<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-usMon, 27 May 2019 05:06:35 -0400Mon, 27 May 2019 05:06:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Slight Storm Risk Tonight, Beautiful Memorial Day Forecast!]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 20:55:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SUNDAY+STORM+RISK.JPG

The nice holiday weekend weather continues, but the NBC Connecticut meteorologists are keeping their eye on a chance for scattered storms tonight.

Any showers or storms this evening will be widely scattered and many areas will stay dry and partly cloudy. Temperatures will stay very summer-like into the evening with our overnight low temperatures dropping to around 60.

Memorial Day Monday is looking like a top 10 weather day. Tomorrow is mostly sunny with highs between 75-80.

Wet weather returns Tuesday.

Track conditions in your area using our interactive radar.

Get the latest forecast anytime here.

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<![CDATA[Campgrounds, Beaches Packed With People for Memorial Day Weekend]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 13:54:21 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/memorial+day+beach+photo+052619.jpg

This weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and with state parks now officially open for camping the season, campgrounds and beaches were packed on Sunday with families trying to get in on the fun.

After the most important meal of the day and some firewood to shake off the morning wind, families from across the state were ready to enjoy a day of activities on this long-awaited memorial weekend.

“I was excited for this,” said Jaden Chesnut from Bethel.

“It’s great being outside, it’s great being with friends,” Tom Charles from Sandy Hook said. “Kids have more freedom than they ever have at home, we just turn ‘em loose and they have a ball.”

And the weather cooperated, too.

“This weekend’s been beautiful,” said Christine Laferriere from Meriden. “In the past, it’s rained quite a bit. This weekend we’re so fortunate, it showered a little last night, but other than it’s great.”

And after some campsite fun. it’s shoreline time.

“We put on our sunblock already and we’re ready for the beach!” Laferriere said, as she rode away with her kids and nieces behind her.

“Swimming is fun!” exclaimed pink-floaty-sporting Olivia Spring from Wethersfield.

Not all families on the beach are campers.

“It’s a beautiful sunny day,” said Jenna Scisco from Wethersfield, who drove to the beach with her family just for the day. “The boys have been asking to go to the beach all spring, so here we are.”

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<![CDATA[Missing Hiker Found Alive in Hawaii]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 19:02:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Missing_Hiker_Found_Alive_in_Hawaii.jpg

Amanda Eller, a Maryland native who had been missing for 17 days in a Hawaii forest, was found alive. News4's Aimee Cho has more.

<![CDATA[Sarah Sanders Defends AG's Investigation Into Russia Probe]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 22:37:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sanders11.jpg

Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the years-long probe into whether President Donald Trump's campaign conspired with Russia in 2016 took center stage Sunday as White House press secretary Sarah Sanders seemed to suggest there was only one possible outcome from it — the one the president seeks, NBC News reports.

Speaking with NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," Sanders was pressed on whether Trump would accept the results of the investigation if Barr were to exonerate many of the F.B.I. and intelligence officials that have come under Trump's wrath for their role in the Russia probe.

“We already know that there was an outrageous amount of corruption that took place at the F.B.I. They leaked information. They lied. They were specifically working trying to take down the president, trying to hurt the president," Sanders said. "We'll leave the final call up to the attorney general and he'll get to the bottom of it. But we think Americans deserve the truth. The president's asked for that. And we should expect nothing less."

Todd noted that Sanders' answer "sounds like the president has already determined the outcome," adding that it did not sound like the White House wants Barr "to do his job."

Late last week, Trump ordered the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully" cooperate with the Justice Department's investigation — his highest profile call to investigate those who were involved with the early stages of the Russia probe. The president also gave Barr the authority to unilaterally declassify information related to the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Disney Footing the Bill for Workers to Enroll at Florida University]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 23:43:16 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TLMD-DisneyAspireUCF.jpg

Walt Disney World is footing the bill for employees who want to attend the University of Central Florida, the company announced Thursday.

The offer is part of Disney’s Aspire program, which provides free tuition to eligible employees and cast members. UCF, the state’s largest university, is the latest addition to the initiative, which launched in August 2018.

More than 53,000 Florida-based employees are eligible for the UCF offerings, according to a statement from the company. There are 34 undergraduate and master’s degree programs for interested employees to choose from.

