J.D. Allen

News Editor

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's news editor, and producer of The Full Story. Formally WAMC’s Berkshire bureau chief, he has reported for public radio stations, including bylines with WSHU, WNYC, WBUR, WNPR and NPR. J.D. has reported on healthcare and small businesses for "Long Island Business News" and real estate and land-use for The Press News Group newspapers. He also an adjunct at Stony Brook University's School of Journalism. J.D. holds a B.A. in journalism and sociology from Stony Brook University and an M.S. in communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

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Suffolk County Police are deploying high-tech cars as bait to lure and trap car thieves.

The cars will be equipped with cameras, tracking devices and a kill switch to stop the vehicles.

The cars were donated by the insurance company MetLife and the non-profit National Insurance Crime Bureau.

County records show that there have been nearly 500 reported car thefts so far this year. That’s almost as much as last year’s total.  

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini says this aggressive tactic will help catch thieves and reduce the number of car thefts.

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This year all of the Olympic swimmers are wearing swimsuits that were developed to mimic sharkskin.  Now though, scientists have shown that the man-made design works better for swimmers in a pool than sharkskin does for sharks in the ocean...at least when it comes to drag. 

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The Suffolk County Youth Shelter opened this week to address the growing number of runaway and homeless children on Long Island.

The emergency youth shelter is replacing another that closed in 2014, which left hundreds of children in need.  

The Hope for Youth family services organization is opening an emergency youth shelter on Tuesday morning in Suffolk County to help address the growing number of runaway and homeless children on Long Island.  

Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Suffolk County lawmakers are considering a plan to allow Suffolk County Community College to use an adjacent county-owned property for a tax-free startup zone.

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