Church of England urges parishioners to give up plastic for Lent

“This Lent let’s give ocean creatures a better chance to renew themselves, free of our trash!” –Church of England’s Diocese of London

Each year, in the span of repentant days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, millions of Christians around the world fast or give up something they enjoy. Top on the list are things like chocolate, alcohol, and social media. But this year, the Church of England has taken a cue from Sir David Attenborough and has set its sights on a different kind of pleasure: The convenience of single-use plastics.

In a statement, the Diocese of London notes that “David Attenborough has recently brought to everyone’s attention the hideous damage being caused by our throwaway society to life in the oceans – where so much of our waste eventually ends up.”

And indeed, with 300 million tons of plastic created annually, and half of that for items that are used just once, it’s no wonder that so much of it (eight tons a minute, ugh) ends up in the ocean. Attenborough and BBC’s Blue Planet II series have done much to spread the word; how wonderful to see the Church amplifying it further.

Ruth Knight, the Church’s environmental policy officer, says, “The Lent challenge is about raising our awareness of how much we rely on single-use plastics and challenging ourselves to see where we can reduce that use.”

“It ties in closely with our calling as Christians to care for God’s creation,” she adds.

With its 25 million members worldwide, the Church has a tremendous platform; and along with the call to action, they are providing help that sounds downright TreeHugger-ish. The BBC reports that, “Worshippers have been offered tips to cut plastic use for each day up to Easter, such as choosing a fountain pen over a plastic ballpoint pen and buying music electronically rather than on CD.” Other tips include carrying non-plastic cutlery for eating on the go and using your own toiletries in hotels rather than using the small containers offered to guests.

Part of the Church’s broader program advocating stewardship for the environment, Shrinking the Footprint, the Lent plastic challenge is a fabulous way to raise awareness about one of the more pressing issues the planet is facing. And knowing what a profound effect being accountable for one’s personal plastic use can have, we’re guessing that there will be fewer plastic Easter eggs in England this year.

For more, go to the Lent Challenge page.

Via Vox and BBC

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How the War on Drugs Made a Girl Gouge Out Her Own Eyes in Front of a Church


Anderson, SC — Earlier this month, a 20-year-old woman walked up to the South Main Chapel in upstate South Carolina and began prying her eyes from her head using her own fingers. As good Samaritans and first responders tried to stop her, she fought them off successfully and is now permanently blind.

Kaylee Muthart is still in the hospital and recovering from this self-inflicted injury. Her mother, Katy Tompkins said her daughter had been taking drugs and this was likely the cause of the tragic event on February 6.

“I had just found out about her marijuana use about six weeks before the incident,” Katy Tompkins said to WYFF. “She knows that I am very anti-drug. But she told me that she had been smoking marijuana and that someone has slipped some methamphetamine in it. She became addicted to meth right away and that’s when she started using.

But marijuana and even meth don’t cause people to gouge their own eyes out in front of churches. Even Muthart’s doctor admits this.

“On the day of the incident, she thinks that someone put something else in with the meth. Her doctors think so too, but it’s too hard to tell exactly what it was from the blood tests. He doctor said that typically meth doesn’t lead people to do something so traumatic,” said Tompkins.

While meth and weed would most likely not cause someone to go through something so horrifying, Flakka, a synthetic drug similar to bath salts, has taken off in popularity in South Florida over the past few years, and it definitely would.

Flakka causes delirium and the feeling of superhuman strength, and is known to cause extremely bizarre behavior – including a 17-year-old girl “running down a street naked, covered in blood and screaming, “I am God! I am Satan!”

YouTube videos abound showing people in the midst of dangerous, erratic flakka-induced behavior, and headlines appear regularly of bizarre crimes being committed on flakka.

Homeland Security Investigations in Miami said the area is “ground central” for flakka shipments, which often come from China. There is no known legitimate use for the substance.

