Regional Briefs – March 10, 2019

College OKs Politically Correct Name Changes

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Officials at the State University of New York at New Paltz picked new politically correct names for six campus buildings, The Associated Press reported. The Huguenot families they were named for had owned slaves.

Cornell Study Finds Apples Big Business in New York

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers found that apples are bigger business in New York than traditionally thought. The industry’s total economic impact was $574 million — 21 percent higher than previous estimates, The Associated Press reported. Cornell says its estimate is more precise because it relies on local farmers.

NY Launches Consumer Protection Effort for Apps

ALBANY – New York state is launching a program to inform consumers about the terms of service and privacy policies of popular apps. The Division of Consumer Protection will examine terms of service and then make recommendations to ensure consumers are protected.

Man Who Fired WWI Era Gun at Police Sentenced

FORT LEE, N.J. – A man convicted of firing a World War I-era pistol at police was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison, The Record reported. It came as Fort Lee police were called twice on the same day in 2017 to defuse an argument between Jaquan Suber and his landlord. Suber claimed the police visits caused him to snap.

Couple Struck, Killed as They Tried to Cross Highway

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. – A tragedy unfolded on a major highway Friday night when a husband and wife trying to cross were struck by an SUV, The Associated Press reported. John, 60, and Barbara, 59, Grogan were killed.