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Who's Affected by the Supreme Court’s Travel Ban Ruling?


The Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of the Trump administration’s travel ban is potentially good news for many who want entry into the United States, but it may be a blow for refugees, experts told NBC News.

Uncertainty surrounded the impact of the high court's action. Several federal agencies must now decide how they will implement it, and advocates warned the confusion itself is harmful, given the delicacy of the refugee process.

While the court ruled the ban could partly take effect while it makes a final decision later this year, it said the ban could not apply at this time to anyone with "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The picture is potentially very different for refugees, though it’s unclear at the moment.

"We know that people are going to be hurt by this, and there will be a lot of disruption and dislocation," said Lavinia Limón, president and chief executive of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

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7-Year-Old Child Hit by Car in Hartford


A 7-year-old was struck by a car in Hartford on Monday.

Police said the boy was hit sometime just after 7 p.m. on Mountford Street in the South End of the city. 

The boy was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with injuries but is reported to be in stable condition, Hartford Police said.

The driver of the car stayed on the scene. 

Witnesses told police the boy ran out in front of the moving car and police said the driver was not speeding. 

No other information was immediately available. 

Manchester Police Arrest Man Wanted for Attempted Murder


Manchester police arrested a man who was wanted for attempted murder, among other charges, in Massachusetts. 

Ollie Barboza, 26 was charged with being a fugitive from justice and was arrested by Manchester police on Monday. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond and is expected to appear in court on July 6.

Police said they received a tip that Barboza was at 115 Walnut Street, where police later located him. 

Barboza was wanted for attempted murder in Massachusetts, police said. 

According to the Hartford Courant, Barboza was also wanted for assault and battery on a pregnant victim and other charges that include failure to stop for police, speeding and operating without a license.

Barboza was arrested at the scene with blood on his clothing and sneakers, the Courant reported.

Details of the attempted murder incident were not immediately clear. 

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Trinity Professor Who Posted Controversial Article on Leave


A Trinity College professor who shared a controversial article on his personal social media pages, sparking a series of threats to the Hartford campus, has been placed on administrative leave. 

"As a follow-up to my note from last week, I write to inform you that Professor Johnny Williams has been placed on leave, effectively immediately. We’ve determined that a leave is in the best interest of both Professor Williams and the college. The review by the Dean of the Faculty of the events concerning Professor Williams will continue," President and Trinity College professor Joanne Berger-Sweeney wrote on Monday.

Last week, Johnny Williams, sociology professor who has been with Trinity College since 1996, shared a June 16 article from Medium.com on his personal Facebook and Twitter pages, according to  Berger-Sweeney on June 21.

"The Medium piece went on to explore broader issues concerning race and the relationship between 'victims of bigotry' and 'bigots.' The piece culminated with a call to show indifference to the lives of bigots. That call was reprehensible, and any such suggestion is abhorrent and wholly contrary to Trinity’s values," Berger-Sweeney said last week.

The sociology professor's post resulted in a public rebuke across the country and prompted Trinity College to close the campus on June 21, when threats started coming in.

On Thursday, Williams apologized for the threats made to campus, himself and his family. 

“In yesterday's frenzy-amid the escalating threats to my family and me and the incessant harassment that so many associated with Trinity College were receiving-there is one important thing I didn't say: I am sorry. I regret that the hashtag that I quoted from the title of an article was misinterpreted and misperceived as inciting violence and calling for the death of 'white' people. I never intended to invite or incite violence. My only aim was to bring awareness to white supremacy and to inspire others to address these kinds of injustices. I regret the fear and anxiety that the resulting media tumult brought to the college, and I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from so many at Trinity and beyond,” Williams wrote in a statement to the college community. 

Berger-Sweeney noted that Williams, who teaches about race and racism, did not write the article, however, he did share it on his personal social media accounts using the hashtag connected "directly to the inflammatory conclusion in the article."

"In my opinion, (Williams') use of the hashtag was reprehensible and, at the very least, in poor judgment," Berger-Sweeney said.

The school continues to review the incident with the school's dean of faculty on whether college procedures or policies were broken, according to Trinity College's statement.

Williams earlier provided a statement to NBC Connecticut that said he has received, via email and telephone, a number of threatening messages. The professor said he was not calling for the death of any group of people but he wanted to spark a debate on the very subject he teaches.

