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Cop-Shooting Suspect Had Violent History, Say Police

Bushwick
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the man accused of shooting an officer in the head Tuesday night also had been wanted for questioning in one of the first killings of 2012. … Full Article
 

Lawmaker Calls for Study of NYPD Gun Scan Device

Sunset Park
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has come out in support of a plan by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to develop a new technology that would allow cops to determine if someone is carrying a gun by using an infrared scanner.
 
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For Safer Crossings

Brooklyn Heights
The foot of Atlantic Avenue, where it leads to Pier 6 and Brooklyn Bridge Park, will get more clearly marked crosswalks, new medians, lane barriers, repositioned traffic lights and small other reconfigurations to make it less hazardous for pedestrians.  For instance, right-turning traffic from th … Full Article
 

Pilar Montero, Founded ‘Dive’ That Became Chic Bar, 90

Brooklyn Heights
Pilar Montero, founder of Montero’s Bar & Grill on Atlantic Avenue, died January 14 at 90.

Until fairly recently she had still come into the bar, holding court from a stool near the front. … Full Article
 

Joseph McLaughlin, Lawyer, Philanthropist, Dies at 67

Brooklyn Heights
Joseph T. McLaughlin of Brooklyn Heights, a lawyer with philanthropic interests, especially in the areas of children’s and family welfare, succumbed on January 8 after a short bout with pancreatic cancer.  He was 67.
 
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BPL Awards $25,000 to Entrepreneurs

Local Brooklyn entrepreneurs Elizabeth Bishop and Rebecca Parker received the top prize of $15,000 Tuesday at the Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL’s) eighth annual PowerUP!
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Shutdown of 2 Charter Schools Planned by City

Attorney General Probes Williamsburg Charter HS 
 
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) has notified two city-authorized charter schools, one in Williamsburg and another in Rockaway Beach, Queens, that it intends to shut them down.
 
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Toys and a Proclamation on Three Kings Day

Williamsburg
On Friday, Jan. 6, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented donated toys and a proclamation to the Three Kings Day Parade Committee and hosted a reception to celebrate Three Kings Day. BP Markowitz also kicked off the 15th annual Three Kings Day Parade in Williamsburg on Sunday. … Full Article
 

Historically Speaking: Olga Bloom, the Sound of Bargemusic

The saddest news from 2011 was the Thanksgiving Day death of Olga Bloom, the inspired voice behind Brooklyn’s Bargemusic. Her vision — to convert a 19th-century coffee barge into a floating concert hall — remains a tribute to her memory. … Full Article
 

Brooklyn Broadside: EPA Superfund for Gowanus Creates Problems for City

Gowanus
The chickens have almost come to roost for those concerned about the EPA plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal. Those who wanted the canal to be cleaned up, but not by the federal EPA, have just discovered reason to worry.
 
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