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Arab-American Groups: Coke Ad Is Racist


Arab-American leaders have slammed Coke's new Super Bowl ad and a promotion based on it, saying the campaign demeans and stereotypes Arabs.

The ad shows a thirsty Arab man leading a camel through the desert and pining after a mirage of an enormous bottle of Coca-Cola. A clutch of cowboys, a bus full of Las Vegas showgirls and a "Mad Max"-style bike gang zooms past him to snatch the Coke.

In an associated online promotion, Coke lets viewers vote on who should win the race — but doesn't allow a vote for the Arab.

"The Coke commercial for the Super Ball is racist, portraying Arabs as backward and foolish Camel Jockeys, and they have no chance to win in the world," Muslim Institute for Interfaith Studies' president Imam Ali Siddiqui told Reuters in an email.

"By not including the Arab in the race, it is clear that the Arab is held to a different standard when compared to the other characters in the commercial," Abed Ayoub, the director of legal and policy affairs for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said.

"Coke should understand and respect their consumers and have a better understanding of the market they are sharing," he added.

The president of the ADC, Warren David, also bemoaned the ad, asking why Arabs tended to be stereotyped as "sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers."

A Coke spokeswoman told Reuters the ad was intended to invoke Hollywood tropes, while a spokesperson for CBS, which is airing the Super Bowl, declined to comment to Reuters.


Photo Credit: Coca-Cola Co.

In Memoriam 2013

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died Feb. 1 at the age of 88. The combative and colorful three-term mayor and self-described "liberal with sanity" had become a symbol of the city he loved worldwide, recognized by his trademark inquiry, "How'm I doing?"

Former Mayor Koch "A Quintessential New Yorker"

Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88. Gabe Pressman reflects on the former mayor's life and legacy.

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Storm Damages Roof of Ludlowe High, Fairfield


Strong winds ripped a section of rubber membrane from the roof of Ludlowe High School in Fairfield on Thursday morning.

The area affected is above the main hallway of Warner House according to a message Headmaster Greg Hatzis posted on the school’s Web site

The full letter is posted here.

This left the area of the building with no moisture barrier, Hatzis said, and rain came into the building.

Ten classrooms sustained some water damage and the situation quickly got worse, but it was too late to cancel school. The buses had already begun their runs, according to the headmaster.

“Our administrative team, district maintenance department, and central office administration were on the scene quickly to assist with damage assessment and securing the building to maintain the safety of all students. No students or staff were ever in the part of the building that was affected. No one was injured or ever in danger of injury,” Hatzis wrote.

Students whose classrooms are on the second floor were sent to the gymnasium and buses were called back to dismiss at 10:15 a.m. No students or staff members were in the part of the building affected and there were no injuries, according to Hatzis.

As this was happening, there was no power in the central office, so there so no Internet connection to get messages out, so parents were alerted through the K12 Alerts system and social media.

"My staff got the press release out to the media, we got it on Facebook, we got it to the elected officials in town to get it out to as many people as we can," said Fairfield First Selectman Micahael Tetreau.  "Social media is amazing with what it does."

School officials are working with contractors, the insurance company and town building and fire departments.

Classes at Ludlowe High School have been canceled for Friday, according to the Fairfield schools website.  Administrators are working on a plan to relocate classrooms once school is called back in session.

The building has been cleared to host after-school activities, practices, sporting events, and other special events over the coming days that are not in the affected area, according to Hatzis.

Photo Credit: Amanda Raus, NBC Connecticut

NYers, Pols Recall Their Beloved Mayor


Ed Koch, the larger-than-life politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run, died of congestive heart failure Friday, Feb. 1, at the age of 88. 

Here, New Yorkers — from politicians to reporters to friends, family and voters — share their reflections on the former mayor's life and legacy:  

Angele Kassar Ekert: "I saw Mayor Koch walking down 52nd Street in NYC one day in the late 80s....a couple of tourists yelled to him from across the street 'Mayor Koch, we love you!' He yelled 'Wait, what did you say?' To which they repeated those praises He 'pretended' not to hear them and asked them to say it two more times, each time they yelled louder, to which he responded 'Oh that's what I thought you said!'"

