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NEW THIS DIGEST: BC-ASSISTED LIVING-REVOLT, BC-NURSING HOME-EVICTION, BC-ISLAMIC STATE-SCORCHED EARTH, BC-SENATE 2016-WOMEN, BC-PALESTINIANS-GAZA’S ROMEO AND JULIET, BC-ISLAMIC STATE-DOCUMENTARY, BC-REMOTE DEVELOPMENT-FRAUD-INVESTORS, BC-THEATER-ACTOR PLAYWRIGHTS.
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NEW YORK — Faced with the closure of their once-bustling assisted-living facility to make way for condos in an trendy Brooklyn neighborhood, five elderly tenants — the oldest age 101 — have banded together to fight the owner and prevent their evictions. The holdouts remain in the nearly-empty building as a two-year-old web of lawsuits inches through the courts. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. UPCOMING: 1,980 words, with abridged version, for print release Sunday, May 8. Moving in advance; will be retransmitted spot on Saturday, May 7. Photos.
Nursing homes are increasingly using eviction to rid themselves of their most challenging residents in favor of more lucrative, less labor-intensive patients, testing enforcement of laws to protect some of society’s most vulnerable, advocates for the aged and disabled say. Complaints to the federal ombudsman for long-term care are up about 55 percent since 2000, an AP anaysis of government data finds. The industry says it follows the law. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. UPCOMING: 1,750 words, with abridged version, for print release Monday, May 9. Moving in advance; will be retransmitted spot on Sunday, May 8 Photos.
ISLAMIC STATE-SCORCHED EARTH
Two months after the liberation of Ramadi, the city remains too devastated and full of explosive booby traps for former residents to return. The destruction reflects a troubling new tactic by the Islamic State group: to render the cities it can’t hold unlivable. By Susannah George, Maya Alleruzzo and Desmond Butler. SENT: 2,000 words, with abridged version, on May 5 for immediate use. Photos, interactive, video.
Note: This is the third in an occasional series about Lost Heritage in the Middle East.
FOR THIS WEEK (for immediate release, except as noted):
After months of small-scale testing, many of the nation’s big-city police forces are planning to expand the use of body cameras by the summer, a rollout that has been slower than expected in some places, an AP review finds. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 850 words on May 3. Photos, graphic.
Democrats will have female Senate candidates on the ballot in nine states in November, a near-record, and these contenders will likely be sharing the ticket with the first major-party female presidential nominee in history in Hillary Clinton. By Congressional Correspondent Erica Werner. SENT: 900 words on May 5. Photos. With:
BC-SENATE 2016-WOMEN-GLANCE — A look at the matchups. SENT: 150 words.
PALESTINIANS-GAZA’S ROMEO AND JULIET
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has opened to audiences in the Gaza Strip, albeit with a distinctly Palestinian twist: Yousef, a son of a member of Gaza’s ruling Islamic militant group Hamas, falls in love with Suha, the daughter of a fanatic member of the rival Fatah party. By Fares Akram. SENT: 910 words on May 5. Photos, video.
A French Islamic State cell dismantled in the final stages of planning an attack has yielded a new secret this week, with the release of undercover footage showing how a group of disaffected petty criminals transformed into a terror network. Filmed by a young French Muslim journalist who infiltrated the group with a hidden camera, the Canal Plus documentary takes an extraordinary inside look at the group, which called itself the “Soldiers of the Caliphate.” SENT: 830 words on May 5. Photos.
After attending graduate school in Houston, a couple from China hoped to stay in the United States and start a restaurant. They put down $500,000 on a development in Vermont in hopes of getting their green cards through a special visa program. But news that the developers have been charged with fraud and the project they invested in won’t happen has put their immigration status, money and plans on hold. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 820 words on May 5. Photos.
Behold drone racing, a would-be sport in which men (and a few women) pilot remote-controlled copters on twisting courses at up to 80 miles an hour. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 950 words on May 4. Photos, video.
KENTUCKY HORSE TRAIL
Some of the best-known farms in Kentucky’s scenic horse country are borrowing from another of the state’s contributions to the good life — Kentucky’s bourbon whiskey distilleries — in an effort to win new recruits to an aging and shrinking fan base. SENT: 830 words on May 4. Photos.
Three months after a short-term caretaker president in Haiti was tasked with unblocking a political stalemate and hold a twice-postponed runoff, it’s anyone’s guess when balloting will take place. SENT: 1,010 words on May 4. Photos.
Slender models sashay along a colonial avenue turned into a catwalk for the Chanel fashion house under the gaze of high rollers and celebrities from around the world, providing a startling sight in a Cuba officially dedicated to social equality and the rejection of material wealth. SENT: 610 words on May 4. With 19 photos.
Pop singer, songwriter and Broadway musical composer Cyndi Lauper has added a little country twang to her signature Queens, New York, accent. Her country-and-western covers album, “Detour,” out Friday, brings another unexpected talent to her multifaceted career that’s ranged from music, theater, television, movies, wrestling and activism. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 600 words on May 4. Photos, video.
Idiosyncratic works from actor-playwrights have been featured on New York stages this season, including a hit hip-hop flavored show about Alexander Hamilton, a show set in Oz with puppets, a madcap adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” and a Broadway musical that features an actor with a pair of fluffy toy sharks on his arms. By Drama Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 700 words on May 5. Photos.
With “The Good Wife” coming to an end after seven seasons this Sunday, its creators, Robert and Michelle King, discuss the many ways it was a splendid drama series — and how they did it. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 1,200 words on May 3. Photos.
David Attenborough, who turns 90 on Sunday, weighs in on his acclaimed legacy, the Earth’s future and the importance of getting to know bugs. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 640 words on May 3. Photos.
Rob Reiner has always had an affinity for the father-son story and has explored the theme and his own life in films like “Stand by Me” and “A Few Good Men.” But none have come so close as “Being Charlie,” loosely based on his son Nick Reiner’s struggles with drugs, rehab and a famous father. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 750 words on May 4. Photos.
INDONESIA-SULFUR MINERS-PHOTO GALLERY
Mount Ijen in eastern Java draws tourists by day and hundreds of poorly paid sulfur miners by night. SENT: 230 words on May 4. With 11 photos by Binsar Bakkara,
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