"It is evident to anyone who carefully reads my posts on Facebook and Twitter that I did not call for the death of all self-identified ‘whites.’ I merely attached the hashtag to my post derived from a blog article written by Son of Baldwin entitled 'Let Them All ------- Die.' This was an admittedly provocative move to get readers to pay attention to my reasoned, reasonable, and yes angry argument," Williams wrote.

"I posted my comments on social media to draw the attention of the readers to the current dire state of white supremacy in the nation," he said.

On Monday, Berger-Sweeney noted on the complicated relationships people have with social media.

"I want to take care to note that the principles that underlie this particular set of events go far beyond the actions of any one person. These involve principles that concern how we think about academic freedom and freedom of speech, as well as the responsibilities that come with those fundamental values. It’s true, too, that as scholars and citizens, and as individuals and as a community of higher learning, our roles in and relationship to social media and the public sphere are complicated. We must be able to engage in conversations about these difficult and complex issues, and Trinity College and other places like it are precisely where such conversations should occur. I, for one, welcome them," Bergery-Sweeney said. 

State Representative Themis Klarides, an alumni of Trinity College, is calling for the professor to be removed, saying in part, that the professors' "opinions are simply outrageous and racist in and of themselves. We would urge you to consider this request as in the best interests of not only 'members of the greater Trinity College community,' but of society at large."

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WH Warns Syria Against Chemical Attack 'Preparations'


The United States is warning that Syria would "pay a heavy price" for undertaking another chemical weapons attack, the White House said Monday night, saying it's spotted "potential preparations" for one, NBC News reported.

The statement gave no details of what preparations were detected, other than that " activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack," and it took some defense and military officials by surprise.

Five U.S. defense, military and intelligence officials told NBC News the statement caught them off guard. They could not guess what a possible target would be.

A Syrian minister dismissed the statement, insisting Damascus does not have and will not use chemical weapons. Russian officials responded to the statements Tuesday, accusing the U.S. of "readying a new attack on Syrian forces" and preparing an "unprecedented provocation... presented as a chemical attack" to prompt a U.S.-led strike on Assad's forces.

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Woman Grabs Baby Out of Car After Rollover Crash in Newington


A woman was involved in a rollover crash in Newington on Monday night and was seen grabbing her baby out of the car before fleeing the scene.

Police said the accident on the 400 block of Harford Avenue was reported on 7:39 p.m.

Witnesses told police the car rolled over and the woman driving escaped before grabbing her baby from the car, police said. 

When police arrived to the scene, the woman and baby were nowhere to be found, so officers began a search.

The woman was found with her child in a swampy, marshy area about 100 yards from the scene, Newington Police said. 

Police and fire crews rescued the woman and her child. They were transported by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution but did not have serious injuries, according to police.

Hartford Avenue was closed for about 45 minutes while the accident was cleared and the car was towed away.

The accident is under investigation and it is not clear whether charges will be filed against the driver.

CAIR Group Issues ‘Travel Advisory’ For Muslims In CT


There are a lot questions throughout Connecticut’s Muslim community about President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries, which will be implemented beginning Thursday.

Those nations include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the ban can be enforced for refugees and travelers who do not have close personal relations living in the United States. There remain questions about how those ‘personal relations’ will be defined.

The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued an advisory on Monday urging local Muslims to speak with an immigration lawyer before traveling internationally.

CAIR’s Executive Director, Mongi Dhaouadi, said the new rules of the ban come at an unsettling time, as this week marks the end of holy week of Ramadan.

“Some of our staff members, especially our lawyers, had to come back and get back to work on a day that they were supposed to be celebrating this holiday with their families and friends,” said Dhaouadi. “Obviously, there’s a lot of anxiety,” he said.

CAIR Connecticut is in the process of using social media and planning town hall meetings to notify Muslims about the new rules the ban will bring.

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Governor, State Employee Union Reach Tentative Agreement


The governor and the state employee unions have reached a tentative agreement that the governor’s office says will help “create significant, long-term structural reforms to pension and benefit costs, generating billions in savings for taxpayers for many years to come.” 

Malloy said the agreement could save the state more than $24 billion and called it “a promising step.” 

