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OBIT-NEIL SIMON-A LIFE

NEW YORK — Playwright Neil Simon was a meticulous joke-smith who peppered his plays with one-liners and funny situations. He died Sunday at age 91. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1149 words, photos.

With:

— OBIT-NEIL SIMON-REACTION

FBN--GIANTS-STEWART

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jonathan Stewart has been involved in 11 training camps during his NFL career, so the 31-year-old veteran running back knows the drill. Regardless that Stewart signed a reported two-year, $6.9 million contract with the New York Giants as a free agent, he knows that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed. By Jim Hague. SENT: 806 words.

BBN--METS-CUBS

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs send Jon Lester to the mound when they try for their sixth straight win in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets. Noah Syndergaard pitches for New York. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:05 p.m.

FBN--AFC EAST PREVIEW

NEW YORK — Everyone's still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Many of the faces change every year in Miami, Buffalo, New York — and even in Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division. So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. They've won nine in a row, and 14 of the last 15. And, it certainly appears they're an excellent bet to add to that haul this season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

TEN--NEW HAVEN-DROPOUTS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The director of the Connecticut Open tennis tournament says there have been too many player withdrawals and retirements from events such as hers this summer and the WTA needs to address the problem. By Sports Writer Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 734 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL ZONE SPEED CAMERAS: Speed camera ticketing could be reactivated soon in 140 New York City school zones.

— TAXES-CHARITABLE GIFTS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says time is running out for New Yorkers who want to get around a federal cap on state and local tax deductions by donating to a charitable fund set up by the state.

— ABDUCTION PROSECUTION: An upstate New York man accused of abducting a woman and her 3-year-old daughter at knifepoint will spend up to seven years in prison.

— FATAL CRASH: Police say a 23-year-old man in central New York has been killed when his car overturned after striking a utility pole.

— MISSING PERSON-WATERCRAFT COLLISION: Authorities in upstate New York are searching for a person who fell from a Jet Ski when it collided with a boat on the Niagara River.

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