Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010


Food stamps for sugar sodas?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to bar the use of food stamps for sugar-filled beverages and sodas on the grounds that such products are unhealthy. Of course, they are — but is the mayor’s initiative a public-health boon or just “nanny state” politics run amok? Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010


Join the coolest club — literally

Here’s the scoop on one of Brooklyn’s coolest new social club. Comment

Vans plan jams on Saturday in Greenpoint

The newest skateboard park in the city is set to open on Saturday in Greenpoint — but it’s only for professional skateboarders. Comment

Fight for real mass transit

Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority deeply reduced transit service, including eliminating several useful bus routes across Brooklyn. The agency’s reaction was, basically, “Tough luck, commuters.” Comment

Roofus: For God’s sake

This week, Roofus hates the hate that a hate-spewing Kansas church was spewing this week. Comment

Fred Tomaselli show at the Brooklyn Museum starts Friday

Artist Fred Tomaselli’s black light poster-esque psychedelic images are everywhere — online, in books, and even on album covers — but to truly appreciate the art, you need to see it live. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Lots of bag swipes

78th Precinct Comment

Van man can’t stand the plan!

A private van operator is “bleeding money” trying to provide transit service in Brownstone Brooklyn — part of the city’s controversial program to provide “dollar van” service along routes slashed by the MTA. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Face-off! Residents evacuated from Sackett St building in facade collapse

and Joe Anuta Comment
Brooklyn Heights

She’s clocked in DUMBO

84th Precinct Comment

Midwood fire update: Two kids remain critical

Two of the children injured during a high-holy day fire that killed their 8-year-old brother late last month remain in critical condition, according to source with friends close to the family. Comment
Bay News

Ida Eisenstein is our pigskin prognosticator!

She’s gone from prognosticating pariah to pigskin princess! Comment

Sick day bill is about fairness

It’s something most people probably take for granted: when you are sick, or your child is sick, you can take a day off of work without getting docked, or fearing that you’ll lose your job. Comment

Paid sick days — bad for business?

The City Council is considering a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick time for workers. The business community has come out against the proposal as too costly, while unions and others claim it will reduce workplace sickness and give workers a vital benefit. Comment

Anti-war rally at Rep. Mike’s office

Peace advocates marked the ninth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Oct. 7 with a protest in front of Rep. Mike McMahon’s Bay Ridge office — demanding that our soldiers in the Middle East are immediately taken out of harm’s way. Comment
Brooklyn Courier

Two girls rob a woman — again

76th Precinct Comment

‘Welcome back’ — to Borough Hall

The iconic “Welcome to Brooklyn” sign from the 1970s has found a new home in Borough Hall. Comment

Monday, Oct. 18, 2010

Mill–Marine Courier

Shootings rattle Marine Park, Mill Basin

Bullet bonanza Comment
Kings Courier

Two nabbed in Midwood iPhone robbery

Ave. L mugging Comment

Flatbush woman left in stitches

Toasting violence Comment

Video villains raid gaming store

They got game Comment

Girl stabbed!

68th Precinct Comment

Paid sick leave is bad for business

Over the past few weeks, the debate over the City Council’s pending “paid sick leave” bill has heated up. Intro 97 seeks to mandate every business — regardless of size or nature — to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Businesses of 19 employees or less would be required to provide a minimum of five paid sick days for every part- and full-time employee while firms of 20 employees or more would be required to provide a minimum of nine days. Comment

McMahon: Situation is ‘Grimm’ at foe’s businesses

Bay Ridge GOP congressional hopeful Michael Grimm touts himself as a successful small businessman, but one of his bungled ventures mainly succeeded in racking up city health code violations. Comment
Bay News

Thugs get to woman by threatening son

Coerced out of cash Comment

Teen music sensations Josh Golden and Burnham burn up Center Stage at Aviator

Shrieking teenyboppers thronged the barricades with outstretched hands — some weeping their tweenie hearts out — when teenage music sensations Burnham and Josh Golden headlined at CenterStage at Aviator Brooklyn on Saturday. Comment

