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Rob Astorino, Republican candidate for governor: An underdog with strong resolve

newsday.com — ALBANY -- Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, is running an underdog campaign against Andrew M. Cuomo with a resolve steeled by personal setbacks and political upsets. Cuomo has $20 million more in campaign funds and had a 20-point lead in recent polls in the state with a 2-to-1 Democratic voter enrollment.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s mother to run in New York City Marathon

newsday.com — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn't the only one in his family who can run. The Giants rookie speedster's mother, Heather Van Norman, will be competing in Sunday's New York Marathon. It's the first marathon for the 45-year-old Van Norman, the track and field and cross country coach at Nicholls State University who was a six-time All-American at LSU.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo runs on his record, but faces controversies

newsday.com — ALBANY -- With a knack for strategy, tactics and publicity, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has spent four years in New York's top office scoring key political victories while bruising some feelings on the political left and right with a jamming, authoritative style.

Tortoise swallows turtle pendant, may need surgery

newsday.com — MIAMI - The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant. Dr. Don Harris said the 15-pound male African spurred tortoise named Lola hadn't pooped for a month and began acting sick over the weekend.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @emersongreg: This ironic tortoise accidentally swallowed a turtle pendant, and may need surgery nwsdy.li/1vqgYUO (cc @jenearlyspeakin)

Oct 31, 2014

This ironic tortoise accidentally swallowed a turtle pendant, and may need surgery nwsdy.li/1vqgYUO (cc @jenearlyspeakin)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon denies accusation of wrongful firing

newsday.com — Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, accused of discriminating against and firing a former senior executive for having a baby out of wedlock, denied the accusations in court papers Friday. Wilpon and the Mets, also named as defendants in the lawsuit, say in the court filings that former Mets ticket executive Leigh Castergine "was treated fairly and without regard to her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave."
Oct 31, 2014

RT @jimbaumbach: Mets COO Jeff Wilpon denies accusation of wrongful firing nwsdy.li/1wPAA82

Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsdaySports: #Mets COO Jeff Wilpon denies ex-senior executive's accusation that she was fired for having a baby out of wedlock: nwsdy.li/1zn5zvL

Philip Banks III resigns from the NYPD, law enforcement official says

newsday.com — Philip Banks III, the highest ranking black member of the NYPD, is quitting his job as chief of department and resigning from the force on the eve of a promotion, according to a high-ranked law enforcement official. News that Banks, a 28-year veteran who was set to become first deputy commissioner on Monday, stunned many on the 40,000 member force.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @chayesmatthew: "'I am crying,' said the law enforcement official who asked for anonymity," sad over @NYPDChiefBanks' resignation. newsday.com/news/new-york/…

Oct 31, 2014

NYPD Chief of Police Philip Banks III resigns from the NYPD, Newsday @Newsday nwsdy.li/1u0KgxO Big blow to NYPD.Heard he's a class act

Oct 31, 2014

Philip Banks III resigns from the #NYPD, law enforcement official says, "I am crying." - @Newsday nwsdy.li/1u0KgxO

LI readings and signings, week of Nov. 2

newsday.com — Jeff Kinney speaks and signs copies of "The Long Haul," Book 9 in his "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. At 6 p.m.; tickets will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. Sunday; ticket holders must buy a book.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon's response to Leigh Castergine's lawsuit

newsday.com — RELATED ARTICLE: Mets COO Jeff Wilpon denies accusation of wrongful firing
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsdaySports: Here’s the court filing of #Mets COO Jeff Wilpon’s response to Leigh Castergine’s lawsuit: nwsdy.li/1DEnOul

Giants need to work hard to replace Jon Beason

newsday.com — The Giants know they have clarity now that linebacker Jon Beason is out for the season with the right foot injury that caused him to miss three of their first seven games. Coach Tom Coughlin talked about moving on and hoping Beason still will be a force in the locker room.

