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Armed Robbers Steal Glastonbury Nail Salon Owner's Car: PD


Police are searching for the suspects who robbed a Glastonbury nail salon owner's car on Friday. 

The two suspects, wielding a bat and knife, stole unspecified items from the Lovely Nail Salon on Main Street before stealing the owner's Nissan. 

Glastonbury Police said they are looking for the tan-colored 1999 Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut license plates that read 476NPP. 

No injuries were reported. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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Police Release Dramatic Video of Crash as a Warning


East Windsor police have released dramatic video of a tractor-trailer smashing into a pickup earlier this week and said they did it to show that dangers exist, even when you are in the breakdown lane. 

The crash happened Tuesday on Route 5 and the drivers of both vehicles were brought to the hospital, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The driver of the pickup had pulled into the breakdown lane to use his cell phone, in obeyance of the law, and the tractor-trailer driver lost control and crashed into the back of it, pushing the pickup into a utility pole, according to police.

The tractor-trailer driver was at fault for the crash, police said, and the reason authorities shared the video is to make drivers aware that dangers still exist in the breakdown lane.

They urge drivers to instead pull into a parking lot if possible.

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Travelers Championship Tee Times Changed Due to Weather


Tee times at the Travelers Championship will be altered Saturday due to the forecast.

Travelers officials said Gates and Will Call will open at 6:30 a.m. Hospitality hours will not change.

Professionals will tee off in groups of three off the first and 10th tees from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Aetna Greenside Club opens at 8:30 a.m. Corporate Row, Sky Suites, Skyboxes and the Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole Sponsor Club will open at 10 a.m.

Play is expected to wrap up around 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the Travelers Championship website.

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I-691 Reopens in Southington Following 2-Car Crash

Bar Fire Kills 13 in France: Police


A fast-moving fire swept through a birthday party in the basement of a bar in the northwest French city of Rouen, killing at least 13 people and injuring six others, authorities said Saturday.

The bar fire came as France is on maximum terror alert after two deadly attacks last month and was the second recent tragedy to hit Rouen, a city in Normandy. A priest was slain by two Islamic State extremists in his church outside Rouen on July 26 and his funeral was held Tuesday in Rouen Cathedral.

More than 80 firefighters battled the early Saturday blaze at the downtown bar in the city in Normandy, Rouen Mayor Yvon Robert said after the blaze was extinguished. 

The fire was "totally accidental," Robert told Europe 1 radio, mentioning a possible gas explosion "from the heat in a basement room doubtless too small for the number of people present."

It was not known how many people were partying at the Cuba Libre club. The area has been blocked off and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a judicial investigation has been opened to discover the cause of the blaze.

He gave an initial count of 13 dead and six injured in the fire, which started after midnight Friday. The prefecture, which runs the region, said one of the six injured was in a life-threatening condition.

Images from outside the bar on French television showed a large ground-floor window broken open, burned red bar chairs and a tattered awning in front.

The mayor said the fire was "very brief."

The birthday party was "a moment of joy for those involved that ... ended tragically," Robert said.

The local Paris-Normandie newspaper said the fire ignited in the basement of the bar, which was rented for the evening for the birthday celebration. The paper, without citing sources, said the ceiling, which was covered in sound-insulating material, quickly ignited when candles were lit.

The paper quoted the deputy prosecutor at the site as denying initial reports of an explosion. Laurent Labadie was quoted as saying that the noise reported by neighbors was the sound of windows exploding from the heat.

In addition to the slaying of the French priest, another IS extremist launched a Bastille Day attack on the famed promenade in Nice, killing 85 holiday revelers with a truck before being shot dead by police.

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Refugee Team Receives Warm Embrace at Rio Opening Ceremony


They've been called by some the heart and soul of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team of 10 athletes, displaced from Syria, South Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia, entered the arena to loud applause just before the host Brazilian contingent. Their flag-bearer, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, fled war in South Sudan and ran her first race in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.

It was a race she ran barefoot. Lokonyen only began running with shoes for the first time a year ago. 

“My dream, my first priority, is to help my parents and my siblings and then after that to help my fellow refugees,” Lokonyen told Rio2016.com.

