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Tappan Zee Bridge may become greenway

ALBANY (AP) -- The state is considering turning the Tappan Zee Bridge into a greenway instead of demolishing it when a new span is built to cross the Hudson River, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

A review is under way to see if the idea is feasible for the 3-mile bridge in the New York City suburbs. The Cuomo administration said it will cost $150 million to demolish the 57-year-old Tappan Zee, so officials are trying to "reimagine" it as a world-class recreation site.

A railroad bridge 45 miles upriver at Poughkeepsie has been turned into Walkway Over the Hudson and is a major attraction for that area.

Construction on the new Tappan Zee could begin this year. President Obama has made it eligible for fast-tracked federal approvals. The anticipated cost is $5.2 billion.

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Suit against Boeheim moved from N.Y. City

SYRACUSE (AP) -- The defamation lawsuit filed by two former ball boys against Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will be heard in Syracuse, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Bobby Davis and Michael Lang filed their lawsuit in New York City, claiming Boeheim slandered them by saying they were out for money after their allegations of being sexually abused by former assistant coach Bernie Fine surfaced in November. They fought a motion by the school and Boeheim to hear the case in Syracuse, where they don't believe they will get a fair hearing because of Boeheim's high standing.

But State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph said the two men didn't prove Syracuse jurors would be biased. He said there are about 350,000 people in the county to choose from.

"The plaintiffs' arguments are well-crafted and are certainly worthy of review from this court, but they still equate to nothing more than mere beliefs, suspicions and a feeling of possible bias," DeJoseph, a graduate of Syracuse University and its law school, wrote.