Regional Briefs – November 14, 2018

MTA to Buy Grand Central Terminal for $35 Million

NEW YORK – The MTA is set to OK on Thursday the purchase of Grand Central Terminal for $35 million after years of renting, The Wall Street Journal reported. The transit agency has a $2 million-a-year lease; buying gives them a share of the profits from developments.

Purple Heart Hall to Get $10 Million Expansion

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is getting a $10 million upgrade. The museum is dedicated to Purple Heart recipients and is located at the camp where Gen. George Washington first awarded the forerunner to the Purple Heart in 1782.

Cabbie Rescues Injured Hawk From FDR Drive

NEW YORK – A cab driver is being hailed for saving an injured red-tailed hawk he found early Tuesday on the side of the FDR Drive, the Daily News reported. He scooped up the bird of prey and held it with one hand while driving with the other hand to Brooklyn where he flagged down a police officer.

Norway Honors Woman Who Tended WWII Sailors’ Graves

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – The Norwegian government awarded a New York woman a medal for her 37 years of caring for the graves of hundreds of sailors who died of tuberculosis during World War II, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported. Natalie Leduc maintained the graves in Saranac Lake.

Memorial for Soldiers Killed In Plane Crashes Unveiled

FISHKILL, N.Y. – A memorial to eight servicemen killed in separate plane crashes a decade apart was unveiled near the Hudson Valley site of the tragedies, The Associated Press reported. The Mount Beacon Eight plaque honors two servicemen and six Navy members who died in crashes in 1935 and 1945.

Assault Suspect Fatally Shot After Stabbing Police Dog

MANTOLOKING, N.J. – A knife-wielding assault suspect was fatally shot after stabbing a police dog, The Associated Press reported. A K-9 was set on Edward Walsh, 39, after he refused to drop his knife. Walsh stabbed the animal, and officers then opened fire.