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4 new roller coasters open at Coney Island

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York's Coney Island has opened its first new roller coasters since the famed Cyclone was built in the 1920s.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg helped launch four new thrill rides Wednesday. They're known collectively as the "Scream Zone."

The rides, part of the city's renewal plan, operate alongside the Luna Park rides that opened last year.

The amusement park by the Brooklyn boardwalk had fallen into disrepair over the years.

The city has contributed more than $6 million toward the cost of the new rides for Luna Park and Scream Zone.

The mayor predicted that Coney Island this summer will draw the biggest number of visitors in more than a half century.


Officer who shot player faces suit

WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- The parents of a college football player have sued the policeman who shot and killed him, calling the shooting an "unconscionable use of force."

In a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court, Danroy and Angella Henry of Easton, Mass., said the officer violated the civil and constitutional rights of their son, Danroy Henry Jr. They demanded compensation for their son's death and their suffering.

The Pleasantville, N.Y., officer, Aaron Hess, was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury in February.

Hess shot Henry through the windshield of Henry's car Oct. 17 as the 20-year-old drove away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., after the Pace University homecoming game. Autopsy results found Henry's blood-alcohol level above the legal driving limit, but the family says Henry was not drunk.

Hess has said he was hit by the car, thrown onto the hood and had no choice but to fire to stop the driver, a Pace defensive back.


$83,954 state job lost over afternoons in bar

ALBANY (AP) -- The New York inspector general said Wednesday a state building construction manager who routinely spent workday afternoons in downtown Albany taverns faces larceny and fraud charges.

Inspector General Ellen Biben said Gregory Ruth, 53, of Albany is accused of leaving work early without permission and submitting false time records, costing the state at least $5,000.

Ruth is an employee of the Office of General Services with an $83,954 annual salary.

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