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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, NY

May 19, 2019

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NEW YORK _ Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.





ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York government news, lawmakers gave some support this week to domestic violence victims. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing judges to reduce prison sentences for domestic abuse victims who committed crimes while defending themselves against their abusers. That same day, the Assembly passed a package of bills that would, if they become law, give other types of support to domestic violence victims. By Chris Carola. SENT: 800 words. With AP photos.


ALBANY, N.Y. _ The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. By Mary Esch. SENT: 860 words. AP photos.


PHOENIX _ Nordstrom has apologized to Sikhs for selling a turban they found offensive, but a representative with the U.S. community’s top civil rights organization said Saturday they are still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it. By Anita Snow. SENT: 700 words, photos


LAS VEGAS _ Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, died Saturday. He was 92. SENT: 280 words, photos.


_PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police say an elderly woman has been fatally struck by a taxi as she was crossing a street in in lower Manhattan.

_ MOTHER-DAUGHTER SHOOTINGS: Police say a mother shot and killed her 5-year-old daughter before killing herself in upstate New York.

_ OFFICER ASSAULTED-ARREST: Police say an officer used a stun gun to subdue a man who had shoved a loaded gun into another officer’s chest during a confrontation on New York’s Lower East Side.

_ BILLBOARD FIRE: Firefighters have responded to the scene of digital billboard on fire in Times Square.

_TEEN FATALLY SHOT: Police say a teenage boy was fatally shot in the head in a Harlem courtyard.

_BIRDING-NEW YORK: New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is launching its annual birdwatching challenge, with versions for beginners and experts alike.

_ERIE CANAL: The future of the Erie Canal will be the focus of a new state task force created to study how to reinvent the historic waterway as an economic engine.

_PARKS-LIFEGUARDS: More than 1,000 lifeguards are being sought by New York’s parks agency to staff its beaches and pools this summer.





FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Brooks Koepka is on the cusp of some elite company at the PGA Championship — in the record book, not on the leaderboard. He is all alone on Bethpage Black, the public course he has turned into his private playground. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 980 words, photos.



FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself. Spieth didn’t talk to the media. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 420 words, photos.


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Majors at Bethpage Black seem to bring out the best in Lucas Glover. The 39-year-old won the U.S. Open in 2009 by two shots on the Long Island public course and is playing on the weekend in the PGA Championship. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 460 words, photos,


NEW YORK _ Austin Meadows homered off Luis Cessa in the 11th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Yankees 2-1 Saturday and regain the AL East lead after dropping behind New York for a day. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 800 words, photos.


MIAMI _ Miami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a double on his first pitch, then combined with the Marlins’ bullpen to hold the New York Mets hitless the rest of the way in a 2-0 win Saturday. By Christopher Stock. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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