The 10 refugee athletes hope to act not only as a symbol of hope worldwide but more importantly bring needed global attention to the plight and magnitude of the refugee crisis.

The athletes will compete for the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) – the first of its kind. The athletes were named to the ROT by the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Rami Anis (M): Country of origin – Syria; host NOC – Belgium; sport – swimming

Yiech Pur Biel (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 800m

James Nyang Chiengjiek (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 400m

Yonas Kinde (M): Country of origin – Ethiopia; host NOC – Luxembourg; sport – athletics, marathon

Anjelina Nada Lohalith (F): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 1500m

Rose Nathike Lokonyen (F): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 800m

Paulo Amotun Lokoro (M): Country of origin – South Sudan; host NOC – Kenya; sport – athletics, 1500m

Yolande Bukasa Mabika (F): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -70kg

Yusra Mardini (F): Country of origin – Syria; host NOC – Germany; sport – swimming

Popole Misenga (M): Country of origin – Democratic Republic of the Congo; host NOC – Brazil; sport – judo, -90kg

“This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis,” IOC president Thomas Bach said when the team was announced on June 3.

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2 Women Tried Saving People Trapped in Vernon House Collapse


Two women said they ran to save people in the rubble after a home exploded and collapsed in Vernon on Thursday. 

Seven people were hurt and several people are still recovering in the hospital. 

Bandaged and a little bruised, Shawna Schnitzke and her friend, Lisa Gagnon, returned to the spot where a nightmare unfolded within minutes.

"We stopped right here. I didn’t even turn the car off. We went running," Schnitzke said.

While three people were outside of the home when the collapse happened, four more, including children, were trapped inside. 

With emergency crews still on the way, Schnitzke, a social worker, and Gagnon, a nurse, sprang into action. Schnitzke went to the back of the building and Gagnon ran to the front. 

"I heard the woman yelling, screaming. She told me her legs were pinned. There was a boy there and I had her knocking on the wood to try and find her," Schnitzke said.

The women jumped into the wreckage, scrambling in the direction of a woman who was yelling and hitting on the rubble.

When emergency crews arrived, Schnitzke was still inside the building.

"When the police were getting there they were saying, 'get back, get back' and I said 'I’m not getting back until she’s out'," Gagnon said. 

Schnitzke said she was hit by falling debris causing her to suffer a concussion, sprain her ankle and sustain cuts and bruises.

"I didn't even think. I just jumped in, tried to do what I could do. I would do it again," said Schnitzke.

The women credit first responders who took over for doing a great job.

Police said Saturday that four victims remain hospitalized - two children are listed in good condition at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, a 35-year-old female is listed in critical condition and a 23-year-old male is listed stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

More than a day after the collapse and police are still keeping an around the clock watch on the home which has since been demolished.

Investigators are expected back out on Saturday as they figure out what sparked the explosion.

Vernon Public Schools are collecting donations for the victims, several of whom are students. A local charity is also collecting donations.

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Gisele, Tonga, Team USA Generate Rio Opener Buzz


How much excitement was there across the country for the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony?

The official start of the Games overtook even Donald Trump on Google Trends:

President Barack Obama tweeted out his support for Team USA, but also for the team of refugees who will make Olympic history, as well:

Early on all eyes were on Gisele Buendchen, as the supermodel performed perhaps the last catwalk of her career on the biggest stage of her career while "The Girl From Ipanema" blared through the stadium.

But her walk in a shimmering gown wasn't the last the audience would see of Gisele on this night.  Moments later she was spotted among performers, dancing her heart out during a musical number, drawing cheers in the stadium and tweets online:

Another moment drew the ire of some Americans -- particularly those in Dayton, Ohio. Why? Well Brazil believes it is the home of flight, not the American Midwest, where the Wright brothers made their famous first flight.

In the end, however, the night belonged to the Parade of Athletes. 

One of the biggest cheers of the night came for the first-ever team of refugee athletes. And yes, they have their own Twitter account.  It should be a very interesting follow throughout the Games.

And then there was Tonga.

The shirtless, well-oiled flag bearer -- 32-year-old Pita Taufatofua -- competes in taekwondo, but basically won Internet gold Friday night.

