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

December 19, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK _ Harvey Weinstein has been maneuvering to turn the tables on the police and prosecutors trying to put him behind bars. He is in court again Thursday where a judge will consider his request to throw out the rape case against him because of what Weinstein’s lawyers say were police errors in handling witnesses. By Michael R. Sisak. UPCOMING: 450 words in chunky text format by 3 p.m.

JOURNALIST DEATHS

NEW YORK _ The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to an annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization found that 34 journalists were killed in retaliation for their work as of Dec. 14, while at least 53 were killed overall. That compares to 18 retaliation killings among the 47 deaths documented by the committee in 2017. The report issued Wednesday includes the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 600 words.

SERBIA-SLAIN AMERICANS

NEW YORK _ The U.S. has linked a former Serbian police commander to the 1999 murder of three Albanian-American brothers and banned him and his family members from entering the United States. The U.S. State Department says in a statement that it is publicly designating Goran Radosavljevic for gross violation of human rights after he was “credibly implicated” in the killing of the Bytyqi brothers, Ylli, Mehmet and Agron. By Dusan Stojanovic, who had a pizza business in New York. SENT: 390 words.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

Jurors at the U.S. trial of the notorious Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo have heard a recording of him on a phone call negotiating a drug deal. The call occurred in 2008 when former Chicago-based drug trafficker Pedro Flores was cooperating in an investigation against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

BLACK ENTREPRENEUR-ESTATE

The New York estate built a century ago by a daughter of slaves who made her fortune selling hair care products for black women has been bought by the owner of Essence magazine and his family. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

NYPD-USE OF FORCE

NEW YORK_ The New York Police Department said Wednesday that officers are using Tasers more frequently, while firing on suspects fell to the lowest level since the department began tracking the use of force. The department’s 2017 use-of-force report showed that officers opened fire 52 times last year, a 28 percent decrease from previous year. But officers fatally shot 10 suspects last year, an increase from nine in 2016. SENT: 194 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING MAN-WRONG WAY CRASH: New York State Police say an 82-year-old Connecticut man with dementia caused a three-vehicle crash by driving the wrong way on a Long Island parkway.

_ BUTT-INJECTION-HOMICIDE: The death of a Philadelphia woman who received a buttocks-enhancement procedure in New York City has been ruled a homicide.

_ MARIJUANA-HEALTH OFFICIALS: A group of county health officials is asking New York lawmakers to approach marijuana legalization with “extreme caution.”

_ ROOFTOP BODY: Police say the death of a teenager found on the roof of a New York City housing project is being investigated as a homicide.

_ LONG ISLAND-FATAL SHOOTING: Police in Long Island say a teenager has been found fatally shot behind a youth center in Lawrence.

_MEDICAL SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR-DRUGS: Federal prosecutors say a member of the faculty at an upstate New York medical school has been charged with receiving cocaine and heroin through the mail.

_NORTHWAY-FATAL CRASH: New York State Police have released the name of the Vermont man who was killed in a one-car crash on an upstate highway last weekend.

_VIOLENT FELON-SENTENCING: A violent felon in Buffalo has been sentenced to prison time for assaults that put two people in the hospital with serious injuries and plotting to have one of the victims killed.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE LIN MANUEL MIRANDA

Working on “Mary Poppins Returns” put Lin-Manuel Miranda in a comfort zone, sort of. The theater actor, composer and creator of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” knew the film’s director, Rob Marshall, and he knew the work of the composers, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman of “Hairspray” fame. But there was one thing that didn’t come naturally to Miranda, even if he’s known as a musical theater pioneer _ the choreography. By John Carucci. SENT: 463 words.

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SPORTS

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BKN--Nets-Bulls

D’Angelo Russell and the Brooklyn Nets go for their seventh straight win when they meet the struggling Chicago Bulls. Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team as Brooklyn beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BKN--Knicks-76ers

The New York Knicks visit the Philadelphia 76ers. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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