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

May 13, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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POLICE-CHOKEHOLD-DEATH

NEW YORK _ The New York City police officer accused of using a banned chokehold in the July 2014 death of Eric Garner is being made a scapegoat in a politically charged atmosphere, a defense lawyer said Monday. Video evidence shows Officer Daniel Pantaleo used an approved technique for restraining Garner, attorney Stuart London said at the officer’s disciplinary hearing, adding that the officer feared for his life when he felt Garner was trying to push him toward a plate glass window. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 333 words, photos; will be updated to 500 words by 5 p.m.

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MUSIC-WOODSTOCK 50

NEW YORK _ Accusations and counterclaims have piled up as lawyers for organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival and their onetime financial partner head toward a court hearing Monday. With less than 100 days to go, the two sides are clashing over money, control, preparations and even whether the anniversary show will go on. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 530 words; will be updated after 2:15 p.m. court hearing.

ELECTION 2020-DE BLASIO

NEW YORK _ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio staged a chaotic press event Monday in the lobby of Trump Tower in which he said he will announce this week whether he’s running for president. Speaking at a podium steps from the spot where President Donald Trump announced his own presidential run in 2015, the Democrat said he had come to Trump Tower to promote a new city air pollution law that will require skyscraper owners to cut greenhouse gas emissions or face fines. SENT: 328 words, photo.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Connecticut lawmakers are holding a public hearing on the state’s religious exemption from vaccinations for schoolchildren. It comes on the heels of a legal opinion from Attorney General William Tong who said the state has the authority to scrap the exemption. By Sue Haigh. UPCOMING: 600 words.

_ MED--MEASLES CASES: U.S. health officials say this year’s count of measles cases has surpassed 800, a growing tally that is already the nation’s highest in 25 years.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CORRUPTION PROBE: A businessman who bribed high-level police officials and tried to win favor with donations to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been sentenced to four years in prison.

_ OPIOID ADDICTION: New York’s Democrat-controlled state Senate plans to vote on legislation aimed at battling the opioid crisis.

_ RIGHT TO DIE: Supporters of legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending drugs from a physician are heading to Albany on Tuesday.

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SPORTS

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BBA--ORIOLES-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Just a half-game out of first place in the AL East, the New York Yankees return home to face Baltimore. Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks is expected to come off the injured list after being sidelined all season by a back injury. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6:35 p.m.

FBN--GIANTS SIGNINGS: The New York Giants have signed fifth-round draft picks Ryan Connelly and Darius Slayton, and re-signed defensive tackle John Jenkins.