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

August 7, 2018

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NEW YORK — New York City lawmakers are considering a proposal to stabilize the city’s iconic but financially beleaguered taxi industry by putting a temporary cap on the number of drivers working for companies like Uber and Lyft. The restrictions come after a year in which many drivers in the city have complained that fast changes in the industry have put them on the edge of financial ruin. New York would be the first major city in the country to put a limit in place. By Deepti Hajela and Karen Matthews. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.


NEW YORK — A Bangladeshi immigrant charged in a failed pipe bombing of the New York subway system told a law enforcement officer and a prison guard last December that “more is coming,” federal prosecutors said in court papers on Tuesday. They cited the ominous warning in opposing a defense request to dismiss one of six counts against Akayed Ullah. By Larry Neumeister. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.


ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is squandering economic development funding and failing to address income inequality, Cynthia Nixon said Tuesday as her campaign released her proposals to invest in green jobs, bridge and water-system repairs and minority communities. SENT: 336 words, photo.


PHILADELPHIA — Police say a missing New York City woman was found shot to death in a north Philadelphia basement, and a man found driving her sport-utility vehicle last week is in custody in Virginia. Developing.


NEW YORK — The Ms. Foundation for Women announces a new strategic plan that focuses on women and girls of color, and intends to invest $25 million over five years in organizations that are led by and support them. The organization is also forming its first-ever 501(c)(4) fund that will allow it to take a stronger stance on political and policy issues. By Deepti Hajela. SENT: 463 words.


NEWARK, N.J. — Several months after incoming Gov. Phil Murphy termed the nation’s largest statewide transportation system “a national disgrace” and vowed substantial reforms, rail commuters have been subject to a brutal summer of train delays and cancellations due to crew shortages. By David Porter. UPCOMING: 400 words.


GREENFIELD, Mass. — Prisons and jails in the U.S. are slowly loosening their resistance to giving inmates medication to treat their drug addiction. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 981 words, photos, video.


A University of Washington study released this week finds that, without fluoride, neither brushing nor flossing deters cavities. “What it says to me is that the toothbrush is just a delivery system,” said Richard Niederman, a dentist and professor at New York University. By National Writer Jeff Donn. SENT: 1080 words, photos, video.


— CHILD WELFARE WORKER-ASSAULT ARREST: A convicted murderer has been arrested on charges that he assaulted a 6-year-old boy at a foster care center where he worked as a counselor.

— MANHUNT-NY: Investigators in western New York plan to release dash cam video of the incident that led to the manhunt for a suspect considered armed and dangerous.

— HISTORIC FOUNTAIN VANDALIZED: Police are looking for a man suspected of vandalizing a nearly 150-year-old fountain linked to the founder of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs.

— FREE JAIL PHONE CALLS: New York is becoming the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails.

— RECYCLING BUSINESS-FIRE: Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze that broke out at a western New York recycling business.

— TREE DESTROYS HOME: A family in upstate New York barely escaped serious injury after a tree fell on their mobile home during a storm.

— EMERGENCIES-LANDING CRAFT: New York military officials will be christening a new landing craft-style boat that will be used to deliver supplies and personnel to areas of the state hit by flooding or other emergencies.

— DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED FUND: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are launching a $4.3 million fund to support conservation efforts in the Delaware River watershed.

— 2003 SLAYING: Detroit police allege that a murder suspect who was released after his case was botched 15 years ago is also being investigated as a suspect in homicides in two other states.

— TOXIC ALGAE-NY: Public health officials have closed two beaches on an upstate New York lake because of a potentially toxic algae bloom.

— LAKE ERIE-BODY FOUND: Police say a body has been recovered from Lake Erie near a beach in suburban Cleveland.

— FRAUD PLEA: A western New York man has admitted to cheating three would-be investors out of $870,000.

— CHARTER CABLE: Democrats in the New York state Assembly say any broadband provider picked to replace Charter Communications in the state should be required to observe net neutrality.

— ROUTE 787-UPGRADES: Work is set to begin on a nearly $11 million project to improve pedestrian safety along a stretch of an Albany-area highway where a 16-year-old girl was struck and killed two years ago.

— INVASIVE BEETLE: Authorities in Maine and elsewhere in the country are asking residents to be on the lookout for the destructive Asian longhorned beetle this month.




— PAY DISPARITY-NYC: A new report finds that black women in New York City made 57 cents for every dollar paid to white men in 2016.

— GENERAL ELECTRIC-LAYOFFS: General Electric says it’s laying off 200 hourly workers at its upstate New York plant that produces steam turbines for the company’s power unit.

— DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT-SARANAC LAKE: Saranac Lake has won $10 million to improve its downtown as the latest winner of a state redevelopment contest.




— FILM-NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The 56th New York Film Festival will feature films from the Coen brothers, Barry Jenkins and 88-year-old documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

— GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL: John Legend, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes are among the artists slated to appear at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival.





CHICAGO — The New York Yankees meet the Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.


PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Receiver Corey Coleman has joined the Buffalo Bills and says he has something to prove after two disappointing seasons in Cleveland. By John Wawrow. Developing.


NEW YORK — While most WNBA teams are battling for playoff spots in one of the league’s most competitive postseason races, New York, Indiana, Chicago and Las Vegas are jockeying for the draft lottery position. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 686 words, photos.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Teddy Bridgewater can’t wait to play in the New York Jets’ preseason opener against Atlanta. The quarterback hasn’t seen extended time in an NFL game in nearly two years because of a serious knee injury that nearly cost him his career. Bridgewater is now feeling good physically and is excited to continue his comeback. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.

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