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Remembering a nuclear submarine trailblazer

Vice Adm. Edward A. Burkhalter Jr. on Dec. 14, 1983. (United States Navy)

Local veterans are remembering the late retired Vice Adm. Edward A. “Al” Burkhalter Jr., among the first to serve on nuclear-powered submarines, as a well-liked leader who looked out for even the most junior of sailors.

Coronavirus precautions dictate slow start for Coast Guard Academy swabs

Morgan Ward and fellow members of Bravo Platoon wait for their medical screening 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 coronavirus forced changes to the first day at the academy, which is usually filled with upperclassmen shouting commands as the new cadets, known as swabs, get haircuts and uniforms and go through drill practice.

House, Senate at odds over submarine spending

In their separate versions of the annual defense policy bill for fiscal year 2021, a House proposal fully funds the construction of two Virginia-class attack submarines whereas a Senate proposal does not.

New London Veterans Affairs Committee updates veterans on its work

The committee's office will soon be relocated to the New London Senior Center at 120 Broad St.

Pressure increases on Coast Guard to ban Confederate flag

Recent events have led many to renew their calls to ban the Confederate flag, including by military services such as the Coast Guard.

LOCAL NEWS

Lifeguards under cover

New London recreation department lifeguards, from left, Fiona Hook, Callan Veltheim and Jake Gannotti, take shelter from the rain Friday, July 10, 2020, inside their office at Greens Harbor Beach.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

New London recreation department lifeguards, from left, Fiona Hook, Callan Veltheim, and Jake Gannotti, take shelter from the rain inside their office at Greens Harbor Beach Friday.

New Police and Community Together group in Groton City develops initial action items

The new Police and Community Together group in Groton met for the first time on Thursday evening and developed a list of initial action items.

Colleges oppose federal policy change regarding international students

Connecticut College and the University of Connecticut are calling for a reversal of a federal directive that says international students pursuing their studies exclusively online cannot remain in the United States.

State's congressional delegation pushes for added shellfish industry relief

Operations manager Marc Harrell, right, places two bags of oysters on the table June 12, 2020, while he and owner Jim Markow, left, help a customer at their Mystic Oysters pop-up at the Noank Aquaculture Co-Op in the Noank section of Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

All seven members signed a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary to reconsider a decision to exclude shellfish farmers from receiving coronavirus relief aid from the USDA.

COLUMNS

Is East Lyme price gouging on nonresident beach passes?

The town is charging nonresidents for a limited number of daily passes as much as residents pay for...

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