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Esteemed Brooklyn Heights author explores memory, identity in latest novel

Seventeen-year-old Ember Leferrier is not your average teenager. The narrator in Adele Griffin’s latest Young Adult novel “Loud Awake and Lost” (Knopf), Ember has spent the last eight months in a hospital bed after a car accident nearly killed her. When we meet her, she is leaving the hospital, feeling “crudely refashioned, like a Frankenstein monster,” and heading home with her parents to Brooklyn Heights.


Madonna to join Pussy Riot at Barclays Center human rights concert

Madonna's not done with her recent string of public appearances — she also has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International's human rights concert in New York.

The pop singer made the announcement Wednesday morning on social media. She's been busy of late, appearing on Sunday's Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and singing with Miley Cyrus during an "MTV Unplugged" taping Tuesday.


Lander brings mayor's ‘Vision Zero’ plan to Park Slope

Park Slope residents are already seeing parts of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety plan in action, according to Councilman Brad Lander, who said a recent sting by police resulted in summonses for dangerous motorists.

Lander said that during a two-day period, Jan. 23-24, the 78th Precinct handed out 16 summonses to drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The summonses came as a result of a “failure-to-yield” sting the cops conducted.


SUNY ‘reopens’ LICH bidding – but just to those who already bid

SUNY announced on Tuesday that it is reopening its Request for Proposals to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH) -- but only to those bidders who already participated in the initial round.

Those who previously put in a bid will have until February 3 to tweak their offers. No new hospital or health care provider would be allowed to enter the bidding for the historic Cobble Hill hospital.


Brooklyn Heights Cop of the Year honored for fighting DWIs

The 84th Precinct Community Council, covering Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Vinegar and Boerum Hill, held its meeting on Monday, and traffic safety and last year’s crime stats were among the main items on the agenda.

Fitting in with that theme of traffic safety, P.O. Saief Hasnain was awarded the Cop of the Year award for his work in stopping DWIs in the precinct, which includes more than 400 bars and part of the Barclays Center area.


Brooklyn immigrant given second chance at asylum

A federal court of appeals has reversed the denial of an immigrant’s asylum claim. Initially denied because of his inability to pass a Bible test, the lower court’s ruling was overturned and the case sent back to for error correction.


Boys High remains optimistic despite a down-season

The Boys and Girls Kangaroos won three consecutive Public School Athletic League championships from 2010-2012, so when they finished last season with just an 8-8 record it was easy to overlook it as barely a blip on the radar. However, the 'Roos have continued to struggle this season and are currently 6-7 after a loss to South Shore last Friday.


Saved again: $7.5 million released to Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn

A financial lifeline was thrown to ailing Interfaith Medical Center in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday, when the court approved $7.5 million in funds that will keep the Bedford-Stuyvesant hospital in full operation through mid-February.

Interfaith, on the brink of closing, will receive immediate access to $3.5 million, promised previously but withheld by the state, along with another $4 million in Vital Access Provider (VAP) funds.

According to NYSNA and 1199, “another $10 million is on the table if parties can agree to terms” by February 10.


Fastrack comes to Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway subway line

From now until early Friday, Jan. 31, MTA New York City Transit is bringing Fastrack to the Eastern Parkway trunk line in Brooklyn between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Fastrack is a program in which the MTA shuts down a line for repairs during several consecutive nights. The program, introduced in early 2012, was designed to avoid line shutdowns and diversions during the busy weekends, when most repair work was performed in the past.


Brooklyn federal court recognized by FEMA

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Eastern District of New York opened its doors to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with court personnel being utilized to assist FEMA first responders and the judicial process, both in the early days and the weeks and months that followed the October 2012 storm.

Hon. Carol Amon, chief judge of the Eastern District, authorized the use of space in the Brooklyn courthouse, allowing FEMA to immediately transition its key leadership and the operational components of its relief efforts to the Brooklyn location.



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