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

October 4, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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2018 ELECTION-NEW YORK-GOVERNOR

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s liberal Working Families Party was an early supporter of Cynthia Nixon’s challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo but is now backing the incumbent it once criticized. The party switched its support Wednesday night. Nixon is no longer campaigning after losing the Democratic primary to Cuomo, but Democrats had worried that her continued presence on the ballot would siphon votes from Cuomo. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

METOO-DEFENSE FUND

NEW YORK — A dollar store cashier from Brooklyn. Five fire department paramedics in Chicago. An aspiring singer shunned by Nashville’s country music establishment. Thanks to a $22 million legal fund, they’ve now teamed up with top-notch lawyers to pursue #MeToo-style sex harassment cases that they otherwise couldn’t have afforded. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1300 words, photos.

PAROLE OFFICER-FATAL SHOOTING

ALBANY, N.Y. — The family of a state parole officer who was fatally shot in her bedroom by a western New York police officer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

OBIT-RFK ASSASSINATION BUSBOY

LOS ANGELES — The hotel busboy who came to Robert F. Kennedy’s aid when the New York senator was shot in Los Angeles has died. SENT: 683 words, photo.

MACARTHUR FELLOWS

CHICAGO — A violinist who organizes concerts for the homeless, a professor whose research is being used to increase access to civil justice by poor communities and an activist pastor are among this year’s MacArthur fellows and recipients of so-called genius grants. By Herbert G. McCann. SENT: 810 words, photos.

With:

— MACARTHUR FELLOWS-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

— BRANDED WOMEN: Leaders of self-improvement group accused of branding women appear in court.

— TODDLER DEATH: The New York Police Department says a mother is being questioned after her 1-year-old daughter died and the girl’s twin brother was badly hurt.

— COCAINE IN BOTTLES-JFK: U.S. customs agents say a man travelling from Jamaica attempted to smuggle in $115,000 worth of cocaine stuffed inside liquor bottles.

— MAUSOLEUM BAN : Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law banning the construction of stand-alone mausoleums.

— MUSEUM-CAFE LAWSUIT: A federal judge in New York says a cafe that opened earlier this year as MoMaCha must change its name because it is infringing upon the trademarks of the Museum of Modern Art.

— INVASIVE INSECT: New York officials are enacting a quarantine on movement into the state of landscaping debris and other items from four states impacted by a new invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly.

— HOMICIDE SEMINAR: New York’s annual homicide seminar starts Thursday at the State Police Academy in Albany.

— SUICIDE AWARENESS-ALBANY: New York state is hosting a candle lighting ceremony near the state Capitol to highlight suicide awareness and prevention efforts.

— WEST POINT-PANETTA: Former U.S. secretary of defense and CIA director Leon Panetta is receiving a prestigious award at the U.S. Military Academy.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-DENZEL WASHINGTON

NEW YORK — When Denzel Washington was young, he spent so much time at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, New York that “literally, they had to send me home.” He remembers at one club talent show he played a member of the Beatles. The 63-year old Oscar-winning actor says the lessons he learned from the youth organization became the foundation of his success. By John Carucci. SENT: 547 words, photos, video.

— THEATER-HILLARY AND CLINTON: “Roseanne” star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of “The Crown” are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play.

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SPORTS

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BBA-ALDS--YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals are set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 890 words, photos.

FBN --TITANS-BILLS PREVIEW

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Confident and rosy-eyed as Josh Allen might be, the Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback understands he was going to take his fair share of lumps this season. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 823 words, photos. For weekend use.

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