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NEW YORK — Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, chef and actor David Burtka, are firing up what they call New York’s “last summer blowout” — a six-hour, 50-act drag-queen spectacle being staged Saturday on a glitzy Manhattan pier. It’s the revival of a 1980s festival called Wigstock — an impromptu creation of unruly patrons in drag who stumbled out of an East Village club at about 2 a.m. to improvise for homeless people in garbage-strewn, rat-infested Tompkins Square Park. It was, of course, free of charge. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 670 words, photos. Will be updated with details from event, with doors opening at 2 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. — In New York state government news, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 15 so-called “listening sessions” to gather public input on proposals to legalize recreational marijuana. By David Klepper. SENT: 545 words.
— SEX TRAFFICKING ARREST: Police on Long Island say they have arrested a member of the Bloods gang on sex trafficking charges.
— NY GOVERNOR-REPUBLICANS: Leading Republicans in New York state are angry that a recent debate between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his primary challenger Cynthia Nixon largely ignored upstate issues.
— BUFFALO SOLDIERS-WEST POINT: West Point is honoring Buffalo Soldiers. The African-American Buffalo Soldiers are famous for their service in conflicts including the Spanish-American War and both world wars.
— CANADA GEESE-HUNTING: It’s open season for Canada geese in New York, and state regulators have set liberal bag limits and extended shooting hours to maximize the number of geese killed.
NEW YORK — Roger Federer’s matches against Nick Kyrgios have been as close as can be. So the five-time U.S. Open champion could be tested in trying to reach the fourth round when he meets Kyrgios for the first time in a Grand Slam tournament. Federer is one of five seeded men in the top 10 playing Saturday. The others are No. 4 Alexander Zverev, No. 6 Novak Djokovic, No. 7 Marin Cilic and No. 10 David Goffin. Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and 2018 runner-up Madison Keys are on the women’s schedule, along with 2006 U.S. Open titlist Maria Sharapova facing 10th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Lefty Derek Holland pitches for the San Francisco Giants against fellow southpaw Steven Matz and the New York Mets. By Gideon Rubin. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 4:05 p.m.
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees host the Detroit Tigers. Game starts at 4:05 p.m.
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing in a veteran infielder to back up injured shortstop Didi Gregorius. Sent: 190 words.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron and recently acquired receiver Corey Coleman’s future’s are uncertain with Buffalo set make its final cuts to establish its 53-player roster by Saturday afternoon. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants will cut their roster to the NFL’s 53-man limit on Saturday. By Tom Canavan.