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Providence Journal sale to Bulletin parent closes

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A.H. Belo Corp. has completed its sale of The Providence Journal for $46 million to the parent of Gatehouse Media. Dallas-based A. H. Belo announced on Wednesday that the sale had closed. New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. purchased the assets of the newspaper and its production facility in Providence. The Bulletin is owned by New Media Investment Group Inc. The Journal reported that about 7 percent […]

New England jobless rate ticks up to 5.8 percent

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unemployment rate in New England ticked up to 5.8 percent in July, but it’s still lower than the national average. The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the rate for the six-state region on Wednesday. It was one-tenth of 1 percentage point higher in June.Rhode Island had the highest rate in the region, at 7.7 percent, which is tied for the third worst in the U.S. Connecticut’s rate was next, at 6.6 […]

Financial Planning: Social Security retirement benefits

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By Dustin ObhasMore Content NowFor many of you, Social Security is right around the corner. There are many questions surrounding this issue such as when can you start obtaining Social Security benefits, and some of the different ways to obtain benefits. I hope to outline a couple of strategies, as well as clarify when you are able to take your Social Security benefit. Full retirement age (FRA)Full retirement age is considered the age at […]

Auto Bits: Teenagers not driving safe cars, study shows

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Tip of the WeekMany families with teens look for a used car for the family’s newest driver. Used cars can help a family stay on budget with a new driver in the family, but new research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that many teenagers are not driving vehicles that have good crash-protection features. The research found that teenagers tend to drive older vehicles, which are less likely to have safety features such as electronic stability […]

Norwich muralist takes on second urban renewal project

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NORWICH – To combat the gang symbols and profanity that vandals have graffitied on the outside wallof his convenience store, Abdul Jabbar Khan had a simple – if unsightly – solution.“We tried to hide it withblack paint but they would do it again and again with bad words,” said Khan who owns Mak’s Food Mart at 204 Boswell Ave. in Norwich. “So many times. They just did it again and again.” […]

Center for Hospice Care opens healing garden in front of 300

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NORWICH – Nearly 15 years ago, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut staff and volunteers helped former Norwich resident Ted Johnson cope with the loss of his wife, Victorie.Under a bright summer sky on Friday morning, Johnson, who lives in North Windham, returned to the facility now known as Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut to see his wife’s name on a brick installed along a walkway of the nonprofit’s brand new healing garden.“I can’t […]

Casinos report lower slot revenue for July

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Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday reported that its July “win,” the amount of slot wagers the casino keeps after paying out prizes, was $44.3 million, down 8.9 percent compared with $48.7 million in July of 2013.The “handle” for the month, which is the total amount wagered, was $532.2 million, down 7 percent from the $572.3 million wagered in the same month in 2013.Foxwoods’ contribution to the […]

3 gamblers suing Foxwoods for $3 million

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NEW HAVEN – Three gamblers have filed a lawsuit against Foxwoods Resort Casino alleging the eastern Connecticut establishment failed to pay them more than $1.1 million they say they won in a table game in 2011 and didn’t give them back a $1.6 million deposit they put down to cover any losses.The Day of New London reports that the gamblers filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Haven July 31, seeking $3 million in damages. The plaintiffs are Chinese nationals Cheung Yin Sun […]

Auto Bits: Tips on making smart tire choices

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Tip of the WeekTires certainly look simple – black and round – but they are highly engineered technical wonders designed to work in concert with a vehicle’s braking and steering systems. However, knowing which type of tire to get can be kind of tricky. For instance, there are high-performance (HP) tires, as well as ultra high-performance (UHP). How different are they and how can you tell which one will work better for you?“It’s a good […]

Norwich ice rink patrons eager for fresh start

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Although the Norwich Ice Arena is not expected to reopen until Thanksgiving, patrons are hopeful the months-long wait will pay off with a fresh start for the long-troubled rink.”I’m so excited about it. If it takes them a couple of extra weeks, I am willing to wait, because I know whatever happens, it’s going to be nothing but positive from here on out,” said Holly Irwin, a Ledyard resident whose family used the city rink almost every […]