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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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CRIME
‘Gypsy Cab’ Dispute Blamed in Shopping Cart Attack
(WSJ)
Sean Gardiner and Alison Fox report: “Camara Lounaeu, 52 years old, and Sagne Ibrahima, 30, were about 50 feet in front of the entrance to the Home Depot around 5:30 p.m. when a blue shopping cart struck them both in the head, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the incident said. Detectives believe the cart, which had to be lifted over a wall, may have been dropped from the third floor of the parking garage at the Gateway Center mall at East 149th Street and River Avenue, the official said.”

CRIME
Cops Probed in Video Beating
(NY Post)
Kirstan Conley and Erin Calabrese report: “NYPD Internal Affairs is investigating four Bronx cops after they were caught on video viciously pummeling and kicking a drug suspect bloody. The officers, all assigned to the 42nd Precinct in Tremont, were stripped of their guns and shields and placed on modified duty after the footage surfaced on YouTube and other Web sites over the weekend, authorities said.

CITY
Welfare Agency Hiring to Give Out Benefits
(NY Daily News)
Reuven Blau reports: “  The Human Resources Administration hired more than 100 employees in July and plans to fill nearly 100 more positions to accommodate food-stamp and rent-assistance applicants jamming their offices, officials said Tuesday....The struggling economy has led to the growing demand for benefits. About 1.8 million city residents now receive food stamps, up more than 700,000 from four years ago, records show.”

POLITICS
Republican Chided Over Blog Says He Won’t Run for Senate
(NYT)
Raymond Hernandez reports: “ The announcement came after Mr. [Marc] Cenedella faced a torrent of criticism over a blog under his name that had entries containing observations about sex, women and drugs. In recent months, Mr. Cenedella had been traveling across the state trying to build support for a campaign to be the Republican nominee to take on Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a first-term Democrat.”        

HEALTH
Coming Soon: Over-the-Counter Oral AIDS Test
(Crain’s)
Gale Scott reports: “FDA weighs retail sales of cheap, quick HIV test by Pennsylvania firm. Easy access could be positive for public health, but researchers at Columbia identify possible negative impacts on behavior.”

CULTURE
CBGB’s New Owners Plan to Reopen Legendary Rock Club
(The Local)
Steven Rex Brown reports: “The return of CBGB will certainly spur debate. The current occupant of the CBGB space is a pricey John Varvatos boutique — a clear symbol of the rapid transformation of the Bowery and the East Village as a whole since the club closed. But there is at least one man who certainly isn’t thrilled at the news: Dana Kristal, the son of the founder of the club. After speaking with The Local several times last week, a gruff Mr. Kristal would not comment on the record about the new owners.”

CRIME
Officer Accused of Stealing iPads
(NYT)
Aidan Gardiner reports: “A New York City police officer was arrested on Monday and accused by prosecutors of committing a crime while he was arresting a suspect. The officer, Anthony Rivera, 39, was charged with stealing two iPads from the car of a person he was in the process of arresting, according to the Staten Island district attorney’s office.”

CRIME
State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos to Launch Campaign for U.S. Senate
(Star-Ledger)
The Associated Press reports: “A Republican state lawmaker who Gov. Chris Christie considers a friend and legislative ally is launching his campaign for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination. State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos has kickoff events planned today in Monmouth County — which he represents — and also in Burlington County.”

CULTURE
Friends Seminary Grapples with Musician’s Political Views
(WSJ)
Sophia Hollander reports: “Most parents at Friends Seminary were unaware of the writings of Gilad Atzmon when they first saw the posters promoting his participation in a Martin Luther King Birthday concert on the school's campus last month. But over the past two weeks, administrators and parents at the elite Quaker private school in Lower Manhattan have become quick studies after Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz publicly criticized Friends Seminary for inviting a musician he called a "notorious anti-Semite and Holocaust denier"—accusations that Mr. Atzmon, who was born Jewish, staunchly denies.”

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