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ACTRESS OPPOSES LETTING MORE TEENS HUNT BIG GAME

Westchester County's most famous TV mom is taking on Gov. George E. Pataki's proposal to allow more teenagers to hunt big game.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who gained fame in the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" set in New Rochelle, is supporting an effort by The Fund for Animals to shoot down Pataki's proposal even before it formally reaches the Legislature.

The measure would lower the age to legally hunt deer and bear to 14, down from 16. The youths would have to complete the state's 10-hour hunter safety course and hunt with a parent or have written permission from a parent to go out with another licensed adult.

"The government should not be in the role of promoting and placing firearms in the hands of children," Moore, who now lives in New York's Dutchess County, said.

Avalanche Pass closed due to fear of namesake slides

KEENE (AP) -- The aptly named Avalanche Pass in the Adirondacks was closed Friday due to avalanche risks.

The trail, between the High Peaks Colden and Algonquin in the region near Lake Placid, is popular with hikers and skiers. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation has put up signs prohibiting the trail's use until further notice.

A topographical feature known as a slide was created in 1999 when Tropical Storm Floyd tore through the Adirondacks, causing tons of debris to tumble into Avalanche Pass.

Police think same flasher seen on five campuses

NEW ROCHELLE (AP) -- The Sarah Lawrence flasher may also be the Iona flasher, the Concordia flasher, the Mercy College flasher and the College of New Rochelle flasher.

The latest sighting of a man exposing himself to female students at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers has police in New Rochelle, Bronxville and Dobbs Ferry wondering if he could be the same one confronting female students on their campuses.

At Sarah Lawrence, there have been five incidents, including a man dancing undressed on the steps of a dormitory and appearing in a women's bathroom wearing only a towel on his head.

At or near Iona College in New Rochelle, there have been seven incidents since June, including a naked man entering two dorms in December, police said. In several instances the man wore only a towel around his head or a shirt pulled up over his head. There have been three similar sightings at the College of New Rochelle, police Capt. Kevin Kealy said.

At Concordia College in Bronxville, a man ran naked through a building on Dec. 13. And police in Dobbs Ferry say there have been four incidents at Mercy College.

Calm first-grader helps get aid for grandmother

MORRISONVILLE (AP) -- The composure of a 6-year-old helped save his grandmother's life, emergency workers said.

First-grader Austin Nolan was spending last Friday night with his grandmother, Pamela Maulding, and a 1-year-old cousin. He woke up at 5 a.m. after hearing his "Mema" yell. So he called his mom, Nicole Nolan, at home, who called 911.

"He told me Mema needed me, that she was really sick. He said she couldn't talk and her arms and legs hurt," Nolan told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.

Clinton County dispatcher Chris Trombley called the emergency squad, then called Austin.

Maulding, 46, had suffered a massive stroke, caused by a blood clot that traveled to her brain. She's in intensive care at Fletcher Allen Hospital.

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