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Vice President Kamala Harris tells Coast Guard Academy graduates their importance in 'unsettled world'

Ensign Khalfani Hargrow accepts his commission from retired U.S. Army Col. Cynthia Lightner, as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during the 141st commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. Harris delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2022.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The vice president delivered the keynote address during the 141st Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, congratulating cadets on completing a "a remarkable journey."

First cyber systems majors to graduate from Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadets first class, from left, Travis Morris, Spencer Kotys, Carolyn Ziegler and Austin Aitken on Thursday, May 12, 2022, in the Cyber Systems Lab at McAllister Hall on the school's campus in New London. The four are among the first class of 22 cadets to graduate with the academy's new cyber systems major.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Class of 2022 includes pioneers in the major, created in 2018.

Groton natives seek to help first responders facing mental injuries

Lauren Hoffman posed for a picture in 2014 — then as Lauren Forbes — in front of a photo of Lt. Thomas Forbes, her late father, and holding his police uniform hat. Lt. Forbes was a 31-year police officer who died by suicide at the City of Groton Police Department in 2011. The portrait of Lt. Forbes is from the FBI National Academy and is Hoffman's favorite photo of her father. Hoffman is now supporting Shields & Stripes, a nonprofit co-founded by a fellow Groton native that helps first responders dealing with mental injuries.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jennifer Byrnes co-founded the nonprofit Shields & Stripes with a fellow Air Force veteran, and at its fundraising gala, Lauren Hoffman talked about the 11 years since her father, City of Groton Police Lt. Thomas Forbes, died by suicide.

Submarine base honors Gold Star Families

Gold Star Families and dignitaries during a moment of silence Tuesday, May 3, 2022, after placing flags in the Flag Garden during the ceremony for Gold Star Awareness Month at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Naval Submarine Base held a flag garden dedication event in honor of Navy Gold Star Awareness Month.

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'It’s hard to do violence against those of us we know'

Michael Jordan and Heather Delorm, friends of Buffalo shooting victim Roberta Drury, visit a memorial for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tops was encouraging people to join its stores in a moment of silence to honor the shooting victims Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the approximate time of the attack a week earlier. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown also called for 123 seconds of silence from 2:28 p.m. to 2:31 p.m., followed by the ringing of church bells 13 times throughout the city to honor the 10 people killed and three wounded in the racially motivated attack.  (Joshua Bessex/AP Photo)

Southeastern Connecticut Black leaders saddened, angered by racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, N.Y.

Norwich woman eyeing recovery from landmark surgery

Laurie Watson shows the artificial iris prosthesis in her right eye Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Romania Eye Center in Groton.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

In first procedure of its kind in Connecticut, a Groton ophthalmologist implanted an artifical iris in a patient's damaged eye.

Vigil against racism to be held in Norwich

The public is invited to gather Monday evening for a vigil to stand against racism in the wake of the racially motivated shooting of 10 Black people at a grocery store in a Black neighborhood May 14.

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Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, May 22, 2022.

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Swimmer dies after going missing in Lyme pond

The 16-year-old male went under while swimming with friends at Uncas Pond, DEEP EnCon Police say.

Fire marshal: Sprinkers helped avert major fire at New London waste facility

The city’s fire marshal said a sprinkler system helped to avert what could have been catastrophic fire Wednesday at the Connecticut Waste Processing Materials (CWPM) facility.

Lighthouse Inn fire sparked by drilling, ruled accidental

New London Mayor Michael Passero records video as firefighters battle a fire at the Lighthouse Inn on May 5, 2022, at 6 W. Guthrie Place in New London. The fire has been ruled accidental.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The city’s fire marshal has ruled that the cause of the May 5 fire that damaged the recently opened Lighthouse Inn was accidental.

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New York officials investigate case of suspected monkeypox

This 1997 image provided by CDC shows the right arm and torso of a patient whose skin displayed a number of lesions due to what had been an active case of monkeypox.  As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America in 2022, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in developed countries. (CDC via AP)

New York health officials are investigating a potential case of monkeypox after a patient tested positive for the family of viruses associated with the rare illness

Runner collapses, dies after Brooklyn half-marathon

A 30-year-old man collapsed and later died after crossing the finish line at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday morning