Eclipse expert is in his element

Eclipse expert is in his element

SALEM — Crowded around a telescope pointed toward the eastern sky, four students heed the deliberate instructions of a grey-haired astronomer.

“At five seconds, filter’s off!” Richard Berry says, keeping an eye on his silver wristwatch.

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Murphy grows into job as U.S. senator

Murphy grows into job as U.S. senator

HARTFORD — On a grimy CT Transit bus heading toward Bloomfield, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy leans forward on the edge of his seat, listening intently to a woman with a black and white polka-dot scarf around her head and pink Uggs on her feet.

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For hotshot firefighting crews, preparing for the worst becomes a way of life

For hotshot firefighting crews, preparing for the worst becomes a way of life

PRESCOTT – “Fire everywhere!”

Phillip “Mando” Maldonado, a squad leader, shouts instructions as a dozen hotshots, firefighters trained to combat wildfires in extreme conditions, face a nightmare scenario: flames rushing in from all sides and their survival hinging on successfully unfolding and wrapping themselves in thin sheets of heat-reflecting material.

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