Over the past two years, Flakka has been making its way up the Atlantic coast and all of the sudden reports of Flakka-induced mania began surfacing in the Carolinas—where Kaylee lives.

Because of the synthetic nature of the drug, Flakka is hard to test for, especially when mixed with the cocktail of chemicals in methamphetamine. But to those who’ve watched the myriad of videos of people on this “drug,” Kaylee sounds like she was on it, or something just like it.

But that brings us to the question? Why on earth would someone manufacture a substance and people take that substance which makes them go insane?

The answer is quite simple: The war on drugs.

Because psychoactive drugs that humans have used for centuries have been banned by most modern governments, people turn to synthetic attempts at mimicking the high. Just as Spice (synthetic marijuana) has emerged to supposedly mimic cannabis, meth became sought after to mimic cocaine and when meth was banned, flakka came in to fill the void.

But the difference is, Spice, flakka, and often times, meth cause psychotic symptoms, bodily damage and death, whereas cannabis has never caused an overdose and has well-recognized medicinal value. Cocaine and its synthetic counterpart, meth, sourced from the black market, which is laced with other unknown chemicals, can cause overdose and death.

Flakka is far more dangerous than cocaine.

Much of the dangers associated with cocaine would diminish if the drug were legalized and people had the freedom to put what they want into their own bodies. In a legal market, this extract of the coca leaf – which has been used for thousands of years by South Americans – would be produced in exact dosages known to the consumer, free from harmful synthetic chemicals.

If people could go to the store and buy a bit of cocaine, as they can buy alcohol, we could expect the demand for flakka and meth to be reduced or non-existent.

Prohibition does nothing to curb the supply or the demand of drugs, but it enriches the corporatocracy and gives the State immense power over our personal freedom. It creates a void in the demands for drugs and those voids are filled with even more dangerous substances such as flakka.

We should have learned the lesson that prohibition only causes greater harm, during the miserable attempt at alcohol prohibition from 1920 to 1933. When government attempted to ban alcohol, its production and distribution shifted to the black market, and people suffered and died.

Reports of blindness and death were common as people attempted to make their own alcohol but failed to realize the dangerous by-products that can be produced. Bootleg alcohol fueled violent criminal gangs exploiting prohibition for financial gain. We are seeing the exact same scenario play out today.

There will always be demand for psychoactive drugs, and there will always be supply to meet this demand. If government attempts to ban substances, making it a little harder for some people to get things like cocaine, they will synthesize some other, more dangerous substance.

So now we have flakka, which emerged as a replacement for bath salts, which had emerged (now banned) as something you could buy at the store for a cocaine-like high.

The government keeps banning things, and people keep getting worse off. Synthetic drugs are killing people, especially our kids.

But government has a novel approach this time – it’s working on banning flakka, and they’re trying to get China to ban certain chemicals and stop their export. As the DEA admits, when they manage to ban one substance, producers will slightly alter the compound to make it a new substance free from the “controlled substances” ban.

There’s a saying about doing something over and over again and expecting different results, being the mark of insanity. Prohibition is the perfect demonstration of this, and we are witnessing the physical manifestations in the crazed, murderous behaviors caused by flakka.

“As we prepare for the long road to getting her situated in her new life we are asking for your help,” Tompkins posted in a GoFundMe for her daughter. “The journey will no doubt require many things to allow her to live a full life.

“But If Kaylee’s story can help just one person, something good can come of this tragedy in our family.”

Indeed, if we truly want to prevent these horrifying incidents from occurring, the time to end the drug war is now.

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Dagestan church shooting may be terrorist attack – investigators

Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that the church shooting in Dagestan was a terrorist attack, Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Monday. An armed man opened fire at people leaving an Orthodox church in Dagestan’s Kizlyar on Sunday, killing four and wounding four others. “A terrorist attack is among the possible theories,” Petrenko said. The gunman was identified as a 22-year-old local resident. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Articles 105.2 (murder with aggravating circumstances) and 317 (attempt on the life of a law enforcer) of the Russian Criminal Code, TASS reported.

