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

March 2, 2019

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ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS

NEW YORK _ Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday returned to Brooklyn, his birthplace, for the first rally of his second presidential campaign and sought to tie his working-class background to his populist views that are helping reshape the Democratic Party. By Juana Summers. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York government news, the liberal Working Families Party is fighting what they say is an effort by Democrats to weaken third parties in the state. By David Klepper. SENT: 615 words, photos.

JETBLUE-KILLER HONORED

NEW YORK — JetBlue has taken down a poster of a convicted murderer that it had included as part of a Black History Month tribute at New York’s Kennedy Airport. SENT: 280 words, photo.

POLICE OFFICER-WEAPONS CHARGES

PLATTEKILL, N.Y. _ A police officer with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has been arrested on charges of manufacturing guns at his upstate home and selling them to motorcycle gang members. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SANCTUARY CITIES-GRANTS

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren’t doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one has received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice Department said. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CADET-FATAL SKIING ACCIDENT: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is mourning the death of a cadet who suffered fatal injuries while skiing.

_ADDICTION RECOVERY-FUNDING: Fourteen new recovery centers intended to help those struggling with drug addiction are set to open thanks to a New York state investment.

_ COUNTY OFFICIAL-RAPE: A former upstate New York county official has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he supervised.

_ MAPLE SEASON: Nearly 200 locations are hosting events over the next month celebrating maple season in New York.

SPORTS:

BKN-NETS-HEAT

MIAMI _ The Miami Heat, who haven’t won consecutive home games in nearly two months, will try to do just that Saturday night when they play host to the Brooklyn Nets. Game begins 7:40 p.m.

HKN-SABRES-LEAFS

TORONTO _ The Buffalo Sabres, coming off a 5-2 victory over Washington, make their latest attempt to win two straight for the first time since Dec. 11-13 in traveling to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC-SYRACUSE-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Tyus Battle scored 21 points and Syracuse held Wake Forest without a basket for 13½ minutes in the second half in Saturday’s 79-54 win. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BOX-LARA-CASTANO

NEW YORK _ Erislandy Lara looks to regain a 154-pound title when he faces Brian Castano. Fellow Cuban Luis Ortiz is also on the card. By Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.