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

February 23, 2019

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

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CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York state government news, the topic of splitting the state into separate upstate and downstate entities has popped up again at the Capitol. The idea of splitting upstate New York and the New York City metro area into two separate states comes up periodically in Albany, never getting beyond the proposal stage. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 770 words by noon.

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TOP STORIES

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AMAZON-HQ-NEW YORK

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo again blasted fellow Democrats on Friday over Amazon’s backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City, calling the internet retailer’s rejection the “greatest tragedy” he has seen since he’s been in government. By Chris Carola. SENT: 470 words, photo.

_ TRUMP-AMAZON: President Donald Trump is calling Amazon’s decision to drop its plans for new headquarters in New York “a big loss” for the city.

MANAFORT-NEW YORK INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK Prosecutors in New York City are building a potential criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as he awaits sentencing on federal conspiracy and fraud convictions, according to reports published Friday. Sent: 430 words, photos.

HOUSE FIRE-FAMILY DEATHS

WATERTOWN, N.Y. _ An upstate New York community is struggling to cope with the deaths of four children and their father in a house fire. Firefighters lined the church entrance on Friday as a funeral was held to celebrate the lives of Aaron Bodah and his daughters: 4-year-old Skylar; 6-year-old Erin; 8-year-old Alexa and 14-year-old Merissa. SENT: 275 words, photos.

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_ HOUSE FIRE-FAMILY DEATHS-THE LATEST

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK _ Attorneys for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are asking for a new trial in light of what they say was jury misconduct during his drug conspiracy trial. SENT: 300 words, photo.

NAZI RALLY-ANNIVERSARY

NEW YORK _ A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute as swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York’s Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that’s up for an Oscar. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 529 words, photos.

EU-REL--VATICAN-SEX ABUSE-MCCARRICK

VATICAN CITY _ Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican’s sex abuse prevention summit said Friday that the downfall of their former colleague, Theodore McCarrick, was sad for the Catholic church but they hoped a new spirit of accountability would prevent future cover-ups of bishop misconduct. The four U.S. dioceses where McCarrick worked — New York City; Metuchen, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey and Washington — are conducting their own reviews. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 517 words, photos.

WWII KISSING SAILOR PHOTO-FUNERAL

NEWPORT, R.I. — The sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II was mourned Friday at a funeral in Rhode Island. SENT: 400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PEOPLE-MEGHAN MARKLE: Flowers from Meghan Markle’s New York baby shower are getting a second life.

_ SUBWAY STATION SHOOTING: Prosecutors say two more MS-13 gang members have been charged in a killing on a New York City subway platform.

_ MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED: A New York City man who was convicted of murder in 2002 has been freed from prison after prosecutors determined that he did not get a fair trial.

_ TRUMP NAME STRIPPED: Big, brassy letters spelling “Trump” will be ripped off another New York City apartment tower, the last of six luxury condominiums that once displayed the president’s name.

_MURDER-SUICIDE: Police on Long Island say a 54-year-old man shot his wife to death before turning the gun on himself.

_ DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS-TAX OVERHAUL: The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies.

_ FACEBOOK INVESTIGATION: Authorities in New York state will investigate Facebook after a report said the social media company harvests a large amount of personal data from smartphone apps without users’ knowledge.

_ NYC PUBLIC HOUSING CRISIS: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says a former federal prosecutor has been chosen as the monitor for New York City’s massive public housing system.

_ MARIJUANA CASES DISMISSED: A western New York prosecutor has dropped nearly three dozen low-level marijuana cases as the state moves to legalize the drug’s use recreationally.

_ DEATH PENALTY RULING-DEFENDANT: A man who pleaded guilty in a case that prompted Delaware’s Supreme Court to overturn a death penalty law in the state has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

_ GRANDFATHER SLAIN: An 18-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for her part in the beating and stabbing death of her step-grandfather in his western New York home.

_ CAR INTO STORE: The 32-year-old mother who was killed when an enraged driver plowed into a family of six young children outside a 7-Eleven store in Rockland County is being called a hero.

_ SCHENECTADY REDEVELOPMENT-TONKO: Congressman Paul Tonko is poised to get an up-close look at a project to revitalize a neighborhood in Schenectady.

_ FORD FOUNDATION-FAMILY: A member of the Ford family is on the board of the New York City-based foundation that bears its name for the first time in more than four decades.

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BUSINESS

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_ DC-TECH HIRES: A New York-based tech company has announced plans to hire 500 people over the next five years at a new office just outside Washington.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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FILM-THE JOY OF THEATERS

NEW YORK _ Sure, it’s easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and ... well, whatever. But if you really want to savor a film, there’s still no substitute for a movie theater. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 795 words, photos.

PEOPLE-Q&A-RITA MORENO

NEW YORK — Rita Moreno plays one of TV’s best villains. Or is she one of its snidest heroines? Either way, her sassy grandmother on the Netflix reboot of “One Day at a Time” is truly a funny concoction. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 882 words, photos, video.

MO WILLEMS-KENNEDY CENTER

NEW YORK — Children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems sees creativity as part of a grownup’s job. “Having a child is an opportunity to be silly again,” says Willems, who has been named the Kennedy Center’s first ever “Education Artist-In-Residence.” SENT: 438 words.

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SPORTS

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BKC--SYRACUSE-BOEHEIM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Jim Boeheim will coach Syracuse against top-ranked Duke on Saturday night, his team’s next game after Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway. By John Kekis. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ Derrick Rose scored 20 points, Taj Gibson added a season-high 19, and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame the first missed game of Karl-Anthony Towns’ career to beat the New York Knicks 115-104 on Friday night. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 600 words, photos.