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- posted by matt @ 8/07/2003 11:57:00 PM

Passengers, MTA Differ on Canal Street Explosion

"But it's a far cry from last night, when the situation bordered on chaos. A piece of the braking mechanism on a train broke off and hit the third rail. There were explosions and smoke got into the train. Passengers panicked."

Another case of something happening on the subway and passengers not being told what to do. So they broke windows. When all else fails, break windows, scream and run.

- posted by matt @ 8/07/2003 11:42:00 PM

Pepper Spray Evacuates Bowling Alley

"A man sparked pandemonium in a Bay Ridge bowling alley Wednesday when he squirted Mace-like spray into the air, panicking adults and children gathered for a birthday party and a summer camp field trip, police said."

This (people walking into places and spraying stuff) actually happens a lot. I have no idea why.

"The spray sent dozens of children and adults still wearing their bowling shoes out into the street with their eyes and throats burning."

Have you ever tried running in bowling shoes, especially outside on the street? Not an easy task.

- posted by matt @ 8/07/2003 11:34:00 PM

Paperwork review will hold up Gates release

"The planned release of Wyley Gates after 17 years in custody for slaying four people, including three members of his family, will probably be delayed, a state official said Wednesday."

I'm getting a lot of people coming to SacryNY looking for info on Wyley Gates. Once he gets out (not sure when that's going to be now) He's moving to New York and he has a clerk job at a law firm all lined up.

More: Gates' release held up -- picture from 17 years ago and a TV news thing featuring some video of Wyley and a few bad courtroom sketches.

- posted by matt @ 8/07/2003 10:30:00 AM

Night Out Celebrates Plunging Crime Rate

"The city's crime rate is much lower than it was when National Night Out Against Crime was created 20 years ago, but that didn't stop thousands of New Yorkers from coming out last night to learn about crime prevention."

Well as it turns out, New York's celebration of the National Night Out was nothing more than a chance for the city to go on and on about how low the crime rate is. And I was all excited and stuff.

No quotes from folks from this neighborhood or that celebrating their safe night out. Just Mike B patting himself on the back. It took two people from the Post to write this story.

- posted by matt @ 8/06/2003 10:34:00 PM

Trained NYC Hawks Attack Chihuahua

"Trained hawks employed to keep pigeons from making a mess on visitors in a midtown park have been grounded because one of the birds mistook a Chihuahua as its lunch."

So I spend a lot of time taking advantage of the wireless network in Bryant Park. Let me tell you something... these birds are scary as hell. I'm surprised it took this long for something like this to happen. The first few times, I thought it was just some weird guy taking his bird for a walk. After speaking with him once, though, I learned all about the program. I hope these this gets going again. Scary death birds or not, they really do keep the pigeons away. The loss of a Chihuahua here and there is a small price to pay for poop-free wireless access. I mean, the little guy wasn't even hurt… badly.

- posted by matt @ 8/06/2003 10:22:00 PM

New York offers luxury return to mugged tourist

"A Canadian tourist mugged on her first visit to New York has received a flood of invitations from five-star hotel and restaurant owners, asking her to give the city a second chance."

Great. Now everyone will want to get hit in the head with a bottle. Just what we need.

- posted by matt @ 8/06/2003 02:47:00 PM

National Night Out - 2003

Well, shit. I missed it. I had every intention of linking to this and making a big deal about it. Look for follow-up stories tomorrow.

- posted by matt @ 8/06/2003 12:46:00 AM

Bike Girl Gets Wheel Surprise

"An 11-year-old Brooklyn girl, crushed when the bike she won in a school contest was stolen by thugs, was given a surprise consolation prize: new wheels courtesy of police detectives and a local businessman."

This is the second time since I've been paying attention to this kind of stuff that cops bought a kid a new bike after their original bike was stolen. Do they do this if someone's car is yanked?

- posted by matt @ 8/06/2003 12:38:00 AM

New York Pursues Old Cases of Rape Based Just on DNA

"New York City officials said yesterday that they planned to systematically review biological evidence from hundreds of unsolved sex crimes, with the goal of indicting the unidentified attackers based on their DNA profiles before the 10-year statute of limitations runs out."

So, does this mean you can indict a finger print? What about a hat found at the scene of a crime? To me, DNA is evidence. It's not an indictable entity. If you don't like the whole statute of limitations thing, work to change them. Don't dance around them.

- posted by matt @ 8/05/2003 11:55:00 AM

6 Hurt in Gun Violence

"Six people were shot in separate incidents between Saturday night and yesterday morning, including a man who was hit by a stray bullet while standing on a street in the Lincoln Center area, police said."

I like how Newsday uses the line, "In other shootings." Jeez.

- posted by matt @ 8/04/2003 10:34:00 PM

Al-Qaida suspect arrested in NYC

In other news... "The FBI has arrested a Pakistani man with alleged ties to al-Qaida in New York City, NBC News has learned."

Alleged. The case is sealed, so don't expect anyone to parade this guy in front of any cameras... yet.

- posted by matt @ 8/04/2003 10:29:00 PM

Grandpa Shoots Neighbor Who Told Boy to Shoo

"A Brooklyn man was in critical condition yesterday after he was shot in the stomach for shooing away a boy on his building stoop, police said."

Update: More details from the NYT.
- posted by matt @ 8/04/2003 10:19:00 PM

Gothamist: Tourist Attacked on East 78th

"A tourist was attacked last night at 9PM on East 78th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues." Once again, Gothamist does a nice job of summing up a front-page crime story. As you've been reading, stuff like this happens all the time. You see it on the front pages when it's in a certain neighborhood or happens to certain people.

- posted by matt @ 8/04/2003 10:52:00 AM

Queens Crash "Wanted to Die"

"A 5-year-old Queens boy hit and killed by a car when he ran out from between two parked vehicles had a death wish, a family friend said yesterday."

This is an update to a story I linked to the other day. I didn't think kids could develop this sort of stuff at the age of 5. While they say it wasn't suicide, it sure sounds that way to me. Or at least a kid who didn't mind doing really dangerous things just to see what would happen.

- posted by matt @ 8/03/2003 02:13:00 PM

Why is New York safer than Chicago?

Other cities whishing they were as safe as New York. Giuliani receives mad props, as they say (or used to say - I don't know).

- posted by matt @ 8/03/2003 02:07:00 PM

Traffic Cop Runs Over Homeless Man

"A drunken homeless man passed out in a Manhattan gutter was accidentally run over early Saturday by a traffic enforcement agent, police said."

Accident or not, I swear these traffic cops (you know, the dark blue cars) are the worst offenders of New York City's traffic laws. I *always* see them double parked, speeding, running red lights, going the wrong way down a one-way street, etc. They cause more problems than anything else.

- posted by matt @ 8/03/2003 02:00:00 PM

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