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Police Searching for Good Samaritan Who Helped Rescue Driver from Burning Car


State police are asking for help to figure out who helped rescue a driver from a burning car on Route 9 in July so they can recognize him for his selfless act. 

State police responded to a crash near the exit 12 off-ramp on Route 9 southbound in Middletown at 9:08 p.m. on July 16 and found a 2007 Gray Infiniti in flames.

Two men who saw the crash also stopped and were trying to get the driver out of the car, according to state police. The trooper used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze and the two men pulled the driver to safety.

An ambulance transported the driver to the hospital and state police said the person sustained only minor injuries thanks to the actions of the two men who stopped to assist, as well as the trooper.

Police have identified one of the men, but they are trying to identify the other to recognize him for his selfless act that evening, state police said.

State Police Troop F is asking anyone with information on the person who helped the driver to call Trooper Swokla at Troop F in Westbrook, (860)399-2100.

Correction: The social media post previously had the wrong phone number, but it has been corrected to (860)399-2100 

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Teens Party, Steal While Colchester Family Is on Vacation


Police are looking for several teens who they said stole items worth thousands of dollars from a Colchester home on Felicia Baber Lane. 

Another teen, who was trusted to take care of it while the owner was away, let them into the house, according to police. 

The homeowner, Paula Uccello, told NBC Connecticut that she asked a 17-year-old family friend to watch her house and feed her dog while she was away for two weeks. 

When Uccello came home yesterday, the teen confessed she invited over friends who found the keys to Uccello’s cellar and drank her alcohol, she said. 

Uccello said they also stole expensive items, including headphones and watches. 

“I’m very sorry something like this happened,” Michele O’Neill, a neighbor, said. “In all the time we’ve lived here, we’ve never had any trouble.” 

Jennifer Korczak, who’s lived in Colchester for decades, said the theft doesn’t come as a shock, even in a safe neighborhood. 

“Kids make bad choices, and it takes them awhile to kind of grow up and realize it’s not OK to do this kind of stuff,” Korczak said. 

Pat Demar, a neighbor and local businessman, knows the Uccello family well and was shocked to hear his hardworking friends were targeted. 

“The kids today, if they can steal it, they don’t have to work for it. I’m pretty shocked. Pretty upset. I hope they get to the bottom of it,” Demar said. 

State police said that once the teens responsible are found, they could be charged with larceny and for possession of alcohol by a minor. 

The 17-year-old house sitter could be held responsible for serving it.

Who Are the Fascist-Fighting Coalition 'Antifa'?


During a combative press conference Tuesday, President Donald Trump dubbed the anti-racist protest groups the "alt-left" and blamed "both sides" for the violent clashes that resulted one death, and injured more than a dozen others, NBC News reported.

Who exactly are the protesters that violently clashed with white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia?

What is 'Antifa?'
Antifa is short for "anti-fascist." It is a loosely organized coalition of protesters, left-wing activists, and self-described anarchists who vow to physically confront "fascists" — meaning anyone who espouses bigoted or totalitarian views, NBC News reported.

How long have they been around?
Anti-government and anti-fascist protesters have disrupted protest movements in Europe for decades. Today, they are most frequently seen clashing with riot police during summits of major world leaders, as in last month's "Welcome to Hell" protest against G-20 leaders in Berlin.

What are they protesting?
In the wake of President Trump's election, Antifa organizations across the country issued rallying cries on social media to rise up and fight back against the wave of hate crimes and white nationalism that's spiked across the nation.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Steve Helber, File

Mixed Reviews About Tax-Free Week Amid State Deficit


Connecticut’s annual sales tax-free week will go on as planned and there are mixed reviews as it happens during a time the state faces a massive deficit. 

Tax-free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 26 and items such as clothing, shoes and hats, under $100 each, will be excluded from the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax. 

During the week, the state typically loses out on $4 million to $5 million, according to Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan. 

This will happen at a time when the state is facing a $5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years. 

However, Sullivan said the advantage to the tax-free week is that local retailers will often drop prices on certain items to make them eligible for the tax break, saving families even more money. 

State Rep. Josh Elliott (D-Hamden) said losing that kind of money is concerning. 

