spurred laughter, tears and even anger on the way to becoming a deceivingly complicated entertainment icon.

    There was the manic man-child who propelled Lewis’ zany 1940s and 1950s buddy comedy hits with straight-man crooner Dean Martin (the best of the bunch include “Artists and Models” and “Sailor Beware”). There was the solo, would-be auteur who, with mixed success, attempted to transform himself into the Chaplin of his era (“The Bellboy” and “Cinderfella” rank among the standouts – just ask his many French fans).

    There was the selfless, indefatigable humanitarian whose annual Labor Day TV telethons drew awareness  – and celebrities – to the battle against muscular dystrophy, raising about $2.5 billion on behalf of “Jerry’s Kids” over 44 years (Lewis lived up to the pledge he sang at the end of each installment: "You'll Never Walk Alone").

    There was the Lewis who also could get serious on the big screen – no more so than in Martin Scorsese’s underrated 1982 gem “King of Comedy,” in which the actor portrayed a top comedian kidnapped by a deranged fan (Robert DeNiro).

    Then there was the Lewis, who eventually became the cranky old man of comedy – foolishly declaring, variously, that women couldn’t or shouldn’t be funny.

    Unlike Prof. Klemp, Lewis didn’t have to chug a secret formula to summon his multiple personalities – bouncing in latter-day stage and TV talk show appearances from the overgrown, rubber-faced kid yelling “Hey, Lady!” to singing schmaltzy songs designed to make his audience – and himself – shed a tear to occasionally letting his ego and blind spots get the better of him. 

    For whatever faults he possessed, Lewis' influence is everywhere – from every buddy-comedy flick made since the 1950s to the careers of Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy, who most folks probably think of these days when they hear the words “Nutty Professor.”

    Still, it’s hard to beat the 1963 original, especially the climax when slick Buddy slowly turns back into the buck-toothed and bespectacled Julius, who delivers a speech by turns corny and devastating:

    “I didn’t like being someone else,” Julius declares mid-transformation, his voice part whiny Klemp, part grating Buddy – and all Jerry Lewis. “At the same time, I’m very glad I was. Because I found out something I never knew: You might as well like yourself.

    “Just think about all the time you’re going to have to spend with you.”

    Fans around the word were lucky enough to spend time with Jerry Lewis in all his incarnations – through the heartfelt to the infuriating to the inspiring to the hilarious – during an at-times nutty, but ultimately unforgettable comedic journey.

    Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan

    U.S. comedian Jerry Lewis at a press conference where it was announced that Lewis would star in the upcoming production 'Max Rose', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009.U.S. comedian Jerry Lewis at a press conference where it was announced that Lewis would star in the upcoming production 'Max Rose', during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2009.

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    Hamden police are investigating after someone vandalized as “Black Lives Matter” sign outside a local church.

    Police said they received a call about the vandalism at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, located at 700 Hartford Turnpike around 9:52 a.m. Sunday. According to police, someone had cut off the word "Black" and folded over the piece to make the sign read “Lives Matter.”

    The damage is estimated to be around $150.

    Anyone with information should contact the Hamden Police Department at 203-230-4000.

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    Dozens of people from various faiths rallied against hate outside the State Capitol in Hartford on Sunday.

    The event was the first put on by a new group called the “Interfaith Coalition Against Racism.” And with recent events, organizers say its mission is even more needed.

    “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,” the group sang.

    Among those who spoke were religious and political leaders from across the state.

    “The same way people learn how to hate they can learn how to love, how to forgive,” said Meriden City Councilor Miguel Castro (D).

    This event was organized following the deadly violence in Charlottesville last weekend. But for some here hate is personal and nothing new.

    “I am surrounded by racism because people do like at school or something they look at me and then make a weird face,” said Esther Hernandez of Enfield.

    Esther Hernandez and her mother among others hoping to spread a message of tolerance and support.

    “She can’t hide from it. So yeah, I’m here for her,” Sarah Hernandez added.

    The group that organized this event was founded after vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Hartford last month. While police have said they did not think it was a hate crime, many are concerned about what they see unfolding across the country.

    “We are at a pivotal time for great work and great change in our nation,” Faith Jackson, president of the Middlesex County NAACP said.

    The group is pushing for the federal government to designate some right wing groups as terror organizations. That could limit their free speech and ability to recruit.

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    Dozens of people from various faiths rallied against hate outside the State Capitol in Hartford on Sunday.Dozens of people from various faiths rallied against hate outside the State Capitol in Hartford on Sunday.

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    Warning: Details in this story are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers.

    Prosecutors alleged Sunday that the men charged in the "gruesome" stabbing death of a 26-year-old hairdresser committed the crime as part of a sexual fantasy of "killing others and then themselves."

    A judge ordered former Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford employee Andrew Warren, 56, held without bond after prosecutors detailed a pre-meditated attack they said the suspects plotted in an online chat room.

