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

March 16, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

NEW YORK _ New York City is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, bringing together tens of thousands of marchers in one of the largest American celebrations of Irish heritage. The six-hour procession of green-clad marchers up Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is one of the city’s oldest events, with its earliest iterations dating back more than 250 years. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m. Will be updated with parade, scheduled to start at 11 a.mm.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ On-time budgets have long been a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a way to demonstrate government effectiveness. Which is why it is noteworthy that Cuomo’s top budget director is now warning the budget may not pass before the April 1 deadline because of disagreements with Cuomo’s fellow Democrats in the Legislature. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 450 words by 11 a.m.

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TOP STORIES

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EXPLOSIVE DEVICES

NEW YORK _ A Florida man charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump is expected to plead guilty next week. A notice entered on the docket in the case of Cesar Sayoc shows that a hearing has been scheduled Thursday at the federal court in Manhattan for him to change his plea. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 350 words, photos.

COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK _ Former Auburn assistant basketball coach Chuck Person is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge in a scandal that involved bribes paid to families of NBA-bound young athletes to steer them to top schools and favored money managers and agents. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 460 words.

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TUNNELS

NEWARK, N.J. _ A $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey received another blow from federal authorities Friday in the form of a rating that continues to make it ineligible for critical grant funding. By David Porter. SENT: 400 words.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON _ Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel’s Russia probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with “several ongoing investigations,” prosecutors said in a court filing Friday. Federal authorities in New York are looking into Trump’s inaugural committee as well as lobbying on behalf of foreign interests by prominent Washington insiders. By Chad Day. SENT: 431 words, photo.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Newly unsealed documents from the trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman detail the behind-the-scenes efforts by prosecutors to keep out evidence damaging to their witnesses, including beliefs in mysticism, sex with minors and secret deals with DEA agents. By Tom Hays. SENT: 450 words, photo.

MANHATTAN MINI-CITY

NEW YORK _ New York’s $25 billion Hudson Yards development is open to the public, offering both basic daily life amenities and luxuries that have earned it the nickname “Manhattan’s mini-city.” By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 380 words, photos.

HUD OFFICIAL-PUBLIC HOUSING STAYS

NEW YORK _ Since she took over as President Donald Trump’s top housing official in the New York City area, Lynne Patton has been criticized for bringing a reality TV approach to what’s traditionally been a bureaucratic job. So when Patton announced she’d be living in New York City’s decaying public housing system for four weeks to get a sense of what it was like for tenants, there was skepticism. As the experiment winds down this week, several tenants who met her said they were impressed by her passionate advocacy. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 1041 words, photos.

STOLEN PAINTING

PHOENIX _ More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all began. By Terry Tang. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FIRE-FIVE DEAD

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — A father of three appears to have killed his wife and his children, then taken his own life and set fire to the family home in rural western Massachusetts, the area’s top prosecutor said. SENT: 311 words, photos.

SHIPWRECK BEER

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams’ new ale isn’t its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory — brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years. Some who lined up to sample a swig of the new Deep Ascent ale at a craft beer festival last weekend say it provided a refreshing taste of another era. By Mary Esch. SENT: 604 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

_ IMMIGRANT DETAINEE RELEASED: A Gambian immigrant who was threatened with deportation has been released from a detention facility after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned him for past crimes.

_ SUBWAY STABBING: Police say a woman stabbed a man in the stomach on a subway train near Times Square.

_ CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS: A convicted appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined his co-defendant’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Baroni filed a notice Friday.

_ TRUMP FOUNDATION-INVESTIGATION: New York’s attorney general says President Donald Trump should pay a fine of as much as $5.6 million over allegations in a state lawsuit that he used his charity to further his presidential campaign.

_ FBI ARREST-AX MURDER PLOT: The FBI says a New York City man planned to travel to Michigan and buy an ax to kill a professor he once assisted with research.

_ CLIMATE-STUDENT PROTESTS-NY: Students at New York’s Columbia University have heard from a presidential candidate while participating in one of the worldwide rallies on climate change.

_ NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-NY: New York has increased security at mosques and other houses of worship as a precaution.

_ LAKE ERIE ICE PILES: A western New York town official says he’s hoping for a “gradual melt” of ice piles as tall as a house that formed along the Lake Erie shoreline after a wind storm last month.

_ XGR--TRANSIT HEARINGS: Members of the New York state Assembly and Senate are holding a hearing in Buffalo focused on the transit needs facing western New York.

_ SUNY OLD WESTBURY-PRESIDENT: The president of the only public liberal arts college on Long Island says he plans to retire early next year.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-KELLI O’HARA

NEW YORK _ Kelli O’Hara was devastated by the recent death of fellow Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie, so she decided to honor her friend quietly onstage as she performs one of Mazzie’s old roles in the latest revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.” John Carucci. SENT: 476 words, photo.

_ STOLEN TOMAHAWK: A long-missing peace pipe tomahawk President George Washington gave to a Seneca leader in the late 18th century has been returned to the tribe in western New York. With photos.

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SPORTS

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BKN--KNICKS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks 109-83 on Friday night, extending their season-best winning streak to seven straight. SENT: 600 words, photos.

HKN--RANGERS-FLAMES

CALGARY _ The New York Rangers visit the Calgary Flames. With photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

FBN--BILLS-GORE

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Hold the AARP jokes. Running back Frank Gore sees nothing funny about teaming up with LeSean McCoy in Buffalo to form the NFL’s oldest backfield. Instead, Gore sees no reason why the pair of 30-somethings can’t continue their lengthy run of dominance. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 973 words, photo.

FBN--FREE AGENCY-JETS

NEW YORK _ Chandler Catanzaro was signed to a one-year deal by New York on Friday, marking the kicker’s second stint with the team after it allowed Pro Bowl selection Jason Myers to leave as a free agent. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 488 words.

_ BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO: New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will be miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation, according to general manager Brian Cashman. With photo.