“From the moment we began our earliest discussions, SEBAC leaders have proven to be willing partners; engaging with their own tangible offers and accepting the fact that the state’s financial reality will affect their members,” Malloy said in a statement.

The agreement, which saves taxpayers around $750 million per year when it comes to pensions and health benefits, will need to be included in the state budget.

The deal does extend the salary and wage agreements to 2027.

Couple Has No Regrets Despite Fire During Wedding Reception


When it rains on your wedding day it’s supposed to be good luck. But what does it mean when there’s a fire on your wedding day?

A Middletown couple made the best of it when their wedding reception was cut short by a fire Sunday.

Jessica Knapp said it all started with the perfect proposal.

“He got down on a knee under the moonlight on the top level of a cruise ship and surprised me,” she said. The proposal was followed by six months of meticulous planning for a summer wedding at St. Clements Castle and Marina in Portland.

“We see it from the river when we boat by and we thought that would be the place to do it,” David Knapp explained.

Jessica and David said the morning of the wedding was as good as it gets.

“Everything went off without a hitch - the limo showed up on time, harpist was playing beautiful music when she arrived,” David described.

The couple said it was a beautiful ceremony followed by a flawless reception. But when they were cutting the cake, the fire alarm went off.

“I thought it was a fire drill and I was a little annoyed they were doing a fire drill during our reception but the staff came out looking very alarmed,” David said.

Staff informed the couple and their guests that it was not a drill - the back of the building was burning and they had to get out.

“As soon as we exited the building you could hear the roar of the flames,” David said.

“I looked to my right and you could see the smoke billowing a few flames coming out immediately,” Jessica added.

While emergency crews flooded the scene, the newlyweds and their guests spent the next three hours waiting and watching.

“They had to pump water into this building that had my dress, our gifts, the cake, our cards,” Jessica said.

But the couple said the staff and firefighters were wonderful in a tough situation.

“One of the firefighters when he found my purse because I had left it in the dressing room he personally walked it out to us,” Jessica said.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Knapp don’t have any regrets. The couple even took a photo to commemorate the unusual end to the event.

“No one was hurt - that is the most important thing - and I got what I wanted out of the day,” David said, smiling at Jessica.

The Knapps said they’re already looking forward to the honeymoon – a cruise just like the proposal.

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Exploding Playground Slide Burns Wisconsin Boy, Mother Says


A slide was removed from a Wisconsin playground last week after it bubbled up and exploded, injuring a child.

An investigation is underway into what could have caused a hole to form at the base of the slide at Reservoir Park in West Allis, and the victim's mother is waiting for answers, TMJ4 reported.

"It was just so confusing," Diana Storniolo told the NBC affiliate.

Nine-year-old Giuseppe Storniolo was with his younger brother and sister and his parents Wednesday evening.

"I just heard like a big explosion so I thought maybe something fell," Diana said.

She said her son suffered second-degree burns.

"I would like them to find out what went wrong," she said.

Somehow a hole formed near the bottom of the slide when the boy was going down.

"It was like the slide had just almost been inflated. It just opened up, bubbled," Mayor Dan Devine said.

Devine said the city secured the area right away. On Thursday morning kids were still playing around the caution tape before engineers took the slide down.

"We had been in touch this morning with the manufacturer, with the designer, the installer, none of them had never seen anything like this before," Devine said.

The mayor said there are tens of thousands of slides like the one in question out there.

"They have put these structures all over the world, in all sorts of climates, all different countries," he said.

Police have not opened a criminal investigation.

"I don't know. It might be some kind of chemical reaction. It might be some kind of gas plastic reaction," Devine said.

It's hard for parents to ignore what happened, TMJ4 reported.

"It's just weird that that would happen you know to a slide," said Andrea Schoenbeck, another mom.

However, families are still using the playground.

"Yes, I am until they fit it then it's safe," said Ilias Deliziannis, a grandfather.

City inspectors on Thursday checked two more slides in West Allis like the one removed from Reservoir Park Thursday and said they are safe.

Colchester to Test Emergency Siren System on Saturday


Colchester will be conducting annual testing of its emergency sirens on Saturday, July 1 as part of annual testing of its outdoor mass earning warning system.

Colchester Emergency Management Director Rick Peruta said the test will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the test will include the sirens sounding for three minutes, which is a full duration.

