I'm a Business Traveler
So I'm <air quotes>away on business</air quotes> in San Francisco this weekend. I use the air quotes because I think it's hilarious. I sound like some middle-aged father of 3 or something. But anyway, let me point out a few scary stories from "The City by the Bay."
- Redwood City man arrested for alleged hammer attack
"As a 29-year-old Redwood City man sits in jail today, the woman that he allegedly beat in the head with a hammer Thursday is teetering between life and death at a local hospital, according to authorities."
A Redwood City Police Department Captain was quoted as saying, "I don't think he is the sharpest tool in the shed." For Christ's sake...
- Blast kills worker at rocket fuel plant
"A construction worker was killed Friday when a South Bay rocket fuel plant was hit by its second explosion in five weeks."
Residents in the neighborhood are understandably a little concerned about the plant's safety record. A company spokesperson replied: "I'd like to tell them there is no risk to them." You'd like to, but what? It's not true? Just say it!
- SF's Version of a Crime Blotter
No details, just dates, rough locations and a standardized description of the crime. This particular area has a lot of cases of "BURGLARY, HOT PROWL, UNLAWFUL ENTRY." I have no idea what that is, but "hot prowl" sounds scary. lar area has a lot of cases of "BURGLARY, HOT PROWL, UNLAWFUL ENTRY." I have no idea what that is, but "hot prowl" sounds scary. UPDATE: Of course there's something that explains what a Hot Prowl is. "A 'Hot Prowl' is a burglary when a subject enters, or attempts to enter your home while someone is home. A hot prowl burglary is dangerous because of the possible confrontation between the subject and victim."
- posted by matt @ 9/13/2003 03:20:00 AM
American Red Cross - Credit Card Contribution
Ok, no posts from me on September 11th. I don't really know why. It's not really a statement or anything unless you want it to be, and if you do, you get to make the statement up. How's that?
But... why don't you take this chance to donate a few bucks to the American Red Cross (just the first charitable organization I thought of... if you have another that you fancy, go for it)? Many of us opened our wallets two years ago, but how many have done so since?
- posted by matt @ 9/10/2003 11:57:00 PM
2 Sanitation workers are sickened
"Two Sanitation workers were sickened yesterday morning when they inhaled fumes that leaked from two discarded refrigerators as the appliances were crushed in the back of their collection truck."
- posted by matt @ 9/10/2003 09:10:00 PM
4 Found Dead Inside a Home in Queens
"Four people were found fatally stabbed last night in their house in Queens, including a woman in her 80's known for the treats she gave neighborhood children, as well as her 21-year-old granddaughter and two male relatives, the authorities said."
The story goes onto say, "Quadruple killings have been rare in the region..." Well I should friggen hope so...
- posted by matt @ 9/10/2003 09:00:00 PM
DefenseLINK News: Navy Hospital Ship Underway to Aid New York Rescue Effort
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2001 -- The Navy has activated the hospital ship USNS Comfort to support New York City responders in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers."
This just came into my RSS reader. Seeing the headline, I seriously thought I missed something (for a second).
- posted by matt @ 9/09/2003 11:55:00 PM
Man Pleads Guilty in Boss' Pickax Murder
"A construction worker, accused of driving a pickax into the head of his boss in a dispute over money, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder."
This guy almost got away with this:
"Racins, apparently intending to return to Latvia, went to Kennedy Airport instead of reporting for work on April 23. But he fell asleep at the airport and missed his flight to Helsinki, Finland, from where he could have taken a ferry to Latvia."
So he went home, where of course, the cops were waiting for him.
- posted by matt @ 9/09/2003 05:34:00 PM
National Guard Leaves Subways
"Gun-toting National Guard soldiers who patrolled subways since the Sept. 11 attacks were quietly pared back in early July at the behest of the city Police Department, state officials said."
Not to be cynical or nothing, but this should do good things for overtime-collecting police officers.
- posted by matt @ 9/09/2003 05:23:00 PM
Health Premiums Swell, as Does Public Concern
"Politicians take note: Americans fret more about losing their health insurance than being a victim of a terrorist attack, according to the results of a poll released on Tuesday."
Like I've been saying, there's more to be afraid of.
- posted by matt @ 9/09/2003 12:39:00 PM
The Ride a Boy Can't Forget
This is a sad story. Boy sees death of train conductor. Boy no longer rides the subway or leaves neighborhood. Linked from Transit Blog, a new daily read for me.
- posted by matt @ 9/08/2003 05:50:00 PM
9/11 Still Strains New York Psyche
"A New York Times poll of 976 adult New Yorkers, taken last week, underscores how much lasting damage 9/11 inflicted on the city's psyche. Two-thirds of the people questioned said they were very concerned about another attack in New York, slightly more than felt that way a year ago. In their routine moments, New Yorkers indicated, they are thinking and talking less often about the terrorist attack than they were a year ago, but the subtext of discomfort is every bit as intense."
I think this is a little deceiving, though it's tough to say w/o knowing all of the details of the survey's questions. I think a lot of people here think another attack with happen, but I think a smaller number are directly "concerned" about it. I think a lot of people have adopted the, "what happens will happen" attitude about terrorism. I think less people are "scared" of dying in an act of terrorism and more are taking a reasonable approach to things. Thinking about how to get away from their offices in a hurry if they have to, are these shoes ok to walk in, do I have the stuff at home that I need if I need it? Those sorts of things. I don't think these things are signs of "discomfort" as much as signs of being realistic and practical.
- posted by matt @ 9/07/2003 11:18:00 PM
Bloody 24 hours on city streets
"Allison was one of 15 New Yorkers struck when more than three dozen bullets were fired in 24 hours spanning June 26 and 27, stark testimony to a still vibrant illegal gun trade."
The Daily News looks at a number of crimes committed during a 24-hour span in late June and the guns behind each.
- posted by matt @ 9/07/2003 07:00:00 PM
About 300 people show up for Million Youth March repeat
"The Million Youth March, a flash point for controversy just five years ago, stepped off quietly Saturday with about 300 people joining in the six-block trek in Brooklyn."
This reminds me of my Million Dollar wallet. It has about 4 bucks in it.
- posted by matt @ 9/07/2003 06:52:00 PM
Cop Charged with Sex Crimes
"A veteran city police officer has been arrested in connection with an Internet-related sex offense, police said yesterday."
Listen, I'm no fan of sexual abuse of any sort, but I have the feeling this cop is getting a raw deal.
"Police said sexually explicit photos depicting DeGennaro and the 17-year-old high school student were found in a hotel room in Linn County."
A few months and this wouldn't have been a crime. I guess he should've asked for ID.
- posted by matt @ 9/07/2003 06:49:00 PM
The flinch factor: New York since the attack
"Nearly two years after two hijacked jets smashed into the World Trade Center, many New Yorkers continue to feel reverberations from the attack."
A story from San Francisco about how us New Yorkers are now scaredy cats. What do they know?
- posted by matt @ 9/07/2003 02:15:00 PM
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