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For Sale: House Where Fitzgerald Wrote Gatsby

$3.8M could nab you Long Island home where author wrote seminal work

(Newser) - A piece of literary history is on the block, but it's not exactly the domain of a starving artist: As the BBC reports, the Long Island mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby could be yours for somewhere just north of $3.8 million, per a rep... More »

Mom, Daughter Who Vanished in NYC Are Found

Iona and Emily Costello were just visiting for a couple of days

(Newser) - A mother and daughter from Long Island who vanished after taking a trip to New York City late last month that was supposed to last just a couple of days have been found, Southhold Local reports. The details are still fuzzy: Iona Costello, 51, and her 14-year-old daughter Emily left... More »

Guy With License Yanked 41 Times Busted Again

Jason Brown is not confidence-inspiring behind the wheel

(Newser) - The state of New York has suspended Jason Brown's driver's license an impressive 41 times in his 36 years, and it might not be done yet: Cops on Long Island pulled Brown over yesterday afternoon, reports Newsday , after observing him drive erratically; they say they found pot in... More »

Mom Files $30M Suit Against Police for Not Arresting Son

Kathi Fedden says son Peter should've gotten a DWI earlier the night he died

(Newser) - Peter Fedden was picked up by police the night of July 30, 2013, after drunkenly plowing his car through a fence, across a couple of lawns, and into the side of a house in Commack, NY. It's at this point that Fedden's mom, Kathi Fedden, thinks police should... More »

NY Cops Investigate Grisly Beheading, Suicide by Train

Police think man cut off mom's head, jumped in front of LIRR car

(Newser) - Authorities on Long Island are sifting through a pair of deaths so grisly that multiple witnesses describe the scene as something they thought "was a Halloween prank." A woman in her 60s was apparently decapitated at her Farmingdale apartment shortly before 8pm last night, reports Newsday . "We... More »

Guy Finds $2.9M Lottery Ticket in His Truck

Jerry Ritieni already has plans for 'life-easier money'

(Newser) - The owner of a Long Island body shop made a nifty discovery in his truck last month worth about, oh, $3 million. Jerry Ritieni bought a bunch of lottery tickets in July and stuffed them in the truck's center console rather than his pocket "for some odd reason,... More »

Teenager Dies Taking Lamborghini for Test Drive

Samuel Shepard was taking a family friend's car for a spin

(Newser) - An 18-year-old died yesterday on Long Island, New York, when he took a Lamborghini for a spin and crashed it into a guardrail, Fox News reports. The car belonged to a family friend who'd let Samuel Shepard take it for a spontaneous "test drive." "I think... More »

Long Island Gets Summer's Worth of Rain in a Day

Some locales saw 13 inches

(Newser) - A storm dumped an entire summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island, stranding drivers in roads flooded with door-handle-high water today. The staggering total, over 13 inches, was recorded from last evening until this morning at an airport in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma in Islip. That was... More »

Pilot Lands on Highway for 2nd Time in 8 Days

Long Island man, 75, has engine trouble in same spot

(Newser) - Pilot Frank Fierro had to bring his small plane down on Long Island's Sunrise Highway in an emergency landing yesterday after he developed engine trouble, reports the Daily News . Which isn't that unusual, except for the fact that the same pilot had to bring the same plane down... More »

Surprise: Couple Finds 3-Foot Python in Couch

It was left behind by a former tenant

(Newser) - Loose change, the TV remote, your lost car keys—typical stuff found underneath the couch cushions. But a 3-foot-long python? That's what a Long Island couple discovered while cleaning. The Suffolk County SPCA says Peter Wang and his wife were sprucing up a basement apartment that had recently been... More »

Company Tried to Force Employees Into 'Onionhead' Religion: Suit

Employees allegedly fired for refusing to participate

(Newser) - What would you do if your employer told you to thank God for your job, say “I love you” to management, and attend meetings to discuss "divine plans"? If you work for New York health care firm United Health Programs of America, you go to the US... More »

East Hampton Home Sells for Record $147M

Activist-investor snaps up mansion

(Newser) - In the market for a modest little beach house on Long Island? Why don't you paw through your couch cushions and see if you come up with $147 million, because that's what you'd need for the East Hampton beach estate that just sold to hedge fund manager... More »

Billy Joel Surprises School, Attends Kids' Concert

It was a Billy Joel tribute, after all

(Newser) - Long Island's Billy Joel proved he’s still a class act after making a surprise appearance at a local elementary school. Joel showed up at Deasy Elementary just before showtime to listen to students perform his songs in a show called "River of Dreams: a Billy Joel Tribute.... More »

Hospital to Patients: We Maybe Exposed You to HIV

Bad instructions on insulin pen lead to warning letter

(Newser) - More than 4,000 people on Long Island are getting the most unwelcome kind of letter from a local hospital—a warning that they might have been inadvertently exposed to HIV. As ABC News explains, the risk is low, but it stems from improper use of an insulin pen. It... More »

Owner of Citizen Kane Castle Shot in Head

Long Island developer Gary Melius expected to recover

(Newser) - Long Island police have a high-profile shooting on their hands: Gary Melius, a well-connected developer, was shot in the head as he got into his Mercedes near the castle he calls home, reports the New York Post . Yes, castle. In fact, if you've seen Citizen Kane, you've seen... More »

One Dead in Mall Carbon Monoxide Leak

Long Island incident caused by piping problem: officials

(Newser) - A carbon monoxide leak in a Long Island mall has left a restaurant manager dead and 27 others sick. Police found themselves dizzy and nauseous after responding to a call last night about an injured worker at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station. Authorities evacuated three restaurants, News 12... More »

Man Wins $1M for Lottery Ticket Found in Gutter

Marvin Martinez, a landscaper, says 'this won't change us'

(Newser) - A Long Island man who discovered a lost lottery ticket has finally been awarded his prize: $1 million. Marvin Martinez, 27-year-old landscaper, says he was collecting leaves from a gutter last November when he spotted the "Win $1,000 a Week for Life" scratch card, WNBC-TV reports via the... More »

Feds Nab Man Suspected of Robbing 20 Banks

Luis Alomar captured on Long Island

(Newser) - The FBI has captured a man they believe is responsible for roughly 20 bank robberies along the East Coast. Luis Alomar, 37, was arrested at about 2:30 this morning in the Long Island community of Medford, Newsday reports. Police didn't give any details on the arrest, but did... More »

Clerk With Machete Chases Off Armed Robber

NY worker wouldn't back down despite warning shot

(Newser) - In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli—even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video captured the clerk pulling out the machete after the masked man... More »

Cops Fired Bullet That Killed Hofstra Student

Police say Dalton Smith was using Andrea Rebello as human shield

(Newser) - The Hofstra University junior who died early Friday in a home invasion was killed by a bullet fired by police, reports the New York Daily News in a sad coda in the death of Andrea Rebello. Police say the fatal bullet was one of eight fired by a veteran cop... More »

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