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Obama endorses de Blasio for mayor

Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign has gotten the presidential seal of approval.

The New York Observer reported on its website Monday morning that President Barack Obama has weighed in on the mayor’s race Monday morning, endorsing Democrat Bill de Blasio for the job of running the country’s largest city.


Sports wear designer pledges to donate profits to youth group

Angel Lopez, an up and coming sports apparel designer, has never forgotten where he came from and the people who helped him along the way.

Lopez, whose new company, Novato Sports Apparel, designs and manufactures apparel for basketball, baseball, football, and soccer teams, has pledged to donate a percentage of his profits to a Sunset Park-based organization that helps at-risk youth turn their lives around.


‘The Returned’ imagines a new kind of world

In his debut novel “The Returned (Harlequin MIRA; September 2013), Jason Mott tells the eerie story of a world in which the departed come back to coexist with the living.


Brooklyn art prof remembers historic festival

This month is the 50th anniversary of an event that, at the time, was unusual for the art world, for the Brooklyn Museum, and for a young graduate student at Pratt who suddenly was able to enlist some of the nation’s most famous artists and photographers in her cause.

The event was a benefit for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund at the Brooklyn Museum. It was the brainchild of then-MFA student Cynthia Dantzic; her friend Virginia Cantarella, a medical illustrator and painter; and Jan Swan, Dantzic’s landlady in Crown Heights and a microbiologist.


Impact of government budget cuts felt in Brooklyn Federal Court

The projected tidal wave that federal budget cuts will have on Brooklyn courts has become a reality.

Citing the impact of federal budget cuts, a federal judge has rejected prosecutors' request to sequester a jury in a murder and racketeering trial in Brooklyn.

Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. said he would keep the jurors' names secret but wouldn't take extra measures because the court had to "be mindful of today's economic climate."


Schumer seeks to cut wait times at JFK Airport

Charging that excessively long waits to go through customs at JFK Airport are hurting the region’s economy, US Senator Charles Schumer issued a personal appeal to the Department of Homeland Security to install new measures to alleviate problems for travelers.

“JFK is a gateway to America and it is a national embarrassment – and drag on the regional economy – that customs lines there are so infuriatingly long,” said Schumer. 


Brooklyn Law School professor to head stop-and-frisk committee

Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin continues her efforts to bring reform to the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Earlier this week, Scheindlin denied New York City’s request to stay reform tactics until all appeals in the case have been adjudicated — noting that delaying the effects of her landmark decision to overhaul the policy that lends itself to the discrimination of minorities would send the wrong message.


Animal rights protest planned for Greenpoint live poultry market

Local and national animal rights activists will gather at Lee’s Live Poultry Market in Greenpoint on Saturday, September 28, to protest the slaughter of chickens there.

The protest at 122 Greenpoint Avenue is part of World Day for Farmed Animals, with demonstrations taking place at slaughterhouses around the world.


Malian national indicted in Brooklyn federal court for murder of U.S. diplomat

An indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court charging Alhassane Ould Mohamed, 42, also known as “Cheibani,” a Malian citizen, with the murder and attempted murder of United States Embassy personnel stationed in Niamey, Niger in December 2000.   

In addition, a reward of $20,000 was announced for information that leads to the defendant’s capture.



This mural BKLYN FLAVOR is being painted in DUMBO by Ad Deville of Skewville, an art team of twin brothers Ad and Droo.

The mural highlights Skewville’s exhibit “Sucks Either Way’ showing now at Mighty Tanaka gallery at 111 Front Street, and running concurrently with the DUMBO Art Festival September 27 – 29.

Skewville is widely known for their hand made wooden sneakers they have been tossing over telephone lines since 1999.



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