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Brooklyn house members call on feds to investigate Zimmerman

Outraged by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, House members representing Brooklyn districts were among the lawmakers calling on the US Department of Justice to conduct “a thorough investigation” into whether the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death violated civil rights laws.

Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velazquez, Jerrold Nadler, and Yvette Clarke, joined by representatives Charlie Rangel, Gregory Meeks, and José Serrano, issued the demand for a full investigation.


Brooklyn medical supply co. owner, staff nabbed for $3.2M Medicaid fraud

Nkem Udeh, the owner of Advance Medical Supply Inc. in Crown Heights; her brother and store manager Humphrey Udeh; two of her employees, Keva Johnson and Yolane Fouche; and the store itself have been accused by the state Attorney General’s Office of fraudulently billing Medicaid over $1.7 million and billing HealthFirst, a health insurer for Medicaid recipients, for another $1.5 million.


Brooklyn journalist uncovers story of Topsy the elephant

Brooklyn-based journalist Michael Daly has recently published “Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison" (Atlantic Monthly Press), in which he uncovers the truth surrounding the story of Topsy,  a baby elephant who was smuggled into the U.S. and fraudulently named the first American-born elephant.


‘Dancing of the Giglio’ in Williamsburg

Each year, the Italian-American community of Williamsburg re-enacts a fourth-century pageant which commemorates the return of the Bishop of Nola, San Paolino (Paulinus), from captivity. He returned to Italy in a Moorish galleon ship, and once he returned, the people of Nola held lilies in their hands as a sign of homage to San Paolino.


LICH supporters take hospital protests to SUNY

As the SUNY Downstate Council met on Monday to discuss their financially troubled medical center’s sustainability plan, supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and Interfaith Medical Center rallied at Downstate to oppose SUNY’s move to close LICH, and called for a moratorium on hospital closures in Brooklyn.


Brooklyn reacts to Zimmerman verdict

State Sen. Eric Adams, a retired New York police captain who is running for borough president, said the verdict in murder trial of George Zimmerman could be felt after in Brooklyn, even though the borough is thousands of miles away from Florida.


Landmark Church names Fr. John E. Denaro as Rector

The Church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity has named its current Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. John E. Denaro, as rector. The announcement was made public in the Sunday, July 14 edition of the parish’s Good News.


Bastille Day 2013 on Smith Street in Brooklyn

The French invaded Brooklyn’s Smith Street again on Sunday for the eleventh annual Bastille Day celebration, bringing crowds to dance to French music, eat bistro food, drink apéritifs, pose in the guillotine and enjoy a game called petanque, played on sand.

Brooklyn’s Smith Street event is said to be the biggest Bastille Day celebration in the U.S.  French restaurants, shops and patisseries in Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens contribute food and joie de vivre to the festival. (The tacky commercial vendors so common to New York City street fairs are nowhere in sight.)


LICH hearing postponed; no movement in Appellate Division

The contentious battle between the employees of Long Island College Hospital and State of University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center lags on in Brooklyn courts.


Fast-paced love story blends rock ‘n’ roll with tech revolution

Fiction writer and rock ‘n’ roller Barry Wightman has recently published “Pepperland” (Running Meter Press), a 1970s ode to music, technology and political revolution.  The author will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill onJuly 21 to launch his book, which has received widespread praise from critics.



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