“We cannot afford to lose a projected $4.1 million in unclaimed sales tax during the Tax-Free week. We need to rely on every source of revenue so we can protect our core services and programs,” he said in a statement. “The tax-free week was initially implemented to increase foot traffic in our local shops, particularly our small businesses. This tax-free holiday is no longer having the same effect that it once had.” 

Elliott suggested that instead of a tax-free week the state should lower the sales tax and increase taxes on the state’s top-earners. 

But First Selectman Lori Spielman (R-Ellington) disagrees and said the tax-free week still has a huge benefit for working families. 

“If you have three or four children it adds up fast and I think it’s really important that the working people get a break. We have to do all we can to help,” Spielman said. 

Several parents agreed the savings are a big help. 

“I think it’s great. It’s definitely a help,” said Jennifer Jones, of Coventry, who plans to do most of her back-to-school shopping next week. 

“Unfortunately, we bought the backpacks already. We still have to buy them shoes and stuff like that, so that will help us out a little bit,” said David Figueroa, a father of three. 

Other legislators also expressed their opinions. 

"Many Connecticut consumers and back-to-school shoppers this year are counting on tax free week for savings. To cancel the program so close to tax free week would have been unfair to families, retailers and small businesses," Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) said in a statement. 

The tax-free week will go on as scheduled because legislators did not change the existing law. 

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

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

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Second Teen Charged in Murder of Danbury Teen


Police have charged a second teen with murder in connection with the death of an 18-year-old Danbury.

Police said officers found 18-year-old Gabriel Bara-Bardo, of Danbury, alone and unconscious in the road next to his vehicle on Abbott Street around 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 5 when they responded to a report of suspicious activity.

Bara-Bardo never regained consciousness and died from his injuries, according to police. His death was later ruled a homicide and was caused by complications following blunt impact to the head and neck.

Police previously arrested a 15-year-old boy who has been charged with felony murder, second-degree robbery, criminal mischief, larceny and four counts of conspiracy to commit all the above charges. He was transported to the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center.

Police have now arrested a 16-year-old boy and charged him with felony murder, second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree larceny and four counts of conspiracy to commit felony murder, second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree larceny,

Police said they expect to make more arrests.

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72-Year-Old Man Struck and Killed by Car in Bridgeport


A 72-year-old man was struck by a car in Bridgeport Thursday morning and has died.

Police said Albert Youle, 72, of, Bridgeport, was struck by a car in the 300 block of Old Town Road at 6:46 a.m. Thursday.

He was crossing Old Town Road to go to his car, which was parked on McAdoo Avenue in Trumbull when an 18-year-old Bridgeport woman driving a 2014 Toyota Camry eastbound on Old Town Road hit him, police said. 

Youle was transported to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries at 8:26 a.m., police said.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

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Man, Wife, Daughters Charged After Dispute That Led to Death


A man, his wife and their two teenage daughters have been arrested in connection with a dispute between families that police said led to a homicide.

Waldo Gonzalez, 43, is accused of shooting and killing 44-year-old Ronald Simmons at Norman Street and Freemont Avenue on July 2 after a dispute between their families, police said.

He has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

His wife and two daughters have been arrested in connection with the dispute, police said.

Gonzalez' wife, 39-year-old Luz Perez, has been charged with attempted burglary in the second degree, risk of injury to a minor, assault in the third degree and breach of peace in connection with the dispute.

Her bond was set at $25,000 bond.

Gonzalez' daughters, 18-year-old daughter, Dynasty Gonzalez, and his 15-year-old daughter face assault in the third degree and breach of peace charges, police said.

Dynasty has a $5,000 bond and the juvenile was released without bond.

Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police

Your Local Solar Eclipses Parties and Events


Don’t get left in the dark on the solar eclipse. The moon will pass in front of the sun, around 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, temporarily blocking the sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Check out your local solar eclipse viewing party and remember to be safe as you view this exciting natural phenomenon!

Great American Solar Eclipse Viewing
Where:  Amphitheater at Elm Ridge Park, Rocky Hill
When: 1 p.m. to  4 p.m.
Details: The Cora J. Belden Library is hosting the event and the first 1,000 registrants will get free eclipse viewing glasses. Eclipse-related activities will take place.

