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Police seek help in finding missing 19-year-old

April 1, 2015
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The Plainville Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a missing 19-year-old named Leoule “Leo” Kassahun. Kassahun suffers from mild autism and police officials say there are concerns for his safety. He was last seen at his residence the morning of March 26, 2015 and is believed to have left on foot. No…

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Southington plays host to Miss Hometown; wrapping up Class of 2015 for Miss CT

April 1, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The final piece of the Miss Connecticut class of 2015 puzzle was put into place at Southington’s Derynoski School on Saturday night. Kaitlyn Bogue was crowned Miss Oxford in the Miss Hometown pageant. (In the Miss Hometown pageant, the winning contestant earned a title named after her “home town.” Bogue…

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Local Jewish congregation offers Seder for Passover

March 31, 2015
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to celebrate Passover on the seventh night of the holiday. Although the temple usually hosts a second night community Seder, this year, they will hold the event on the seventh night of the holiday, Thursday, April 9. The congregation’s home is in the First Congregational Church of Southington.…

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Bus-only corridor to open after 18 years of study and debate

March 29, 2015
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state…

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Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

March 29, 2015
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By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by…

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State Regents raise tuition, fees at colleges, universities

March 28, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Board of Regents has increased tuition and fees by 4.8 percent at Connecticut’s community colleges and regional state universities. Gregory Gray, president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, said Thursday his staff discussed “40 or 50 scenarios” to grapple with a $48.6 million budget gap next year…

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Parole board changes mind, won’t free cop killer amid outcry

March 28, 2015
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A parole board panel that had earlier approved the release of a convicted cop killer without any input from the officer’s family rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim’s relatives, prosecutors and police officers. The panel voted 3-0 to revoke the parole it…

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State: Frigid, snowy February led to Connecticut job losses

March 28, 2015
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The string of snow storms and bitter cold in February cost Connecticut jobs, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. The state lost 3,700 nonfarm jobs in February, snapping a seven-month streak of rising employment. State labor economists blamed business closings and work interruptions for the jobs downturn. The unemployment rate ticked…

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Preparing for a princess’s arrival

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On April 19, fairy tale royalty will converge on the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. That’s when the Junior Miss Southington Organization will hold its annual Princess Meet and Greet. The Observer caught up with one of these “Once Upon A Time” royals, her highness Princess K., via email to talk…

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Jorma Kaukonen’s unintentional thematic unity on ‘Ain’t in No Hurry’

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR “Ain’t in No Hurry,” the new album by Jorma Kaukonen, seems to have a thematic thread running through it that pulls the tracks together. Whether it’s the Hot Tuna guitarist’s original tracks such as “The Other Side of the Mountain” or his covers of such musical chestnuts “Brother Can You…

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