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David Reich-Hale is an online community news editor. He was previously an associate editorial director at Patch.com, where he oversaw the editorial and business operation of the company's New York sites. Prior to that, he was the editor of Long Island Business News, and before that he held positions with American Banker/Thomson Financial and National Underwriter. Reich-Hale has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a journalism degree. He is from Trumbull, Connecticut.

What we know about Ebola in New York: Officials' statements

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on his LinkedIn profile, cared for Ebola patients in Guinea and has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials said. He is being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center. (Credit: LinkedIn)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials moved to calm Ebola fears at a news conference at Bellevue Hospital Center after Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who returned to New York from a trip to Guinea on Oct. 17, tested positive for the Ebola virus.

What we know, from city and health officials:

WHO:

— Dr. Craig Spencer, a doctor who lives in West Harlem, went to Guinea in West Africa as part of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders to help health care efforts in the Ebola-ravaged region.

WHAT, WHEN:

— He returned to New York on Oct. 17, traveling through Kennedy Airport, reported fatigue on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and was out and about on Oct. 22 before coming down with a 100.3-degree fever and nausea on Thursday, Oct. 23.

— Spencer was then taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital Center by a specially trained team in protective suits.

— He came into contact with four people on Oct. 22 — his girlfriend, two friends and a cabdriver — who are being monitored, though none are considered at risk.

WHERE:

— Spencer reportedly went jogging on the west side of Manhattan, visited the High Line in Manhattan and had coffee at the Blue Bottle coffee stand there, went to dinner at the Meatball Shop in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, and took an Uber car service and the No. 1 subway train. He also took the A and L trains to a bowling alley called The Gutter in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

— The bowling alley has been cleared of infection risk after an investigation, as has the Blue Bottle coffee stand. The restaurant is expected to be cleared Friday.

— Spencer's West Harlem apartment building has been closed, and all tenants have been told to vacate while the CDC investigates.

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Craig Spencer tests positive for Ebola in NYC: What we know so far

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Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, of Manhattan, shown on his LinkedIn profile, cared for Ebola patients in Guinea and has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials said. He is being treated at Bellevue Hospital Center. (Credit: LinkedIn)

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials moved to calm Ebola fears at a press conference at Bellevue Hospital after doctor Craig Spencer, who returned from a trip to Guinea on Oct. 17, tested positive for the Ebola virus.

What we know, from city and health officials:

— Spencer went to Guinea in West Africa as part of the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders to help health care efforts in the Ebola-ravaged region. He returned on Oct. 17, traveling through Kennedy Airport.

— On Thursday Oct. 23 he came down with a 100.3-degree fever and nausea and was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital by a specially trained team in protective suits.

— According to Mary Bassett, the city's health commissioner, Oct. 23 was the first day he showed any symptoms, though he did report feeling tired on Oct. 21.

— Four people he came into contact with on Oct. 22 — his girlfriend, two friends and a cab driver — are being monitored, though none are considered at risk, Bassett said.

— Spencer took the A and L subway trains to a Williamsburg bowling alley called The Gutter. Bassett said the bowling alley is closed and the CDC is sending teams  to investigate.

— He also reportedly visited the High Line park in Manhattan, went to a restaurant for dinner, and rode the 1 train and an Uber taxi.

— Spencer's apartment building has been closed, and all tenants have been told to vacate while the CDC investigates.

— Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said eight hospitals in the state are specially equipped to handle Ebola patients and Bellevue is one of them.

— Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “There is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed.”

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Cops: Suspect in Westbury bank robbery sought

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A male suspect is being sought by police in connection with a Sept. 15 robbery at the Capital One Bank in Westbury. (Credit: NCPD)

A male suspect is being sought in connection with a robbery at the Capital One Bank in Westbury two weeks ago, Nassau County police said.

The suspect in the Sept. 15 robbery — which occurred at the bank branch at 2350 Stewart Ave. at 1:40 p.m. — is described by police as 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and in his mid-30s. On the day of the crime, he was unshaven, wore a dark-colored baseball cap and a dark-colored jacket with white stripes on his sleeves, police said.

The man entered the bank, approached a teller, passed a robbery demand note, and verbally demanded money, police said. He fled the bank after receiving an unknown amount of money, police said.


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Police said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls are confidential.

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Long Island's history, in relics

The book cover from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The

A piece of wood from the Long Beach boardwalk.

A cannon from 1812.

The cover from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby."

A lunar module toy.

Those four items are among the 19 relics we've selected to start telling the story of Long Island's history.

The list will continue to grow, and we would like your input.

If you'd like to recommend an artifact, let us...

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Smoke condition leads to evacuation of some NUMC patients

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center were

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center were evacuated Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, after welders working on the new primary care center created a smoke condition, according to a NUMC statement. NUMC is pictured here on Nov. 20, 2013. (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Ground-floor patients at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow were evacuated after welding work Monday on the new primary care center led to a smoke condition, according to a NUMC statement.

The East Meadow Fire Department was on the scene and the area is being vented, NUMC said.

The hospital has returned to normal operating conditions.

No one was hurt, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

 

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Study: Chance of hitting deer in New York rises slightly

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New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co. Pictured is a deer on Fire Island on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

New Yorkers have a slightly better chance of hitting a deer than the average U.S. driver, according to statistics released Monday by State Farm Insurance Co.

The odds that a driver in the Empire State will strike a deer in the next year is 1 out of 154, slightly above the nationwide average of 1 in 169.

Last year, New York drivers had a 1-in-157 chance.


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New York ranked 26th in the nation for most deer collisions.

State Farm based its stats on its claim data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration.

West Virginia topped the chart with a 1-in-39 chance of hitting a deer.

The five states where a driver is most likely to collide with a deer are:

1. West Virginia:  1 in 39

2. Pennsylvania: 1 in 71

3. Montana: 1 in 75

4. Iowa: 1 in 77

5. South Dakota: 1 in 82

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Roundup: Bluegrass festival in Copiague, boating seminar in Wantagh

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LI bluegrass festival set for Saturday

The 12th annual Long Island Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday in Copiague.

Working with the Bluegrass Club of Long Island, the nonprofit Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA) and Babylon Town are sponsoring the event, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. in Tanner Park. There will be two stages with music throughout...

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