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Head into the weekend by catching up with everything you need to know.

1. White House Responds

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer criticized Gov. Malloy today for his recent memo to local leaders saying they don't have to enforce the federal immigration order. Spicer hit the governor for undermining the rule of law.

2. Stadium For Sale?

View of the field at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Tuesday.
View of the field at Dunkin' Donuts Park on Tuesday. (Lauren Schneiderman / Hartford Courant)


Opening day at Dunkin' Donuts Park is a little over one month away, but one Hartford city councilman has suggested selling the stadium. Councilman Larry Deutsch said selling the stadium for the price of construction could help taxpayers recoup the $71 million expense.

3. Opioid Crisis

Drug deaths reached 917 in 2016, a 25 percent jump from the previous year, the state's chief medical examiner said.


The chief state medical examiner released numbers on Connecticut's opioid crisis Thursday, and they revealed a sharp spike in the number of overdose deaths. Overall, 917 people died from overdoses, and officials saw a 155 percent increase in the number of overdoses involving fentanyl.

4. Mosul

The months-long initiative to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State is making progress. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces moved into the city's airport and took control of the runways, striking a major blow.

5. Rihanna The Humanitarian

In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers as she arrives to Christian Dior's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris.
In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers as she arrives to Christian Dior's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris. (Thibault Camus / AP)


She's more than just one of pop's biggest stars. Rihanna was named Harvard's Humanitarian of the Year on Thursday. The "Work" singer has an impressive phlanthropic resume including helping build a center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados.

On This Day

February 24, 1980 – The U.S. Olympic hockey team completes its Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4–2 to win the gold.

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