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Berlin Police Urge Drivers to Lock Car Doors After Burglaries


Berlin police are urging residents to lock their car doors after more than a dozen unlocked cars were burglarized in the last week.

Most of the vehicles burglaries happened overnight in neighborhoods along Chamberlain Highway and High Road, police said.

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6 Reasons Why Golden State Warriors Will Win NBA Title


Here is LeBron James back in the Finals, to finally deliver Cleveland a winner.

Here is Stephen Curry in his first Finals, ready to give the Bay Area its first basketball winner since 1975.

It doesn’t get much better than this for an NBA Finals matchup, which should have started days ago, but finally arrives in Oakland tomorrow night.

It’s either going to be LeBron’s third ring in six Finals tries and Cleveland’s first pro sports championship since the 1964 NFL Browns won it all in the pre-Super Bowl era.

Or, it will be Curry’s first ring to cap off one of the great seasons in league history for a team that has long lived in the shadow of its more successful neighbor to the south, the L.A. Lakers.

So who do we like? The Warriors in six games. Here are six reasons the Warriors long championship drought will soon end:

1. The Warriors have the defenders to slow down LeBron. 
Steve Kerr’s team has the ability to throw more quality defenders at James than anyone has during the 2015 playoffs. Kerr and his ace defensive coach, Ron Adams, will be able to guard James with Draymond Green, a first-team All-NBA defender who finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting; Andre Iguodala; Harrison Barnes; Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston.

One thing to remember: Adams is a former assistant to former Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who just came off his third encounter against James in the playoffs. You can bet the two have talked over the last few days about potential strategies to keep James from having huge games.
James has not shot well in the playoffs (43 percent versus 57 percent last year for the Heat in the playoffs). But he has had big games against the Bulls and Hawks — neither of which had the ability to put multiple defenders on the four-time MVP.

But this series is different.

“They have multiple bodies that they can kind of put on me," James said of the Warriors the other day after a practice in Cleveland. "But it doesn't affect what I need to do.’’

He needs to continue to do all of the heavy lifting for a Cavs team that arrives for its second-ever Finals as the decided underdog. If James wins, it will be his greatest feat as a pro basketball player yet, delivering a title for his home-area team in his first season back in Cleveland since leaving for Miami in 2010. He would notch his third ring, halfway to Michael Jordan’s six and two short of Kobe Bryant’s five. But if he loses, it extends Cleveland’s misery and will make him only 2-4 all-time in Finals play, making all those comparisons to Jordan (6-0 in the Finals) seem rather silly.

2. Curry is a brutal matchup for the Cavs.
You can say he’s been that way for every Warrior opponent this year, based on him winning the regular-season MVP and what he’s done in these first 15 playoff games. Curry comes into the Finals off his monster series against Houston in the West Finals. In that five-game triumph for the Warriors, he became only the second player in league history to score at least 40 points in a conference finals game while making at least five three-pointers and making at least 55 percent of his shots from the field. The only other player to do it? Jordan.

During the Warriors' run to the Finals, Curry is averaging 29 ppg on 46 percent shooting, with five three-point makes per game.

Curry’s quickness, ballhandling, playmaking and quick release make him nearly unguardable. The Cavs don’t appear to have a stopper, either, as they’re quick to admit. They’ll use heavy doses of Iman Shumpert, but this is a matchup perfectly made for Curry to add a Finals MVP to his regular-season MVP.

3. Kyrie Irving’s knee injury spells big trouble for the Cavs.
Irving has battled tendinitis in his left knee in the playoffs and it’s showed. He had three ineffective games in the Chicago series and then had to sit out two games when the Cavs swept the overmatched Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s double trouble for the Cavs if Irving is hobbled and can’t be effective in giving James a competent No. 2 scoring option. For one, Irving is one of the top ballhandlers in the game today and is a virtuoso scorer when he’s driving to the basket. But when he is limited to shooting jumpers because he doesn’t have his normal burst to the basket, that turns him into a more one-dimensional offensive performer.

