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

September 19, 2018

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A man who became known for his cellblock art while serving more than two decades behind bars for a murder authorities now say he didn’t commit was set free Wednesday after a judge agreed to let prosecutors dismiss the charges. While behind bars, Valentino Dixon rekindled his childhood talent for drawing, creating vivid colored pencil landscapes, including of golf courses he’s seen only in pictures. Stories about him in Golf Digest magazine have helped bring attention to his case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m., photos.


CHERRY HILL, N.J. — In their quest to regain the majority in the U.S. House, Democrats are focusing on the potential for the new Republican tax law to hurt certain voters in high-tax states such as California, New Jersey and New York. The three states combined have about a dozen competitive House seats, roughly half the number Democrats need to retake the chamber. Many are in places where voters are upset about the law’s limits on local tax deductions. By Geoff Mulvihill and Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,373 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. By Laurie Kellerman. SENT: 1057 words, photos.


Lawmakers in Connecticut and New York are moving to block the sale of Plum Island, the latest effort to block private development on the former germ warfare testing site in Long Island Sound that is also a habitat for over 200 bird species. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m. Photos planned.


— RESTAURANT SHOOTING: Authorities say they’ve charged two men with being accomplices to a man who fatally shot two employees at a suburban Syracuse restaurant.

— MANHUNT-NY: Law enforcement agencies are searching for the body of a North Carolina fugitive who hasn’t been seen since he fled a traffic stop in western New York earlier this summer.

— BUFFALO DIOCESE-SEX ABUSE: An online petition is calling for the resignation of the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York — who has so far resisted all calls to resign.

— JEWELRY HEIST: New York City police are searching for two people they say stole at least $100,000 in jewelry from a Manhattan store.

— WOMAN ASSAULTED-CHASE: Police in upstate New York say a man suspected of raping a woman at gunpoint has been taken into custody at a hospital after he eluded police.

— LAKE CHAMPLAIN-BOATER RESCUED: The U.S. Coast Guard says Burlington, Vermont-based crewmembers have rescued a woman whose boat capsized on New York’s side of Lake Champlain.

— LAKE GEORGE-WASTEWATER: Officials say they’ll complete design work for Lake George’s proposed $22 million wastewater treatment plan by the end of next month.

— NEW YORK-TEACHER HONOR: A teacher who immigrated to the United States and now teaches other new arrivals in the Bronx is New York’s Teacher of the Year.

— WWI CENTENNIAL-NY SOLDIERS: Members of a New York Army National Guard unit that traces its lineage to the “Harlem Hellfighters” of World War I fame are headed to Europe for centennial commemorative events this month.

— POLICE-TODDLER’S DEATH: A Westchester mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to murder.

— CHARGING STATION REBATE: New York is offering rebates to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

— CEMETERY PROJECT-DAR GRANT: An Albany-area cemetery has received a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution to restore the markers and monuments of hundreds of veterans.





LOS ANGELES — Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star Chris Pratt discusses running in an interview with The Associated Press after meeting at a bar with seven athletes with disabilities, part of the nonprofit group Achilles International. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 908 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Jonas is back, if only briefly. Anna is here, in full diva mode. The seemingly unstoppable Placido marks his 50th anniversary. And the “Ring” contraption returns — maybe for the last time — with a promise of greater reliability and fewer “clunks and clicks.” By Mike Silverman. SENT: 969 words, photo.

— SIRIUSXM-CUOMO: CNN’s Chris Cuomo is adding a radio show to his television work. With photo.

— OLD CANAL VESSELS-PRESERVATION: Historic preservation groups and maritime history buffs are urging New York state to reconsider its plans for obsolete canal vessels.





ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— New Jersey gambling regulators are investigating whether FanDuel’s sports book should pay out more than $82,000 to a man who was given exorbitant odds for the Denver Broncos to win Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Anthony Prince of Newark made his bet and was handed a ticket at incredible 750-1 odds with about a minute left in the game. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 607 words, photo.


NEW YORK — Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. By Ronald Blum. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


PHILADELPHIA — Zach Eflin (10-7) starts for the Phillies and Noah Syndergaard (12-3) goes for the Mets in the series finale. By Rob Maaddi. Game starts at 6:05 p.m.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres can finally prepare for the start of the season with their full complement of forwards after signing Sam Reinhart to a two-year, $7.3 million contract on Wednesday. SENT: 396 words, photo.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL players are not the only ones going through training camp before the season. More than 80 referees and linesmen gathered in Buffalo, New York, for a five-day camp of their own. It included video sessions, pick-up games and even a few jokes about some of them needing glasses. The officials say the session is invaluable in preparing them for the grind that comes with a season stretching over parts of the next 10 months. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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