New York among 20 states in Four Loko youth marketing settlement

ALBANY— New York is among 20 states that have reached agreement with the makers of the fruit flavored malt beverages Four Loko meant to ensure marketing through social media isn't aimed at underage drinkers. … Full Article

Group sues NYC, seeks to overturn e-cigarette ban

A smokers' advocacy group says it has sued New York City seeking to overturn the city's ban on electronic cigarettes. The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment announced the lawsuit Tuesday. … Full Article

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple e-book buyers getting settlement credits this week

ALBANY— Buyers of electronic books will get account credits this week from five publishers who reached settlements after states alleged they colluded to raise prices, New York's attorney general said Tuesday. … Full Article

PHOTO: Brooklyn naval officer serves aboard USS Bataan

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Miguel Velazquez from Brooklyn and Electronics Technician 2nd Class John Williams from Austin, Texas, install the forward radar motor while wearing a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) aboard USS Bataan. … Full Article

Hikind says ‘don’t put casinos near kids!’

The state’s voters approved the expansion of casino gambling in New York in November and with the state’s Gaming Commission mulling where to build the new gambling facilities, one Brooklyn lawmaker has been outspoken as to where he doesn’t want to see the slot machines, blackjack tables and roule … Full Article

Prospect Park volunteers honored

On March 15, volunteers who gave 20 or more hours in 2013 received the recognition they deserved at Prospect Park's annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch. More than 4,800 individuals volunteered in the park in 2013, as well as people affiliated with 25 community groups and 19 school groups. … Full Article

Grimm shaves aide’s head for charity

Liam McCabe lost nearly all of his hair on Saturday, but he didn’t mind a bit. McCabe, an aide to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), agreed to have his boss shave his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a children’s cancer charity. … Full Article

D stands for ‘Dirtiest’ train

The D train was the big winner, or loser, depending on which way you want to look at it, of the Straphangers Campaign’s survey of the dirtiest subway trains. … Full Article

More Brooklyn neighborhoods will be recycling kitchen scraps soon

A pilot program requiring residents to sort organic waste into special brown outdoor “organics bins” for curbside pickup will be expanding into Park Slope, Gowanus, Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge. … Full Article


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