At the other end, he’s a below-average defender, so any lack of mobility he has will be magnified when he has to guard Curry or the other Warrior guards. Rest assured, Golden State will attack Irving at the defensive end if they feel he’s more vulnerable because of his knee.

4. The Cavs have yet to play this kind of opponent in the playoffs.
The Warriors were only the 10th team in league history to win as many as 67 games, and they’ve shown in the post-season that it wasn’t a fluke, winning 12 of 15 games. When they hit some adversity in the playoffs, falling behind Memphis, 2-1, in the second round, they made the necessary defensive adjustments and reeled off three straight wins to advance to the West Finals. There, they beat up on a Houston team that featured James Harden, who finished second to Curry in the MVP; and Dwight Howard, still one of the game’s top big men.

The Cavs are 12-2 in the post-season, but the Warriors are more talented and deeper than anyone, including the Celtics, Bulls and Hawks -- the three teams the Cavs defeated in the Eastern Conference bracket to get to the Finals. This is where we’re going to see how much better the West was, once again, than the East.

5. The Warriors have the big man to contend with Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.
The Warriors’ league-leading defense has a 7-foot anchor in Andrew Bogut, something that the Cavs didn’t have to worry about when they swept the Hawks, making Atlanta the first 60-win team since the 1998 pre-Phil Jackson Lakers to lose 4-0 in a playoff series.

Starting for the injured Kevin Love, Thompson has had a breakout playoff run. With Mozgov, the two dominated the Hawks on the glass, but Atlanta’s best “bigs’’ were, in fact, Al Horford and Paul Millsap, two forwards.

6. The Warriors won’t be hurt by their lack of Finals experience.
Golden State is the first team since the 1997 Utah Jazz to arrive in a Finals without having one player who has played in a previous championship series. Before anyone makes too much of that, remember that among Cleveland’s main rotation players, only James has played in a Finals. Irving, Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Thompson, Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova have never made it this far. James has played in 27 Finals games, going 11-16. What will help the Warriors to overcome this? Kerr played in five Finals (three in Chicago and two in San Antonio) and they have the benefit of having the homecourt advantage, where they get to play before arguably the NBA’s loudest fans. They’re 46-3 this season at home, including the playoffs.

Longtime New York columnist Mitch Lawrence continues to write about pro basketball, as he’s done for the last 22 years. His columns for NBCNewYork.com on the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, along with other major sports, will appear twice weekly. Follow him on Twitter @Mitch _ Lawrence

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4 Arrested in Glastonbury Bar Fight: PD


Four people were arrested after a fight broke out at a scenic rooftop bar in Glastonbury early morning on Sunday that spilled out into the parking.

Dayna L. Musheno, 45, of East Hartford, Leighann Rojas, 26, of Windsor Locks, Ermelinda Rrumbullaku, 36, of Newington, and Elena R. Bosco, 27, of Suffield, are facing assault and breach of peace charges after police said they caused a fight at Rooftop 120 on 120 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury. Police responded at about 1:49 a.m. to the fight, which continued outside the bar on a nearby sidewalk, police said.

It's unclear what sparked the altercation or whether there were any injuries.

Each suspect was issued a misdemeanor summons and charged with breach of peace and third-degree assault. They were all released and are due in Manchester Superior Court on June 17.

4 Inmates Hur at Downtown LA Jail


Four inmates were hospitalized in a fight in a dorm with 80 inmates Wednesday at the Men's Central Jail complex in downtown Los Angeles, prompting a lockdown, authorities said.

The disturbance was reported at 12:30 p.m. An inmate was stabbed and was being treated by paramedics, said Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which manages the jails. It was not immediately known what precipitated the fight.

There were 80 people in the dormitory where the fight broke out. it was not clear how many inmates participated in the fight.

Both Men's Central Jail and Twin Towers were on lockdown as a precaution.

One inmate suffered a stab wound, and three others suffered less severe injuries.  None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Rev. Al Sharpton Coming to Hartford for Rally Against Violence


Rev. Al Sharpton is coming to Hartford Saturday to join pastors and the community in a rally for peace in response to a surge of violence in recent weeks in the capital city.

