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SKETCHES OF COURT: Shelter employee who was attacked seeks damages in spinal-injury case

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Peter Sweeney (right) listens as attorney Thomas Moverman (standing), partner in the law firm Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, makes his opening statement to a jury in Kings County Civil Term last Tuesday during the bifurcated trial of Valerie Lewis v. FJC Security Services Inc. Moverman is holding a model of a spinal column to show the location of Lewis’ spinal injuries. At far left, seated, is Marc Freund, also an attorney for the plaintiff and partner in the firm.


Man killed at Brooklyn crosswalk, NYPD increases jaywalking tickets

A 47-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Sunday in a crash in Brooklyn at a busy intersection in Greenpoint.

Police say Jorge Rios, of Queens, was riding a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle on Manhattan Avenue when he struck the side of a Lexus sedan being driven by a 71-year-old man. Rios was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The sedan driver was not hurt.


Bestselling author to launch ‘Pete Rose’ in Cobble Hill

On Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m., New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Kostya Kennedy will be signing copies of “Pete Rose: An American Dilemma” at BookCourt in Cobble Hill. The book, which was published March 11 by Time Home Entertainment, coincides with the 25th anniversary of Rose being banned from baseball and the start of the 2014 baseball season. The book offers an insightful examination of Rose from interviews with family, teammates, friends, baseball officials and Rose himself.


Local groups get grants from Greenpoint oil spill settlement

A church, a well-known conservation group, a boat club, a middle school and a community garden are among the 18 entities that have been chosen to receive the first environment-related grant awards from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.


Brooklyn's future legal minds participate in WWII Event

In recognition of Black History Month, students at Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology explored the topic of civil rights through a program offered by Optimum Power to Learn, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Channel.


Brooklyn DA announces dismissal of charges against Sam Kellner

Brooklyn’s new district attorney has stayed true to his campaign promise to dismiss criminal charges against a Brooklyn father caught up in a questionable sex abuse case.

Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that the DA’s Office has moved to dismiss pending charges against Samuel Kellner, a whistleblower in several sexual abuse cases. The DA’s decision follows an internal reassessment of the case, as Kellner faced several charges brought by the previous administration.


Acclaimed writers to appear in conversation in Cobble Hill

Esteemed author Therese Walsh will appear in Brooklyn on March 10 to discuss her new novel, “The Moon Sisters,” with fellow author Barbara O’Neal, who recently published “The All You Can Dream Buffet.” The two will speak at BookCourt in Cobble Hill at 7 p.m., after which they will sign books.


Ken Burns, Fred Armisen, John Oliver, ‘Questlove’ headline star-studded event for Brooklyn’s 826NYC

While tutoring centers are no rarity in New York City, Park Slope’s 826NYC — also known as the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company — is unique in its quirky setup and programming. On Wednesday, the nonprofit community center that emphasizes student writing, celebrated its tenth anniversary at Town Hall in Manhattan with “One-On-One Chat Spectacular,” an event featuring a star-studded lineup of entertainers.


Sidewalk isn’t a dangerous instrument: judge dismisses prosecution’s argument

A New York City sidewalk was deemed an innocuous object by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge after prosecutors tried to label the sidewalk a dangerous instrument used in an assault case.

After a night of New Year’s Eve drunken revelry, defendant Andrew McElroy hailed a cab from Manhattan to Williamsburg. An argument began between McElroy and the cab driver Key Kim, initially over the dropoff location, that then escalated to heated disagreement when defendant McElroy refused — or forgot — to sign the credit card receipt.


Pols want de Blasio to make North Brooklyn a top Vision Zero priority

The death of a 21-year-old woman who was hit by a city bus in Williamsburg is spurring calls for the de Blasio Administration to install safety measures on the streets of that neighborhood as well as other North Brooklyn communities.

Marisol Martinez, a nursing student at Hunter College, was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus at the corner of Union and Meeker Avenues early Saturday morning, DNA Info reported.



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