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

October 2, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — An Adidas executive and two other men hatched a scheme to exploit blue-chip college hoops recruits for profit by showering their families with secret cash payments from the athletic gear giant, a prosecutor said Tuesday at criminal trial expected to detail the dark side of big money in college sports. By Tom Hays. SENT: 288 words. Will be updated to 450 words by 5 p.m.

WEINSTEIN ANNIVERSARY-HOLLYWOOD A YEAR LATER

Is Hollywood a different place a year after the rapid downfall of Harvey Weinstein began? In the time since, guilds have rewritten codes of conduct, film festivals have signed pledges for gender parity and inclusion riders have been implemented by several leading production companies. But interviews with actresses, filmmakers and others make it clear: Hollywood has a long way to go. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 3 p.m., photos.

KAVANAUGH-MEDIA

NEW YORK — The New York Times says it shouldn’t have assigned a writer who criticized Brett Kavanaugh on social media to its news story about the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged involvement in a bar fight in 1985. Developing.

BRONX ZOO ELEPHANT-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK — An animal welfare group has initiated legal action Tuesday against the Bronx Zoo on behalf of an elephant named Happy who was separated from the zoo’s two other elephants after they fatally injured her mate of 25 years. In legal petition being filed Tuesday, the Nonhuman Rights Project said the animal must be lonely and should be relocated to a humane private sanctuary. The zoo says Happy is content, is not isolated and might be harmed by a transfer to an unfamiliar facility. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR--EVACUATING WITH PETS: New York state will now allow people to take pets on any kind of public transportation when evacuating during an emergency.

— LAWSUIT-FORK LIFT INJURY: A Connecticut jury has awarded $1.6 million to a man who was seriously injured by a fork lift at a Sears warehouse in 2014.

— HIT-AND-RUN-TODDLER KILLED: An upstate New York teen has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run crash that killed a toddler and injured her brother and father.

— DUNKIN-HOMELESS MAN: Dunkin’ Donuts has fired workers who poured water on a homeless man in upstate New York and posted the video online.

— MAIL THEFT-CHECKS: The Brooklyn district attorney says a postal worker stole checks made out to poor people on her route, including residents of a homeless shelter.

— PAROLE BOARD HEARINGS: Republican lawmakers in New York are heading to Long Island for the second of two days of hearings into recent decisions by the state parole board to release some high-profile offenders.

— SWIMMER DIES OFF COAST: A New York man has died while swimming off the coast of North Carolina.

— MOTHER SHOT: A western New York man has admitted to fatally shooting his 79-year-old mother with a shotgun.

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BUSINESS

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EARNS-PEPSICO

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and revenue, but its shares edged lower Tuesday after the company warned of the effects that the strong dollar will have on its performance for the rest of the year. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 429 words, photo.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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BOOK REVIEW-THE FORGOTTEN

The evolution of white voters who supported President Donald Trump in one key Pennsylvania county is the subject of “The Forgotten” by veteran journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 523 words, photo.

SPE--PURSUITS-MUSEUM YOGA

A little mindfulness is part of the collection at many American art museums, which are offering yoga, meditation and other wellness programming as part of the art-viewing experience. By Katherine Roth. SENT: 503 words, photos.

OPERA-AIDA HD PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Quinn Kelsey’s character doesn’t even arrive until late in Act 2 of “Aida,” and he’s killed shortly after the end of Act 3. Yet in his brief time onstage he turns the drama on its head. “My part definitely puts a nice little wrench into things,” said the Hawaiian baritone, who is appearing at the Metropolitan Opera in a revival of Verdi’s opera. By Mike Silverman. SENT: 584 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BBA--YANKEES-SEVERINO

NEW YORK — Luis Severino will start the AL wild-card game for the New York Yankees against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, a chance to make up for his awful outing in the winner-take-all matchup against Minnesota last year. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 272 words.

BBA--ATHLETICS-HENDRIKS

NEW YORK — Reliever Liam Hendriks will start for the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night’s AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.

WNBA PRESIDENT LEAVING

NEW YORK — Lisa Borders stepped down as WNBA president on Tuesday, the third executive to leave the league in six months. She will become the first president and CEO of Time’s Up — an organization dedicated to safe, fair and dignified work for women. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg.

— HKN--HURICANES-GOALIES: Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour says injured goalie Scott Darling will miss a few weeks, resulting in Curtis McElhinney being claimed off waivers from Toronto.

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