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From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sights of New York City, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of the region. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

Army Sgt. Shenasiah Lowe, who has been stationed
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Army Sgt. Shenasiah Lowe, who has been stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, receives a hug from her daughter Jailiyah Gaines, 4, left, and son Jamell Jones, 8, right, after surprising them at East Elementary School in Long Beach, Friday, April 28, 2017. Jamell had not seen his mother since Thanksgiving.

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III rallies the
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The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III rallies the crowd at a protest outside the federal courthouse in Central Islip, where U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was to discuss measures against the recent spate of gang violence in Suffolk County, on Friday morning, April 28, 2017.

If you're an art student, there's no better
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If you're an art student, there's no better way to spend a warm spring afternoon than climbing through the sunroof of your car and perching on top with your sketch book, as did Stony Brook University student Chris Pimentel, of Holbrook, who was sketching the idyllic scene at Stony Brook Harbor on Friday, April 28, 2017.

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Driver Jay Mirabile was among striking employees outside
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Driver Jay Mirabile was among striking employees outside the Clare Rose beer distribution facility in Melville on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Stony Brook University students Samuel Hoffman of Passaic,
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Stony Brook University students Samuel Hoffman of Passaic, N.J., 18, left, and Griffin Favre of Pomona, N.Y., 20, struggle to stay afloat in their cardboard vessel during the annual Roth Regatta at Stony Brook on Friday, April 28, 2017. Their boat was based on the EVIL (Every Villian Is Lemons) episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The theme of this year's regatta was "Superheroes versus Supervillains."

Clare Rose striking workers confront a truck with
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Clare Rose striking workers confront a truck with replacement workers leaving the Clare Rose facility in East Yaphank on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Brian Pollack, center, of Merrick, rehearses with members
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Brian Pollack, center, of Merrick, rehearses with members of the FREE Players Drum Corps during a practice session in Old Bethpage on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Smithtown West's Kayla Kosubinsky (22) gets the stick
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Smithtown West's Kayla Kosubinsky (22) gets the stick up high and into the face of Centereach's Jamie Ortega (3) in the second half during the Suffolk girls lacrosse game between Middle Country and Smithtown West at at Newfield High School in Selden on Wednesday April 26, 2017.

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Ally Boyle, of Peconic, takes a walk down
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Ally Boyle, of Peconic, takes a walk down to the beach at 67 Steps in Greenport on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Jane Reinert, 93, of Oceanside, blows out the
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Jane Reinert, 93, of Oceanside, blows out the candles on a cake in honor of her 55th anniversary as a volunteer at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Makayla Hurdle, a second-grader at Brooklyn Cultural Academy,
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Makayla Hurdle, a second-grader at Brooklyn Cultural Academy, learns how to swim during the Waterproofing program at Asphalt Green in Manhattan on Monday, April 25, 2017. About 2,700 New York City public school students are enrolled in the free swim instruction and water safety program during this school year.

Christopher Romero, 8, a second-grader at Grand Avenue
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Christopher Romero, 8, a second-grader at Grand Avenue Elementary School in Baldwin, puts tape on principal Juanita Bryant-Bell during a student fundraiser for charity on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, linking Brooklyn and
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The newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Queens, is seen on Monday, April 24, 2017. The bridge will replace its early 20th century predecessor and is designed to alleviate traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

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A fisherman fishes off Little Peconic Bay in
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A fisherman fishes off Little Peconic Bay in New Suffolk during a rainy day on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

A view of the Stepping Stones Lighthouse on
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A view of the Stepping Stones Lighthouse on the Long Island Sound on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Swimming instructors Manuel Caballero, left, and Rachel York,
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Swimming instructors Manuel Caballero, left, and Rachel York, right, encourage Keziah Joseph, a second-grader at Brooklyn Cultural Academy, to jump off a platform during the Waterproofing program at Asphalt Green in Manhattan on Monday, April 25, 2017. About 2,700 New York City public school students are enrolled in the free swim instruction and water safety program during this school year.

Former New York Knicks star John Starks, right,
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Former New York Knicks star John Starks, right, surprises Matthew Francis of Rockaway Beach, 14, who received a kidney transplant at Cohen Children's Medical Center earlier this month, during a press conference at the hospital in New Hyde Park Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Dawn Redwood measures 100 feet tall, and 27
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Dawn Redwood measures 100 feet tall, and 27 feet in diameter at Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley, April 20, 2017.

