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

May 4, 2019

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ALBANY, N.Y. _ New York lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow wagering on sports on mobile devices, an issue that’s also being debated in other states. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.





NEW YORK _ “The Situation” and the Fyre Festival fraudster are already there. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is up next. It’s not reality TV. It’s a federal prison 70 miles from New York City where white-collar and D-list scoundrels can do time while playing bocce ball and noshing on rugelach. Cohen, 53, is due to report Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville to start a three-year sentence for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes. By Michael R. Sisak and Jim Mustian. SENT: 1014 words, photos.


ALBANY. N.Y. _ There’s still no word from state health officials on whether New York City can proceed with plans for supervised injection sites. By David Klepper. SENT: 360 words.


ALBANY, N.Y. — Howard Zemsky, the Cuomo administration economic development czar with key roles in the ongoing Buffalo Billion project and the Amazon headquarters deal that eventually failed, will be stepping down, state officials said Friday. By Chris Carola. SENT: 490 words.


NEW YORK _ A Congressional delegation that included the chairwoman of the House appropriations committee renewed the call on Friday for an end to a funding impasse with the federal government over a multibillion-dollar project to build a new rail tunnel into New York. By David Porter. SENT: 620 words, photos.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. _ A former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing her lover’s wife in a sensational case dubbed the Fatal Attraction murder has been granted parole. SENT: 280 words, photo.


ATLANTA — The 1960s black militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown is challenging his imprisonment for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in 2000, saying his constitutional rights were violated at trial. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 962 words, photo.




_ WEST POINT-TRAINING DEATH: A special agent in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has died after collapsing during a run at West Point.

_ MAIL TRUCK-PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police say a 52-year-old man has been fatally struck by a U.S. Postal Service truck in Brooklyn.

_ UBER STRIKE: An organization representing for-hire drivers in New York City says its members will go on a two-hour strike against Uber and Lyft ahead of Uber’s planned initial public stock offering.

_ COLLEGE CORRUPTION: A federal prosecutor says a defendant accused of bribing college basketball coaches lied on the witness stand at his New York City trial.

_ SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS: Seventy-five mayors and city and county officials from around New York have written to state lawmakers to urge them to authorize cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass illegally.

_ FLU CASES-NEW YORK: New York health officials say the influenza season isn’t over yet but flu is no longer prevalent in the state.

_ NEWARK AIRPORT-SHUTTLE BUS CRASH: An employee shuttle bus crashes at Newark Liberty International Airport, injuring more than a dozen people.

_ HIGH SCHOOL BOMB PLOT: Three teenagers on Long Island have been arrested on charges they plotted to build and detonate a bomb at their school.

_ LEMONADE STAND FLAP: A dispute last summer over whether a 7-year-old boy had the proper permits to operate a lemonade stand has prompted legislative action in New York.

_ CHILD STRUCK BY VAN: Police say a 3-year-old boy crossing a street in Brooklyn has been fatally struck by a delivery van.

_ SHARK FISHING: The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.





NEW YORK _ Some records on Broadway are bound to fall one day and others are surely safe for all time. Sarah Stiles has one that’s hard to top. “I’ve had puppet sex on Broadway twice,” she says.” Indeed, the actress who just earned her second Tony nomination has had a hand in some rather intimate and fuzzy encounters during a career that’s taken her from Broadway musicals to dramas and now TV in “Billions” and “Get Shorty.” By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 767 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Phillip Youmans was just 17 and finishing high school when he completed his lyrical debut feature film, “Burning Cane.” Now, his movie has won the top award at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 307 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ The filmmakers of “XY Chelsea” say they envisioned a more celebratory premiere for their Chelsea Manning documentary. Director Tim Travers Hawkins has worked for the last three years on the film, capturing the former intelligence analyst’s exit from prison and re-entry to civilian life in 2017. But Manning was jailed again in March after being found in contempt for refusing to answer questions before a grand jury about WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 762 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ When Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA crown, it marked more than a personal triumph: It meant that for the first time, three black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America. By Mark Kennedy. SENT: 390 words, photos.

_ BUFFALO-NEW MUSEUM: A new museum that’s expected to attract a quarter-million visitors each year will be opening soon on Buffalo’s waterfront.





RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Carolina Hurricanes can finish off the first four-game series sweep in franchise history when they take on the New York Islanders in Game 4 of their second-round series. Islanders coach Barry Trotz hasn’t yet said if Robin Lehner _ winless in his career against Carolina _ will start in goal. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.


NEW YORK _ Minnesota (19-10) takes baseball’s best record into the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, where the Twins are 14-50 since 2002 _ including the postseason. James Paxton (3-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches for New York against Kyle Gibson (2-0, 4.88), who is 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


MILWAUKEE _ New York plays Milwaukee at Miller Park. With photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EDT.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Getting a chance to watch Taysom Hill do his thing as the New Orleans Saints’ multi-faceted third-string quarterback was enough to convince coach Pat Shurmur the New York Giants needed someone who could do that all this season. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 640 words, photos.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ The New York Giants want sixth-round draft pick Corey Ballentine to take as long as he needs to get full closure after the shooting incident that wounded him and killed Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons last weekend. SENT: 350 words, photos.

_ FBN--CRASH-PIERRE-PAUL: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, a former New York Giant, has been released from the hospital after a single-car crash in South Florida.