Sunday, April 27, 2008


A Call for Changes
A coalition of civil rights advocates urged sweeping reforms in the handling of police misconduct and alleged brutality cases in the wake of the acquittal of three officers involved in a fatal shooting, and said they expected Gov. David Patterson tosupport their major proposal for a permanent state-level special prosecutor to investigate such incidents.

Nicole Paultre Bell: "Justice System Let Me Down"

'They Killed Sean All Over Again'
her first comments since the stunning verdict, Sean Bell's
fiancée said "the justice system let me down.'' Nicole Paultre
Bell said "April 25, 2008: They killed Sean all over again,'' as
hundreds gathered at Rev. Al Sharpton's Harlem headquarters. Paultre
Bell is going to Washington this week to press for federal charges
against the acquitted detectives.

Friday, April 25, 2008

NYPD Officers Acquitted in 50-Shot Killing

Cops Acquitted on All Counts
Three NYPD officers have been acquitted of all charges in the 50-shot
killing of an unarmed man on his wedding day. Michael Oliver,
Gescard Isnora and Marc Cooper were charged with
manslaughter, reckless endangerment and assault in the 2006 slaying of
Sean Bell. 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa said there was shock, silence
and tears inside the courtroom.

Verdict Awaits Detectives in Death of Sean Bell

Decision Day in Bell Trial
seven weeks of often conflicting testimony about the death of an
unarmed groom-to-be in a hail of 50 police bullets, it's now up to a
judge to decide whether the shooters committed a crime. Justice Arthur
Cooperman is to deliver a verdict thismorning in the closely watched
case of Sean Bell, who was gunned down outside a Queens strip club
where he was having a bachelor party.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pope Wraps Up Trip with Mass at Yankee Stadium

'Summons to Move Forward'
Benedict XVI celebrated his final Mass in the United States before a
full house in storied Yankee Stadium on Sunday, blessing his enormous
U.S. flock and telling Americans to use their freedoms wisely.Benedict
beamed before a joyous crowd of 57,000. He called the Mass "a summons
to move forward with firm resolve to use wisely the blessings of
freedom, in order to build a future of hope for coming generations."

Pope to Bless 'Sacred Ground' at WTC Prayer Service

Pope to Bless 'Sacred Ground'
the final day of his journey, Pope Benedict XVI turns his focus to the
people of New York, in a prayer service Sunday morning at the site
of the Sept. 11th attacks. Benedict has invited 24 people with ties to
ground zero to join him. Later, Benedict will celebrate Mass for 50,000
at Yankee Stadium.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Compromise Is Reached on Harlem Rezoning

The Bloomberg administration’s proposal to rezone 125th Street in Harlem cleared a major hurdle on Tuesday when the area’s three City Council members signed off on a compromise plan that would limit the height of new buildings, add moderately priced housing and provide financial aid to businesses displaced by the rezoning.The proposal was then approved by the Council’s Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee in a 10-to-1 vote. The agreement between the City Planning Commission and the council members, Inez E. Dickens, Robert Jackson and Melissa Mark-Viverito, virtually assures the plan’s passage by the full City Council later this month.

The rezoning of 24 blocks of Harlem, stretching from Broadway east to Second Avenue, and from 124th to 126th Street, centers on 125th Street — a cultural touchstone for African-Americans in the city and beyond. It has led to widespread opposition in the neighborhood because of concerns that it will change the character of the low-rise street and speed gentrification in the area, including forcing out long-term businesses and low-income residents.

But Councilwoman Dickens, who represents central Harlem, and who led what she and others involved described as contentious negotiations during the past three weeks, said on Tuesday that the agreement would provide sufficient protection for the neighborhood, which is among the poorest in the city.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Thursday plans to introduce a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software models to help users avoid traffic jams.

The new service’s software technology, called Clearflow, was developed over the last five years by a group of artificial-intelligence researchers at the company’s Microsoft Research laboratories. It is an ambitious attempt to apply machine-learning techniques to the problem of traffic congestion. The system is intended to reflect the complex traffic interactions that occur as traffic backs up on freeways and spills over onto city streets.

