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

December 6, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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POLICE CHOKEHOLD DEATH

NEW YORK _ A New York City police officer accused in the notorious chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May, nearly five years after the man’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 606 words, photos, video.

BUFFALO BILLION

NEW YORK _ The government seeks a substantial term of imprisonment for a Syracuse businessman who it alleges participated in a scheme to corrupt the so-called Buffalo Billion project to bring high-tech jobs to upstate New York. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m. photo.

CENTRAL PARK DUCK CRAZE

NEW YORK _ It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 458 words, photos, video.

BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ Federal prosecutors are challenging how defense lawyers are being paid in the case against a self-improvement organization accused of branding female followers. Court papers say a trust funded by Seagram’s liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman is bankrolling the defense for her five co-defendants in the sex-trafficking case. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m., photos.

MEDIA-FOX AFTER AILES

NEW YORK _ More than two years after a sexual misconduct scandal forced Roger Ailes out at Fox News Channel and a year after his death, his ghost walks the halls of the network he built and ran for two decades. Friday’s theatrical release of the documentary, “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” puts his life story in the public eye again. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 1156 words, photo.

TERROR SUSPECT

NEW YORK _ An appeals court says the courtroom outburst of a supporter of a terrorist group is evidence that he deserves his 20-year prison term for plotting a New Year’s Eve machete attack in upstate New York. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.

MED--CORNELL FOOD RESEARCHER

NEW YORK _ More work by a prominent food researcher, including a study that took aim at the “Joy of Cooking,” has been retracted because of problems with the data. SENT: 341 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WALL COLLAPSE-MANHATTAN: New York City’s fire department says no injuries have been reported after part of a wall collapsed at a building being renovated in lower Manhattan.

_ WEED FOR RAILS: Constant delays make it seem like the New York City subway system has gone to pot; former City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants to use taxes from legal pot to pay for system repairs.

_ WOUNDED MAN DIES: Police in Syracuse say a man who was shot last weekend has died from his injuries.

_ DISABLED TRAIN-PASSENGER HONORED: A quick-thinking college athlete has been honored for stopping an Amtrak train that had two passenger cars detach after leaving an Albany-area station last month.

_ PATH TRAIN SERVICE: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says its World Trade Center train station will be closed on most weekends from next month through December 2020.

_ COAST GUARD PIONEER-FUNERAL: The first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the last survivors of a race riot in Oklahoma has been laid to rest with military honors.

_ STATE PARK-HOLIDAY EVENTS: More than 40 holiday events are being held this month at New York state parks and historic sites from Long Island to Buffalo.

_ UNDEAD DEER-HUNTERS CHARGED: Authorities say two men hunting illegally in a rural upstate New York town got a big surprise when the deer they had just shot jumped out of the back of their pickup truck.

_ PRANK CALL-FELONY: Police say a 14-year-old upstate New York boy is facing a felony charge for prank calling a suicide prevention hotline and threatening to shoot people at school.

_ NEWSBOY CHARITY DRIVE: Hundreds of volunteers will hit the streets in central New York to hawk newspapers for charity.

_ SYRACUSE SCHOOLS: State education officials say three low-performing schools in Syracuse may be taken over by an outside receiver after failing to show enough improvement during the past year.

_ FARM BUREAU-DONATED FOOD: New York’s farmers are in the gift-giving mood.

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SPORTS

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BKN--KNICKS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics. Game starts at 8 p.m.

HKN--ISLANDERS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The New York Islanders visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Islanders won the first meeting between the two teams in a shootout. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

FBN--JETS-BILLS PREVIEW

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, if healthy, are set to square off in a matchup of first-round picks on Sunday, when the Bills (4-8) host the New York Jets (3-9). By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKL--SPARKS-FISHER

LOS ANGELES _ Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher, who coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016, has been hired to coach the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. SENT: 255 words, photo.

_ FBN--GIANTS-MOVES: The New York Giants have placed two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

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