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Funeral for a Hero, 900 Miles for 9/11, Man's Best Friend Fights Crime

Headlines from around the region.

Well over two hundred veterans, members of the U.S. Navy, and invited individuals were present for the Mass of Christian Burial held Friday morning in Stamford for , who was killed almost two weeks ago in Kabul, Afghanistan. Bill’s mother,Patricia Parry, and stepfather, Dr. Michael Parry, released a formal statement Friday:

"Today, we mourn the loss of our son, brother, and hero. We also celebrate Brian's life and honor his courage and his service to our country. He died alongside his friends, his teammates, some of the bravest men this world has ever known."

Bill will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in VA.

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Hundreds of motorcyclists - many of them law enforcement officers - rolled into the Riverside Common shopping center in Greenwich, to begin what has become an annual sojourn — to the hillsides of Pennsylvania, then to Washington, and then north to New York City where more than 2,800 people from all walks of life lost their lives on 9/11.

"We're doing this to rememer 9/11 ... we're keeping the memory alive," said motorcyclist Richard Freitas of Peterborough, NH. "We want to keep our country safe." Freitas is participating in his third ride with the nonprofit America's 911 Foundation, which organized the ride that is expected to draw about 2,000 riders from around the country.

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The Trumbull police department recently welcomed a new recruit: . Cyrus was brought in to revive the department’s K9 program, which had been dormant for years. Cyrus and his handler, Officer Richard “RJ” Carlson, graduated from the Connecticut State Police’s rigorous four-month K-9 training course in January where they worked on obedience, tracking, evidence recovery and handler protection. Since they graduated, Cyrus has worked numerous cases, including tracking a suspect in the People’s United Bank robbery.

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The recent arrest of a 17-year old in New Canaan for has generated a lot of commentary on New Canaan Patch. On Friday afternoon, Youth Services Director Tony Phillips posted links to websites that have good information about the myths, facts and laws about underage drinking, as well as information about current Connecticut laws. for everyone.  

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