Brooklyn Today: July 11, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 193rd day of the year. On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that a member of a “check-raising gang” that traveled the country was arraigned at the Brooklyn courthouse on Adams Street. A “check-raising gang” was a gang who got a hold of some checks, raised the value of them by adding zeros, then tried to cash them.

Well-known people who were born today include singer Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, actor Stephen Lang (“Public Enemies,” “Avatar”), former boxer Leon Spinks, singer Suzanne Vega (“Luka”) and literary critic Harold Bloom.

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Tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Assemblyman Rafael Espinal will hold a forum on stop-and-frisk policies at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 75 Lewis Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant. ... Tonight at 7 p.m. at the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, VICE Magazine will celebrate the launch of its new street fashion book, “About VICE’s DOs and DON’Ts Book 2.”  ... Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St. in Bushwick, Arts in Bushwick will hold an open meeting to discuss future projects such as website development, community projects and the free one-day BETA (Bushwick Exhibition Triangle of Alternative Spaces) festival.