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Conn. cop holds back tears after mother’s arrest for killing son

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Conn. cop holds back tears after mother's arrest for killing son

A Connecticut mother has been arrested after allegedly admitting to killing her 4-year-old son, authorities said Sunday. 

New London police responded at approximately 6:27 a.m. Sunday morning to a report of a female damaging a parked vehicle with a bat outside of an apartment at 242 Nautilus Drive. 

Upon arrival on scene, police made contact with the owner of the vehicle. The reported female suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Tiffany Farrauto, had left the scene prior to police arrival.

While on scene with the vehicle owner, Farrauto approached police and informed them that she had “strangled” her four-year-old son, who was located inside the apartment. 

New London Police Chief Peter Reichard said at a news conference Sunday that Farrauto told officers to “take me away.” When one of the officers asked her why she wanted them to take her away, “she indicated that she harmed her son and that her son was in the apartment,” Reichard alleged. 

Police immediately entered the apartment, where they found an unconscious and unresponsive young male child. Officers instantly began CPR in an attempt to resuscitate the child, while notifying emergency medical personnel. The child was later transported to L+M Hospital by the New London Fire Department. The child was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital by medical staff.

The scene was immediately secured and detectives responded to investigate the incident. The New London Judicial District State’s Attorney’s Office, the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit-Eastern District, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner were notified and responded to the scene as well.

Farrauto was initially arrested for two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree. Following additional investigation, Farrauto was also charged with murder and risk of injury to a minor. 

While talking about the child’s death during Sunday’s press conference, Reichard began to get emotional.  

“I talked to the officers who first arrived to the scene. They were choked up by it. All of them have children the same age and it hits home. It hits you right in the gut,” Reichard said while trying to hold back tears. “I then proceeded to the emergency room myself where several more of my officers and the entire emergency room staff were. It hits home with them too and they do these things every day. It’s not easy.”

Reichard added that he would not publicly identify the boy until the child’s father and family could be notified first. Police offered their condolences to the child’s family in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing. An autopsy will be performed on Monday to determine the child’s cause of death. Farrauto, who is being held on a $2 million bond, will also undergo DNA testing, Reichard said. 

Anyone who has information concerning this investigation is encouraged to contact the New London Police Department’s detective bureau at 860-447-1481. Anonymous tips may be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

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Penn State to replace ‘sexist and classist’ words like freshman

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Pigskin powerhouse Penn State has jumped on the woke wagon.

The sprawling public university will replace pronouns such as he/him/hers with they/them/theirs; replace traditional student designations such as freshman and sophomore with “first year” and “second year” and; replace “underclassmen” and “upperclassmen” with “lower division” and “upper division,” according to Penn State News.

The Preferred Name and Gender Identity Policy was passed by Pennsylvania State University’s Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs on April 27.

“Terms such as ‘freshmen’ are decidedly male-specific, while terms such as ‘upperclassmen’ can be interpreted as both sexist and classist. Terms such as ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ are parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns,” states the resolution. 

“It is time to close the loop and ensure that all people are not only able to choose their name & gender identity within our systems, but that these documents and systems are also structured to be inclusive from the start.”

The decision was mocked by some people on social media.

“I am at my wit’s end with all of this stupidity,” said one Penn State parent on Twitter.

Asked Bill Bressier on Twitter, referencing the school’s sports teams’ nickname: “How long is that until the ‘Nittany Lion,’ which is a male term, is replaced by the gender neutral, correct subspecies ‘Eastern Cougar?’”

Penn State will also no longer use the phrase “super senior” to denote those students whose studies last beyond the traditional four years. They will instead be called fifth-year (or beyond) students.

The term super seniors “does often carry a slightly negative connotation,” the resolution noted.

Penn State announced in 2018 that it was dropping the titles homecoming “king” and “queen.”

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New book reveals how to win friends and influence post-COVID

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Prior to the pandemic, Jon Levy was best known as the founder of the Influencers Dinner, a regular roving dinner party of A-listers — strangers to each other — pulled from different industries. The location would be revealed shortly before the event, and there were a few ground rules: Everyone would cook dinner together, and no one could reveal their last name or where they worked. 

It was all very mysterious. 

“There would always be this moment where people arrive for the cocktail hour,” says Levy, a behavioral scientist and author of the new book, “You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Cultivating Influence.” “And they invariably say, ‘Do you mind if I call my wife? I just want to tell her I still have my kidneys.’ ” Past guests have included Nobel laureates, Olympic athletes, executives, scientists, and the Grammy-winning voice of the bark from “Who Let the Dogs Out.” 

This past year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to their Zoom squares to socialize digitally, Levy realized that virtual events can be rewarding — they just have to be planned differently. 

“When TV came out, the answer to programming wasn’t to have people reading soap operas. The new platform created a new way to engage, and that’s the same with digital,” he explains. “When we design our events, we design the experiences to focus on you, the individual, so you feel you’re connecting with people. We start off by putting people in breakout rooms to meet each other. The key is not to leave people to interview each other. Humans do best when there’s a shared effort or activity. If I give you a puzzle to figure out or an icebreaker game, that’s really important. These games cause a shared investment of effort. Now you’re a team.” 

Levy’s work as a behavioral scientist focuses on influence and human connection, never more important than in the current times. 

“I really value bringing people together. And when you look at the research, people are getting lonelier and more isolated,” says Levy. “I’m all for people earning more money and having nice things, but it just doesn’t carry the day. And [by writing this], I was hoping that if I worked hard enough, we can begin to shift the cultural conversation about what gives people a higher quality of life.” 

Check out jonlevytlb.com/games for several different examples of activities to be played at virtual events. 

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Body of missing KPMG executive Alan White found in Texas

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The body of a Dallas businessman who has been missing since October was found in a wooded area of the Texas city.

A survey crew working for Paul Quinn College found human remains near the campus Thursday, police said.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner identified the remains as Alan White, an executive at accounting firm KPMG who was last seen gassing up his Porsche after a gym visit on Oct. 22.

The 55-year-old’s vehicle was found about a week later, and there were no signs of a struggle or accident.

“Your mind goes through all these scenarios of what could’ve happened,” White’s husband Rusty Jenkins said at the time. “But it’s all just kind of guesses until we get some facts or some leads. But your mind plays games all day of what did happen, what could’ve happened.”

There is a $10,000 reward for information related to the case.

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