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Two pigeon stories in the news. Both are crazy:

Birdseedman Arrested Again For Littering, Feeding Animals

Jesus... I don't even know which line to pull out and quote. Just read the whole thing, as they say.

Busted Bird Girl's Seeds of Discontent

"A bird-brained brouhaha in an Upper East Side park has led to the arrest of a woman on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon — birdseed."

- posted by matt @ 8/02/2003 12:13:00 AM



Boy Hit By Car In Queens, Dies

"A 6-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria, police said."

The picture of this boy will make you cry.

- posted by matt @ 8/01/2003 11:39:00 PM



"Safer America" Store Closes

The anti-terror equipment store near the WTC site that profited from the worries and fears of New Yorkers has closed. Good.

"Yet, after dozens of terror warnings and one large-scale run on duct tape this past winter, Americans appear desensitized to the government’s words of caution and less likely to buy personal protection products. 'People are less scared right now,' said Houri, quickly adding that it is a good thing."

People are less scared of terrorist stuff. People are now afraid of getting mugged or hit by a bus or something else I'd post here. You have to be afraid of something. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
- posted by matt @ 8/01/2003 11:48:00 AM



Kids Awake to Parents' Murder Suicide

"Two Brooklyn brothers awoke yesterday morning to find their parents dead in the bedroom after the father apparently beat and choked the mother before turning a knife on himself, police said."

- posted by matt @ 7/31/2003 04:07:00 PM



Lick This!

"A summer postal worker was arrested early yesterday morning in Queens on prostitution charges, police said."

The story goes on: "Her work status was being evaluated yesterday, Malone said." I guess that's kind of like when Johns drive slowly down the street evaluating their options.

- posted by matt @ 7/31/2003 04:03:00 PM



Dead Animal Removal Service Request

The options in the pulldown menus are kind of funny in a weird way. I've used this service before and I can tell you, they're pretty prompt.


- posted by matt @ 7/31/2003 01:21:00 AM



Close Call for Three Men in a Boat

"Three men floating in an out-of-gas boat underneath the Triborough Bridge narrowly escaped death last night by jumping ship as a barge bore down on them."

The currents there are terrible, hence the name Hell Gate. "Hell Gate is a graveyard for ships and sailors and passengers, its islands the refuge of the wayward and unwanted."

- posted by matt @ 7/30/2003 04:18:00 PM



Couches Tossed from Sixth Floor

"Kisha Adams, 31, was seen by a housing cop tossing two couches off the sixth floor of her apartment building on Sunday afternoon, according to court documents."

File under "seemed like a good idea at the time." Turns out, though, that "at the time" should actually be "both times."

"'I'm getting rid of furniture,' she told police, according to court papers. 'I've done it before from the eighth floor. No one's going to get hurt.'"

- posted by matt @ 7/30/2003 12:15:00 AM



Man Shot on Upper West Side

"A man walking along a busy Upper West Side street last night was shot by a thug who suddenly pulled up in a dark-colored van, jumped out and pulled the trigger, police said."

The Post sure does its best to make this sound like an random act of violence, but come on.

Over at Amy's Robot: "There were cops everywhere, and Amy noted that they were moving Learning Annex newspaper boxes around to use as fence posts for their crime tape. As she said, don't they have something else to use as portable crime scene tape holders besides whatever plastic newspaper boxes happen to be lying around?"

I hope they put those boxes back in an neat and orderly fashion. I've seen a lot newspaper boxes with summonses on them complaining that they were in the sidewalk, dirty, whatever.

- posted by matt @ 7/29/2003 05:51:00 PM



Cop Accidentally Shoots Self in Leg

"An NYPD ballistics detective in Queens accidentally shot himself in the leg yesterday while he was examining a gun, police said."

It happens. And when it does, it makes the pages of the NY Daily News.
- posted by matt @ 7/29/2003 04:00:00 PM



Manhattan Bank Robbery Foiled

I try to stay away from bank heist stuff. Frankly, it just happens 4 or 5 times a day here in the city. It's not really that scary or exciting. But this is pretty interesting:

"But his plan was foiled when the manager activated an alarm system and a customer used a cell phone to call police, who discovered the suitcase contained nothing but a cut-up broomstick painted to look like dynamite."

Like an advanced finger-in-pocket ploy.

- posted by matt @ 7/29/2003 03:56:00 PM



9-Year-Old Raped on Rooftop

"But as the girl returned to her Delano Village building on East 139th Street Sunday evening, a man followed her onto the elevator, blocked her from getting off on her floor and dragged her to the roof, where he raped and sodomized her, police said."

- posted by matt @ 7/29/2003 03:54:00 PM



Straphangers Scuffle on Platform

"A rush hour scramble to get into an L train at Union Square turned violent Monday, when one straphanger pushed another into the side of an oncoming train, police said."

My worst fear.

- posted by matt @ 7/29/2003 12:21:00 AM



New York City’s Security Myth

This guy's a smartass, but it's a funny read:

"Imagine that! The mayor of the City of New York will now pass through a metal detector on his way to work, just as airline pilots are now required to do the same before taking their positions in the cockpit. Great. So now the citizens of New York are safe from the very real threat of a mayoral self-assassination, just as airline passengers are now traveling safe in the knowledge that the pilot will no longer be able to hijack his own plane."

Ha. His basic point: "My personal experience in New York, even two years after the 9/11 attacks, clearly illustrates the difference between real security and symbolic security."
- posted by matt @ 7/28/2003 03:39:00 PM



Blind Guy Kicks Ass on Train

Sent in by ADM and Amy at http://amysrobot.com/

"Incredible line from the story: 'Sensing the impending attack, the blind man turned around and smashed his cane against his would-be assailant's head - leaving a blood-gushing gash in his forehead.' We like your site."

Awesome... both the story and the compliment. Thanks.

- posted by matt @ 7/28/2003 01:17:00 PM



Homemade Devices Are Da Bomb To Kids

"It started as many teenage trends do. One boy told a friend about a cheap, easy way to make a soda bottle explode by filling it with a simple combination of household products, including Drano, and shaking it."

This kind of stuff is fun to do in the middle of the woods. I did it, my friends did it. Whatever. No big deal when there's no one around. However:

"That same day, in Astoria, a Drano bomb was tossed into a Dunkin' Donuts, startling customers and workers. No one was injured, 'but we were scared,' said employee Alia Zafar, 22. 'Some students ran in and threw the bottle. It went all over the floor and the walls,' she added. 'It was very loud and there was a bad smell.'"

That's my street. Great.
- posted by matt @ 7/27/2003 09:45:00 PM



Robbing Them Blind

"Powerful xenon headlights, the hot new car accessory, are being stolen in the city at alarming rates, leaving victims with repair bills as high as $5,000."

You know, those bright blue lights you've seen recently on more and more cars. Well they're getting stolen. The worst thing: this seems to focus on Nissan Maximas almost exclusively. Sucks for them.

- posted by matt @ 7/27/2003 09:37:00 PM



Father Is Accused of Hanging Toddler

"The police arrested the father, Juan Batista, 27, and charged him with second-degree murder, accusing him of tying an electrical cord around his son's neck and hanging the boy from a shower curtain rod."

- posted by matt @ 7/27/2003 02:45:00 AM



So How Safe Is The City?

Newsday takes a look at some of the security procedures around the city. Bottom line: "Security at some of the city's landmarks, tourist attractions and public buildings, heavily beefed up after Sept. 11, still can be a mixed bag with some major inconsistencies."

- posted by matt @ 7/27/2003 02:40:00 AM


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