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

October 9, 2018

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TOP STORIES

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LIMOUSINE CRASH

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — The limousine service under scrutiny after a crash that killed 20 people fixed safety violations in its fleet before the tragedy, said a lawyer who suggested the driver was unfamiliar with the rural road. By Michael Hill. SENT: 556 words, photos, video.

— With: BC-US--Limousine Crash-Victims, BC-US--Limousine Crash-FBI Informant, BC-US--Limousine Crash-The Latest.

BKC--COLLEGE CORRUPTION

NEW YORK — The father of a blue-chip college basketball recruit testified Tuesday at a criminal trial about corruption in big-time basketball that an assistant coach at the University of Louisville gave him a secret payment of $1,300 as part of a deal to get the son to sign with the school. By Tom Hays. SENT: 368 words.

NJ TRANSIT-AUDIT

METUCHEN, N.J. — New Jersey’s troubled transit system suffers from a lack of funding, low morale, a top-heavy management structure and little or no strategic planning, according to a lengthy audit released Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy. The 179-page report describes a litany of systemic problems plaguing New Jersey Transit, one of the nation’s largest transit systems that the Democratic governor has characterized as a once-revered organization that is now considered “a national disgrace.” By David Porter. SENT: 389 words.

THAILAND-CAVE BOYS

NEW YORK — A member of the youth soccer team from Thailand that got trapped in a flooded cave is expected to appear at an event in New York as the team begins to arrive for a U.S. tour. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 300 words on merits; developing from 1:30 p.m. event. Photos, video planned.

IN BRIEF:

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Harvey Weinstein is due in court on Thursday as a New York judge weighs his bid to have some or all of his sexual assault case thrown out. With photo.

— COLUMBUS STATUE-CUOMO: The head of the American Indian Law Alliance is taking aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to nominate New York City’s statue of Christopher Columbus to the National Register of Historic Places.

— PHONE EXTORTION RING: Authorities say two men have pleaded guilty to scamming thousands of dollars from dozens of people across New York in an elaborate phone scam involving threats to kill the victims’ relatives.

— STATEN ISLAND-FATAL FIRE: The New York Fire Department says a 62-year-old Staten Island resident died as a result of a fire that engulfed his home.

— ELEVATOR ATTACK: Police are looking for a man who followed a woman into a downtown Manhattan apartment building, sexually abused her in the elevator and then choked her after she tried to flee.

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BUSINESS

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SEXISM-HEDGE FUND

STAMFORD, Conn. — A lawsuit alleging hostile, sexist and discriminatory conduct by male executives at billionaire Steven Cohen’s investment firm in Connecticut has been withdrawn and moved to private arbitration, taking the dispute out of the public eye. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

GOOGLE SHOWCASE

NEW YORK — Google’s new Pixel phones mirror the industry trend moving the devices toward lusher, bigger screens and add new twists on the camera for taking better selfies and other pictures. By Anick Jesdanun and Michael Liedkte. SENT: 508 words, photos.

— JETBLUE-ROCHESTER-BOSTON: JetBlue plans to start service from Rochester to Boston early next year.

— NOKOMIS-EXPANSION: A commercial kitchen equipment maker is expanding in eastern Mississippi, investing $600,000 with plans to hire 12 workers over the next year.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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STRADIVARIUS REBORN

NEW YORK — The Stradivarius stolen from violinist Roman Totenberg and found more than three decades later now has a new life — under the chin of a brilliant 18-year-old musician. The late Totenberg’s three daughters presented the multimillion-dollar instrument to the Juilliard student on Tuesday. “We can go and listen to our father again,” says Jill Totenberg. By Verena Dobnik. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m. Photos planned.

VINTAGE PLANE-COCKTAIL LOUNGE

AUBURN, Maine — A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey from Maine to New York where it will be turned into a cocktail lounge. SENT 400 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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FBN--BILLS-ANDERSON

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills rookie starter Josh Allen is gaining a mentor after Buffalo signed Derek Anderson on Tuesday. By Sports Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 551 words, photo.

— FBN--GIANTS MOVES: The New York Giants have waived former first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers and signed tackle Brian Mihalik off their practice squad to replace him.

FIG--YAMAGUCHI HONORED

NEW YORK — When Ice Theatre of New York honors Kristi Yamaguchi on Oct. 15, it will be for a whole lot more than her performances as a figure skater. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 716 words, photos.

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