Regional Briefs – February 19, 2015

New Dr. Seuss Book Found

NEW YORK – More than 20 years after his death, a new Dr. Seuss book was found and will be published, The Associated Press reported. What Pet Should I Get was written around 1960 by Theodor Geisel and features the same characters as the classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

N.J. Politician Returns Months After Quitting Post

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – A month after leaving his county freeholder office due to Crohn’s disease, Joseph Howarth announced Wednesday he will run for state Assembly, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He says he underwent surgery and is much better.

Teen Saved After Slipping Into Icy Bay Waters

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – A girl was rescued from icy waters in the Sandy Hook Bay on Tuesday, the Asbury Park Press reported. The 14-year-old was walking with a friend along the bay when she fell in. She spent about 20 minutes in the waters where the temperature was below 30 degrees.

NYC Expecting More Sub-Zero Temperatures

NEW YORK – Real feel temperatures will plunge below zero in New York City on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service predicted.

NY Site Urging Visitors to Go to Florida Crashes

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ithaca tourism office’s suggestion that freezing residents book flights to Florida ended up crashing its website Tuesday after 150,000 views, The Associated Press reported. The site said, “We surrender” and “Winter, you win.”

Schumer Sticks Up for Town in Zip Code Push

HALFMOON, N.Y. – Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday held a press conference to help a tiny upstate village split among four Zip codes. Halfmoon residents have been asking the U.S. Postal Service for their own code for decades.

De Blasio: NYC to Grow Hotter, Wetter, Stormier

NEW YORK – A new climate report released Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio finds temperatures and sea levels projected to rise between 4.1 and 5.7 degrees by the 2050s. The sea level may rise 11 to 21 inches and annual precipitation by 11 percent.