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Shake Shack 'horrified' officers' drinks may have had bleach

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police determined there was no criminality by Shake Shack employees after three officers drank milkshakes believed to be contaminated with bleach. Police came to the determination after "a thorough investigation," NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said in a tweet early Tuesday. The officers had been assigned to work at a protest Monday evening in Manhattan… → Read More

Family: College student’s alleged crime spree ‘came out of nowhere’

Peter Manfredonia, a Newtown High grad and UConn student, is wanted for two homicides in Connecticut and was last seen Sunday in eastern Pennsylvania. → Read More

Prison inmates with coronavirus told to shower outside

Osborn Correctional Institution, where about 150 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, has been on lockdown since last week. → Read More

CT first responders take new precautions to prevent coronavirus spread

Some police and fire departments are providing lodging for responders who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have family members who are at high risk. → Read More

NYC keeping schools closed; online classes to continue

NEW YORK (AP) - Public schools in New York City's 1.1 million-student district will be shuttered for the rest of the academic year, but online education will continue as the city struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday. School buildings in New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, have been closed since March 16. A massive effort to move… → Read More

Screening suspects for coronavirus prompts exposure concerns

A plan was quickly eliminated to have court marshals take the temperatures of detainees with oral thermometers. → Read More

Stop & Shop cuts store hours, establishes 60+ shopping time

Grocery chain Stop & Shop has altered the hours of operation at its stores, and established 90 minutes each day for customers age 60 and older. According to a company statement, the stores will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning immediately. This change will allow store associates more time to unload deliveries and stock shelves, the company announced. Beginning March 19, stores will… → Read More

Lamont, Cuomo vow to persuade casinos to close

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have remained open, though with modified practices. The states cannot force them to close, as they are sovereign nations. → Read More

Celebrate St. Patrick and other things to do in Greenwich

The Greenwich Hibernian Association will hold a dinner dance on Saturday in preparation for the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 22. → Read More

Amtrak names former air cargo executive as new CEO

Amtrak named a former air cargo executive as its new president and chief operating officer Monday. William Flynn will take over in mid-April. He will replace Richard Anderson, who has served as CEO since July 2017 and will stay on until the end of the year. Flynn, 66, has served as president and CEO of the global air freight company Atlas Air Worldwide for the past 13 years. He also has held… → Read More

AP PHOTOS: stadiums, arenas sit empty as coronavirus spreads

As the coronavirus spreads around the world, empty spaces are everywhere. In the hardest-hit countries, people are staying away from sporting events, museums, concert halls and the beach. Some teams are even competing with no fans present. In South Korea, pro basketball and volleyball games were played in thoroughly disinfected arenas with no spectators. Church services were canceled. Preseason… → Read More

Hit-and-run driver hits 2 Connecticut courthouse marshals

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - A hit-and-run driver struck two judicial marshals outside a Connecticut courthouse on Monday, sending both to a hospital and spurring a search for the suspect. Police and court officials said the marshals, who provide courthouse security, were struck in front of Manchester Superior Court shortly before noon. One of the marshals was given CPR at the scene before both were… → Read More

Photos: Girl Scout cookies for sale on Greenwich Ave

It's cookie season, and the Girl Scout of Connecticut have a flavor to meet your every craving. Find a cookie booth near you. → Read More

Photos: Hats off to Glenville students for best sale ever

Teachers, staff and students joined forces to knit or loom hundreds of hats and sell them, all to benefit the Vanishing White Matter Families Foundation. → Read More

Lamont gives up on tolls

HARTFORD - After a year of prodding the Democratic majority in the General Assembly, Gov. Ned Lamont this afternoon admitted defeat and withdrew his plan for trucks-only highway tolls. "I have a legislature that doesn't want to make a choice at this time," a terse Lamont told reporters after 4 p.m. "I think it's time to take a pause." → Read More

Concerts and other events to attend in Greenwich

It will be all works by Beethoven as the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra plays in concert this weekend at the high school's Performing Arts Center. → Read More

Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia in DNC email leak

LONDON (AP) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday. Assange is being held at a British prison while fighting extradition to the United… → Read More

Greenwich college students celebrate accomplishments

Dozens of local residents have been named to Dean's Lists at colleges across the country. → Read More

BIG3 to start in Memphis, adds 5 other new cities for 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The BIG3 will begin its fourth season on June 20 in Memphis, one of six cities the league will visit for the first time. The 3-on-3 league co-founded by Ice Cube and composed largely of former NBA players will play every Saturday, except for July 4, until the champion is crowned Aug. 29 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Other first-time hosts in the 10-week season are… → Read More

Greenwich Hospital discusses heart health and stroke prevention

Doctors, nurses, educators, and other hospital staff answered questions and discussed lifestyle choices and precautions related to heart health during the Heart Health and Stroke Fair at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday. Medical staff were on hand to check blood pressure, check cholesterol levels and perform pulmonary function tests. The goal of the event was to promote awareness of… → Read More