Disney Aspire covers the cost of tuition, application fees and books, according to the official website. Those costs can be applied to a college degree, a high school diploma or a vocational skill.

“Since its launch, Disney Aspire has enabled thousands of Cast Members to dream bigger and reach higher,” George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort and a UCF alumnus, said in a statement. “Adding UCF to this prestigious network of schools will provide our Cast Members with even more options to create the futures they imagine.”

Forty percent of Walt Disney World’s workforce – consisting of 85,000 full-time and part-time hourly employees – are currently enrolled in the program.

Disney Aspire was born with a $150 million investment to help “Disney employees to gain confidence and grow in their careers,” the statement said.

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<![CDATA[Police Union: Chief 'Deceitful' in Apology Over SFPD Raid]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 20:51:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-958912262.jpg

The president of the San Francisco Police Officer's Association on Saturday called Chief Bill Scott's apology over the raid of a freelance journalist's home and office a "deceitful and shameful" display of self-preservation, and said it's time for him to go.

The leaders of the San Francisco Police Commission meanwhile are standing behind the chief and even commending him for admitting the mistake.

Chief Scott admitted Friday that there was a "lack of due diligence" in the police department's attempt to obtain information on a confidential source who leaked a police report on late public defender Jeff Adachi to reporter Bryan Carmody. SFPOA president Tony Montoya claimed in a scathing statement to union members Saturday that the raid was initiated by Scott.

"Chief Scott not only followed every twist and turn of the investigation but he knew every element of the investigation, directed the investigation and has clearly either come down with the most debilitating case of amnesia or is flat out not telling the truth about his direct involvement and the horribly flawed direction he gave to find the leak of the police report," Montoya said.

In his promise for a thorough investigation into the raid, Scott said he had "serious concerns that we may have violated the shield law," which specifically protects journalists from search warrants.

He added, "There were concerns with language in, particularly one of the warrants ... we made some mistakes."

In a statement to NBC Bay Area, SFPD's spokesperson David Stevenson said that Scott "made it abundantly clear" that transparency is important and that's why the department is seeking a third-party investigator.

Scott on Friday didn't provide details of the investigation other than to say that Carmody was an active participant in acquiring a police record, which the reporter then sold to three television news outlets as part of a news package that included information obtained from interviews and video footage from the scene of Adachi's death.

In the letter to SFPOA members, Montoya said that the chief knew of Carmody's press status and did not disclose it to the author of the search warrant.

"This investigation was initiated at the top, meaning the chief’s office," he said. "The chief was very well briefed extensively on every step of the investigation, including giving direction to the Sergeants themselves."

Montoya also called for an investigation into Chief Scott and said that he should be placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. "During that time, he should muster up the personal fortitude to do the right thing and resign," Montoya wrote.

The Department of Police Accountability will be investigating the execution of the search warrant on Carmody’s home as well as continuing their own investigation into the unauthorized release of the police report, according to the police department.

SFPD, under the oversight of the Police Commission, will also review it, Scott said.

A letter from police commission President Robert Hirsch and Vice President Damali Taylor, says in part: "Chief Scott did what is rare for police chiefs; he apologized to the citizens of San Francisco. He did so completely and unequivocally. That is the mark of a leader." 

Carmody's attorneys, Ben Berkowitz of Keker Van Nest and Peters LLP, and Tom Burke of Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP, made a statement on Twitter:

"There needs to be real reform in the department to ensure that the SFPD respects the First Amendment and the independence of a free press.”

Scott said Friday that he had completed an in-depth investigation of the circumstances surrounding the raid in the last 48 hours.

"SFPD’s Statement of Values specifies that 'policing strategies must preserve and advance democratic values.' In this area, we must do a better job. Journalists and everyone in our City deserve a police department that will maintain the constitutional rights of all." Scott said.

In response to the union president’s call for Chief Scott to resign over this scandal – the chief’s office issued a statement saying everyone’s role will be examined, including command staff and the chief himself.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Disclaimer: NBC Bay Area has a long-time relationship with Bryan Carmody. We bought video from him that included the police report.

