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Hartford Decides

03.29.2016 - Hartford, Ct. - (Left to right)  Linda Bayer and StephanieIvers help inmates inside the Hartford Correctional Center vote in the Hartford Decides participitory budgeting program. Hartford Decides provides Hartford residents the opportunity to choose from over 20 projects funded through $1.25 million in city funds. Hartford residents 13 and over are eligible to vote and the winning proposals will be announced April 2. 216 of the 993 inmates inside Hartford Correctional Center were eligible to vote. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.29.2016 – Hartford, Ct. – (Left to right) Linda Bayer and StephanieIvers help inmates inside the Hartford Correctional Center vote in the Hartford Decides participitory budgeting program. Hartford Decides provides Hartford residents the opportunity to choose from over 20 projects funded through $1.25 million in city funds. Hartford residents 13 and over are eligible to vote and the winning proposals will be announced April 2. 216 of the 993 inmates inside Hartford Correctional Center were eligible to vote. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Capitol Watch

03.29.2016 - Hartford, Ct. - Three unidentified people inside the Capitol look out over a rally attended by several hundred people organized by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and The Connecticut Public Safety Employee Coalition, a group uniting nearly 10,000 working class, taxpaying state employees. Speakers at the rally argued that proposed layoffs and cuts to public services will make Connecticut a more dangerous state. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.29.2016 – Hartford, Ct. – Three unidentified people inside the Capitol look out over a rally attended by several hundred people organized by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and The Connecticut Public Safety Employee Coalition, a group uniting nearly 10,000 working class, taxpaying state employees. Speakers at the rally argued that proposed layoffs and cuts to public services will make Connecticut a more dangerous state. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Streetball

03.28.2016 - Hartford, Ct. - Kevin Garcia (middle) dunks on a basketball hoop while playing with his brother-in-law David Velasquez (left) and friend Kedrick Luciano (right) Garcia says he set up the hoop today after rolling it home from a neighbor's house where it had been thrown away. Garcia, who says he plays on the basketball and baseball teams at his school, also said it just took a few rocks to steady the base and the hoop was ready to go. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

03.28.2016 – Hartford, Ct. – Kevin Garcia (middle) dunks on a basketball hoop while playing with his brother-in-law David Velasquez (left) and friend Kedrick Luciano (right) Garcia says he set up the hoop today after rolling it home from a neighbor’s house where it had been thrown away. Garcia, who says he plays on the basketball and baseball teams at his school, also said it just took a few rocks to steady the base and the hoop was ready to go. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Prayers Answered

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Only 8 days removed from an SMU dismantling, UConn desperately needed to make a statement in Orlando. A strong AAC tournament showing would ensure an NCAA tournament bid; a poor performance would lead to a tense Selection Sunday and perhaps only an invite to the  NIT. What played out will not soon be forgotten by Husky fans. After Cincinnati guard Kevin Johnson buried a three-pointer with .8 seconds left in the third overtime, UConn’s season appeared to be doomed. However, Jalen Adams’ 60-foot prayer was answered and the Huskies didn’t look back, discarding Temple and Memphis to become conference champions. AAC Champs…and in memorable fashion. Along the way, Daniel Hamilton impressed enough to be named the Tournament’s Outstanding player.

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