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

June 6, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

MISSING CHILD

NEW YORK — A 2-year-old Long Island boy and the father suspected of abducting him are believed to be dead in Virginia, police said Wednesday, a tragic development in a case where state police declined to issue an Amber Alert. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 298 words; will be updated.

CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP

NEW YORK — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 453 words.

TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE NAME

ALBANY, N.Y. — A group of New Yorkers is urging state officials to rename the new Mario Cuomo Bridge after the span it replaced — the Tappan Zee Bridge. Campaign organizers have collected thousands of signatures on a petition they hope will convince state leaders. There’s only one problem: Mario Cuomo’s son, current Gov. Andrew Cuomo. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK — Lawyers for the jailed founder of a purported self-help group under investigation for sex-trafficking in New York say he’s being persecuted by the government’s “morality police.” By Tom Hays. SENT: 366 words.

SING SING-WHITAKER

OSSINING, N.Y. — “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker reports frequently on criminal justice issues, and on Wednesday, he gets a look from the inside, as the speaker at a ceremony for people who earned college degrees while serving time inside New York’s Sing Sing state prison. By Media Writer David Bauder. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MOB SLAYING-FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello should get a new trial in the purportedly mob-connected slaying of Florida businessman in a power struggle over a lucrative fleet of gambling ships, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday. Moscatiello, 79, was a member of New York’s Gambino crime family once led by “Teflon Don” John Gotti, previous evidence showed. He’s been serving a life sentence imposed in 2015, but now will get a new trial. By Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson. SENT: 499 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL-MALONEY: Sean Patrick Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from New York, says he’s running for state attorney general.

— WESTCHESTER-TOBACCO LAW: Westchester County is raising the age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

— SKYDIVER DEATH: The skydiver who died in Massachusetts after she struck a barn last weekend has been identified as a New York woman.

— HARVEY WEINSTEIN-LAWSUIT: A Delaware bankruptcy judge says six women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct can proceed with their class action lawsuit against the television and film company he co-founded.

— XGR--REVENGE PORN: Lawmakers in New York are considering legislation to allow victims to sue over revenge porn.

— OFFICER-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: A former law enforcement officer from upstate New York has been convicted of possessing child pornography.

— CUSTOMS AGENT-HAZING: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has admitted his role in using a “rape table” to haze two colleagues at Newark Liberty International Airport.

— ARSENAL IN CAR: Police say a Georgia man who had been living out of his car at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City was hiding a small arsenal of guns and bullets in his vehicle.

— TIRE-FATAL CRASH: The Florida Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old New York man was killed by a tire that flew off a box truck, bounced over a dividing wall on Interstate 95 and crashed onto the roof of his sports utility vehicle.

— MODEL-BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT: A romance novel cover model from California dubbed the “beefcake bandit” who pleaded guilty to robberies in Connecticut has been sentenced to prison.

— THRUWAY-E-ZPASS SALES: The New York State Thruway Authority says it has sold thousands of E-ZPass tags at toll plazas since the program was launched in February.

BUSINESS:

— SHAKE SHACK-STATEN ISLAND: The New York City-based chain restaurant Shake Shack will open a new location in the only city borough that still doesn’t have one: Staten Island.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

— TONY AWARDS-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Boss will be among the headliners at the Tony Awards telecast on Sunday.

SPORTS:

RAC--BELMONT-JOCKEY CONCUSSION PROTOCOL

Mike Smith is currently in the international spotlight as he goes for the Triple Crown on Saturday aboard Justify in the Belmont, but he’s far from alone as a jockey who has dealt with concussions. A lack of concussion protocol for jockeys in most of the U.S. puts horse racing years behind other sports. By Sports Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 950 words, photos, graphics.

RAC--BELMONT-HOFBURG

NEW YORK — There are horses for courses and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott might just have one to deny Justify a Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. By Tom Canavan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, graphics by 3 p.m.

RAC--JUSTIFY ARRIVES

NEW YORK — Justify arrives at Belmont Park after a flight from Kentucky to begin his final preparations for the Belmont Stakes and his bid to become horse racing’s second Triple Crown winner in four years and 13th overall. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos, graphics by 6 p.m.

— BBN--METS-CESPEDES: A slumping New York Mets offense could possibly receive some help from Yoenis Cespedes this weekend, just in time for the Subway Series against the New York Yankees.

— BKO--USA BASKETBALL-LONGSTAFF: Josh Longstaff, coach of Erie in the NBA G League and a former assistant with Oklahoma City and New York, will be an assistant coach for the U.S. Basketball World Cup qualifying team.

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