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Mom: Damage to 'Super Ty' statue in Long Beach takes away 'a piece of my heart'

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 01:46
The Magnolia Playground statue of 5-year-old Ty Campbell, who died nine years ago from a cancerous brain tumor, was damaged earlier this month and the boy's mother hopes to return soon to Long Beach to check on the likeness of her son.

Active storm season forecast with possible La Nina pattern emerging

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 00:12
Colorado State University says 20 named storms could arise, up from the 18 previously predicted. Long Island likely won't be affected as much as other parts of the country, experts said.

Elevated bacteria levels close Suffolk beaches, officials say

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 23:31
Bathing in bacteria water can "result in gastrointestinal illness" and "infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat," said Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. Gregson Pigott.

Witness: Medical community accepted opioid makers' 'misleading' campaign

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 23:20
The trial in the lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors went forward the same day the CDC announced that more than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, the highest number ever recorded.

Camp bus driver charged with DWI after hitting vehicles, fleeing, police say

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 23:11
Police said day campers and a camp counselor were aboard the bus when the accidents occurred.

Smith Point Outer Beach closed to vehicles due to unfledged piping plover chicks

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 22:34
Piping plovers are considered a threatened species under federal guidelines and endangered in New York State.

Suffolk Police Chief of Patrol Robert Brown retiring, department says

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 22:18
The department has seen a number of departures from its leadership ranks this year, including former Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, who left in May for a job as head of security at Hofstra University.

Long Island weather: High heat and humidity Thursday, Friday

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 22:10
The heat advisory affects all of Long Island and could last until Saturday.

LI's oldest FDNY firefighter honored

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 21:56
Chester Moscicki, the oldest member of the FDNY Fire Association, described the day as "overwhelming."

77 former patients sue ex-LI pediatrician over alleged abuse

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 19:54
The claims against Stuart Copperman were filed a month before the expiration of a look-back window provided by the state to allow child victims of sexual assault to file lawsuits.

Cops seek drivers, family seeks answers after fatal crash on Southern State

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 02:15
State police say Richard A. Riggs lost control of his vehicle in a collision after a pair of SUVs, one stolen, attempted to pass him and another vehicle near Exit 38. His family spoke with Newsday about their devastation.

Lawyers for opioid makers challenge addiction expert's testimony

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 00:55
Under cross-examination, Dr. Anna Lembke acknowledged that she has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars as an expert witness for plaintiffs suing opioid makers.

Smithtown names two new members, one critical of school district's diversity work, to anti-bias task force

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 22:57
The Smithtown Town Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to appoint two new members to the town anti-bias task force. One of the new members said at a board of education meeting that the school district's diversity work was a cover for teaching critical race theory.

Former Amityville superintendent leaves district with $230G settlement

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 22:39
The Amityville Board of Education agreed to pay former Superintendent Mary Kelly a $114,000 lump sum and contribute to her retirement account as part of a settlement agreement that called for Kelly to resign, according to documents obtained by Newsday.

'I am a miracle': Wyandanch grandmother shares story of COVID-19 recovery, hope

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 21:38
Doctors said Alisa White, 61, who had overcome COVID-19 and a severe bout of potentially life-threatening pancreatitis, had a 10% chance of survival.

Stargazer sculpture that marks gateway to Hamptons not a sight for travelers' sore eyes

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 21:21
The art piece marking the gateway to the Hamptons has not stood up to Mother Nature or to winged destroyers, which have poked holes in the wood, allowing water to penetrate, and a 2020 storm that tore off large sheaths of its signature red covering.

Driver charged with DWI after fatal collision in Melville, Suffolk police say

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 16:48
Police say the driver hit and killed a pedestrian trying to cross Broadhollow Road in Melville.

Witness: Opioid makers told doctors addiction risk was minimal 

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 15:41
A psychiatry professor testifying for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said the opioid makers' false statements to doctors helped fuel the drug epidemic.

Feds: Greenlawn woman pleads guilty in $30 million mail fraud scheme

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 01:53
Lorraine Chalavoutis, 64, pleaded guilty in federal court in Central Islip to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a scheme that prosecutors said included many elderly victims.

Remains of Long Island native found in Surfside condo collapse

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 00:53
Judy Spiegel's children posted a message on Instagram confirming their mother's death. Her son Josh remembered her as an "amazing mother and grandmother" who doted on the entire family.