Here is a sampling of the tweet storm following his appearance on international television:

Because this is a digital age, it seemed like there were just as many cell phones as athletes in the parade, which gave us a unique perspective on the event. Check out some of Team USA's tweets from the festivities:

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Severe Storms Possible This Afternooon


Saturday afternoon won't feel like a usual summer's day.

NBC Connecticut's meteorologists have declared today a First Alert Weather Day as the increased heat and humidity combines with an approaching cold front from the west. 

The primary time to be concerned about is noon until about 6 p.m., as storms could develop.

Damaging winds and localized flooding are the biggest concern, according to our meteorologists, from brief but very heavy rain in the afternoon. 

After the rain passes, the humidity is expected to drop in the evening.

Sunday through Tuesday looks like sunny, warm and less humid. 

13 Dead After Fire at Bar in France: Police


At least 13 people were killed after a fire broke out in bar in France, police said early Saturday local time.

The cause of the fire at the Cuba Libre club in Rouen, Normandy, is believed is have been accidental, a Rouen police commander told NBC News. A number of others were injured, police said, but an exact number was not immediately available, NBC News reported.

The local Paris-Normandie newspaper reported that the fire broke at around midnight as young people were gathered at the bar celebrating a birthday.

It's the second tragedy in Normandy in the a little more than a week. An elderly priest was murdered by knife-wielding attackers linked to the terror group ISIS that took several nuns and worshippers hostage in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26. Both attackers were later shot dead by police.

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Lawsuit Filed For Texas Clock Teen


A Fort Worth, Texas,  law firm says they plan to file a federal lawsuit on behalf of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed saying his civil rights were violated when he was arrested in 2015 for bringing a homemade clock to Irving MacArthur High School.

Back in September 2015, Mohamed brought the homemade clock to his high school in Irving. He was arrested after being reported by his English teacher, who thought the clock resembled a bomb.

After an investigation Mohamed was not charged with any crime, but the incident went viral and sparked controversy over whether the arrest was racially-charged because the teen is Muslim.

Now, Fort Worth law firm Hutchinson and Stoy said they plan to file a lawsuit Aug. 8 in Dallas federal court. The lead attorney in the case, Susan Hutchinson, said the way the case was handled by authorities shows “blatant disregard for the civil rights of this American."

A news conference will be held on Monday at 10 a.m., and Mohamed and his father will be attending, according to the law firm.

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Former LA Sheriff Indicted by Feds


Four days after he withdrew from a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was indicted Friday on federal charges of conspiring to obstruct justice, obstructing justice and lying to the federal government.

The indictment followed Baca's decision this week to withdraw his guilty plea to lying to federal authorities and face trial on charges he tried to thwart an FBI investigation of civil rights abuses at the jails he ran. Baca, 74, said Monday that he wanted to set the record straight and go to trial before his Alzheimer's disease worsens.

His decision was forced by a federal judge who rejected a plea deal as too lenient because it only called for up to six months behind bars.

If convicted of all charges, Baca could face up to 20 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses at the county jail has led to the convictions of 20 current and former members of the sheriff's department.

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San Diego PD Honors Slain Officer


Thousands of law enforcement officers escorted the casket of slain San Diego Police Officer Jonathan De Guzman as it traveled across San Diego County to a public memorial service Friday.

The fallen officer and his colleagues were saluted by not only firefighters on overpasses and bridges but by hundreds of citizens holding flags and signs. 

It was a touching outpouring of support for a police department one week after a shooting that killed one veteran uniformed officer in the line of duty and seriously injured another.

De Guzman, 43, who survived a stabbing 13 years ago and shot at a gun-wielding man three years ago, died July 28. The violent attack happened seconds after De Guzman's partner Officer Wade Irwin stopped a man walking in Southcrest, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

The man turned and opened fire on both officers, investigators said.

De Guzman was shot multiple times, at point-blank range, while he was seated in his patrol vehicle. Prosecutors say the officer never had a chance to raise his service weapon.

Following recent police killings in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the shooting in San Diego prompted many citizens to show their support for the SDPD.

