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>Drug suspect killed after chase with police

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said Saturday a drug suspect led officers on a wild chase through the Bronx, then was shot and killed by officers as he tried to ram his way through stopped traffic on an expressway.

Police spokesman Paul Brown said Orlando Santos bolted when police tried to stop his SUV because of a burned-out headlight late Friday night.

Police chased the SUV for more than five miles. It finally got stuck in traffic on Interstate 87, the Major Deegan Expressway.

Brown said the SUV rammed at least four vehicles as it tried to get through the stopped traffic. Officers fired 19 shots at the SUV, killing Santos.

Brown said witnesses told investigators that Santos was trying to run over the officers.

He said Santos was wanted on a drug warrant.

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>Railroad officials move Grand Central clock

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new clock -- well, an old clock, really -- has been installed on the lower level of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal.

Metro-North Railroad spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said the clock was moved from the upper level because new lighting fixtures hid it from sight.

The clock is from the Self Winding Clock Co. Nancy Dyer of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors said there once were more than 50,000 Self Winding clocks across the country, all maintained by Western Union.

She said Western Union transmitted the correct time to the clocks, and they helped maintain railroad schedules.

Anders said the clock, framed by a square oak case, was too big and beautiful to put in a museum.

So it was moved to the ceiling of the dining concourse.

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>Tourney turns facility into giant bowling alley

SYRACUSE (AP) -- With 6 miles of wiring and enough lumber to build five three-bedroom homes, a central New York convention center is being transformed into a huge bowling alley.

The Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center in Syracuse is the site for the U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Championships. Competition begins April 7 and more than 30,000 bowlers are expected.

Over the past month, 48 pristine bowling lanes have been installed.

A casino is among the sponsors and playing cards have been used as shims to make the lanes as level as possible.

After the tournament, the lanes will be dismantled. Some of the wood will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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>Board eyes ban on 'pub crawls'

NEW YORK (AP) -- A community board in a bar-heavy section of midtown Manhattan may soon put restrictions on organized "pub crawls."

Community Board 6, which covers the East Side of Manhattan between 14th and 59th streets, is holding a public hearing on Thursday to consider a ban on bar-to-bar events.

The board's Toni Carlina said the hearing was prompted by a St. Patrick's Day event that drew thousands of crawlers, some of them underage, to the neighborhood. Neighbors reportedly complained of vomiting in the streets.