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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash

Suffolk County Police Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a pedestrian in Patchogue early this morning.

Walter Orlando Matute Penaranda was crossing Montauk Highway east of Bay Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene at approximately 4:20 a.m. The vehicle was described as a gray or silver two-door sedan with a rear spoiler, possibly an older model Honda.

Penaranda, 24, of Patchogue, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Based on witness accounts, there were additional vehicles traveling westbound at the time of the incident and detectives believe there may be more witnesses to the crash.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

May the Fourth Be with You: It’s “Star Wars” Day This Sunday

(NEW YORK) — Sunday is May 4th, and thanks to a terrible yet fortunate pun, it’s also known as Star Wars Day — as in, “May the Fourth Be with You.”  For several years now, Star Wars junkies worldwide have adopted May 4th as a day to celebrate their favorite sci-fi movie saga. 

How did May the Fourth start?  Well, one of the first known uses of the pun came on that day in 1979, and involved, of all things, the election of Margaret Thatcher, who became Britain’s first female prime minister.  To celebrate her victory, her party took out an ad in the London Evening News, with the message, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” 

From there, May the Fourth became a fan-fueled grassroots tradition, but the first organized celebration took place in Toronto, Canada in 2011. Lucasfilm has now actively embraced May the Fourth, and many businesses and other partners have come on board for special promotions and parties. This week, ABC’s sitcom The Goldbergs will have a Star Wars theme to mark the occasion.  ABC is owned by Disney, which purchased Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars in 2012.

One reason Lucasfilm is now a huge supporter of this fan phenomenon is that May in general has always had meaning in the Star Wars universe: for starters, all six films debuted in May, starting with the original Star Wars, on May 25, 1977.  Principal photography on the new J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars movie, Episode VII, will begin this month, and George Lucas’ birthday is May 14.  Walt Disney World Resort will host its popular Star Wars Weekend beginning May 16.

This year, there’s even more excitement about May the Fourth, thanks to the recent announcement of the cast for the new Star Wars movie, Episode VII. The news that Luke, Leia and Han — Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, respectively — are all back on board for the new film is almost certain to bring back fans who may have been disenchanted with the prequel movies released over the past decade or so. Also returning are Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. 

New Episode VII cast members include veteran actor Max von Sydow, Lord of the Rings motion-capture star Andy Serkis, Girls star Adam Driver, and Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, as well as Domhnall Gleeson, whom you may know better as Ron Weasley’s brother, Bill, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2.  John Boyega, who appeared in the 2011 British sci-fi flick Attack the Block, and Daisy Ridley, who’s appeared in the British TV series Mr. Selfridge, complete the cast.  The movie will debut in 2015.

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(Central Islip, N.Y., May 3, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks split a day/night doubleheader with the York Revolution on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark. York took the first game 8-7 while Long Island responded with a 4-3 comeback win in game two.

The Revolution struck first in the opening inning of game one against Ducks starter Shaun Garceau on a RBI double by Eric Patterson and a RBI triple off the bat of Steve Bumbry. The Ducks answered right back in the bottom of the first on a two-out, two-run double to left-center by Adam Bailey off Revs starter Jorge Martinez.

Three more runs in the second for Long Island on a RBI single by Dan Lyons and a two-run double from Fehlandt Lentini put the Flock in front 5-2. York pulled to within one in the third before taking an 8-5 lead with a four-run fifth. A RBI triple by Patterson and a run-scoring single by Alberto Espinosa highlighted the damage.

Long Island rallied back in the ninth to pull within one on Keith Castillo’s two-run homer to left. However, the Ducks could not pull even.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Garceau tossed four innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five. Martinez lasted three innings, surrendering five runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings. Mike McClendon (1-1) earned the win with four scoreless inning of relief, striking out three. Steve Garrison (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding four runs (none earned) on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning. Rommie Lewis earned his second save despite allowing two runs in the ninth.

Lentini, Castillo and Cody Puckett each led the Flock with two hits while Lentini, Bailey and Castillo contributed two RBI apiece.

In game two, the Revolution once again jumped out to the early lead. After three scoreless innings to open the game, York got on the board in the fourth on Chad Tracy’s RBI double to left and Bumbry’s run-scoring groundout off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins.

The Ducks broke through in the fifth to take the lead against Revs starter Corey Thurman. Lyons’ RBI double off the wall in left-center field and Lentini’s two-run single to right-center highlighted the inning. It stayed that way until the top of the eighth when Sean Smith launched a game-tying solo home run off reliever Jeremy Accardo.

However, Long Island responded immediately in the bottom of the inning when Cody Puckett grounded a two-out base hit up the middle to score Lew Ford. Leo Rosales came on to strike out the side in the ninth and secure the win.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Blevins allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out eight in seven innings. Thurman lasted just five innings, surrendering three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. Accardo (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing a run in one inning, and Julio DePaula (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up a run on three hits in two innings. Rosales earned his third save with a perfect ninth inning.

Puckett and Lyons each had two hits in the nightcap to pace the Ducks.

Long Island and York will close out their four-game set on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:35. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Back-to-Back Championship Autograph Books, courtesy of Newsday. Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks. After the game, kids and kids at heart will have the chance to take part in Kids Run the Bases, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Righty Casey Barnes will toe the rubber for the Ducks against Revolution southpaw Chris Cody.


