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

July 30, 2018

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — The National Comedy Center opening in August is part museum, part hall of fame and part video arcade, letting visitors move through displays of comedic artifacts to more than 50 immersive exhibits. The nonprofit center in Jamestown, New York, was inspired by the town’s biggest hero, Lucille Ball, who envisioned a place where comedy would be celebrated as an art form. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 753 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 217 words, photo.


— NEW YORK GOVERNOR-ABORTION FUNDING: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising to sue the federal government if the Trump administration follows through on a plan to block funding for health providers who refer patients for abortions.

— LINCOLN TUNNEL BOTTLENECK: Motorists who commute into New York through the Lincoln Tunnel have less than three weeks before the beginning of lane closures on the heavily traveled tunnel approach.

— FATAL CRASH-CHARGES: A New York man faces a vehicular homicide charge after an accident on Interstate 80 killed a passenger in his car.

— LAKE DROWNING: Police in upstate New York say a 34-year-old man has drowned in lake over the weekend.

— LAKE-FATAL BOAT CRASH: Authorities are using marine patrols to again block off an Adirondack lake’s bay popular with boaters to prevent a party from happening.

— NEW YORK STATE-TOURISM: New York officials say the state had nearly 244 million visitors in 2017, helping boost the state’s tourism industry to record levels for total visitation, economic impact and direct spending.

— GORGE FALL-DEATH: Authorities say a man hiking in western New York’s Zoar Valley slipped and fell 70 feet to his death over the weekend.

— FESTIVAL ARRESTS: Police in Rochester say 20 people have been arrested after the city’s annual Puerto Rican Festival ended.

— ADIRONDACK WATERFALLS-DROWNING: State police say a 43-year-old western New York man has drowned while swimming at a waterfall in the Adirondack Mountains.

— CRASH-DRIVER KILLED: Police have identified the driver who was killed in a one-vehicle crash on a road near Syracuse.

— SHOOTING-SYRACUSE: Police in upstate New York say a man has died after he was shot on a city street.

— LEMONADE STAND FLAP: New York’s state Department of Health has apologized to a 7-year-old while investigating why a woman who appeared to be one of its inspectors shut down his lemonade stand.

— WILD TURKEY SURVEY: A “citizen science” survey for wild turkeys is getting underway in New York state, and the Department of Environmental Conservation is asking residents to help out.

— BRONYCON ENDING: The organizers of a convention dedicated to “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” say next year will be their last, citing declining fandom activity among “bronies.”

— PLANE-BLOWN TIRE: A cargo plane made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport because of a blown-out tire.

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