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Woman shot to death at Ravenswood Houses

"A Long Island City man allegedly went berserk, firing wildly at trees, windows and the sky outside the Ravenswood Houses after he shot his girlfriend to death inside the couple’s apartment, police and witnesses said."

3 minute walk from my apartment.

The caption: "John Scott (r.) is removed from the 114th Precinct..." Oh yeah> That's him on the right? Never would've guessed with the cuffs and face hiding and all.

- posted by matt @ 8/22/2003 12:14:00 AM

Train Pusher and More

See a sketch of the guy they think pushed another guy in front of a 5 train.

Also: "A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday for hitting his girlfriend with a broomstick in a Longwood apartment building, authorities said."

This reminds me of the history of the phrase "rule of thumb." Legend has it that men were allowed to whack their wives with sticks no wider than their thumbs. Of course, that's not true, but few seem to know that. I hear that all the time.

- posted by matt @ 8/22/2003 12:03:00 AM

Sperm Con's Sentence Stiffened

"A judge took pity yesterday on a the wife of a sperm-smuggling mob hit man impregnated from behind prison walls, hitting her with a slap-on-the-wrist sentence."

Count the puns with me. It's fun.

- posted by matt @ 8/21/2003 12:26:00 AM

NYPD Coloring Pages

"Learn about Police Officers while having fun!"

Click through to PDF files. I suppose I could make some joke about improving the diversity of the NYPD by crayon choice, but I won't.

- posted by matt @ 8/20/2003 11:00:00 PM

Woman Missing Since Blackout

"Still missing is Maria Trela, 77, who arrived here from Poland in June and has been living with relatives in Queens. She was last seen at noon Thursday at the family's apartment."

- posted by matt @ 8/20/2003 05:56:00 PM

Guide To Manhattan Bathrooms

"They call it the City That Never Sleeps. But a closer description might be The City That Never Pees."

Har har. Something tells me they saw this: - Clean Bathrooms in New York City

- posted by matt @ 8/20/2003 05:53:00 PM

Another Hit by Train

"The body of a man who had been struck by a train was discovered by the operator of a Manhattan bound R train 300 feet into the tunnel from the 63rd Drive station in Rego Park."

I guess this sort of thing happens a lot. I just never noticed.

- posted by matt @ 8/20/2003 05:48:00 PM

MetroCard Safety Net

This is perfect if (when?) someone steals your wallet. The MTA is considering a program to replace lost or stolen $70 metrocards:

"Sources said transit officials are strongly considering giving riders a free, one-per-customer refund or replacement card during a set period of time, probably once a year."

It's the least they could do.

- posted by matt @ 8/19/2003 11:07:00 PM

Baby Saved In Foiled Carjacking

"A Brooklyn man experienced a parent's nightmare yesterday when he left his 1-year-old daughter in his car only to have the vehicle stolen."

- posted by matt @ 8/19/2003 09:33:00 PM

New York cops record first-ever arrest for Segway theft

Howard Sherman pointed this out:

"In a law enforcement first, a New York City man was arrested last week in connection with the theft of a Segway, the $5000 self-balancing scooter, The Smoking Gun has learned."

I like how they use the term "Segway expert" over and over. Did he take a class or something? What the hell is a "Segway expert?"

UPDATE: Gothamist - Stolen NYC Segway Found
- posted by matt @ 8/18/2003 10:01:00 PM

Trucks, parkways, make for bad combo

"Tandem signs posted at every parkway entrance clearly say 'passenger cars only,' but in case the words don't register, a second sign shows a black truck with a diagonal line through it — the universal symbol for 'no trucks.' Yet it still seems that trucks regularly get stuck under overpasses on roads they shouldn't be traveling, often snarling traffic for hours."

Riding along in the backseat as a kid, I used to read those "clearance 9'8''" signs and wonder: 1) Do truckers know how high their trucks are? 2) What would happen if they miscalculated?

This story doesn't really answer either question, but it's still fascinating knowing that trucks really do hit overpasses.

- posted by matt @ 8/18/2003 09:19:00 PM

Con Ed Worker Killed On Way To Work

"Before 7:00 a.m. Monday morning, Vincent Gargiulo, 34, was shot once in the face in front of a phone booth at 30th Street and Broadway. He was presumably on his way to work at a Con Ed work site that is the future home of a Con Ed substation."

I don't think it's related, but residents are mighty upset about the building of this substation. Lots of protest signs in the windows of this neighborhood.

- posted by matt @ 8/18/2003 09:05:00 PM

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