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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Consider every angle of a situation before you get involved. Emotions will be difficult to control, and if left to fester, will result in taking action when it's in your best interest to simply observe.

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Brendan Scott, 9, visiting from Massachusetts, cartwheels off the shore into Alewife Cove on Monday, July 15, 2019, while playing with his twin sister Jillian and dad Joe, at left, at Waterford Beach Park.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Brendan Scott, 9, visiting from Massachusetts, cartwheels off the shore into Alewife Cove on Monday while playing at Waterford Beach Park. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Kentucky Derby defendants ask judge to dismiss charges

The five defendants charged in federal indictments with conspiracy and theft in connection with lavish trips to the Kentucky Derby argued that the entire criminal case should be dismissed.

Norwich City Council debates, then makes Board of Education appointment

Former Norwich school board member Kevin Saythany was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education.

Old Lyme opts to share sewage infrastructure with private beach associations

In its last meeting before August’s town wide sewer referendum, the Water Pollution Control Authority recently made another stride to further its sewer project in the Sound View neighborhood.

SCRRRA looking at feasibility of regional composting facility

The Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resource Recovery Authority is studying the feasibility of a regional composting operation and looking for a suitable site.

American Chestnut Foundation works to preserve species in Connecticut

Small bags cover blossoms on an American Chestnut off Moxley Hill Road in Montville Monday, July 15, 2019. The bags were placed by Jack Swatt of the Connecticut chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation to protect the tree from cross-pollination with other trees. Swatt will eventually manually pollenate the tree with pollen from another American Chestnut as part of an ongoing effort to rebuild stock of the tree.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A pair of trees found last year in a wooded field near the Waterford-Montville border could play a role in reviving the American chestnut, a once-dominant species all but wiped out by a blight introduced to the U.S. more than a century ago.

Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun report another month of slots-revenue decline

Slot-machine revenue at the Connecticut casinos continued to slide in June, the first month in which a new competitor, Encore Boston Harbor, was open.

A paradise for butterflies

A painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) alights on a buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentals) along the edge of the pond in the Connecticut College Arboretum Monday, July 15, 2019. The 750-acre arboretum contains 5,984 scientifically documented living plants in its collections representing 809 taxa as 2,537 trees, 3,413 shrubs, and 34 vines.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A painted lady butterfly alights on a buttonbush along the edge of the pond in the Connecticut College Arboretum on Monday.

Backus earns NPU rebate, cuts energy costs

Norwich Public Utilities provides hospital with $46,635 rebate after it completes energy efficiency project.

State investigating Wally Lamb's inmate writing program

Connecticut's Correction Department is investigating an inmate writing program run by author Wally Lamb after a lawsuit was filed this spring by some of the participants

A flag-draped Fourth in Waterford

For one family, the Fourth of July long weekend at Pleasure Beach in Waterford was all about “remembering our heritage, remembering our veterans."

North Stonington Christian Academy Quarter 4 Honor Roll

North Stonington Christian Academy Quarter 4 Honor Roll

My Pet Pal: Bootsie

Bootsie loves his sister, playing fetch and sunbathing on the deck.

Sailfest closes with good weather and happy vendors

Members of the Freemen of the Sea, from left, Neal Kirk, Donna Kirk and Tim Danielson, fight a group of kids in a

The weather remained spectacular, the crowds remained well behaved and vendors reported satisfaction as the 42nd Sailfest came to a close on Sunday.

Preston crash leads to DWI arrest

State police arrested a New Jersey man on drunken driving and other charges early Sunday after they say he crashed his car and then fled.

Officials: Pedestrian seriously injured in New London rollover crash

Firefighters said they took two people to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital after a pickup truck struck a pedestrian and rolled over in front of Goodyear Monday morning.

Motorcyclist injured in East Lyme crash

The motorcyclist was brought by ambulance Saturday to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and then flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital after the 7:40 p.m. crash.

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Public workshop in Groton to address EB housing, transportation needs

Consultants are wrapping up a study on regional housing, transit and transportation needs related to the continuing influx of Electric Boat employees. They’re calling on the public for input.

Local Fleet Reserve Association announces officers, upcoming events

Local Fleet Reserve Association announces officers and upcoming events.

Coast Guard cadets to spend summer in Africa

Four rising seniors at the Coast Guard Academy will spend most of their summer on the Northwest coast of Africa carrying out community relations work as part of a larger NATO mission.

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'Some jerk' steals doors off police Humvee

Police in Massachusetts are looking for "some jerk" who stole four doors off a department vehicle

Connecticut Lottery executive on leave amid questions over FBI taping

The vice president of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation has been placed on administrative leave amid questions over her role in an FBI investigation of another lottery official

Rhode Island priest faces drunken-driving charge

A Roman Catholic priest is facing a drunken driving charge after police say he struck and injured a pedestrian