Long Island

Overcoming a "sissy" image
6:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Badminton woos Americans on Long Island

Danish badminton player Flemming Quach returning a volley at the 2014 Yonex Suffolk County Community College U.S. Open Championships.
Credit Charles Lane

The tall and lithe Michelle Li from Toronto dings a goose feathered shuttlecock to and fro in a lazy, backyard barbeque sort of way. The rubber-nosed projectile flies over the net as she takes a dainty step here, a swing of the ponytail there, and then she jumps a foot and half in the air, and…

WHOP

Li hasn't clocked her "smash" but she guesses it's around 200 mph. This with a racket weighing less than a quarter pound which, perhaps, mischaracterizes the sport in general as non-contact, non-competitive, non-American.

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Avoiding the crowd for the noise
11:55 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Watching the planes but not the air show

A record number of people attended this weekend's Bethpage air show at Jones Beach. But some skipped the crowds and went to Republic Airport instead. WSHU’s Gabrielle Fonrouge went to find out why. 

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After miraculous innovation, tragic loss
9:50 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

New book details the triumphs and hubris of Wright brothers

The Wright brothers live in our minds as American icons . . . and what do we really know about them?

Long Island author Lawrence Goldstone has written a new book about their genius and their missteps. They solved a problem that had stumped great minds for millenia, yet their secretiveness and obsession with their competitors—particularly the greatly innovative, and now little-known Glenn Curtiss—resigned them to be business has-beens.

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"Muslims should be surveilled more"
8:45 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Rep. Peter King attends Friday prayers

Rep. Peter King shook hands and posed for dozens of photos at a mosque in Bay Shore, Long Island
Credit Charles Lane

Long Island Congressman Peter King attended Friday prayers at a mosque in Bay Shore Friday. King notoriously held five congressional hearings on what he considered the proliferation of radical Islam following September 11th. King was invited by the mosque’s president, and he used the visit to explain his comments which many see as disparaging to Muslims.

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95% of old LIPA still remains
7:26 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New utility, but little changed within the ranks

Nearly five months after New Jersey based PSEG took over Long Island's electric grid much of what officials complained about still remains.
Credit AP/Mel Evans

After a yearlong campaign to end what New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called a “failed” and “bloated” agency, New Jersey-based PSEG is now almost five months into running Long Island’s electric grid. They took over National Grid's contract with the Long Island Power Authority and assumed much more operational control. But according to records and interviews, much of what was “failed” and “bloated” still remains today. On top of that, it costs more.  

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