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Palisades Center mall death — The 54-year-old man who fell two floors to his death at the Palisades Center lost his balance on the escalator and fell backward over the railing as his caregiver tried to grab him, Clarkstown police said Friday. After viewing the mall's surveillance video and interviewing witnesses, police determined the man's death an accident.

New law allows schools to give EpiPen, kids to use medication — New law makes it easier for schools to give kids an EpiPen injection and for students with asthma, diabetes to take own medication in school A new law will make it easier for children in New York to get lifesaving medication while they are at school.

With eye on Tappan Zee path, Nyack mulls a bike lane — Already popular with cyclists, the village is looking to become more bike-friendly. It recently received a $1.5 million grant to do just that. NYACK - The village is planning to use a $1.5-million transportation grant to make its downtown more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, with an eye toward attracting visitors from the walkway/bike path on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

What was the true cost of Rockland bus washes? — A controversy flared after Rockland County Legislator Patrick Moroney - in the name of public safety - pitched a plan to provide more money to the private operator of the county's bus fleet to cover the costs of daily exterior bus washings.
Oct 31, 2014

Did Rockland County Executive Ed Day overstate cost of county bus washes? via @lohud

Group home resident dies in fall at Palisades mall — Clarkstown police received multiple 911 calls at 10:20 a.m. reporting the incident. A man from a Rockland-area group home died Thursday morning when he fell from the third floor to the first floor of the Palisades mall. The man landed near the bank of elevators near Best Buy.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @LoHudLegal: Clarkstown cops holding news conference on group home man who died from 2-story fall at Palisades Center via @lohud

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SUNY chancellor may get big payday — Carl McCall, chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees, confirmed that Zimpher is up for a new salary because her five-year agreement has expired, but he wouldn't say what salary is being negotiated. The Albany Times-Union reported today that Zimpher could be in line for as as much as a whopping $200,000 increase -- putting her in line with the base pay of the new CUNY chancellor.

AIA design awards in Westchester, AIA Hudson chapter awards, AIA design awards, architects Westchester awards, architects Putnam awards, American Institute of Architects Westchester awards, American Institute of Architects Hudson chapter awards — Six design and construction projects in Westchester and Putnam win AIA design awards. Six design and construction projects in Westchester and Putnam have just won annual design awards from the Westchester-Hudson Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m.

WCC basketball transcript fraud prompts Concordia College to review academic record of all WCC transfers — Concordia College, reacting to Journal News investigation revealing transcript fraud among WCC basketball players, says it will look at the academic records of all its WCC transfers. Former WCC basketball player Franklin Rodriguez signed with Concordia in June but isn't currently listed on the team's roster.
Oct 31, 2014

How deep does this @NCAA and @NJCAA transcript fraud scandal go for these basketball programs?

Oct 31, 2014

Latest on @NCAA @NJCAA @sunywcc1 transcript fraud scandal. Another investigation launched: via @lohud

Oct 31, 2014

My investigation prompts Concordia College to review transcripts of all transfer students from WCC via @lohud

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Commuters weigh in on train safety — Do you feel safe on the train? Journal News reporter Ken Valenti asks commuters their opinion at the Yonkers Train station, following the release of five reports on train accidents earlier this week. (Video by Matthew Brown/The Journal News)
Oct 31, 2014

Do you feel safer on the roads or on the train? @KenV42 asked #metronorth commuters this morning…

Eric Schneiderman protects and serves New Yorkers as Attorney General — Incumbent Eric Schneiderman fights for New Yorkers, and tackles national issues, too. Opponent John Cahill, a Republican, could offer independence in a sea of Democrats. That, though, can't overshadow Schneiderman's good works. New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman doesn't limit his justice-seeking within New York borders. He's garnered national praise - and some criticism.

Poll: 82 percent back NY's Ebola quarantine policy — About eight in 10 New York adults support a mandatory 21-day quarantine of people who come into contact with Ebola patients regardless of whether they show symptoms, according to a poll released Friday. The NBC 4 NY/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll showed 82 percent of adults back the policy, which Gov.

Mercy College president to deliver keynote address at symposium — Mercy College President Tim Hall will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 National Symposium on Student Retention in Louisville, Ky, on Nov. 4. The Symposium is held every year for leaders in higher education to share best practices for student success. Hall is a recognized leader on student success.

Bridge Fund keeps people in their homes: #lohudcares — Lisa Buck, the director of The Bridge Fund of Westchester, talks about how the organization provides grants and loans to keep people in their homes. Video by Elizabeth Ganga/The Journal News

Orangetown police save man with heroin antidote — Officers responding to a call about a possible drug overdose found the man not breathing. Orangetown police used a special nasal spray Thursday evening to save a man who appeared to have overdosed on heroin or another opiod drug. Responding to a 911 call about a possible drug overdose, police said they arrived at a Nyack home shortly after 6 p.m.

Rockland County's biggest tax deadbeat is health club landlord — A health club landlord is the biggest tax deadbeat on Rockland County's Nov. 13 property auction. A health club landlord is the biggest tax deadbeat for sale at Rockland County's Nov. 13 property auction. County officials are auctioning off the 10.8-acre property where the Ramapo Athletic Training Center operates at 267 Cherry Lane in Airmont because 267 Cherry Lane Realty Corp.

WCC men's basketball team pulls out of Fla. tourney amid phony transcript probe — Westchester Community College men's basketball team has pulled out of a tournament in Florida, less than a week after The Journal News revealed that two former WCC basketball players had their NCAA Division 1 scholarships yanked because of transcript fraud.
Oct 31, 2014

WCC basketball team in transcript probe quits tournament… via @lohud

Oct 31, 2014

3 #NCAA Division I players are out in this transcript scandal. WCC pulled out of tournament. What's next? via @lohud

Oct 30, 2014

RT @LeeHiggins: Today, @QuinnipiacU confirms review of Giovanni McLean's transcript. That's the 4th NCAA DI player via @lohud

Oct 30, 2014

Interesting reporting @lohud on college sports transcript fraud. WCC men's basketball program pulls out of tournament

Oct 30, 2014

Today, @QuinnipiacU confirms review of Giovanni McLean's transcript. That's the 4th NCAA DI player via @lohud

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NY tax-freeze checks are in the mail — It's election year in New York, and there's another check in the mail. I got my Property Tax Freeze Credit for $62 on Wednesday. Next round's on me! It was the second that's landed in my mailbox within six weeks of next Tuesday's statewide election.

Sleepy Hollow's Steve Borys likes to have fun — Big, strapping Sleepy Hollow football coach Steve Borys appears menacing but is anything but. It all started because they needed a bunny. This was 11 years ago, before Eastchester High School's inaugural Film Festival. Mike Goldstein, the school's film and video production teacher, planned a short film inspired by "The Matrix" and its theme of following the white rabbit.
Oct 30, 2014

This was fun to write: @hollow_sports football coach Steve Borys anything but typecast via @lohud. @horsemenfb2014

Diversity in the Lower Hudson Valley — Westchester, Rockland and Putnam are more diverse overall but some areas remain segregated. The map below shows the Diversity Index for local census tracts - the higher the number the more diverse the area. Select the legend button in the bottom of the map to see categories.