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PLAYER SLAIN IN DISPUTE OVER SCORING

Five teens were arrested today in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old from a rival basketball team after a game in Brooklyn.

A mob set upon Michael Bennett and his 15-year-old teammate after a Wednesday night hoops match in Jackie Robinson Junior High School.

Police did not know whether the assailants were players from the opposing team, but a surviving victim said they were.

J.D. LaRock, a Board of Education spokesman, said the fight started with an argument over scoring at the game, sponsored by a community group.

Michael was stabbed twice in the chest, then ran and collapsed a block away.

His teammate also ran. But the group surrounded him at a gas station around the corner, where he was hit above the eye with a baseball bat.

Buried body is missing Yonkers boy

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The child who was brutally slain and halfheartedly buried near a Westchester highway has been identified as a 12-year-old Yonkers boy whose father reported him missing three months ago.

Orlandito Rosario-Maldonado was last seen Nov. 2, said District Attorney Jeanine Pirro.

Orlandito was a sixth-grader at Burroughs Middle School who lived with his father and four brothers.

Mrs. Pirro said the death had been ruled a homicide, but "for investigative reasons we are not releasing exactly how the child was murdered. It was a brutal murder, though."

Wrong number helps avert suicide

NEW YORK (AP) -- Elizabeth Hartley and Emlyn Philbert could have hung up whenthe suicidal woman with the slurred speech called to say goodbye. It was obviously a wrong number.

Yet the two Manhattan securities employees kept the woman on the phone nearly an hour, and as she drifted in and out of consciousness, they reached across four states to save the 55-year-old Hampton, Va., woman's life.

But don't call them heroes. These earth angels believe the troubled woman had a real guardian angel: a friend of Ms. Philbert's who had died suddenly the day before.

The strange connection was made Wednesday around 10 a.m. when the woman, whose identity was withheld, mis-dialed and rang the J. Streicher company, a Manhattan securities lending firm. Both women are in sales. Ms. Philbert convinced her she was "Liz," the woman the caller requested and told her she loved her. She managed to get the woman's name, address and telephone number and kept her talking while Ms. Hartley called Hampton police.

Onondagas seek environmental probe

ONONDAGA INDIAN NATION (AP) -- Claiming state regulators have allowed their ancestral lands to be despoiled, the Onondaga Indian Nation on Thursday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come to its rescue.

In a 40-page petition, the Onondagas asked the EPA for an "environmental justice investigation" under federal civil rights laws into decades of environmental problems that have plagued their reservation south of Syracuse.

Specifically, the Onondagas asked the agency to review a permit issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a gravel mine at the headwaters of Onondaga Creek. They also filed a 45-page petition with the state DEC asking it to suspend the mining permit it issued in October 1996 to Valley Realty Development Co.

Lottery jackpot reaches $8 million

SCHENECTADY (AP) -- Saturday's Lotto jackpot will be $8 million since there was no winner in Wednesday's drawing, state lottery officials said.

Wednesday's winning numbers were: 4, 5, 7, 20, 28, and 47. The supplementary number was 32.

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