George Zimmerman’s arrest dominates city papers, but shares attention upstate with visits from Andrew Cuomo and Bill Owens

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George Zimmerman's arrest for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin was a massive national story yesterday.

In New York, the major New York City newspapers led with the story but the coverage was somewhat less dominant in other parts of the state, where the Zimmerman arrest shared the front pages with more local events, like a visit from Governor Andrew Cuomo or a congressman touring Plattsburgh for the first time.

That difference in coverage mirrors, and perhaps helps explain, the political landscape in New York, where, for example, the New York City-dominated Democratic State Senate conference is pushing for legislaiton requiring microstamping of bullets and the suburban and rural-dominated Republican State Senate conference has a member who introduced a version of the Stand Your Ground legislation, and still defends it.

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Unnamed "Criminal justice lawyers" said the Florida prosecutor will have a tough time convicting Zimmerman on 2nd degree murder charges.

A lengthy story with reporters from Sanford, Flroida and Washington contributing details. Also, the paper runs Rodney King's reaction.

Their headline on the A.P. story asks "but will he be convicted?"

"The case will probably hinge" on whether Zimmerman confronted Martin or the other way around.

Cuomo announcing the state is giving $61 million to help cover local damage costs from flooding is major news. The paper also features photos from Florida of reactions to Zimmerman's charges.

Rep. Bill Owens' visit to Plattsburgh and the mayor's office is covered at length, but not until the last line is it noted that mayor's comments about Owens were actually an endorsement.

The lesson yesterday in several Niagara County public schools was the Titanic.