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<![CDATA[Another Horse Dies at Santa Anita, 26th Since December]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:35:45 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-621279852.jpg

A 26th race horse has died at Santa Anita Park since Dec. 26, park officials confirmed Sunday.

Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was injured during Saturday's sixth race, officials confirmed. After attempts to save the horse failed, Kochees was euthanized Sunday, officials said.

The Los Angeles Times first reported the death, which is the third race horse to die at the famous race track in the past nine days and the 26th horse to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26.

Kochees was running in his 49th race and pulled up by jockey Mario Gutierrez while leaving the far turn and entering the top of the stretch, the Times reported.

Sunday's horse death was the third horse death at the park since Dec. 26 for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the Times said.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement on the latest horse death via the organization's senior vice president, Kathy Guillermo:

"Santa Anita and all California tracks must suspend racing until the ongoing investigation by the district attorney is complete and the new rules have been strengthened. Decreasing the number of broken bones is not enough. PETA and Social Compassion in Legislation are currently working with The Stronach Group and the California Horse Racing Board to enact new regulations and laws to stop all deaths. Nothing short of a zero-fatality rate is acceptable."

Santa Anita was closed for racing for most of March as authorities studied the racing surface and investigated whether heavy rains in Southern California had contributed to the rise in deaths at the track, but no problems were found.

Races resumed after the state horse racing board approved a series of safety measures, including limits on certain types of medications administered to horses.

In early April, Santa Anita officials announced a series of new measures to help bolster the safety of horses at the track, including restrictions on certain medications, requiring trainers to get permission in advance before putting a horse through a workout and investing in diagnostic equipment to aid in the early detection of pre-existing conditions.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing 5-Year-Old Utah Girl, Uncle in Custody]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:36:47 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/policeline5.jpg

The search continued Sunday morning for a 5-year-old girl in Utah who was reported missing Saturday, and police have identified her uncle as the "main suspect" in her disappearance, NBC News reports.

Family members told police Elizabeth Shelley, of Logan, was last seen at 2 a.m. on Saturday when her mother went to bed. When she woke up at about 9:30 a.m., Elizabeth was gone, as was her uncle, Alex Whipple, 21, who had visited the house Friday night, the Logan Police Department said. Logan is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Whipple, who police have said is the main suspect, was later found walking around the northern Utah city alone and was arrested Saturday. Police said he continued to be uncooperative and was booked into the Cache County Jail on a probation violation.

Authorities on Sunday said they could not release more information on Elizabeth's disappearance citing an ongoing investigation. Elizabeth is 3 feet 6 inches with shoulder-length curly brown hair and has choppy bangs and brown eyes.

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<![CDATA[States Move to Outlaw 'Prison Gerrymandering']]> Sun, 26 May 2019 18:27:02 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Prison12.jpg

Prisoners count. But where? That's a question state lawmakers across the country are grappling with as the 2020 census approaches, NBC News reports.

The Census Bureau currently counts prisoners as residents of the locations where they're imprisoned, and states use the census data to draw their legislative maps. While a significant number of correctional facilities are located in comparatively rural areas that are largely Republican and predominantly white, prisoners tend to hail from urban, often Democratic communities and are disproportionately minorities, criminal justice experts told NBC News.

Advocates of change, including many Democrats, say it's unfair to count prisoners as residents of communities whose demographic makeup and needs differ from the places the inmates call home. But supporters of the status quo, including many Republicans, say prisoners should be counted where they're incarcerated, both because of longstanding tradition and because communities where prisons are located need to receive adequate funding for the services they provide.

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<![CDATA[Irritant in the Air at Stonington Senior Prom Sends 2 Kids to Hospital]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 14:29:34 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mystic+marriott+sign+052619+1.jpg

Two kids were transported to the hospital after an irritant was found in the air near the dance floor at the hotel where a Stonington prom was being held on Saturday.

Two officers were working the Stonington senior prom at the Mystic Marriott when they got a report of an irritant that was found near the dance floor around 9:45 p.m., according to police.

The irritant was found because some kids started to cough. Two kids were transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure, authorities added.

Police said nobody walked in and sprayed anything and at this time, officers do not know what the irritant was.

The incident remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Missing Brothers from Hartford Found Safe]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 12:45:32 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/missing+hartford+boys+found+safe.jpg

Two brothers who were reported missing from Hartford early Sunday morning have been found safe.

