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MADISON — With less than a month left before Labor Day and the end to the official summer season, more changes regarding local beach hours and discussions continue about complaints and concerns brought before the Beach and Recreation Commission.

NEW HAVEN — Lyme disease bears its name from a Connecticut town, but a U.S. representative from New Jersey has questioned whether the disease has its origin in government laboratories — a claim experts say is a conspiracy theory that has been debunked repeatedly.

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BRANFORD — To explain the continuing dominance of champion swimmer Michael Phelps, scientists identified his 80-inch wingspan, double-jointed ankles and paddle-like hands. For Alex Bregman, the Houston Astros All-Star third baseman, it’s his abnormally short arms that keep him from overswing…

The recently published CALERIE trial should sound the death knell of every fad diet that ever was, is, or would be (it won’t, of course). The study showed, in the proverbial nutshell, that calorie restriction, per se, causes weight loss in the overweight, which in turn causes an array of imp…

OLD LYME — The annual Midsummer Festival opens Friday, July 26, with a concert featuring Connecticut troubadour Nekita Waller at 7 p.m.on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum, and continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district. Activities …

Branford’s Leighton Davis and Patti Ferraro will be among four trainers leading a room of spinners at Branford’s In Shape Fitness Sunday Aug. 4 to raise money for the Closer to Free Ride to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. The ride will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7.

WOODBRIDGE — Woodbridge Municipal Animal Control (WAC) is helping a dog named “Merritt” recover after finding her tortured and struck by two vehicles on July 15, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. It’s only the latest in several animal cruelty cases that have occurred thi…

MADISON — They say it takes a village and the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library is hoping everyone in the “village” joins it in a lively fundraiser with food, drink and live music.

High-profile cases such as the recent burning of a miniature schnauzer in West Haven and the dumping of a caged pit bull in Bethany serve to put a spotlight on animal cruelty but are no more depraved than slowly killing a dog by kicking it every day and not feeding it enough, animal advocates say.

Connecticut may lack the open plains of middle America and the big sky country of the American West. Nor does the state have the equestrian pedigree of Kentucky, or the rodeos of Oklahoma and Texas.

MADISON — After five years in sunny California, Jonathan Bone and Justin McLaughlin returned to their hometown, bringing with them a slice of the Golden State. In a bowl, that is: an acai bowl, topped with colorful berries, tropical fruits and crunchy seeds or granola.