The Clearflow system will be freely available as part of the company’s site ( for 72 cities in the United States. Microsoft says it will give drivers alternative route information that is more accurate and attuned to current traffic patterns on both freeways and side streets.

A system for driving directions that Microsoft introduced last fall was limited, because without Clearflow there was no information available about traffic conditions on city streets adjacent to the highways. Because the system assumed that those routes would be clear, drivers were on occasion sent into areas that were more congested than the freeways.

yahoo and microsoft ?

Microsoft Remains Favorite In Crowded Battle for Yahoo

Yahoo Inc.'s directors meet Friday to discuss alternatives to a Microsoft Corp. takeover, with many insiders still seeing a Microsoft deal -- without the participation of News Corp. -- as the most likely outcome.

Behind the battle over Yahoo is a scramble by Internet and media giants to capture the flood of advertising dollars expected to move online and block Google Inc. from extending its Web-search-ad domination.

Aside from Microsoft's solo bid, Yahoo's directors will likely discuss a plan under which Time Warner Inc. would fold its AOL unit into Yahoo in exchange for a roughly 20% stake in Yahoo. ...

Robbery Ends in Fatal Shootout
Irvington police detective shot and killed an armed man who had wounded
him during a botched robbery at a local business on Thursday.
Authorities were searching Thursday night for a woman and another man,
who may have been armed, for questioning in connection with the

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Hollywood Legend Charlton Heston Dead at 84

Farewell to a Hollywood Icon
Heston won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing
"Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic
figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s. He died Saturday night at
his home in Beverly Hills. Charlton Heston "was seen by the
world as larger than life," Heston's family said in a statement.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

You're Out! Yankees Toss 2 Fans Accused of Trying to Steal Frills

2 Accused of Souvenir Hunting
souvenir hunting season is underway. Police say two die-hard New York
Yankees fans have been caught stealing. They say witnesses reported
seeing John Bunjaporte, 41, and Keith O'Rourke, 39, trying to
remove screws from the decorative bunting during Tuesday's Opening Day
game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008


As long as they hold Opening Days in the new Yankee Stadium the
Yankees will be hard pressed to put on the show they did last night in
the final Opening Day in their soon-to-be-gone digs.

Granted, the pulsating 3-2 win over the Blue Jays in front of a
sold-out crowd of 55,112 is the first of 162 overall and there are 80
tilts remaining to get weepy about The Bronx Baseball Cathedral
closing. Yet, when Chien-Ming Wang, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera
pitch brilliantly, Melky Cabrera makes two sensational catches and
sneaks a homer into the right field corner and Jason Giambi uses his
legs and arm to help win a game played with the red, white and blue
bunting hanging from the decks, it's very difficult to see it as just
another game. And if it needed anything else it was Joe Girardi's first
win as Yankees manager.

"It's awesome," Girardi said of the victory that was delayed a day
by rain but took only two hours and 31 minutes to complete. "I have
been looking forward to this day since I signed. You do all the
preparation and I saw it pay off. You saw a guy (Bobby Abreu) score
from first and you saw a guy (Johnny Damon) hit a triple. It was
unbelievable, you finally get to play for real."

Rodriguez’s Opt-Out: A Mess That Sticks

Tuesday, April 01, 2008



April 1, 2008 -- While the Yankees and Blue Jays waited yesterday
for what was billed as the last Opening Day in Yankee Stadium, the
Rogers Centre - a domed venue - would have been available if Major
League Baseball had requested the date. When the game was called at
2:25 p.m., 80 minutes after the 1:05 scheduled start, more than one
Yankee pined for Canada.

"We will get through it but there a
couple of domes sitting empty right now," Johnny Damon said. "Is it
raining or snowing in Toronto? This easily could have been avoided."

City Council Approves Fee to Drive Below 60th

City Council Approves Fee to Drive Below 60th

John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times

Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, left, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,
Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer and Speaker Christine C. Quinn after the
congestion pricing proposal was passed.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Speaker Christine C.
Quinn won approval of the controversial proposal from the City Council
by an unusually slim margin.

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