Regional Briefs – February 18, 2019

Scientist Who Made Up Term ‘Global Warming’ Dies

NEW YORK – A climate scientist who made up the term “global warming” died Monday. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87, The Associated Pres reported. The longtime Columbia University professor mentioned “global warming” in a 1975 paper. He was known in science circles as the “Grandfather of Climate Science.”

College Dorm Briefly Evacuated Due To Stove Fire

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A stove fire Monday morning spurred a brief evacuation of a Long Island college dorm, but no one was injured, The Associated Press reported. The blaze broke out at Farmingdale State College’s fourth-floor kitchen and was quickly contained. The dorm’s 350 residents were evacuated as precaution until about 11, when classes resumed.

CUNY Names Queens College President as Next Chancellor

NEW YORK– The City University of New York system appointed the president of Queens College to serve as the school’s next chancellor, The Associated Press reported. The system’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the appointment of Felix Matos Rodriguez, 56, the first-ever Latino chancellor of the school system. He begins his new post on May 1, taking charge of 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges and a swath of graduate and professional education schools.

72-year-old Woman Dies From House Fire Injuries

EDISON, N.J. – A woman who was seriously injured in a fire at her central New Jersey home last week tragically died from her injuries, The Associated Press reported. Edison firefighters pulled Loretta Pante, 72, from her development where she had suffered smoke inhalation and collapsed before she was taken to a hospital.