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

May 11, 2019

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ALBANY, N.Y. _ Disagreements over the details of proposals to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in New York could prevent a vote on the measure this year. By David Klepper. UPCOMING: 530 words.





ALBANY, N.Y. _ Judith Clark, who entered prison as a left-wing revolutionary defiantly refusing to participate in her own murder trial, walked free on Friday as a 69-year-old woman acclaimed for her work behind bars with service dogs, AIDS patients and inmates with babies. By Mary Esch. SENT: 450 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ A German con artist who was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for swindling banks, hotels and wealthy New Yorkers says she’s not sorry for anything she did. SENT: 400 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ A New York judge should order a former CIA employee removed from solitary confinement because it was unconstitutionally imposed and hurts his chance at a fair trial, defense lawyers say. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 440M words.


BUFFALO, N.Y. _ Student ‘geek squads’ are cropping up in schools as districts lean on youngsters to be part of the upkeep of the thousands of devices handed out in the classroom. Students, in return, gain valuable skills. A survey by the Consortium for School Networking suggests that in 2018, 59% of high schools and 63% of middle schools reported that each of their students had access to their own device. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.


ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s highest court has ruled that an upstate man wounded in a shooting 16 years ago can’t sue the out-of-state seller of the weapon used in the crime. By Chris Carola. SENT: 500 words.


ALBANY, N.Y. _ An aide to Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi of New York was charged by state police with patronizing a prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced. Sent: 180 words.


NEW YORK _ A dispute over the future of the Woodstock 50 festival has spiraled into a court fight, with organizers suing and at least temporarily silencing a former investor that sought to call off the anniversary show. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 623 words, photos.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The New York based yogurt company Chobani plans to pay the school lunch debts of low-income families with students attending a district that made headlines by announcing children who owe money would get cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches instead of a hot meal, the mayor’s office confirmed Friday. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 349 words.


NEW YORK _ Democratic members of Congress from New York called Friday for federal housing officials to withdraw a new rule that could kick tens of thousands of immigrants out of subsidized housing. UPCOMING: 200 words.


_ CONSTRUCTION WORKER-FALL: Officials say a construction worker tumbled down a roughly 10-foot (3-meter) shaftway at a Brooklyn building site and is hospitalized with critical injuries.

_ BIG CHECK LOST AND FOUND: A waiter has returned a cashier’s check worth nearly $424,000 to the retired social worker who lost it.

_ OIL LEAKING SHIPWRECK: The Coast Guard says a World War II-era shipwreck off the coast of Long Island is leaking oil through two pinpoint leaks.

_ TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE DEMOLITION: The Tappan Zee Bridge will soon be history as crews work to remove the last pieces of the Hudson River span.

_ SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT: Authorities say more than 20 children have been taken to a hospital with minor injuries after a school bus and two cars collided in Brooklyn, and the driver of one of the cars is in police custody.

_ MANHATTAN FIRE-FATALITY: The Fire Department of New York says an elderly woman has died in a fire at an Upper East Side building.

_ EARTH DAY-TRASH: State officials say last month’s Earth Day “trash blitz” conducted by transportation department employees resulted in thousands of bags of garbage being picked up along New York roads and highways.

_ MOBSTER KILLED: The 24-year-old man accused of killing the reputed boss of New York’s Gambino crime family knew he was a marked man.

_ XAVIER PRESIDENT-HONORARY DEGREE: Xavier University of Louisiana President Reynold Verrett has received an honorary degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai during 2019 commencement ceremonies.





NEW YORK _ Mavis Staples, two months shy of her 80th birthday, threw a party at the Apollo Theater. The singer known for such hits as “I’ll Take You There” was joined Thursday night by David Byrne, Norah Jones and other musical guests and by a capacity crowd that stood throughout the nearly 90-minute show and at one point sang her happy birthday. By National Writer Hillel Italie. SENT: 381 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Priyanka Chopra finds watching “Game of Thrones” a family affair. Not just because of the huge gatherings she joins to watch, but because her sister in-law, Sophie Turner, is “so amazing.” Turner, who recently married Joe Jonas, plays Sansa Stark on the HBO series. By John Carucci. SENT: 446 words, photos.





ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Domingo German became the majors’ first seven-game winner, Gio Urshela got a key hit set up by a pair of odd bounces and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night. By Mark Didtler. SENT: 600 words, photos.

_ BBA--YANKEES-FARQUHAR: Danny Farquhar allowed two unearned runs during two-thirds of an inning Friday in his first extended spring training game for the New York Yankees.


NEW YORK _ Amed Rosario hit a grand slam during an eight-run outburst that marked the Mets’ biggest first inning in three decades, and New York rolled to an 11-2 rout of the Miami Marlins on Friday night. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 700 words, photos.

_ BBN--METS-BACKPACK BAN: The Mets are banning backpacks from Citi Field starting May 20.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. _ Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite entered the NFL draft two weeks ago as a study in contrasts. Williams was viewed as perhaps the safest pick a team could make, while Polite was dogged by questions about his attitude and abilities. Now both with the Jets, the two rookies could make immediate impacts on New York’s new-look defense. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NEW YORK — The New York Liberty’s new owner Joe Tsai saw the team’s exhibition game against the Chinese national team Thursday night as a chance to grow relations between the two countries. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 655 words, photos.