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Church of England reverend snorts coke, smokes crack, watches porn and says ‘I want a hooker’

A CHURCH of England vicar inhales from a crack pipe and says: “I’m a very happy man.”

The Rev Stennett Kirby, 64, smoked the highly-addictive Class A drug and snorted cocaine in shocking scenes at his church-owned home.

 In the footage Reverend Kirby can be seen lighting up and then inhaling a crack pipe
In the footage Reverend Kirby can be seen lighting up and then inhaling a crack pipe

The respected community figure also watched porn, and chatted about escorts and a trip to Soho to buy liquid chemical poppers, which gives users a head rush.

Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Mr Kirby spark up his crack pipe as he relaxes on a sofa with a pal.

His friend then says: “You’re happy now, innit?” The churchman replies: “I’m a very happy man. I love it.”

He is seen staring at a TV, apparently watching porn, and adds: “It f***ing turns me on when I have this and I watch that.”

 The Church of England vicar can also be seen preparing and inhaling powdered cocaine
The Church of England vicar can also be seen preparing and inhaling powdered cocaine
 When his pal asks Kirby if he'd like a 'cocaine spliff', the reverend replies: 'If you don't mind'
When his pal asks Kirby if he’d like a ‘cocaine spliff’, the reverend replies: ‘If you don’t mind’

Mr Kirby, vicar of West Ham Parish Church in East London since 2007, then makes a crude oral sex reference and refers to women in a lewd way.

The vicar and his pal also discuss hiring a female escort and he says: “I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.”

When his friend tells him he prefers prostitutes to having a relationship, unmarried Mr Kirby — on sick leave from work — agrees.

Mr Kirby, known by his middle name Roger, says: “It’s too much hassle, that’s what I told you about women.”

 Kirby, 64, can be heard telling his pal that he prefers hiring prostitutes to having real relationships with women
Kirby, 64, can be heard telling his pal that he prefers hiring prostitutes to having real relationships with women

Later his pal asks him: “Shall I make you a cocaine spliff?” Mr Kirby replies: “If you don’t mind.”

As music plays, the vicar reveals he is planning a trip to central London the next day. He says: “I’m going to Soho with my mate for dinner. I’m going to sex shops to get some poppers.” Possession is not illegal.

In other footage Mr Kirby, whose brother is a minister, can be seen snorting coke. His pal says taking it off the back of his hand is easier. Seconds later Mr Kirby says approvingly: “That is good.”

 Some of what we imagine might be Reverend Kirby's favourite religious tunes
Some of what we imagine might be Reverend Kirby’s favourite religious tunes

Our revelations bear similarities to the case of “Crystal Methodist” Paul Flowers.

The shamed minister and former Co-op Bank boss was suspended from the church in 2017 after he was filmed in a car counting out £300 to buy cocaine and crystal meth in a drug deal.

Mr Kirby lives in a £1.5million house owned by the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Associate minister, the Rev Stephen Chandler, is believed to be preparing to tell worshippers about the vicar’s problems at today’s service.

Last night the Church of England said it was investigating the footage. A spokeswoman added: “We take this matter very seriously.”

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Hero Citizen Stops Mass Shooting in a Church, Cops Show Up and Shoot HIM—Media Silent


Amarillo, TX — As news of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida dominated the airwaves this week, a massive hostage situation—which was quickly turning into a mass shooting situation—was foiled by a hero in a church. That hero, however, is now in the hospital after police showed up to the scene and shot him.

The situation was well on its way to becoming one of the deadliest shootings in history as the gunman took over 100 people hostage inside the Faith City Mission church on Wednesday.

“They said there was a gun in the building everyone started running all different ways,” said Clay Murdock, a student at Faith City Mission.

According to WLOX, Murdock said he tried to get as many people inside their sound room as possible.

“We’re standing in there and everyone starts praying,” said Murdock. “I went outside to see what was going on if I could get more people in there and right when as I went outside the guy was standing right in front of me with the pistol.”

