ISIS’s Brooklyn office, DeBlasio caves to the mohels, and key details about the Walter White of Maraschino cherries

February 23 — March 1, 2015

 

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ISIS’s Brooklyn Office

The very Brooklyn-centric details of the terrorism bust:

Travel agent Frank Cakir: “I was talking to some kind of potential terrorist face to face just last week. My hands are still shaking.

 

Best Details About The Walter White of Maraschino Cherries

The Red Hook factory could grow 1,200 marijuana plants in the basement while producing 400,000 cherries per week on the main floor [Daily News]

Library included books on plant propagation and Encyclopedia of Organized Crime [NY Times]

Cops used Mondello’s dumping of toxic waste into sewers as pretext for search [CBS]

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Rep Your Nets, Awesome Hair Edition [The Brooklyn Game]

 

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If We’re Going to Ban Sharia Law….

DeBlasio cuts deal allowing Brooklyn mohels to clean blood off circumcised infants with their mouths [NYTimes]

Wont release names of mohels who have herpes [Failed Messiah]

 

Surprises of the Week

One precinct in all of North Brooklyn has had no shootings in 2015: Bed Stuy [DNA Info]

Ft. Greene teen catches 1,058 marlin [Photo and article by Daily News]

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Great Moments in Civic Discourse

Video of activist / civic-vandal Alicia Boyd using noise-horn to disrupt community board meeting [Q at Parkside]

“White people don’t eat the way we do,” says local pol during debate over a supermarket [Brooklyn Paper]

 

Tragic

Former Marine survives eight years in military but dies in East Flatbush resisting mugging by local teens [Daily News]

A construction worker was crushed to death by a steel beam while helping to make Barclays’ new roof [The Brooklyn Game]

3-year-old fatally whipped for not being able to spell [Daily News]

 

Growing Pains

On 29 record-breaking days in 2014, the NYC Subways had more than six million passengers and far more delays  [NY Post]

Rents outpaced  inflation for last 3 years, says Census Bureau [NY Times]

Good explanation of how the intense push for more housing has endangered some community gardens [BK Independent Media]

On the other hand,

Jason Sudekis and Olivia Wilde saved $2 million by moving to Clinton Hill from Manhattan [Brokelyn]

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Quotes of the Week

 “It’s not that people who love Bensonhurst are leaving, it’s that Bensonhurst doesn’t want us anymore.
–Comedian Rocco Deserto [Bensonhurst Bean]

“The next day I woke up, to the shock of all of my doctors — something they can’t explain to this day.”
–Brooklyn author Seth Kushner, on mysterious remission from terminal cancer

“It’s not a topless party. But it will definitely be more than likely that some boobs will be out, if not wandering about then maybe for a fleeting moment.”
–Kate Chiplinsky, organizer of Boobs of Bushwick party [DNA Info]

“Take care of my kids.”
–Cherry/Pot Mogul Arthur Mondella, to his sister, before shooting himself [Daily News]

 

Politics

Dems settle on S.I. Council Member Vincent Gentile to challenge the non-prosecutor of Eric Garner for Congressional seat, Daniel Donovan  [Capital NY]

Police complain they’re being abused by BK District Attorney, who has been prosecuting police abuse [NY Post]

 

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Quotes of the Week — Bill Bratton Edition

From an extraordinary speech the Police Commissioner gave on race and justice:

“Slavery, our country’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers.

Since then, the stories of police and black citizens have intertwined again and again.

The unequal nature of that relationship cannot and must not be denied.” [Huffington Post]

“[When officers see] the same young men in the same neighborhoods committing almost all of this city’s violence, [it] carries a risk of turning into bias. We need to fight against that.”

“We’re often abrupt, sometimes rude, and that’s unacceptable. But our critics need to face the hard truth that they misrepresent us sometimes.”

“I do not deny that it [police abuse] exists. But it is not systemic in the sense that we do not condone it. It is a matter of the actions of the few, and the few that we need to seek to find and get rid of.” [NY Times]

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