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SUNY Downstate’s residency program on probation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), citing an “egregious catastrophic event,” has placed SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s residency program on probation, SUNY Downstate’s President Dr. John Williams said a meeting of the SUNY Downstate Council on July 15.


Food fight: Giant tomato battle coming to Brooklyn on Saturday

In Spain, it’s called “La Tomatina,” an annual tomato-throwing festival held in the town of Buñol. In Brooklyn it’s called Tomato Battle, and starting at noon this Saturday, July 20, thousands of people will be hurling tons of overripe tomatoes at each other, all while listening to bands and drinking beer at the Aviator Sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field.

Amazingly, people are paying $50 to do this, unless they snag a discount code at online deal sights like LivingSocial, where more than 2,000 people have already obtained half-price tickets.


Missing Brooklyn boy found in North Carolina

Police say a 12-year-old boy who disappeared from East New York, Brooklyn on the Fourth of July has been found in good condition in North Carolina.

Shawn Martinez, who was last seen leaving his home at 270 Wortman Avenue, where he has lived with his foster mom Penny Cardoza, never returned from a trip to the store.

An NYPD spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday that Shawn was found on a bus with his biological mother. Police are preparing to transport him back to Brooklyn.


12-year-old Brooklyn boy missing, disappeared on the 4th of July

Shawn Martinez, age 12, disappeared on the Fourth of July in East New York, Brooklyn, and hasn’t been seen since. He was last seen on Wortman Avenue, according to the 75th Precinct.

Shawn is 5'5" and 115 lbs. According to News 12, he was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt with the words “Call of Duty” written on it and red and blue Adidas sneakers.

Penny Cardona told News 12 her son went to the store and did not come back.


East New York elderly fight displacement

Almost 200 residents of East New York streamed into an underutilized New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) parking lot on Wednesday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of Redwood Senior Living, a senior housing building that will hold 80 rental units.

Most of the attendees were members of St. Paul Community Baptist Church, across the street, and many lived in nearby NYCHA public housing complexes.


Thompson picks up endorsements from Latino leaders

Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, who grew up in Brooklyn, has picked up endorsements in his quest to become New York’s next mayor from several of the borough's Latino elected officials and civic leaders.


Firm owner charged with abandoning hazardous oil trucks on Brooklyn streets

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens on Friday announced a felony indictment against Patrick McAteer of Morganville, N.J., and Roberto Iengo of Queens for their role in the abandoning five tanker trailers filled with thousands of gallons of waste oil substances. The men face up to 15 years in prison.


Efforts are in play to protect Brooklyn seniors

Federal and New York state authorities have reached a $1 million settlement with a Brooklyn agency that used untrained health aides to care for elderly and disabled clients. 


Brownsville man arrested for promoting dog fighting

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Tuesday announced the indictment of Leslie Alexander, 39, of Boyland Street, for possessing seven pit bulls with the intent to use them in dog fighting.  

On May 24, NYPD anti-crime officers executed a search warrant at Alexander’s Boyland Street home in search of guns and drugs. While in the house, officers found seven pit bulls and various equipment used to train and condition dogs for fighting.  


Company admits dumping contaminated waste into sewers, must pay $2.8 million

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Friday announced that Jack Abel and Avi Abel, the father-and-son owners of Sepco Industries, Inc. , a subsidiary of Watermark Designs, LLC., pleaded guilty on the corporation’s behalf to a New York Environmental Conservation Law prohibiting the unlawful discharge of industrial waste and for repeated failure to file corporate tax returns.  



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