Rafael Armstrong: "I didn't live in the city while he was mayor, but I was at a business lunch on the East Side in the late '90s, and I remember looking over and seeing him at lunch a few tables over. There was an energy and a charisma to the man, even after being out of office all those years."

Alice Benjamin: "My favorite moment was when my son's Boy Scout Troup led the parade down Ninth Avenue, and the mayor was right in front of them. He made it a point to shake hands with all the Scouts and say hello! I'll miss him -- he was a character!!"

Avala Maneeram: "I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Koch when I was a little girl. He came to my school and talked to us about being active participants in our community. I was only 7, but I remember him as being so warm and friendly and had a general enthusiasm for N.Y that was infectious. He will truly be missed."

President Barack Obama: "Ed Koch was an extraordinary mayor, irrepressible character, and quintessential New Yorker. He took office at a time when New York was in fiscal crisis, and helped his city achieve economic renewal, expand affordable housing, and extend opportunity to more of its people. In public office and beyond, his energy, force of personality, and commitment to causes ranging from civic issues to the security of the state of Israel always informed and enlivened the public discourse. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ed’s loved ones, and to the city that survives him."

Mayor Bloomberg: "In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of the city he loved so much."   

The Rev. Al Sharpton: "Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "Mr. Mayor was never one to shy away from taking a stand that he believed was right, no matter what the polls said or what was politically correct ... I will miss his friendship, and we will all miss his perpetual optimism and tireless commitment to continually striving to improve our city, state, nation and world." 

Sen. Charles Schumer: "New Yorkers were particularly proud of Mayor Koch because he was so proud of New York. Every atom in his body lived, breathed, spoke and exuded the city. He helped save the city and, perhaps most important of all, gave it confidence when it was beginning to doubt itself, which helped pave the way for the growth and prosperity we're still experiencing today. Every New Yorker will miss Ed Koch, and his towering presence."

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly: "In many ways Ed Koch never stopped being mayor. He was personally engaged in the issues of the day ... I was privileged to consider him a friend and I am grateful that I had a few more times to be with him, on Tuesday and again last night, before he finally left New York for someplace better - although he'd probably argue that's not possible." 

Rep. Charlie Rangel: "New Yorkers will forever remember Mayor Koch standing by subway cars each morning to greet his fellow neighbors, giving a face to the city they cherished. However, I will never forget Ed as the incredible man he was, who never left my side through times of need." 


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: "As a lifelong New Yorker, it's hard to imagine this city without Ed Koch. We will miss his keen mind, sharp wit, and absolute devotion to making a great city the best in the world. While we mourn his loss, we know that the legacy of his mayoralty, his commitment to civil rights and affordable housing, and his civic leadership long after he left City Hall, will live on for generations."

Manhattan DA Cy Vance: “New York would not be the safest big city in America today if Ed Koch hadn’t spearheaded one of the most important criminal justice reforms in New York City’s history as mayor: selecting criminal court judges based on merit instead of political connections. Every New Yorker has the right to walk the streets of our city without fear and all New Yorkers deserve equal access to justice. We’d be far, far further from these goals today if not for Mayor Ed Koch’s foresight and vision and courage." 

Rep. Peter King: "Ed Koch was a true friend and trusted adviser. Ed Koch personified the spirit of New York. New York’s 'Mayor for Life' is now New York’s 'Mayor for Eternity.' May he rest in peace.”

Photo Credit: FILE / AP

Shooting at Cromwell Condo Complex


Police responded to the Fox Meadows condominium complex in Cromwell for a shooting Thursday afternoon.

Officers were called to the complex at Meadow Brook Road and Woodbridge Lane just before 4 p.m.

According to police, a man in his 20s was shot inside one of the condos, but left the scene by the time officers arrived. They located the victim a short time later.  The victim drove himself to the hospital, police said.

The victim was shot in upper body and sustained non-life threatening injuries, according police.

Investigators determined the shooting was accidental.

The shooter, 50 year-old Emzy Barker, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and unlawful discharged of a firearm. He was released on a $5, 000 bond and is due back in court February 12th.


Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut/Ilana Gold

Scattered Snow Flurries Today


The day after temperatures reached the 50s, expect scattered snow flurries on Friday as winter returns.

Snow flurries have been reported in northern Connecticut, but residents from around the state could see a little bit of short-lived snow.

No accumulation is expected.

Check the interactive radar to see when the flurries are moving in.

If you snap a snow photo, send it to us as photos@nbcconnecticut.com. 

More snow is in the forecast for this weekend. A few inches are possible on Sunday.

Photo Credit: Gordon Gummelt

Great White Shark Spotted Near Hamptons

A well-known great white shark is back on New York's Long Island: "Mary Lee" was tagged in Cape Cod last fall, then spotted off Florida last month. But Thursday, it was found hanging around the Hamptons. The group Ocearch is tracking the 3,500 -pound shark.

41 Days Later, Missing Beagle Reunited With Family


Forty-one days after Clyde the beagle went missing on New York's Long Island, the beloved pet has been reunited with his owners, who were displaced by superstorm Sandy.

Christina Yevoli and her son Alfonso were staying with Yevoli's mother in Levittown after being flooded out of their Massapequa home during Sandy. Clyde jumped the fence Dec. 18 and never returned.

The 10-year-old mixed beagle-hound had jumped the fence once before in their old Massapequa house but came back within minutes. This time, because he was in a new home, he may have become disoriented, Yevoli told NBC 4 New York. 

"After three or four days, I didn't think we would find him," Yevoli said.  "I thought maybe someone took him in for themselves or worse -- that he got hit by a car. But I never gave up. I just kept going and going."

Yevoli posted missing dog posters and went to neighboring towns to do the same. But it was her Facebook page, Bring Clyde Home, that got the attention of people who could help.

Lisa Dwyer saw her page and joined in the search, enlisting the help of her cousin Denise May, a dog rescuer. 

"When we think of scent, we think he's smelling for his owner," May said. "But each town has its own smell, the streets smell different. I think he was trying to find something familiar to him."

Once Clyde became lost, he may have tracked his way back to his familiar old home in Massapequa. A few days ago, a dog tracker was able to locate Clyde in the woods near the Southern State Parkway in North Massapequa, not far from his pre-Sandy home. 

Forty-one days later, and 20 pounds lighter, he is now getting reacquainted with his family. 

"I couldn't have done it by myself," Yevoli said. "People who I don't even know are still calling me. I can't believe the amount of people who have called me and cared about a dog." 

Doctors Hope to Influence State Gun Laws


A group of local doctors, police officers and teachers met at the Lyceum in Hartford on Friday morning to talk about reducing firearm violence in Connecticut in the hopes that their ideas will help lawmakers make changes to our state's gun laws.

On Dec. 14, 20 children and six staff members of Sandy Hook Elementary School lost their lives when Adam Lanza, 20, went on a shooting rampage in the school.

Now, more than ever, the medical community is focusing on how to get guns out of the hands of youths.

"Year after year, more Americans are dying by gun fire than in any other high-income country," said Dr. Matthew Miller, associate director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, who has been studying ways to prevent firearm injuries and deaths for more than 20 years.

Dr. Miller said he believes part of the problem is access to guns in the home.

"When you reduce access to firearms, you're not only preventing a suicide today, you're reducing the rate of suicide for that entire population for today and tomorrow," he said.

Doctor Brandan Campbell, a pediatric surgeon at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, treats children with gun wounds every week and agrees with Dr. Miller.

“Guns need to be stored safely. There are certain types of guns that are more dangerous than others and we hope that those kinds of recommendations are going to come out of the experts policy forum today," he said. 

Lieutenant Paul Vance, of the state police, said it's also important for people to understand what kind of weapon they're buying, especially with children in the house.

"They don't quite understand what an assault weapon is, what a revolver is,” he said. “They sound very basic, but they're very important things people need to comprehend or understand."

The panel will present its recommendations to lawmakers at the state Capitol, where the debate continues over changing our state's gun laws.


Officer, Good Samaritan Pull Woman from Burning Car


A Plainville police officer and a Good Samaritan pulled a woman from a burning car on Interstate 84 in Plainville this morning, just before a small explosion right where the woman had been lying.