FDNY United Women's Firefighters Association President and FDNY
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FDNY United Women's Firefighters Association President and FDNY Firefighter Sarinya Srisakul of Engine 5, right, watches as New Hyde Park resident Heather Quiroz, left, hits a tire with a sledge hammer during a workout session at an open house hosted by the association for women interested in joining the fire department at a New York Sports Club in Manhattan, Sunday, April 23, 2017. The United Women Firefighters is a fraternal group of female firefighters working in the Fire Department of New York that promotes the interests and welfare of female firefighters and female fire officers of the City of New York.

Republican Jack Martins greets Rabbi Anchelle Perl as
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Republican Jack Martins greets Rabbi Anchelle Perl as he announces he is running for Nassau County Executive on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Mineola.

Frank Gallagher, 18, of South Hempstead, rides Navaho,
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Frank Gallagher, 18, of South Hempstead, rides Navaho, during the trot and walk event as Nassau BOCES equestrian students showcase their outstanding horsemanship during the Future Farmers of America Horse Show at the North Shore Equestrian Center in Greenvale, Monday April 24, 2017.

With their moms waiting close by for their
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With their moms waiting close by for their sisters to get off the school bus, Owen Sullivan, 4, left, and A.J. Trigone, 3, take the wheel of a battery-operated toy police car as they speed around the Owen family yard in Miller Place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. In the process, the pint-sized drivers made sharp turns, drove over bumps and tried to run over smaller toys.

Grace Macnow of New York City performs in
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Grace Macnow of New York City performs in the talent competition of the Ms. Senior New York Pageant at SUNY Old Westbury on the afternoon of April 2, 2017

With nearly 2 minutes left on the clock,
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With nearly 2 minutes left on the clock, the Vincent van Zinnies team from teacher Dan Petruzzi's sixth grade class, from left, Chris Funai, 12, Talia Templeton, 11, not visible, Emily Santana, 11, Laura Jane Moody ,12, and Emma Stursberg, 12, scramble to complete their abstract sculture in the third round of Minnesauke Elementary School's version of of the hit TV show "Chopped" on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in East Setauket. Organized by art teacher Christine Sacco, the competition pitted teams from each of the sixth grade classes in a challenge of their skills in art and creativity. Each round focused on a different art medium--landscape, group self-portrait and abstract sculpture. For each round, the teams were given a new box of materials and depending on the round, either 7, 8 or nine minutes to work on the project. A panel of judges decided which team would be "chopped" from each round and a double elimination final round determined the winning team. The the Vincent Van Zinnies were eliminated in the third round and the team from teacher Lou Petrucci's class, Petrucci's Perfect Picassos, was named Chopped Champions and received commemorative T-shirts.

This is Ali, a spitz terrier mix waiting
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This is Ali, a spitz terrier mix waiting for a home at the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington on Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017. Ali was rescued from a Korean meat market before she was to be slaughtered. The center celebrated its 90th year anniversary today.

Students at Nassau Community College make their way
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Students at Nassau Community College make their way through the school campus on a snowy morning, Friday, March 10, 2017.

A snow-dusted bison roams on a farm in
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A snow-dusted bison roams on a farm in Riverhead on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Buildings covered in snow at the Islip Grange
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Buildings covered in snow at the Islip Grange in Sayville on Friday, March 10, 2017.

A cardinal perches on a snow-covered branch in
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A cardinal perches on a snow-covered branch in Greenport on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Klara McCabe of West Islip plays with a
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Klara McCabe of West Islip plays with a large snowball with her father, Michael, at Gardiner County Park in Bay Shore, Friday, March 10, 2017.

After a year-long deployment overseas, U.S. Army Staff
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After a year-long deployment overseas, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan Grisales surprises his son Alexander at Stewart Manor School in the Elmont School District on Monday, March 6, 2017.

A woman is arrested after engaging in civil
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A woman is arrested after engaging in civil disobedience in Columbus Circle during the International Women's Strike and A Day Without a Woman on March 8, 2017 in Manhattan. The Day Without a Woman strike is meant to highlight the economic power and significance of women, while calling attention to the many injustices endured by women and gender non-conforming people.

An outside view from the rooftop of Eugene,
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An outside view from the rooftop of Eugene, a luxury residential tower in the Manhattan West section of Hudson Yards, on March 8, 2017.

From left: Hempstead town clerk Nasrin G. Ahmad,
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From left: Hempstead town clerk Nasrin G. Ahmad, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, Pathfinder honoree Marie Catanese, Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Councilman Anthony P. D'Esposito at the Nathan L. Bennett Pavilion at Town Hall on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, during an event honoring 11 women who live or work in the Town of Hempstead.

