In light of new legislation, survivors and educators stress importance of Holocaust, genocide education

Holocaust survivor Rabbi Philip Lazowski describes his experiences to eighth-graders at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He narrowly escaped capture by the Nazis at the start of World War II in his native Poland and spent the war with the resistance. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law on May 10 mandating Holocaust education in state schools and Lazowski was among those advocating for the legislation.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The eighth-graders gathered in the gymnasium at William J. Johnston Middle School on Tuesday morning were silent as they leaned in to hear the soft voice of Rabbi Philip Lazowski.

Among the empty storefronts, scaffolding stands an optimistic development director

Felix Reyes, New London's new director of economic and community development, talks about buildings under construction on Bank Street on Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Felix Reyes, a New London native, has been on the job since March.

I-95 Exit 82A in Waterford will be closed Tuesday for tree removal

The work is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and motorists are advised to drive slow and expect delays, according to a release from state Sen. Paul Formica. In the event of adverse weather, the work will take place Wednesday.

New London woman seriously injured in Plainfield crash

Jennifer Macdonald, 36, was taken to Backus Hospital after the crash Friday but later was transferred by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital, according to a police news release. Her injuries are serious, it said.

Stonington, Groton Town police to participate in 'Click It or Ticket'

Like Waterford police, Stonington police also will participate in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign beginning Monday.

New London police call on students to name new K-9

City police, equipped with a new K-9, are asking elementary school students to help them come up with its name.

New London Police Union to begin annual fundraiser

The New London Police Union’s annual fundraiser, conducted by TCI America, will begin Monday, union officials announced this week.

Three sent to hospital with minor injuries after three-vehicle crash in Groton

Three people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a three-vehicle accident around Route 12 and Toll Gate Road on Thursday afternoon.

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First military spouse sworn in as attorney under new rule in Connecticut

Aleyshia Flood Young takes the oath as an attorney Friday, May 18, 2018, from Superior Court Judge John L.

When Aleyshia Flood Young met her husband, a Navy chief, about five years ago, she didn't realize how his being in the military, a job in which frequent moves is the norm, would impact her career.

Veterans group recalls man who found peace in equine program but couldn't overcome his troubles

Robert Porter of New London, a volunteer with the Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services, or V.E.T.S., program spends a moment with Arran, a Clydesdale, during volunteer training day at the Horses Healing Humans facility in Stonington on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The organization provides equine-assisted programs to veterans with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Porter served for several years in the Coast Guard. Despite his and his friends' efforts to get him help, Porter committed suicide Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the age of 36. (Tim Martin/The Day)

After their friend took his own life, three men open up about struggling with mental illness and the difficulty of getting help, even with a good support system.

USS Grayback class joins the fleet

Groton — Sixty-nine sailors of "Class 18240," USS Grayback, graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, on May 11. Seaman Christopher Coolidge was class honor graduate with a 96.90 GPA. Coolidge continues training in tactical...

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren urges grads to 'fight and persist'

This March 14, 2017, file photo shows Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaking with reporters at the Capitol in Washington.  Warren encouraged graduates of a Massachusetts college on Saturday to “persist” in the face of “deep challenges,” without naming President Donald Trump. Warren delivered the commencement address to graduates of Lesley University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Art and Design in a Boston ceremony Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken foe of President Donald Trump, delivered the commencement address to graduates of Lesley University

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

This March 14, 2017, file photo show the Starbucks logo on a shop in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks is announcing a new policy that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don't buy anything. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. Starbucks said Saturday, May 19, 2018, it has told workers to consider anyone who walks into its stores a customer,

New policy at Starbucks: No purchase needed to sit, use restrooms

Massachusetts to clear hurdle to first offshore wind farm

Massachusetts is set to clear another hurdle on the path to its first offshore wind farm