Murdock then ran outside.

According to the Amarillo police, the initial call came in around 8:45 a.m. and indicated that there was an armed suspect inside who was holding 100 people hostage.

Sergeant Brent Barbee told reporters that when officers breached the building, they encountered an individual who had a handgun.

The officers fired shots that struck the man,” said Barbee. “After some additional investigation, they’ve learned that the man that [had] the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody.”

Later that day, police clarified that they indeed shot the wrong man.

“The initial investigation indicates that the man the officer shot had originally been in a struggle with the original suspect and had taken away the gun from the suspect. The initial suspect has been taken into custody and is not injured. No other persons were hit by gunfire. This is very early in the investigation and more details will be available at a later time,” read the report.

As reports, the hero of the story is a student at Faith City Mission church. After he and the private church security officers wrestled the shooter to the ground and got the gun away from him, one or more Amarillo police officers opened fire on the student.

“Members of the security team took the gunman down and one of our students was able to wrestle the gun away,” she said. “Our thoughts are with our injured student and we praise God for his protection while honoring the heroic actions of our security team, students and everyone else involved — which prevented the situation from becoming far worse.”

The student was taken to a local hospital. The gunman, Joshua Len Jones, 35, of Amarillo was taken to jail unharmed.

Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Taylor said the student, who was not identified, had surgery Wednesday but was in stable condition and remains hospitalized, reports

“One of our staff members visited the student that was shot and he is resting well after surgery,” Taylor said.

Predictably, this story received no coverage in the mainstream media as it is showed brave citizens in a positive light while highlighting the fact that cops shot and nearly killed the hero.

Please share this story with your friends and family to spread a bit of good news in what has surely been a tragic week of reporting.

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UK Government & Catholic Church Claim Children Can “Consent” To Sexual Abuse

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Catholic churches all around the world have been accused of sex scandals, including the Vatican, which has allegedly paid an astonishing $4 billion since 1950 to settle sexual abuse claims. Far too often these stories involve priests taking advantage of their positions of authority in order to sexually abuse people, often children.

More recently, the UK government and the Catholic church have come under public scrutiny for claiming that victims of child sexual abuse “consented” to their rapes in order to avoid compensating the victims. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) establishes which victims get compensated, and they do so by determining whether or not the victim gave consent, even if the victim is a child well under the legal age limit.

The Telegraph reported last month that, according to CICA, “A victim can consent in fact even though in law they may be deemed not to have consented.” That’s right, this government loophole can be used to claim that even though a child may be under the legal age limit, they can still provide consent.

Legal Loophole Preventing Child Sex Victims From Being Compensated

To give you a better picture of how this works, one case that was explained by the charity Victim Support involved a 12-year-old girl who was led into the woods and sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man while she was intoxicated.

Interestingly enough, despite the fact that the man pled guilty to having sex with a minor, she still wasn’t compensated because she allegedly “gave consent” by “voluntarily” going into the woods with him.

“No child ever gives their ‘consent’ to being abused, and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying,” said Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England. “I have contacted the Ministry of Justice previously and again recently about this issue and the Government should look urgently at what can be done to tackle it.”

They also argued that she was able to give consent because she had recently had sex with someone her own age. That’s like saying, “If you consent to someone your own age, you consent to everyone. If you’ve consented in the past, you consent to everyone.” That is not an ethical argument, and we should not be teaching children that this irrational logic is okay.

A Freedom of Information Act request introduced by Victim Support indicated that since this loophole came into fruition in 2012, a total of 693 cases in which child sexual abuse victims came forward were denied compensation by the CICA. Though many of these cases involved children who were 16, some of the victims were much younger.

So, Where Does the Catholic Church Fit Into This?

As it turns out, this loophole most often benefits private schools, religious groups, and the local authorities. For example, lawyers for the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark explained to one of the sexual abuse victims that his rape “actually occurred in the context of a consensual relationship (albeit one the Claimant in retrospect now appears to regret).”

