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Capital gains museum on Irish-Americans

ALBANY (AP) -- A museum dedicated to telling the story of Irish-Americans in the United States is moving from its longtime home to a new location in downtown Albany.

Officials from the Irish American Heritage Museum announced Monday the museum's impending move from East Durham, in the northern Catskills 25 miles southwest of Albany.

The museum opened 25 years ago in the Greene County hamlet known as the "Irish Alps" for its cluster of Irish pubs and shops. The museum has been operated as a summer-only attraction, but museum officials say it will be open year-round at its new location in a downtown Albany building.

They hope the move to a busy section of the state's capital will stem a steady decline in attendance at the museum.

The new site is scheduled to open in September.



Teacher gets fine cut in Spanish cursing case

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York City schoolteacher accused of using a Spanish vulgarity in his classroom has received a court-ordered reduction in his $15,000 fine to $1,000.

A ruling filed Monday said the initial penalty was "disproportionate" in Carlos Garcia's case. Garcia's lawyer and city attorneys had no immediate response.

The high school teacher was suspended and fined last year after students said he used a Spanish curse word. He denied it and said a court interpreter miscast the term during a disciplinary hearing.

City lawyers have said that the language was inappropriate and that the penalty was warranted.



Driver admits hitting trooper with truck

FORT EDWARD (AP) -- A Washington County farmworker who hit a state trooper with a pickup truck after a domestic disturbance has pleaded guilty to felony assault.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reported that Abel Jimenez, 31, of Cambridge, entered the plea Monday in Washington County Court. He faces four to six years in prison under a plea bargain and could be deported to Mexico as an illegal immigrant after serving that time. Sentencing is set for May 12.

Police were investigating reports of a domestic dispute at Jimenez' home on Aug. 20 when Trooper J.P. Smith stopped his pickup truck in neighboring Easton. Authorities said Jimenez drove the truck at Smith and later abandoned it.

He was arrested after a nine-day manhunt.

Smith suffered head and neck injuries but is back on the job.



Freed inmate can't get transplant; she smokes

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Nassau County judge who freed a woman from jail so she could get a heart transplant is fuming after learning that she has not yet been accepted into a transplant program because she smokes.

Judge Francis Ricigliano told Diane McCloud, 47, on Monday that she is getting one more chance.

McCloud was released in January from a 15-month petit larceny sentence. Her doctor recently notified the district attorney's office that she has refused to stop smoking and had missed several appointments, as well as drug tests.

McCloud's attorney, Leonard Issacs, said the judge and prosecutors have been fair. The judge ordered a June 10 status report on the woman's efforts to stop smoking.

The Hempstead woman smokes four cigarettes a day.

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