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

June 5, 2018

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NEW YORK — Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found hanged in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. By Colleen Long. SENT: 580 words, photos, video. Will be updated.




NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to rape and criminal sex act charges in a brief hearing Tuesday before a judge in New York, and his lawyer vowed afterward to try to beat the case even before it goes to trial. By Tom Hays. SENT: 458 words, photos, video.




NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers are trying to keep a former “Apprentice” contestant from getting information on his campaign’s discussions of other women who also accused him of sexual misconduct. But ex-contestant Summer Zervos’ lawyers say Trump’s reactions to all the claims are relevant to her lawsuit accusing him of defaming her by saying she fabricated her own account of unwanted advances. The dispute — as yet undecided — emerged during a largely procedural hearing Tuesday. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 675 words, photos; UPCOMING: new approach by 3 p.m.




NEW YORK — Fordham law professor and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout launches her Democratic campaign to be New York’s attorney general. By Bernard Condon. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — Fresh from blocking the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House visit, President Donald Trump is asking an appeals court to restore his power to block critics on Twitter. SENT: 345 words, photo.


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Video purporting to show a 6-year-old old boy picking potatoes at a farm run by a religious community and other children working at the group’s high-end cosmetics factory has prompted an investigation by New York state labor officials. SENT: 402 words.,


— FUNERAL HOME-BRAWL: Police say a crowd erupted as they were trying to break up a fight outside a New York City funeral home.

— RFK ASSASSINATION-LIBRARY: The city of Albany is marking the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination with a round table discussion on his legacy and the ringing of bells.

— XGR--SYNTHETIC DRUGS-IMPAIRED DRIVING: With a political stalemate resolved — for now — lawmakers in the New York state Senate have passed legislation to crack down on those who drive under the influence of synthetic drugs.

— FUDGIE THE BEER: A brewing company in New York has joined with an ice cream maker so consumers can have their cake in a beer.

— BEEKEEPING STUDENTS: A New York high school has become the first school in the state to establish a student beekeeping team.



NEW YORK — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities. The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 537 words, photo.

— LORD & TAYLOR FLAGSHIP: Lord & Taylor is abandoning plans to keep a store in the Fifth Avenue flagship it is selling, as the chain’s owner closes more stores and focuses on online sales.

— TESLA-NY EXPANSION: Environmentalists, business groups and higher education institutions are backing Tesla’s efforts to expand the electric vehicle manufacturer’s sales stores from five to 20 in New York state.



NEW YORK — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein. By Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 684 words, photos.


NEW YORK — In the premiere episode of the new FX series “Pose,” a young black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless. In front of him are members of his fellow LGBTQ community dressed in high-fashion finery, strutting down a runway with fierce glamour and arch confidence as their friends cheer. It is 1987 in a gritty part of New York hit hard by crack and AIDS, and yet this is an act of defiance. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 890 words, photos.

— POP CULTURE MUSEUM-NYC: The Seattle-based Museum of Pop Culture is looking to expand to New York City.



NEW YORK — Alex Cobb and the Baltimore Orioles try to end a seven-game losing streak when they take on Jason Vargas and the New York Mets, who have dropped four in a row. By Ben Walker. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has impressed his new Jets teammates with how he has handled his first few weeks in the NFL. The rookie quarterback is expected to compete for the starting job with veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — Bob Baffert is poised to become just the second trainer in history to oversee two Triple Crown winners. He has Justify on the brink of becoming the 13th Triple Crown champion just four years after his colt American Pharoah accomplished one of sports’ toughest tasks. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 973 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify, who won the first two legs out of the No. 7 post, finds out where he will break from the gate for the Belmont Stakes when post positions are drawn. The colt could face 10 rivals in his bid to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from draw at 5:30 p.m.


NEW YORK — Brittney Griner scored 26 points and Diana Taurasi had 21 to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 80-74 on Tuesday in a school-day game at Madison Square Garden. By Basketball Writer Feinberg. SENT: 336 words.

— FBN--GIANTS-GETTLEMAN LYMPHOMA: New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and he says the prognosis for his recovery is “positive.”

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