After a year-long deployment overseas, U.S. Army Staff
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After a year-long deployment overseas, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan Grisales surprises his son Alexander at Stewart Manor School in the Elmont School District on Monday, March 6, 2017.

A band marches during the annual Bethpage St.
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A band marches during the annual Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 5, 2017.

In honor of Women's History Month and in
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In honor of Women's History Month and in conjunction with International Women's Day, Jobs to Move America and the New York City Department of Transportation launched an outdoor photography exhibit in Manhattan titled, Women Can Build, featuring 16 "Modern Rosies" taken by Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, inspired by the famous World War II-era "Rosie the Riveter" campaign. Photo subject Elisangela Oliveira poses in front of her picture on March 8, 2017.

Commuters crowd around the 34th Street entrance to
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Commuters crowd around the 34th Street entrance to the Long Island Rail Road's Penn Station in Manhattan after service was cancelled in both directions during the evening rush hour on Monday, March 6, 2017. MTA police prevented passengers from entering the station due to crowding.

After announcing the opening of registration for the
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After announcing the opening of registration for the 2017 Suffolk Marathon on Monday, March 6, 2017, in Hauppauge, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, second from left, put on sunglasses and a biker vest as he joked with members of the Rolling Thunder veterans group. Proceeds from the marathon, which will take place on Oct. 29, 2017, will go to groups that benefit veterans.

From left, Maria Cucurillo, of Bellmore, and Beverly
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From left, Maria Cucurillo, of Bellmore, and Beverly Visconti, of Baldwin, along with other women, rally on the corner of Old Country Road and Glen Cove Road in Carle Place as part of International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Women participate in the International Women's Strike and
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Women participate in the International Women's Strike and A Day Without a Woman on March 8, 2017 in Manhattan. The Day Without a Woman strike is meant to highlight the economic power and significance of women, while calling attention to the many injustices endured by women and gender non-conforming people.

Janet Silva, 12, gets a hug from Donna
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Janet Silva, 12, gets a hug from Donna Jungreis, chair of the GMRF, (Global Medical Relief Fund), who helped bring Janet from her native country of Gambia to receive lifesaving, pro-bono surgery at Cohen Children's Medical Center. For the past two years, Phillomena Silva, Janet's mother, watched as her daughter's facial tumor grew to such proportions that the girl couldn't breathe or eat without extreme difficulty.

Mirlande Victor, right, helps to build what will
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Mirlande Victor, right, helps to build what will become her home in Mastic, March 7, 2017. Working with Habitat for Humanity has provided Victor a chance to expand her volunteer efforts through sweat equity in building her own home where she can cook and entertain friends and family.

Suffolk County police officers auction off items at
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Suffolk County police officers auction off items at a police department property section auction in Yaphank, March 8, 2017.

An immersive installation of Dolley Madison's life at
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An immersive installation of Dolley Madison's life at the New York Historical Society's "Saving Washington" exhibit in Manhattan, Monday, March 6, 2017. The installation recreates Madison's popular social gatherings that drew a wide range of people to the president's mansion and encouraged informal diplomacy.

Suffolk County police recruits at the police academy
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Suffolk County police recruits at the police academy in Brentwood on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, where Police Commissioner Timothy Sini talked about the war against gangs.

Students in Patricia Visa's fourth-grade class, including Traviss
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Students in Patricia Visa's fourth-grade class, including Traviss Cappelli, 9, left, look at lighthouses they crafted at Cherokee Street Elementary School in Ronkonkoma Wednesday, March 8, 2017. As part of a project with the Maritime Explorium, fourth-graders in the school used wires, gadgets, modular circuits, and safe construction materials to design and craft lighthouses.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, center, next
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Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, center, next to New York State Sen. Phil Boyle, join others as they look over machetes during a news conference in front of the Third Precinct in Bay Shore on Thursday, March 9, 2017. Boyle is proposing legislation which would prohibit the sale of machetes to minors.

Republican candidate for the Mayor of New York
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Republican candidate for the Mayor of New York Michel Faulkner speaks alongside Republican candidates, from left, Darren Aquino, an actor, Paul Massey (center right) and possible candidate New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens), far right, during a Republican student forum Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Robert McDermott, of Lindenhurst, is congratulated by his
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Robert McDermott, of Lindenhurst, is congratulated by his son Jake, 3, and wife Cassandra, Thursday, March 9, 2017, at National Grid's Melville headquarters. McDermott was part of the first graduating class of Farmingdale State College's and National Grid's partnership program.

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