One man waving a giant American flag greeted the procession as it exited Interstate 8 just before 11 a.m., heading for Shadow Mountain Community Church.

Sprinkled on bridges and overpasses were people holding signs or flags. Eastbound traffic on I-8 pulled over into the center divide. One driver held his hands out of his window and clapped as vehicles from the procession drove in the opposite direction.

So many law enforcement vehicles took part in the procession, that there were still officers leaving the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium as the hearse arrived at the site of the memorial service.

Chief Zimmerman spoke at the service, remembering the officer she once worked with at Mid-City Division as "a friend to all." 

She spoke passionately about the oath she and other officers take to protect the public.

“Make no mistake about it – we need police officers to stand that line between good and evil and between chaos and calm,” Zimmerman said at the service. “Every single day, every single night, we need them.”

California Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer also spoke. Faulconer remarked that it was easy to see how J.D. grew to become a courageous, selfless man.

“At the end of the day, a police officer is a neighbor who cares enough to put it all on the line,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.

As De Guzman's colleagues spoke, their grief was obvious as each struggled to keep their composure.

GST Sergeant Allan Butchart, who worked with DeGuzman, has watched strangers leave notes flowers and balloons for the SDPD family at the peace officer's memorial outside SDPD Headquarters.

“If those strangers dropping off those flowers, balloons, etc knew him just for a minute, they would realize the depth of the grief we are all going through,” Butchart said.

Sgt. John Iammarino recalled De Guzman’s rookie pursuit, his loyalty, sense of humor and karaoke ability while Officer Cassie Ericson described her former partner as “a protector” and "a warrior."

Fe De Guzman said her son stopped for a moment before he left for his shift the night he was killed. She said he always stopped before going to work and prayed with his parents who lived with him and his wife, Jane.

“Remember to take an extra moment with your family and friends and tell them how much you love them and how grateful you are for them,“ she said.

It was the second memorial service in two days for the decorated officer, a 16-year veteran of the force who worked on an anti-gang unit.

A smaller crowd mourned De Guzman Thursday at his family church in Bonita, the small suburb where he will be buried. Uniformed police officers from as far as Chicago, New York, Aurora, Colorado, and Fort Worth, Texas, packed Corpus Christi Catholic Church for the 90-minute Mass.

Jesse Gomez, a construction worker with a criminal record stretching back to 1983, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murder and attempted murder from his hospital room. He is recovering from wounds he received in a gunbattle with police.

Prosecutors say the two officers pulled up to Gomez, who was on foot, and Irwin got out of the patrol car to ask if he lived in the area. Gomez, 52, is accused of shooting Irwin and then went to an open passenger door to fire several times into the car, killing De Guzman. After being shot, Irwin fired back as Gomez fled, prosecutors said.

Police have yet to determine a motive.

Two thousand law enforcement officers took part in the procession. Approximately 1,000 of the officers were from the San Diego Police Department.

Other agencies including the San Diego County Sheriff's Department were brought in to help patrol the city.

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World's Largest Refugee Camp Watches Olympics for 1st Time


People living in the world’s largest refugee camp will now be able to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

The International Olympic Committee has partnered with FilmAid International, an organization that brings film to displaced people across the world, to broadcast the games for almost 200,000 people living at the refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, for the next 16 days, according to olympic.org

The camp, located in the northwestern part of Kenya, was established in 1991. Many of the camp’s residents are displaced from South Sudan. 

This year, there’s a special connection between the games and those living at the camp. 

Five athletes from the camp — all runners — are representing the first Refugee Olympic Team in Rio, including the team’s flag bearer, Rose Nathike Lokonyen. Lokonyen, who is from South Sudan, arrived in the camp in 2002 and is competing in the Women’s 800-meter, according to olympic.org. 

Ten athletes overall — four women and six men — are competing in Rio for the refugee team.

Pope Francis sent the team a letter of encouragement, saying he hoped "your courage and strength find expression through the Olympic Games and serve as a cry for peace and solidarity." 

The letter, written in Spanish, was dated July 26 and was released by the Vatican on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. 

