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Tight security — and a party — before the Brooklyn Half Marathon

This Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon is expected to attract 25,000 runners to a course extending from Washington Avenue to Coney Island. The race is also bringing bomb-sniffing dogs, bag checks . . . and a killer pre-race party.


Brooklyn Federal Courthouse gets another anthrax scare

A letter containing a white powdery substance was found in the mail center at the Brooklyn federal courthouse late Wednesday afternoon.  The white powder, originally thought to be anthrax, was deemed innocuous, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said.


City sued for malicious prosecution In Brooklyn murder case

Having served over two decades behind bars for a murder he claims he did not commit and suffering a heart attack upon his release from prison, David Ranta intends to sue New York City and two detectives for alleged malicious prosecution.  Ranta is seeking $150 million in damages.


Brooklyn Bridge, the App: Also built by the Roeblings

Kriss Roebling, a lifelong New Yorker and great-great-great grandson of Washington and Emily Roebling, the husband-and-wife team who built the Brooklyn Bridge, has now developed a new tour app for people who want to explore the bridge and learn more about it.

“I’m a true lover of my smartphone,” he said, “so I was disappointed to find that my ancestor’s bridge wasn’t very efficiently represented in the app world.


Mosley, award-winning writer, to speak in DUMBO

From the moment he first appeared in "Devil in a Blue Dress" in 1990, Easy Rawlins was an instant favorite of discerning readers and literary critics alike. So the disappointment was palpable when the black private detective, drunk and in despair over a lost love, deliberately drove his car off a California cliff at the conclusion of "Blonde Faith," the eleventh novel in the series.


Town Hall: Public cry for help from ‘mismanaged’ SUNY Downstate

Long Island College Hospital  (LICH) could be a doomed tug attached to a sinking ship, or the engine that pulls it to a safe port. That's the view of some community leaders who believe in LICH's potential, if properly managed –- and they hope to get their vision across at a Town Hall meeting scheduled for May 20.

The State University of New York (SUNY) scheduled the meeting to solicit ideas from the public about ways to save financially troubled SUNY Downstate Medical Center in East Flatbush.


Doctors charged in B’klyn Federal Court For Medicare/Medicaid fraud scheme

Four individuals, including two doctors, have been charged for their alleged participation in two separate schemes that falsely billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than $17 million.


Soda tax? Ortiz wants consumers to pay more for sugary drinks

Michael Bloomberg suffered a major setback in his plan to prevent New Yorkers from consuming super-sized sugary sodas, but an ally of the mayor’s in the fight against obesity is preparing for battle on another front.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Sunset Park-Bay Ridge) said he thinks New York State should charge a tax on soda. Ortiz is drafting a bill that would put a surcharge of one penny per ounce on sugary drinks. A 20-ounce soda would carry a tax of 20 cents, for instance.


Parents left in the lurch after city closes Brooklyn preschool

Parents say they’re taking action against the owners of a Brooklyn preschool after it was shut down by the Department of Health for operating without a permit.


Shavuot nightlong Learn-a-thon covers range of themes from Torah

It is customary on the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, to stay up all night in study sessions. Study becomes even more joyful when taking place in a chavurah, or group of friends gathered for this purpose.

Congregation B’nai Avraham joins Jewish communities throughout the world in observing the centuries-old custom of conducting an all-night vigil dedication to Torah learning on the first night of Shavuot, which begins tonight, Tuesday, May 14.



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