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In the middle of Stamford sits Stamford Town Center.  It was once a massive mall that drew in shoppers regionally. Now, it's a mall with a lot of empty storefronts.  As of January, 86 percent of the mall storefronts were occupied. The portion of the mall owned by Taubman is up for sale.  Macy’s, which is the flagship store,  has a lease ending soon. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Select Subcommittee hearing on the Coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci says Connecticut is in a good place when it comes to the pandemic. 

Kittens are finding homes fast during the pandemic
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Annamarie Koch took an old English bulldog into her Ansonia home this spring.

“My husband is an essential worker, so he was never home and I was home all the time,” she said. “I was lonely.”

Stamford youth finish up a workout with police
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Stamford Police Chief Tim Shaw was sworn in during the height of the pandemic. And now that the state is reopening -- and embarking on a serious debate about the role of police -- it’s time to unify the community, he said.

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A lone table and two chairs were kept empty at the Valbella restaurant in Greenwich Monday to honor a famous regular: longtime TV host Regis Philbin, who died over the weekend at the age of 88.

View from Sabrina Buehler's AirBnB Rental in North Stonington
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Sabrina Buehler didn’t expect to make much from her Airbnb rental in North Stonington this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Black Lives Matter murals have been popping up across the country since the killing of George Floyd by police. In Hartford, a mural is tucked away in the city’s North End, with another in the works downtown. And in Stamford, the affirmation Black Lives Matter has been painted on a main street.

Seven Residents Under 19 Test Positive for Covid-19 In Darien
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Officials in Darien are warning about a rise in COVID-19 cases among children and teens.  

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A legislative committee heard overwhelming support Tuesday for proposed legislation to expand absentee ballot access for the November election to those without an excuse. 

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Many colleges plan to resume in-person learning in the fall. Others, including prestigious schools like Harvard, are going all online. In the midst of a pandemic, returning to dorms or even a classroom is a hard choice to make for some students and professors.

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The shouts and the clack of bat on ball may sound like a typical Little League game, but it looks a bit different during a pandemic. 

“In the old days the umpire would be behind the plate, and now he’s behind the pitcher,” said Mike Noto, Stamford American Little League president. 

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State officials came together in Hartford Wednesday to assure Connecticut residents that they will fight for women’s reproductive rights following the Supreme Court’s decision to roll back access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ruling, an employer or university can deny birth control coverage based on a religious or moral objection. 

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For the first time since March, there have been no new deaths overnight due to the coronavirus in Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont said hospitalizations did rise, though, with 14 more since yesterday. However, he said the statistic should not alarm residents.

A group of friends hang out at Hammonasset Beach State Park Friday to kick off the Memorial Day weekend.
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What’s typically known as a busy holiday travel weekend will look a little different this year. Many people may opt for road trips that don’t take them too far from home this Fourth of July.

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Real estate agents say the fight over homes on the market in Fairfield County is heating up as millennials who lived in New York City want out due to COVID-19.

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Amid what amounts to a new civil rights movement, Black-owned businesses in Fairfield County say they are feeling the support of the community in ways they never have. And that boost comes in the wake of the devastating pandemic shutdowns that hit minority businesses harder than most. 

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With the announcement that gyms can reopen next week in Connecticut, some owners are preparing their spaces to allow more distance between members. Meanwhile, others say they don’t have the space to accommodate enough customers to make money.

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Right now, the state of Connecticut says restaurants could be allowed to resume indoor service on June 20. But some restaurant owners are pushing for inside dining as soon as this week.