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2008 Jan 30
It was reported that bats were dying off by the thousands as they hibernated in caves and mines around New York and Vermont, sending researchers scrambling to find the cause of mysterious condition dubbed "white nose syndrome." Up to 11,000 bats were found dead last winter and many more were showing signs of illness this winter.
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2008 Feb 10
Ray J. Wu, Chinese-born professor at Cornell Univ. and creator of a transgenic rice, died.
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2008 Feb 13
A prosecutor in Buffalo, NY, announced that a woman, who spent 13 years in prison after being convicted of strangling her 13-year-old daughter, was exonerated by forensic evidence showing she died of a cocaine overdose. Lynn DeJac (44) insisted that a former boyfriend was responsible.
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2008 Feb 13
NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer hired a prostitute in Washington, DC, and paid her $4,300. News of this broke on March 10, when he apologized to his family and the public.
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2008 Mar 10
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer admitted to his role in a prostitution scandal. He faced mounting calls to resign. The governor first came under suspicion because of cash payments from several bank accounts to an account operated by a call-girl ring.
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2008 Mar 12
NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation effective March 17, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links to a high-priced prostitution ring. This put Lt. Gov. David Peterson in place as the nation’s first legally blind governor.
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2008 Mar 17
In New York David Paterson was sworn in almost exactly a week after allegations first surfaced that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was "Client 9" of a high-priced call girl service. Paterson tried to come clean about his own skeletons just hours after assuming office by acknowledging a years-old affair.
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2008 Apr 23
New York’s Gov. David Paterson signed into law a $1.25 per pack tax hike on top of the state’s $1.50 per pack cigarette tax. NYC has an additional $1.50 per pack tax. By July 1 smokers will be paying an average $9.00 a pack for legal cigarettes. The taxes have encouraged major criminal smuggling.
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2008 May 30
A jury in Syracuse, NY, found Hewlett-Packard guilty of infringing a patent for data processing held by Cornell Univ. and ordered the company to pay Cornell $184 million.
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2008 Jun 4
In New York Thomas Gioeli (Tommy Shots), said to be the acting boss of the Colombo organized crime family, was arrested along with 8 other suspected gangsters on federal charges of coast to coast Mafia crimes.
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2008 Jun 7
In New York Nick Zito saddled 38-1 long shot Da' Tara to a 5 1/4-length upset at Belmont. Big Brown, the favorite, came in last.
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2008 Jun 9
In New York Samuel Israel III (48), the former chief executive of hedge fund firm Bayou Management LLC, was supposed to begin serving a 20-year prison term. Israel had pleaded guilty in 2005 for losses that cost investors some $400 million. His car was found near the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River. The words “suicide is painless” were written in the dust on the hood. Israel surrendered to police in Massachusetts on July 2.
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2008 Jun 26
In New York Varsha Sabhnani (46), a millionaire who inflicted years of abuse on two Indonesian housekeepers held as virtual slaves in her Long Island mansion, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. She had been convicted with her husband in December on a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.
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2008 Jul 14
David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, defended the newest satirical cover of the magazine by cartoonist Barry Blitt, which depicted Sen. Barack Obama in Muslim garb and his wife as an Afro-sporting gun packer.
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2008 Jul 24
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued banking giant UBS for fraud, accusing the company of marketing tens of billions of dollars of auction-rate securities as safe even when they knew the investments were in trouble.
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2008 Jul 29
New York’s Gov. David Paterson delivered a special address on the state’s deteriorating fiscal condition. His new budget placed the state’s deficit at $6.4 billion.
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2008 Aug 5
John A. "Junior" Gotti (44) was arrested at his Long Island home on charges linking him to three New York murders. In 1999 Junior Gotti pleaded guilty to racketeering crimes including bribery, extortion, gambling and fraud. He was sentenced to 77 months in prison and was released in 2005.
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2008 Oct 3
The Great Lakes Governors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) applauded President George W. Bush for signing a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. It barred new diversions beyond the Great Lakes Basin.
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2008 Oct 28
In Serbia Miladin Kovacevic (21) was detained on suspicion that he "inflicted severe bodily harm" on Bryan Steinhauer during the fight in a bar in upstate New York last May. Steinhauer (22) only recently emerged from a coma. In 2010 prosecutors filed assault charges against Kovacevic. The beating left Steinhauer with skull fractures and a severe brain injury.
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2008 Oct 29
In upstate New York, more than 40,000 customers remained without power, a day after the season's first big snowstorm blew through the region.
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2008 Nov 8
On Long Island, NY, 7 students from Patchogue-Medford High School attacked Marcelo Lucero (38), an immigrant from Ecuador. Jeffrey Conroy (17) stabbed and killed Lucero as he struggled to defend himself. Police soon arrested the 7 teens. In 2010 Jeffrey Conroy (19) was convicted of manslaughter.
