Sam Beamon flew helicopters in Vietnam for the U.S. Marine Corps, and after returning home to Waterbury he rose to the rank of Lieutenant in the Waterbury Police Department. For his commitment to community and justice, Sam Beamon today was awarded the Grace Baptist Church's 1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

   Excellent job by Sam Beamon and the Grace Baptist Church. Dr. King would be proud. Bravo, and Happy MLK Day. Photograph by Geraldo Reyes Jr.

The Bantam River has flooded the soccer fields along Route 63 in Litchfield. The melting snow, heavy rain and sub-freezing temperatures have created treacherous driving conditions on some back roads of Litchfield County. Pools of water from yesterday's thaw are now sheets of ice. Be careful and be safe. Photograph by John Murray

Sunset tonight over Mt. Tom in Litchfield, Connecticut. Photograph By John Murray

   Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo provided area media a first in-person look today at the rare Amur tiger cubs born at the Zoo. Two of a litter of four cubs survived after their mother, Changbai, neglected them, causing Zoo staff to step in. Since their birth on November 25, 2017, they have been cared for around the clock at the Zoo’s Animal Health Care Center.

   Democrat Dita Bhargava, a former senior trader and portfolio manager who is exploring a run for statewide office, announced today that she has raised over $125,000 from 787 individuals since launching her exploratory committee in September.

   Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that collections of estimated personal income taxes in December and January will exceed the administration’s projection by more than $900 million.  The payments include normal estimated payments, one-time payments based on repatriation of foreign profits in advance of a December 31, 2017 federal deadline, and accelerated payments that would normally have been received later in January or in April 2018 in order to avoid the new federal cap on state and local tax deductions that began on January 1.

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