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

June 10, 2018

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PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE

NEW YORK — The National Puerto Rican Parade in New York turned into its usual boisterous celebration Sunday, but many participants also saw it as an occasion to express their more somber concerns over the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Along the parade route in the heart of Manhattan, people carried signs with tributes like “New York Stands with Puerto Rico,” ″You will not be forgotten” and “Decolonize Puerto Rico.” Many also waved Puerto Rican flags and danced as they made their way down Fifth Avenue. By Rebecca Gibian and Deepti Hajela. SENT: 500 words.

NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWER

NEW YORK — An 80-story office building set to open this week at the World Trade Center this week will be the third completed skyscraper at the 16-acre site where the twin towers stood. Monday’s ribbon-cutting for the 1,079-foot 3 World Trade Center marks a major step in the rebuilding of the site. The new $2.7 billion building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers, is the fifth-tallest building in New York City. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 700 words.

PINE BEETLE-NORTHERN FORESTS

As the southern pine beetle expands its range northward with the help of climate change, researchers predict it will have a devastating impact because of the way colder weather makes it build up armies that attack in unison. By Mary Esch. SENT: 600 words.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK — “Ocean’s 8,” the female-fronted overhaul of the starry “Ocean’s” heist franchise, opened with an estimated $41.5 million at the box office, taking the weekend’s top spot from the fast-falling “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At a lower price point and in less fanboy-guarded franchise, “Ocean’s 8″ — despite ho-hum reviews — found nothing like the stormy reception than the female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot did on the same weekend two years ago. By Jake Coyle. SENT: 700 words.

MSNBC-NICOLLE WALLACE

NEW YORK — Nicolle Wallace lives for the sort of chaos that makes most cable television hosts shudder. On the day investigators raided the offices of President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, the news broke moments before the start of Wallace’s MSNBC show at 4 p.m. Eastern. The rundown that she and her team had planned for “Deadline: White House” was quickly discarded. By David Bauder. SENT: 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE: New York state has launched a plan to help boost awareness of mosquito-borne diseases and how to avoid them this summer.

— BEES-SOLAR FARM: New York will encourage solar farm operators to incorporate bee-friendly vegetation on their properties under legislation awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

— RESOURCE MAPPER: New York conservation officials have unveiled an online mapping tool to help with planning in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed.

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