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Former Coast Guard Academy official under investigation for 'alleged inappropriate conduct'

Prompted by a report of "alleged inappropriate conduct," the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service on April 12 started an investigation into Master Chief Brett VerHulst, an academy spokesperson said this week.

Eagle leaving New London for summer training

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle heads down the Thames River on March 8, 2021, after departing Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London bound for a training voyage. After only staying in local waters last summer due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagle is scheduled to depart Saturday, May 8, 2021, to begin training for more than 130 Coast Guard Academy cadets.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle is leaving New London on Saturday to begin training for more than 130 cadets.

Command master chief resigns from Coast Guard Academy

Command Master Chief Brett VerHulst resigned his duties at the Coast Guard Academy and is being reassigned.

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Tiptoeing among the tulips

Lucas Masella, 2, of Newington guides his parents, Lauren and Dan, through the fields Friday, May 7, 2021, at Wicked Tulips Flower Farm in Preston.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Visitors to Wicked Tulips Flower Farm in Preston enjoy the fields of colorful blossoms Friday.

Connecticut, region hoping to tap into pent-up tourism demand

"Say Yes to Connecticut," a $1.2 million marketing campaign, is designed to take advantage of the state’s relatively high vaccination rate and Gov. Ned Lamont’s scheduled May 19 rollback of capacity restrictions.

Blumenthal, state victims' advocacy groups push for change in federal funding

Advocates for victims of crime have raised concerns about dwindling federal funding in recent months.

East Lyme works toward 'countering racism' through root cause analysis

The mini audit includes surveys, focus groups and one-on-one itnerviews with various facets of the school community.

COLUMNS

Yes, we can get along: Connecticut judges and journalists collaborate to improve court access

If being a member of the statewide Judicial-Media Committee sounds like fun, it was. But there was...

Pandemic layoffs at Mystic Seaport were permanent

Only about a third of those who were laid off last spring have been hired back and the others are...

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New London man facing several drug charges

Police said that, while serving a search and seizure warrant at a New London apartment Thursday morning, they confiscated several drugs and more than $24,000 in cash.

New London police, school district investigating incident involving substitute teacher

Police and school administrators are investigating an incident involving a substitute teacher at Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet Middle School in New London.

Kitchen fire damages four apartments in New London

Four apartments in a downtown New London building were damaged after a fire broke out in a kitchen Monday night.

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Connecticut says 'vaccination breakthrough' COVID infections rare

New data from the Connecticut Department of Public Health show 242 of the more than 1.4 million people fully vaccinated later became infected with COVID-19

Bates College takes away batons from security officers

Bates College officials have decided to take away the batons carried by its security officers this week following a petition signed by 18 groups and 546 people