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

May 17, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ A former follower of a self-help guru is telling a jury how he created a sorority of sex slaves under his command. By Tom Hays. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

SNAPCHAT-GENDER SWAP

NEW YORK _ Snapchat’s new photo filter that allows users to change into a man or woman with the tap of a finger is not necessarily fun and games for transgender people. By Jeff McMillan. SENT: 835 words. With photos, video.

NYSAPA-LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Lois Clermont, former longtime journalist with The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh, has been named the recipient of the New York State Associated Press Association’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. SENT: 601 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FACIAL RECOGNITION-LANDLORDS: New legislation introduced in New York state would ban the use of facial recognition software by landlords in residential buildings.

_ MARRIAGE FRAUD: Five people have pleaded guilty in federal court in Connecticut to their roles in a fraudulent marriage scheme designed to get non-citizens U.S. immigration benefits.

_ CANAL-NEW TUGBOAT: Boating season on the Erie Canal is opening with the dedication of a new tugboat named after women’s suffrage movement leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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BUSINESS

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_ BREWERY-SOLAR: New York officials say a new array of more than 8,000 solar panels will provide Anheuser-Busch with enough electricity to brew 3 million cases of beverages annually.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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STATUE OF LIBERTY MUSEUM-POEM

NEW YORK _ At a time when families have been separated at the Mexican border and children placed in cages, the country’s poet laureate is invoking an old and welcoming spirit for those seeking to live in the United States. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 404 words, photo.

TONY WATCH-BACKSTAGE AT BEETLEJUICE

NEW YORK _ One recent afternoon at the Winter Garden Theatre, two stars of the irreverent musical “Beetlejuice” played tour guide and revealed a few backstage secrets — some grosser than others. By John Carucci. SENT: 507 words, photo.

FILM-KINKY BOOTS

NEW YORK _ If anyone is kicking themselves that they missed seeing the musical “Kinky Boots,” relax — it’s coming to a movie screen nearby this summer. SENT: 232 words, photo.

_ TV-STEVE CROFT: The ticking clock for the longest tenured reporter at “60 Minutes” is about to go silent. With photos.

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SPORTS

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BBA--RAYS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ First place in the AL East is on the line when CC Sabathia (2-1) and the New York Yankees host Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. The big lefty has gotten into heated exchanges with the Rays the last two times he’s faced them _ once last year, once this season _ when he grew angry over Yankees hitters getting plunked. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

BBA--METS-MARLINS

MIAMI _ New York plays Miami at Marlins Park. With photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

GLF--PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ Defending champion Brooks Koepka, coming off a course-record 63, takes a one-stroke lead over Danny Lee into the second of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Tiger Woods, in his first tournament since his Masters victory, is nine back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 7:30 p.m.

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BBM--TEBOW’S JOURNEY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Six weeks into his latest baseball adventure, Tim Tebow is still struggling to find his stroke with the Syracuse Mets at the top rung of minor league ball. He remains unflappable in spite of the numbers. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 1039 words, photos.

BOX--WILDER-BREAZEALE

NEW YORK _ Whatever disappointment Deontay Wilder may have had in not fighting Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury next is gone. Now the heavyweight champion can’t wait to get in the ring with Dominic Breazeale. Wilder wants to get back in the win column Saturday when he defends his version of the title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. By Sports Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 749 words, photos.