There will be a public address message before and following the test to announce the beginning and end of the testing. The sirens are used to warn the public of imminent danger or immediate danger, typically during severe weather.

“We understand these sirens are very loud and at times disturbing but the advanced notice they can provide may save your life,” Peruta wrote in a notification.

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Jerry Remy Recovering From Lung Cancer Surgery


Red Sox Broadcaster Jerry Remy is recovering after undergoing surgery for lung cancer. 

A tweet from his account Monday said surgery went well and that he is now resting at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

This is Remy's fifth bout with cancer. 

He plans on returning to the broadcast booth this season. 

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Here's What Happens if the GOP Health Care Bill Becomes Law


The Senate Republican health care bill would insure 22 million fewer people after a decade than current law, according to an analysis Monday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. 

The GOP bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would save $321 billion in the same period by spending $1 trillion less on health care and using the savings to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s taxes, which primarily benefit wealthy individuals and medical companies, NBC News reported.

In addition to increasing the number of uninsured Americans, the plan also would raise deductibles by large amounts and reduce Medicaid spending by 26 percent by 2026 versus current law.

On the other hand, it would achieve traditional conservative goals of spending less on social services, lowering tax rates on high earners and businesses, and reducing regulations on what kind of plans insurers must provide and on how much they’re allowed to profit off consumers.

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Hearing to Discuss Plans for Former Norwich Hospital Site


Multi-million dollar plans for a new resort on the site of the former Norwich Hospital in Preston are expected to move forward following a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Tuesday night.

Mohegan Tribal leaders have been discussing building a large entertainment resort on the site of the old Norwich Hospital for some time.

The Preston Redevelopment Authority already endorsed the project, and it was approved by the town of Preston electors at a referendum in March.

Tuesday’s public hearing will be to amend the zoning regulations for the property. This would allow the tribe to build everything from a hotel and shopping complex to a convention center and theme park.

The Day of New London reports that once the plan is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the state can release the $10 million grant pledged to finish the property cleanup.

The hearing tonight will start at 7:30 p.m. at Preston Memorial Veterans Hall.

Maimaiga Fungus Finally Killing Off Gypsy Moth Caterpillars


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the maimaiga fungus is finally beginning to kill of the gypsy moth caterpillars that have been wreaking havoc on trees in southeastern Connecticut.

Fish and wildlife officials are urging residents to look at their trees and report whether they see dead caterpillars, so they can figure out which towns are still seeing issues.

This information may help them predict next year’s outbreak and plan accordingly.

The caterpillars eat away at trees – specifically oak - and most recently witch hazel and maple trees.

Some people have sprayed trees with insecticide to help kill them off.

The maimaiga fungus is triggered by rain and was expected to mitigate the caterpillar program, but it worked slower than expected this year.

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Fireworks, What’s Allowed and What’s Illegal in Connecticut


The fireworks displays have begun and state law does not allow non-professional, non-licensed users to set off fireworks in Connecticut, regardless of where you bought them.  

Sparklers and fountains are not technically considered fireworks and can be sold in the state to people who are 16 years old and up. 

They cannot legally be sold to or used by people younger than 16, according to the state Department of Consumer Protection. 

Fireworks that launch projectiles are illegal in Connecticut, even if you bought them out of state and fire officials warn of the dangers fireworks pose. 

"It is very dangerous. You can get burned, plus you've got to remember we live in a very populated city and buildings are in very close proximity. A lot of times they use them, they land on the roofs, they land in the dry brushes and they can start a fire," Harford Deputy Fire Marshal Ewan Sheriff said.

The state fire marshal, within the Department of Construction Services, issues permits for supervised displays of fireworks. See the list of fireworks displays here. 

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection licenses fireworks displays, special effects, fireworks and special effects shooters, and fireworks distributors and manufacturers.

To issue a complaint about fireworks, call your local police department or the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection at (860) 685-8460.

Ex-MLB Player's Son on Life Support After Freak Baseball Accident


Former San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart and his family are asking for prayers for his 15-year-old son, who is on life support after being hit in the face by a baseball during a tournament last week, Today.com reported.

Doctors initially thought Jason Lockhart only needed some stitches after he was struck in the face by a throw from the catcher during a game in South Carolina on June 17, his family said.

