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The Senate Majority Coalition named Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) New York State chair of the committee on Infrastructure and vice chair of the committee on transportation, according to a press release.

VIDEO - Puppy of the day: Simba

Simba is a young terrier who is available for adoption at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. For further information, call (516) 883-7900, ext. 272. For more on Simba, check out Chuck Fadely's video on Newsday.

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PTA PRESIDENT 'DEVASTATED' OVER SCHOOL CLOSURE TALKS. More than 400 Sachem parents and others jammed a middle school auditorium Wednesday night to get their first news of proposed school closings in Long Island's second-largest district — including an advisory committee's findings that the system could shut two elementary buildings without loss of educational quality.

Audience members listen to a presentation on possible school closings during the meeting of the Sachem school board at Samoset Middle School on the evening of Feb. 26, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) 

23 YEARS FOR 23-YEAR-OLD DRUG DEALER. A Suffolk judge rejected a defense argument that a Farmingville man was merely an unsophisticated drug dealer who shot at a police officer out of panic, as he sent the defendant to prison for 23 years.

SOURCE: MELIUS SHOOTING ORGANIZED, USED TWO CARS. Suffolk County investigators have reviewed dramatic surveillance video of a masked, hooded person shooting Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius that shows two vehicles cops believe may have been involved.

Happy 112th Birthday John Steinbeck!

Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck wears earphones as he rides in an Army helicopter over the central Vietnamese Highlands. The author came to Vietnam in 1967 and '68 to write a series of dispatches for Newsday. (Credit: AP) 

AUTHOR GETS GOOGLE DOODLE HONORS. The team at Google has dedicated the “Doodle” on its homepage Thursday to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

$63M POLICE CONTRACT CLEARS SUFFOLK COMMITTEE. A new contract for Suffolk County police brass with an estimated cost of $63 million through 2018 was approved unanimously by a committee Wednesday and will go to the full county legislature on Tuesday.

This file photo shows the detective shield and patch of the Suffolk Police Department on Oct. 26, 2009 in Yaphank. (Credit: Newsday / Danielle Finkelstein) 

WESTBURY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PIT BULL NEGLECT CASE. A Westbury man pleaded guilty Wednesday to an animal cruelty charge stemming from the neglect of a pit bull-mix dog last year.

TORAHS RESCUED FROM LONG BEACH TEMPLE FIRE. Long Beach firefighters helped prevent damage to several cherished Torah scrolls Wednesday as they fought a two-alarm fire at Temple Beth El of Long Beach, fire officials said.

WARD TECH STUDENTS GET HEAD START ON VETERINARY CAREERS. Students in the animal science program at H.B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead get a taste of what it's like to be a veterinarian.

Rachel Gorga, 16, left, of Manorville, and Ana Figueroa, 18, of Hampton Bays, measure the vitals of Breezy, a 6-year-old Samoyed, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The two are students in the animal science program at H.B. Ward Technical Center in Riverhead. (Credit: Tara Conry) 

SCHOOL'S HOMECOMING GENDER POLICY SPARKS PROTEST. An hourlong protest Wednesday against the Central Islip school board's decision not to adopt a policy setting the gender of homecoming kings and queens drew shouts from students in the high school building and prompted a teacher to confront the group on their behalf.

 Bishop Donald Hudson, center, joins with other protesters as they carry signs outside of Central Islip High School in Central Islip, Feb. 26, 2014. The protest was in response to Central Islip's school board's decision not to implement a policy pertaining to the election of homecoming king and queen. (Credit: Ed Betz)

'CRISIS' PROMPTS FUNDS FOR VILLAGE ROADS. Amityville trustees Monday night agreed to spend as much as $20,000 for emergency road repairs set to start immediately.

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GROUP DESIGNATES SITE IN SETAUKET AS HISTORIC. The state's top preservation group has designated an American Indian and African-American neighborhood in South Setauket as an endangered historic site. The group will announce the designation of the Bethel Christian Avenue-Laurel Hill Historic District at a ceremony Friday. It will add the site to its "seven to save" list of most threatened resources.

FEATURED EVENT: You're in for a treat this weekend!

Long Island's Chocolate World Expo at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read about flowing chocolate fountains and varieties of delicious desserts in Jim Merritt's ExploreLI article.  

A vendor makes chocolate-covered strawberries at the 2013 Chocolate World Expo held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City in February 2013. (Credit: Chuck Fishman) 

PHOTOS: Long Island's cheerleading and kickline teams

The kickline squad from John Glenn High School in Elwood competes at the Long Island Kickline Association Invitational Championship on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Uniondale High School. (Credit: Newsday/Tara Conry) 

VIDEO: Sampling a veterinarian's daily life

Long Island Animal Science Students from Eastern LI Academy of Applied Technology track a day's routine with Dr. Jack Heller on Feb. 26, 2014, assisting the Westhampton Beach Animal Hospital vet with examinations and gaining hands-on experience. Take a look at Chris Ware's video.

FOODIE: 61 Cheap Eats to try on LI

At Wild Rose Bar & Grill in Farmingdale, order the Turkey burger (pictured), Mediterranean salmon salad, chicken Parmigiana, skirt steak sandwich. (Credit: Jeremy Bales) 

SPORTS: NYS wrestling championship live coverage

Long Island is sending 88 wrestlers to compete in the New York State wrestling championships Friday and Saturday in Albany. Of that group, 58 will take aim at a Division I title, while the remaining 30 will try to become the first Long Islander to win a Division II state title.

Newsday's @Gregg_Sarra, @GeneMorris and @AndySlawson will be there to cover the matches. They'll be tweeting the results and updates for all Long Island wrestlers, plus other developments from the mats. Follow the results in our live chat beginning around 10 a.m. Friday.

Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone of Connetquot down in the 126-pound weight class on Dec. 20, 2013. (Credit: Bob Sorensen)  

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