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Storms Move Through State, Towns Report Damages


Strong thunderstorms moved through the state on Monday afternoon.

This highest wind gust reported was 47 mph in Bridgeport, at Sikorsky Airport.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect statewide through 8 p.m.

After the storms passed, damages were seen around the state.

In Bristol, there were several reports of damage. Dispatchers said they have received several calls about trees coming down in town.

The storm threat will continue through midnight.

Quite a dry stretch of weather sets in Tuesday, and the humidity will be much lower.

Temperatures will be in the lower and middle 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, but back up near 90 degrees starting Thursday.

There's an outside chance for a thunderstorm Friday.

Sunshine returns Saturday, when temperatures will again soar into the lower 90s.

If you see severe weather, share your photos and video with us at shareit@nbcconnecticut.com.  

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Dozens of Wrestlers Sue WWE Over Injuries


World Wrestling Entertainment Inc was sued on Monday by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of other retired male and female wrestlers seeking to hold it responsible for neurological injuries they claimed to suffer by participating in its bouts, NBC News reported.

The complaint was filed on behalf of more than 50 plaintiffs who have performed with WWE or its predecessors since the 1970s, including Joseph "Road Warrior Animal" Laurinaitis and Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff.

It accused Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE and Chairman Vince McMahon of intentionally classifying wrestlers as "independent contractors" rather than employees, as a means to avoid liability under applicable worker protection laws.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as improved medical monitoring.

A spokesman for WWE had no immediate comment, and said the company's legal counsel would review the complaint.

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West Haven Hosting Carnival to Support Injured Police Officer


At the Oak Street Grove in West Haven, Marenna Amusements is setting up carnival rides and attractions a week earlier than expected.

"I want to build a kiddie land down in this area where the cove is," owner George Marenna Jr. told West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien.

The company based in Orange is set to supply the attractions for the Savin Rock Festival at the end of the month.

Now, the company has agreed to put on an extra four days of fun this weekend to support West Haven Police Officer Mike Doyle’s recovery at a Wallingford rehabilitation center.

"That’s the challenge you take when you’re in the business if you love it," Marenna Jr. said of getting ready for this show on short notice.

After taking a call from Mayor O’Brien, Marenna Jr. quickly rearranged the company’s calendar and cancelled a carnival next weekend in New York.

"Everybody from the marrenas, to our building department to any inspections we needed," O’Brien said. "We expedited to get this done."

The police department is also selling a t-shirt in support of Doyle.

"It says code 20, which is officer needs assistance," O’Brien said.

The shirt also displays his police badge, motorcycle officer wings and the shield of Captain America, his favorite superhero.

"The best part of the story is he’s really improving faster than they thought," O’Brien said.

This Friday the mayor says all West Haven City employees will wear the Officer Doyle t-shirts to work.

In addition to donations for the officer’s family, other proceeds from this weekend’s carnival will support WHEAT, the West Haven feeding assistance program for the less fortunate.

NHPD Sergeant Credits Community Policing For Helping Reduce Crime


In response to national tensions, New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman has said the Elm City can help teach effective community policing.

"It whacks you, it’s a punch in the jaw and it’s a thorn in your side all day," NHPD Sgt. Anthony Maio said of the recent deadly mass shootings of law enforcement in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Maio is the district manager of the Fair Haven section of the city. With tensions escalating to violence, he said he’s committed as ever to community based policing.

"Embrace the philosophy of marshalling a trust between the community and being inclusive, ultimately," Maio said.

When it came to tackling the high rate of robberies targeting undocumented immigrants in Fair Haven, Maio turned to the pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church on Blatchley Avenue.

"We have a very good relationship with our police in the fair haven community," Father James Manship said.

Maio credits Father Manship for helping spread safety tips to the many Spanish speaking parishioners at his church.

"We’re able to get the word out to our congregants and to the larger community," Manship said.

Armed robberies are down more than 60 percent from last year, Sgt. Maio said.

"There is a perfect example of community based policing in our neighborhoods today," he added.

Longtime Fair Haven resident Francisco Pena had never heard the term community policing.

"How do you feel about the relationship between our local police and the Fair Haven community?" NBC Connecticut asked him.

