Christina Torre, daughter of the former Yankees manager, was just tooling along on her bike, heading into work as a teacher, when she saw a baby dangling from an awning in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She stopped, called 911, and caught the 1-year-old, who had pushed his way through some cardboard covering a window. Joe Torre told The Post: "She always had good hands."
Christine Quinn has long said she would keep Ray Kelly on as police commissioner, though she's no fan of stop-and-frisk. On Wednesday, she was already threatening to fire him if he couldn't get the number of stops down: "If you can’t agree to that, don’t take the job, and if you take it and you don’t do it, you’ll get fired," Quinn said at a NY1 mayoral debate. Let's hope she has a second choice in mind for the position.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns handed their opponents an easy line of attack on Tuesday when it included Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev on a list of 6,000 victims of gun violence since the Newtown massacre. The names were read aloud by gun control advocates in Concord, New Hampshire as part of a "No More Names" event, and when protesters heard Tsarnaev's name they yelled "he's a terrorist!"
State Republican Chair Jennifer Horn claimed the incident shows that Bloomberg's gun group is "radical and out of touch with New Hampshire values," but on Wednesday Mayors Against Illegal Guns apologized, saying Tsarnaev was "absolutely not a victim, his name should have been deleted before the list was provided to a family member for reading and his name should never have been read."
Joe Lhota used to be the chairman of the MTA, so one expects him to make sense when he's talking about the subways. But his latest idea doesn't, exactly: He wants to put park-and-ride lots or garages at the ends of each line to encourage people to ride rather than drive. "Look, if we were to build a subway system today, we would have built them with park-n-rides," Lhota said at a Republican candidates forum on transportation, per Capital New York. A Straphangers Campaign advocate pointed out those areas are generally full of neighborhoods now. "We can make room. There are more than enough places to do it," Lhota said. Well, perhaps it's not the least achievable subway project ever conceived.
An organization whose name is synonymous with the "ex-gay" movement, Exodus International, will soon cease to be, after its president apologized for trying to convert gays and lesbians through prayer. The apology from Alan Chambers has been expected, after he reached out to Lisa Ling of Our America and asked for the chance to offer it formally, two years after he appeared on her show for the first time. But the announcement that Exodus was closing came as a surprise on Wednesday. The board of directors of Exodus says it plans to start a new ministry at the still-under-construction URL reducefear.org, and that local branches of Exodus could continue operating autonomously, but not under the name Exodus.
A 40-year-old Bronx elementary school teacher was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 10-year-old student after writing to her parents on school letterhead, saying she'd won an award and offering to drive her to the ceremony. There was no award, and police say Anthony Criscuolo took the girl to a school parking lot on Monday and assaulted her in his car. Her mother called the police on Tuesday after finding e-mails of a "sexual nature" between Criscuolo and her daughter.
The latest sexual assault incident to hit the military comes at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, where three current and former football players have been charged in a sexual assault case that was first reported more than a year ago. It follows a string of high-profile sexual assault cases in the military, but what makes this incident unique is the lengthy investigation that has stopped and started as the accuser first dropped her allegations, then reinstated them. The female cadet, who is now 21, says she was raped while blacked out drunk in April 2012, and when she first brought the case to authorities, she was disciplined for drinking while her alleged attackers were allowed to keep playing football. She told The New York Times she felt intimidated into silence by her fellow cadets.
New York City man Marc Moskowitz claims he broke his shoulder when he slipped on a "foreign white substance" at the Bally Total Fitness on East 55th Street. The 66-year-old not-gay Moskowitz blames the culture of "cruising and lewd behavior" in the steam room, sauna, and locker rooms for the "bodily fluids and other evidence of sexual activity wherever it occurred throughout the gym." How he differentiated between semen, soap, and lotion we will leave to the lawyers.
We know. You're already lost. Why would a KKK member want to help Israel? What is a Death Ray? These are fair questions.
Glenn Crawford is a 49-year-old General Electric employee from Galway, an upstate town located outside of Schenectady. He's reportedly a member of the tea-party group Americans Demanding Liberty and Freedom and of the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. With the help of at least one accomplice, and perhaps more, he designed and partially built a "radiation emitting device that could be placed in the back of a van to covertly emit ionizing radiation strong enough to bring about radiation sickness or death," according to an FBI complaint. Crawford offered his Death Ray (we're calling it the Death Ray, FYI) to various synagogues and local Jewish groups as a weapon they could use against the "enemies of Israel." The police were alerted and infiltrated Crawford's plot. He and his accomplice now face fifteen years in prison.
As advocates for government transparency, the parallels between NSA leaker Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks are obvious. The ideological similarities — and potential for branding alliances — have not been lost on Julian Assange, who gave a quick I told you so when Snowden first came forward, and continued today to stress his connection with the hottest new international outlaw in the world. "I feel a great deal of personal sympathy with Mr. Snowden," Assange told reporters from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he's been holed up for a year, much to the detriment of WikiLeaks' actual leaking and his personal profile. The Snowden saga is an easy way back into the conversation.
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