Regional Briefs – June 23, 2016

Two Win National Marbles Championship in NJ

WILDWOOD, N.J. – An Colorado boy and Pennsylvania girl took the top spots in the National Marbles Championship Thursday, each earning a $2,000 scholarship and a place in the National Marbles Hall of Fame, The Associated Press reported. Louie Lee, 11, and Haley Grensko, 12, won, respectively, the boys and girls contests. Fifty “mibsters” ages 8 to 14 took part.

2 Teachers Accused of Racial Remarks Return to Work

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. – Two teachers fired for calling students “Negroes” returned to work after an appeals court overturned their firings, NJ.com reported. Brigitte Geiger and Sharon Jones denied making the comments in a locker room in 2012. They’ll receive 17 months back pay, worth about $200,000.

Emergency Response Drill At LaGuardia This Weekend

NEW YORK – The Port Authority will be conducting an emergency response drill at LaGuardia Airport Saturday. Flights won’t be affected but passengers may see numerous emergency vehicles and simulated smoke between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Repaired Sandy House Slips Off Its Foundation

BROOKLYN – A house damaged by Superstorm Sandy and repaired by a NYC program on Tuesday slid off its foundation and fell on its side on Wednesday, WCBS reported. The Gerritsen Beach home had been repaired as part of the NYC Build It Back program. City officials say they’ll build it back.

Bobcat Killed After Attacking Couple Upstate

NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. – A bobcat which attacked a couple Wednesday was killed, The Associated Press reported. The wife was in the backyard when the bobcat attacked her from behind. Her husband came to her rescue and also was bitten. The animal was finally pinned down with a chair and shot.

NY Senators Seek $85M in U.S. Funds to Repair Highway

ROCHESTER – Sens. Kristin Gillibrand and Charles Schumer asked federal officials to approve $85 million to repair the heavily traveled Lyell Avenue highway interchange, The Associated Press reported.