"They’ve been fair, they’re doing their job," Pena said.

Pena recognizes the role police play in keeping his neighborhood safe.

"Without them," he said. "How can we survive, you know, who do you call if you have a problem, 911?”

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State Mulls New Mileage Tax


In the face of sagging revenues collected at gas pumps each year, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will commission a $300,000 study that will examine the feasibility of a mileage tax.

The tax would be based on miles driven on state roads but it’s unclear how the information would be collected. Some publications have suggested that meters may need to be installed to track distances traveled.

When asked about the topic Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy said if the state doesn’t search for new ways of paying for infrastructure improvements, then Connecticut residents should get used to crumbling roads and bridges.

"Let’s not be a society that promotes sticking your head in the ground and ignoring what’s going on around you, on the other hand this is the beginning of a discussion and it’s nowhere near the end or a decision."

Republicans said a tax is a tax and it’s no surprise to them that Democrats like the governor are even exploring the idea. Sen. Len Fasano, the top Republican in the Connecticut Senate, said he thinks a better management of the state’s gas tax would be the only help the state needs in getting in better fiscal shape.

“That would put a tax on every road, no matter where it is,” Sen. Fasano said, “It doesn’t matter.”

Gas tax collections have decreased in recent years, leading to issues with the state budget. Since there are more cars on the road with better gas mileage, including but no limited to hybrids, there’s less gasoline being consumed.

Fasano said there is not a revenue problem. He said there is a spending problem and that Democrats who write the budget should do a better job broadly so then the state doesn’t have to consider new taxes.

“You’ve got to plan for the future and not just make decisions when you’re at the end of your rope and that’s what they’re doing.”

Malloy said not looking for a new revenue source, even exploring a new revenue source is foolish.

“Twenty years from now in all probability, our gas and oil tax revenue will be half of what it is today.”

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Hartford Police Describe Atmosphere After Baton Rouge Slaying


As dozens of recruits begin their journey to become part of the Hartford police force, ranking officers share the atmosphere in the department after three officers were killed on Sunday in Baton Rouge.

"After Dallas I told you cops aren't scared now. They're going to go out there and keep doing their job. And they will do their jobs. But how can you put on a uniform and drive around the city and not be worried about what's going on a national level?" said Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

After three officers were killed in Baton Rouge Sunday, Deputy Chief Foley shared what hearts are like under the badge Monday morning.

"At some point you have to look over your shoulder when you're walking around. Sometimes you get nervous and that's what were trying to work on with our cops. We don't want them to be on any additional edge," said Foley.

A sense of calm is what Foley and comrades aim for. The same vision is expected for the more than 30 recruits pouring into the station for background checks. A video on Twitter shows recruits waiting in silence as their journey to join carries out.

"They're coming in for their background test today. Another ironic time for that when there so many questions like, who would want to be a cop in this day and age? I'm sure they are extremely focused on getting through their background process and getting into this great career," said Foley.

Despite tense times for law enforcement 110 candidates have applied.

"We're not hiding anything from the recruits. They know how dangerous the job is. They watch the news.They know what's going on nationally as much or more than I do," said Foley.

While badges look different Monday.

"It's got to be in the back of their minds. It's in the front of mine. The mourning bands came off Saturday night, and it didn't have time to even to get cold. We put them right back on again," said Foley.

Foley said the career and what is expected from officers remains the same.

"It sucks right now in the environment around the country. But when you're starting off your career, your focus is getting a good job and getting out here and being able to help people. That's the look I saw on their eyes but in the back of their minds I'm sure it plays out a little bit," said Foley.

The 30 silent recruits are first of three waves of applicants getting their background check process carried out, according to Foley.

Gov. Malloy on Vice President Nominee Pence: 'Dangerous'


Gov. Dannel Malloy continued Monday, what’s been more than a year of disagreements with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the presumptive GOP Vice Presidential nominee.

Malloy, who sits on the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, said Pence is “dangerous” and the selection merely acts as a “double down on some of the things Trump says in a reckless fashion.”

Pence, the first term Governor of Indiana and former member of Congress, signed a “religious freedom” law in his state last year, that drew instant backlash from civil rights groups, the gay and lesbian community, and members of the business community, for fears that the law provided a blank check for discrimination on religious grounds.