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2008 Nov 28
In New York Jdimytai Damour (34), a Long Island Wal-Mart worker, was killed after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at the suburban Valley Stream store and knocked him down. In 2009 Wal-Mart agreed to pay nearly $2 million and improve safety at its 92 New York stores as part of a deal with prosecutors that avoids criminal charges in the trampling death.
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2008 Dec 6
Martha "Sunny" von Bulow (b.1932), daughter of utilities tycoon George Crawford, died in New York. The heiress spent the last 28 years of her life in oblivion after what prosecutors alleged in a pair of sensational trials were two murder attempts by her husband. In 19082 Claus von Bulow was convicted of trying twice to kill her by injecting her with insulin at their estate in Newport, R.I. That verdict was thrown out on appeal, and he was acquitted at a second trial in 1985.
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2008 Dec 13
In New Hampshire 370,000 customers still had no electricity following a huge ice storm. Utility crews worked through a night of hand-numbing cold in the Northeast but they still had a long way to go before restoring power to all of the more than 1 million homes and businesses blacked out by the storm. Most of the outages were in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York.
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2008 Dec 31
In Brazil Christian Wolffer (70), owner of the Wolffer Estate winery, bled to death after suffering two deep cuts on his back while swimming on New Year's Eve near the colonial town of Paraty, about 150 kilometers (100 miles) west of Rio de Janeiro. A man suspected of piloting a motorboat that struck and killed Wolffer was detained on Jan 4.
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2009 Jan 4
In Syracuse, NY, Shawn Rhines (15) killed public works department employee Casimir Snyder (47). Police later said Ja-Le Johnson and Rhines would often hang out in an attic across the street and shoot target practice with rifles from a window. Police recovered two rifles from the attic. Rhines confessed and faced 10 years to life in prison.
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2009 Jan 23
Gov. David Paterson picked Democratic US Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to fill New York's vacant US Senate seat, a day after Caroline Kennedy abruptly withdrew from consideration.
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2009 Jan 23
Joseph Bruno (79), former majority leader of the New York Senate, was indicted on federal corruption charges.
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2009 Jan 26
Nicholas Cosmo, founder of Agape World Inc., was arrested for running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of an estimated $370 million. His Long Island, NY, firm promised profits of 48-80% a year.
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2009 Feb 12
A commuter plane, Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., coming in for a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo, sparking a fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the home. It was the nation's first fatal crash of a commercial airliner in 2 1/2 years. Historian Alison Des Forges (66), prominent human rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was among the victims of the crash.
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2009 Feb 12
In New York Aasiya Hassan (37) was found beheaded at the Bridges TV offices. Muzzammil Hassan, founder and CEO of Buffalo, NY-based Bridges TV, was charged after reporting the death of his wife. He had launched Bridges in 2004 with a mission to show Muslims in a more positive light. Muzzammil Hassan, who pleaded that he was a victim of spousal abuse, was convicted on Feb 7, 2011.
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2009 Feb 14
In Canandaigua, New York, Kimberly and Christopher Glatz were killed at their home. Mary Silliman (23) was slain along with Randall Norman (41) a motorist who intervened when he saw her being roughed up in the parking lot in a pre-dawn attack outside Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. In August Frank Garcia, a nursing supervisor, was convicted of the Glatz killings and faced another trial for the Brockport killings. On Sep 1 Garcia was sentenced to life in prison.
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2009 Feb 25
The FBI arrested money managers Paul Greenwood (61) of North Salem, NY, and Stephen Walsh (64) of Sands Point, NY, on charges of conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud. They ware accused of misappropriating at least $553 million.
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2009 Mar 2
A massive late winter snow storm roared out of the Southeast and into the Northeast overnight, idling hundreds of flights and making the morning rush treacherous as motorists contended with nearly a foot of snow in spots. Some 950 flights were canceled at the three main New York area airports, an almost 300 canceled in Philadelphia.
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2009 Mar 17
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said AIG, the troubled insurance giant, paid bonuses of $1 million or more to 73 employees, including 11 who no longer work for the company.
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2009 Mar 19
Howard Feldman (67), an American psychiatrist, was arrested in the Philippines on charges of tricking an upstate New York couple into wiring him $70,000 for a bogus liver transplant, that the husband died waiting for. Feldman has been on the run since 2001.
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2009 Mar 19
In New York Hank Morris, a political advisor, and David J. Loglisci were indicted on allegations of extracting improper fees in exchange for investments from New York state’s pension fund.
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2009 Mar 24
New York’s Gov. David Paterson ordered layoffs that could total over 4% of state workers after unions refused concessions.
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2009 Apr 3
In Binghampton, NY, Jiverly Wong (41) barricaded the back door of a community center with his car and then opened fire on a room full of immigrants taking a citizenship class, killing 13 people before apparently committing suicide. Officials the next day said the man, believed to be Vietnamese immigrant, was depressed and angry over losing his job and about his poor English skills.
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2009 Apr 6
Andrew Cuomo, NY state’s attorney general, filed a civil suit against J. Ezra Merkin, a New York philanthropic leader and former chairman of GMAC, on allegations that he betrayed hundreds of investors by repeatedly lying to them about how he invested their money. Merkin had funneled $2.4 billion from universities and nonprofit organizations into the firm of Bernard Madoff, now in jail for running a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme.
