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Are National Parks Becoming Crime Havens?

A story from tonight's 20/20. "While families camp and boat and enjoy the beautiful wilderness, park rangers are suiting up in camouflage to fight drug dealers, smugglers, and even, on occasion, terrorists."

The story goes on:

"One was Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer. He entered walked down from Canada through the North Cascades National Park in 1996. Mezer was subsequently convicted of plotting to bomb the New York subway system and sentenced to life in prison."
- posted by matt @ 7/25/2003 04:13:00 PM

Teenage Pimp Shot Competitor Dead

"A teenage Brooklyn pimp was charged with murder yesterday for allegedly gunning down a rival flesh peddler in an argument over a prostitute, sources said."

Not what my parents had in mind when I used to speak of getting a summer job to earn a few extra bucks. This kid is 19.

- posted by matt @ 7/25/2003 04:01:00 PM

The Village Voice: CityState: New Year's Grief by Dasun Allah

A story from January 8 - 14, 2003.

"Councilmember James Davis called for retraining in the use of deadly force."

Turns out he wasn't too happy with the way the NYPD used their guns.
- posted by matt @ 7/24/2003 04:35:00 PM

Man Convicted of Biting Ear

"During a struggle with officers trying to handcuff him, Remy bit down on Officer Patrick Glynn's ear with a 'sharp-edged gold metal denture,' severing part of the lobe, prosecutors said."

Is this a sharp-edged gold metal denture?
- posted by matt @ 7/24/2003 02:47:00 PM

The Chamber of Horrors

I don't know what to say about this. This is probably the strangest thing I've heard of in a while. The whole thing. Someone legally carrying a gun, someone illegally carrying a gun, people getting waved around metal detectors, hanging out with political rivals, And Bloomberg... he was actually "working" at the time. Wow.

"Bloomberg initially called the shooting 'an attack on democracy.' But he later said it stemmed from Askew's bizarre grudge against Davis - which included a complaint the killer made about the councilman to the FBI yesterday morning."

An attack on democracy? Nice try, Mike.
- posted by matt @ 7/24/2003 10:24:00 AM

James Davis - Democrat (slow load right now)

NBC 4 is saying Councilman James Davis of Brooklyn has been shot and killed. Known for history of fighting crime. Former member of New York City Corrections Department, New York City Transit Police, New York City Police Department, Police Academy instructor.

NBC 4 is saying a former political opponent may have shot him.
- posted by matt @ 7/23/2003 03:22:00 PM

City Hall Traffic Cam

Bway & Chambers

See police activity on traffic cam.
- posted by matt @ 7/23/2003 02:49:00 PM

Shots Fired At City Hall

"A man on the second-floor balcony of City Hall pulled a handgun and began firing Wednesday afternoon, a witness said, sending people diving for cover."

Mayor B wasn't hurt, but 2 others were (as of now).

Google News: new york city hall sorted by date for the latest coverage.
- posted by matt @ 7/23/2003 02:40:00 PM

B'klyn mom killed by tree

"A towering tree felled by yesterday's lightning and howling winds struck and killed a 52-year-old woman walking with her daughter on a Brooklyn street."

A side note: "The rains hit the city helter-skelter, dumping 1.34 inches on Manhattan, only .88 of an inch at Kennedy Airport and a thumping 3.27 inches at LaGuardia Airport." It's amazing that there can be that much of a difference in such a short geographic area.
- posted by matt @ 7/23/2003 01:36:00 PM

Man Who Killed Family as a Teen Moving to NYC

"A former honor student convicted in the slaughter of his family 17 years ago will be moving to New York City after his release from prison next month, officials said."

His name is Wyley Gates and he's spent half of his life in prison. Coming from Upstate New York (this happened in East Chatham), I remember him well. When you see someone convicted of a crime and sent away, you think they're never coming back. Turns out he's going to be one of 8 million neighbors.

Read more about Wyley in Most Likely to Succeed, by Alan Gelb.
- posted by matt @ 7/22/2003 11:29:00 AM

Deal Close on Public Toilets

That Glenn Thrush at Newsday is one funny guy:

"Let's get this potty started."

Knee slapper. Anyway, talk about scary. "Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council leaders are planning to do just that as they near a deal to bring as many as 20 pay toilets to Manhattan."

They say they're self-cleaning, but come on. I'm not paying a penny to pee in a puny, putrid potty. Period.

- posted by matt @ 7/21/2003 10:55:00 PM

Queens Man Dies After Eye Gouging

"An East Elmhurst man whose eyes were gouged out by another man during a fight over a broken antenna has died, and officials are trying to determine whether the injury led to his death, police said Monday."

The guy dug the other guy's eyes out with his hands and fingernails. This kind of suff really happens.
- posted by matt @ 7/21/2003 10:45:00 PM

What's That?

"A growing number of New Yorkers are suffering permanent hearing loss, according to a report in Crain's New York Business."

As it turns out, this may not be a case of more people losing their hearing.

"He (Marc Kramer) attributes the increase in hearing loss to greater awareness, which in turn leads to earlier detection."

Makes sense. The city's always been loud with our garbage trucks, trains, car horns, helicopters, neighbors' music, etc. People are just going to the doctor and complaining about it more.
- posted by matt @ 7/21/2003 10:04:00 AM

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