Brooklyn Today: April 26, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 117th day of the year. It is the anniversary of the 1985 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. At 1:23 a.m., an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl atomic power station at Pripyat in the Ukraine. The resulting fire burned for days, sending radioactive material into the atmosphere. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from a 300-square-mile area around the plant. Three months after the disaster, 31 people were reported to have died and thousands of people had been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.

Well-known people who were born today include actor Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing, Twilight), actor Kevin James (“The King of Queens”), singer Bobby Rydell (“Wild One,” "Volare”) and musician Duane Eddy (“Rebel Rouser”).

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This morning at 11:10 a.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights, Crazy 88 Productions, a student theater company, will read Zelda, Scott and Ernest, a play by Terry Quinn (a St. Francis professor) and George Plimpton. The play takes place between 1919 and 1940 and deals with the rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, with a secondary theme of the disintegrating marriage of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. ... At 9 p.m. today, Coney Island Burlesque will host its season opener at Sideshows by the Seashore, 1208 Surf Ave.

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Police are looking for two men who robbed a man at Albermarle and Rugby roads in Flatbush on Saturday, April 21, at around 4 p.m. One of the suspects approached the 34-year-old male victim, stood in front of him and said, "Don't turn around, don't look up and you won't get hurt." The second male suspect, standing behind the victim, then went through his pocket and stole his cell phone and wallet. The suspects were later observed using the victim's credit card inside a McDonald's located at 942 Flatbush Ave. Both suspects are described as being male, black, around 5 feet, 7 inches, and approximately 17 to 25 years old. One was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, and the other was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

According to The Local, the public restroom in the Fort Greene Park Visitors Center will not re-open this month, as the Parks Department previously promised. Construction on the severely clogged sewer line below the bathrooms was expected to begin in late March, but the deadline has now been extended to early June, according to the Parks Department.