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Thursday: Clear. High of 75. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 61. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play

Get up, get out and come play with Nickelodeon! Youth ages 6-14 will be joined by Nickelodeon characters and talent to participate in NYC Shape Up’s Dancercize class. Takes place at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center (177th Street and Baisley Boulevard) from 4 to 5 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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The Astoria Heights Playground is more dumping ground, thanks to bums who leave broken beer bottles, condoms and plastic bags with remnants of cocaine and heroin all over the place. Read more: New York Daily News 

Joe Lhota picks new team of rainmakers for New York mayoral campaign

Trailing in the polls — and in campaign cash — Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota is overhauling his fund-raising team with less than seven weeks before Election Day, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News 

Sources: Aaron Alexis etched messages into shotgun

he gunman in Monday’s Washington Navy Yard massacre left behind two short phrases etched into the side of his shotgun, sources told CBS News Read more: CBS New York/AP

Plan to go ahead for new train cars on Metro-North, LIRR

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday approved a nearly $2 billion contract for new cars on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road lines. Read more: CBS New York

Digital kiosks coming to New York City subway stations

There’s a new alternative coming for subway riders who miss having someone in a token booth to answer all their questions. Read more: ABC New York

Navy Yard gunman’s mother apologizes to victims’ families


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The mother of a Queens native who went on a shooting rampage, killing a dozen people at a Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., apologized to the victims and their families in the days following the massacre.

Cathleen Alexis told media that she didn’t know why her son Aaron did what he did — and that she was sorry for his actions.

“Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone and for that I am glad,” Alexis said. “To the families of the victims, I am so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken.”

The FBI identified Aaron Alexis, 34, formerly of Flushing, as the gunman in the mass shooting, which began at about 8:20 a.m. on Monday, September 16 at the Washington Navy House.
Authorities confirmed 13 people died, including Alexis, and several more were injured.

Alexis entered Building 197 at the Navy Yard with a legally-bought shotgun, FBI officials said, using a legitimate pass as a result of his work as a Navy civilian contractor. He then gained access to a handgun inside the facility after he began shooting.

Alexis fired on workers in the cafeteria and hallways before he was killed, according to reports. Cops have ruled out additional gunmen and said that Alexis acted alone. Officials are still investigating his motives in the shootings.

“Our Evidence Response Teams remain at the Navy Yard and continue to process the scenes,” said Valerie Parlave, FBI Washington assistant director in charge. “This is a methodical and time-intensive process that includes bullet trajectory analysis and crime scene mapping.”

The FBI is also busy talking to people who have connections with Alexis and going to places around the country where he has been, which include Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas and Brooklyn, where his family lives. He most recently started staying in a Residence Inn in the southwest region of Washington, D.C., according to the FBI.

He worked for the Navy as a civilian contractor from IT company The Experts and was in the Navy reserves from 2007 to 2011, the Navy confirmed.

Alexis was suffering from paranoia and was seeing mental health professional, reports said, and he once called police while in Rhode Island to say that he was hearing voices and being pursued.

Alexis had been arrested twice in connection with gun charges, once in 2004 and another time in 2010, but was not prosecuted either time, according to reports. In the incident in 2004 he shot out the tires of a construction worker’s car in an anger-fueled “blackout.”

 

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Queens native identified as alleged D.C. Navy Yard gunman


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Photo courtesy of FBI

Updated Tuesday, September 17

Federal agents are still investigating why a Queens native went on a shooting rampage, killing a dozen people at a Washington, D.C. Navy Yard on Monday.

The FBI identified Aaron Alexis, 34, formerly of Flushing, as the gunman in the mass shooting, which began at about 8:20 a.m. at the Washington Navy House, officials said.

At least 13 people are confirmed dead, including Alexis, and at least 14 have been injured, authorities said.

“My heart, like that of our entire administration and others goes out to the families of those who have been victimized,” said District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray.

Alexis entered Building 197 at the Navy Yard with a shotgun, FBI officials said, using a legitimate pass as a result of his work as a Navy civilian contractor. He then gained access to a handgun inside the facility after he began shooting.

Alexis fired on workers in the cafeteria and hallways before he was neutralized, according to reports. Cops have ruled out additional gunmen and said that Alexis was acting alone. Officials are still investigating his motives in the shootings.

“Our Evidence Response Teams remain at the Navy Yard and continue to process the scenes,” said Valerie Parlave, FBI Washington assistant director in charge. “This is a methodical and time-intensive process that includes bullet trajectory analysis and crime scene mapping.”

The FBI is also busy talking to people who have connections with Alexis and going to places around the country where he has been, which include Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas and Brooklyn, where his family lives.

He most recently started staying in a Residence Inn in the southwest region of Washington, D.C. , according to the FBI.

Alexis has been arrested twice in connection with gun charges, once in 2004 and another time in 2010, but was not prosecuted either time, according to reports. He worked for the Navy as a civilian contractor from IT company The Experts and was in the Navy reserves from 2007 to 2011, the Navy confirmed.

Following the shooting the NYPD vamped up security around the city to “sensitive locations,” police officials said. Some critical response vehicles were sent to recruiting stations while the Police Department monitored the situation in D.C.

Anyone with information is being asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

 

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