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Elementary school offers classes in Arabic

NEW YORK (AP) -- An elementary school in Harlem is the first in New York City to offer regular Arabic-language instruction.

City officials joined founders of the program at Public School 368 for an official announcement Wednesday.

The program is sponsored by the educational nonprofit Global Language Project and by the Qatar Foundation International.

Second-graders at P.S. 368 have been learning Arabic in a 10-week pilot program. All the students in the second through fifth grades will learn Arabic starting in the fall. They will have two 45-minute Arabic classes each week.

Several New York City high schools teach Arabic, and the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn offers Arabic instruction to seventh- and eighth-graders.



Camera captures thieves victimizing man

PORT CHESTER (AP) -- A video shows thieves victimizing a man lying passed out at the edge of a Westchester County lawn.

WABC said the crimes were captured on a security camera at the home of Sean McNerney and Elly Trickett.

As the victim sprawled near the sidewalk, a man rooted through his pockets, picked him up and threw off his shoes.

Later, a woman and a man rooted around for his valuables. The woman appeared to steal his belt.

Other people, apparently leaving a nearby bar, stepped around him. It appears nobody tried to help him.

The man eventually woke up. Trickett was startled Sunday morning to find him staring, dazed, into their screen door. That's when they decided to check the video.



Reward offered in case of cat killed by arrow

MEDFORD (AP) -- Authorities on Long Island are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot a cat with an arrow.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA said the cat showed up on a porch Tuesday. It was still alive and had an arrow through it.

SPCA officers tried to rescue the cat, but an officer was bitten and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter took over care and treatment of the, cat but it died from its injuries.