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    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

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    Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.
    Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.Olsen is the board chair of Fairfield County's Community Foundation and chairs its executive committee. As chair, she is involved with the foundation's annual Giving Day.

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  • Hometown Hero: Tracy Dean

    Hometown Hero: Tracy Dean

    Tracy Dean has been a volunteer at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk for five years. She serves as a gallery ambassador where she is stationed at different exhibits throughout the building to answer visitors' questions.
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    Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

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    (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker). People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker). People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
    (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker). People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker). People gather at a memorial near Staples Center after the death of Laker legend Kobe Bryant Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
    Kobe Bryant came from Philadelphia and was raised in Italy.
    Kobe Bryant came from Philadelphia and was raised in Italy.
  • Tears shed, joyful times recalled at Kobe Bryant memorial

    Tears shed, joyful times recalled at Kobe Bryant memorial

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    (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu). Nicole Mascarenhas, wipes her eyes in front of a screen with the late Kobe Bryant at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five champio...(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu). Nicole Mascarenhas, wipes her eyes in front of a screen with the late Kobe Bryant at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five champio...
    (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu). Nicole Mascarenhas, wipes her eyes in front of a screen with the late Kobe Bryant at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five champio...(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu). Nicole Mascarenhas, wipes her eyes in front of a screen with the late Kobe Bryant at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five champio...
    Fans call it The House that Kobe Built, and since the basketball superstar's death in a weekend helicopter crash  thousands have streamed into a plaza just outside Los Angeles' Staples Center.
    Fans call it The House that Kobe Built, and since the basketball superstar's death in a weekend helicopter crash  thousands have streamed into a plaza just outside Los Angeles' Staples Center.
  • Pilot of Bryant helicopter tried to avoid heavy fog

    Pilot of Bryant helicopter tried to avoid heavy fog

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    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill). Sheriff's deputies on horseback leave the scene of a helicopter crash, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in Calabasas, Calif., on...(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill). Sheriff's deputies on horseback leave the scene of a helicopter crash, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in Calabasas, Calif., on...
    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill). Sheriff's deputies on horseback leave the scene of a helicopter crash, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in Calabasas, Calif., on...(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill). Sheriff's deputies on horseback leave the scene of a helicopter crash, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, in Calabasas, Calif., on...
    Authorities say the veteran pilot of a helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, tried to avoid fog so heavy it grounded police choppers.
    Authorities say the veteran pilot of a helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, tried to avoid fog so heavy it grounded police choppers.
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  • 'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

    'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

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    (Flatiron Books vía AP). En esta imagen difundida por Flatiron Books, la portada de "American Dirt", una novela de Jeanine Cummins.(Flatiron Books vía AP). En esta imagen difundida por Flatiron Books, la portada de "American Dirt", una novela de Jeanine Cummins.
    (Flatiron Books vía AP). En esta imagen difundida por Flatiron Books, la portada de "American Dirt", una novela de Jeanine Cummins.(Flatiron Books vía AP). En esta imagen difundida por Flatiron Books, la portada de "American Dirt", una novela de Jeanine Cummins.
    “American Dirt,” a novel about migrants from Mexico and cartel violence, continues to draw criticism from some Latino writers and activists.
    “American Dirt,” a novel about migrants from Mexico and cartel violence, continues to draw criticism from some Latino writers and activists.
  • Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

    Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

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    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
    An annual congressional report says that the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy.
    An annual congressional report says that the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy.
  • In snub to US, Britain will allow Huawei in 5G networks

    In snub to US, Britain will allow Huawei in 5G networks

    Tuesday, January 28 2020 5:06 AM EST2020-01-28 10:06:03 GMT
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    (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP). Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center left, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020.(Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP). Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center left, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020.
    (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP). Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center left, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020.(Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via AP). Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, center left, visits the Department of Mathematics at King's Maths School, part of King's College London University, in London, Monday Jan. 27, 2020.
    Britain's National Security Council is poised to decide whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to build aspects of its new high-speed mobile network.
    Britain's National Security Council is poised to decide whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to build aspects of its new high-speed mobile network.
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