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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 28 at 10:00 AM

Connecticut at 2 a.m.

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NEW ENGLAND'S TRAGEDIES

BOSTON — They are six small states, settled before the nation's birth, wedged between New York, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean: New England. The region is uniquely defined by its compact geography, its culture and its "sense of place," as Harvard history professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich put it. "The mystique that has grown up over the centuries, perpetuated by the invention of celebrations like the 'First Thanksgiving' and all the images associated with the Revolution," she said, "convinced people that there really was something called New England and that it mattered." Now, in just a four-month span, a harsh new chapter has been added to that long, distinctive history. By David Crary.

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DEVELOPMENT AID-TRANSPARENCY

HARTFORD — Connecticut's comptroller is demanding more information be made public about hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax assistance to businesses, sparking debate among lawmakers about how much taxpayers are entitled to know about how their money is being spent. Comptroller Kevin Lembo is pushing legislation that would give the public access to information including how much state money went toward tax credits and other state aid, the number of jobs created and the purpose of the economic help. "We don't always look at what kind of return on investment we get on economic development," he said. "Transparency around this issue is important." By Stephen Singer.

BOSTON MARATHON-COMPENSATION CZAR

BOSTON — His work has immersed him in events that read like a roster of recent catastrophes, from 9/11 to the Gulf oil spill. Now, Kenneth Feinberg is adding the Boston Marathon bombings to that list. The Massachusetts native and attorney is managing the payouts from The One Fund, which was established to help victims of the explosions that killed three and injured 260. Feinberg is experienced dealing with people facing profound loss, but he doesn't seek the work. "I must tell you every time I do one, you say to yourself, 'God I hope this is the last one," he said. By Jay Lindsay.

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MUSICIAN SCHOLARSHIP

BRIDGEPORT — Demetri Smith's fingers tap out an effortless tune on his keyboard in his third-floor bedroom on Catherine Street. Amplifiers share space with clothes in the closet. On the wall is a poster of Jimi Hendrix. The 18-year-old Bassick High School senior considers himself a rap artist, but it is his business acumen that has helped him win a four-year full-tuition scholarship to the University of New Haven. Over four years, that amounts to more than $120,000. "Honestly, it is a huge blessing," Smith said. "I really didn't think about how I was going to pay (for college)." An AP Member Feature Exchange by Linda Conner Lambert of the Connecticut Post.

CAR CRITIC

EAST HADDAM — At Consumer Reports magazine's 327-acre automotive test track in East Haddam, Mike Quincy has fulfilled a lifelong dream by writing about cars for a living.

And Quincy has seen a huge transformation in the automotive marketplace since he started covering the industry two decades ago. "Over the last 20 years, cars have gotten a lot better," Quincy said during a tour of the magazine's only automotive test track in the country. "Consumer Reports has put pressure on all companies to make better, safer, more fuel-efficient products." An AP Member Feature Exchange by Lee Howard of The Day of New London.

ALSO:

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-NEW SCHOOL — Newtown's first selectwoman is asking residents for advice on what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building where 20 children and six educators were fatally shot last December.

— STREET ASSAULT — A Connecticut judge says prosecutors proved the elements of a Bridgeport man's attack of a 77-year-old woman but he acquitted him by reason of insanity.

— DRUG SWEEP — New Britain police and state prosecutors say 72 people have been arrested on 106 arrest warrants on drug charges.

— CONNECTICUT ENERGY POLICY — Advocacy groups in Connecticut have made a broad public records request for documents related to the Malloy administration's energy policy, particularly about proposed changes in renewable energy use.

— UCONN-AIRPORT PART — Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has donated an aircraft flap assembly worth more than $774,000 to the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering for research labs and training classes.

— SLOT RECORD — The Mohegan Sun Casino is trying to set a world record with its slot machines.

SPORTS:

BBN--PHILLIES-METS

NEW YORK — Shaun Marcum comes off the disabled list to make his New York Mets debut when the right-hander starts against Philadelphia. Jonathan Pettibone makes his second major league start for the Phillies. By Mike Fitzpatrick.

PATRIOTS DRAFT

FOXBOROUGH — Josh Boyce is one lucky wide receiver. As if playing with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in high school and the Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton in college wasn't enough, Boyce now will be on the receiving end of passes from Tom Brady after the New England Patriots selected the TCU receiver with the fifth pick of the fourth round Saturday. "All three of them are great guys, great quarterbacks," Boyce said on a conference call with members of the media. "I've been blessed to play with great quarterbacks my whole career." By Matthew Carroll.

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox try to get closer to their winningest April ever when they face the Houston Astros. The Red Sox have 16 wins, two short of matching the club record, with three games left in the month. They'll send Felix Doubront (2-0) to the mound against Brad Peacock (1-2).

Also:

Toronto at N.Y. Yankees

NBA:

BKN--KNICKS-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics are one of sports' most successful franchises, the NBA's greatest champion, but face a challenge that appears too big even for them. The New York Knicks take a 3-0 lead into Game 4 of their playoff series on Sunday, and no NBA team has overcome that. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney

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