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

August 30, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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ALBANY, N.Y. — His father famously flirted with the idea, his indecision about whether to run for president leading some to call him the “Hamlet on the Hudson.” Andrew Cuomo was more to the point, ruling out a 2020 run in no uncertain terms during a debate on Wednesday with Cynthia Nixon, saying the only reason he wouldn’t serve another four years as governor of New York — assuming he prevails in November — is “if God strikes me dead.” UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

TRUMP-CHAUFFEUR

NEW YORK — A former chauffeur for President Donald Trump has dropped his lawsuit alleging he was not paid for thousands of hours of work. The driver, Noel Cintron, didn’t explain why he was dropping the lawsuit in a one-paragraph court filing Thursday. The Trump Organization had said he was always paid generously. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.

SCI--TELLTALE DNA

NEW YORK — On a scorching summer day, Mark Stoeckle threw a bucket into the murky waters of New York’s East River to fill up three small plastic bottles. The biologist hopes the water he collected contains the genetic trail of the river’s diverse life including all of its fish — and of course, the occasional rat. “We’ve cleaned up the East River significantly, but we’re still dumping a lot of stuff,” said Stoeckle. By Emiliano Rodriguez Mega. SENT: 890 words, photos.

NYC SUBWAY EXPLOSION

NEW YORK — The man accused of setting off a bomb in New York City’s subway system is set to appear in federal court ahead of a planned October trial. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m. Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION-WHAT TO SAY

NEW YORK — Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories. Add Serena Williams to the list. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 839 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GANG VIOLENCE-LONG ISLAND: MS-13 member arrested, more suspected in teen’s death.

— HUMAN REMAINS FOUND: A 25-year-old homicide victim whose remains were found in two Bronx parks lost her mother to violence when she was a child.

— FRATERNITY-EXPELLED: Two Syracuse University students suspended for a video showing members of their fraternity using racist slurs and simulating sexual assault have re-enrolled after an order from a judge.

— SYRACUSE FIRE: Syracuse’s fire chief says firefighters have mostly extinguished a blaze that burned for six hours, but will have to keep eyes on the scene.

— PHOTOGRAPHER-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: A New York man who once worked as a photographer at a summer camp for children with disabilities and as a youth sports photographer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Massachusetts.

— INVASIVE CLAM-LAKE GEORGE: A New York park commission says an invasive clam species first discovered in Lake George eight years ago is continuing to spread throughout the water system.

— MISSING SWIMMER: New York City police say a swimmer who went missing off of a Bronx beach has been pulled from the water.

— HUMAN REMAINS FOUND: A 25-year-old homicide victim whose remains were found in two Bronx parks lost her mother to violence when she was a child.

— FRATERNITY-EXPELLED: Two Syracuse University students suspended for a video showing members of their fraternity using racist slurs and simulating sexual assault have re-enrolled after an order from a judge.

— SYRACUSE FIRE: Syracuse’s fire chief says firefighters have mostly extinguished a blaze that burned for six hours, but will have to keep eyes on the scene.

— PHOTOGRAPHER-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: A New York man who once worked as a photographer at a summer camp for children with disabilities and as a youth sports photographer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in Massachusetts.

— INVASIVE CLAM-LAKE GEORGE: A New York park commission says an invasive clam species first discovered in Lake George eight years ago is continuing to spread throughout the water system.

— MISSING SWIMMER: New York City police say a swimmer who went missing off of a Bronx beach has been pulled from the water.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-PAUL TAYLOR

NEW YORK — Paul Taylor, a towering figure in American modern dance who, in a career that spanned more than six decades, created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition, has died. He was 88. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 1611 words, photo.

NY FASHION WEEK-PREVIEW

NEW YORK — The French luxury house Longchamp will be there for the first time. So will Studio One Eighty Nine, the Ghana-based artisan initiative co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson. Look for Rihanna, but don’t look for Victoria Beckham or Alexander Wang. There’s a never-ending churn to New York Fashion Week and its packed schedule of more than 200 September shows and other events is no different. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 995 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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TEN--ON TENNIS-WILLIAMS VS WILLIAMS

NEW YORK — Back when Serena Williams, then 16, and Venus Williams, then 17, played each other on tour for the very first time in January 1998, no one possibly could have known it would signal the start of a series that would last for two decades. Actually, Serena did predict it. “What you guys saw today,” she said after losing to Venus way back then, “is definitely something in the future to watch for.” Well, here we are: Williams vs. Williams, Part 30, at the U.S. Open on Friday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m.

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova are among those in second-round action on Thursday. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. Play began at 11 a.m. ET. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

— Sidebars on merits.

— TEN--US Open-The Latest. Real-time updates throughout the day.

— TEN--US Open Glance.

FBN--BILLS-BEARS

CHICAGO — Tight end Nick O’Leary, running back Travaris Cadet and perhaps even quarterback AJ McCarron get one last opportunity to make Buffalo’s roster when the Bills wrap up the preseason at Chicago. Don’t expect any Bears starters to get on the field after new coach Matt Nagy sat them last week. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

FBC--ARMY-DUKE

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke hopes the months spent preparing for Army’s triple-option offense will help the Blue Devils make up for their most recent loss. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 631 words, photos.

FBC--SYRACUSE-W MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Syracuse opens its season with a true road game for the first time in eight years, and the Orange can’t afford any early season slip-ups if they hope to escape a three-year rut. SENT: 699 words, photo.

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