Malloy used the moment to ban all official state travel to Indiana as a result of the legislation, and UConn Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin Ollie did not attend an event at the Final Four because of the travel ban.

Pence eventually signed changes to the law, but as far Malloy was concerned, the deed was done and provided a clear indication of Pence’s feelings on gay and lesbian people.

“It is in essence, legislation that would make discrimination on a state basis applicable against people for exercising their constitutional rights. It’s wrong,” said Malloy. “It’s out of step of who we are and what we are.”

Pence later jabbed Malloy in June of last year. Fresh off negative headlines due to increased business taxes, Connecticut was viewed by many as a poor place to do business. Seeing opportunity, Pence’s economic development agency for the State of Indiana took out a full page advertisement in the Hartford Courant urging businesses in Connecticut to move to Indiana where they would find a more friendly environment.

Malloy has a prominent role as the Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. He’s also a staunch Clinton ally who hasn’t been afraid to come to her defense. He even rattled Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential run. Sanders was painted by Malloy as weak on guns because he didn’t vote to restrict access to certain weapons as a member of Congress.

As for Pence, the final chapter between the two happened late last year when Syrian refugees were making their way from the civil war torn nation. Connecticut was welcoming to refugees and Indiana wasn’t.

It was then that a family was going to relocate to Indiana and when they didn’t feel welcome there, Malloy arranged for them to be located to Connecticut, which led to him being honored by the John F. Kennedy Library as its, “Profiles in Courage” recipient.

Malloy said he will be vocal when he feels needs to be in the coming campaign when he feels there needs to be a contrast between Trump and Clinton.

“Let me assure you that his addition to the ticket is not going to discourage my involvement in the coming months.”

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Read Melania Trump's GOP Convention Speech


Melania Trump was the keynote speaker at the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Here is her speech, as prepared.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

You have all been very kind to Donald and me, to our young son Barron, and to our whole family.

It's a very nice welcome and we're excited to be with you at this historic convention.

I am so proud of your choice for President of the United States, my husband, Donald J. Trump.

And I can assure you, he is moved by this great honor.

The 2016 Republican primaries were fierce and started with many candidates, 17 to be exact, and I know that Donald agrees with me when I mention how talented all of them are.

They deserve respect and gratitude from all of us.

However, when it comes to my husband, I will say that I am definitely biased, and for good reason.

I have been with Donald for 18 years and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met.

He never had a hidden agenda when it comes to his patriotism, because, like me, he loves this country so much.

I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then communist country in Central Europe.

My sister Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents.

My elegant and hard-working mother Amalia introduced me to fashion and beauty.

My father Viktor instilled in me a passion for business and travel.

Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflect to this day on me and for my love of family and America.

From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life: that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect.

They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life.

That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generation to follow.

Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

I am fortunate for my heritage, but also for where it has brought me today.

I travelled the world while working hard in the incredible arena of fashion.

After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City twenty years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life.

On July 28th, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States -- the greatest privilege on planet Earth.

I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted.

But these freedoms have come with a price so many times.

The sacrifices made by our veterans are reminders to us of this.

I would like to take this moment to recognize an amazing veteran, the great Senator Bob Dole.

And let us thank all of our veterans in the arena today, and those across our great country.

We are all truly blessed to be here.

That will never change.

I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him.

With all of my heart, I know that he will make a great and lasting difference.

Donald has a deep and unbounding determination and a never-give-up attitude.

I have seen him fight for years to get a project done — or even started — and he does not give up!

If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the 'guy'.

He will never, ever, give up.

And, most importantly, he will never, ever, let you down.

Donald is, and always has been, an amazing leader.

Now, he will go to work for you.

His achievements speak for themselves, and his performance throughout the primary campaign proved that he knows how to win.

He also knows how to remain focused on improving our country — on keeping it safe and secure.

He is tough when he has to be but he is also kind and fair and caring.

This kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see.

That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.

Donald is intensely loyal.

To family, friends, employees, country.

He has the utmost respect for his parents, Mary and Fred, to his sisters Maryanne and Elizabeth, to his brother Robert and to the memory of his late brother Fred.

