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

April 14, 2019

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ELECTION 2020-DE BLASIO

NEW YORK _ At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands out in a crowd. But does he have any shot of standing out in the packed field of potential Democratic candidates for president? De Blasio hasn’t seem bothered by bad polls, snarky headlines or sparse crowds attending his events in early primary states as he explores a run. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 928 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

WASHINGTON _ Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said Sunday that her campaign has raised more than $3 million in the first quarter. By Juana Summers. SENT: 379 words, photo.

OBIT-JOYCE CAROL OATES-HUSBAND

NEW YORK _ Charles Gross, a longtime Princeton professor of neuroscience and husband to author Joyce Carol Oates, has died. He was 83. SENT: 160 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ BELL TOWER FALL: Authorities say a woman is in critical condition after falling from the first floor of a Fordham University bell tower.

_ CYCLONE-SEASON OPENING: The rides are up and running at Coney Island’s amusement park.

_ ORGAN DONATION: State officials are marking National Donate Life Month with a stark statistic: Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are currently on waiting lists for donated organs that could save their lives.

_ FACEBOOK OUTAGE: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-BRAVES

ATLANTA _ Mets ace Jacob deGrom tries to pitch New York to a four-game series win over the Braves and Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 700 words with photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

BBA--WHITE SOX-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host the Chicago White Sox in the finale of their three-game series. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 1:05 p.m.

HKN--ISLANDERS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The New York Islanders are on the cusp of just their second playoff series win in more than a quarter-century. Jordan Eberle scored for the third straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots and the Islanders rolled to a 4-1 victory over the stunned Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. By Will Graves. SENT: 592 words, photos.