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Rio Opening Ceremony: Phelps, Gisele and Other Top Moments


Pageantry with a Brazilian flair opened the 2016 Olympic Games — samba, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, the rain forest and rap. Here are some top moments from the ceremony.

Michael Phelps Glows
The 22-time Olympic medalist glowed with more than pride as the United States flag bearer in the opening ceremony. You had to look carefully to see it on television, but Phelps was wearing a light-up jacket from team designer Ralph Lauren.

Phelps, swimming in his fourth Olympics, wore a blazer that had USA illuminated on the back.

The 31-year-old is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He came out of retirement to swim in five events in Rio.

Best shirtless moment? Tonga flag bearer Pita Taufatofua. No shirt but shining with oil. He will compete in taekwondo.

Brazilian Icons in the News

Two of Brazil's best known stars, soccer great Pele and supermodel Gisele Bündchen, were set to be part of the opening ceremony in Maracana Stadium Friday night - but then things changed.

Pele's poor health kept him from lighting the cauldron from the Olympic flame, and in announcing his withdrawal, he apologized to his fellow Brazilians for disappointing them. "And as a Brazilian, I ask God to bless all who participate in this event," he said.

The soccer legend did hold the Olympic flame at the Pele Museum on Santos, Brazil, in July, but he has had hip surgery and often uses a cane.

Lighting the cauldron Friday night was Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima.

In Bündchen's case what was missing was a controversial skit in which she starred, pulled from the ceremony after charges of racism.

The skit showed her being robbed by a poor black boy, a child from one of Brazil’s favelas, in a city with high rates of crime and poverty.

The ceremony's creative director told The Washington Post the skit had been misinterpreted: that it actually depicted Bündchen protecting a food vendor after he tried to take a selfie with Bündchen and was chased by security guards. It was dropped because it was not funny, he said.

Instead Bündchen herself strode across the stadium to the classic hit song, "Girl from Ipanema," and was cheered.

Boos for Brazil's Interim President

The 2016 Games were formally opened by Brazil’s leader, in this case the interim president, Michel Temer, who was jeered. That's because President Dilma Rousseff has been impeached and removed from office while she is tried, and Temer, her vice president, has been unpopular since taking over in May.

History Through Brazilian Eyes
Brazil did not shy away from its hundreds of years of slavery in its opening ceremony. Performers wearing weights and turning large wooden wheels depicted the African slaves who toiled in the sugar cane fields and on plantations.

The New Olympic Color: Green
These Olympic Games took the environment as a theme, beginning with the opening ceremony's depiction of the creation of Brazil's rain forests. The ceremony’s creative team said it would deliver a message for planet Earth. Each athlete will be given a seedling to plant, to create an Olympic forest in Brazil as their legacy to Rio de Janeiro.

"They will leave a tree in Brazil," said Marco Balich, the show's lead producer. "Hopefully in two years' time we will have a wonderful Olympic forest. We will celebrate humanity and we will celebrate Rio."

Who Was First in Flight?
The Wright Brothers got grounded in Rio.

The Olympic Games' opening ceremony honored a Brazilian man as the airplane's inventor: Alberto Santos-Dumont.

The son of a coffee grower, he flew a boxy aircraft called the 14-bis in October 1906 above a field in France. It was the first public flight and in Europe, he was credited as the inventor of the airplane.

But the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, disputed that claim, disclosing they had flown first at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Brazilians argue that because their airplane used a ramp to take off and did not have wheels they did not truly fly. 

For Refugees, a Team of Their Own

The 10 members of Team Refugee entered the stadium carrying the Olympic flag. The team, the first of its kind, was formed to draw attention to the magnitude of the refugee crisis.

The members: Rami Anis and Yusra Mardini, two Syrian swimmers; marathoner Yonas Kinde from Ethiopia; Yolande Bukasa Mabika and Popole Misenga, judo contestants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and five runners from South Sudan, Yiech Pur Biel, James Nyang Chiengjiek, Anjelina Nada Lohalith, Rose Nathike Lokonyen and Paulo Amotun Lokoro.

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Norwich Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Car Break-Ins


Norwich police are looking for a suspect in several attempted vehicle break-ins.