A Total Eclipse Celebration
Where: Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Ave., Hartford
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Various activities include yoga with a certified children’s instructor, educational activities, and food trucks

Solar Eclipse at Van Vleck Observatory
Where: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill, Middletown
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Details: Wesleyan University is hosting the event and telescopes will be open for public viewing and eclipse-safe glasses will be provided. The John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy, Bill Herbst will be available for brief interviews and questions.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: Horsebarn Hill Road, next to the UConn Dairy Bar in Storrs
When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Details: 150 solar eclipse glasses for first arrivals. There will be a tutorial on eclipses before the eclipse and a Q and A with an astrophysicist after the eclipse. A pin-hole making activity will take place for the kids.

Solar Eclipse at the Children’s Museum
Where: The Children's Museum, 960 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford
When: 1:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Details: Telescopes will be open to the public and educators will be demonstrating how to view the eclipse with a pinhole projection. Eclipse viewing is included with general museum admission.

Partial Solar Eclipse @ LFOP
Where: The Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, 355 Prospect St, New Haven
When: 1:25 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Details: Solar telescopes will be provided as well a eclipse glasses while supplies last. There will also be a live video feed of the eclipse from different vantage points in the country.

The Eclipse 2017 Observing Event
Where: Glastonbury Planetarium, 95 Oak St, Glastonbury
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Who: Glastonbury Planetarium
Details: Event will take place in the field next to the planetarium. The planetarium will provide solar viewers for guests as well as properly-fitted telescopes. There will also be a short presentation of the eclipse as well as a live stream of the eclipse from the planetarium’s dome. The planetarium recommends attendees bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. for the event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: Ballard Park, Ridgefield
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details: Activities will take place throughout the day and glasses will be provided to attendees at the event.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at WAS
Where: Rolnick Observatory, 182 Bayberry Ln, Westport
When: 1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Details: Viewing equipment and eye protection will be provided.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Where: John J. McCarthy Observatory, New Milford High School, Route 7
When: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Details: An assortment of protected telescopes and binoculars will be provided and volunteers will be demonstrating how to make pin-hole devices to view the eclipse safely.

“Howl at the Sun” Eclipse Party

Where: Pratt Street in downtown Hartford
When: 12 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Details: Register to win Wolf Pack prizes, receive promotional codes for the Wolf Pack’s October 6 home opener game, jump on the Wolf Pack inflatable, and meet “Sonar” the Wolf Pack’s mascot. Note, viewing the solar eclipse is not included in this event.

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Barcelona Attack: District Typically Packed With Tourists


The Barcelona district where a vehicle fatally struck and injured dozens Thursday, La Ramblas, is always crowded with tourists from all across the world. 

Ramblas, which derives from the Arabic word for sand, caters to thousands of tourists with restaurants, shops and street performers. 

The district houses former monasteries and convents, art museums, the opera house Gran Teatre del Liceu and an indoor market.

Barcelona has began the first day for La Festa Major de Gracia, a public holiday that coincides with the Christian holy day, "Assumption Day."

Photo Credit: Getty Images/David Ramos

First Alert: Strong Thunderstorms Possible Friday


Our team of meteorologists have issued a First Alert for strong to potentially severe thunderstorms on Friday.

An upper level low pressure system will move towards Connecticut tonight which will lead to showers and thunderstorms first thing Friday morning.

We're forecasting showers with a few thunderstorms to develop for the Friday morning commute. 

Scattered showers will continue through the late morning and early afternoon.

The severe weather threat increases by the afternoon. 

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to form through Upstate New York and Central Pennsylvania early Friday morning. This line will move into Connecticut late Friday afternoon and early evening.

Why Cat Memes Flooded Twitter After the Barcelona Attack


Authorities in Barcelona turned to social media in the wake of a terrorist attack in the northeastern Spanish city to request residents refrain from sharing images of the wounded out of respect for their families.

At least 12 people were killed and more than 80 injured after a white van jumped onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, authorities said. 

As the appeal went unheeded by some, social media users took it upon themselves to flood Twitter with cat memes urging restraint under the hashtag #Barcelona.

