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Frank Deford's White House Honor Tops Westport's Week In News

Westport sports writer Frank Deford received a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama this past Wednesday.
Westport sports writer Frank Deford received a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama this past Wednesday. Photo Credit: Courtesy White House video

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport sports writer Frank Deford was honored for his work this past week by President Barack Obama. Here’s a look at this and other top stories from the week.

? Deford, 74, was one of 12 people who received a 2012 National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony Wednesday.

? Westport was awarded a nearly $500,000 state grant to make improvements to the downtown area. The funding will be used for sidewalk refurbishments, the installation of new sidewalks, improved energy efficient lighting, curbing, guardrails and tree grates.

? During his confirmation hearings, Westport's James Comey – nominated by President Obama to become the next FBI director – was questioned about his position on gun control by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

? Westport runner Suzy Martin qualified for the Junior Olympic national championships , to be held later this month.

? Mosquitoes recently trapped in neighboring Norwalk have tested positive for West Nile virus , Norwalk Health Director Tim Callahan announced Friday.

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