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Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

In this image from video provided by My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation, former President Barack Obama speaks Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during virtual town hall event with young people to discuss policing and the civil unrest that has followed the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. (My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The Obama Foundation via AP)

Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election

White House: Trump church visit akin to Churchill WWII role

Protesters stand on the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during a demonstration in Parliament Square in London on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Protests have taken place across America and internationally, after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man called out that he couldn't breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with murder. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman says his recent visit to a church near the White House was a “leadership moment” akin to Winston Churchill’s inspection of bomb damage in London during World War II

House Democrats unveil $500 billion transportation package with focus on buses, rail and the environment

House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a $500 billion transportation bill that outlines a five-year plan for how Americans will get around, with a new emphasis on transit and railroads and seeking to blunt the environmental cost of travel.

Esper breaks with Trump, opposes using military for protests

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is breaking with President Donald Trump, saying he opposes using active-duty  military forces for law enforcement duties in the U.S. Trump has raised that possibility, though the White House has cooled on the idea...

Biden, Trump chalk up more primary wins in Rhode Island

Poll worker Neuza Ferreira, left, checks in voter Christina Tremblay, right, both of Providence, R.I., Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at a voting station, in Providence. In-person voting is being offered at a reduced number of locations for voters who missed the deadline to request a mail ballot. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump have handily won the presidential primaries in Rhode Island

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Trump slams governors as 'weak,' urges crackdown on protests

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump delivered Rose Garden remarks Monday evening after deriding the nation’s governors as “weak” and demanding tougher crackdowns on burning and stealing in the aftermath of more violent protests in dozens of...

Markey, Kennedy face off in Democratic primary debate

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, left, elbow-bumps Sen. Edward Markey after their debate for the Democratic primary for senator from Massachusetts, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Springfield, Mass. (Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, said in a televised debate Monday that generations of racial injustice is helping fuel the protests that have swept across the country this week

Black man's death seen as hurting Klobuchar's chance to be Biden running mate

In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally in Dallas. As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden begins the process of choosing a running mate amid the coronavirus crisis, managing the pandemic has become its own version of an audition. For potential picks, lobbying for the job means breaking into the national conversation, positioning themselves as leaders and executing at their day job. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

A key ally of Joe Biden says Sen. Amy Klobuchar seems a less likely choice to become his running mate following this week’s death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis

Protesters converge on White House for second straight day

Demonstrators clash as people gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Protest erupted across the United States to protest the death of  Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Police have fired pepper spray at demonstrators near the White House and the D

Trump takes aim at WHO as U.S. economic outlook worsens

President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable with industry executives about reopening the country after the coronavirus closures, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald Trump took aim at the World Health Organization and China, blaming both for their roles in the pandemic’s devastation

White House punts economic update as election draws near

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. As the economy faces a once-in-a-century recession, with more than 38 million people out of work, Trump is increasingly talking up a future recovery that probably won't materialize until after the November election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The White House is taking the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast for this year

Sen. Cortez Masto withdraws name from Biden VP consideration

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, speaks at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Cortex Masto said in a statement that she supports the former vice president and will work tirelessly to get him elected but does not want to join the presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada says she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden

Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections

President Donald Trump holds up a copy of the New York Post as speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is escalating his war on social media companies, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet

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Trump is kneeling on the country's neck

The president has no words of solace and is stoking rather than subduing violence.

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Man removed from train, taken into custody in New London

Police take a man into custody after removing him from a Shore Line East train Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in New London. (Taylor Hartz/The Day)

A man wanted out of Hopkinton, R.I., was removed from a Shore Line East train and taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in New London, police said.

New London police poised to start wearing body cameras

The City Council on Monday unanimously authorized the mayor to sign a $1.2 million contract that will equip officers at the police department with body cameras.

Waterford police issue Silver Alert for missing 66-year-old man

Waterford police have issued a Silver Alert for a missing 66-year-old man.

State Police: Bomb threat that prompted evacuation of Lisbon Walmart is 'unfounded'

State police determined a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of the Walmart in Lisbon was "unfounded."

LOCAL NEWS

Plan to bond $10 million for sewer system work nears approval in Stonington

A plan to approve $10 million in bonding to pay for repairs to the town’s three sewer plants and pumping stations moved ahead Wednesday, as town and sewer officials agreed the project is badly needed.

Argia returns for shortened sailing season in Mystic

Jack Meyer, first mate on the Argia, checks the halyard Wednesday, June 3, 2020, as he prepares to raise the jib sail.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Argia Cruises has received clearance to resume day sails on June 26, with strict guidelines for numbers and spacing of passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grasso Tech's Robert Holland on track to become 'Southeastern Connecticut success story'

Grasso Tech senior Robert Holland poses in the barn on his family's Lambtown Rd. farm Friday, May 22, 2010. .  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Holland learned the value of hard work by growing up working on a farm. He earned a scholarship to pursue his associate degree in nuclear engineering and intern at the Millstone Power Plant.

New London ponders tax abatements for developers of new apartment complex

RJ Development + Advisors LLC is planning construction of a new $30 million apartment complex on Howard Street have asked the city to help defray environmental cleanup costs.  The schematic design of the 203-unit apartment was created by Svigals + Partners for RJ Development + Advisors LLC.

Developers exploring construction of a new $30 million apartment complex on Howard Street, in the Fort Trumbull Municipal Development area, have asked the city to help defray environmental costs.