Maureen Jahne, 54, of Southington, was rescued from her burning car this morning on Interstate 84 in Plainville.  She was brought to Hartford Hospital and then transferred to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

Brian Cybulski, a 32-year-old Plainville police officer, and Kevin Bleau of Southington, pulled Jahne from her burning car around 6:30 a.m. on Friday.

According to state police, Jahne drove over a metal guardrail on Interstate 84 East between exits 33 and 34  in Plainville, hit a tree and the car caught fire.

When Cybulski arrived, Bleau had already broken the car window and was trying to pull the woman out of the car, according to police.

Bleau collapsed for a moment during the rescue because of the heat of the car, but  was able to recover and rescue the woman. Soon after, there was an explosion. 

"We are so thankful to everyone who helped her today," Jahne's family said in a statement released Friday afternoon.  "There are no words to describe how we feel about the officer and Good Samaritan who risked their lives to save our beloved Maureen.  We are so, so grateful."

Police are investigating and ask witnesses to call State Troop H at 860-534-1000.

Officers Shoot Suspect in Bridgeport


Bridgeport police shot a knife-wielding man on Thursday night and he is in critical condition, according to state police.

Just before 9 p.m., a security guard for the University of Bridgeport saw a man trying to break into an unmarked Bridgeport Police Department vehicle that was parked on Atlantic Street at Lafayette Street, according to state police.

Bridgeport police were called, a foot pursuit began, the man took a large knife out of a sheath and threatened the pursuing officers and security guards, according to state police.  

At this point, additional Bridgeport police were brought in and continued to pursue the man.

Then the man entered a small vestibule area of an apartment building at 557 Atlantic St. and Bridgeport police deployed stun guns and cap-stun several times, but nothing seemed effective on him, according to state police.  

The man continued to threaten and lunge at the officers with the knife, and two Bridgeport police officers shot him multiple times, according to state police. 

When the man was subdued, he was taken into custody, but continued to fight with EMS workers who provided emergency care at the scene, according to police.  

The man was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

Police have identified the suspect as Michael Stinson, 35, of Bridgeport.  He was charged with five counts of criminal attempt at first-degree assault, third-degree burglary and interfreing with police.

He is in critical condition, according to state police.  

None of the Bridgeport officers suffered any physical injuries, though one went to St. Vincent’s for observation.  
The Bridgeport State’s Attorney’s Office and Bridgeport Police Chief requested that the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad investigate the shooting incident.  
The police officers names are being withheld to allow for family notification of this shooting.
State Police are investigating.        

Bridgeport police are referring media calls to state police, but "said Bridgeport Police will cooperate completely with the ongoing State Police investigation and released a statement from Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr.

“Based on the information before us, Thursday’s police involved shooting appears to be completely justified. These officers followed their training and showed great restraint. They fired their service weapons as a last resort after the armed suspect lunged at them even after officers attempted to subdue him with a department Taser and pepper spray. The officers are understandably shaken up. They have my support and the support of this department.”

Bullet Casings Found in Bethel Middle School


Bethel Middle School was placed into a modified lockdown after bullet shell casings were found in the school Friday.

According to the school superintendent, the .22 caliber shell casings were on the floor just outside of the school cafeteria.

Police responded to the school at 600 Whittlesey Drive just before 10 a.m. Authorities originally said they spoke to a student believed responsible for the shell casings, but school administrators said there has been no student identified as being responsible and the investigation continues.

The modified lockdown means students can still move about freely in the school. It was lifted at 11:50 a.m., according to school officials.

Police conducted a second search of the building after the school day to look for any additional shell casings.

Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers


The Newtown Board of Education wants more armed police officers in the Connecticut town's four elementary schools after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Last night, they decided to ask the town to approve the request to include one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year's budget.

Members of the board will meet today with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.

“Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures are put in place,” Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein said. “So we’re being very thoughtful.”

Several police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six staff members were killed.

Those officers will remain at the school through the remainder of the school year, but the budget for the next fiscal year funds only resource officers at middle and high schools.

