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Queens man indicted for New Year’s Day fire-bomb spree

A Queens man has been indicted on state and federal charges for a fire-bombing spree that targeted an Islamic mosque, a Hindu temple, a convenience store and three homes over several hours on New Year’s Day, authorities announced today. Accused fire-bug, Ray Lazier Lengend, also known as Suraj Poonai, already was in jail after being arrested within days for all but one of those incidents, which spanned Queens and Long Island. Read More: New York Post

 

Federal Judges Approve State’s New Congressional Districts

A three-judge panel in Brooklyn federal court has approved a map for New York’s new congressional districts that was proposed by a federal magistrate earlier this month. Due to population changes around the country, New York is set to lose two members of Congress this year, going from 29 seats in the House of Representatives to 27. The map drawn by federal magistrate Roanne Mann keeps most of the current districts, but one change is a new Queens district that is almost 40 percent Asian-American. Read More: NY1

 

Peyton near deal with Broncos

Peyton Manning wants to play for the Denver Broncos in Act II of his outstanding career. A person briefed on negotiations said the NFL’s only four-time MVP called Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams and told him that he had picked the Broncos. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. Read More: New York Post

 

Shopping cart victim says she wishes boys who hurt her ‘well’

A Manhattan charity worker who was nearly killed by a shopping cart pushed over a garage railing by teenage punks in October spoke publicly for the first time today — expressing compassion for the pranksters who dropped the cart on her head. Marion Hedges, during a walk outside her Upper East Side apartment, said she hasn’t received an apology from the evil-doers. Read More: New York Post

 

12 injured in Brooklyn bus accident

Twelve people were injured in a bus accident in Brooklyn today, fire officials said. The collision occurred shortly after 10 a.m. after a car blew through a red light on Avenue J and rammed into a B11 bus, said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. At least three of the dozen people injured were passengers on the bus, Ortiz said. The victims were taken to Lutheran Medical Center and Kings County Hospital. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Shakedown’ rabbi loses appeal

A Manhattan appeals court today upheld the conviction of a crooked Brooklyn rabbi for trying to shake down billionaire Steve Cohen’s hedge fund with phony allegations of inside trading. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected Rabbi Milton Balkany’s claim that jurors should have been allowed to consider if he was entrapped, saying “Balkany failed to present any evidence that the government ‘induced’ him to commit the crimes charged.” Read More: New York Post

 

Tennessee woman gets no-jail deal after trying to check gun at 9/11 Memorial

A registered nurse and fourth-year med student got a no-jail, misdemeanor deal today for the Tennessee-registered gun she tried to check at the 9/11 Memorial in December. Manhattan prosecutors this morning dropped the felony gun possession charges Meredith Graves had originally been slammed with — charges carrying a mandatory minimum of 3 1/2 years prison. Read More: New York Post

No way, Jose: Reyes leaves Mets for Marlins


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Multiple sources are reporting that the Miami Marlins have reeled in Jose Reyes — one of the offseason’s top free agent prizes.

The former Met reportedly accepted a 6-year, $106 million offer from the division rival. The deal also features a seventh year option worth $22 million.

The Mets are looking to slash money from last year’s $140 million payroll.  Currently, there are six Mets under contract for just over $66 million.

Concerns about Reyes’ health aided the Mets reluctance in offering a long-term deal.  Reyes played in 295 of a possible 486 games over the past three years. Reports indicate the team was hesitant about guaranteeing five years to the oft-injured Reyes.

When the speedy shortstop has been able to stay on the field he has been among the league’s top players. The four-time all star is coming off a career year — leading the National League in triples and becoming the first Met to lead the league in batting average.

Reyes leaves Flushing after nine years holding several Mets career records.  He has scored the most runs in team history, hit the most triples and swiped the most bases.  Reyes also has the second most at bats and hits and has hit the third most doubles.

As it stands now Ruben Tejada will replace Reyes as the Mets’ starting shortstop.

Yankees eliminated from the playoffs


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The Bronx Bombers were bounced from the playoffs last night, ending their season and crushing their hopes for a 28th title.

The Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 3-2– the same score by which the Tigers won the series.

After giving up back-to-back homeruns in the first inning, Yankees starter Ivan Nova was forced to leave after the second due to tightness in his right forearm.

The Yankees squandered numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, always seeming one hit away from gaining the advantage. They stranded 11 men on base, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with the bases loaded.

Thursday’s loss marks the end to a season in which the Yankees led the American League with 97 wins, causing many fans to have World Series aspirations.

After licking their wounds, the team’s priority this offseason will be CC Sabathia, who can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Yankees will also look to bolster their pitching and add youthful position players to combat the rising ages of players like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.