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Radioactive tissue holders pulled from stores, Homeless teen is Intel semifinalist, MegaMillions winner steps forward &more news for January 13th,2012

Radioactive Tissue Holders Pulled From LI Stores; Home LI Teen is Intel Semifinalist; Centerport Resident Caught Vandalizing Huntington Mosque; Mega-Millions Winner Comes Forward, Announcing Today

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Radioactive Tissue Holders Pulled From LI Stores

Federal Regulators are reporting that metal tissue holders contaminated with low levels of radioactive material may have been carried on the shelves of several Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in 20 states including New York. Though there seems to be no threat to human health that products have been pulled from the stores as a safety precaution, says Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman David McIntyre. A statement from Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc. states that the Dual Ridge Metal boutique tissue holder has been stocked in approximately 200 of its stores since July. Twelve contaminated boxes have been pulled from New York stores including Westbury, Huntington Station, Port Chester and Elmsford.

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Homeless LI Teen is Intel Semifinalist

Samantha Garvey is not your typical 17-year-old teenager. While her peers may be preoccupied with gossip, fashion magazines and boys, Garvey prefers to spend her times developing research on mussels and their environment. Her research has won her a semi-final position in a prestigious science competition, giving her a chance at a $100,000 college scholarship if she is named the winner. She’s accomplished so much all while being homeless. Garvey attends Brentwood High School but has lived in homeless shelters with her parents and two siblings for most of her life. “It’s unbelievable,” says Garvey. “It might as well be the lottery. I want to do better for myself. I want a better life.”

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Centerport Resident Caught Vandalizing Huntington Mosque

Stephen Pratt, 55, is being charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime for an incident that occurred on December 31 and harassment for a separate incident that occurred on Tuesday. While the Suffolk County police Hate Crimes Unit were at the MASIJID Noor Inc. Mosque on Park Avenue in Huntington investigating a series of vandalism when Pratt allegedly drove by and threw a glass bottle at the driveway around 7:15pm.  Pratt, a resident of Centerport, is also accused of throwing a container of white concrete sealer into the mosque’s driveway on New Year’s Eve which caused damage to the parking lot. Detectives are looking into a possible connection between Pratt and a suspect who threw jars of nails at the mosque twice in October 2012.

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Mega-Millions Winner Comes Forward, Announcing Today

The winner of the $208 mega-millions lottery jackpot will be announced today during a press conference held at the King Kullen in Middle Island that sold the winning ticket for the December 27 drawing. The winnings make for the largest ever on Long Island, topping the previous prize money by about $6.1 million. Last June, a 201.9 million Power Ball prize was split between 20 employees at a Melville Costco.

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