Regional Briefs – March 23, 2015

Sliding Snow Leaves Woman Pinned Under Car

STAFFORD, N.J. – Snow sliding off a car’s roof Friday caused an accident that left a woman pinned under a car, Associated Press reported. A 59-year-old woman was driving out of a hospital parking lot when snow slid onto the windshield, causing her to crash into a 66-year-old pedestrian, who was trapped under the car.

Principal Suspended for Encouraging Test Cheating

TRENTON – A school principal was suspended on Thursday for encouraging cheating on tests, NJ.com reported. A state report zeroed in on Woodbridge for the amount of wrong answers erased and corrected. Cathie Brodsky will retire on June 20.

Prep Work Moving Fast for Sullivan County Casino

MONTICELLO – Prep work is moving fast for Monticello’s casino. More than 100 acres off Exit 106 on Route 17 was cleared to build sewer, water, electricity and roads, the Times Herald-Record reported. The speed is fueled by fear of a logging ban if the long-eared bat is listed as endangered.

Dante de Blasio, Partner Claim State Debate Title

NEW YORK – A new state debate champion has a familiar name, The New York Times reported. Dante de Blasio, the mayor’s son, and his debating partner Samuel Eluto won a competition, arguing for environmental preservation. Dante and his parents celebrated with dinner at a restaurant.

De Blasio: Landlords Who Help Homeless Get Cash Reward

NEW YORK – Landlords can get $1,000 in cash by making vacant units available to homeless families, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a robocall appeal, the Daily News reported. It’s in addition to regular rent aid for homeless families.

Album With Lincoln, Grant Autographs Goes Unsold

NEW YORK – An album containing the autographs of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant failed to find a buyer Thursday at an auction, Associated Press reported. The 1864 album had an estimated sale price of $80,000 to $120,000.