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Red Cross gives $1.25M grant to Brooklyn Community Foundation

The American Red Cross in Greater New York, in an outdoor ceremony at Borough Hall Plaza on Wednesday, presented a $1.25 million grant to the Brooklyn Community Foundation to support long-term recovery efforts for people affected by Superstorm Sandy.


Third defendant convicted in Brooklyn cop-killing

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Wednesday announced the conviction of Kevin Santos, 32, of murder in the second degree and burglary in the first degree for the shooting death of Police Officer Peter J. Figoski, a 22-year veteran of the 75th Precinct, in December 2011. 

Co-defendant Nelson Morales, 29, was convicted of the same charges on May 24.  Both face 25-years-to-life in prison.  Sentencing for both is expected to take place on June 20, by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus.


SUNY survival plan: Shrink Downstate, form Brooklyn hospital network, ditch LICH

At a meeting of its board in Manhattan on Tuesday, SUNY presented a four-year restructuring plan that would save financially-troubled SUNY Downstate Hospital by shrinking it and forming a network with other Brooklyn hospitals.


Thompson gets nod from Brooklyn Democrats

The executive committee of the Brooklyn Democratic Organization, meeting at the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Canarsie, voted to endorse former City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. for mayor.

The vote was 22 for Thompson, six for current city Comptroller John Liu, two for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, one for former Councilman Sal Albanese and four abstentions, according to George Arzt, spokesman for Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio.


Gerritsen Beach is poster child for lingering impact of high water

A South Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood is battling a health menace Superstorm Sandy left behind: Mold.

As summer approaches, non-profits are redoubling their efforts to clean up the foul fungus lurking in hundreds of homes in Gerritsen Beach, a peninsula where a 10-foot storm surge during the Oct. 29 hurricane flooded nearly all 1,800 houses in the neighborhood.


Abdul-Wahhab convicted in burglary of bishop’s apartment

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Thursday announced the conviction of Sadiq Abdul-Wahhab, 48, for burglary in the first degree. When he is sentenced June 11, he will face a maximum of up to 25 years in prison.


First grader’s writing talent wins prize for her school

A Brooklyn first grader is teaching her fellow students important lessons in kindness. And she’s plenty of winning recognition for it. Francesca Foster, who attends Brooklyn Ascend Charter School, won the grand prize in the “There’s Always Time for Kindness” a national student essay contest sponsored by The Be Kind People Project, a non-profit organization in Phoenix which strives to instill a sense of community and charity in children.


Five arrested for selling drugs, guns out of neighborhood pharmacy

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes on Wednesday announced the arrests of five people on charges of selling heroin, cocaine and guns out of a neighborhood pharmacy.

Three of those arrested worked at Malik Pharmacy at 2981 Fulton St. Two of the employees (along with the other man and woman who did not work at the pharmacy) organized sales of heroin, cocaine and guns from inside the store, according to the charges.  The third employee allegedly ran a Medicaid fraud scheme from behind the pharmacy counter.


Pregnancy may have been motive for shocking murder of 14-year-old

A desire to avoid the consequences of pregnancy may have been the motive behind the grisly slaying and burning of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found on a Brooklyn beach in January, according to a family spokesman.

Christian Ferdinand, 20, of Limestone, Maine, was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree murder.


Novel portrays '60s Brooklyn amidst Vietnam War backdrop

Shifting between 1960s Brooklyn and Vietnam, Jim McGinty’s novel “Right to Kill: A Brooklyn Tale” begins with a scene on the Culver Line subway train, which “snaked through Brooklyn on an elevated steel platform that disfigured the otherwise tranquil neighborhood of Gravesend.” McGinty tells the story of Sean Cercone, a law student who makes his way from Gravesend to Marine officer training and eventually to brutal combat in Quang Tri, Vietnam.



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