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Valley Stream's Joe Taglic advances in 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament

Valley Stream's Joe Taglic, 17, is competing in

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Valley Stream resident Joe Taglic advanced Friday night in the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament.

Taglic, 17, finished second in the episode that aired Friday, earning one of the wild card spots in the semifinals. His semifinal episode will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV.

He has only been watching the show since last year, but is a longtime fan of trivia. He helped create the Quiz Bowl team...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, July 25, 2014

Suffolk County police released a surveillance image of

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We're wrapping up LI Now for Friday, July 25.

Looking at the weekend, Saturday is the better day weather-wise, with a forecast of clear skies and a high of about 80. Sunday, it'll again be around 80 but with a chance of thunderstorms.

For ideas of things to do indoors or out, be sure to visit exploreli.com.

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Roundup: Home sales boost preservation funds

The East End’s land preservation funds continue to rake in money this year as a result of strong real estate sales.

The community preservation funds in the five eastern towns raised a combined $45.76 million in the first six months of 2014 -- about $2 million more than in the same period last year -- Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. said.

Thiele (I-Sag Harbor), who helped create the funds, said...

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Demolition of New Cassel's Grand Street School complete

The Grand Street School in New Cassel, shown

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Grand Street School is no more.

Town of North Hempstead officials said demolition has been completed nearly a month after that process was started on June 30. The one-time elementary school and community center had become an eyesore. Last year, $200,000 was secured for cleanup through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program, which assists communities seeking to redevelop...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nassau County police released a surveillance image of

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Thanks for visiting our Long Island live blog.

We're winding it down for the day, but here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

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Nassau County police are looking for an unidentified man who allegedly stole about $50 in merchandise from a Walmart in Uniondale. The crime occurred at around 12 p.m....

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Roundup: PSEG representative to attend civic group event

A representative of PSEG Long Island is scheduled to discuss the power company’s community outreach programs Monday at a meeting of the Coram Civic Association.

The civic group plans to meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Coram Fire Department, 303 Middle Country Rd.

The 20-minute discussion is expected to introduce residents to PSEG Long Island, which manages the Island’s electrical grid under...

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Volunteers patrol to report illegal parking in Huntington

Downtown Huntington is pictured in an undated file

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Motorists in Huntington thinking about parking in a handicapped zone without a placard, or in a fire zone at all, think again.

The Town of Huntington has a group of volunteers who patrol area parking lots in search of drivers who park illegally. They photograph the violators and mail the evidence to town’s public safety department, which investigates. If town records do not turn up a permit...

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Quiz: Real names of Long Island celebrities

Among our more famous locals, actress Natalie Portman

(Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain)

Long Islanders are extremely proud of their homegrown stars.

But is there any chance you shared a third-grade classroom or a summer lifeguard assignment with someone who found fame, and you don't even know it?

It's possible, considering that many haven't taken their given names into their careers.

Click on the link above to take a quiz and see if you can figure out what their birth...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Suffolk County police are seeking three individuals in

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Thank you for visiting the LI Now live blog post for July 23, 2014.We're winding down the blog for today, but please check back in tomorrow. Until then, here are a few things to keep an eye on.Mobile users can click the link below to access our live coverage.WANTED

Suffolk County police are seeking two women and one man for the alleged theft of $5,000 worth of jewelry from a Pandora store...

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Long Islander, 101, to be honored for volunteer service at weather agency open house

Richard Hendrickson, 101, demonstrates how he collects temperature

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Weather enthusiasts are invited to visit an open house Sunday at the National Weather Service office for a behind-the-scenes look at how forecasters work in these days of Doppler radar and sophisticated computer models. Attendees also will hear about a Bridgehampton farmer who'll be recognized for his eight decades of service as a volunteer observer for the weather service. Richard...

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