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- Some disabled folks are angry over Gov. Dannel Malloy's Thanksgiving message in which he wrote of those "afflicted with handicaps that make their lives immeasurably difficult" and gave thanks for service providers who "bring them hope where maybe they have only felt hopelessness." Raymond DeBlasio of Norwich, who is blind, told the Associated Press that Malloy's wording reinforces the stereotype that the handicapped are "helpless, writhing beings that need to be cared for" and said, "When I first read it, I thought, 'Is he talking about me?'" No word on how, um, DeBlasio read it.


- "He was such a good guy," a Staples High School grad wrote of recently arrested and suspended football coach Mike Pickering on a "Free Pick" Facebook page, adding, "He'd share the food in his fridge" or "shirt off his back." Pickering did share an access code to a pornographic website with a few students, according to Westport police, and some Staples kids have threatened, on Facebook, to seek out and harass whoever narced on him, reports the Connecticut Post. (The principal reminded the school of the lessons of their English class-mandated reading of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.)


- A man who wasn't nominated, didn't run and doesn't want the position was elected to a town finance board in Derby. Democrats accidentally submitted paperwork with the name of James J. Butler in place of that of his father, James R. Butler, the party's candidate. With the swearing-in date approaching, officials are deliberating, reports the Connecticut Post, but the secretary of the state said only the younger Butler can take the office.


- As part of a long-standing feud, attorney Paul Garlasco allegedly sent a box of knickknacks and insulting notes to Bridgewater First Selectman Bill Stuart, who told the Danbury News-Times the package came wrapped in gold-tinted paper and contained stuff like a toy excavator with a note reading "Now little Billy can fix the wet spots," an apparent reference to Stuart's decision to blaze horse trails on town land despite claims it violated wetland ordinances. Garlasco, 54, faces charges of breach of peace and harassment.


- Brian Shellnut allegedly punched another shopper at the Milford Wal-Mart's Black Friday sale. Near the video game section, an 11-year-old boy fell to the floor. When his father tried to help him up, Shellnut, 26, got into some argument with the dad and then struck a third man who tried to interfere, police told the New Haven Register. An officer used a stun gun on Shellnut before carting him away.


- Another Black Friday shopper allegedly committed a criminal act of dickery at the Wal-Mart in Southington. Police told the Southington Patch website that Patrick Brew, despite being 32 years old, cut in line and got into an altercation with police who confronted him. (Brew was also stunned.)


- New Haven police responded to a call from a man who says a woman kicked down his door in a dispute about money, leading them to discover he kept a four-foot alligator in his apartment as a "family pet," reports WTNH. We're wondering why he needed police to protect him from one angry chica when he had a freakin' alligator.


- A Bridgeport family's Thanksgiving evening ended badly when two brothers, both named Felix Irizarry, got into a fight over a domino game, 25-year-old Felix Irizarry pummeling 29-year-old Felix Irizarry so bad the latter was sent to the hospital, police told the Connecticut Post.


- A powderpuff football game and a closed restroom apparently led to a man, seen wearing a gray windbreaker and pink sunglasses, to expose himself as he urinated on a lawn near Fairfield's Veterans Park, reports the Fairfield Patch website.


- Sarah Arcuri admitted to police and the Connecticut Post she broke into a Monroe home, stole $4,845 worth of jewelry and sold it to a pawn shop to pay for college. Arcuri, 23, said she dropped out of Newbury College due to a lack of funds and turned to crime when her parents didn't pony up the cash.


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