A woman among men: Female pilot details 31-year Army career

U.S. Army veteran Denise Howard addresses a luncheon of the Southeastern Connecticut Women's Network on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Langley's Restaurant at Great Neck Country Club in Waterford. Howard retired after a career in the Army just as the prohibition on women serving in combat was lifted. She deployed twice to Iraq.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

When Denise Howard attended Army basic training in 1982, she was taught her how to apply makeup, how to stand and how to fix her hair. Her male counterparts, on the other hand, went through combat training.

Blumenthal calls on DOJ to investigate privately managed military housing

Blumenthal went inside three privately managed military homes near the Naval Submarine Base Wednesday to see firsthand the health and safety issues that military families in Groton, and across the country, have been confronting.

UConn students develop device to help keep Navy sailors from getting injured

Yannis Halkiadakis, from right, is fit with an ankle monitor with help from teammates Devon Thompson, Kyle-Gabriel Tan and Prateek Rana before walking on a treadmill at the Sports Optimization and Rehabilitation Labs on March 14, 2019 at UConn.  A group of students are developing an injury detection device that would allow the Navy to monitor the fatigue levels of its members and give warning for fatigue-related injuries.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

It's all part of a joint effort by UConn and the University of Rhode Island to create a Naval Science and Technology Program to get students interested in naval projects before they graduate.

Longtime war reporter tackles public disengagement in Iraq, Afghanistan conflicts

"American households have not had to worry about their children being summoned by lottery to the battlefield. When you don't have worry about something, there's a pretty good chance you don't think about it," C.J. Chivers says.

White House budget includes request for three attack submarines

The $4.7 trillion budget released Monday by the Trump administration calls for buying three attack submarines, as opposed to two, in fiscal year 2020.

LOCAL NEWS

Kindness in Real Life: Homemade caps bring smiles to young hospital patients’ faces

Luke Gingerella of North Stonington at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital wears a handmade operating cap. (Photo by Stephanie Henry)

Volunteers at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme are collaborating with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital’s Child Life and Surgical services to bring a little fun to its young patients.

A taste of spring at Rita's

Jazmyn Washington, right, feeds her son Takoda Belcher, 1, an Italian ice as they sit with her sister Amalyah Harkness and her dog Max, all of New London, at Rita's on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in New London. A crowd gathered at the restaurant chain, which opened for the season earlier this month, for the first day of spring as temperatures hit the low 50s.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Jazmyn Washington, right, feeds her son Takoda Belcher, 1, an Italian ice Wednesday as they sit with her sister Amalyah Harkness and her dog Max, all of New London, at Rita's in New London.

Norwich woman says Harvard 'shamelessly' profits from her slave ancestors' photos

In this July 17, 2018, photo, Tamara Lanier holds an 1850 photograph of Renty, a South Carolina slave who Lanier said is her family's patriarch, at her home in Norwich, Conn. The portrait was commissioned by Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz, whose ideas were used to support the enslavement of Africans in the United States. Lanier filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Massachusetts state court, demanding that Harvard turn over the photo and pay damages. (John Shishmanian/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

Harvard University says it is not in a position to comment on a lawsuit complaining it has profited from images of two 19th-century slaves

Groton Town Manager proposes budget with no tax rate increase

Town Manager John Burt has proposed a fiscal year 2020 budget of $129,421,737, or a 2.8 percent increase over the current year's adopted budget, that would carry no tax rate increase.

COLUMNS

Shame on New London for trying to hide blight records

The city spent much of March denying access to blight enforcement records.

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Police seek information about Colchester man missing for nearly 30 years

As the 30-year anniversary of his disappearance approaches, state police are seeking information about a Colchester man who was 24 when he vanished from his parents’ Forest Street home.

Police logs - March 20, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Four displaced by Groton fire Sunday night

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that significantly damaged the interior of a home at 90 Meryl Court late Sunday night.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Officials unveil draft 'Blue Plan' to protect Long Island Sound

People watch from a jetty at Ocean Beach Park in New London as a Cross Sound ferry passes Feb. 19, 2017, on its way to Long Island, N.Y. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, unveiled the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, which maps out wildlife habitats and human activity in order to protect the environment, and commercial and recreational uses, while fostering harmonious development on the Sound. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Wednesday unveiled the Long Island Sound Blue Plan, which maps out wildlife habitats and human activity in order to protect the environment, and commercial and recreational uses, while...

With committee vote, lawmakers map potential path to tolls

A legislative committee took the first steps Wednesday on what would be a long and complex journey to implement a comprehensive system of electronic highway tolls in Connecticut, endorsing three bills that broadly outline the process, while leaving...