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Obsessed janitor gets life term in attack

CANANDAIGUA (AP) -- A 58-year-old janitor who authorities said was obsessed with a woman at his workplace has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for trying to abduct and kill her.

Robert Collins of Farmington was given the maximum sentence Tuesday in Ontario County Court, where he was convicted last month on attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and assault charges.

Authorities said Collins was obsessed with Jacqueline Marsh, who worked at the office he cleaned.

Police said he attacked Marsh outside her apartment building in Victor last November, using the handle of a rake to beat the woman over the head.

Officials said he intended to kidnap and kill Marsh.


Web site lists pensions of public employees

ALBANY (AP) -- A new Web site reveals the pensions paid to retired public employees, including $261,000 a year to a former teacher.

He is among the almost 1,400 retirees pulling down at least $100,000 a year.

Two-thirds of the retirees in that group are retired police and firefighters.

The Web site of the Empire Center for New York State Policy also shows former State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi qualifies for a $105,000 pension.

The Democrat resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to using state workers as chauffeurs and companions for his wife.

It also includes former Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, a Republican in line for a $96,000 pension. He retired before being convicted in a public corruption case earlier this year.

The site can be accessed at


Steinbeck memorabilia to be sold at auction

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Steinbeck kept his California roots close when writing such masterpieces as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden." But the Nobel Prize winner also loved New York and made it his home for much of his life.

Now, a trove of his personal letters, manuscripts and photographs from his sunny three-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where he lived until his death in 1968, will be offered Wednesday at Bloomsbury Auctions.

Expected to bring a total of $200,000 to $250,000, the items include Steinbeck's acceptance speech for his 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature and numerous handwritten manuscripts on topics as diverse as his Irish roots and observations on camping. His library of 800 books also will be sold.


Ballerina punched; pointe shoes stolen

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said Wednesday muggers punched a star Russian ballerina in the face and took her pointe shoes while she was returning home from a performance.

Natalia Osipova was walking home at about midnight Tuesday on Manhattan's Upper West Side when two men attacked her, taking a bag that contained the pointe shoes, valued at about $100.

Osipova, a star of the Bolshoi Ballet, is a guest artist at the American Ballet Theatre, where she is scheduled to perform Saturday in "Sleeping Beauty."

She also is to debut July 10 as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet."

Police were searching for the assailants.

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