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Brooklyn Today: January 20, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 20th day of the year. It is the birth anniversary (1896) of comedian George Burns, who was most famous as part of the duo Burns and Allen, with his wife Gracie Allen. The two had a long career in radio, in film and on television. Later he played the roles of God and the Devil in the Oh! God movies. He died at age 100 in 1996.

Well-known people who were born today include comedian-actor Arte Johnson (“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In”), director David Lynch, (“Twin Peaks,” Blue Velvet), TV host Bill Maher (“Politically Incorrect”) and country singer Slim Whitman.

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Tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m., the Veteran Corps of the Artillery Mess Dinner at Army Garrison Fort Harrison will celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. During this battle, the final battle of the War of 1812, American forces under Major Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated a British force that was intent on capturing New Orleans. The event will take place at the Fort Hamilton Community Club. … 

Tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, several elected officials will sponsor a forum about Neighborhood Slow Zones. This program reduces speed limits from 30 to 20 mph within a select area and adds safety measures.

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Today’s News

Police are searching for three people wanted for two Brooklyn robberies. In the first robbery, on Nov. 29, the suspects entered the Dermer Pharmacy at 2064 Flatbush Ave., displayed guns and removed money and prescription medications from the location. In the second robbery, on Dec. 12 at Harrico Pharmacy, 214 Stanhope St., the suspects pulled out their guns and gave a list of medications to an employee. After getting the medication, they removed money from the register and fled.  The suspects are described as three black men about 6 feet tall, ages 30 to 40, all wearing dark-colored jackets. One was wearing a Sacramento Kings baseball cap.

On Monday, Jan. 16, a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old, about 5'10", robbed a Dunkin Donuts at 356 McGuinness Blvd., Greenpoint, at gunpoint. After removing money from the cash register, he fled in a black auto. He was wearing a Yankees baseball hat, black outfit and gray sneakers.

According to the New York Post, a Brooklyn elementary school, P.S. 90, is restricting bathroom use among fifth graders to just three toilet trips per week. Children told the Post they were given “vouchers,” and if they lost one, that was their problem. One mother said the restroom restrictions were putting her son’s health at risk because of a medical issue.

The Daily News recently featured the Experience Unisex Salon barbershop in Crown Heights, which is open until 1 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends. The barbershop attracts people who work at night — construction yard, subway system, courtroom, bar-restaurant and other workers.

January 20, 2012 - 1:19pm


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