Charles Lane

Senior reporter for Long Island

Charles is a radio reporter, story teller, Excel ninja, database grasshopper, and loves to FOIL records. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle, Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service, and the Catholic World Report.  He's won three SPJ Public Service Awards, a National Murrow, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.  He once did 3Gs in a stunt plane, ran the Tough Mudder, and dove 40 meters on a single breath.  Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

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30 years of leaky fuel tanks
5:15 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk Settles $2 million environmental lawsuit

Suffolk County settled another lawsuit with the US Attorney's office Wednesday.  This latest one will cost tax payers $2-million for environmental violations stemming from underground storage tanks owned by the county.

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Settlement caps 5 year investigation
11:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Suffolk approves settlement between county police and US Justice Department

In this Nov. 19, 2008 file photo, men carry the coffin of slain Ecuadoran citizen Marcelo Lucero in Gualaceo, Ecuador. Lucero, who lived in the U.S., was killed on Nov. 8, 2008 during an attack on Long Island.
Credit AP Photo, File

The Suffolk County Legislature approved a settlement on Tuesday between the county police department and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discriminatory policing. 

The agreement comes after a five-year federal investigation into the murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in 2008.  The Justice Department concluded that police discouraged Latinos from reporting crimes and improperly classified hate crimes. 

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Sports
4:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Some Competitors Say Free-Diving Needs A Safety Sea Change

Nicholas Mevoli smiles while diving in Curacao in October. He died a month later following an attempted dive in a free-diving competition in the Bahamas.
Daan Verhoeven Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Dahab, Egypt, just north of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula, is perfect for free-diving. A diver can have tea in a simple beach cafe and then take just a handful of steps into the Gulf of Aqaba, where the seafloor plunges more than 100 yards into a wine-glass-shaped blue hole.

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Investors snatch up $2B in LIPA bonds
5:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

NY helps LIPA restructure debt at lower cost

Credit AP

The Long Island Power Authority says it has finished restructuring more $2 billion dollars worth of debt.   LIPA says the borrowing could save rate payers some $130 million over 27 years.  

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Current law doesn't standardize hate crime stats
5:23 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

DiNapoli will audit hate crimes

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will audit the state's hate crime data collection.
Credit AP

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he will audit the state's reporting of hate crime laws.  The audit comes at the request of a New York City elected official but could affect Suffolk County.

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