The move was reminiscent of a public appeal made by police in November 2015 as Brussels authorities asked for a social media blackout while they conducted a series of terror raids across the city.

As the raids were conducted and 16 were ultimately arrested, the hashtag #BrusselsLockdown began trending as police cast a net around the city. Instead of foiling police movements, residents instead posted photos of cats across the internet.

Following the Belgian raid police thanked those who helped out on social media, posting a tweet read: "For the cats who helped us last night ... Help yourself!"

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Man Who Burned Retina During Eclipse Warns Others


An Oregon man who burned his retina while looking at a partial solar eclipse more than 50 years ago has some words of advice for people tempted to look at the sun without using protective glasses: Don’t do it.

Lou Tomososki was a high school teen in 1962 when his science teacher told the class about a solar eclipse that was going to take place that afternoon, NBC affiliate KGW reported.

Tomososki and a friend viewed the partial eclipse outside Marshall High School in Portland.

"The sun at that time, at 3:30 p.m., was in the one o’clock position," said Tomososki. "I said to Roger, 'If you stare at it long enough the brightness goes away.'"

By that night, both Tomososki and Roger were having vision problems. He said the vision problems never got any worse — but they also never got any better. A doctor later him that he had burned his retina during the eclipse.

Now, at 70, he says he and his friend both still have vision problems to this day.

"You know how the news people blur a license plate out," said Tomososki. "That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that."

Dr. Brandon Lujan of the Casey Eye Institute in Oregon tells KGW that looking at the solar eclipse for "even an instant" can damage the eyes.

As for Tomososki, he says he’s excited about the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21, but this time, he’s not going to be looking at the sky.

"I’m going to go out and enjoy it. But I’ll stand and watch it get dark," he said.

Photo Credit: KGW

New Britain Fire Chief on Leave Pending Investigation


The New Britain fire chief will be on paid administrative leave starting Friday morning pending an investigation into racial bias. 

Mayor Erin Stewart presented Chief Thomas Ronalter with a report to determine whether or not if racial bias is present at the fire department. 

"While I agree the fire department has issues to resolve, I disagree with many of the findings in the report," Ronalter said in a statement on Thursday. "Unfortunately, since all employees were not interviewed, I believe the report is not as fair and balanced as it should be. Many firefighters did not participate, because they were informed that the investigation was focused on alleged racism in the Department, and they did not have comments concerning racial bias."

Stewart's office said Ronalter will be placed on leave indefinitely, pending an investigation by the mayor. 

On Thursday, Stewart tweeted: "Sometimes it may be tough...but I will ALWAYS do what it (sic) right."

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In his statement, Ronalter said he has "embraced" a diverse workforce and claims that out of the firefighters he has hired as fire chief, 50 percent have been minorities and women. 

"I detest racism and all of the harm it causes. While I have made mistakes, I have never treated people -- firefighters or otherwise -- differently based on the color of their skin," Ronalter wrote.

He ended the statement by saying he is ready to work with the mayor, the fire department's command staff and all firefighters to address any problems. 

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Trump Cites 'Pants on Fire' Claim in Barcelona Response


After a van plowed through a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding scores more, President Donald Trump tweeted a reference to a discredited story about Gen. John Pershing halting Muslim attacks in the Philippines by shooting rebels with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood.

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught,” Trump wrote on his personal account. “There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years.”

It was at least Trump's second reference to a story already labeled false last year, this time coming days after the president justified his equivocal response in assigning blame for violence in Charlottesville by saying that before he makes a statement, "I need the facts." 

The Pershing story, which Trump also recounted at the end of a rally in South Carolina in February 2016, has been debunked by several fact-checking organizations, including Politifact and Snopes. Politfact labeled it Pants on Fire! false on its Truth-O-Meter and Snopes called it “false.”

The story — which according to Trump’s telling had Pershing shooting 50 Muslim terrorists with 50 bullets dipped in pigs blood — grew out of the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902. The United States had obtained the islands from Spain but faced armed opposition that continued after the war, when Pershing served as governor of the heavily Muslim Moro Province. Politifact found references to Muslim insurgents being buried with dead pigs but not being killed with bloodied bullets and not by Pershing.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork. 

