Regional Briefs – April 15, 2018

103-year-old Shows Up for College Alumna Reunion

NEW YORK – Florence Zimmerman showed up for a Hunter College reunion Saturday — at age 103, The Associated Press reported. The retired NYC judge joined former students at the Upper East Side school and was presented with a framed photo of herself as a student. She says Hunter prepared her “very, very well” for life.

College Pres. Resigns Over Claim He Plagiarized Thesis

GENEVA, N.Y. – The president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges resigned Friday after an anonymous email to media outlets accused him of plagiarizing part of his dissertation, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Gregory Vincent wrote his thesis at UPenn.

Audit Finds Check-off Funds Not Distributed Promptly

ALBANY – Despite a law three years ago to get tax refund check-off donations to charitable causes quicker, $16 million still haven’t been distributed to designated recipients, according to an audit Thursday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. There are 15 check-offs.

Car Thief’s Escape Foiled by Flat Tire

GLOUCESTER, N.J. – A thief who stole an unlocked car from a coffee shop Thursday night was captured after the vehicle got a flat tire, The Associated Press reported. Kasien Wolf, 19, escaped a police chase, but a passing driver notified police when he was seen walking away from a car with a flat tire.

Tossed Convictions Spur Action From Attorney General

TRENTON – New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Friday he would look into more cold cases after two men’s convictions in a 1993 murder were thrown out, The Associated Press reported. He said it was important “the public have confidence in the work that we do.”