Dog solving crimes. The New Haven Police Department’s newest officer is a chocolate German Shepherd named Henry, who is now the partner of Officer Jonathan Wenzel. The NHPD’s tradition of K-9 officers goes back decades to the original “Officer Spider” in 1981. Portland-native Henry was sworn in Monday — after a graduation ceremony from Basic Police Canine Academy, he had his picture taken, signed a document with his paw and received an official NHPD photo ID. However, it is unclear whether he understands his new job within the Elm City’s law-enforcing institution.

Buried alive? For students fond of late-night strolls in cemeteries and walking among the dead, the New Haven Museum is now offering Lantern Tours of Evergreen Cemetery. The 85-acre labyrinth of a burial ground has been an Elm City resting spot since 1848 including multiple former governors of Connecticut and U.S. Congressmen. Even the cemetery’s founder himself now lies beneath its tombstone maze. Tour descriptions warn to watch out for “Midnight Mary”…

’Tis the season. Fall is in full swing — leaves are changing, as are cocktail menus. The seasonal drink menu at Duffy’s Tavern, an Irish pub at 241 Campbell Street, has been rolled out with a number of special autumn drinks. The main item on the list is the Pumpkin Martini, concocted with pumpkin-infused vanilla vodka and vanilla cream. Also on the menu is a Cinnabon Martini, a Caramel Apple Martini and a Spiced Pumpkin Coffee.

Pomp and circumstance. With Inauguration Weekend looming on the horizon, administrators have once again taken the University’s golden, 24-pound mace out of its casing. The 47-inch club was introduced as a symbol of the president and Yale Corporation’s authority over 100 years ago in 1904. The gilded-silver staff features four winged figures, representing art, science, law and theology, surrounding a blue globe and the shaft is engraved with the names of Yale presidents. Typically, the enigmatic ceremonial mallet is only seen at commencement ceremonies.

Treasure hunting. New Haven locals will be running frantically around the downtown district tomorrow in extravagant costumes, solving clues and searching for items. The Urban Scavenger Race in New Haven kicks off this weekend, with the starting line being, fittingly, Geronimo Southwest Grill and Tequila Bar. Teams of two to four will be competing for fastest time, best costume and glory.

This day in Yale history 1921. Chinese students celebrate the 10th birthday of the Republic of China in Dwight Hall.

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