“This story is a fabrication and has long been discredited,” Brian McAllister Linn, a Texas A&M University historian and author of Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940, told Politifact. “I am amazed it is still making the rounds.”

Even if the tale were true, Politifact wrote, it had no pacifying effect. The region remains in unrest until today.

Snopes noted that Pershing thought the best approach was not to encourage religious fanaticism.

“Nonetheless, the ‘discouraging Muslim terrorists by burying them with pigs’ concept is still invoked in the modern era, even if the evidence of its use (or success) remains nebulous,” Snopes wrote.

Trump’s tweet Thursday came after Catalan officials had confirmed a terrorist attack but were still trying to identify the suspect they arrested.

That was in stark contrast to Trump's actions in the hours and days after an alleged white nationalist, James Allen Fields Jr., was accused of driving a car through a crowd in Charlottesville, North Carolina, over the weekend, killing counter-protester Heather Heyer.

Trump defended his delayed response in calling out white supremacists by name until two days after the attack by saying he didn’t “know all the facts.” 

“I think there is blame on both sides,” Trump went on to say this week, doubling down on his initial take that “many sides" were to blame for violence in Charlottesville.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized Trump for tweeting false information soon after the Barcelona attack, while claiming he needed “facts” before responding to the white nationalists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville.

“We condemn the terror attack in Barcelona, and we condemn President Trump's irresponsible and Islamophobic response to that attack,” said the group's executive director, Nihad Awad.

Trump's Pershing tweet Thursday followed an earlier, more restrained one, expressing sympathy for the people of Barcelona.

“The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help,” Trump wrote. “Be tough & strong, we love you!”

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Old Saybrook Man To Ride in Survivor Jersey At Closer to Free


Elle Wasyl lost her father to pancreatic cancer 12 years ago and her husband Mike’s mother was a breast cancer survivor.

"Last year we decided to ride with our local gym down in Old Saybrook and joined (Team) Live Positive and had a really great experience," Wasyl said.

Elle pedaled for 10 miles. Her husband rode for a hundred.

"My husband kept texting me along the route where he was, how he was feeling, who he was with," she said. "It allowed me to kind of feel like I was him through the whole ride."

Right before the start of the new year, the couple got an unexpected call from Mike’s doctor referring him to an oncologist.

"How did something so benign as just a random blood test that wasn’t of concern," Elle said. "All of a sudden be a concern."

Doctors at the Yale-New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital diagnosed Mike with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that starts in bone marrow.

"He had no symptoms, he felt fine," Elle said.

Mike underwent three months of chemotherapy.

"He responded really great," his wife told NBC Connecticut. "He tolerated the medicines really well and worked the entire time through his treatment, told very little people. He just wanted to stay focused on the rest of him, cancer was just a part of him, it didn’t define him and he had that attitude the whole time."

Wasyl’s husband has also been treated with a stem cell harvest.

"There’s a much better prognosis," she said. "Longer remission was the goal."

Shortly after his diagnosis, Elle remembers when her husband heard the Closer to Free Ride commercial music in the kitchen.

"He was staring at the TV and he turned around and tears are coming down his face," she said. "He’s like, I’m riding that as a survivor this year and I said ok let’s go."

Mike is now in full remission. He plans to proudly wear a survivor jersey while riding for more than sixty miles with his wife.

"I keep saying I’m going to pack my jersey full of tissues because it’s going to be really emotional," Elle said. "It’s so personal this year."

All the money raised for Closer to Free goes toward patient care and critical research at Smilow. Ride day is three weeks from Saturday on September 9th.

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Red Sox Want to Change Name of Yawkey Way


Boston Red Sox owner John Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he wants to see the name of Yawkey Way changed.

Henry said he's "haunted" by the racist legacy of Tom Yawkey, the former owner of the Red Sox for whom the street is named. He said the team should lead the way in renaming the street outside Fenway Park, which has borne Yawkey's name for four decades. The name change would have to be approved by the city.

Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976. His widow, Jean Yawkey, and later the Yawkey Trust owned the team from that time until 2002, when Henry purchased the team.

