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Priest's interview sparks controversy

A well-known priest is coming under criticism for saying that priests accused of child sex abuse are often seduced by their accusers and that a first-time offender should not go to jail.

The Rev. Benedict Groeschel of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the Bronx made the comments in an interview with the National Catholic Register this week. The interview has since been removed from the news source's website and the outlet did not return a call seeking comment.

The Archdiocese of New York repudiated the comments in a statement posted on its website, calling them "simply wrong." Groeschel is not a priest with the archdiocese but has worked with it in the past. He did not return messages seeking comment.


Cops: Homeless man hit by officer's car

The NYPD said a homeless man who was assaulted at the Staten Island Ferry terminal was struck by an off-duty officer on his way home from work.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the man, in his 50s, was lying in the road outside the terminal on the Staten Island side early Thursday when he was struck by the officer's car. The officer called authorities immediately. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition with a fractured pelvis.

Kelly said the man had been assaulted by two others who left him lying on the street after he caused a ruckus inside the terminal.

His name was not released.


MTA expands subway trash pickup program

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expanding a pilot program to remove trash cans from subway stations.

The agency says eight more stations -- two each in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens -- will become trash can free on Sept. 2.

It has been testing the plan at two stations: Flushing-Main Street and Eighth Street in Manhattan.

The MTA says it's trying to reduce the subway rodent population and the amount of refuse pickup in the stations. It says it has more trash than it can handle at its 468 subway stations. It is asking riders at the 10 stations to take their trash out with them.


S.I. man arrested for shooting at wife

A Staten Island man is under arrest for allegedly entering a bowling alley and firing at his wife who was standing behind a snack bar and was not injured.

Armando Tritto was charged with attempted assault and criminal use and possession of a firearm.

Police say his wife, Maureen, was opening up the snack bar at Rab's Country Lanes on Wednesday morning when Tritto entered through a back door. Maureen Tritto ducked behind the counter and then hid in a storage closet when the shooting began.

Police say her husband then dropped the revolver and fled. He was arrested a short time later. Police say he complained of chest pains and was taken to a hospital.

Neighbors said the couple had recently separated.


Purebred Yellowstone bison born in Bronx

A purebred Yellowstone bison is living at the Bronx Zoo after scientists were able to successfully implant a genetically pure embryo into a commercial bison.

The zoo and Colorado State University announced Thursday that the surrogate bison gave birth to a healthy male calf at the zoo on June 20. The embryo was taken from a Yellowstone bison kept at the university in October, washed free of disease and implanted in the surrogate.

While many bison have been bred with cattle, Yellowstone National Park has one of the world's largest and most genetically-pure bison herds. However, about 40 percent test positive for exposure to brucellosis, which can cause pregnant animals to miscarry. Concern about the disease has prevented the animals from being taken out of the park to reproduce.

Compiled with wire service reports

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