There have been 12 homicides to date this year so far in Hartford and there have been several gatherings to end the violence and pay respect to the victims.

Concerned Pastors of Greater Hartford is hosting the Stop the Violence and Cease the Killing March and Action Rally.  Sharpton and the National Action Network are partners in the event.

YouTube Users Pick Top Ads of Last Decade


#HBDYouTube! As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, YouTube took a public vote on its ad of the decade. And the winner is: Turkish Airlines' 2013 commercial "Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout. The ad, which featured LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi engaged in a selfie battle, took first place with 140 million views to date.

Users voted on their favorites among 20 famous ads since 2005. The vote was held in partnership with the Webby Awards.  

Take a look at all five ads below:  

Volkswagen's 2011 Superbowl hit "The Force" took second place. The ad features a little Darth Vader using the force within to start the car. 

Among the runners-up were P&G's Always, an ad that challenged the expression "like a girl."

Volvo ad featured Jean-Claude Van Damme doing a split atop two moving trucks. 

Dove's ad is a self-esteem booster that had huge appeal. 

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NYC Attack Suspect Speaks Out


The suspect who allegedly smashed a wooden chair over the heads of two men in a brutal attack inside a Manhattan restaurant last month is speaking out for the first time through a blog.

"I was the victim. People don't realize that. People don't know that," Bayna El-Amin told a blogger in an interview published online earlier this week.

Surveillance video of the attack at Dallas BBQ on May 5 shows the two men head toward a front window as the attacker approaches them with the wooden chair. The attacker then flings the chair over his head, and a loud crack and screams can be heard as he smashes it on the victims' skulls.

"He was in a rage. It didn't even seem like he was present," said Isaam Sharef, the man who shot video of the brutal attack told NBC 4 New York. "I don't think anybody can watch the video and not be outraged by how horrible this was."

About a week later, police connected El-Amin, who they described as a "career criminal," to the attack at Dallas BBQ restaurant about a week later and said they were pursuing him even as they believed he fled the state. The nature of his previous convictions wasn't immediately known, and it wasn't clear if authorities had an inkling as to where he may have fled.

On May 31, a blogger named Waddie G published an interview with El-Amin on The G-List, described as a blog about the author's "love of urban pop, queer and social cultures." 

The blogger, who's openly sympathetic toward El-Amin, said he spoke to El-Amin with the support of El-Amin's attorney. El-Amin said he was advised from speaking publicly before then. 

El-Amin, described as an HIV/AIDS counselor and ballroom community leader who's lived in New York City for nine years, told the blogger he was leaving a charity event with friends the night of May 5 when they decided to go to Dallas BBQ. Inside the restaurant, they noticed two men arguing with each other, and the disturbance threatened to spill over to a nearby table where several women were seated, according to El-Amin.

"So I said, 'Hey guys! There are ladies here,'" El-Amin said. "I said it in a tone that was authoritative to get their attention. However, they continued."

"Moments later, it appeared that Mr. Snipes (one of the two men) was going to leave the restaurant. But by standing at the door, he directed his attention toward me, walked toward me and said, 'And YOU calling us ladies!' And then he struck me. He struck me in the head with an object. I'm not sure what it was, but it felt like a heavy blunt object -- and it hurt," he said. 

El-Amin said he felt shocked and confused and that he had no idea why he'd been hit, but felt he needed to react quickly before he was hit again.

"So I immediately went at him. I got up toward him, and that's where you see the video started," he said. 

After the chair hit, one of the men lands in a seat and appears to be dazed by the impact; the other man appears to fall to the floor. The assailant, meanwhile, can be seen walking out of the restaurant.

El-Amin said there was no provocation on his part, and he never uttered any slur word at John Snipes, who first identified himself as one of the men attacked by El-Amin when video of the assault went public. 

"He definitely made false accusations and tried to put a crime on me that did not happen," El-Amin said of Snipes. 

