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Earlier, Newsday reporter David Schwartz covered a public hearing of the Suffolk County Legislature, which is considering raising the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products from 19 to 21. Here are his Twitter updates.


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UPDATE: SMITHTOWN RESIDENTS: 'HONOR OUR VOTES' FOR OUSTED VECCHIO, NOWICK. More than 100 Smithtown residents gathered Tuesday afternoon on the steps of town hall to request that the acting, three-member town board immediately reappoint Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick.


Olympic skier Devin Logan, who grew up in both Baldwin and Oceanside before moving to Vermont, won a silver medal for Team USA Tuesday in women's slopestyle skiing. Her win prompted these reactions.


Reporter Jaime Sumersille was at Washington Rose Elementary School in Roosevelt today, where Harlem Globetrotters star dunker Hawk Thomas was using his signature moves to teach students about bullying prevention. Scroll through the gallery below to see her live tweets.

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A quick look at today's top stories.

EXCLUSIVE: LI NURSING HOME SUED. A Medford nursing home is accused of putting its most vulnerable residents at risk with "reckless cuts of medication, staff and supplies," even causing death, state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a civil suit filed Monday.

TEENS FACE ROBBERY CHARGESThree Uniondale teenagers robbed four people of cellphones and cash in little more than a half-hour Monday, Nassau County police said.

TEACHER FACING RAPE CHARGES. Testimony continued today in Riverhead in the trial of Jonathan Elsalam, a former Bellport High School teacher accused of having an affair with an underage student. Elsalam has been charged with two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, and could be sentenced to a maximum of 2 2/3 to 8 years in prison if he is convicted. 

REGENTS EASES REQUIREMENTS. The main cover story of today's Newsday looks at a move by the New York State Board of Regents to ease some testing and evaluation requirements for students and teachers.

by tara.conry

SMITHTOWN WITHOUT SUPERVISOR. Also on the cover, longtime Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio has been removed from his post as a result of not filing paperwork. 

HIRING POLICE COMMISH ON HOLD. Today's cover also draws attention to Newsday columnist Joye Brown's analysis of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's decision to hold on hiring a new police commissioner. 

COPS: TEENS FIRED BB GUN AT CARS. Two Centereach teens were arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a vandalism spree dating to last month, police said.

HOPE FOR EYESORE. The lead story of today's "Our Towns" section looks at a potential plan to develop a vacant lot in Bay Shore that residents consider an eyesore.

by tara.conry

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LI KICKLINE, CHEER SQUADS. Check out photos of Long Island's high school kickline and cheerleading teams in action including some shots from Sunday's Long Island Kickline Association Invitational Championship. 

by tara.conry


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