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

January 23, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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XGR--IMMIGRATION-EDUCATION

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The Democrat-controlled New York state legislature is expected to pass measures extending financial aid to students who were brought to the nation illegally as children. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.

SEX ABUSE-LAWSUIT LIMITS

NEW YORK _ In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and recent disclosures about abuse by Roman Catholic priests. New York state is Exhibit A. By National Writer David Crary. SENT: 1150 words, photos.

_ CLERGY ABUSE-BUFFALO: The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has created a task force to review and recommend policies and procedures in dealing with sexual abuse allegations made by adults against clergy.

TARGETING BLACKS-STABBING

NEW YORK _ A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in the United States. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 606 words, photos.

ALEC BALDWIN

NEW YORK _ Days after appearing as President Donald Trump in a “Deal or No Deal” parody on “Saturday Night Live,” Alec Baldwin took a deal of his own Wednesday, agreeing to attend an anger management class to resolve a criminal case stemming from a skirmish over a parking spot. By Michael R. Sisak.

NYPD CORRUPTION PROBE

NEW YORK _ A former top official in the New York Police Department gun licensing bureau claims in pre-sentencing court papers that Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s former personal attorney were among those to obtain gun licenses without proper credentials. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

TRANSGENDER WOMAN-LAWSUIT

NEW YORK _ New York City police officers charged a transgender woman with “false personation” and used pink handcuffs to mock her after they arrested her for walking through a park after hours, a lawsuit charges. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 479 words.

MUSLIM COMMUNITY-PLOT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A Muslim group called Wednesday for full prosecution of four people accused of plotting an attack on their rural enclave in upstate New York. SENT: 370 words.

EL CHAPO-PROSECUTION

NEW YORK — The wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman helped plan his infamous 2015 escape from prison through a tunnel dug into the shower of his cell, a witness at Guzman’s U.S. trial testified on Wednesday. SENT: 220 words.

STATE BUDGET-ENVIRONMNETAL CONSERVATION

ALBANY, N.Y. — A top Cuomo administration official says New York state’s environment is being threatened by Donald Trump’s policies. By Chris Carola. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

NYPD CRIME-FIGHTING STRATEGIES

NEW YORK _ The New York Police Department will devote additional resources to six precincts with violent crime rates that are more than twice as high as the rest of the city, Commissioner James O’Neill said on Wednesday. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 239 words.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

NEW YORK _ Top dogs from Chihuahuas to great Danes will soon converge for America’s premier canine contest, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Organizers preview next month’s show, including the two breeds making their debuts. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m., video.

IN BRIEF:

_ CASINO CLOSING: Officials say the casino operations at New York’s Monticello Casino and Raceway will soon close, but the raceway will remain open.

_ BODIES IN HOUSE: Police in western New York say two people have been found dead in a West Seneca home.

_ GIRL SHOT-SYRACUSE: A 14-year-old girl has been shot in the head in upstate New York and hospitalized in “extremely critical condition.”

_ L TRAIN-WATER MAIN BREAK: The Metropolitan Transit Authority suspends L train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan because of a water main break.

_ KILLER-BAIL-JUMPING: A man whose history of violent crimes began with the bludgeoning death of his mother is in a New York jail after being deported from Canada following his release from prison there.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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OBIT-RUSSELL BAKER

LEESBURG, Va. — Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television’s “Masterpiece Theatre,” has died. He was 93. SENT: 868 words, photos.

SAG AWARDS-ALAN ALDA

NEW YORK _ When Alan Alda receives his life achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, it will celebrate a career that includes multiple Emmy awards, an Oscar nomination and social activism over nearly seven decades. And one that continues to thrive, despite a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. By John Carucci. SENT: 818 words, photos, video.

OBIT-JONAS MEKAS

NEW YORK — Jonas Mekas the Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, has died. He was 96. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 1199 words, photo.

_ FILM-SOPRANOS PREQUEL: The son of James Gandolfini has been cast as the young Tony Soprano in the planned “Sopranos” prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.” With photo.

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SPORTS

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BBO--HALL OF FAME-LOOKING AHEAD

Mariano Rivera sailed into the Hall of Fame without a single dissenting vote. Next year, it is Derek Jeter’s turn — and don’t expect much opposition then, either. By Baseball Writer Noah Trister. SENT: 556 words, photos.

BKN--MAGIC-NETS

NEW YORK _ After rallying from 21 to win at Orlando last week, the Brooklyn Nets look for their fifth straight victory when they host the Magic. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKN--ROCKETS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ James Harden leads the Houston Rockets into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

_ AURORA GAMES: Olympic gold medalists Nadia Comaneci and Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be team captains for the inaugural Aurora Games, a sports and entertainment festival for female athletes.

_ RAC--NYRA PRESIDENT RESIGNS: Chris Kay has resigned after 5½ years as chief executive officer and president of the New York Racing Association.

_ SOC--RED BULLS-EPPS: The New York Red Bulls have signed former Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps.

_ BKL--LIBERTY SALE: An investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai has bought the New York Liberty.

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