Boston free speech rally draws a few supporters, many protesters

Protesters gather at Boston's Free Speech Rally on Boston Common Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Boston.   (Mark Lorenz/The Boston Herald via AP)

A few dozen free speech advocates have rallied peacefully on Boston Common but just like last summer's event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters.

Two R.I. men get prison for lottery-related beating death

Two Rhode Island men are headed to prison for beating a man to death aboard a sailboat over lottery winnings

Police: 2 Quinnipiac University students set fires in dorm bathrooms

Two students at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut have been charged with setting fires in a dormitory

Man linked to Boston museum art heist seeks prison release in weapons case

A reputed Connecticut mobster who authorities say is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in U.S. history wants to await sentencing in an unrelated weapons case at his home

Vermont town laments looming cemetery plot shortage

Some people in a Vermont town are worried the community is going to run out of available cemetery plots


9 injured in fire atop 6-story NYC apartment building

A firefighter consoles a person wrapped in a blanket at the scene of a fire at an apartment building in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP photo/Mary Altaffer)

Large fire on top floors of 6-story apartment building results in 9 minor injuries

'Murder mobile' killer of 7 in Connecticut sentenced to life in prison

This Sept. 18, 2015, file booking photo provided by the New Britain Police Department shows William Devin Howell, who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003. Howell pleaded guilty to six murder charges in September and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. He’s also serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter in the seventh victim’s death. (New Britain Police Department via AP, File)

An East Coast drifter who killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 has been sentenced to life in prison

Christopher Columbus called 'terrorist" at NYC hearing on monuments

New York City residents have been sharing their thoughts with a commission that's evaluating statutes and monuments to ensure there are no "symbols of hate" on public property

Malloy holds back state money to Connecticut cities and towns

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy holds back tens of millions of dollars to municipalities and agencies to help cover gap built into new Connecticut budget

Massachusetts weighs overhaul of bilingual education

Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that his top priority as he weighs legislation aimed at overhauling bilingual education in Massachusetts is ensuring students become proficient in English "as quickly as it reasonably possible."

Massachusetts university increases security following reports of racism

A Massachusetts university will install cameras and step up security following a series of racist incidents on campus

R.I. councilman: College students are throwing bottles at police

A Providence councilman says college students have been throwing glass bottles at police officers and he wants the city and the state to take action

Bank robber with poor spelling skills pleads guilty

A man authorities dubbed the "spelling bee bandit" because the notes he passed to tellers during multiple bank robberies in the Boston area contained the same spelling error has pleaded guilty



It's never too early to shop for Christmas

Some people around here might deserve more than stones in their stockings.


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'Enough is enough': At least 5 have died in NL sober homes in 3 years

At least five people have fatally overdosed in New London sober homes in about three years. City Human Services Director Jeanne Milstein calls that "outrageous."

Rollover in New London

New London firefighters and police work the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving an SUV and a compact car at the intersection of Broad and Colman streets in New London, Saturday evening, Nov. 18, 2017. The SUV  rolled over onto its roof, and no injuries were reported. (Tim Martin/The Day)

New London firefighters and police work the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving an SUV and a compact car at the intersection of Broad and Colman streets in New London on Saturday evening, Nov. 18, 2017.

Two arrested on heroin charges in Groton

Members of the Regional Community Enhancement Task Force and Groton Police Department on Thursday arrested two 26-year-old Groton residents on heroin charges, police said in a news release on Friday.

New London police union to collect turkeys, food, cash Saturday

Members of the city police union on Saturday will be stationed outside the North Frontage Road ShopRite to collect turkeys and nonperishable food items for the Gemma E. Moran/United Way Labor Food Center.



No longer a simple question: Where are you going to high school?

Gary Etienne, right, laughs as he talks to Devon O'Keefe, an instructional leader in Ledyard High School's agri-science program, as Etienne's daughter, Elizabeth, an eighth-grader at Kelly Middle School, looks on during High School Night on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the school in Norwich.  The event offered an opportunity for middle school students in the region to learn more information about high school choices.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

What used to be a fairly basic choice of your town’s regular high school, a nearby technical school or the closest parochial high school has expanded for students in many towns to include a myriad of magnet schools, multiple state-run...

10 Norwich students receive superintendent's awards

Norwich Public School Superintendent Abby Dolliver, left,  presents the annual Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Award to Huntington School fifth-grader Elijah Ramsey, 10, with his mother, Melissa Cheslog, at his side in the Kelly Middle School auditorium in Norwich on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Tim Martin/The Day)

The 10 students who made their way to the Kelly Middle School Auditorium earlier this week are the type of kids who pick up spilled crayons so no one will trip, take out the garbage at home, make sure timid kindergarteners feel comfortable, and...

NL school district settles sexual harassment complaint with former employee

The New London school district quietly approved a settlement agreement with a former employee earlier this year, paying her $125,000 to end a discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against her former boss, a 22-year employee of the district...

Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week of Nov. 19, 2017.