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MIRACLE DOG LOOKING FOR HOME: Miracle, the Lhasa apso dog found inside a Dumpster in West Islip on Christmas Eve, will be up for adoption later this week. The dog has been recovering at the Islip Town Animal Shelter, which will hold a press conference Wednesday to update the public on Miracle's condition and the process for those interested in adopting her. 

UFC LIVE STREAM. Don't miss the UFC Fight Night live stream of fight-week events from Duluth, Ga. starting at 4 p.m. today. Long Island's Costas Philippou headlines the card against Luke Rockhold. Follow Newsday's Mark LaMonica @LaMonicaMark

Newsday's Sarah Armaghan was at Islip's Industrial Development Agency meeting earlier. Check out a round-up of her tweets. 

On the agenda

A look at local meetings taking place today.

NORTH HEMPSTEAD SOLAR ARRAY. The North Hempstead Town Board will hold a special hearing tonight to discuss adding solar panels at two old landfills. The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Follow Jennifer Barrios’ Twitter updates: @Barrioscq 

SOUTHAMPTON SPECIAL EVENTS. The Southampton Town Board will hold a public hearing today on a proposed change in special events permits that would ban two or more special events under the same permit and would increase maximum fines. The 1 p.m. meeting will be held in Town Hall at 116 Hampton Rd. Check Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates: @eastwatch.

BETHPAGE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION: The Long Island Regional Planning Council met at 10 a.m. The agenda includes a presentation on the Grumman/Bethpage groundwater contamination by council member Anthony Sabino, a lawyer who formerly represented the Bethpage Water District, and Dennis Kelleher, president of Water Resources Division of H2M. Also, the council discussed the Ronkonkoma HUB.


Here's a look at today's top local stories.

COURT UPHOLDS MTA TAX: New York’s top court upheld the controversial MTA payroll tax as constitutional Tuesday, dismissing an appeal by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.

HAT LINKS SUSPECT TO 3 HEISTS: A suspect being sought in a string of Nassau County bank robberies has been linked to the crimes by a particular detail, police said: He wears a Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap.

PROBE EYES NY TERRORIST TIES: Authorities are investigating a handful of people with ties to the New York City area who may have received overseas training by al-Qaida-affiliated extremist groups before returning to the United States, according to law enforcement officials who have knowledge of local and federal counterterrorism efforts.

FREEPORT SHOOTER SURRENDERSA Hempstead man wanted in a Freeport shooting surrendered to Nassau County police Monday -- the same day a friend told him that he was identified in a Crime Stoppers alert, First Squad detectives said.

BANK WORKERS HELP NAB ROBBERY SUSPECTA 31-year-old Queens man was arrested and charged in connection with two December bank robberies after police said alert employees of a Merrick bank called to report he acted suspiciously before leaving their bank Monday -- without conducting a transaction.

VIDEO GAME THIEF SOUGHT: Suffolk County police and Crime Stoppers are looking for a man who in December stole video games from a Farmingville department store and then when confronted threw the items at an employee, police said Tuesday.

BANK ROBBER WANTEDNassau County police are asking the public's help in catching the man they said robbed a Capital One Bank branch on Franklin Avenue on Monday in Garden City.

A-ROD SUES. The main cover story of today's Newsday looks at a lawsuit field by suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. 

by tara.conry

Today's cover also features stories about a rejected plea deal for a Coram man who allegedly ran down a woman jogging in Mount Sinai, and the settlement of an 8-year federal anti-discrimination lawsuit filed by nine Latino residents against the Village of Farmingdale.

FLOOD PREVENTION. The lead story of today's "Our Towns" section examines a valve pilot program recently started in the Town of Babylon to address flooding issues that have persisted for decades. 

by tara.conry

Top tweets

See what Newsday and its reporters are tweeting about today.

Time Capsule

From Newsday’s archives.

Performer Spalding Gray goes missing (Published on Jan. 14, 2004)

Spalding Gray, the one-man performance artist who had endured his mother's suicide, severe bouts of depression and a 2001 car accident that left him with a fractured skull, remained unaccounted for, more than 48 hours after he was reported missing on Jan. 11, 2004. Police and relatives, who were searching for the 62-year-old actor-author on the East End and in Manhattan, were especially concerned for Gray's well-being because he had twice attempted suicide two years prior to going missing. In March 2004, Gray's body was pulled from the East River. It is believed that Gray jumped off the Staten Island Ferry.

Newsday photo/Ari Mintz | Performance artist Spalding Gray in his SoHo loft. (Oct. 24, 1996) 
by brittany.wait


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