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

May 2, 2019

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NEW YORK — After nearly a decade of helping federal authorities fight terrorism, the ringleader of a thwarted plot to bomb the New York City subway system finally will be sentenced Thursday. The afternoon hearing in Brooklyn federal court marks a once unthinkable second chance for Najibullah Zazi, a 33-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who became radicalized and received explosives training from al-Qaeda after traveling to Pakistan in 2008. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 391 words, photos. Will be updated from 2:30 p.m. sentencing.


ALBANY, N.Y. — Parents of people killed in recent limousine crashes in New York state are urging legislators to pass tougher safety regulations. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — The increasing challenges posed by the New York area’s aging rail infrastructure came into sharp focus Thursday as a congressional delegation prepared to get a firsthand look at the country’s busiest station on the same day commuters learned about summer schedule disruptions due to track repairs. It’s the second time in three years that the replacement of equipment at Penn Station promises to cause delays during morning and afternoon peak periods for thousands of riders. By David Porter. SENT: 535 words.


NEW YORK _ Congress has agreed to postpone a deadline for two banks to respond to subpoenas for Donald Trump’s financial records after the president filed a lawsuit this week seeking to block them from responding. SENT: 252 words, photo.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — “Mortal Kombat,” the blood-and-guts arcade game that triggered Congressional hearings and age-level game ratings, was inducted Thursday into the World Video Game Hall of Fame, along with “Colossal Cave Adventure,” ″Super Mario Kart,” and the ubiquitous “Solitaire” game built into Microsoft Windows. SENT: 518 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ Joe Healey turned Runyon’s: A New York Saloon into the sports world’s crossroads where players, umpires, writers, television executives, police and fans ritually congregated for nightly discourse that could last until nearly dawn. Healey died Tuesday at age 77, more than two decades after his bar shuttered, leaving his former patrons to reminisce about golden memories of a more innocent time where pens were put away and athletes and media mixed with ease. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 938 words.


_ TRUCK DRIVER PINNED: A truck driver has died after being pinned under a tractor-trailer at a Home Depot in western New York.

_ CLERGY ABUSE-NEW YORK: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse has paid nearly $11 million to settle claims of clergy sexual abuse with 79 people, who are now prohibited from suing.

_ RAFT ACCIDENT-TWO DEAD: Police say two young members of an Amish community drowned after their small raft apparently capsized on a pond in central New York.

_ AIR CONDITIONERS-FUNDING: Millions of dollars in federal funding is available for New Yorkers with serious health problems to obtain air conditioners for their residences.

_ ZOO ANIMAL NAMES: The zoo in Syracuse is naming its baby animals after towns and cities in New York state.





LONDON _ A drawing of a bearded, pensive-looking man owned by Queen Elizabeth II is a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, a royal art adviser said on the 500th anniversary of the artist and polymath’s death. In another announcement on Thursday, Sotheby’s said that a major, rarely seen Leonardo drawing is going on display in New York. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 492 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ “The Mueller Report” is now officially a best-seller. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 314 words, photo.





WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — It’s a cold day in early April, rain and sleet are pelting the garages at Watkins Glen International and snow is on the way. Bob Gillespie is undeterred as he puts the finishing touches on the Green Grand Prix. Rain or shine, the rally will go on for the 15th straight year, which astounds Gillespie, its creator. By Sports Writer John Kekis. SENT: 885 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Cincinnati plays New York at Citi Field. With photos. Game started at 12:10 p.m.