His children have been cared for and mentored to the extent that even his adversaries admit they are an amazing testament to who he is as a man and a father.

There is a great deal of love in the Trump family.

That is our bond, and that is our strength.

Yes, Donald thinks big, which is especially important when considering the presidency of the United States.

No room for small thinking.

No room for small results.

Donald gets things done.

Our country is underperforming and needs new leadership.

Leadership is also what the world needs.

Donald wants our country to move forward in the most positive of ways.

Everyone wants change.

Donald is the only one that can deliver it.

We should not be satisfied with stagnation.

Donald wants prosperity for all Americans.

We need new programs to help the poor and opportunities to challenge the young.

There has to be a plan for growth — only then will fairness result.

My husband's experience exemplifies growth and the successful passage of opportunity to the next generation.

His success indicates inclusion rather than division.

My husband offers a new direction, welcoming change, prosperity and greater cooperation among peoples and nations.

Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people.

That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims, it includes Hispanics and African-Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle class.

Throughout his career, Donald has successfully worked with people of many faiths and with many nations.

Like no one else, I have seen the talent, the energy, the tenacity, the resourceful mind and the simple goodness of heart that God gave Donald Trump.

Now is the time to use those gifts as never before, for purposes far greater than ever before.

And he will do this better than anyone else can... and it won't even be close.

Everything depends on it, for our cause and for our country.

People are counting on him — all the millions of you who have touched us so much with your kindness and your confidence.

You have turned this unlikely campaign into a movement that is still gaining in strength and number.

The primary season, and its toughness, is behind us.

Let's all come together in a national campaign like no other!

The race will be hard-fought, all the way to November.

There will be good times and hard times and unexpected turns — it would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.

But through it all, my husband will remain focused on only one thing: this beautiful country, that he loves so much.

If I am honored to serve as first lady, I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most.

One of the many causes dear to my heart is helping children and women.

You judge a society by how it treats its citizens.

We must do our best to ensure that every child can live in comfort and security, with the best possible education.

As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love and compassion for each other that will bring us together — and keep us together.

These are the values Donald and I will bring to the White House.

My husband is ready to lead this great nation.

He is ready to fight, every day, to give our children the better future they deserve.

Ladies and gentlemen, Donald J. Trump is ready to serve and lead this country as the next opresident of the United States.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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GOP Convention: Congressman Defends 'Old, White People'


Defending his party's reputation of consisting mainly of "old, white people," Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa on Monday questioned where "any other subgroup of people" contributed more to society than in Western civilization, according to NBC News.

"This 'old, white people' business does get a little tired," King said on MSNBC Monday, hours before the first speaker would take the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. "I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about — where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"

"Than white people?" asked MSNBC's Chris Hayes, slightly stunned.

"Than Western civilization itself," King replied.

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Trump Ghostwriter Calls Him a Sociopath


The ghostwriter behind Donald Trump's best-selling 1987 book, "The Art of the Deal," now says he regrets the way he presented the real estate mogul after spending many months with him as they wrote the book, according to a new interview in The New Yorker.

The book helped propel Trump to national prominence and cement his image as a brilliant businessman. But Tony Schwartz, the former journalist with unparalleled access to Trump nearly 30 years ago, says he is terrified by the possibility of a Trump presidency.

"I put lipstick on a pig," he said in the New Yorker interview, published online Sunday. "I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is."

"I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization."

Trump, who became the improbable front-runner in the Republican primaries, flew to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention Monday, to be his coronation as the party's presidential nominee. 

Throughout his campaign, Trump has touted "The Art of the Deal" as proof of his toughness and negotiating finesse, the evidence behind his oft-repeated argument that he can make the best deals for the country.

Schwartz told The New Yorker he wrote most of the book and romanticized both Trump's personality and business savvy, making him appear to be driven by a love of deal making, rather than financial gain.

In the interview, Schwartz said if he were to write "The Art of the Deal" today, he would title it, "The Sociopath."

Trump also spoke to The New Yorker for the story, saying Schwartz was probably speaking out "for the publicity" and calling him disloyal.

"He owes a lot to me. I helped him when he didn't have two cents in his pocket. It's great disloyalty. I guess he thinks it's good for him-but he'll find out it's not good for him," Trump said in the article.

