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N.Y. National Guard halts tuition recruitment incentive

ALBANY (AP) -- The New York National Guard has stopped offering recruits college tuition payments for this semester because the incentive has been so popular that state funds have almost been exhausted.

The $3 million budgeted for the recruitment program in the current state fiscal year is almost used up, said Scott Sandman, a spokesman for the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

"We are continuing to honor all our current commitments and look forward to signing up new recruits for next semester," he said.

The Guard -- Army and Air National Guard plus the Naval Militia -- offers up to $3,400 a year to recruits seeking a bachelor's degree, the equivalent of tuition at a State University of New York campus. Recruits can attend private or public colleges in the state.

There are currently 1,939 Guard members attending college under the program.

The Guard anticipates the program will be renewed this year and eventually made permanent.

'All My Children' star arrested in social club raid

NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the stars of the ABC television soap opera "All My Children" was among 24 people arrested early Saturday during a raid of an allegedly illegal social club, police said.

Michael Nader, 56, who plays the character Dimitri Marick on the daytime drama, was one of five people charged with selling drugs, police said.

Nader was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness. He was listed in stable condition.

Nineteen others were charged with possessing drugs following the 6:15 a.m. raid on East Second Street.

Nader joined "All My Children" in September 1991, playing the role of the wealthy, mysterious Marick. From 1983 to 1989, he played the role of Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter on the ABC series, "Dynasty."

Marina manager blames gasoline thieves for fire

HAGUE (AP) -- The manager of a marina on a popular upstate lake said Saturday he thinks gasoline thieves may be to blame for a suspicious fire that destroyed a storage building and as many as 80 boats.

Randy Perkins, manager at Werner's Marine for the past 20 years, told the Glens Falls Post-Star the marina has had problems in the past with thieves stealing gasoline from the tanks of boats stored at the marina at the north end of Lake George.

To prevent engine problems, the marina stores boats with full gas tanks over the winter, he said. In the spring, he has found some of the tanks empty.

He also said a 1985 fire at another marina was eventually linked to gas thieves.

The fire at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday destroyed a large pole barn and dozens of boats, most of them rental craft used by Werner's. A pole barn a few yards away was salvaged, though nearly 20 boats inside it were damaged by the heat and flames.

Fire officials estimate the loss at $1 million.

State insurance official may head Port Authority

ALBANY (AP) -- New York State's insurance superintendent is a top contender to become the next executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, according to a published report.

The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., citing officials connected with the agency, reported in Saturday's editions that New York Gov. George E. Pataki is considering naming Neil Levin to succeed Robert Boyle, who is leaving Wednesday. Boyle said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Levin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and aide to former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., took the insurance post in 1997.

Brad Race, Pataki's chief of staff, said only the new executive director would be named soon.

Appointments at the bistate agency are usually preceded by a courtesy call to New Jersey officials, but Tom Wilson, a spokesman for acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco, said he had not heard from Albany.

Generally, the naming of the executive director is up to New York, while the unpaid post of chairman of the 12-member board of commissioners is considered a New Jersey appointment.

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