Isn't it time we stopped using the word 'girl' in a derogatory manner?

newsday.com — So what's wrong with being a girl? Why do we tell the slow boy he runs like a girl? Or the awkward pitcher that he throws like one? Why, in this day and age, is it OK to tell someone that a girl is the last thing he/she would want to be?
Oct 31, 2014

Isn't it time we stopped using the word 'girl' in a derogatory manner?: So what's wrong with being a girl? nwsdy.li/1vqOD0K

Bud Selig addresses Fox Sports 1 and MLB playoffs

newsday.com — Thanks to a Game 7 thriller and the high ratings that came with it, Fox was able to avoid the ignominy of carrying the least-watched World Series on record. But the most interesting TV development of the 2014 postseason was the migration of more key games to cable outlets, including four of the five NLCS games on Fox Sports 1.
Oct 31, 2014

Bud Selig addresses Fox Sports 1 and MLB playoffs - Newsday @Newsday nwsdy.li/1u1r3fB

Oct 31, 2014

Interesting comment from Bud Selig to @MadDogUnleashed re playoffs on FS1: newsday.com/sports/media/b… Rob Manfred (Cornell '80) on the case now.

Umberto's Pizzeria to donate to St. Jude's in honor of Giants' Michael Strahan

newsday.com — Giants Sports * Football The Giants say they'll have approximately 100 former players in attendance for Monday night's game against the Colts to help honor Michael Strahan as he receives his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony. But the festivities won't be limited to MetLife Stadium.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @KMart_LI: "Umberto's to donate to St. Jude's in honor of Giants' Michael Strahan" >> RT @CoastalAdvisors: RT@michaelstrahan http://t.co…

Oct 31, 2014

"Umberto's to donate to St. Jude's in honor of Giants' Michael Strahan" >> RT @CoastalAdvisors: RT@michaelstrahan newsday.com/sports/footbal…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsdaySports: If u like #pizza, and u like helping kids, then u'll want to see what Umberto's is doing with @michaelstrahan nwsdy.li/1rGh5cB

Derek Fisher's adjustments worked in win over Cavaliers

newsday.com — The Knicks weren't the only ones who bounced back from their first game. Their first-time coach did, too. Derek Fisher removed Amar'e Stoudemire from the starting lineup against the Cavaliers and replaced him with Quincy Acy. Jason Smith started at center in the second half instead of Samuel Dalembert.

Majority of New Yorkers back Cuomo's Ebola actions

newsday.com — Most New Yorkers approve of the way the governor has handled the Ebola issue and an overwhelming majority support a mandatory 21-day quarantine for anyone who has come in contact with an Ebola patient, according to a poll published yesterday.

Judge dismissed two embezzlement counts against Sampson

newsday.com — A federal judge in Brooklyn on Friday said she would dismiss two embezzlement counts against state Sen. John Sampson, the former Democratic Senate minority leader who still faces charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and evidence tampering.

Cuomo hammers Astorino, Republicans: They 'cooperate with no one'

newsday.com — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stuck to broad themes as he kicked off a three-city upstate tour Friday, urging Democrats to turn out on issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and gun control while painting Republicans as obstructionists and "ultraconservatives."

Nassau passes ban on waste products from fracking

newsday.com — Nassau County this week joined Suffolk in banning the use and sale of liquid waste from hydraulic fracturing within its borders, effectively creating an islandwide ban of the substance.

J.K. Rowling reveals inspiration for 'Harry Potter' character Dolores Umbridge

newsday.com — LONDON - Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NewsdayEnt: .@jk_rowling: "Harry Potter's" Dolores Umbridge based on a real person I "disliked intensely" nwsdy.li/1voFndi pic.twitter.com/emnL28x9AU

Oct 31, 2014

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Islanders shuffle lines after shutout loss in Denver

newsday.com — SAN JOSE - Jack Capuano said he didn't find too much wrong with his team's play the past two games except, of course, the results. The coach still decided to shuffle his forward lines ahead of tonight's game here with the Sharks, a natural response to Thursday's 5-0 clunker of a loss to the Avalanche in Denver that marked the ugliest moment of the season.
Oct 31, 2014

Islanders shuffle lines after shutout loss in Denver nwsdy.li/1wPG0Qm