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

March 12, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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RAPE KIT BACKLOG

NEW YORK — Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials said Tuesday. It’s estimated that another 155,000 or more sex assault evidence kits still await testing, and thousands of results have yet to be linked to suspects. Many who have been identified can’t be prosecuted because of legal time limits and other factors. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 695 words, photo.

STUDENT RIVER DEATH

State investigators blame systemic failures in school policy for the death of a 14-year-old special needs student who had talked about suicide before his body was found in the Genesee River three days after he wandered undetected from his Rochester school. New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia describes “an astounding lack of support” for Trevyan Rowe at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12. By Carolyn Thompson. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

TRUMP INVESTIGATIONS-NEW YORK

NEW YORK _ New York’s attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump’s business dealings, taking action after his former lawyer told Congress he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. A person familiar with the inquiry said Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas Monday to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 361 words, photo.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

BOSTON _ Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with nearly 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 592 words, photos.

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XGR--VACINATION CONSENT

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The New York chapters of a national pediatrics organization are supporting legislation in the state Legislature that would allow minors to get vaccinated without parental consent. SENT: 378 words.

TROOPER KILLED

WATERTOWN, N.Y. _ A former Army sergeant on trial in the killing of his wife and a state trooper in northern New York wasn’t responsible for his actions due to his mental state, his defense lawyer told a jury Tuesday. SENT: 213 words.

HONG KONG OFFICIAL-BRIBERY CHARGES

NEW YORK _ Defense attorneys for a prominent Hong Kong businessman are seeking leniency ahead of his sentencing for paying bribes to the presidents of two African nations. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 406 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ XGR--FORMER SPEAKER DIES: Mel Miller, a former speaker of the New York state Assembly, has died at age 79.

_ TURTLE SMUGGLING: Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal wildlife smuggling.

_ XGR--BINGO BILL: New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow minors to play bingo with adult supervision.

_ WINDY WEATHER-NY: Buffalo has had five days with winds over 50 mph since Feb. 1.

_ CORPORATE CLIMATE CHANGE PLANS: The office of New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says it has reached agreements with Dollar General and Under Armour under which the companies will release plans for what they’re doing to address climate change.

_ COLLEGE SWIMMERS-TRAVEL BAN: The organizer of a fundraising campaign to help New York state college swimmers stay in North Carolina for a national competition says he will issue refunds.

_ EXONERATION-HALF MARATHON: A man who was wrongfully incarcerated for 30 years plans to celebrate his freedom by running a New York City half marathon this month.

_ GRANDMOTHER’S EYES GOUGED: A Long Island man accused of gouging out his grandmother’s eyes and blinding her during a dispute over money has killed himself.

_ MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-JOHN RICHARDSON

NEW YORK _ Sir John Richardson, the eminent historian and critic whose multivolume series on Pablo Picasso drew upon his personal and aesthetic affinity for the Spanish painter and was widely praised as a work of art in its own right, has died. He was 95. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 879 words, photos.

_ SOJOURNER TRUTH-MONUMENT: A New York sculptor has been chosen to create a monument honoring one of the leading abolitionists and suffragettes of the 19th century.

_ THEATER-BRITNEY SPEARS: Britney Spears is the latest pop star throwing her fedora onto the stage. With photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--BUSY JETS

NEW YORK _ The New York Jets have been busy since the NFL’s legal tampering period in free agency began Monday. Two people with direct knowledge of the deals say the Jets have agreed to sign wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy. They also agreed to sign linebacker C.J. Mosley. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. SENT: 686 words, photo.

_ BBN--METS-TEBOW: Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the New York Mets after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. With photo.