He continued, "I'm 6'6" and roughly close to 300 pounds. Normally when someone sees me stand up, they're slightly intimidated. This guy was not... He didn't back down at all."

"My only thought was to facilitate an exit that they would not follow behind us because there was no one there to stop them from doing so -- or pull out a weapon out on us," he said. "There was a chair that's closest thing to me. That's why I threw it. I didn't look it as a way to maim him or use as a deadly force." 

Snipes had told DNAInfo and other media outlets that he and his boyfriend were attacked "specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people," and that El-Amin had directed racist and homophobic slurs at them.

El-Amin said of Snipes' statements: "What was said was line for line, word for word, a flat-out lie."

He added: "I can definitely confirm that I did not say anything that was directed towards his race or sexual orientation. As far as what he said, he may have said something [like a slur] to me, but I did not acknowledge that.

"I’ve been called a lot of things. And there is no way possible if you know me or my life, I could be called anywhere near a homophobe or anything like that. That is about the furthest thing from the truth about me.

"It is important to know that I didn’t have any thought about his sexuality or any thought about who they were, their color, gender, etc. That didn’t play any part whatsoever on MY end. I based my actions on the fact he assaulted me.”

El-Amin's whereabouts remain unknown, and it's not clear if he plans to turn himself in to police. 

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Airline Apologizes to Muslim Woman


A flight attendant who refused a passenger an unopened can of soda because she might "use it as a weapon" will no longer serve United Airlines customers, the airline said in a Wednesday apology to the passenger. 

The incident between the flight attendant and Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, happened last week on a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C. 

In a post to Facebook, Ahmad wrote about her denied request for an an unopened can of Diet Coke. Ahmad said  the flight attendant refused, telling her unopened cans could be used as weapons and it was against policy to hand them out. When Ahmad pointed out that the flight attendant had given the man next to her an unopened can of beer, she said the flight attendant repeated, "It's so you don't use it as a weapon."

Instead of getting support from onlookers, a man an aisle away from Ahmad mentioned her religion and yelled, "Yes you know you would use it as a WEAPON so shut the f**k up," she wrote.

"At that point I just felt like crawling into my seat and I had tears in my eyes," she told NBC Chicago earlier this week. "It was utter humiliation."

United Airlines flight 3504 was operated by Shuttle America, which is owned by Republic Airways Holdings. The Indianapolis-based Shuttle America said in a statement Monday that the company doesn't enforce rules about serving unopened cans.

Chicago-based United Airlines initially called the incident a "misunderstanding," but offered a formal apology to Ahmad on Wednesday.

"While United did not operate the flight, Ms. Ahmad was our customer and we apologize to her for what occurred on the flight. After investigating this matter, United has ensured that the flight attendant, a Shuttle America employee, will no longer serve United customers."

The statement continued: "United does not tolerate behavior that is discriminatory – or that appears to be discriminatory - against our customers or employees."

It was unclear from United's statement if the flight attendant had been fired or just banned from United planes, or just not "serving customers" on planes.

Ahmad earlier this week said she felt United Airlines "trivialized" the issue, adding that it was "not about a can of diet soda."

"United can’t simply say that they stand for diversity inclusion on paper," she said. "You know this needs to be something that’s enacted upon."

NBC Chicago on Wednesday evening reached out to Ahmad for reaction to the latest statement from United Airlines.

Missing 10-Year-Old New Haven Boy Found


State police have canceled a Silver Alert for 10-year-old boy missing from New Haven.

Cameron Thomas, 10, was last seen earlier on Wednesday wearing a navy blue polo with a school logo on it, khaki pants and white sneakers with yellow stripes before he went missing. He's 5 feet tall and weighs 90 pounds.

Police said he went for a walk, got lost and has been found safe.

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Shelter in Place Lifted After Montville Gas Main Break


A shelter in place has been lifted from the area where water company personnel hit a gas main in Montville, according to dispatchers.

