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

March 14, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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MOB SHOOTING

NEW YORK _ The reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family was gunned down outside his home, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, the custom-tailored tabloid regular John Gotti. By Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays. SENT: 581 words, photos.

APPRENTICE CONTESTANT-TRUMP

NEW YORK _ A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump isn’t immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant who accused him of unwanted kissing and groping. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 581 words, photo.

With:

_ APPRENTICE CONTESTANT-TRUMP-THE LATEST

RISING SEAS-NYC

NEW YORK _ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan Thursday to meet the “existential threat” of climate change by extending a section of the lower Manhattan coastline as much as 500 feet (152 meters) into the East River. By Karen Matthews. Developing; with photos.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT-NEW YORK

ALBANY, N.Y. _ A former top official at a New York agency fired 10 months ago following sexual harassment complaints is still making $136,000 a year as a state employee. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

EX-ASSEMBLY SPEAKER

HUAWEI-BANK FRAUD

NEW YORK _ The Chinese electronics giant Huawei pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges accusing it of plotting to violate Iran trade sanctions, a case that has complicated the China-U.S. trade dispute and cast a harsh light on the daughter of the company’s founder. By Tom Hays. SENT: 374 words, photos.

MAPLE SEASON-SQUIRRELS

DANVILLE, Vt. — Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about. Frenetic squirrels are chomping on equipment, crimping the flow of sap at some operations. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 481 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ IMMIGRATION-NEW YORK: The Cuomo administration is expanding state services such as legal representation and community-based assistance for immigrants across New York.

_ ICE AGENT FINGER BITTEN: Federal authorities say a Bronx man bit off part of an immigration officer’s finger during a recent arrest.

_ LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other lakes and rivers.

_ TEEN PEDESTRIAN KILLED: A high school student who was struck by an allegedly drugged driver in upstate New York has died.

_ HOMICIDE-UPSTATE NY: Authorities say an upstate New York man has been arrested in the death of his girlfriend, who was shot in the head through a pickup truck passenger window.

_ STOP AND FRISK: The New York Civil Liberties Union says young black and Latino men are still being stopped and frisked by New York City police officers at disproportionate rates even as the number of stops by police has declined.

_ GINSBURG POSTER-HATE CRIME INVESTIGATION: The New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit is investigating after a poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was defaced with an anti-Semitic image and language.

_ BLOOMBERG-OPIOIDS-MICHIGAN: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity will invest $10 million to help Michigan fight opioid overdose deaths.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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_ FILM-TRIBECA-LINEUP: The Tribeca Film Festival has added a “Say Anything...” reunion screening to its upcoming festival, as well as the premiere of a documentary on Phish lead singer and guitarist Trey Anastasio.

_ TV-WHOOPI GOLDBERG: Whoopi Goldberg received a standing ovation from the audience and hugs from her castmates as she returned to “The View.” With photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--T25-ACC-SYRACUSE-DUKE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Freshman sensation Zion Williamson could make his return to the court as No. 5 Duke meets Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Game starts at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

BKC--T25-MAC-AKRON-BUFFALO

NEW YORK _ Jeremy Harris scored 23 points and Dontay Caruthers added 12 as No. 18 Buffalo impressively opened the postseason with an 82-46 win over Akron in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament. The top-seeded Bulls (29-3) built a 20-point lead in the first half to advance easily. Buffalo is seeking its fourth MAC title in five years. Loren Cristian Jackson led the Zips with 16 points. BY Tom Withers. SENT: 830 words, photos.

BKC--T25-BEAST-PROVIDENCE-VILLANOVA

NEW YORK — Eric Paschall had 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, and No. 25 Villanova took control in final nine minutes to beat Providence 73-62 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference tournament. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 270 words.

FBN--BILLS-GORE

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. _ Frank Gore is preparing to for his 15th season and the NFL’s active leader in yards rushing has chosen to team up with 30-year-old LeSean McCoy in Buffalo to form what will be the league’s oldest and most productive backfield. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7:30 p.m. EDT.

FBN--JETS-CROWELL

The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, an expected move after the team agreed to terms early Wednesday morning with Le’Veon Bell. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 298 words.

HKN-CANADIENS-ISLANDERS

The Montreal Canadiens visit the New York Islanders. With photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.