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But the injury was much more serious. Two days later, the bleeding would not stop, and he was taken to an Atlanta hospital, where tests discovered a torn artery.

Doctors have been working to control the bleeding since.

His sister, Sydney, a has been providing regular updates on his condition on Facebook.

Jason was scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to replace the packing in his face and check for any areas of bleeding. But the surgery was postponed until Tuesday morning as doctors backed off medications and wanted to give his body time to adapt. 

"We are more at peace as we are getting closer to seeing his sweet eyes open, feeling his hand squeeze ours back, and help him heal and sort through what all he has been through this week," Sydney Lockhart wrote in an update on Tuesday. "Please continue to pray for Jason, and his healing both physically and emotionally." 

She added that five surgeries in nine days "is a lot for anybody" and thanked supporters on behalf of the family.

Keith Lockhart played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball on teams including the Padres, Braves and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 2003. 

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Watch: Raccoon Spotted Riding the Subway in NYC


Video of a raccoon riding the subway, nibbling food out of a bowl as it's seated between two people, has New Yorkers alternately repulsed, amused and just plain bewildered. 

Subway rider Brooke Hogan told NBC 4 New York she took the video on a Lexington Avenue-line train heading uptown from 42nd Street last Tuesday. 

The raccoon is seen seated next to a woman -- apparently his owner or handler -- furiously licking food out of a small plastic bowl.

It's not clear from the video why the woman had a raccoon, or why she brought it on the subway. People in New York aren't allowed to have a raccoon without a license, and licenses aren't issued for pet wildlife, according to the city

People on social media were also apparently befuddled. On a popular Instagram account devoted to chronicling the quirky quotidian scenes of the subway, varying reactions flooded the comments: 

"Never sitting on the train again." 

"I'm not sure if I'm laughing or throwing up." 

"Are you kidding me?? How did people not freak out??" 

"New York subway is just game over, not even playing anymore."

"People become so strange in the summer."

"Next stop, Bronx zoo." 

"Raccoons are New Yorkers, too." 

"This is why the NYC subway is the best, and worst." 

It shouldn't be surprising that the subway raccoon was able to grip the bowl with its own paws -- the animals have "amazing dexterity, allowing them to open doors and untie knots," according to New York City's wildlife site. They can also rotate their back feet, allowing them to descend from trees headfirst.

New York City's wildlife site also says most raccoons pose no risk of transferring disease to humans, and the incidence of rabies in the New York City raccoon population is very small. Since 2014, the city and federal governments worked together to vaccinate raccoons on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens against rabies.

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Still, people shouldn't approach or feed raccoons, the city warns: they can become a nuisance if people supply food or shelter. The "opportunistic feeders" will eat whatever is easily accessible, including fruit, nuts, fungi, insects, worms, birds, turtles, eggs, mice, bats, squirrels, fish, snakes, frogs, dead animals, bird feeder seed, pet food and human food waste. 

Most raccoon don't live past 6 years old in the wild. 

A message has been left with the MTA. 

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Large Amounts of Trash Left at Guilford Town Docks


Large amounts of trash have been left at the town docks at the town marina in Guilford and police are warning people to clean up after themselves.

The town docks are popular in the summer for fishing, boating and enjoying the view and police said leaving trash, including fishing lines, cigarette butts and beer bottles, behind is not just unsightly, but also illegal and dangerous to animals who make the coastline home.

The Coyne family heads to the water all the time in the summer and they have taken it upon themselves to pick up trash that’s left behind.

“There was a hook and I don’t have any shoes on and I almost stepped on it,” Neave Coyne, of Guilford, said.

Police warned that the crime comes with a hefty state fine.

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1st Woman Leads Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace


The troop guarding Buckingham Palace has its first female commander after Canada's Captain Megan Couto took over Monday, Reuters reported.

The 24-year-old said she was honored to to lead her Canadian unit in the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the London palace, an event which regularly attracts thousands of tourists.

Guard duties are normally carried out by a detachment of an elite British army division, but Couto's unit from the Canadian Light Infantry was granted the opportunity to conduct the ceremony while in London to mark the 150th anniversary of the process that created modern Canada.

Because women were banned from combat roles in the British army until last year, no female infantry officers had led the changing of the guard before.

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