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Tappan Zee path could draw hundreds per hour, study says — On a sunny weekend afternoon, nearly 500 people an hour could show up to use a walkway across the new Tappan Zee Bridge - an estimate that could exacerbate already heightened tensions in South Nyack about the path.

See it: First concrete column of new TZ is unveiled — Ta-da! The first permanent concrete column for the new Tappan Zee Bridge has been unveiled. On Nov. 13, crews removed a mold, which is called formwork, to reveal the first of 86 piers that will eventually support the new twin span's road deck. The columns start with extra-strong steel bar cages.

A more 'social' way to find a college — College-bound high schoolers are turning to social media to help them make their pick White Plains High School senior Samantha Standard wants to major in science, and she has her sights set on a few universities, including Columbia, Duke and Northeastern. But she's taken others off her list, in part because they didn't pass the Yik Yak test.

East Ramapo do-over on Hillcrest school sale after appraiser fraud — East Ramapo officials have completed the $4.9 million sale of Hillcrest Elementary School to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group for use as a private school. The closing, on Friday, becomes the latest chapter in the thorny history of school board actions related to the former public school building, situated on nearly 12 acres on Addison Boyce Drive in New City.

Couple faces less serious charge in death of disabled girl — A New York City special education teacher and her husband now only face misdemeanor charges in the 2012 death of her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter, who was neglected for years despite a $2.1 million trust being established for her care.

Port Chester H.S. says goodbye to Joseph Touri, prays for Diana Pineda — "You never saw her without a smile." That's how a friend described Diana Pineda, the 16-year-old passenger critically injured in Friday's crash near Port Chester High School that also claimed the life of an older classmate. "I still can't believe it," Angel Salcedo, a senior, said of the deadly wreck as he stood near a growing memorial of candles and mementos Monday.

White Plains H.S students leave class to protest grand jury decision — About 200 White Plains High School students left class Tuesday afternoon to march throughout the city in protest of a grand jury's decision to not indict the officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Mahopac woman's vision is for the blind to play hockey — Mahopac resident Christine Vanturini Osika, who has lost much of her vision, is leading a push for blind ice hockey in the U.S. The former Empire State Games player, plays both the blind game and on local adult teams. She is currently working to turn Courage USA, which she helped found, into a non-profit organization.

Suspect in Yonkers dead cats case appears in court — The 60-year-old Yonkers man who authorities say admitted placing dead cats in plastic bags and hanging them in a tree briefly appeared in court Tuesday. Rene Carcamo was arrested Nov.

Delayed Thanksgiving? Follow these safety tips — The first legitimate snowfall of the season is threatening to hit the Lower Hudson Valley on none other than the night before Thanksgiving. If you're hosting and guests' plans are disrupted by the weather, you'll want a strategy in place to ensure dinner is just as dazzling, even if it's served a day or two later than anticipated.
Nov 25, 2014

The forecast for tomorrow is WHITE. My Thanksgiving food tips for a weather delayed dinner:

No indictment of officer in Michael Brown shooting — Civil rights leaders in the Lower Hudson Valley were outraged Monday after learning that the officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown was not indicted. "It's more disappointing that it really sends a message to police throughout this country that they can do whatever they want to whomever they want, especially if it happens to be African-American males," said Wilbur Aldridge, the NAACP's Westchester/Mid-Hudson regional director.
Nov 24, 2014

Ferguson: Local leaders react to grand jury decision in Michael Brown shooting case via @lohud

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Diversity in education presents opportunities, challenges for school districts — Steve White remembers well the day he made a black friend. It was 1969, and he was a third-grade newcomer to the East Ramapo school district. In a class of about 28, a boy named Washington, one of four black students, had come to White's rescue as he was getting beaten up by some of his classmates.

A requiem for a colorful Westchester character, bail bondsman Marty Rochelle — Ordinarily it is poor journalistic policy to reveal one's sources, but we are free to make an exception in the case of Marty Rochelle. Nobody more than Marty relished dropping a dime on the rascals - the self-serving pols he deemed as overly enamored with "Mr. Green," which was his oft-used euphemism for money and greed.
Nov 25, 2014

RIP Marty Rochelle, a fixture in the Westchester courthouse during my reporting days (and long before) via @lohud

Nov 25, 2014

A terrific tribute to a lifelong fixture in #Yonkers politics. Phil Reisman: Requiem for a #bailbondsman via @lohud

Nov 25, 2014

RT @lizscribe: What a tribute, worth your time: @philreisman remembers #Yonkers legend and bail bondsman Marty Rochelle

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Ferguson prosecutor's actoins peculiar, grand-jury expert argues — A Pace University professor said Tuesday that the St. Louis County prosecutors decisions and actions open him up to second-guessing. New York state chief judge Sol Wachtler once said if a district attorney wanted, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. Grand juries, Wachtler argued, serve the prosecutor and give the prosecutor what the prosecutor wants.
Nov 25, 2014

When the ham sandwich isn't indicted. Pace prof: Prosecutor in Ferguson cop case made 'peculiar' decisions.

'Mississippi Burning' activists' relatives question award — Three civil rights workers, including one from Pelham, who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @NickBaumann: President Obama issued posthumous Medals of Freedom to Schwerner, Chaney, + Goodman today:…

Nov 24, 2014

President Obama issued posthumous Medals of Freedom to Schwerner, Chaney, + Goodman today:…

Man faces 12 years for sex assault, and attempting to blow up group home — Ethan Jimenez-Colon, 23, faces 12 years in prison after admitting he repeatedly sexually assaulted a woman and tried to blow up a West Nyack group home. He admitted in court that he turned on the oven burners at 78 Demarest Road on May 29 during a rampage that included sexually abusing a 36-year-old resident.

Ossining bicyclist dies after livery cab crash in NYC, cops say — Shan Zheng, 61, was struck by the cab around 10 p.m. Monday An Ossining man biking in lower Manhattan on Monday night was struck by a livery cab and later died, New York City police said. Shan Zheng, 61, was hit by a livery cab around 10 p.m at East Houston Street and Pitt Street, police said.

Pomona mom says her late son's friends raided his room — Ellen Hansen says while she and her son's friends grieved his apparent suicide, people claiming to be his friends stole thousands of dollars worth of his personal belongings from her Pomona home. Ellen Hansen says while she and dozens of her son's friends grieved his apparent suicide, thousands of dollars worth of his personal belongings were stolen from her Pomona home.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @MichaelGMeaney: Most read story now on @lohud: #Pomona mom says late son's friends came to mourn, then raided his room. #Rockland

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Cortlandt 85-year-old last seen Monday — A search is on for an 85-year-old Cortlandt man with early onset dementia who left his home around noon Monday and has not been seen since, state police said. Michael Ward is described as white, 5' 9' tall, 130 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes, police said Tuesday.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @lohud: Cortlandt man, 85, missing since Monday - Please RT! Call 914-737-7171 if you've seen him.