WESTPORT, Conn. – A report that found the March death of Westport's Roger Muchnick and six other Marines was caused by human error led the week in news. Here’s a look at this and other top stories from the past week.
? Marine Corps. officials announced Wednesday the mortar round explosion that killed seven Marines in Nevada, including Lance Cpl. Roger Muchnick of Westport, was the result of human error . Muchnick, 23, was a 2008 graduate of Staples High School. The 60mm mortar exploded during a training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot in March.
? Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed Westport's population increased by more than 2 percent from 2010 to 2012. More than 27,000 people are estimated to be living in Westport as of last July.
? There was plenty of news out of the state Capitol this week as the Connecticut General Assembly approved several reforms, including an increase in the minimum wage , a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses and a “blue alert” system to notify the public when suspects of police violence are at-large .
? Westport resident James Comey, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, is expected to be nominated as the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President Barack Obama.
? Residents turned out in large numbers for two community events. On Monday, hundreds lined the streets for the town's annual Memorial Day Parade . And Thursday, Main Street was the place to be for the third annual Art About Town street party .
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