Police said 8-year-old Miguel Knight and 7-year-old Roberto Knight were reported missing by their mother early Sunday morning.

The boys' mother told police that Roberto and Miguel were last seen together on Mather Street around 7 p.m on Saturday.

According to authorities, Miguel was last seen wearing gray shorts with a blue stripe and black sneakers while riding a blue bicycle. Roberto was last seen wearing a gray shirt, gray shorts with a blue stripe and black sneakers while riding a blue scooter.

On Sunday morning, police said Miguel and Roberto were found safe and sound. Officers did not release details about where they were found.

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<![CDATA[Multiple State Parks Reach Capacity on Sunday]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 14:05:01 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wadsworth+falls+state+park_1200.jpg

Sunday's warm temperatures prompted people to go enjoy the sunshine at state parks across the state and several have reached capacity.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the following parks have reached capacity and are now closed to new vehicles:

  • Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown
  • Kent Falls State Park in Kent
  • Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford
  • Miller's Pond State Park in Durham

Temperatures on Sunday are very warm and moderately humid. Highs are in the upper 80s inland and in the low 80s at the shore.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue 3 Kayakers Stuck in Long Island Sound in Branford]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 10:58:53 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/branford+water+rescue+052619.JPG

Crews from Branford Fire Department rescued three kayakers who were stuck in Long Island Sound and couldn't return to the shore on Sunday.

Firefighters said the kayakers had trouble returning to the shore because of the high winds and strong outgoing currents.

The kayakers were able to make it to the Three Sisters rocks, where they were picked up and returned to the shore by rescue crews, fire officials added.

One of the kayakers was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, crews said.

Fire officials remind anyone who uses small recreational watercraft that conditions on Long Island can change rapidly. They also advise anyone venturing out to wear life jackets and wet suits.

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<![CDATA[Beach-Goers Soak Up the Sun This Memorial Day Weekend]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 10:58:09 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/east+haven+beach+052619.jpg

Lots of Connecticut residents are soaking up the sun this Memorial Day Weekend.

While it isn’t summer yet, it sure looked like it on the East Haven shoreline on Saturday.

“She just jumps in the water,” said 11-year-old Billy of East Haven whose younger sister swam in the ocean.

This was lifeguard Alexis Pendziwater’s first day on the job, “Yeah there was a lot of people in the water today. It was like chilly too. Really cold.”

We made sure she had her eye on the water while she gave us some beach tips, “Put on sunscreen. A lot of sunscreen and be careful with the rocks. You don’t want to slip on one and fall. I learned the hard way, too,” she said laughing.

She also said, “make sure your children have the Coast Guard approved life jackets in the water.”

To the right of the lifeguard stand, some Quinnipiac University students were relaxing after finishing up their freshman year.

“Not going as completely as planned. A little cloud cover, but we’re trying to get all the rays we can out here,” said John Pritchett of Houston, TX.

Although the heat wasn’t quite like their hometowns in Texas and Louisiana, “it’s nice up here. It’s nice to have beaches around. There’s not many beaches where I’m from,” said Bradley Elmore of Louisiana.

And across the street from the beach, the splash park was busy.

Families loving the first day of the long weekend and looking forward to more warm weather fun to in the future.

“It’s awesome. It’s a great way to begin the summer certainly,” said Madelyn Krouzil.

“I like doing fun stuff,” said her granddaughter Mia.

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<![CDATA[Driver Faces Manslaughter, DUI Charges After Hitting, Killing Bicyclist in Wallingford]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 10:39:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/IMG_12952.JPG

A bicyclist from Milford was killed on Saturday after he was hit by a car in Wallingford.

Wallingford Police said the driver, 35-year-old Derek Fries, had heroin on him and was under the influence.

The Meriden man faces a handful of charges including manslaughter with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence of a drug or alcohol, and illegal possession of heroin.

This as the family of 37-year-old Donald Carelli of Milford is mourning the loss of their loved one.

Authorities said Fries drove his car over the double yellow center line on South Turnpike Road, hitting one of two bikers near the intersection of Toelles Road near the North Haven town line.

Carrelli was thrown off his bike, went over a guardrail, and into the woods. He died at a hospital, police added.

