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

November 22, 2018

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THANKSGIVING PARADE

NEW YORK — Frigid temperatures and blustery winds were no match for holiday cheer as giant character balloons took to the skies, and performers on floats and marching bands made their way through New York City’s streets on Thursday for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. By Stephen R. Groves and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 564 words, photos, video.

OBIT-PERALTA

NEW YORK — State Sen. Jose Peralta, a Democrat who represented parts of Queens in New York state government, has died. He was 47. His communications director, Chris Sosa, said Peralta died Wednesday night at Elmhurst Hospital. The cause of death had not been determined. SENT: 194 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SUPERMARKETS-THANKSGIVING MEALS: Tens of thousands of New Yorkers will get to enjoy Thanksgiving meals delivered to their homes thanks to three supermarket chains and a national trade group.

— SKI AREAS OPEN: State-run ski areas in upstate New York are set to open in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.

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SPORTS

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FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-SZMYT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Four years ago, Syracuse place-kicker Andre Szmyt was playing soccer at his high school in the northern Chicago suburbs, not even on the radar of the school’s football coach. Now, he’s a star for the 19th-ranked Orange. The 6-1, 195-pound redshirt freshman from Vernon Hills High School is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top place-kicker. With one game left in the regular season, at Boston College on Saturday, and a bowl game to follow, Szmyt is poised to eclipse the NCAA record for field goals in a season and become just the second kicker to lead the nation in scoring. By John Kekis. SENT: 972 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BILLIE JEAN KING-BIRTHDAY: Billie Jean King is celebrating her 75th birthday, which lands on Thanksgiving this year.

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