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CHRISTIAN GROUP PROTESTS HOMECOMING GENDER ISSUE. A half dozen people from the Christian Leadership Coalition protested outside Central Islip High School Wednesday afternoon over the board's decision to not adopt a policy defining homecoming king and queen gender. One teacher, at the behest of students, went out to talk to the protesters. Take a look at Sarah Armaghan's Twitter updates below. Story to follow.




ANIMAL SCIENCE STUDENTS ACT AS VETS IN RIVERHEAD. Students enrolled in the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology’s animal science program provided veterinary care to more than 12 canines at the school’s classroom, and experience a day in the life of a veterinarian. Newsday's Tara Conry will have a story and photos to share on that later.





Our old friend Mr. Snow decided to visit us once again.



LIPA TRUSTEES TO VOTE ON DEBT, APPOINTMENTS. Long Island Power Authority trustees voted this morning in Uniondale on a plan to delay for two years the collection of $216.4 million in costs to settle a worker pension dispute with National Grid — a tab that will remain with taxpayers until 2025. 



Wanted for Attempted Robbery


Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating a man who attempted to rob a Port Jefferson Station convenience store on Feb. 18.

A man simulated having a gun and ordered a cashier to open the cash registers at 7-Eleven, at 500 Old Town Road, at about 3:40 a.m. After the clerk fled the store the suspect reached over the counter and tried to open the cash register, but ended up fleeing the store before any money was taken. 


The suspect was described as wearing a bulky, hooded navy blue jacket, black pants and dark shoes with white laces. He was driving a dark-colored van. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-220-TIPS.


In headlines


TEACHER ACQUITTED OF RAPE. A former Bellport High School social studies teacher was acquitted Tuesday of rape charges for having sex with an underage student but was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

LI'S YOUNG ADULTS IN 'DEMOGRAPHIC COLLAPSE.' The young adult workforce on Long Island is in "demographic collapse," especially in communities with the most expensive housing, a housing services and advocacy group said Tuesday. 

FUGITIVE LEADERS CAUGHT IN 'STAGGERING' LI OXY RING. The two fugitive leaders of a Long Island-based oxycodone ring that had been dealing "staggering amounts" of oxycodone in the metropolitan area and along the East Coast surrendered Tuesday to federal agents, officials said.


Newsday's top story


DETECTIVE: NO LEADS IN OHEKA CASTLE SHOOTING. The search for the masked, hooded gunman who fired "potentially three shots" at Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius continues early Wednesday with police saying the case is a mystery with no witnesses, suspect or motive.


FX SERIES 'THE AMERICANS' FILMS IN FREEPORT. The series, a period drama about two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple, is usually filmed in New York City. But on Feb. 18 the series filmed for a few hours on Atlantic Avenue in Freeport, village officials said.

TOWN WANTS TO CAP PAY OF TOP COPS. A majority of Amityville's trustees have signed a letter seeking to cap the pay of top-earning officers in the village police department, a move they say would save $800,000 over the four years remaining in the current contract.

HOTEL, APARTMENTS MAY REPLACE HISTORIC SITE. A Jericho developer wants to build a hotel and apartment complex on the site of a former Freeport bank building that has been vacant since the early 1980s.

Freeport is close to an agreement with a Jericho developer to redevelop the long-vacant Plaza West Bank building, left, as a hotel and residences. The flatiron-style building on the site dates to the '20s and was once the tallest building on Long Island. Right, an artist's rendering of the proposed Plaza West Building in Freeport. (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa, Rendering) 

Towns top story


TOWN HONORS LIFEGUARD'S 68 YEARS OF SERVICE. Bud Winslow was the first lifeguard hired by the Town of Oyster Bay, and he kept protecting swimmers for 68 years. The Locust Valley resident retired after last summer, and Tuesday the town board honored him with a proclamation for his long service.



VIDEO: 'Person of Interest' films in Mineola


CBS' TV series, "Person of Interest," filmed two scenes on Feb. 25, 2014, using the streets of downtown Mineola near the Nassau County executive's offices. Check out the video by Newsday's Chris Ware.

CBS's "Person of Interest" filmed two scenes on Feb. 25, 2014 in Mineola. 

PHOTOS: Long Island in the 1940s


Get a glimpse into the lives of LIers in the 1940s through this photo gallery.

Jones Beach lifeguards in 1940. (Credit: NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) 

Hungry for breakfast?


Individuality, coupled with a respect for simplicity and tradition, is what keeps a breakfast spot percolating. That's certainly true of these restaurants, which have the right ingredients to rank as top-of-the-morning kinds of places. Check out a photo gallery featuring 14 of Newsday's favorite breakfast places.

Brownstones in Amityville. A favorite on the full breakfast menu is the "as the Romans do" eggs baked with diced potatoes, prosciutto, fresh basil and shaved Parmesan. (Credit: Newsday/ Rebecca Cooney) 


Oscar-nominated films with Long Island connections


What are the odds that Long Island and the Academy Awards would go hand-in-hand? Here’s a list of 10 movies with Long Island connections that made it to the Academy’s red carpet.

"American Hustle" (2014): David O. Russell's caper comedy inspired by the FBI's so-called Abscam operation, which was based out of Hauppauge in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It's up for 10 nominations, including a supporting actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence as a volatile Long Island housewife who nearly gets her con-man husband (Christian Bale) killed by mobsters. (Credit: AP) 

FEATURED PHOTO GALLERY: You know you're from Nassau when...


Despite your New Year's Eve debauchery, you managed to trudge through or at least get out of bed to support someone in the annual New Year's Day Hangover Fun Run at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Check out Newsday's photo gallery for more photos. Send your suggestions to litowns@newsday.com. 

The 5-mile run began in 1977 with a bunch of friends starting the year off right and has grown to involve hundreds of runners. Here, Mike Ogazon, 71, of Garden City, ran on Jan. 1, 2013. (Credit: Brittany Wait) 


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Time Capsule


From Newsday's archives.

30-HOUR FUNDRAISER FOR TSUNAMI AND FAMINE VICTIMS. (Originally published Feb. 26, 2005.) Forty Long Island teenagers gave up food for 30 hours to get a taste of what the world's poorest children endure. Members of Planet Impact, a youth group of the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, took part in the annual "30-hour Famine" sponsored by World Vision, a Christian international poverty relief organization.

Members of the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle youth group pose at the Hope for the Future Ministries warehouse in Farmingdale on Feb. 25, 2005. (Credit: Bridget O'Brien) 


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