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Tough Talk On Gun Control, Tavern Opening Top News In Bridgeport

The Rev. Tom Lynch, a parish pastor in Stratford, says, 'A Catholic who believes the Second Amendment is a divine right is practicing the sin of idolatry.'
The Rev. Tom Lynch, a parish pastor in Stratford, says, 'A Catholic who believes the Second Amendment is a divine right is practicing the sin of idolatry.' Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's a look at the top stories of the past week across Fairfield County.

In the wake of a mass shooting in California, the Rev. Tom Lynch, pastor at St. James Church in Stratford, used his sermon to call for Catholics to demand national gun reform and a ban on assault rifles , a bold move met with cheers and standing ovations.

Connecticut took historic steps to strengthen its already tight guns laws as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans to sign a first-in-the-nation executive order that would deny firearm permits to those on the government watchlists .

Hours later, the ENOUGH Campaign held a vigil in Stamford , lighting candles for victims of gun violence.

The wrestling coach at Staples High School in Westport (who lives in Fairfield) was suspended after he was arrested on drug charges.

Jimmy Greene, a professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his jazz album, "Beautiful Life, " which honors his daughter, Ana Grace, who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings.

A firefighter was injured and 15 people were left homeless after a house fire on Cove Avenue in Norwalk.

Two Fairfield business partners are making a little gin, vodka and whiskey as they prepare to open Asylum Distillery in Bridgeport .

A Greenwich entrepreneur creates a product to tackle touch-screen germs .

Olympian Tucker West of Ridgefield made luge history with his U.S. teammate Chris Mazdzer in a World Cup race.

Stamford's Frank "Chip" Gawle, a music teacher at Wilton High, is one of just 10 finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by the Grammy Foundation.

Kyle Navin, 27, of Bridgeport, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his Easton parents, is listed as a beneficiary in their wills .

Inspired by a 95-pound bulldog, the owners of Chubby’s in Bridgeport officially opened its sister restaurant, Lazy Dog Tavern , in Stratford.

Shelton ushered in the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting at Veterans Memorial Park.

A 46-year-old Stratford woman who worked as a teacher's aide at Wooster Middle School was charged with sexually assaulting a student .

A Stamford woman was charged with falsely reporting an incident after she lied to police, saying she had been kidnapped by her boyfriend.

A study by Business Insider shows that in addition to Fairfield County being the wealthiest county in the country, it is also the most unequal place .

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