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

February 9, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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CITY COUNCIL-HOMOPHOBIC REMARKS

NEW YORK _ The New York City Council speaker is demanding an apology from a council member who said the legislative body is “controlled by the homosexual community.” By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 250 words. AP Photos.

CAPITOL WATCH

ALBANY, N.Y. _ In New York state government news, criminal justice reforms pushed for years by Democrats could be passed by the Legislature soon, while the deal to bring one of Amazon’s headquarters to Queens is expected to get plenty of discussion in back-to-back budget hearings. The criminal justice bills are among the top items on the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate’s agendas this year, including one that would eliminate cash bail and another that would speed up getting cases to trial. By Chris Carola. SENT: 750 words.

DOG SHOW

NEW YORK _ Sleek and aerodynamic, Whiskey the whippet is dashing through the dog show world. He’s among the fastest breed of pooches on the planet, and his rise has been rapid: Coming off big wins televised on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, he’ll now try for dogdom’s Triple Crown starting Monday at the Westminster Kennel Club. By Ben Walker. SENT: 650 words. AP photos.

WHERE’S THE BEEF?

NEW YORK _ A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest. On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food. By Verena Dobnik. SENT: 220 words. AP photos.

VENEZUELA-BATTLE FOR CITGO-Q&A

NEW YORK _ The U.S. and dozens of other countries may have declared that Nicolas Maduro is no longer the legitimate president of Venezuela, but that has not loosened his grip on power. Maduro still controls the military, despite scattered defections. He has the loyalty of the Supreme Court. And he has rendered the opposition-controlled National Assembly powerless by setting up a rival constitutional assembly. But Maduro stands to lose one crucial lever of power: Houston-based refining company Citgo, a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuelan state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, known by its acronym PDVSA. Here’s a look Citgo’s critical role in Venezuela’s power struggle. By Alexandra Olson. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MIDDLE SCHOOL-STRIP SEARCHES: A civil rights group representing families of four 12-year-old girls who claim they were strip searched for drugs in school is demanding an apology and other measures from an upstate New York school district.

_ BATTLEFIELDS MURAL-CONSERVATION: An upstate New York historical organization has received a grant to conserve a nearly century-old mural depicting significant battles fought in northeastern New York.

_ HWS-PRESIDENT: Hobart and William Smith Colleges have named Wesleyan University provost Joyce Jacobsen as president.

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SPORTS

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BKN--RAPTORS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

HKN-RED WINGS-SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Casey Mittelstadt and Kyle Okposo scored power-play goals and the Buffalo Sabres won for just the fourth time in 11 games by beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday. By John Wawrow. SENT: 660 words, photos.

HKN--AVALANCHE-ISLANDERS

NEW YORK _ Ryan Pulock scored his second goal of the game 2:23 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. By Vin A. Cherwoo. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKC--T25-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-BUFFALO

AMHERST, N.Y. _ No. 23 Buffalo (19-3, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) returns from a week-long break, and following a loss at Bowling Green, to host Central Michigan (16-6, 5-4) on Saturday. By Jonah Bronstein. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m.

_ BKC--PROVIDENCE-ST JOHN’S: Alpha Diallo had 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead Providence to a 70-56 win over St. John’s on Saturday.

_ BKC--LOYOLA (MD)-COLGATE: Loyola (MD) plays Colgate at Cotterell Court.

_ BKC--RAIRLEIGH DICKINSON-ST FRANCIS (BKN): Fairleigh Dickinson plays St. Francis (BKN) at Generoso Pope Athletic Complex.

_ BKC--BINGHAMTON-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Binghamton plays New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium.

_ BKC--WAGNER-LIU BROOKLYN: Wagner plays LIU Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center.

_ BKC--MASSACHUSETTS-STONY BROOK: Wagner plays LIU Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center.

_ BKC--ARMY-AMERICAN UNIVERSITY: Wagner plays LIU Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center.

_ BKC--ALBANY-VERMONT: Albany plays Vermont at Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium.

_ BKC-CORNELL-HARVARD: Cornell plays Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion.

_ BKC--WILLIAM & MARY-HOFSTRA: William & Mary plays Hofstra at David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

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