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Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn.
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Former New Haven Christopher Columbus Statue
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Italian-Americans in the greater New Haven region have found new ways to celebrate their heritage after the Columbus Day parade was canceled again this year due to the pandemic. The goal for the annual parade’s replacement is to focus more on Italian-American immigrants’ heritage than the controversial Italian explorer.

State Rep. Anne Dauphinais, R-Killingly, during a hearing in 2019.
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A Connecticut lawmaker is standing by comments that compared Gov. Ned Lamont and his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic to Adolf Hitler.

Mohegan Sun Casino marks 25 years

Oct 11, 2021
The famous 'Blue River' Chihuly glass sculpture at Mohegan Sun.
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Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary when the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort first opened its doors in Connecticut. The casino is known for its gambling, but also for hosting entertainment over the years, from Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen.

Rows of new sports betting kiosks at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., await gamblers on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
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Online sports betting kicks off in Connecticut with a soft launch that is limited to 750 customers on each of the three sportsbooks: FanDuel, DraftKings and Rush Street Interactive. They have contracted with the state Lottery, Mohegan Sun Casino and Foxwoods Casino.

The William H. Schwab Center for Information Technology on the West Campus of Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut.
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Nearly 15% of the students enrolled at Connecticut community colleges have received non-medical exemptions from the system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a rate that administrators suggested could be brought down with efforts to educate students about the vaccine.