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Washington, D.C.—(Updated: 8:16 p.m.) The cause promoted by New Haven firefighters wasn’t about him or about dyslexia, Frank Ricci said when he got his chance Thursday to speak to the nation. It was about the ability of competent people to advance “base on merit.”

That was the message Ricci delivered when he spoke before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in its confirmation hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

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