UConn

The University of Connecticut announced that it will be giving at least $5,000 a year in scholarships to each qualifying high school student in New Haven who chooses to attend UConn.

To qualify, public and charter school students in New Haven must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. They also have to have good records in attendance and public service.

UConn President Susan Herbst announced the new funding during a press conference at a local high school on Tuesday.

The NCAA is reporting that UConn's men's basketball team has a graduation rate of just 20 percent, by far the lowest among the teams in the preseason Top 25.

The numbers count the players who came into the program between 2005 and 2008 and graduated within six years.

It's actually an improvement for UConn, which reported a 17 percent graduation rate last year and an 8 percent graduation rate just two seasons ago.

The national average for all sports is a graduation rate of 86 percent. In men's basketball, it's 77 percent.

(Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Former President Bill Clinton was at the University of Connecticut on Thursday to accept Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. Clinton was honored along with a human rights group based in Senegal.

Peter Morenus

More than 500 puppeteers are at the University of Connecticut in Storrs this week for the National Puppetry Festival.

Amy Rush attended the festival to show off her new project. It’s called "Depict­-O-Mat."

“It’s in the form of a photo­ booth, an old­ school photo booth,” she said.

A person can walk up and sit down in it, just like a real photo booth.

“You go inside, it asks you about yourself, and then develops your story,” she said.

Police in Connecticut have made 764 gun seizures in the last 14 years or so, since the state’s gun seizure law was passed. The law allows guns to be taken away from people who are viewed as a risk to themselves or others. That’s according to data from a research study released Thursday.

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