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07/29/15 2:00pm
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Fearing that drones with cameras could intrude on residents’ privacy, the Suffolk County Legislature voted Tuesday to ban drone use over county public beaches during the summer and require operators to get permits to fly the devices in county parks. (more…)

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06/09/15 4:30pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Neal Lewis (second from right) presents a proposed county Climate Action Plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Neal Lewis (second from right) presents a proposed county Climate Action Plan at Tuesday’s meeting.

In an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Suffolk County is hoping an incentive for business and homeowners to improve their buildings will help spur upgrades on outdated structures. (more…)

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05/29/15 8:00am
ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCK The popularity of drones, used for multiple purposes, has caught the attention of federal regulators.

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The popularity of drones, used for multiple purposes, has caught the attention of federal regulators.

You may have seen them hovering over your head at public events or perhaps you saw one flying around on a television news show. Amazon even has a plan to use them to deliver packages.

All the while, government agencies have had difficulty crafting regulations to address safety and privacy concerns involving unmanned aerial drones, and have put a de-facto ban on commercial use of the devices. (more…)

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05/28/15 4:30pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO This 7-year-old diamondback terrapin turtle, held by Karen Testa of Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, has been in captivity since it was a hatchling. Turtles of this species have been found dead in nearby creeks feeding the Peconic Bay.

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This 7-year-old diamondback terrapin turtle, held by Karen Testa of Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, has been in captivity since it was a hatchling. Turtles of this species have been found dead in nearby creeks feeding the Peconic Bay.

Turtles have been dying in significant numbers near some of the creeks leading into Peconic Bay, amounting to an “unprecedented” die-off, according to environmental advocates and state conservation authorities. (more…)