Parents said security means more than a police presence. 

“My main concern is with accessibility to these school, said Neil Johnson, a parent of two Newtown students. “On December 14th, that was the main bare-boned reason that occurred.”

“After what happened in our community, I just think we should go over and above and provide a shining example for the rest of the world and protect our kids,” said resident Donna Lorenz.


Shotgun Shell Found on Hall Memorial School Bus


Hall Memorial School, a school for grades 4 through 8 in Willington, was on lockdown until 8:15 a.m. on Friday after a shotgun shell was found on a bus. 

According to the superintendent’s office, someone handed the bus driver a shotgun shell at 7:30 a.m. that had been found and the driver notified school officials.

The principal isolated the bus, which had 31 students onboard, the school was put into lockdown as a precaution and authorities were notified.

Within about 10 minutes, the student responsible for bringing the shell on the bus acknowledged it was him, according to the superintendent. The children were taken off of the bus and state police interviewed them, the superintendent’s office said.

An assembly was held to reassure students are safe and to let them know what had happened.

An automatic messenger system was used to alert parents district-wide.

The superintendent doesn't believe the boy had any ill intent and said he will be dealt with "appropriately."


Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ed Koch: The Mayor of Media


In early October 1978, less than a year into the first of his three terms as mayor of New York, Ed Koch appeared before millions on national TV, delivering the opening monologue during the fourth-season premiere of "Saturday Night Live."

New York, he declared, "is going through a great renaissance. Saturday Night is one reason for this renaissance – an insignificant reason, but a reason nevertheless."
The comedy gig underscored Koch's quick rise as a national figure – and presaged how the gangly, bald, nasally voiced politician would become a pop cultural symbol of the city, using New York as his stage.
The former mayor, who died Friday at age 88, will be remembered as much for his reign during one of the city's most turbulent periods as for the outsized personality that led him to a second life as an entertainer of sorts, through books, TV, movies and, in his later years, the Internet.
Koch, who took office three years before Ronald Reagan's inauguration, was no actor. He thrived by playing himself: defiant, outspoken (he called Reagan a "wacko" during his second "SNL" monologue in 1983) and never lacking for self-confidence (his trademark phrase "How'm I doin'?" seemed at times to be a rhetorical question).
While Koch never met a spotlight he couldn't grab by sheer force of personality, he instinctively knew that the key to his success was serving as a nervy, tart-tongued stand-in for all New Yorkers, no matter how they thought he was "doin'." He occasionally grated on even his biggest fans, but even those who didn't like him viewed him as a formidable force.
When Koch first appeared on "SNL," the city was three years from a low point, as summed up by the classic New York Daily News headline: "Ford to City: Drop Dead." New York’s reputation as a bastion of crime, sleaze and insolvency played out in the popular culture in quips by Johnny Carson, who moved "The Tonight  Show" from 30 Rock to Burbank in 1972 ("Last night, it was so cold, the flashers in New York were only describing themselves," Carson once cracked).
As New York began its painfully slow climb out of an urban abyss, Koch used the media – and his own personality – to reshape the city's image, marshaling his smarts and combativeness to signal New Yorkers were battling back. He acerbic style was satirized in "Ghostbusters" in 1984, the same year he played a fuzzier version of himself in "The Muppets Take Manhattan." Koch also appeared as mayor on the big screen in "New York Stories" – the Woody Allen segment, of course, in which a giant Jewish mother, spewing guilt, looms over the city.
Koch embodied chutzpah to those who had never heard the word – perhaps no more so than when the march of commuters he led over the Brooklyn Bridge during a 1980 transit strike made for compelling TV far beyond the subways. Still, he more than occasionally self-immolated in the spotlight. An infamous 1982 interview with the then-powerful national platform of Playboy, in which he derided the suburbs as "sterile" and scoffed at rural life as "a joke" – torpedoed his chances to become governor and forever took him out of the running for higher office. His arrogance almost certainly played a role in blinding him to the corruption that marred his final term in office, leading to his defeat in the 1989 Democratic primary by the decidedly lower-key David Dinkins, who would go on to succeed him.
Koch, characteristically, proved no shrinking mayor-emeritus, speaking out politically and keeping in the larger public eye. He replaced Judge Wapner on "The People's Court" in the late 1990s. He made cameos on shows like "Spin City" and “Sex and the City.” He made TV commercials (he pitched Snapple). He reviewed movies for local papers, and later on his own web show (“The Mayor at the Movies”), never holding back ("The film is simply dopey, devoid of interest, and boring. Do not encourage more of the same by adding to its cash receipts," he wrote of "Spider-Man 2").
Illness in the days before his death kept him from his final curtain call at the premiere of "Koch," a one-word-says-it-all documentary about his life.
Leadership in the face of tragedy would make Rudy Giuliani, in many eyes, "America's Mayor." But Koch, during his prime, was only second to perhaps the Statue of Liberty in representing to the world the city he loved and that sometimes loved him back. As accolades and remembrances pour in for Koch, check out his monologue from his 1983 hosting stint on "SNL":

