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If you bought a Take 5 lottery ticket in Rockville Centre on Thursday, double-check it. 

You might just be $75,590 richer.

NYS wrestling championship live coverage

Long Island is sending 88 wrestlers to compete in the New York State wrestling championships this 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 are in Albany covering the matches, tweeting results and updates for Long Island wrestlers and providing other developments from the mats. Follow the results in Newsday's live chat.
Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville takes Tom Repalone of Connetquot down in the 126-pound weight class on Dec. 20, 2013. (Credit: Bob Sorensen) 

Weekend plans?

Family-friendly events: From celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday to enjoying "The Wizard of Oz," Snow White, Hercules and more, you can find plenty of activities happening on Long Island. Here are our top five picks.

Over 21: Sessions in the Speakeasy — Beer historian Tom Acitelli will illustrate the real-life unfolding of the craft beer revolution at Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport at 6:30 p.m.

For everyone: The Pet Expo comes to Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood this weekend. From Friday to Sunday, pets of all kinds will be parading around campus. Just remember to bring a leash with you along with your pet.


Starting this weekend, we'll be bringing you coverage of St. Patrick's Day festivities across Long Island.

But! We really want to see YOUR photos, so be sure to use the #LiStPats when capturing your St. Patty's memories on Instagram and Twitter. Your photos could be featured at 

LI chef harvests sea salt from North Fork waters

Harvesting isn't an unusual sight on Long Island's fertile North Fork, unless you happen upon Scott Bollman at work. Bollman scoops water from the ocean for his business, the North Fork Sea Salt Co., a line of artisanal salts, that he runs with his wife, Kassata. Read Josh Stewart's Newsday article.

Check out the video: Creating sea salt on the North Fork

Scott and Kassata Bollman of Southold run North Fork Sea Salt, a sea salt-making business. Scott, an owner and chef at Bruce's Cheese Emporium, uses the salt in his restaurant too. The young married couple create the salt from water harvested on the North Fork.

MOVIES: Oscars best picture category full of surprises for 2014

There are always a few surprises in the best picture Oscar nominees. For starters, this year's list is once again an odd-numbered nine, not a ten. Here's Rafer Guzman's brief run-down of this tough-to-call race.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave" (Credit: AP) 

Top stories

OHEKA OWNER HAD RECENT CLASH WITH EX-BIZ PARTNER. Long Island developer Gary Melius, who survived an assassin's bullet Monday, has recently been embroiled in a legal feud over control of a company that makes ignition locking devices designed to curb drunken driving.

PSEG POWER SUPPLY CHARGE TO INCREASE AGAIN. Already high electric costs are set to increase again next month as the power supply charge portion of bills jumps 6 percent to its highest recorded level.

POLICE: TEEN THREATENED COP ON FACEBOOK. A Glen Cove man used Facebook to send two threatening messages to the policeman who impounded his car, daring him to meet so he could be served "Hawaiian punch," Glen Cove police said Thursday.

NO DEAL REACHED IN LIRR UNION MTA TALKS. What was scheduled to be a two-day negotiating session between the MTA and the Long Island Rail Road unions ended in less than four hours Thursday with no resolution, but with new proposals from both sides, officials said. 

MASSAPEQUA SCHOOL REPORTS MRSA INFECTION. A student at Massapequa High School has been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to some common antibiotics, school officials said.

LI DEER CULL ADVANCES AS JUDGE KILLS CHALLENGE. Opponents of a plan by the Long Island Farm Bureau to use federal sharpshooters to thin the deer herd on eastern Long Island are licking their wounds after a State Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit to block part of the hunt.

A North Massapequa family had their hearts broken this Valentine’s Day when their dog, Cody, ran away. But after 13 days without their 8-year-old labradoodle, the Donovans were reunited Thursday with their furry companion.

Kerry Donovan, 52, of North Massapequa, and his sons — Michael, 14, and Matthew, 17, — are reunited with their labradoodle, Cody, at the Oyster Bay Town Animal Shelter on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 13 days after their dog went missing. (Credit: Tara Conry) 

GLEN COVE COUNCIL CHANGES BENEFIT RULES. The Glen Cove City Council has lengthened the time nonunion employees need to work in government in order to receive retirement health insurance coverage — to 10 years from five.

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