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BREAKING NEWS

Railroad talks end quickly

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IT WAS GOING TO BE A 2 DAY NEGOTIATING SESSION, BUT IN LESS THAN 4 HOURS, TALKS BROKE OFF BETWEEN THE MTA
AND LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD UNIONS.
THE MTA AND THE UNIONS ARE NOW LOOKING AHEAD TO A LIKELY SECOND PRESIDENTIAL EMERGENCY BOARD HEARING THIS SPRING. OFFICIALS SAY IF NO RESOLUTION IS REACHED , SOME 5,800 LIRR
WORKERS COULD LEGALLY WALK OFF THE JOB JULY 19TH STRANDING SOME 300,000 DAILY COMMUTERS.

 

Speed camera’s coming to schools near you

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CAMERAS ARE NOW HEADING TOWARDS SOME SCHOOL ZONES AS SPEEDERS WILL TRY AND BE NABBED.

IT’S ALL PART OF A PILOT PROGRAM INITIATED BY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO.  OFFICIALS SAID  CAMERAS WILL BE INSTALLED IN UP TO 125 SCHOOL ZONES IN NASSAU  AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES. OFFICIALS SAID ALL THIS TO INSURE A 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT IN SCHOOL ZONES.

OFFICIALS SAID DRIVERS CAN EXPECT TICKETS IN THE MAIL IF THEY EXCEED THAT LIMIT.

Possible challenger to Cuomo

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Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says Westchester Account Executive Rob Astorino will run for New York governor on the Republican ticket.

“The Journal News” reports the Nassau County leader made his prediction yesterday. Skelos has pledged his support for Astorino and says he’ll be a good candidate because “he’s done a decent job in Westchester.”

Astorino is expected to announce his run within the next few days.

Watch for phone scams

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Nassau County residents are being asked to be vigilant when receiving phone calls requesting money.

There’s a new scam where people are getting calls from folks saying they owe money for unpaid taxes or utility bills, and to avoid arrest, foreclosure or termination of services, a payment must be made using Green Dot cards or Western Union.  Another scam involves calls about a family member being kidnapped or involved in a car accident and a so-called “officer” tells them to send money to help the family member.

Cops say if you think you’ve been scammed call 911.

Bank robbery in Mastic

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Suffolk County Police Pattern Crime detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred in Mastic this afternoon.

A man entered the Capital One Bank located at 1235 Montauk Highway, approached a teller, and presented a note demanding cash at approximately 3:40 p.m.  The teller complied with the demand and the man fled the bank on foot.  He was last seen heading south towards Montauk Highway.  

The robber is described as a white male, between 5 feet 8 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall, in his mid-20s, with a thin build.  He was wearing a hat, blue jeans, and a dark colored jacket with white sleeves.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Woman Arraigned In Beating Of LI Bus Driver

(Hempstead, NY)  –  A Long Island woman charged with beating a bus driver is being held on bail.  Authorities say Ivey Dixon punched and hit driver Keisha McGregor Monday afternoon in Franklin Square when she learned that the bus didn’t stop at her desired location.  Dixon was arraigned today on assault charges and ordered held on 15-thousand-dollars bail.  The driver was treated at a nearby hospital.

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First Lady Cheers Food Labeling Plan

(Washington, DC)  –  First Lady Michelle Obama is cheering proposed changes in how packaged foods and drinks are labeled.  New label designs from the FDA would make total calorie counts easier to spot and highlight added nutrients like sugar, potassium and Vitamin D.  In a White House event, the First Lady said current labels are tiny and confusing.  The FDA also wants to alter serving sizes to reflect what people actually consume, such as labeling an entire bottle of soda as one serving.  The proposals mark the first update for nutrition labels in more than 20 years.  FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg called the new labels more “user friendly.”  She also warned about the negative health effects of obesity in America.

Warner Bros. Sets Release Date For “Entourage” Movie

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It looks like Vince, Turtle and Johnny Drama have a date for the movies.  Warner Brothers has announced June 12th, 2015 as the release date for the highly-anticipated “Entourage” movie.  Production on the film began last month and reunites stars Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven from the HBO series.  After much discussion about a possible film, writer and director Doug Ellin declared the movie was “a go” via Twitter last October.

Co-executive produced by Mark Wahlberg, “Entourage” ended its run on HBO in 2011 after eight seasons. The series was based on Wahlberg’s experiences as a rising movie star.

NFL Possibly To Explore Moving 2015 Super Bowl

(Glendale, AZ)  –  A controversial Senate bill could cost Arizona the 2015 Super Bowl.  “Sports Illustrated” cites a source close to the league as saying the NFL is exploring moving the big game if Senate Bill 1062 becomes a law.  The bill would permit businesses to deny services to gays and others based on religious beliefs.  The state previously lost the 1993 Super Bowl when Arizona voted down an effort to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr Day as a holiday.  The source says it’s not certain moving the Super Bowl with such short notice would even be possible.  The fate of the Super Bowl could be in the hands of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who has until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill.

Paula Deen Compares Herself to NFL Prospect Michael Sam

(NEW YORK) — Paula Deen is “fighting to get my name back” and in the process has compared herself to someone else grabbing headlines.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she told People magazine, referring to NFL prospect Michael Sam.

Sam, 24, who just came out as gay, is trying to become the first active NFL player to have declared his homosexuality publicly.

Deen, 67, continued, “He [Sam] said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Deen, who lost millions in endorsements after she admitted under oath to using the N-word in the past, also told People that even after losing her Food Network show and being taken off the shelves at many major chains, she has a positive outlook on the future.

“You think, ‘I’m still alive,’” she said. “I unintentionally hurt others. But I don’t want that to define who I am.”

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