'Lights and sirens’ not required for traffic stop, says Brooklyn judge

Stopping in front of a vehicle is not an aggressive police stop, Brooklyn Supreme Court Acting Justice Joel Goldberg ruled.
Police officers reportedly observed a Nissan Altima with excessively tinted windows fail to complete a stop at a stop sign. At the same time, police received an anonymous 911 call stating that a man in the same Altima had a gun.


Superstorm Sandy scammer arrested

New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Tuesday the arrest of Caterina M. Curatolo, who allegedly obtained more than $87,000 in benefits by falsely claiming to have been a victim of Superstorm Sandy. 

An extensive investigation by the Attorney General’s Auto Insurance Fraud Unit (“AIFU”) revealed that Curatolo engaged in an elaborate scheme to defraud city and federal relief agencies, a private insurance company and charitable organizations by representing herself as a Sandy evacuee.


Manhole fire leads to evacuations in Williamsburg

A manhole on Maujer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn caught fire and thick, gray smoke billowed out of two others just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, leading to evacuations from nearby buildings due to high carbon monoxide levels.

The manholes are located near 176 Maujer Street close to Humbolt Street.

According to an FDNY spokesperson, twenty people were evacuated from three residential dwellings at 215, 217 and 221 Maujer Street.


Documents show Secret Service kept tabs on Swartz

BOSTON— Documents show that the U.S. Secret Service played a role in the federal investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and watched his case until he committed suicide.

Swartz died in Brooklyn in January as he faced trial on charges he hacked into a Massachusetts Institute of Technology archive of scholarly articles with the aim of making them freely available.


Judge’s stop-and-frisk ruling puts mayoral candidates under microscope

A federal judge’s landmark decision on the Bloomberg Administration’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy is shining a spotlight on the mayoral candidates at a time when the public is just beginning to pay attention to the race for City Hall.


‘Save Yourself’ depicts suspenseful, small-town story

Kelly Braffet made a name for herself in the literary world with her first two novels, “Josie and Jack” and “Last Seen Leaving”, both of which earned critical raves. Her latest book, “Save Yourself” (Crown Publishing), was just released on Aug. 6 and already has garnered similar praise. Renowned Brooklyn writer Emma Straub (“Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures”) offers the following assessment of Braffet’s new novel: “Astonishing.


All night vigil for threatened Interfaith Medical Center

Interfaith Medical Center supporters, the faithful and members of the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU held an all-night candlelight vigil Sunday to bring attention to the imminent closure of the only hospital serving residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.


Queer Marriage for the Straight Couple? I Do!

No, it wasn't just an excuse to avoid getting hitched: Some heterosexual couples who postponed their weddings until gay couples had the right to marry are now making plans to say "I do."

And we're not talking celebrities like Brangelina, Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell, all of whom vowed not to marry until gay marriage was legal. None of them have rushed to announce wedding dates. Instead, it's ordinary folks who wasted no time following through on their pledges. Here are a few of their stories.

‘Heterosexual Privilege’


Man who attempted bombing sentenced in federal court

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was sentenced to a term of 30 years in Brooklyn federal court on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda.

An undercover investigation revealed that the Nafis, a Bangladeshi native, came to the U.S. with the intent to perform a terrorist attack. An FBI agent came into contact with Nafis, who was searching for 20 fifty-pound bags of explosives. The undercover agent provided Nafis with fictitious materials to build a bomb.  


LICH hearing continues with dueling witnesses, and a push for a ‘standstill’

On Friday, the contrast between two witnesses – one testifying on behalf of Long Island College Hospital (LICH), the other for SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which is seeking to shut down LICH -- could not have been more dramatic.

Sworn in first before Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, on the third day of a hearing drawing citywide attention, was Gladys Figueroa, a health systems specialist who testified on SUNY Downstate’s side as the state Department of Health (DOH) employee "with personal knowledge" of the situation inside LICH, located in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.



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