Fries has been released from custody after posting a $25,000 surety bond. He's due in court in June, according to officers.

Police said the bicyclists were riding on the right hand shoulder within the fog line.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to give Wallingford Police a call.

<![CDATA[Plane Crashes During Take Off at Goodspeed Airport in East Haddam: PD]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 09:46:27 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/east+haddam+plane+crash.JPG

State Police are investigating after a plane crashed during take off at Goodspeed Airport in East Haddam on Saturday morning.

First responders were called to the airport on Lumber Yard Road around 10:30 a.m. after getting a report of a small, single-engine propeller plane crash.

The two-seater plane was identified as a 2005 Jhilivan Kappa Kp5 and was damaged on its lower side and in the landing gear area, officials said.

Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured, authorities added.

According to police, the pilot and the passenger told officers that while attempting to take off, the plane crashed downward, went off the runway and ended up in an adjacent field about 95 feet from the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the incident and will be investigating. Connecticut State Police are also investigating.

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<![CDATA[Trump Lawyers Secure Deal to Delay Financial Disclosures]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 21:25:44 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trump134.jpg

Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Saturday they've reached an agreement with congressional leaders to delay the handover of banking documents from Trump accounts, NBC News reports.

Trump records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One are being sought by the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees amid probes of alleged foreign influence on U.S. elections. The agreement was first reported by CNN; it was subsequently confirmed by NBC News.

On Wednesday a federal judge ruled that the banks could hand over the documents sought under congressional subpoenas. But leaders of those committees made a deal with Trump's team to halt the court-approved handover while the case is appealed by the president's lawyers.

In exchange for hitting the pause button, committee leaders secured a commitment from the lawyers to stick to a fast-tracked appeals process.

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<![CDATA[African American Women WWII Vets to March on Memorial Day]]> Fri, 24 May 2019 21:17:18 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Honoring_the_Six_Triple_Eight.jpg

She was one of the first African-American women to serve overseas in the U.S. Army. On Monday, 97-year-old Indiana Hunt-Martin will be featured in the National Memorial Day Parade, along with other members of her battalion.

Hunt-Martin served in the little-known unit known as the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, along with 843 others. They were all women and all African-American.

In 1945, they deployed to Birmingham, England. Their mission: to sort through the millions and millions of letters and packages intended for American GIs serving overseas.

"We worked on the mail. You should have seen the pile; oh gosh, boxes falling apart," recalled Hunt-Martin, now a resident of Laurel, Maryland.

Born in Lyons, Georgia, in 1922, Hunt-Martin moved to Niagara Falls, New York, with her family as a small child. She graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1940 and worked at the Carborundum Company before joining the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) on Sept. 15, 1944, because she wanted to help in the war effort and she needed a good job.

"Usually the only jobs we could get were cleaning jobs, babysitting ... You could not work in the stores or banks or anything," Hunt-Martin said.

The members of the 6888th faced racism here in the U.S.

Hunt-Martin recalls taking the train to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia for basic training: "We rode all the way to Washington, D.C. In Washington we had to change trains, because from there down, you didn't ride in the same trains as the whites." 

And she remembers the air raids: "That was right outside of London; we could see the bombs when the Germans were bombing."

Hunt-Martin was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in November 1945. After the war, she worked for the New York State Department of Labor for more than four decades before retiring in 1987.

Hunt-Martin saved mementos from her time serving overseas, including items given to her by soldiers coming back from the front lines.

She also still has part of her uniform — which still fits.

As for whom she'll be thinking about on Memorial Day: her brothers and her nephew. "I always thought about them on Memorial Day and all the other soldiers that didn't make it back," she said.

"It's a day to remember, I can tell you that, 'cause those boys gave their lives for our country," she said. "They should be getting medals; they should be getting something."

Hunt-Martin, who has a daughter and a grandson, still keeps in touch with other surviving members of the 6888th. They're all featured in a new documentary.

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<![CDATA[Doctored Pelosi Videos Offer a Warning: The Internet Isn't Ready for 2020]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 18:37:55 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pelosi28.jpg

The 2020 election is set to face some very 2016 challenges when it comes to the spread of misinformation, NBC News reports.

