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

May 5, 2019

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TOP STORIES

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BRANDED WOMEN

NEW YORK _ Women who prosecutors say were once loyal followers of a disgraced self-improvement guru are set to testify against him at a New York City trial. They’ll take the witness stand at the federal trial of Keith Raniere, the one-time leader of the upstate New York group called NXIVM. Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday. Raniere has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of forming a secret society within his organization that forced women to have sex with him. By Tom Hays. SENT: 750 words.

OCEAN CASINO RESORT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ A perennially challenged Atlantic City casino will finally turn a profit this month and chart the way forward under the ownership of a New York hedge fund. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 942 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ FIGHTING SUP{ERBUG: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to declare an emergency and unlock special funding to stem a potentially deadly drug-resistant fungus that’s been spreading at health care facilities.

_ NO NEW FOSSIL FUELS: Two New York state lawmakers are introducing legislation that would ban the development of new fossil fuel plants or pipelines as part of the state’s energy system.

_ FARMWORKER RALLY: Farmworkers from around New York plan to gather at the state Capitol in Albany on Monday to push for legislation that would grant them the right to unionize for better wages and conditions.

_ MAYORS-INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING: More than 200 mayors and other municipal officials are gathering in upstate New York to discuss what they say is a rising crisis in transportation infrastructure funding.

_ ADIRONDACKS-MUDDY TRAILS: New York officials are warning hikers that high-elevation trails in the Adirondacks are muddy and possibly dangerous.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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PEOPLE-MADONNA

NEW YORK _ Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards with a rousing speech that went from playful to emotional, bringing the audience to its feet. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 763 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BBN--METS-BREWERS

MILWAUKEE _ The Milwaukee Brewers send Zach Davies to the mound to face Jason Vargas of the New York Mets. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 2:10 p.m. EDT.

BBA--TWINS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Michael Pineda starts against his former team as the Minnesota Twins they try to win a series at Yankee Stadium. By Ben Walker. Game starts 4:05 p.m.

RAC--STUMBLING TO PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The next stop in the chase for the Triple Crown is the Preakness, though both Maximum Security and Country House remain noncommittal for the May 18 race following Maximum Security’s disqualification from the Kentucky Derby. By Gary B. Graves. SENT: 865 words, photos.