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Storm Damage in Connecticut on July 18


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Omarosa Named Trump's Director of African-American Outreach


Donald Trump has reached out to a former contestant on his NBC show "The Apprentice" to help his campaign make inroads in the African-American community, where the GOP candidate suffers overwhelmingly negatively poll numbers.

Omarosa Manigault, who was dubbed by Jet magazine the "woman America loved to hate" on the show's first season in 2004 and has since become a campaign surrogate for Trump, announced Monday on MSNBC that she was appointed the director of African-American outreach for the Trump campaign.

A July Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Trump has zero percent support from the African American communities in Pennsylvania and Ohio, Manigult's home state. The poll shows Hillary Clinton as having 88 percent support among African American voters in Ohio and 91 percent in Pennsylvania.

Still, Manigult said her reality is that she is surrounded by African-Americans who support Trump's vision.

"I just spent an amazing weekend with African-Americans for Trump, about 300 of them," she said. "I'm just wondering who they called, because those numbers would be flawed according to the people who have come out to support at an amazing faith based service yesterday, with African Americans who support Donald Trump."

Speaking as the Republican National Convention began, the former reality TV star said Trump will help improve the economic conditions of the country's African-American communities.

Manigault spotlighted her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she said the local African-American community is experiencing its highest rate of unemployment after seven years of a Democratic White House.

Asked why she thinks Trump has the temperament to lead the country, especially as the nation struggles to heal racial divisiveness, Manigault said she knows he can be an effective leader as president after knowing him for 13 years.

"I know his heart, I know the person that he is," she said. "I know what he can do in this roll to lead this country to a better better place."

Manigault was fired after the ninth week of "The Apprentice." She later appeared on other reality shows including "Fear Factor" on NBC and "Girls Behaving Badly" on Oxygen. She also returned to compete in "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars."

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Strangers Save Driver


When Bryan Ellul captured dramatic footage of a Metra train slamming into a truck in a Chicago suburb, he knew he could have been filming a tragic moment. But Ellul is instead being hailed a hero because just moments before he hit record, he helped pull the driver to safety.

"I had no other reaction but to go and help," Ellul said. "No other thought crossed my mind."

Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ellul and other witnesses rushed to the scene where a truck was stalled, unmoving as the train approached the intersection in suburban New Lenox, close to the town’s Metra station.

"I don’t know what kind of condition he was in, we didn’t know," he said. "We all approached knowing that there was a vehicle on the railroad tracks and something needed to happen."

Ellul and other good Samaritans ran to the truck and pulled the driver out, the sound of the approaching train echoing in the distance.

"We pulled the gentleman from the vehicle and gave him to medic and we could see the train coming at that point," he recalled.

Metra said the train that hit the vehicle was an equipment train and had no passengers on board. It remains unclear why or how the driver became stuck on the tracks, but Ellul said he’s just happy witnesses were able to save his life.

"Some complete strangers saw somebody that needed help and we all stopped to help somebody we didn’t know," he said.

The driver's identity and his condition were not immediately known Monday. 

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Uber Hits 2 Billion Rides


Pedal to the metal seems to be Uber's new philosophy.

After taking nearly six years to accomplish 1 billion rides, the ride-hailing mogul based in San Francisco reached the 2 billion number just six months later, as reported by The Verge.

The milestone ride occurred on June 18. Well, technically, it was 147 rides that all started at the exact same time across 16 countries, according to CEO Travis Kalanick's Facebook page.

Not only is Uber celebrating the achievement, but those 147 riders and drivers will be gifted with $450, a number symbolizing Uber's operation in 450 cities around the globe, Kalanick said.

Monday's announcement breeds optimism for Kalanick.

"It took five years to reach our billionth trip, six months to reach the next billion ... and we'll hopefully reach our third even more quickly," he said on Facebook.

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Hillary Clinton Meets Family of Philando Castile


Hillary Clinton said Monday she had met with the family of Philando Castile, the 32-year-old cafeteria worker who was shot and killed by a cop during a traffic stop in a St. Paul, Minnesota, suburb.

She described them as courageous, NBC News reported, and told the American Federation of Teachers convention in Minneapolis that the country had been "confronted with tragedy too many times recently."

