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

July 7, 2018

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

OCASIO-CORTEZ-CAMPAIGN CREW

NEW YORK — A campaign manager who moonlights as an energy healer; a photographer who sings in a heavy metal band; and a Muslim progressive activist who runs a cooking blog. These are the people behind the campaign that helped launch Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the national spotlight. By Stephen Groves. UPCOMING 550 words by 1 p.m. Photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning that the state will soon spend more than it takes in, leaving its finances in perilous conditions if lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo don’t act to control spending or build up the state’s rainy day fund. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

TOP STORIES:

SENATE LEADER-TRIAL

NEW YOK — A former New York state Senate leader testified in his own defense at his corruption trial on Friday, telling jurors that he used his connections to try to get his sometimes-erratic behaving son employment but insisting it was never in exchange for political favors. By Tom Hays. SENT: 560 words, photos.

TRUMP-LAWYER INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, has added Washington attorney Lanny Davis to his legal team. Davis has long been known for his connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OBIT-STEVE DITKO

NEW YORK — Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died, authorities said Friday. He was 90. By Karen Matthews and Andrew Dalton. SENT: 565 words.

FLOOD BARRIERS-NEW YORK

ALBANY, N.Y. — A colossal barrier with gates that open for ships has been proposed to wall off New York Harbor from the Atlantic Ocean and protect the metropolitan region from flooding as climate change increases the frequency and severity of devastating coastal storms. By Mary Esch. SENT: 450 words.

MANHATTAN GLAMPING

NEW YORK — Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Hotel? Not exactly. It’s actually a campground of high-end tents on New York City’s Governors Island, the latest outpost for glamping, or glamorous camping. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 486 words, photos, video.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN-ESTATE

NEW YORK — Court papers show globetrotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month. Most of his estate was left to his 11-year-old daughter. Bourdain’s will was filed this week in a New York court. It shows assets including $425,000 in cash and savings, $250,000 in personal property and $500,000 in intangibles like royalties and residuals. SENT: 330 words, photos.

HKN--SENATORS-ARREST

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The lawyer for Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee called harassment charges against his client “baseless,” and questioned if Lee was being treated fairly. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 482 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— QUEEN MARY 2-CREW MEMBER EMERGENCY: U.S. Coast Guard officials in New York have evacuated a Queen Mary 2 crew member who was suffering from abdominal pains.

— TROOPER KILLED: New York state police say a school principal who killed a state trooper owned 12 illegal firearms, including eight assault rifles.

— TEEN KILLED: An eleventh suspect has been arrested in the death of a 15-year-old New York City boy who was slashed in the neck with a machete outside a Bronx bodega.

— OFFICER WOUNDED: New York City’s police commissioner says a detective is in good spirits after he was shot in the leg while chasing a wanted man in Brooklyn. With photo.

— BRIDGE WALL FALLS: Officials in Syracuse say there is no imminent threat to pedestrians or motorists following the collapse of an elevated railroad sidewall.

— NEW DRIVER’S LICENSES: New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles is urging people to get a Real ID when they renew their driver’s license to avoid having to make another trip to the DMV.

— BOATER SEARCH: Crews are searching for a New Yorker who vanished while boating in Lake St. Catherine in Vermont.

— DROWNED IN INLET: Police and relatives say a Long Island man drowned helping to rescue a young nephew who was struggling in the water during a beach outing on the Fourth of July.

— POLICE OFFICER SHOT-STREET NAMING: A New York City street has been renamed in honor of a police officer who was ambushed and killed last year in a parked police vehicle.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC-B52s

NEW YORK — The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. But they also may celebrate it next year. That is, if they haven’t already hit the milestone. There’s no fuzzy math here — it’s a just matter of which date adequately represents the origin of the band. By John Carucci. SENT: 478 words, photos.

— STOLEN TOMAHAWK: A long-missing tomahawk given to a Seneca Indian leader by President George Washington in 1792 will go on display at the New York State Museum.

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SPORTS

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BBN-METS-MEJIA-DRUG SUSPENSION

NEW YORK — New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been granted conditional reinstatement from his lifetime drug suspension and could return for the 2019 season. SENT: 475 words, photos.

BBO-RAYS-METS

NEW YORK — Jose Bautista’s grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the New York Mets to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BBO-YANKEES-BLUE JAYS

TORONTO — Justin Smoak hit a three-run homer, Yangervis Solarte reached base four times and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-2 on Friday night. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 510 words, photos.

SOC--MLS--RED BULLS-MARSCH

HARRISON, N.J. — Jesse Marsch resigned Friday as coach of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls and was replaced by top assistant Chris Armas, a former U.S. national team defender. By Sports Writer Tom Canavan. SENT: 328 words, photos.

— BKN--NBA FREE AGENCY: Former Knick Kyle O’Quinn is joining the Indiana Pacers. With photo.

— HKN--MAPLE LEAFS-ENNIS: Free-agent forward Tyler Ennis has signed a one-year, $650,000 deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that signed former New York Islanders captain John Tavares to a seven-year, $77 million contract on Sunday.

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