    Authorities said Warren admitted that the two met on the internet and communicated about their shared fantasy for several months before Lathem paid for him to come to Chicago from England in late July to carry out their plan.

    Prosecutors said Lathem picked Warren up at O’Hare Airport a few days prior to the brutal killing of Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau, who was found dead inside Lathem’s River North condo on July 27.

    After Warren arrived in Chicago, the men "discussed who they would kill and when," authorities said, settling on Cornell-Duranleau, who was Lathem’s boyfriend, to be their first victim.

    Prosecutors allege that the men ultimately planned to kill one another – with Warren shooting Lathem as he stabbed him – after committing several murders.

    On July 26, authorities said Lathem rented a room for Warren at the Palomar Hotel, within walking distance of his home at the Grand Plaza Apartments, located at 540 N. State St.

    Cornell-Duranleau arrived at Lathem’s residence that evening, according to police, who said the two were seen on surveillance video entering the building together.

    After Cornell-Duranleau fell asleep, prosecutors said Lathem texted Warren "that it was time to kill" and to come to his apartment.

    Surveillance footage captured Warren entering the lobby of Lathem’s building at around 4:30 a.m., officials said – roughly a half hour before witnesses told detectives that they heard "what sounded like a fight and screaming."

    Once he arrived, Warren told investigators that he and Lathem conferred in the bathroom, where Lathem allegedly took a drywall knife out of its packaging before authorities said he handed Warren a cell phone, telling him to record the murder.

    Prosecutors said Lathem then left the bathroom, entering the bedroom to repeatedly stab Cornell-Duranleau, who woke up and "began to scream and fight back."

    Lathem called to Warren for help in controlling Cornell-Duranleau, authorities allege, at which point Warren placed his hand over the victim’s mouth, then struck him in the head with a heavy metal lamp.

    Warren then went to get two kitchen knives, prosecutors said, and returned to join Lathem in continuing to stab the victim – using so much force that the blade of one of the knives broke.

    Cornell-Duranleau was stabbed 70 times in total, prosecutors said the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office found.

    According to prosecutors, the victim’s last words to his boyfriend and alleged killer were, "Wyndham, what are you doing?"

    Authorities said Lathem and Warren then showered and attempted to clean up the scene before leaving the apartment at around 5:24 a.m., at which point they were once again seen on surveillance footage exiting the property together, according to police, who said they fled Chicago shortly thereafter.

    The men rented a car and left an anonymous cash donation of $5,610 to the Howard Brown Health Center in Cornell-Duranleau’s name before driving to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, authorities allege.

    That evening, Lathem donated another $1,000 in the victim’s name to the Lake Geneva Public Library, according to CPD Detective Commander Brendan Deenihan, who said he then requested to use the phone and anonymously called his apartment building, alerting security to check a residence on the 10th floor "because a crime may have been committed."

    "What I can tell you is it was not domestic in nature like a husband-wife, or boyfriend-boyfriend, or a love triangle; that was not the motive," Deenihan said at a news conference on Sunday, before the suspects appeared in court. "It was a little bit more dark and disturbing, as far as I’m concerned."

    Around 8:30 p.m., a doorman and Chicago police officers entered the apartment to discover the body of Cornell-Duranleau, who authorities said had been dead for more than 12 hours.

    When the victim’s body was moved, he appeared to have been nearly decapitated, prosecutors said, and he had sustained multiple wounds that would have been mortal in and of themselves.

    An autopsy found Cornell-Duranleau died of multiple sharp force injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, and his death was ruled a homicide. A toxicology report released Friday found that he had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

    Warren and Lathem fled, sparking a nine-day, nationwide manhunt, during which officials said Lathem sent a video message to friends and family members, allegedly apologizing for his involvement in the crime.

    In the video, prosecutors said Lathem claimed "he is not the person people thought he was," admitting that Cornell-Duranleau trusted him completely and that he had "betrayed that trust."

    Both men were taken into custody separately in northern California on Aug. 4. Warren was arrested in San Francisco, while Lathem later surrendered at the federal courthouse in Oakland after communicating with authorities, according to the U.S. Marshals office.

    Once in custody, prosecutors said Warren confessed to plotting the murder-suicide fantasy, and admitted that there was a plan to kill another victim the morning after Cornell-Duranleau’s death – though he didn’t know if the person showed up at Lathem’s condo after they fled.

    "I can only describe the course of events that lead to Mr. Duranleau’s murder as unquestionably tragic," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Sunday, the day after Lathem and Warren were extradited to Chicago

    Upon arrival, authorities said detectives interrogated the men, who were then formally charged with first-degree murder

    Photo Credit: Chicago Police

    Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren were charged with first degree murder in connection with a stabbing death in Chicago's River North neighborhood.Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren were charged with first degree murder in connection with a stabbing death in Chicago's River North neighborhood.