(Central Islip, N.Y., May 2, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the York Revolution 6-1 on Friday night in the 2014 home opener at Bethpage Ballpark.
York got on the scoreboard first on Travis Garcia’s two-run home run to left in the second inning off Ducks starter John Brownell. Two more runs in the third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Wilson Valdez extended the lead to 4-0.
Long Island grabbed their lone run of the game in the fifth on a solo homer to right by Adam Bailey off Revolution starter Alain Quijano. However, single runs in the seven and ninth for the Revs put the game out of reach.
Quijano (1-0) earned the win, tossing six innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on six hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
Bailey led the Flock with two hits, while Joash Brodin added a single in the ninth.
The Ducks and Revolution continue their four-game series on Saturday at Bethpage Ballpark with a day/night doubleheader. Game time for the opener is set for 1:05 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 12:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receiver 15th Anniversary Season Magnet Schedules, courtesy of the QuackerJack Foundation. Right-hander Shaun Garceau gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution righty Jorge Martinez.
Game two is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m., with the ballpark gates opening at 6:05. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Pyrotecnico Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Righty Bobby Blevins toes the rubber for the Flock against Revs righty Corey Thurman.
Tickets for both games and all 70 Ducks regular season home games are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the twinbill can follow all the action live on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE. The night game of the doubleheader will also be broadcast on Long Island’s home for news, traffic and weather, 103.9-FM LI news Radio.

Bill Gates No Longer Top Microsoft Shareholder

(NEW YORK) — Bill Gates no longer holds more shares of Microsoft than anyone else, the first time that has been true since Gates founded the company in 1975.

Steve Ballmer, former CEO of the company is now the largest shareholder, the Bloomberg News says, after Gates sold 4.6 million shares, leaving him with about 3.1 million fewer than Ballmer’s 333.2 million shares. Ballmer took over for Gates as CEO in 2000. 

Ballmer has a net worth of $18.8 billion, Bloomberg News says. Gates remains the world’s richest individual, with a net worth of $79.9 billion.

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Emma Stone, Andy Cohen Host Run/Walk Supporting Cancer Research

(NEW YORK) — Fresh off the release of her film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, actress and philanthropist Emma Stone woke up early Saturday to attend the 2014 Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/Walk For Women in New York City. Stone shared her hosting duties with television executive Andy Cohen, joining forces to help support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.

Stone has been outspoken about her mother’s battle with breast cancer and the impact it had on her family.

“My mom, she’s always been my hero,” she said. “Watching her experience something like breast cancer was pivotal, I think in my whole family’s life and experience. She is one strong lady, so we are walking together today. It’s pretty great thing to be here five years later.”

Stone said she’s grateful to be involved in the event for her third year.

“I just am a big fan of this event and it’s so inspirational and there’s so much energy,” she said. “They’ve done so much to give back.”

“As an actor, I end up talking about movies that I’m a part of, which is great,” Stone continued, “but to be able to talk about something that can really make some fundamental change in terms of – I can’t cure cancer, or treat it – but the fact that I can be part of something that really is able to give back in such a major way is a big honor.”

Stone and Good Morning America recently paired up when she visited the Gilda’s Club, an organization very close to her heart.

“What’s been one of the coolest ties on this whole presser we’ve done for Spider-Man is he’s a local hero. He’s doing so much for his community,” Stone said, ”So each place we’ve been to, we’ve been able to give back in some way.”

Cohen echoed his support for the event.

“I have some great friends who are fighting and fighting and I’m here for them and other women around the world trying to get on top of this disease,” he told ABC News.

There will be another EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women next Saturday in Los Angeles. Nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $70 million to support the cause, according to the organization.

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Oprah Winfrey Part of Group Making Bid for LA Clippers

(LOS ANGELES) — A day after the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life, several others are expressing interest in buying his team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

One such person? Oprah Winfrey, who made a bid along with music mogul David Geffen and Oracle Corporation co-founder Larry Ellison.

“Oprah is not interested in running the team,” Geffen told ESPN. “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.”

In a statement, Winfrey said she “is in discussions with David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers should the team become available.”

Other celebrities who have expressed interest in buying the team include The View‘s Whoopi Goldberg, actor Frankie Muniz, rappers Dr. Dre, Diddy and Rick Ross along with boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya.

Long Island Teen Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Schools Picks Yale

(NEW YORK) — A New York teen who had offers from all eight Ivy League schools said on Wednesday he will attend Yale in the fall.

Kwasi Enin announced his decision at a news conference in the gymnasium at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, N.Y.

Enin scored a 2,250 out of 2,400 on the SAT — placing him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam. He also ranks in the top 2 percent of his class.

Despite his success, Enin said never in his wildest dreams did he think he would get into Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Enin, who is also a violinist, was accepted to Princeton in December and then heard from the remaining seven schools on March 27.

Enin has said he wants to follow in the steps of his parents, both immigrants from Ghana, and study medicine.

Dow Closes at All-Time High, Stocks Rise

(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit an all-time high Wednesday, rising 45 points on the session and ending at 16,580.84. 

The record close came on the same day the Federal Reserve announced another $10 billion cut to its bond buying program, a key part of its economic stimulus. 

The Nasdaq Composite added 11 points to close at 4,114.56, and the S&P 500 rose nearly six points to 1,883.95, just seven points below the record-high set at the start of April. 

There are positive signs of economic growth and household spending, according to the central bank, following a brutal winter that put a damper on the economy for the first three months of the year. The government reported an economic growth rate of just 0.10 percent from January to March, but there is expectation that the pace could pick up as temperatures rise. 

Twitter stocks slumped nine percent after reports that customer growth fell short of expectations. Since the start of the yaer, company shares have dipped 40 percent.