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"Dozens of people were treated for smoke inhalation early Saturday after a fire broke out beneath a subway train in Brooklyn, authorities said."

UPDATE: Once again, Gothamist does a nice job of wrapping up the coverage on the F Train Fire.

ANOTHER UPDATE: 601am has a first-hand account from his sister who was on the train that caught fire. "My sister said that police directions were incredibly confusing. Some cops told them to go one way; others told them to go directly opposite direction." Great.
- posted by matt @ 7/19/2003 01:11:00 PM

A heated rivalry explodes in on-field violence

There are some pretty sick people in this city. I'm not much of a baseball fan, but I guess there was some big fight at last night's Staten Island Yankees / Brooklyn Cyclones game.

"In the middle of what most fans described as an otherwise unexciting game, the field exploded in the sixth inning as the Staten Island Yankees battled the Brooklyn Cyclones."

OK, great. It happens. But check out the quotes from the fans.

* "'That was cool,' said Greg Bruno, 16, of Old Bridge, N.J., who was taking in the game with his buddy, Teddy Venezia, also 16. 'I've never seen blood in baseball.'"

* "'They were clean shots, face shots,' said Brooklynite Eddie DeMarche. 'It was really beautiful.'"

* "'Fights should be mandatory,' Ms. Miley said."

* "'This has been a great day,' said Don DeGrazia, who is visiting with family in Queens."


- posted by matt @ 7/18/2003 04:58:00 PM

Watch Your Step

When walking down the street, keep your eyes on feet. "Cave-ins generally look like depressions, with a jagged hole and a deep void beneath it." Do everything you can to avoid the "deep void."

Report deep voids and other street defects through the city's online form.
- posted by matt @ 7/17/2003 07:44:00 PM


"A straphanger in Brooklyn fearlessly nabbed a crazed, homeless man wielding two steak knives who viciously slashed another rider in the face, police said yesterday."

The fearless guy is from Astoria. Represent.

- posted by matt @ 7/17/2003 01:48:00 PM

The Voodoo That You Do

There were two cases involving voodoo in Brooklyn Federal Court yesterday.

"Down the hall, a self-described spiritual healer charged with sneaking jugs of ammonia aboard a commercial flight was scolded by a judge for tossing a dried peach pit onto the prosecution table.

"The pit prompted a federal agent to do a quick Internet search of 'peach pit' and 'voodoo' - just in case."

It looks like there's nothing to worry about.

- posted by matt @ 7/16/2003 12:54:00 PM

Li'l biker charms Bx. cops

So this little out-of-towner gets his bike stolen and the cops buy him a new one.

"Michael, who was visiting relatives in Mott Haven, melted the hearts of the police officers who were called to his grandmother's house Monday afternoon. At their stationhouse, they collected $110 and gave the golden-eyed boy with the missing front tooth another bicycle yesterday, just like the one that was taken right out from under him."

This kind of stuff doesn't happen. Ever.

- posted by matt @ 7/16/2003 12:39:00 PM

Brooklyn Youths Deadly War of Words

"A daylong argument between two groups of youngsters on Sunday resulted in the death of a Brooklyn teenager, police said yesterday."

The story goes on:

"Perez reportedly was verbally sparring with a member from the other group throughout the day, although police categorized the argument as typical summer-day trash talk."

You know... just your average, run-of-the mill summer-day trash talk. Nothing to see here, folks. Just some typical summer-day trash talk. What the hell is that? Is there such thing as typical autumn-day harassment?
- posted by matt @ 7/15/2003 12:19:00 PM

3 Hurt as Cop Car Crashes, Flips

"A police patrol car flipped over and landed on its roof after colliding with a Cadillac in Brooklyn, injuring two cops and the other driver yesterday."

Not sure, but this may simply be marketing for the new Starsky & Hutch film, featuring Ben Stiller as Starsky, Owen Wilson as Hutch and Snoop Dogg as the loveable Huggy Bear, not to be confused with Snuggle Bear.
- posted by matt @ 7/14/2003 02:29:00 PM

Man Shoots Self in Groin

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"An 18-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his groin on the corner of East 224th Street and Barnes Avenue in Williamsbridge, police said."

The worst thing about this? He did it to himself, then gets arrested for it. Ouch.

- posted by matt @ 7/14/2003 02:22:00 PM

Rodent Scare Doesn't Ruffle Wendy's Patrons

This reads more like an ad for Wendy's than a report on someone finding a mouse in their chili.

"Tom Takis said he wasn't letting the report mar his enjoyment of chili, a junior bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Coke..."

"My fries were nice and soft and my burger was fresh. Little Carrie even had the nuggets..."

- posted by matt @ 7/13/2003 03:29:00 PM

Man Hit By Subway Survives

"A homeless man survived falling onto subway tracks and being struck by a train in Brooklyn Friday night, police said, but remains in bad shape at a local hospital."

The story goes on to say that this is the 5th time this month that a train hit a person and caused serious injuries or death. But... the MTA "does not officially tally the number of people hit by trains." I guess that means someone keeps track on a napkin or something.
- posted by matt @ 7/13/2003 03:15:00 PM

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