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 8Gs in a stunt plane, caught a 10-foot wave (briefly) and dove 40 meters on a single breath. Charles is extraordinarily friendly so don't hesitate to contact.

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Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes, making him the 13th Triple Crown winner.

The big, chestnut colt stood above the other horses with a commanding lead all the way through the homestretch Saturday in Elmont, N.Y. It was only his sixth race, and some bettors had worried that he packed too many races into the 110 days leading up to the race, but it was no contest.

Justify, jockeyed by Mike Smith, became a sensation because of his impressive size, his calm and dominating presence, and his ability to overcome inexperience.

A Horse Named Justify

Jun 9, 2018
Julie Jacobson / AP

Justify is the horse to watch at Saturday's Belmont Stakes. If Justify wins, it would cap a remarkable run and rare Triple Crown victory following wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

Only 12 horses have ever won the Triple Crown, but Justify could be the 13th Saturday evening. Last month he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. He’s the odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes.

Elise Amendola / AP

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is using the state’s $206 billion pension to force Google, Facebook, and Twitter to address fake news, hate speech, and sexual harassment online.

Richard Drew / AP

New stress tests are showing how state budgets have never been so exposed to market gyrations. Some pension funds for state workers are so underfunded they face insolvency if the stock market drops.

Evan Vucci / AP

President Donald Trump was on Long Island Wednesday to hold a roundtable discussion on the violent MS-13 gang, and to push his immigration policy.