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Foley focuses on cities, seeking a Malloy rematch

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley says he's still crafting his urban agenda policy, saying it's important for Connecticut to help cities address high unemployment, a large educational achievement gap and affordable housing needs.

In March, Foley said his campaign was developing a plan. He was visiting with city residents to get feedback. On Monday, Foley continued that mission, visiting local officials and shop owners in the "Little Poland" section of New Britain.

Foley, who faces a GOP primary, said the "backbone" of his plan includes school reforms such as intra-district school choice. He's also proposing special enterprise zones for economic development that abide by a statewide municipal code.

Democratic spokesman Devon Puglia said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been "a steady leader" for cities and "Foley would take us backward."


High court rebukes prosecutors, upholds conviction

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterbury man, despite saying that prosecutors should not have referred to the crime as a murder during the trail or used other language deemed inflammatory.

Monday's ruling comes in the case of Jonathan Albino, who was convicted of murder in the 2006 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Rivera in Waterbury. He had claimed self-defense.

The court ruled that the prosecutor improperly used terms such as "execution," ''victim," ''murder," and "murder weapon" during the 2008 trial.

But the court also found there was "not a reasonable likelihood that the jury's verdict would have been different absent the improprieties."

Pamela S. Nagy, Albino's attorney, declined immediate comment Monday, saying she had just received the decision.


Palace of 'Queen of Mean' goes on block for $65M

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut mansion that belonged to Leona Helmsley is on the market for $65 million after a three-year renovation.

The mansion known as Dunnellen Hall is on 40 acres in Greenwich with distant views of Long Island Sound.

The Greenwich Time reports that the mansion features an entry room with an elevator and limestone walls and flooring, a 45-foot living room, a library, nine bedrooms, and a game room.

The hotel owner and real estate baroness served 21 months in prison for evading federal taxes by billing her businesses for mansion renovations. Called the "Queen of Mean," she died in the mansion in 2007 at age 87.

In the renovation, a service kitchen, rooms for staff and three swimming pools were removed. An audio-visual system and new landscaping were added.


Connecticut man accused of shooting pet turtle

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a Connecticut man shot to death his girlfriend's pet turtle.

Sgt. Louis Diamanti, Stonington's animal control officer, says 31-year-old Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home.

Police had responded after a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead turtle in the yard.

Police say Richard did not explain why he shot the pet. A phone listed for Richard had been disconnected Monday. He was released on a promise to appear Aug. 4 in court on a charge of cruelty to animals.

Diamanti says he does not know what type of turtle it was.


Millstone 2 reactor shut down to fix faulty pump

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) - One of the two reactors at Connecticut's Millstone nuclear power plant has been shut down because a problem with a water pump.

Plant officials say a water flow problem was detected Saturday affecting a turbine-driven auxiliary pump at the Millstone 2 reactor. They say that reactor was shut down shortly after 2 p.m. after attempts to troubleshoot and fix the problem failed.

The Millstone 3 reactor was not affected by the problem.

It was not clear Monday when Millstone 2 would be back online.


12-year-old crashes car into neighbor's house

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - A Norwalk man faces charges after his 12-year-old son allegedly crashed the family car into a neighbor's house.

Police say 45-year-old Giuseppe Manugus allowed the boy to get behind the wheel Saturday.

He told authorities he was teaching his son to drive and instructed him to back down the driveway and then pull the car forward. They say the 12-year-old instead lost control of the vehicle, backed across the street and crashed into the home.

Police say the house suffered only minor damage and nobody was injured.

Manugus was charged with risk of injury to a minor. He is due in Norwalk Superior Court on Aug. 1.

An attempt to reach Manugus for comment Monday was unsuccessful. No listed phone number for him could be found.


Tornado touches down in Wolcott

WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Wolcott.

Sunday's tornado was rated as an EF0, the weakest rating for the storms, with winds between 65 and 85 mph.

Investigators say among other things, the storm uprooted trees, knocked down a fence and blew down a portable backstop on the baseball field at Wolcott High School.

The weather service says the tornado touched down at 12:50 p.m. and traveled about six-tenths of a mile from the intersection of Minor Road and Center Street to the high school.

No injuries were reported.

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