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Blumenthal: National Guard's role in helping Connecticut combat election hacks should be model for country

“They’re making use of their private civilian expertise to safeguard our election and do a tremendous public service and that’s a model for the whole country,” the Connecticut senator said Friday at a news conference.

When coronavirus sidelined 18 members of a Coast Guard cutter crew, cadets stepped in

Coast Guard Academy Cadets, from left, Joram Stith, Jordan Park, Malia Haskovec, Branyelle Carillo and Henry Smith pose for a portrait Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the academy's docks in New London. They filled in on the Coast Guard cutter Munro this summer, when the coronavirus sidelined 18 crew members a week before deployment. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A week before the Munro was to deploy, a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, it was determined that 18 of the crew would have to quarantine. So the ship's commanding officer turned to the Coast Guard Academy.

No yelling, fewer dropouts during swab summer at Coast Guard Academy

7/8/20 :: NEWS :: BERGMAN :: Second class Cadet Greg Hill, center, checks on Charlie Platoon as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2024 report in Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for the start of Swab Summer. The 275 prospective cadets arrived by platoon over the course of the day and, after a check-in routine and swearing-in, started a 14-day restriction of movement, or quarantine, period consisting mostly of online and some classroom training. The traditional physical training, haircuts and uniform issue will take place after the quarantine period.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The retention rate for Swab Summer was the highest it's been in recent years. Nine out of 265 cadets did not finish the training compared to the 15 to 20 who have dropped out each of the past few summers.

With pending release of USS Thresher records, some families hope for answers

The USS Thresher (SS593). On April 10, 1963, the submarine sank approximately 220 miles east of Cape Cod, killing everyone aboard: 16 officers, 96 sailors and 17 civilians.  (Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)

Michael Shafer, whose father and uncle died when the Thresher sank 57 years ago, said he hopes the planned release of the Navy's records related to the diasaster, prompted by a lawsuit, get him closer to the truth.

Hike to raise awareness of military veteran suicide

On Sept. 19, veterans and active duty service members will take to the streets of Norwich to illuminate the issue of veteran suicide.

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Connecticut natives graduate from college

Students from across the region graduate from universities around the country.

With 'humor and camaraderie,' veterans hike through Norwich for suicide prevention

Veterans and active-duty service members walk along Route 82 in Norwich on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, during the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike. The hike, in which veterans and active duty service members wear their combat boots and

About 200 people participated in the third Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike in Norwich.

Norwich learns federal COVID-19 relief grant can't be used to pay NPU bills

Community Development Block Grant funds cannot be used to pay utility bills for the city-owned NPU or to pay property taxes for distressed residents.

After spike earlier in summer, COVID-19 test result times come back down

Nurses and technicians administer tests Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at the drive-up COVID-19 testing facility at Backus Hospital in Norwich. Locally, the wait for test results has begun the decline since mid-July, when new cases were peaking nationwide.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Quest Diagnostics, for example, saw an average turnaround time of seven days for most populations in mid-July, but that's now down to two days.

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Not with a gun on Fifth Avenue, but Trump killed a family friend

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Connecticut congresswoman quarantining after staffer tests positive

In this May 14, 2018, file photo, candidate Jahana Hayes addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn. On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Hayes, D-Conn., said that she and all of her staff will be quarantining after one of her aides tested positive for the coronavirus. (Jim Shannon/Republican-American via AP, File)

Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes says she and all of her staff will be quarantining after one of her aides tested positive for the coronavirus

Pop-up drive-in movie coming to T.F. Green Airport

Rhode Island’s largest airport is hosting a popup drive-in movie in one of its parking lots as a thank you to the community