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And Newsday is also tracking a few other big stories today. 

COURT RULES SOME POLICE LIES ARE UNFAIR. 
New York’s highest court on Thursday ruled that although police can lie during interrogation of suspects in homicide cases, detectives can’t lie too much.

TAVARES WILL MISS REST OF SEASON. The New York Islanders have had a rough season, and it just got a lot worse. 
John Tavares will miss the rest of the NHL season due to a knee injury while playing for Canada in the Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome last night.

2 HURT IN NORTHERN STATE CRASH; PARKWAY OPEN. Northern State Parkway, between Hicksville and Jericho, reopened after it was closed for more than five hours as State Police investigated a single-vehicle accident that injured two people earlier this morning.



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SPCA OFFERS REWARD IN CASE OF ABUSED PIT BULL. Investigators have offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for throwing a male pit bull out the window of a vehicle Wednesday night in Mastic Beach.

LI NATIVE PLEADS GUILTY IN BOUNCER'S DEATH. The former Farmingville man who killed a Southampton bar bouncer in 2008 pleaded guilty Wednesday in a deal recommended by the victim's family that ensures the defendant will not spend another day in prison.

9 CHARGED WITH DEALING 'HOLLYWOOD' HEROIN. Suffolk's East End Heroin Task Force arrested nine men and charged them with dealing a highly potent form of heroin under the brand name "Hollywood," District Attorney Thomas Spota said Wednesday. 

LI DOCS CONFUSED BY HEALTH EXCHANGES. Many Long Island doctors say they are being listed on New York's health exchange plans without their knowledge, generating confusion and frustration among physicians.


EDITORIAL: HELP PORT AUTHORITY FLUSH OUT POLITICS. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shares organizational problems at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with Newsday's editorial board.

W. ISLIP MAN, 73, BANNED FROM WALKING AT SUFFOLK MALL. Anthony Arcese still walks 3 1/2 miles every morning, despite a six-month ban from his normal exercise haven, the Westfield South Shore Mall in Bay Shore. Now he walks at Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.

NYIT EXPANSION PLAN DRAWS CONCERNS. A plan to erect seven buildings on the New York Institute of Technology's Old Westbury campus has drawn concern from officials and residents in neighboring communities about traffic and noise.

REZONING PAVES WAY FOR LUXURY HOUSING. The Great Neck Village Board voted Tuesday to rezone a contaminated waterfront fuel storage site, setting the stage for a developer to build a luxury apartment complex.

DAIRY DEVELOPER CRAFTING NEW PLAN. The would-be developer of the Oak Tree Dairy in East Northport has been quietly meeting with residents and crafting a new plan he says will have fewer homes than originally proposed.


Smithtown Animal Shelter: Pets for adoption


Take a peek at a photo gallery Newsday put together of the animals up for adoption at the Town of Smithtown's Animal Shelter — open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, call 631-360-7575 or visit their website.

Sunny, pictured here on Feb. 18, 2014 at about 6 months old, is a shy kitten that likes to snuggle under the blankets and would do best in a calm household with older kids. He is a polydactyl cat with extra toes on his front paws. (Credit: Mandy Hofmockel) 

Puppy of the day: Patches


Every day, Newsday posts a video of a puppy who needs a home. Here's the latest addition.

Patches, a pit bull terrier, is ready for adoption at the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter. For more information call 516-677-5784. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz) 


Get a glimpse of Yankees and Mets spring training


Take a peek at an Instagram gallery of photos taken by Newsday photographers Thomas A. Ferrara and Alejandra Villa of the Yankees and Mets during spring training. 

Yankees spring training at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fl. (Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara) 


Hungry for something new?


Take a peek at a Newsday's photo gallery of 30 restaurants that recently opened across Long Island.

In the former Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro space, Burger Village in Great Neck has moved in with its raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat plus back-bean option for vegetarians.  

Olympics news


Bronze medalist Alex Deibold of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men's Snowboard Cross during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on Feb. 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Credit: Getty Images / Paul Gilham) 


MEDAL COUNT. The United States leads with 23 Olympic medals — 7 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze.

UP NEXT. Curious what events are coming up? Check out this Sochi Winter Olympics TV schedule.



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