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AUDIT TURNS UP ONLY 37 OF 52 DONATED PAINTINGS

An audit has located only 37 of the 52 paintings Hudson River School painter John Barrow donated to the Onondaga County Library in 1905, and many of those found were in poor condition.

The audit followed the arrest earlier this month of Thomas Dydyk, 52, executive director of Friends of the Central Library.

Dydyk pleaded not guilty to a felony count of larceny in the theft of one painting, "Ben Porter," after he sold it for $200 at a garage sale. The painting was worth $50,000.

Dydyk told detectives he had inadvertently carried the painting out of a library storage room with some posters last fall, but then decided to sell it.

Library officials had not noticed either painting was missing.

Auditor Tom Squires said county officials will meet with library officials next week to discuss what they plan to do with the remaining paintings.

College administrator faces
computer child porn charge

CLIFTON PARK (AP) -- State police have arrested an administrator of Albany's Excelsior College after pornographic images of children were found on his computer.

Daniel Eisenberg, 56, of Clifton Park, was arraigned before Clifton Park Town Justice James Hughes on a felony charge of possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child. He was released on $20,000 bond.

Eisenberg took his computer to a local computer shop for repairs in July. During diagnostic testing, the store owner discovered images of children engaged in sexual acts during diagnostic testing.

The owner called state police, who were then able to isolate the images and press charges.

Mother collapses, dies
while breaking up fight

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 50-year-old woman collapsed and died while trying to break up a fight between her 12-year-old daughter and another girl in a Bronx schoolyard, authorities said.

Mary McGuire went into cardiac arrest just before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of Intermediate School 146 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, police said.

Published reports said McGuire, the mother of 18, was active in the community and suffered from asthma and heart problems.

The medical examiner would determine the cause of McGuire's death, according to DetectiveCarolyn Chew, police spokeswoman.

13,000 sign up to design
trade center monument

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 13,000 people from all 50 states and 94 countries have registered to submit designs for the World Trade Center memorial, organizers announced Friday.

How many actually will submit designs to the 13-member jury judging the memorial competition remains to be seen, said Kevin Rampe, interim president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, and Rampe said he had a message for applicants.

"Above all else, be bold, be daring, be unconventional," Rampe said at a news conference announcing the numbers. The corporation was established to oversee the rebuilding of the area after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack that collapsed the twin towers and killed more than 2,700 people.

The final design will be selected in October. The memorial will be incorporated into the overall trade center rebuilding plan developed by architect Daniel Libeskind, whose winning design was chosen in February.

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