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CyberKnights team takes home win

November 19, 2014
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CyberKnights team takes home win

Four teams from Southington’s CyberKnights robotics team traveled to South Windsor High School Nov. 15 for their first VEX Robotics competition of the year. Approximately 50 teams from surrounding areas in both Connecticut and Massachusetts descended upon the high school, competing in almost 70 qualifying matches before moving onto the elimination and championship rounds. Team…

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Obituaries for Nov. 21

November 19, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Observer. For more details, look to Friday’s print or e-editions. Evelyn D. Gionfriddo, 95, died on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Walnut Hill Care Center in New Britain. Mary Rose (Mule) Riedinger, 90, of Southington, died on Saturday, Nov. 8. She was the wife of the late…

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Connecticut OKs higher electric generating rates

November 19, 2014
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut regulators have approved higher rates to generate electricity for residential and business customers of two utilities. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced Monday its approval of higher standard service rates proposed by Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating. The cost of natural gas has been rising due to…

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UConn No. 1 in women’s poll for 22nd straight week

November 19, 2014
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By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Not much changed atop The Associated Press’ women’s basketball poll this week. UConn remained No. 1 on Monday for the 22nd straight week. That’s the fifth longest streak in Top 25 history, passing Baylor’s 21-week run in 2011-12. The only change in the first 10 was Maryland and Texas…

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Connecticut courts rank highest for access

November 19, 2014
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s court system scored highest among state judiciaries in serving poor, disabled and other disadvantaged members of the public, while Oklahoma’s overall score is the lowest in the country, according new rankings. Connecticut led all states with a score of 73.4 out of 100 and was…

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Overdue books? Library has solution that helps those in need

November 18, 2014
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Southington Library’s Annual “Food for Fines” Collection to help Southington Community Service stock their shelves will be held Monday, Nov. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 31. The “Food for Fines” collection is a time when Southington patrons may offset their overdue fines with non-perishable food items. All donations go to help Southington Community Services restock their…

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Police target ATV riders without chasing them

November 18, 2014
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Popping wheelies and running stop lights, ATV street riders who buzz through Connecticut cities in packs have long frustrated police, who are prohibited from chasing the riders through congested urban neighborhoods. Police are now pursuing more creative ways to stop them, setting up a hotline in…

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Labor, environmentalists oppose CL&P rate request

November 18, 2014
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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups is lobbying state regulators to reject Connecticut Light & Power’s request for a higher rate intended to upgrade equipment following storms and to prevent future outages. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at…

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States working to fix hobbled health care websites

November 18, 2014
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By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press BOSTON (AP) _ The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. The Massachusetts website, designed by the same contractor that worked on the troubled federal website,…

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4 benefits changes that may stem from overhaul tax

November 16, 2014
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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that doesn’t start until 2018 is already being felt. Millions of employees…

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