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

April 7, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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MARIJUANA AND SMOKING

As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others wonder what that means for one of the country’s biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1093 words, photos.

CLAM TROUBLE

PORTLAND, MAINE _ The nation’s clam haul is steadily dwindling, and a push to try to save it in the state with the largest industry is dividing harvesters, conservationists and scientists who question whether proposed new measures will help. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 690 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEEN HIT-DRIVER LEAVES

_ CLIMATE CHANGE-NEW YORK: Supporters of clean energy and residents worried about the impact of climate change are planning a big lobbying push to encourage New York lawmakers to wean the state off fossil fuels.

_ FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES: Members of the New York state Senate are taking a look at oversight of for-profit colleges.

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SPORTS

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HKN--SABRES-HOUSLEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ A dreadful second-half free-fall led the Buffalo Sabres with little choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. The team made the move Sunday, a day after the Sabres closed their season with a 7-1 victory at Detroit. By John Wawrow. SENT: 848 words, photo.

BBA--YANKEES-ORIOLES

BALTIMORE _ After taking a no-hiiter into the seventh inning in his last start, David Hess starts for the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. By Todd Karpovich. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

BKN--NETS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers try to close out their regular-season home schedule by rebounding from Friday’s loss to Boston when they host Brooklyn. The Nets are one of five Eastern Conference teams fighting for the final three playoff spots. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 5 p.m. ET.

HKN--RANGERS WRAPUP

NEW YORK _ After missing the playoffs for the second straight year, the rebuilding New York Rangers face big decisions in the offseason. The first season of a makeover that came on the heels of the end of a seven-year playoff run had its ups and downs and saw more star players jettisoned at the trade deadline for youngsters and draft picks. The Rangers had just five wins in their last 21 games to finish seventh in the eight-team Metropolitan Division, 20 points out of the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BKN--WIZARDS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Washington Wizards visit the New York Knicks.

BBN--NATIONALS-METS

NEW YORK _ Washington plays New York at Citi Field.

IN BRIEF:

_ BBN--METS-D’ARNAUD: Catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been activated by the New York Mets, nearly one year after he had Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.