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

January 9, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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LEGISLATURE CONVENES

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The New York state Legislature has started its 2019 session with Andrea Stewart-Cousins making history by formally taking over as leader of the now-Democrat-controlled Senate and Carl Heastie again being elected speaker of the Assembly. By David Klepper. Developing; with photos.

NYC PAID VACATION

NEW YORK _ New York City’s mayor pledged on Wednesday to make the city the first in the nation to mandate paid vacation days. The Democratic mayor said he will back legislation requiring private employers with five or more employees to offer at least 10 paid days off a year. By Karen Matthews. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m.

PROSECUTOR RETIRING

NEW YORK _ A longtime New York City prosecutor and former judge, who once presided over the arraignment of “Son of Sam” killer David Berkowitz, announced Wednesday that he wouldn’t seek re-election. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, 86, was appointed to the office in 1991 after 18 years as a judge. By Michael R Sisak. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

DISMEMBERED REMAINS

UTICA, N.Y. — A central New York man charged with the deaths of his 90-year-old grandmother and her 87-year-old landlord said in court that he “chopped” up the women “in the name of the Lord.” SENT: 317 words. Photo planned.

CHRYSLER BUILDING

NEW YORK _ The owners of New York City’s Chrysler Building are putting the landmark Art Deco skyscraper on the market. SENT: 208 words; with photos.

HAITIANS-TEMPORARY RESIDENCY

NEW YORK _ A trial in New York over the Trump administration’s move to cut off permission for thousands of Haitians to live in the U.S. is spotlighting emails between officials downplaying health and safety crises in the Caribbean nation as they tried to justify the change. By Adam Geller. SENT: 728 words, photo.

EL CHAPO PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman texted his wife while he was on the run after narrowly avoiding capture in 2012, according to the latest damaging evidence presented at Guzman’s U.S. trial. By Tom Hays. SENT: 355 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ROSE MCGOWAN-DRUG CHARGE: A lawyer for Rose McGowan says the actress and activist, who was among the first to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, will plead no contest to a reduced drug charge in Virginia and avoid jail time. With photo.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN INJURED: Officials in Albany say they will not prosecute a teen who was shot by a police officer during a chase and paralyzed from the chest down.

_ MENHADEN HEALTH: One of the most important species of fish in the ocean’s food chain is getting a close look to help determine the health of its population.

_ ADDICTION TREATMENT-FUNDING: Millions of dollars in additional state funding is available for expanding addiction treatment services across New York.

_ FRIARS CLUB-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: The executive director of New York’s legendary Friars Club has pleaded guilty to having filed false income tax returns.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TV-ANDREW BRAUGHER

LOS ANGELES _ Andre Braugher and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are opening up shop on a new network this week. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 935 words, photos, video.

FILM-NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

NEW YORK — While Sunday’s Golden Globes were notable for their lack of political speeches, Donald Trump couldn’t be avoided at Tuesday night’s National Board of Review Awards which, it turned out, were scheduled concurrently with the president’s nationally televised address advocating for a border wall with Mexico. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 878 words, photos, video.

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SPORTS

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BKC--CLEMSON-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ Syracuse hosts Clemson in the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference home opener. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKN--HAWKS-NETS

NEW YORK _ The Atlanta Hawks visit the Brooklyn Nets.

BBO--SPENDING DROP

NEW YORK — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 1039 words, photos.

SOC--US-GEIGER RETIRES

NEW YORK _ Mark Geiger, the first American to referee in the knockout stage of the World Cup, is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer. Developing.

_ BKN--NBA-TWITTER STREAM: NBA fans on Twitter will soon have a say in who they’re watching.

_ TEN--US DAVIS CUP-FISH: The U.S. Tennis Association says former top-10 player Mardy Fish is the country’s new Davis Cup captain.

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