Crews from Southeastern Water company were working in the area of 29 Texas Drive just after 2:30 p.m. when they struck a 1- to 2-inch gas main in the area, according to dispatchers.

Residents of the nearby Montville neighborhood were asked to stay in their homes and children who live on the affected streets were being kept late at Oakdale Elementary School as crews responded.

Eversource shut the gas off at 4 p.m. and has crews on scene making repairs.

The gas leak is impacting residents of Texas Drive, Florida Drive, Rhode Island Drive and New York Road.

Eversource and the fire marshal responded.

No injuries are reported.

Eversource predicts repairs will take a few hours.

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Police Investigate Incident on Olive Street in New Britain


Police are investigating an incident on Olive Street in New Britain.

The nature of the investigation is unknown.

No further information was available.

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National Guardsman Charged With Producing Child Pornography


A member of the U.S. National Guard based in Connecticut was arrested Tuesday on federal charges accusing him of possessing, distributing and producing child pornography.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation received information in January that Keith Haessly, 45, of East Hampton, was sharing child pornography images online and had participated in sexually explicit chats about the sexual exploitation of young boys, according to a joint press release from Special FBI Agent Patricia M. Ferrick and U.S. States Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly.

Haessly is suspected of posing as a female under the alias Amy Finch, using "loop recordings of females to entice boys to engage in sexual activity over webcams" on video chat programs including Skype and Omegle and made video recordings, according to the FBI and U.S. states attorneys office.

The court authorized investigators to search his home Tuesday and authorities seized his laptop computer before arresting him where he works. Haessly is a member of the National Guard in Connecticut.

Capt. Mike Petersen, of the National Guard in Connecticut, said that "at this time we are cooperating with the law enforcement investigation."

"We are going to help out with the investigation anyway that we can and we are also gathering our own facts at this time," Petersen said.

Haessly appeared in federal court in New Haven and U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A.L. Merriam ordered him detained.

He was charged with the possession, distribution and production of child pornography.

Haessly faces the possibility of a minimum of 15 years in prison if found guilty.

The FBI and Connecticut Child Exploitation Task Force, which is made up of federal, state and local law enforcement officials, are investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Miller is prosecuting the case.

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Project Safe Childhood Initiative to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. You can report suspected incidents online at www.cybertipline.com and find out more information on the initiative at www.justice.gov/psc.

One Hospitalized in Bristol Stabbing


A man was hospitalized after being stabbed during a domestic incident at 1204 Stafford Avenue in Bristol on Wednesday night and police believe they have caught the suspect.

Police responded to the home at 6:53 p.m. after receiving a report about a domestic dispute. They found a man with non-life-threatening stab wounds.

An ambulance took the victim to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment.

The stabber ran from the scene. A K-9 unit responded to the scene and couldn't initially find the person who stabbed the man.

NBC Connecticut was on scene and heard what sounded like a man screaming just after 10:30 a.m. right before three police cruisers raced up to the home. Officers, including one with a police dog, got out and ran behind the house and toward the woods.

A short time later, they cam out with a man in handcuffs who was covered in blood and put him in the back of a police cruiser.

Police said they believe the man is the suspect they were looking for in the stabbing and that he was being taken to the hospital.

Bristol criminal investigation division detectives responded.

Police said this remains an active investigation.

Suspect Plotted to Kill Activist


Usaama Rahim, the terrorism suspect killed by police in Boston Tuesday, may have planned to behead the organizer of a controversial "Draw Muhammad" competition before he changed course and decided to attack police officers, law enforcement sources said.

Rahim and David Wright, an alleged co-conspirator who was arrested Tuesday night, had originally planned to travel to New York and behead activist and blogger Pamela Geller, the Boston law enforcement officials said.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in connection with charges against David Wright, only after abandoning the plot to attack Gellar did Rahim plan to "randomly kill police officers."

But unlike Rahim and Wright's plot to attack police, their discussion to allegedly behead Geller was just talk, which one official described as a "fantasy," law enforcement officials told NBC News.

