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Manhunt Over: 3rd Shooter In Custody

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Several media outlets are now reporting that the third suspect in the Brooklyn shooting of police officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan has been captured. Robert J. Ellis was taken into custody in Tannersville, Pennsylvania not far from where another suspect, Dexter Bostic, was apprehended yesterday. As we told you Tuesday, Ellis, Bostic and Lee [&hellip
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How To Lead A Long And Miserable Life

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Posts

According to a report released today, New Yorkers can now look forward to an average life expectancy of 79.2 years, up 4.3 years from 1991 to 2004—the largest increase for residents of any state. Yay us! The Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress report found that, while life expectancy increased by 2.33 years nation-wide, there [&hellip
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Mr. Dinosaur Drives To Mongolia

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It could just be the craziest idea ever: On July 21, over a hundred teams from across the world will depart from London’s Hyde Park for Mongol Rally 2007, an annual 10,000-mile race during which contestants travel a third of the world’s surface—from England to Mongolia—in a piece-of-crap car with an engine less than one liter, crossing deserts, mountains and wilderness with no guide, no guarantee of arrival and no safety net.

According to organizers, the Mongol Rally’s mission is to bring some much-needed adventure to a sanitized, safety-proofed, over-planned world. “The world is just a little bit too safe,” the group’s website reads. “What if you want things to go wrong? What if you want a bit of unknown in a world full of health and safety measures?” The Mongol Rally promises to deliver: “If nothing goes wrong, then everything has gone wrong. You only start having fun when you break down in the desert with only a short stick and some chewing gum to fix your car. If your automobile completely lets you down and all else fails, e.g. the sky has fallen on your head…prop it up with a windscreen wiper and carry on.”

This year, the New York Press’s very own Joshua M. Bernstein, of My So-Called Strife infamy, will be one of the brazen participants taking part in the rally. We spoke with Josh for an insider’s look at how a team prepares for the journey and what type of person is willing to risk life and limb all for a damn good story. Click here for the Q&
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Three Cop Shooters Caught On Tape, One Man In Custody

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

One man is in custody for questioning and two others are being sought in connection with the tragic shooting of two young police officers yesterday during a traffic stop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which was caught on tape by a daycare center surveillance camera. Just before 2:30 a.m., Officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan pulled [&hellip
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Too Cool For School

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

It seems librarians—at least librarians in hipper-than-thou Williamsburg—are getting a little tired of their un-cool, bun-wearing, finger-hushing rep. In an effort to change perceptions, a group of bibliophiles, including archivists, publishers, illustrators and librarians has come together to create Desk Set, an organization that throws ruckus dance parties and other stereotype-challenging events. Group founders Maria [&hellip
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A Patriotic Brawl

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Despite the heavy rain and thunderstorms, an estimated three million spectators turned out for Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display last night, billed as the largest show in the nation. Now that’s patriotism. And viewers, many of whom crowded onto the FDR or watched from balconies and rooftops, were not disappointed. For thirty minutes, eight [&hellip
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Olympian Rapist Texted Victim

Written by Jill Colvin on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts

Former Olympic sprinter Alvin Henry was arraigned last night after he allegedly confessed to the rape of 5 women over 4 years in city parks, including a 15-year-old girl. Yesterday, we told you that Henry is believed to be the “Lovers’ Lane” serial rapist, who attacked two women in Prospect Park and three women in [&hellip
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