"We cannot let this madness continue," she said. "This violence cannot stand."

She also praised the work of police officers in keeping communities safe, turning to the ambush killings of cops in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Hartford Girl's 'Dolphin Tale' Wish Makes a Splash


A girl’s wish is coming true with the help of the Make-a-Wish foundation and the Hartford Police.

The 10-year-old Danializ Marquez enjoys movies and loves one in particular: "Dolphin Tale".

"I never knew how to swim so I learned how to swim by looking at her," said Marquez.

The movie is about a dolphin named Winter with scoliosis who lost her tail. By the end of the movie, Winter gets a replacement tail with help from her human companions. 

The story resonates for the 4th grader, who also has scoliosis and her own story of overcoming. 

The Make-a-Wish foundation arranged for Marquez to meet Winter in person. On Monday, with a Hartford Police escort, Marquez headed to Bradley Airport to catch her flight to Florida.

Marquez will finally meet her favorite movie character, along with other cast members from "Dolphin's Tale". 

Sirimarie Marquez, her sister, said that even though Marquez has had at least 22 surgeries, the movie teachers her "not to give up".

"Since she has scoliosis, she inspired me that I don't care that I have scoliosis too. Just do what I want to do," said Marquez.

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Clinton, Trump Tied Ahead of GOP Convention: Poll


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are virtually tied in the polls as the Republican National Convention kicks off, according to a new NBC NewsSurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Clinton has 46 percent support and Trump 45 percent, according to the survey of 9,436 adults who say they are registered to vote.

In a four-way general election scenario, Clinton has the backing of 39 percent, Trump 40 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson 10 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein 5 percent.

Half of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters think the GOP is divided now, but will unite by November. But nearly four in 10 think the party will still be divided in November.

The poll was conducted online from July 11 to July 17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.

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Willimantic Man Wanted in Maine on Kidnapping, Robbery Charges


Willimantic Police arrested a local man wanted in Maine on kidnapping and robbery charges, among others.

Police said the police department in Falmouth, Maine has a warrant charging 31-year-old Sherman Stigler with robbery, larceny, aggravated criminal trespass, kidnapping, burglary and assault.

Willimantic police charges him as a fugitive from justice and said he will be arraigned Tuesday in Danielson Superior Court, where he will also face an extradition hearing.

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Pokemon Go Players Arrested After Drug Overdose in Putnam


Putnam police arrested three people on drug charges after a man overdosed and the people who were arrested told officers they were in town to play Pokemon Go, according to police.

Police officers responded to the parking lot of the Citizens National Bank on Kennedy Drive just after 6:30 p.m. after a drug overdose was reported and EMS transported the man to Day Kimball Hospital.

During the investigation, police found heroin and suboxone, as well as drug paraphernalia, police said.

One Rhode Island resident and two Sterling, Connecticut residents were arrested and charged with drug possession.

Police said the suspects said, among other things, that the game Pokemon Go brought them to Putnam.

All three suspects were released and are due in Danielson Superior Court on July 27.

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Clean-Up Begins After Storms


Crews are cleaning up along the shoreline after strong thunderstorms caused damage on Monday.

Storms brought down trees and powerlines and knocked out power for thousands.

It also brought down trees and knocked over headstones in St. Bernard Cemetery in New Haven.

In Ansonia, several trees came down and one tree brought down power lines, then landed on a truck.

"It was not a long-lasting storm at all; maybe 20 minutes tops, if that. But it did come through fast and it came through hard," Ed Adamowski, the asstistant fire chief in Ansonia, said.


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040152 "It was not a long lasting storm at all; maybe twenty minutes tops, if that. But it did come through fast and it came through hard." "It was not a long lasting storm at all; maybe twenty minutes tops, if that. But it did come through fast and it came through hard."


In Bristol, there were several reports of trees coming down.

Quite a dry stretch of weather sets in Tuesday, and the humidity will be much lower.

Temperatures will be in the lower and middle 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, but back up near 90 degrees starting Thursday.

There's an outside chance for a thunderstorm Friday.

Sunshine returns Saturday, when temperatures will again soar into the lower 90s.

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