Although this particular case was actually settled to the tune of £80,000, the victim stated that the defence was both insulting and highlighted the fact that he was below the legal age of consent. There’s a legal age limit for a reason, and it’s strange that this law is being bent through the use of another law.

Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon, explained on Kent Live: “It is time for the church to practise what they preach and to admit their failings, to take account of the damage this has caused to the lives of far too many children and lastly to apologise for the abuse.”

An important question we need to start asking ourselves and the government is: Why are people in authority positions let off the hook for violent crimes? Sexual abuse and rape are not crimes that should go ignored, yet time and time again, higher-ups and government officials are excused from the law.

To name a few examples, we have the Jeffrey Epstein case, in which he was accused of recruiting and forcing dozens of children into an underground network of sex slaves, who served many of the elite members of society, including former American President Bill Clinton.

Epstein owned a private jet, referred to as the “Lolita Express” by mainstream media (MSM), which was used to transport Epstein and his elitist friends to Little St. James, Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands — dubbed “Orgy Island” by the tabloids. Despite all of these allegations and proven facts, he only served approximately one year in jail time.

Former U.S. representative Cynthia McKinney also knew about the government’s relationship to human trafficking, and she actually addressed it in 2005. She grilled Donald Rumsfeld on military contractor DynCorp’s child trafficking business of selling women and children.

Ted Gunderson, former FBI special agent and head of their L.A. office, worked to uncover years’ worth of information on high-level pedophilia, sexual abuse, and satanic rituals performed by the government and the elite (or the cabal). In my opinion, Ted Gunderson is a wonderful place to start your research on this subject. You can read more about that in our CE article here.

Although these examples are outside of the UK, they still speak to how the government provides special treatment when it comes to crimes committed by those in higher social classes.

Final Thoughts

Time and time again, the government allows perpetrators of sexual violence to go unpunished. If we’re not willing to face these issues, regardless of who the perpetrator is, then how will we fix this clear issue within society? Sexual violence is never okay, and we should not be blaming the victims for crimes they were not responsible for.

We need to start treating everyone as equal and extend more compassion to others; only then will we be able to not only improve our judiciary system, but hopefully prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place.



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Man who raped 13-year-old girl at church camp spared prison time because he is blind

An Oklahoma man who pleaded guilty to brutally raping a 13-year-old girl at a church camp has been spared jail time, in part because he is blind.

Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36, was sentenced to 15 years probation for a crime he committed while working as a cook at Falls Creek church camp in June 2016, according to the Oklahoman newspaper.

Court documents state that Petty told the young victim that he wanted to show her a new type of device he brought to the camp when he suddenly pulled her into his cabin.

Petty then “closed the door to his bedroom, tied [the victim’s] hands behind her back, pulled down her jeans, pushed her face down on his bed, and violently raped and sodomized her,” records show.

He was arrested following the attack and charged with forcible sodomy, first-degree rape and rape by instrumentation, all three of which he pleaded guilty to in January 2018.

Photo: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Bruce Robertson, an attorney representing the victim’s interests, said that the girl’s family consented to the plea agreement after they were “told by the district attorney’s office that the rapist would not serve any meaningful prison time due to his medical conditions.”

“Based on this representation, the family did not object to the probationary sentence,” Robertson said. “As a result of the plea, Benjamin Petty has been convicted of three felonies resulting from this incident, in which he bound and raped a 13-year-old, and is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life, providing at least some protection for other potential victims.”

Murray County Assistant District Attorney David Pyle, who negotiated the guilty plea, said that Petty’s blindness was a major factor in his decision not to insist on prison time.

“The big thing is Mr. Petty is legally blind and the parents (of the victim) live out of state and this little girl lives out of state and didn’t want to make all the travels back and forth,” Pyle said. “The plea was negotiated with their permission.”

