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Some plant common names can steer you in the wrong direction. Take Rose of Sharon for example. 

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It took about 20 minutes and two helium tanks to fill up the huge latex balloon. A rope dangling from the bottom held onto an assortment of gadgets, including a video camera, parachute, and a razor attached to motor that was programmed to cut the rope at just the right altitude.

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Although there’s no law preventing former convicted felons from practicing law in Connecticut, it’s state regulation that any applicant for the bar exam must prove “his or her good moral character and fitness to practice law by clear and convincing evidence.”

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Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has a message for Washington, as the uncertainty over health care reform continues. 

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Mayor Joseph Ganim brought baseball to Bridgeport in his fourth term as mayor back in 1998 when the Bluefish opened play at Harbor Yard as an Atlantic League Independent Baseball team.

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Barbara Deindorfer lives in North Stonington, Connecticut. The 52-year-old cares for her older brother John, who has severe intellectual disabilities. She became the full-time caretaker for her brother two years ago, when her mother died. 

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Connecticut seems no closer to a budget deal despite the adoption of a new labor concessions package. Meanwhile, the state’s towns and cities are still having to pay their bills.

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Every day nearly a million commuters travel on the Northeast Corridor -- the vast rail network between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is proposing legislation that would stop the president from firing the special counsel investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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New Haven’s professional soccer team, the Elm City Express, has made it to its league’s championship game in its inaugural year, after beating a team from Oakland on Saturday.

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If state lawmakers don't pass a budget, then Governor Dannel Malloy said he plans to cut overall state contributions to schools by 25 percent through executive order. But the cuts won’t be distributed equally.

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim wants to get public money for his campaign for governor, but the state told him no. That’s because of his past public corruption convictions.

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Two hundred children and parents gathered in a packed room at Wallingford Public Library earlier this summer waiting for the chance to speak by video chat with Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer, two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

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Hartford City FC finished its inaugural National Premier Soccer League season last month having won six games, including a playoff victory. 

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Mason Bongers and his mom Julie, stood just below the schedule board at Union Station admiring the famed New York City pencil drawing called “The Super Big Apple.”

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