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During the silent film era, motion pictures were often accompanied by a local organist or a pianist. The player would watch along with the audience and improvise, creating an on the spot movie score for the audience's enjoyment. 

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When it comes to new varieties of vegetables, small is better. As the average size of the typical home garden shrinks, plant breeders have been working to create varieties of our favorite veggies that fit in containers and small beds. 

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Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the committee, challenged Tillerson over his relationship with Russia.

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For the first time in 167 days, President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference in New York City on Wednesday.

UConn beat South Florida 102-37 Tuesday night. That’s hardly breaking news considering the Huskies have done that all 21 times that they have faced off against the Bulls. The women are 66-0 against conference rivals since joining the American Athletic Conference back in 2013.

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Immigrants in Connecticut come from many different backgrounds. They’re white-collar or blue-collar workers; they’re artists and students. We have an occasional series on Where We Live that highlights their stories.

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The term "epidemic" is often used to describe gun crimes in the United States, which got one Yale sociologist curious: just how contagious is it? And how does gun violence spread?

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Over 200 Hartford teachers could be laid off as the school district grapples with declining enrollment and rising costs. 

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With 10 days left in the White House, President Barack Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois to give his farewell address to the United States. It came exactly one month shy of the 10 year anniversary of Obama's entrance into the 2008 presidential race.

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Connecticut definitely has demographic and fiscal challenges, but the state may actually begin to benefit from its comparatively high unemployment rate, according to economists. 

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The U.S. Drought Monitor said that more precipitation, combined with low temperatures and minimal evaporation, have increased soil moisture. But the agency is still classifying drought in portions of central and northwest Connecticut as "extreme."

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For the first time in 11 years, national titles for cyclocross, a unique terrain-style cycling race, were presented in New England this past week. Saturday's winter storm that unloaded about seven inches of snow in the capital provided the perfect backdrop.

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For Connecticut's 1st District Congressman John Larson, the 115th Congress has gotten off to an inauspicious start.

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Young children from poor Connecticut homes often struggle with obesity. In fact, according to federal data, the percentage of obese children in New England is higher than any other region in the country.

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One cold night late in November, Hartford police officers Joe Walsh and K9 officer Alfredo Pizarro called in a 10-27, a community service call, from Bushnell Park.

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Thousands of metastatic breast cancer patients nationwide have given researchers access to their tumors and DNA in the hopes it will lead to breakthrough treatments and therapies for one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

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Months after the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered two new criminal trials in the corruption cases of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, Perez’s attorney is now seeking a dismissal. 

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I first came across tillandsia, or air plants, at a boutique garden center in San Francisco a few years ago. This trendy plant seemed like the answer to many people's dreams of a low-care house plant. 

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Here’s something that may surprise you. The single largest U.S. employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces.

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The number of deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids continues to rise in New England, according to data just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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With a split majority in Connecticut's Senate and another massive budget deficit, the legislature started the 2017 session on Wednesday.

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One of the new laws that took effect on January 1 is a measure that switches out the decades-old handicap symbol with a new dynamic logo. 

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In Bridgeport, the typical story goes something like this: A superintendent comes in eager to make his or her mark on a failing district. They stay two or three years, then they're gone.

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State officials announced plans to cut an additional $20 million from public schools to help balance the budget. 

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Connecticut’s business community sees solving the state’s seemingly ever-present fiscal crisis as key to economic recovery in the new legislative session. But the Connecticut Business and Industry Association is also focused on a couple of specific priorities for lawmakers.

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