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New Roosevelt exhibit includes rare photo

HYDE PARK (AP) -- Rarely seen photographs and home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are included in an exhibit opening at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in the Hudson Valley.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported that the exhibit of nearly 1,000 historic photos and films includes a rare color photograph of FDR that was taken at his Hyde Park home in August 1944 for the upcoming presidential campaign. The portrait was published for the first time in the newspaper's Thursday editions.

The photographer's granddaughter recently donated the image to the FDR library.

The exhibit, titled "The Roosevelts: Public Figures, Private Lives," opens Tuesday at the FDR Library and Museum, located on the grounds of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site.


10-year-old girl stable after choking on chips

STONY BROOK (AP) -- A 10-year-old Long Island girl was in critical but stable condition Thursday, a day after nearly choking to death on tortilla chips.

Two Suffolk County police officers and a passer-by who began CPR are credited with helping save Alana Kiceina.

The little girl choked on the chips Wednesday afternoon. Shawn Mitchell, of Ridge, happened to be in the girl's Mastic neighborhood when he saw Alana's mother struggling to get help. Police arrived and used a defibrillator and other life-saving techniques.

A doctor at Stony Brook University Children's Hospital said Alana was still on a ventilator Thursday morning but that she was showing signs of improvement. Her heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs appeared normal.

She's expected to remain in the hospital for about a week.


Police charge 'dentist' with lacking license

MINEOLA (AP) -- Police said Thursday that a Long Island man with a sixth-grade education and no formal medical training has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license.

Manuel Carranza, of New Cassel, was arrested Wednesday and was facing arraignment on several charges Thursday.

Nassau County police said Carranza operated the practice for a year and a half out of his home and that he used a multilevel mechanics drawer for his dental instruments and had no equipment to sterilize them.

Police said the cash-only business provided fillings for $20 to $30 and root canals for $50.

Lt. Ray Cote added that a sign offered free extractions if the fillings or root canals did not ease a patient's suffering.


Escaped dog disrupts flights on runway

NEW YORK (AP) -- A puppy named Byrdie delayed several flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport when she escaped from her crate and frolicked around a busy runway.

The Port Authority said Thursday the 30-pound Rhodesian ridgeback scampered around the runway for about 10 minutes on Wednesday while authorities unsuccessfully tried to collar her.

The agency said they had to find the dog's owner aboard the Memphis-bound Delta Air Lines Airbus to help catch her.

The owner was brought out on to the runway.

She called out to the 14-month-old pup, and the puppy came running.