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BC-NY--New York News Digest, ADVISORY, 3:30 pm Update, NY

March 10, 2019

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NEW YORK _ When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot in New York City, specially developed pattern-recognition software alerted police that it probably wasn’t an isolated incident. The software, called Patternizr, allows crime analysts to compare robbery, larceny and theft incidents to the millions of crimes logged in the NYPD’s database, aiding their hunt for crime patterns. It’s much faster than the old method, which involved analysts sifting through reports and racking their brains for similar incidents. It’s more comprehensive, too, with analysts able to spot patterns across the city instead of just in their precinct. The NYPD says it has built in protections to guard against bias, but civil liberties advocates urge caution as technology becomes a bigger and bigger part of policing. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 758 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found what he thought was a recording of R&B singer R. Kelly in concert, but instead turned out to show a man who appeared to be Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday. By Stephen R. Groves. SENT: 450 words, photos.


_ FATAL SHOOTING: A Rhode Island man has been shot and killed outside a halfway house in Pawtucket.

_ FISHING BOAT RESCUE: Two people have been rescued from a sinking fishing boat near New York’s Fishers Island.

_ OFFICER STRUCK-ARREST: Authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with two car crashes, including one that involved a police officer.

_ AMPHIBIAN CROSSINGS: Volunteers in the Hudson Valley are preparing to document the annual breeding migrations of frogs and salamanders in a project led by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

_ XGR--HOUSING CONDITIONS-INVESTIGATION: The Investigations and Government Operations Committee of the New York state Senate has launched a review of housing conditions in Albany, Newburgh, Ramapo and Mount Vernon.

_ TORRE-COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: New York Yankees great Joe Torre will be a commencement speaker at Skidmore College this May.





HENDERSON, Nev. — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced. SENT: 710 words.


MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota Timberwolves play at home for the second straight night, hosting the New York Knicks, owner of the worst record in the NBA. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. EST.


PITTSBURGH — Bre Cavanaugh scored 22 points and Mary Goulding 19 to lead Fordham to a 62-47 victory over VCU on Sunday to win the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. SENT: 420 words, photos.


CHICAGO — Natisha Hiedeman, the Big East Player of the Year, scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No. 17 Marquette opened the conference tournament on Sunday with an 88-57 over ninth-seeded Saint John’s. SENT: 200 words.

_ HKN--OBIT-HOWELL: NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell, who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history, has died. He was 86.

_ HKN--SABRES-NYLANDER: The slumping Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Alexander Nylander from the minors.

_ BKC--CAA-JAMES MADISON-HOFSTRA: Justin Wright-Foreman had 17 points to lead five Hofstra players in double figures as the Pride topped James Madison 76-67 in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on Sunday.