Thanksgiving with a different kind of family

Friends, from left, Kelsey Smith, with her daughter Hadley, 2, in her lap, talks with Jessica Whitman and her daughter, Charlotte, 11 months, and Amanda Lopez and her daughter Grace, 1, during Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at Smith's home in Groton. Smith and her husband, Josh, who is deployed, have an annual tradition of hosting Navy families for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Holidays are just one of the ways Navy wives rely on each other while their husbands are deployed.

New program to offer money help, emergency financial assistance to vets

In Norwich, a new program at Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut will offer financial management training and emergency financial assistance to veterans.

Coast Guard Academy aims to cut its energy use in half

Dave Piermattei, Boiler Plant Work Leader at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, makes the hourly rounds to check the systems at the academy's boiler plant Monday, November 20, 2017. Replacing the boiler is among a number of energy efficiency efforts planned to reduce overall energy consumption by 48%. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Coast Guard Academy is kicking off the largest energy savings project in the history of the Department of Homeland Security, designed to reduce the 85-year-old campus' energy consumption by 48 percent.

State restores funding for military funeral honors

Funding for the Honor Guard detail that performs the three-volley salute at military funerals was restored under the state budget signed by Governor Malloy on Oct. 31.

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Beach bliss

Sholarn Jones of Uncasville practices yoga stretching techniques while enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures  Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in the Alewife Cove section of Ocean Beach Park in New London. She is with her sister Holly Lauver, left, also of Uncasville. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Sholarn Jones of Uncasville practices yoga stretching techniques while enjoying the sunshine and mild temperatures Friday in the Alewife Cove section of Ocean Beach Park in New London.

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Warming recognition

U.S. Air Force veteran Staff Sgt. Tina Vigue-Adair, left, of Alexandria, Va., receives a Quilt of Valor from volunteer Chris Friese of North Franklin, representing the Quilts of Valor organization, at the Ledyard home of Adair's parents, Cindy and Dana Vigue, on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Adair served a total of 10 years in the Air Force, which included service during Desert Storm. The Stitch Chicks Quilts of Valor group based in Franklin has completed and awarded more than 145 quilts to veterans in 2017 so far. (Tim Martin/The Day)

U.S. Air Force veteran Staff Sgt. Tina Vigue-Adair of Alexandria, Va., receives a Quilt of Valor from volunteer Chris Friese of North Franklin, representing the Quilts of Valor organization, at the Ledyard home of Adair's parents, Cindy and Dana...

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Fireman Passero, New London's cat-rescue mayor

After some intervention, the city rescues a cat from a tree, despite a policy against it.

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Connecticut investigates Uber over massive data breach, paying hackers to keep quiet

In this March 15, 2017, file photo, a sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. The revelation Tuesday marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

After Uber revealed that it paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about stealing the personal information of 57 million customers and drivers, the company is now facing at least three potential class action lawsuits and separate investigations by the...

Connecticut prison population drops below 14,000, lowest since 1994

Connecticut's prison population has fallen below 14,000 inmates to its lowest level since 1994