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Long Island Now: Feb. 10, 2014 Live

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A quick look at today's top stories.

REGENTS BOARD WAIVES REQUIREMENTS. High school students across New York will not have to meet higher passage requirements on new, tougher state exams in order to graduate until 2022 under recommendations approved Monday by the Board of Regents.

MCCARTHY BACK TO D.C. After a seven-month leave for lung treatment -- during which time she announced that she would not be running again for office -- U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) returns to Washington, D.C. today.


DONATION JAR THEFTSuffolk County Crime Stoppers and First Precinct Crime Section officers are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the person responsible for stealing a donation jar from a convenience store in Lindenhurst.

STOLEN COSMETICS SEARCH. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Fourth Precinct Police are also seeking he public’s help to identify and locate those responsible for stealing cosmetics from a Sephora store in the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. SCPD released the following images of the suspects.
Suffolk County Police are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating two men who allegedly stole cosmetics from a Sephore store in Smith Haven Mall.  (Credit: SCPD)
by tara.conry

According to police, two men entered the store on Jan. 13 at approximately 6:50 p.m, removed assorted cosmetics from the shelves, and left without paying for the merchandise. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and calls will be kept confidential.

SNOW-REMOVAL BUDGETS. The cover story of today's paper looks at the financial strain this winter's snowstorms are putting on Long Island towns. Three have already met or exceeded their snow-removal budgets, while others are more than halfway through their coffers.


by tara.conry


STRONG STORM LOOMING. Speaking of snow, the National Weather Service said Monday that "a strong winter storm" may bring as much as 6 inches of snow or more to Long Island late Wednesday into Thursday evening. The storm's exact track, timing and intensity "are still uncertain."

DINER ASSAULT CHARGES. Two security guards were arrested, charged with assault, after police said they attacked a patron in the parking lot of a diner where they worked in Hampton Bays.

CUTTING TREE SERVICE. The lead story of today's "Our Towns" section, delves into a situation in Smithtown, where officials have urged the town zoning board to reject a six-month site plan extension request from a tree service company that has operated for at least a decade without proper approval.

by tara.conry

AIRPORT EXPANDS CUSTOMS PROGRAM.  Long Island MacArthur Airport is now able to process customs for private international flights bearing passengers who are not American citizens, expanding a program that was only for U.S. citizens flying in from abroad.

POLL. Do you think MacArthur Airport should add international flights? Vote here: http://bit.ly/1lWvTHk

Puppy of the day


Grandpa is a pitbull mix and is ready for adoption at the Islip Animal Shelter. For more information, contact 631-224-5660. View a video of him here.



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LI CELEBS' YEARBOOKS. Can you guess who this 1978 East Meadow High School graduate is? 
While attending East Meadow High School, this 1978 graduate was captain of the varsity baseball team. As a pitcher, he tied the school's record for most strikeouts in a single game. (Credit: East Meadow Public Library)
by tara.conry

View more senior portraits of celebrities who graduated from Long Island high school's here: http://bit.ly/1gILAyC

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