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Zbigniew Warzynski

Polish Theater Company Adapts "King Lear" With Song, Movement in New Haven

"Song of the Goat" is the literal meaning of the ancient Greek word for tragedy. It's also the name of the theater company from Wroclaw, Poland bringing a new adaptation of "King Lear" to New Haven this weekend. In Polish, that's "Piesn Kozla." Grzegorz Bral, the artistic director of the theater company, said he doesn't see "King Lear" so much as a story about a father and his three daughters, but rather a "tragedy without a mother." "The greatest absence of the play is mother," Bral said. ...
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Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has withdrawn his federal lawsuit against state and school officials blaming them for his departure, saying the legal fight's cost was too great.

The Connecticut medical examiner's office says a Hartford firefighter who lost his life battling a house fire in October died because his tank ran out of air. The medical examiner ruled Thursday that the death of 48-year-old Kevin Bell was an accident.

When House of Cards' third season opens, Kevin Spacey's murderous politician Frank Underwood is fooling the world again.

From the very first scene, he's bringing a presidential motorcade to his tiny hometown of Gaffney, S.C., pretending to honor his father's grave for the press.

"Nobody showed up for his funeral except me, not even my mother," Underwood says in one of those sly asides where he speaks directly to the audience. "But I'll tell you this ... When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard. And when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

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The Hartford Police Department has arrested two people in connection with a 2012 assault of a Trinity College student, according to a spokesman.

Police have arrested Veronica Martinez, 27, of Hartford. The second suspect, Pedro Carillo, 20, is currently in state prison on other charges and will be charged at a later date. They are charged with second-degree assault and conspiracy in the case of Christopher Kenney, police said.

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel Malloy is naming a U.S. Army reservist and ethics officer for Pratt and Whitney to oversee Connecticut's Department of Veterans Affairs. Malloy announced the appointment of Lt. Colonel Sean Connolly on Thursday afternoon.

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Pratt and Whitney has completely changed the way it builds its engines. The company unveiled a revamped production line at its Middletown plant, which it says will help it keep up with a huge increase in demand. 

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This week, a man was sentenced to die in Saudi Arabia because he renounced his faith in Islam; a Hindu leader in India made a new accusation against Mother Teresa; a mosque near Bethlehem was set on fire.

Each year more than 32,000 people die in the United States as a result of suicides, homicides and accidents with firearms.

For years doctors have tried to reduce the toll by addressing gun injuries and deaths as a public health issue; there's ample evidence that ease of access to is linked to the number of suicides and homicides. But those efforts haven't gained much traction.

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Police say four Wesleyan University students arrested this week after about a dozen people who took the party drug Molly were hospitalized are known on campus as drug dealers.

The Columbia Orchestra

One of the things that people like to point out about classical music these days, usually in an effort to convince us that it’s in decline, is that there are no superstar instrumental performers anymore.

Or sometimes they grant a single exception: cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The term superstar is used here in the sense of “celebrity that most people have at least heard of.”

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