Hester is founding director of the award-winning, multi-media NYCity News Service at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former City Editor of the New York Daily News, where he started as a reporter in 1992. Follow him on Twitter.



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Bradley Offers Seasonal Trips to Dominican Republic


If 81 degrees sounds good to you, a new charter service from Bradley Airport to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can make it happen.

Apple Vacations’ will begin offering seasonal weekly nonstop round trip charter service from Bradley International Airport to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, starts on Feb. 2.

The flights will operate on Saturdays through March 30, with Frontier Flight #8548 departing Bradley at 10:45 a.m. and return service on Frontier Flight #8549 arriving at 7 p.m. 

Bradley also offers seasonal weekly nonstop round trip flights to Cancun from Dec. 15 through March 30 and Delta’s will offer seasonal weekly nonstop round trips from Bradley to Orlando between Feb. 16 through March 30.

Torrington Police Issue Alert for Missing Man


Police are looking for a missing Torrington man who has not been to work in two days and threatened to harm himself, according to police.

Police received a report at 8 a.m. on Friday from someone concerned about John Ferentheil, 46, of Torrington.

He works as a carpenter and his employer was concerned when he had not shown up for work on Thursday or Friday, according to police.

Police said Ferentheil suffers from depression and suicidal ideations.

He drives a tan 1999 Chevy Blazer, although it is described as silver in color. 

He was last seen wearing jeans or blue Carhartt work pants, brown work boots covered in paint or spackle and an oversize gray hooded sweatshirt.

Ferentheil is 6-feet 2, 250 pounds, bald and has hazel eyes and a slightly graying goatee. 

He might have traveled to Naugatuck, Danbury, Simsbury or Torrington as he has family and work.     Leads have led police to the Naugatuck / Beacon Falls area, but they do not know if Ferentheil was staying the area, or simply drove. 

If you know where John is, call Torrington police at 860-489-2007.

Construction Worker Dies in Middlefield Accident


A 35-year-old New Haven man has died after falling 12-feet off a staging area while working on a residential construction site on Cherry Hill Road in Middlefield on Friday morning.

Lamar Liddell was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

He was with four other coworkers when he fell and one of Liddell’s colleagues witnessed the fall, according to officials.

Officials do not know if Liddell had a health problem that might have contributed to the accident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Luanci Construction company, based in North Haven, is building the house and NBC Connecticut went to the company’s address, but no one was there.

Officials said Liddell leaves behind a wife.

Photo Credit: Stephania Jimenez, NBC Connecticut

Former FDOTUS, Barney Bush, Dead at 12


Barney Bush, the Bush family's Scottish Terrier, who spent his time in the White House sniffing for snacks and greeting his home's many visitors passed away Friday from lymphoma.

President George W. Bush remembered his "pal" in a statement: "Barney and I enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved to accompany me when I fished for bass at the ranch. He was a fierce armadillo hunter. At Camp David, his favorite activity was chasing golf balls on the chipping green. Barney guarded the South Lawn entrance of the White House as if he were a Secret Service agent," the statement said, adding that "he never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend."

In a memorial Facebook photo album, the dog can be seen gnawing on balls, frolicking in the snow, standing at the presidential podium and charming heads of state.

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