Gravely injured: Victim tells us what happened the night he was shot in leg

The victim of an Oct. 3 shooting inside the violence-prone F1 nightclub in Dyker Heights says that he stared into his assailant’s eyes right before the unknown man pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. Comment

Spooktastic sights abound at John Zammit’s house of horrors

Attention daredevils: This spooktacle comes with gourds of fun. Comment

City’s shore plan is watered down

SoBro gets the shaft! Comment
Bay News

Swastikas appear on bus shelter

Police say the swastikas drawn on a bus shelter on Ocean Avenue between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway North were an isolated incident, and not the work of a serial, bigoted tagger. Comment
Bay News

Block busted: Angry residents cry fowl over giant ‘eyesore’

Gravesend residents are furious over a city ruling allowing construction to resume on a house that dwarfs their properties and violates current zoning laws — after the builder lied to the city about his plans. Comment
High School Sports

Home sweet home: Xaverian pounds St. Francis Prep

For two straight weeks, all the talk that surrounded the Xaverian football team has been about losses – on the field in terms of back-to-back defeats and off the field in terms of the dismissal of star receiver Kendall (Speedy) Thomas for an incident during detention. Comment
High School Sports

Shorthanded St. Ann’s stays positive after loss to SIA

Frank Davis took away plenty of positives even in defeat. Comment
High School Sports

Sheepshead sidesteps disaster, routs Lehman

The day certainly got off to an inauspicious start for Sheepshead Bay. When coach Fred Snyder was driving to the Brooklyn school before the team left for Alfred E. Smith in The Bronx, he got a text from starting running back/cornerback Devin Lee stating that Lee couldn’t make the game because he had the flu. Comment
High School Sports

Madison returns to field, but takes it on chin in loss to Lincoln

James Madison was back on the pitch Thursday evening, eight days after its ugly brawl with Franklin D. Roosevelt cost the Knights two games in the standings, one starter for two games and another the rest of his senior year. Comment
High School Sports

Grand disappointment: Wolves lack bite against Brooklyn Tech

Mike Lightfoot saw some things with Brooklyn Tech that he knew his team could exploit. But midway through an eventual 36-8 loss Sunday to the Engineers, the Grand Street Campus coach came to a realization. Comment
High School Sports

Fort Hamilton starts slow, but finishes fast

With less than a minute before halftime, Campus Magnet led Fort Hamilton by a touchdown — the first time the Tigers have trailed this year. Comment
High School Sports

Engineers chug past Grand Street with power run game

Brooklyn Tech left the bells and whistles at home. After turning the ball over seven times last week in a loss to Thomas Jefferson, the Engineers had the most conservative of game plans: just pound the run, play after play. Comment
High School Sports

Safety first: Baptist edges Ford in defensive struggle

Derelle Hunter is the leading rusher in the entire CHSFL and has carried St. John the Baptist in the opening month of the season. Comment

Remembering our military men and women

The members of The American Legion from Flatlands post-391 honored military men and women who lost their lives this past year, by marching to a memorial service in Gerritsen Beach on Oct. 10. Comment

More election fraud alleged against Vito Lopez

Voting improprieties in Bushwick last month appear to be part of a larger pattern of election fraud by poll workers allied with — and in some cases, hired by — Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Comment

Sour stomachs across southern Brooklyn as Kings Plaza Diner closes

The beloved Kings Plaza Diner, a Mill Basin mainstay for 35 years, will close, leaving a gaping hole in the stomach of southern Brooklyn. Comment

Rep. Mike McMahon: ‘I’m not angry’

Two candidates for a Bay Ridge congressional seat came out slugging this week, and Democratic incumbent Mike McMahon admitted he’s not fighting just a GOP rival, but an irate nation. Comment

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