The emergence of distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, edited to make her appear to have trouble speaking, has provided a stark reminder that technology often remains an enemy of truth in politics, just as it was four years ago. The core issues of social media virality, confirmation bias and the fringe internet-to-conservative media pipeline have endured from 2016 and do not even need particularly sophisticated techniques to do real mischief.

The videos also offer a warning that concerns about election interference from foreign countries should not overshadow the ability of domestic actors to influence what people see, hear and think. President Donald Trump himself distributed one of the carefully edited videos on Twitter on Friday morning, and though he denied knowing that they were altered, he continued pushing their underlying theme that Pelosi is somehow impaired.

The Pelosi videos and their narratives were not the product of advanced technology, nor did they take a different route to prominence than previous misinformation efforts. Altering the Pelosi videos required only basic video editing software that is now included on most computers and can also be done in web browsers.

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<![CDATA[LifeStar Called, Canceled to Transport Fall Victim in Colchester]]> Sat, 25 May 2019 16:53:51 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lifestar+flying_fixed.jpg

LifeStar was called and canceled after someone fell at a farm in Colchester on Saturday afternoon, according to a town official.

The town official said LifeStar was automatically dialed to Zargay Farm on Route 85 to transport someone who was injured after a long fall.

The person who fell ended up being transported to the hospital by ambulance and LifeStar was canceled, the town official added.

There is no word on the condition of the person who fell. It is unclear what he or she was doing when the fall happened. 

<![CDATA[Hundreds of Volunteers Lay Flags at Veterans' Graves in Middletown]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 10:15:36 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flags+being+laid+in+middletown+052519.jpg

Hundreds of volunteers laid flags at veterans’ graves in Middletown Saturday morning, to honor those who put their lives on the line for our country.

“My husband’s a veteran,” said Kelly Castano from Hamden.

“My grandfathers were both WWII veterans,” Sarah McCusker said. “They’re long gone now, but we think about them all the time.”

Middletown Police Captain Gary Wallace is a veteran himself. “I just love the honor and respect and to see the community come out,” he said.

On Memorial Weekend in 1985, it was just a few veterans, led by Mike Rogalsky of Middletown, laying flags at the State Veterans Cemetery on Bow Street.

“We needed to be able to show support for those who have served,” said Rogalsky.

Vietnam veteran Rogalsky said that back then, it took them days to cover the grounds, but on Saturday, hundreds came to help.

“I’ve got 38 minutes,” he said looking at his watch. “I see people heading out now, so that means it’s been completed. And to place over 10,000 flags— just – it’s heartwarming. It is heartwarming.”

For many, it was their first time taking part in the symbolic tradition. Others know this place well.

“I come here pretty often,” said Ron Nanfito from Moodus.

Nanfito said he starts at the same spot, every year.

“I’m here today to honor all these veterans, one in particular,” he said, holding back tears. “My oldest brother, Phil.”

His brother, Phil served in the U.S. Navy and fought and passed in 2011.

And while not all the volunteers have a personal connection to the veterans, they all look up to the men and women resting here.

“They’re nice people and they’re heroes,” said Durham second-grader, Bruno Suraci. He may only be 8 years old, but Bruno already knows what he wants to be when he grows up. “An army man, and a firefighter, and a farmer.”

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<![CDATA[33 Residents Displaced After Nearby Vacant House Collapses in Waterbury]]> Sun, 26 May 2019 09:51:50 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/waterbury+building+collapse+052519.JPG

Thirty-three people were displaced after a vacant house collapsed in Waterbury and forced several homes nearby to be evacuated early Saturday morning.

First responders were called to 1009 Baldwin Street around 12:30 a.m. after getting a report of a building collapse. Police said the building that collapsed was a vacant multi-family home.

Six houses on Baldwin Street and Madison Street, between Madison Street and Laval Street, were evacuated for the residents' safety. The 33 displaced residents were tended to by the American Red Cross at a fire station on Baldwin Street. They were allowed back into their homes later Saturday morning, according to police.

The city building inspector, CL&P and Eversource responded to the scene to ensure the gas and electric were disconnected.

A demolition team arrived at 3 a.m. and demolished the home that collapsed, police said.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

The cause of the collapse is unknown. 

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