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The Afternoon Roundup

Attorney for homeless vet accused of fatally beating Astoria man tells jurors to not rely on ‘sympathy’

The trial for a crazed homeless man accused of viciously beating a good Samaritan to death as he tried to guide his neighbor home safely, began yesterday and his attorney wants the jurors to leave “sympathy” at the door. Nicolas Nowillo, 65, suffered a heart attack as he was savagely attacked by Eric Cherry, 47, in front of Nowillo’s Astoria home on the night of Sept. 3, 2008. Read More: New York Post

State’s Racino Revenue Gets Big Boost From Aqueduct

New York’s racinos are turning out to be a winning proposition lately. The nine racetrack casinos owned and operated by the New York Gaming Association brought in about $1.3 billion last fiscal year; an increase of 30 percent over last year. Lottery officials attribute most of the increase to the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens which opened in October. It’s good news for school kids as 47 percent of racetrack casino revenues went toward the state education system. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed to legalize all casino gaming in New York. Read More: NY1

 

Arraignment Date Set For Alleged 9/11 Mastermind

U.S. Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday alleged September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be arraigned early next month at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mohammed and four other alleged co-conspirators will be arraigned May 5 on charges including terrorism and murder. The hearing at the military base will take one to two days. The men will face a joint trial and could all be given the death penalty. Read More: NY1

 

 

Rick Santorum suspends campaign for 2012 Republican nomination

Republican Rick Santorum announced today he is is stepping out of the race for president, clearing the way for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to seal up the GOP nomination. Speaking to supporters in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Santorum said he was proud of the efforts made to drum up support for his message across the country. “While this presidential race for us is over for me and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said.  Read More: Daily News

 

Marine, service dog reunited

After years of bureaucratic red tape, former Cpl. Megan Leavey who served two tours in Iraq was reunited with her service dog, Sgt. Rex, on Tuesday. The pair retired from the military after both were injured in Iraq. Bagpipes played as Sgt. Rex arrived at the Delta Airlines Terminal at Kennedy Airport. Leavey had petitioned for the dog and even got help from U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Mindy Levine, wife of Yankees president Randy Levine. Read More: Fox News