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    Falling prices fueled home sales

     January 17, 2010; Updated: 7:20 am

    While most towns in the region rode a rollercoaster year in real estate to a fairly sedate finish in 2009, two of the area's most distressed cities saw eye-opening increases in sales.
    Statistics released...

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    Reads you need: Best of '09

     January 2, 2010; Updated: 2:08 am

    We asked Day staffers to list their top picks from the gazillion books that were published in 2009. You may not find a lot of these on the bestseller lists, but you'll be missing out if you don't check them out.

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    Five great flicks

     January 1, 2010; Updated: 2:34 am

    Arts editor and movie blogger Kristina Dorsey picks her favorite films of 2009
    1. Precious
    No film packed more emotional power this year than...

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    2009's big stories: Pfizer closure

     December 31, 2009; Updated: 6:56 am

    In November Pfizer Inc. announced that it is pulling out of New London while keeping its local workforce intact by consolidating operations into its Groton campus.

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    The Day's food critics make '09 picks

     December 30, 2009; Updated: 5:26 am

    As the year draws to a close, the Day's food critics have each rounded up a trio of their favorite restaurants from 2009. CHARLES T. CLARK'S PICKS:
    Mirch Masala

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    Lee White's top restaurants of 2009

     December 30, 2009; Updated: 1:24 pm

    The Day asked food writer Lee White for a list of her favorite restaurants for 2009:

    The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
    Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville
    860 862-8888
    My perfect pizza has a fairly thin bottom crust...

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    Decade in Review: Region's economic joyride couldn't go on forever

     December 30, 2009; Updated: 10:46 am

    It was a decade of economic ups and downs, befitting a region that traditionally has ridden the fortunes of the submarine industry.

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    Big stories of 2009: Casino troubles

     December 30, 2009; Updated: 3:53 am

    It began with the Mohegan Tribe announcing a sweeping cost-containment program and ended with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in default, all but buried under a debt load that outstripped its means. For the region's gaming tribes, 2009 was...

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    TheDay.com's Top Videos of 2009

     December 30, 2009; Updated: 2:45 pm

    The staff of The Day share their favorite videos of 2009 and offer their comments on what made the videos memorable.

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    TV in 2009

     December 29, 2009; Updated: 4:08 am

    It was a larger-than-life year for television, in part because of a death.
    The death of Michael Jackson from a cornucopia of prescription drugs administered by his private physician set...

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    Big stories of 2009: Credit union fraud

     December 29, 2009; Updated: 8:51 am

    Edwin F. Rachleff committed suicide in July 2008 by jumping off the highest building in New London - the Mohican Senior Apartments - on the same day that federal authorities declared insolvent the credit union he had guided for decades.

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    The top CDs of '09

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 9:53 am

    Day staffers have checked their iPods and CD collections to come up with their lists of the best recorded music of 2009.

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    Decade in Review: Shootings rattled, and rallied, a community

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 9:50 am

    Some crimes committed over the past decade went beyond the police station and courtroom to galvanize the community. The Oct. 12, 2007, murder of New London package store owner Jared Silva stunned the city.

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    Decade in Review: Michael Ross was New England's first execution in 45 years

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 10:08 am

    For more than 20 years, serial killer Michael Bruce Ross had strutted and preened on the public stage.
    As he fought his death sentence, through appeal after appeal, the man who had raped and murdered...

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    Big Stories of 2009: The Economy

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 10:04 am

    It was our year of living precariously. The region stumbled into January with an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, 2.5 percent above the average for the previous year. That same month, Pfizer Inc. announced it would be laying off 500...

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    The top concerts of '09

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 9:53 am

    From the House of Blues in Boston to the Oasis Pub in New London, The Day's music critics caught some interesting acts in 2009. Here's a list of their favorites.

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    Toshi's CD picks

     December 28, 2009; Updated: 9:54 am

    The Day asked Toshiyuki "Toshi" Shimada, music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, for a list of what he listened to in 2009.

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    Big stories of 2009: Gov. Rell's pollster

     December 27, 2009; Updated: 3:00 am

    The most closely held secret in Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office over the past year wasn't a policy proposal or a tax hike. It was the fact that a University of Connecticut pollster, Ken Dautrich, was helping the administration shape its...

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    Big stories of 2009: USS Hartford collision

     December 26, 2009; Updated: 10:10 am

    The Navy found the crew of the USS Hartford completely at fault for a collision with a Navy surface ship last March.
    About 30 tactical errors occurred onboard the Groton-based Hartford (SSN 768) in the...

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    Big stories of 2009: New London City Council

     December 25, 2009; Updated: 2:48 am

    It didn't seem likely a year ago that Democrats would lose their majority on the New London City Council.
    The Democratic machine, firmly in place for decades, had a rising young star with broad appeal in...

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    Big stories of 2009: Richard Shenkman

     December 24, 2009; Updated: 10:18 am

    Richard J. Shenkman captured the state's attention when he kidnapped his ex-wife, Nancy Tyler, in downtown Hartford on July 7 and held her hostage in his South Windsor home. Shenkman and Tyler were due in court that day for their divorce...

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    Day Photographers' Favorites of 2009

     December 24, 2009; Updated: 5:24 pm

    The staff photographers of The Day select their favorite images of 2009 and share their thoughts behind the photographs.

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    Top stories of 2009: The budget crisis

     December 23, 2009; Updated: 10:14 am

    In theory, Connecticut has a part-time legislature. In 2009 it didn't work out that way, as lawmakers and Gov. M. Jodi Rell battled through the spring and summer over how to close a two-year deficit totaling more than $8.5 billion.

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