Regional Briefs – March 10, 2015

De Blasio to Keynote Wisconsin Dems’ Convention

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio will rally Wisconsin Democrats as they look to 2016 at a Milwaukee gala on April 25, The Associated Press reported. The mayor has been building a national progressive profile.

Geography Takes Back Seat on NYC Yellow Cab Exam

NEW YORK – With GPS technology widely available, questions about local geography are taking a back seat on the exam to operate a NYC yellow cab, The New York Times reported. Exams now focus on safety, with only 10 geography questions.

Man Admits Not Giving Sandy Victims’ Promised Generators

FREEHOLD, N.J. – A Toms River man on Friday pleaded guilty for not delivering generators to two customers who paid $7,400 after Sandy, The Associated Press reported. Brian Nogiewich faces four years in prison.

Repairman Critically Injured When MRI Machine Explodes

PARAMUS, N.J. – A repairman was critically injured Friday when an MRI machine he was fixing exploded, The Record reported. The 60 animals and 100 employees at the Oradell Animal Hospital are all safe.

Syracuse Water Main Break is City’s 100th This Year

SYRACUSE – Syracuse on Wednesday dealt with its 100th water main break of the year, the Post-Standard reported. The upstate city’s aging water infrastructure averages more than one water main break a day.

Charity Report: Telemarketers Get More Than Half

ALBANY – For-profit telemarketers in New York keep more than half of the funds they raised for charities, New York’s attorney general reported. In 2013 they raised more than $302 million, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and kept about $156 million.

Court: Man Burned by Steak While Praying Can’t Sue

TRENTON – A appellate court ruled Wednesday that a man cannot seek damages for burns while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak, The Associated Press reported. The man blamed a waitress for not warning him the dish was hot, but the court said the food posed an “open and obvious” danger.