Police said the suspect pictured above attempted to steal from several vehicles in the area of Harland Road around 1:35 a.m. Saturday. The suspect may have fled in a tan-colored sedan, police said.

Police remind residents to keep cars locked and report suspicious activity.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Norwich police at (860) 886-5561.

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Man Dies After Being Pulled from East Haven Pool: Police


A 39-year-old man died after being pulled from a pool in East Haven Friday.

East Haven police identified the victim as John Vitali.

Police said they responded around 5:43 p.m. to the Birches Condo Club pool at 75 Red Wood Drive for reports of a male underwater and not moving. When emergency crews arrived they found Vitali unresponsive at the bottom of the pool. He was pulled from the water.

Police and fire department personnel performed CPR until an ambulance arrived to transport Vitali to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Vilatio was pronounced dead at 8:31 a.m. Saturday.

Police said there was no life guard on duty, but a female pool attendant was working at the time of the incident. The attendant told police that Vitali and his son were playing in the deep end of the pool. As they were playing, she noticed that Vitali had been underwater for a long period of time. The attendant said she could not get him out on her own so she instructed someone else to call 911.

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New Haven Hosts Hoop it Up Street Basketball Tournament


The New Haven Heat’s win in the 2015 Hoop it Up street basketball competition earned them a spot in the championship in Atlantic City where they claimed the national title.

“It was people from all over the US like New York, Chicago, and all other states,” said Enasj Jones of New Haven.

He was part of the national championship team when he played with them in New Haven last summer. He couldn’t travel for the championships because they took place during football season. That’s given him more reason to help his team get there again. First, they have to prove they’re still the best on the street.

“The draw is that everybody’s seeing everybody out here showcase their stuff,” said Patrick Carpenter of Hamden.

Carpenter’s son Aidan was part of the national championship team, too. Aidan said he was ready to defend the title but more importantly he was looking forward to having a good time.

“It’s fun because I’m playing with all my friends and we’re having fun,” said the 15-year-old Carpenter.

“It’s totally connecting everybody together,” said New Haven Youth Services Director Jason Bartlett.

Bartlett invited the Hoop It Up organization to New Haven three years ago in an attempt to quell neighborhood violence in the city. This year, 120 teams from Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and even Mexico signed up.

While adults must pay a fee to enter, $200 a team, Bartlett said the City of New Haven spent $20,000, to make sure every child who entered the tournament played for free. They teamed up with the cities of Hartford and Bridgeport which covered additional costs.

“You know cities are challenged across the country. Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford are challenged too. When you create opportunities for young people they really excel and this is one of those opportunities,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.

“This seems like a good program and this seems like it can develop a lot of people’s game,” said Tyler Callhan who entered the tournament from North Haven for the first time.

Whether the local team has what it takes to repeat will be decided when the tournament finals take place on Sunday. Stands are set up for the public watch the tournament on Church Street in front of City Hall and the New Haven Green.

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French Gymnast's Leg Snaps During Olympic Vault


A member of the French men's gymnastics team suffered a horrific injury Saturday that ended his Olympic hopes in Rio.

Samir Ait Said broke his left leg below the knee during his dismount on the vault on Day 1 of the qualification round. His leg snapped in the wrong direction when he landed and the sound could be heard throughout the arena, The Associated Press reported. 

After the incident, the 27-year-old was carried away on a stretcher to a standing ovation. 

According to the French team's Twitter account, Said suffered a bone fracture in his tibia. 

Well-wishers lit up social media afterward. 

According to Said’s bio, he recently took part in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2015.

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Planned Parenthood Launches Voter Registration Campaign


Planned Parenthood is launching a nonpartisan voter registration campaign through college campuses, online and its clinics, NBC News reported.

The effort is aimed to help marginalized populations participate more in this election cycle, the women's health provider announced to the Huffington Post Friday.

The voter registration campaign, titled "My Vote, My Voice," will have volunteers in 45 states set up tables outside of Planned Parenthood clinics and other spots in communities to educate people about their state's voter ID laws while helping them register to vote. Two weeks before the general election, volunteers will also remind people to vote.

"If we can't all participate in our government, we all get cheated," Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Anna Keene said to the Huffington Post.

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