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2009 Apr 29
In New York Teresa Tambunting of Scarsdale was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Prosecutors said she had stolen over $12 million in gold over six years from the Queens jewelry manufacturer where she worked. Police found 450 pounds of gold at her home.
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2009 May 2
Jack Kemp (b.1935), Republican politician, died of cancer at his home in Maryland. A former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, Kemp represented western NY for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.
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2009 May 12
A federal jury in New York convicted Oussama Kassir, a Lebanese-born Swede, of plotting to help Al-Qaida recruit for a weapons training post in Bly, Oregon in 1999 and for distributing terrorist training manuals over the Internet. On Sep 15 Kassir was sentenced to life in prison.
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2009 May 23
It was reported that millions of bats in at least 7 US states (Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia) have died from white-nose syndrome, a fungal diseases. In 2011 the fungus Geomyces destructans was identified as the cause.
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2009 Jun
Sludge containing PCBs, released into the Hudson River between 1946-1977 by 2 General Electric plants, began to be shipped for disposal to West Texas. The sludge along 197 miles had been declared a Superfund site. Cleanup of the Hudson River began in 2009 at an estimated cost of $750 million, to be paid by GE.
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2009 Jul 14
Episcopalians meeting in Anaheim, NY, declared gays and lesbians eligible any ordained ministry.
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2009 Jul 23
Federal prosecutors arrested over 40 people in New Jersey and New York as part of a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy probe. They included New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini. Several rabbis in New York and New Jersey were also arrested. Some were accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars and of black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags.
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2009 Jul 26
In New York a car crash in Briarcliff killed 8 people including 4 children. Diane Schuler (36) was drunk and high on marijuana when she went the wrong way on Taconic State Parkway and crashed into an SUV.
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2009 Jul 28
Tony Rosenthal (b.1914), American artist and abstract sculptor, died in Southampton, NY. He created the Regent’s Cube located in the Regent’s Plaza at the Univ. of Michigan, his alma mater. Commissioned by the Class of 1965 and officially titled “Endover,” the revolving cube is one of three designed Rosenthal. It was installed on Regents’ Plaza (the open space bounded by the LS&A Building, Michigan Union and Fleming Building) in 1968. The others are at home in New York City and Miami.
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2009 Oct 8
In Arizona 21 people were taken to area hospitals with illnesses ranging from dehydration to kidney failure after being overcome while sitting in a sweat-lodge at the Angel Valley resort in Sedona. Kirby Brown (38) of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore (40), of Milwaukee died upon arrival at a hospital. On Oct 17 Liz Neuman (49) from Minnesota died from multiple organ damage. The lodge was run by self-help guru James Arthur Ray. On Feb 3, 2010, Ray was arrested on 3 counts of manslaughter. Ray was released from state prison on July 12, 2013.
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2009 Dec 7
In New York a federal jury convicted Joseph Bruno, a former NY state Senate leader, on 2 counts of corruption.
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2009 Dec 12
In New York state truck driver Thomas Wallace hit a disabled car killing Julie Stratton (33). The car was disabled after hitting a deer. On Sep 1, 2010, Wallace was sentenced to 3-9 years in prison after pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder. His laptop computer was streaming pornography when his rig hit the disabled car.
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2009
Dataminr, a New York startup, was launched to scour the Twittershphere for important events and news not yet reported by mainstream media.
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2010 Jan 21
New York State police found the body of Dean Pierson (59) in his Copake barn. They said the upstate dairy farmer had shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.
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2010 Jan 25
In New York 2 Canadian men who pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy anti-aircraft missiles and other equipment for the Tamil Tigers rebel group in Sri Lanka were sentenced to 25 years in a US prison. Thiruthanikan Thanigasalam (41) and Sahilal Sabaratnam (30) were among four men arrested in Long Island, New York, in 2006 in an FBI sting operation as they tried to buy surface-to-air missiles, missile launchers and hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles to be used against Sri Lankan forces.
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2010 Feb 4
The New York Attorney General’s filed civil charges against Bank of America and former CEO Ken Lewis for misleading investors about Merrill Lynch before it acquired the Wall Street firm in early 2009.
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2010 Feb 26
An unceasing winter storm unleashed multiple dangers across the Northeast, blasting the coast with hurricane-force winds that fanned a New Hampshire hotel fire, flooding parts of Maine, dropping 2 feet of snow on parts of New York, and cutting power to more than a million homes and businesses.
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2010 Feb 26
New York Gov. David Paterson abandoned his campaign for a full term as state governor.
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2010 Mar 8
The resignation of New York Rep. Eric Massa (50) took effect following an ethics investigation. He had earlier cited health reasons but added that Democratic House leadership forced him out due to his opposition last November to the House version of the Health Care bill.
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2010 Mar 13
A storm battered parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut with gusts of up to 70 mph.
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