AMSTERDAM, N.Y. — It was 6:28 p.m. when the phone rang that Saturday, shattering the nervous quiet that had cloaked Tom and Linda King’s home in upstate New York after word of a terrible crash hit Facebook. The woman on the line was frantic. There had been a limousine accident, she said, before passing the phone to a state police trooper. The trooper told Tom King that the limo carrying his four youngest daughters had crashed near an intersection in rural Schoharie. “’Are there any survivors?’” Tom King recalled asking. “And he said, ‘No, they were all killed.’” Four of the Kings’ seven children — Amy, Allison, Abigail and Mary — were among the dead. Three of their sons-in-law were also killed in the Oct. 6 crash that claimed a total of 20 lives. From there, the facts settled in more slowly: They were now grandparents to three orphans, a 16-month-old, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. The full impact of the … [Read more...] about ‘They aren’t coming home’: Mourning 4 daughters lost in limo crash
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Updated 12:34 pm CDT, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 In this photo provided by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, twin red pandas huddle with each other at the zoo Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Syracuse, N.Y. Belonging to an endangered species found in Asia, the male cubs, born on June 21, 2018, to the zoo's breeding pair of red pandas, mother Tabei and father Ketu, have been named Loofah and Doofah after characters in "The Land Before Time" animated dinosaur film series. (Rosamond Gifford Zoo via AP) less In this photo provided by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, twin red pandas huddle with each other at the zoo Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Syracuse, N.Y. Belonging to an endangered species found in Asia, the male cubs, ... more Photo: AP Upstate NY zoo announces birth of twin red panda cubs 1 / 1 Back … [Read more...] about Upstate NY zoo announces birth of twin red panda cubs
CLINTON, N.Y. — In the days after her son Graham hanged himself in his dormitory room at Hamilton College, Gina Burton went about settling his affairs in a blur of efficiency, her grief tinged with a nagging sense that something did not add up. She fielded requests and sympathy notes from the college, promising the dean of students a copy of his obituary “so you can see how special Hamilton was to him.” This was why his suicide “makes no sense,” she added in a puzzled aside. The next day, Burton accepted condolences from the college president, and assured him “how right a choice Hamilton was” for her son. But two weeks later, she read her son’s journal and everything changed. Graham Burton, a sophomore, wrote that he was flunking three of his four classes and called himself a “failure with no life prospects.” He had struggled to sleep, missed classes, turned in assignments late. The college had known of his difficulty, he … [Read more...] about His college saw despair. His parents didn’t, until it was too late.
KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former “Law and Order” actress Diane Neal is seeking a new role as representative of a sprawling congressional district in upstate New York, saying her long recuperation from a devastating car accident made her rethink her direction in life. The 42-year-old Neal, who portrayed Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak on “Law and Order: SVU,” said Wednesday she’s launching her active campaign for the 19th Congressional District. She moved there several years ago after a back injury put her acting career on hold, and announced her independent candidacy in February. “I’ve always been fascinated by governance and democracy,” Neal said in an interview at a diner near her home in the rural town of Hurley. “I really enjoy talking to people about ideas and policies, and what’s important. I thought I’m in a really neat position where I can do something that makes a difference. I’d be remiss if I … [Read more...] about ‘Law and Order’ actress Diane Neal seeks House seat in New York
Our picks for what to see and do in the city. Get fired up for the Big Apple Barbecue in Madison Square Park Head to Madison Square Park to try specialties from 15 pit master teams serving pulled pork, baby back ribs, smoked chicken, brisket and sausage, along with sides of biscuits, cornbread, sweets and craft beer and wine during the Big Apple Barbecue. (Vegetarian options available, too.) WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street, Manhattan INFO Free admission, food available for purchase, fast and VIP passes available ($125-$275), 212-661-6640, bigapplebbq.org Head to Barclays for Soulfrito Urban Latin Music Fest The annual festival that helped launch the careers of Pitbull and Wisin Y Yandel returns with its special combination of hip-hop and Latin music headed by Bad Bunny, pictured, currently crossing over to the pop mainstream with his appearance on Cardi B's single "I Like It," and one of … [Read more...] about NYC weekend picks