"We don't know whether they even knew where to find her," another source said.

Geller is the executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as an anti-Islam hate organization. She vowed to continue speaking her mind, no matter the consequences.

"They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn't do their bidding and abide by then voluntarily," Geller told NBC News in a statement. "This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery, or bow down to them and silence ourselves?

"It won't end with me or the cops," Geller added. "It's just beginning. The one thing that's being ignored that came out of Garland is that ISIS is here. Islamic terrorism is here."

Geller has been a target several times before. Two men with reported ties to ISIS, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were killed by police when they attacked the site where the "Draw Muhammad" contest, billed as a free-speech event, was held. One officer was injured.

"I will wear bulletproof equipment when I speak, and I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die," Geller said last month.

Geller does have armed security with her at all times. NECN has reached out for a statement from her in response to the alleged plot against her by Rahim.

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Mom in East Haven Home Threatened Suicide: 911


The crime tape came down Wednesday night, but police continue investigating the suspicious deaths of a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl found in an East Haven, Connecticut, home on Tuesday afternoon and a 911 call from a woman who identified herself as a friend of the mother said the mom threatened suicide.

“My friend sent me a letter that she was going to kill herself,” the woman told 911 dispatchers around 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, according to calls police released late on Wednesday morning.

The woman placed the call from outside 541 Strong Street after trying to get in and finding the doors locked.

“She says she cut herself, but I can’t get in the house,” the woman said.

The caller also told police she spoke with her friend over the phone and children were inside the home.

“Are you talking through the door?” the dispatcher asked.

“No, I was talking to her on the phone and when she told me she cut herself, I hung up and called you guys,” she said.

When East Haven police and firefighters arrived at the house, they found a 36-year-old mother, despondent with apparent injuries on her arms. She is still recovering in the hospital.

They then discovered the gas was on in the house. When they searched for other occupants, they found the two children dead inside.

Police have not identified the mother or two children.

Responding officers didn't report seeing any trauma on the childrens' bodies and said the position of their bodies didn't reveal anything suspicious. Police are classifying the deaths as "suspicious."

Three police officers hospitalized due to gas inhalation have been released from the hospital.

East Haven Police Chief Brent Larrabee said. Police didn't elaborate on why but said it will be up to the medical examiner to determine the causes of death.

Police said it's unknown whether the gas was in the air because of a breakage or whether someone turned it on, but Larrabee said, "I would say from observation it was probably turned on."

Police with masts and rubbergloves were back inside the home Wednesday night, working alongside the gas company to investigate.

While police haven't released the names of the childred who died or the mother, friends and neighbors say they are ready to grieve as the yellow police tape cordoning off the home was taken down. They placed stuffed animals near the home in memory of the children killed and lit candles.

“People will grieve over this and we want their feelings to come out. That’s good," East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo said.

The family's neighbor, David Parillo wants to know what happened.

"It’s very sad and disheartening and distraughtful knowing that it happened right next door to you," Parillo said.

His daughter, Julia didn't know the children, but she said she's having a hard time coping with the deaths so close to home.

"It makes me really sad because you know its hard because theyre so little why would you do something like that?" Julia Parillo said.

The cities of East Haven and New Haven are making grief counselors available, as the two children killed, a kindergartener and first-grader, went to the King/Robinson charter school in New Haven.

"We mourn the loss of these beautiful young lives whose smiles lit up the school each day," the school said in a letter to parrents. "Their family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

They gave parents tips on how to talk to their children about the tragedy, such as telling them the truth, talking about death instead of "going to sleep," allowing the child to talk about their feelings and express them in writing and art, and assuring their children that they are safe. 

“Her superintendent and my superintendent we’re making sure that both communities have grief counselors in our school system that’s need for the neighborhoods," Maturo said.

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Still Nice Weather Today


Partly cloudy skies will permit temperatures to rise into the 70s inland and 60s at the shore today, but it certainly won’t be as bright as yesterday.

Tomorrow, clouds will dominate, as only some sun is possible. Isolated showers will dot the state with temperatures reaching the lower-70s inland and upper-60s at the shore.