Under Yawkey, the Red Sox were the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate in 1959. The team also famously failed to sign Jackie Robinson following a tryout in 1945, a year before he made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Henry said he'd like to see the street named after David Ortiz, who had a smaller street near Fenway named in his honor earlier this year.

Photo Credit: Perry Russom/NBC Boston

Travel Options for Monday’s Solar Eclipse


Since Connecticut doesn’t fall in Monday’s solar eclipse’s path of totality, eager viewers will have to drive several hours south to get the full experience and experts suggest doing so sooner rather than later.

Most hotels, Airbnbs and campgrounds in the eclipse’s path are completely sold out ahead of Monday’s event. Hotels in Charleston, South Carolina are going for about $600 a night, as it expects to receive the highest number of visitors of eclipse-viewing cities this weekend.

"If you’re thinking Charleston is going to be too packed for viewing, then you certainly can get into the Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois area," AAA’s director of travel, Suzanne Aresco said. "(It’s) still drivable at this point if you decide to get in your car and start heading that way now."

Knoxville, Tennessee, is slightly closer to Connecticut than Charleston and might be easier to get to since travelers will avoid I-95 traffic.

Regardless, drivers traveling any distance should start heading to their destination Thursday or Friday, if possible. The event could draw in millions of visitors with the same agenda.

According to Aresco, people who can’t find a place to stay should consider widening their search to cities outside of the path of totality. Cities like Lexington, Kentucky, and Charlotte, North Carolina, still have several hotels for less than $200 a night. Drivers can then wake up Monday morning and commute less than two hours to the perfect vantage point.

Trump Abandons Plans for Infrastructure Advisory Council


President Donald Trump will not move forward with a plan to form an advisory council on infrastructure, NBC News reported.

"The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum. In addition, the President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward," a White House official said Thursday.

Infrastructure was one of the major priorities the White House hoped Congress would tackle after the August break.

The announcement comes just one day after his Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum ended following a spate of CEO resignations in the wake of Trump's response to a white nationalist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, that occurred last Saturday.

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'Fear on Their Faces': Witnesses Describe Barcelona Attack


Witnesses to the Barcelona terror attack described terrified people screaming and running for their lives after a van plowed through a bustling pedestrian plaza.

The attack in the tourist district of Las Ramblas sparked mass panic, NBC News reported.

"There was this tidal wave of people screaming and running towards us," said Susan McLean, a cybersecurity expert from Australia who was in the area on vacation. "People just heaved around the corner, screaming in Spanish. We had no idea what was going on."

McLean, a former police officer, said she instantly knew what had happened: terrorism.

"The fear on their faces — I just knew," she told NBC News.

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Packaging Guidelines Leave Union Teen With Denied Insurance Claim


A Union teen who has successfully shipped thousands of dollars in goods said he was puzzled when UPS denied a recent insurance claim due to insufficient packaging.

William Cross said he and his father have successfully sold, packaged and shipped almost $20,000 in tech supplies from their Amazon store.

The 17-year-old entrepreneur, who also has a web and graphic design business, said he has left nearly two thousand packages for UPS to pick up from a box at their family home instead of taking them to a UPS store location.

William said he had difficulty believing a recent customer complaint that said their printer arrived damaged and smeared in a blue toner, so he requested pictures. After viewing photos his customer sent of the $450 printer, he commented, “You could tell. Unless they severely dropped it, it was damaged by UPS.”

He issued the customer a full refund and filed an insurance claim with UPS. William said he tried to appeal when UPS denied his claim, citing "deficiencies in the packaging," but customer service representatives were unable to help.

Frustrated with their response and unable to get the printer from the warehouse in Kentucky where it was being held, William contacted our Consumer Investigative Center. After our team reached out, UPS explained they stand by their assessment that the printer packaging did not meet their guidelines, however, they reached out to William and approved his claim as a gesture of goodwill.

UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have detailed packaging guidelines available online and in stores. Bringing items to a store location to check if materials meet their standards is a good way to avoid trouble when processing an insurance claim for damage sustained during shipping.

William received a check for the full $450 from UPS as well as the damaged printer. The busy high school senior said he may try to repair its broken scanner bed when he has downtime between his two summer jobs.

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