Brooklyn Today for July 11

Good morning. Today is the 192rd 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 that 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”), fashion icon Georgio Armani and literary critic Harold Bloom.