Petty will be required to wear an ankle monitor for 24 months, register as a sex offender and obtain treatment under the terms of his probation.

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Re: Israel imposes taxes on church, UN properties in Jerusalem

The Israeli municipality in Jerusalem began to impose taxes on church and United Nations properties in occupied East Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported.

The Israeli newspaper said today that the Israeli municipality will collect tens of millions of dollars from churches and United Nations institutions as a result of the real estate taxes.

It added that the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, changed the policy applied since the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

The Jerusalem Municipality informed the Ministry of Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office that it is demanding that church and international institutions pay municipal taxes on properties owned by them.

The paper pointed out that the ruling will affect 887 properties which belong to the church and the UN.

It is estimated that the municipality will earn 650 million shekels ($191 million) from the new policy.

Read: Connecticut church’s interfaith group detained by Israel for holding Palestine flag

“The talk is not about the role of worship, which is excluded from the property tax under the law, but properties that are used for purposes other than prayer and some are used for commercial activities,” Israel Hayom explained.

It added that this week the municipality imposed restrictions on the bank accounts of evangelical, Armenian and Roman churches on the grounds of non-payment of property taxes.

“The decision of the state [exemption] over the past years has caused losses of up to one billion shekels. It is unreasonable for the residents of Jerusalem to pay the price of garbage collection, lighting, gardening and street construction, while preventing the municipality from raising large amounts of money that could help it, Significantly in the development of the city and improve services for the population [of the listed properties].”

“Either the state will compensate us financially for not collecting these funds or we will collect them according to the law,” the municipality said.

US President Donald Trump’s decision last month to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has encouraged the Israeli government to annex large swathes of the city and force its laws on it. World leaders and international organisations rallied to condemn the move and its disregard for the final status negotiations of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

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Re: Connecticut church’s interfaith group detained by Israel for holding Palestine flag

The following is a report from Connecticut local news channel News8.

They went to Jerusalem to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to witness for themselves the sites of the Holy Land. They ended up seeing Israeli army soldiers carting them off to jail.

It was frightening.

“When you see those heavy guns and hear those heavy voices,” said Jhoufran Annababiar, one of five people detained.  “When you see the madness on those soldiers’ faces.”

“They wouldn’t talk to us and explain to us what was going on,” said Reza Mansoor, President of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and another person who was detained. “They just confiscated our passports, put five people in a corner, then kind of paraded us down the cobble streets.”

Mansoor and 4 others were held for 7 hours — they are all Muslim.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “We didn’t think that we had done anything wrong.”

They were arrested when their group from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme posed for a picture they took while hoisting the Palestinian flag in Jerusalem. There were a total of 29 people in the group, but only the five Muslims were detained.

Church leaders say the annual trip is a chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, while exploring the Holy Land.

“It is an opportunity to travel as a group of Christians, as a group of Muslims, as a group of Jews all travelling together, reminding ourselves of our common faith together, our common humanity,” said Steve Jungkite, the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

What they saw happen to some in their own group was disturbing.

“I was upset that it happened,” Jungkite said.

They say they want to turn their anger into an educational moment. They say what happened to them is similar to what happens to the Palestinian people on a daily basis there.

“There seems to be an escalation of the kind of discrimination that we witnessed,” Jungkite said.

They hope that by sharing their story, they can help to bring justice and a better life in modern-day Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I really wish for that land to live in peace again,” Jhoufran said.

Now that they’re home, they say they are on a mission to do that by continuing to share their story. No one knew why the five members of the group were initially taken away and into Israeli custody.

The trouble happened when the group stopped to pose for a picture in Jerusalem while hoisting the Palestinian flag. Eventually they were told that the Israeli soldiers thought they were trying to incite a riot.

Members of the church group called the American embassy and the offices of Connecticut’s senators back here at home. A lawyer from Jerusalem was able to convince the authorities that the Connecticut group was not breaking any laws and they were released.

They were held about two weeks ago and returned to Connecticut last week.

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