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Crowdfunding helps LI woman with high kidney transplant costs

From left, Claudia Bowers, 62, of Smithtown, will

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

In a video posted last week to YouTube, 8-year-old Shirley resident Karen Jackson and her brother, Cole, 5, can be seen making pleas on behalf of their grandma.

“Please help us get money, so my ‘Beba’ can get her kidney fixed,” says Cole, referring to his grandmother, Smithtown’s Claudia Bowers.

Bowers, 62, has been in renal failure since January 2013, and has been undergoing nine hours...

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Suffolk County Community College accreditation reaffirmed

Suffolk County Community College president Shaun McKay on

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed the accreditation of Suffolk County Community College and removed it from its warning list.

Without accreditation, the college would not be eligible for federal aid, like Pell grants and Stafford loans.

The accreditation of the state's largest two-year college was officially renewed in a letter last week after school officials...

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