Regional Briefs – October 22, 2014

America Says No to Cappuccino Potato Chips

NEW YORK – America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored potato chips, Pepsi said on Tuesday. Instead, 1 million people voted in more than a dozen countries for Wasabi Ginger in a contest to create a new flavor, beating out coffee and two other finalists. The winner, nurse Meneko Spigner McBeth of New Jersey, will get $1 million or a percentage of annual sales, whichever is larger.

Professor Who Stole Lawn Signs to Tutor Students

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Princeton professor who stole 21 lawn signs will give 120 hours of tutoring to have the charges dismissed, The Times of Trenton reported. John Mulvey will teach students finance and computer science.

NY Health Workers Get Ebola Education

NEW YORK – Several thousand New York healthcare workers were educated about Ebola, Tuesday, in Manhattan. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the session. Cuomo said the state will be better prepared than Dallas.

Feds: We’ll Fix Confederate Soldier’s Gravestone

ELMIRA, N.Y. – Veterans Affairs officials said they will make an exception and correct a Confederate soldier’s gravestone that was inscribed with the wrong name after he died at a New York POW camp 150 years ago, the Star-Gazette reported. A new headstone was ordered for Pvt. Franklin Cauble, who was buried under the last name of his friend, Pvt. Franklin Cooper.

15 of 42 NYC School Superintendents Replaced

NEW YORK – New York City’s schools chancellor moved to revamp the system, replacing as of Tuesday 15 of 42 school superintendents, the Daily News reported. Carmen Farina told superintendents in July they’d need to reapply for their jobs. All those who remain meet her new minimum requirements of at least 10 years of experience, including three as a principal.

Detainee Was Involved In Whopping 51 Burglaries

MINEOLA, N.Y. – A Long Island man on Monday admitted to his leading role in high-tech burglaries. The crew stole $10 million in cash and goods from 51 homes and businesses across Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

Cuomo Abolishes 36 Inactive Gov’t Agencies

ALBANY – The size of New York government is now a little smaller with the elimination of 36 agencies. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said they had either accomplished their goals or were never officially established. Two of the agencies are industrial developments for Spring Valley and New Square.

NJ Police Car Videos Deemed Public Records

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A New Jersey judge has determined that videos routinely captured by cameras mounted in police cars are public records since they are required by police agencies, The Associated Press reported. This means authorities cannot withhold them, even if they affect investigations.

NY to Require CPR Training in High School

ALBANY – New York State will require high schools to train students in CPR and the use of automatic defibrillators, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday directing the education commissioner to come up with a curriculum. The classes will take as little as 30 minutes.