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Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team

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Bill Sarno

In the team photo for the 2014 Connecticut College women’s soccer team, sisters Nicole Medina and Michelle Medina stand like bookends at the opposite edges of the group.

However, on and off the field, the two first-year students from Hartford are usually a lot closer. They are twins, but not identical.

The daughters of Orlando and Maria Medina, who emigrated from Cali, Colombia about 25 years ago, they are 19 and were born in Hartford. “Michelle’s older by nine minutes,” said Nicole.

This fall, Miche and Nikki, as they are known on New London campus, usually are in close proximity, at least mentally, on the soccer field and are key  contributors to what is emerging as a historic season for the Connecticut College Camels.

The twins seem to always know what each other is thinking and will do during a game. They have what coach Norm Riker …

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Children’s Film Festival In Hartford To Focus On Latinos

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Brian Woodman Jr.

A  two-day film festival for children in Hartford will feature shorts ranging from the whimsical to the tragic, but much of the work will include a distinctly Latin flavor.

Nora Calderon, a spokesperson for the  Greater Hartford Children’s Latino Film Festival, which is produced by the Association of Peruvian American Professionals,  said this is the event’s fifth year.  “The idea was born from the need to bring the arts/culture to underserved communities with emphasis on Latino youth,” said Calderon. “Our aim is to introduce children to art cinema that can empower them to reach their fullest potential, while simultaneously celebrating multi-cultural diversity within the Greater Hartford community. All the films have English subtitles, so all children are welcome!”

This year’s theme is universal human rights and it is being held at Cinestudio, located on the Trinity College campus and the Hartford Public Library.  Calderon said children …

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8 Things You May Want To Know About Sonia Sotomayor


Of all the Supreme Court Justices, Sonia Sotomayor is arguably the most visible outside of the courtroom. Her journey from a Bronx housing project to the United States Supreme Court has been chronicled by many, including Sotomayor herself in her bestselling memoir, “My Beloved World.”

In spite of all that is known about Justice Sotomayor, judicial biographer and Reuters legal affairs editor Joan Biskupic believed there was more to discover. She discussed her new book, “Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice,” with PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill. Here are a few lesser known facts she helped uncover.

1. She helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg cope with her husband’s death

In the opening pages of “Breaking In,” Biskupic describes how Sotomayor shook up tradition at her first end-of-term party by asking the other justices to salsa dance with her.

In what Biskupic describes as …

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