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11:24 am - June 29, 2016
UConn trustees revoke Cosby's honorary degree
STORRS â The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees unanimously voted this morning to revoke an honorary degree bestowed to actor/comedian Bill Cosby, who is fighting several sexual assault charges.
Cosby received an honorary doctorate during commencement exercises in 1996.
Trustees met late this morning in the Lewis B. Rome Commons Ballroom.
The board of trustees may confer honorary degrees to individuals who ârepresent the highest intellectual and moral valuesâ and as a result, the award âshould reflect the very character and quality of the university itself,â according to a UConn statement.
Cosby has been accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct â conduct which the university does not support.
âSince he received the honorary degree, Mr. Cosby has admitted, in sworn depositions, that he engaged in conduct that is incongruent with the values of the University of Connecticut,â wrote Mun Choi, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, in a letter to the board of trustees prior to this morningâs vote.
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Fire department gets OK for boat purchase
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Coventry folks can view fiscal records
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No major injuries reported in collision
There were no apparent serious injuries after a two-car accident on West Main Street this morning, but four individuals were transported to...more
Mac-and-cheese kid is in trouble again
Luke Gatti, the former University of Connecticut student who gained internet infamy when a video of his obscenity-laced tirade to...more
Sponsors sought for âHebron Dayâ celebration
Hebron officials are planning the third annual Hebron Day and hope sponsors will step up to make the event a continued success...more
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Hamels silences Yankees
The Texas Rangers are confident about winning every time they take the field. Give Cole Hamels any kind of lead, their optimism increases...more
Porcello, Shaw power Red Sox to win
A quality start from Rick Porcello was probably what the Boston Red Sox needed most Tuesday night, but Travis Shawâs hitting was more...more
Stewart collects another award
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Nationals blank Mets
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Connecticut getting $16 million in VW settlement
The stateâs cut of a $570 million multi-state settlement over Volkswagenâs emission scandal is expected to be $16.3 million...more
New laws will take effect Friday in Connecticut
Beginning Friday, initial prescriptions for opioid painkillers will be capped at seven days in most cases, a tough new measure designed to...more
West Hartford OKs purchase of UConn campus
The town council voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with the purchase of the 58-acre University of Connecticut campus for...more
No obituaries today
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With each partyâs presidential candidate virtually chosen, with only the formal procedure of the conventions yet to occur, three critical...more
Can Brazil secure the Olympic Games?
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Donât fall for âhurricane amnesiaâ this year
Although its start has been rather tame so far, this yearâs hurricane season because of the population shift to coastal areas and...more
IS suspected in deadly airport attack in Istanbul
Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements today after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened...more
No new sign of wrongdoing by Clinton in report
After an exhaustive and politically charged investigation that went on for years and cost millions of dollars, Republicans on the House...more
Dispatchers heard gunshots, screams in 911 calls
In 911 calls the night of the Pulse shooting, some of the trapped patrons described seeing the shooter inside the nightclub. Others said they...more
Ikea recalls 36 million tippy chests, dressers
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea Group is recalling almost 36 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada that have been...more
Zika funding fails in Senate as Dems decry âpoison pillsâ
The Senate on Tuesday blocked Republicansâ plan to partially fund President Barack Obamaâs request for funding to tackle the Zika...more
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