The best weather is saved for the weekend!

A cold front passes through on Saturday morning, without rain. A dry passage!

Only a few morning clouds are expected. After that, the rest of the day will be sunny with temperatures well into the 70s for all!

The sunshine stays put for Sunday to close the weekend in, perhaps, “top 10” fashion.

Temperatures will be in the 70s with absolutely no humidity.

Monday doesn’t look pleasant at all. Clouds give way to rain for most of the day. At this point, thunderstorms aren’t likely, but winds throughout the atmosphere are strong. Any sunshine early in the day might result in thunderstorms being introduced into the forecast.

Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast Tuesday, as humidity continues to build with temperatures in the 80s.

Stay with the NBC Connecticut First Alert weather team for the very latest forecast on-air, online and on the app.

2 Stabbed, 6 Burned in Brawl


Two women were stabbed and six other young women were burned with drain cleaner during a brawl Wednesday in Brooklyn, police said.

A 20-year-old was stabbed in the back and an 18-year-old was stabbed on the arm in the fight that erupted shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Schenectady Avenue and Carroll Street in Crown Heights, according to the NYPD.

The six other young women, who are between 17 and 22 years old, were burned with some type of drain cleaning solution, police said.

The women who were stabbed were taken to Kings County Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The other six women were taken to Cornell Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening chemical burns.

Police say charges are pending against all the women involved in the brawl.

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Bee Swarm Attacks at Graduation


A swarm of bees attacked a crowd attending a school graduation ceremony in Pasadena, California, Wednesday.

Three adults and a child had to be treated after being stung at Pasadena High School at around 6:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. ET).

The honey bees attacked to defend a hive they had established inside a sprinkler vault on the campus, and firefighters used foam to destroy the nest.

"If you're out in a public space and you notice bees flying up against your head, bouncing off your head, turn around and go in the other direction," said beekeeper David Williams, who responded to the scene in Pasadena.

"It's usually an indication that you've entered their defensive space and they're trying to warn you to get back," Williams added.

All four victims were treated at the scene, then released after it was established they had suffered no allergic reactions.

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Lockdowns Lifted at Ridgefield Schools


Several schools in Ridgefield were placed in a soft lockdown on Thursday morning after someone reported a suspicious man who might have been holding a gun, but they were lifted after police investigated.

Police said they received a call at 9:21 a.m. from someone who reported seeing a suspicious man near West Mountain and Ramapoo roads.

The caller said the man was walking toward the center of town and might have a firearm, so police were immediately dispatched to the area and the superintendent’s office was notified.

As a precaution, Veterans Park Elementary School, Ridgefield Academy and St. Mary’s School were immediately placed in a “soft” lockdown while police investigated.

Officers checked the area, but did not find anyone suspicious. When officers spoke with several people in the area, none said they saw anyone match the description the caller gave, so the “soft” lockdown was lifted.

CVS Sued Over Racial Profiling


Four former CVS theft investigators say their supervisors ordered them to target black and Latino shoppers in some New York City stores, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the nation's second-largest drugstore chain. 

The former employees said that supervisors routinely told them to racially profile black and Hispanic shoppers even when there was no indication that those people might steal. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, states that the supervisors never gave similar instructions regarding white shoppers.

The complaint, which seeks class status, claims CVS intentionally targets and racially profiles shoppers based on the "ill-founded institutional belief ... minority customers are criminals and thieves."

CVS spokeswoman Carolyn Castel said in an email that the company doesn't tolerate discrimination and is shocked by the allegations.

"CVS Health has firm nondiscrimination policies that it rigorously enforces," she wrote. "We serve all communities and we do not tolerate any policy or practice that discriminates against any group."

The plaintiffs said that they were subjected to increased scrutiny within weeks of complaining about the procedures, and they were eventually fired.

The plaintiffs are all either black or Hispanic.

CVS Health Corp., based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, runs 7,800 drugstores, a total that trails only Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

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