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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 79. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Puppets in the Park: “Little Red’s Hood

Come see this production by the City Parks Foundation of “Little Red’s Hood” at Beach 17th Street at 7:00 p.m. Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smart phone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Red travels from the city to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she meets a colorful cast of characters while Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bloomberg won’t apologize for remarks on stop-and-frisk 

A defiant Mayor Michael Bloomberg would not apologize Sunday for his controversial comments about the NYPD stop-and-frisk program and how officers stop “whites too much.” Read more: CBS New York

New York teen who escaped ‘nonsecure’ group home arrested on murder charge

A teen who bolted from a group home that housed criminal offenders has been arrested on suspicion of murder — less than two months after a judge sounded the alarm about scant security at such facilities. Read more: New York Daily News

Congressman calls for a federal monitor to oversee NYPD

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) during a Sunday afternoon press conference called to appoint a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD’s stop and frisk program. Read more: Fox New York

Gillibrand wants FEMA to review flood insurance rules

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to review rules that resulted in insurance coverage denials for some Superstorm Sandy victims. Read more: Fox New York

Miracle on the Hudson: Helicopter makes emergency landing in river

A charter helicopter carrying a family of four Swedes on a sightseeing tour of New York City lost power shortly after takeoff Sunday and made an emergency landing on the Hudson River, authorities said. The pilot, 23, and the helicopter’s occupants were uninjured. Read more: ABC New York

9 elite firefighters die battling huge Arizona wildfire

An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation’s fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona on Sunday afternoon, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. Read more: AP

 

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Gillibrand Wants Geese Roundup In Wake Of Bird Strikes

In the wake of a pair of recent bird strikes involving planes in the New York area, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to rein in the flying nuisance responsible. She’s proposing a new measure that would make it easier for the Department of Agriculture to round up and kill Canada geese on federal land at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near Kennedy Airport. Wildlife advocates oppose the idea. The birds can shatter windshields, dent fuselages and ruin engines. Read More: NY1

 

 

Jackson Heights BID Delivers On Promise, Merchants Say

The Jackson Heights shopping strip is looking a lot prettier these days with news trees, benches and cleaner streets. It’s a far cry from what the 82nd Street business improvement district or BID used to look like. Now it’s got a new look, new leadership and a new name. It’s now called the 82nd Street partnership and business owners appear to like it. Retail businesses are members of the BID and many of the store owners had complained to local leaders that under the old Business Improvement District there wasn’t a lot of improvement. Read More: NY1

 

 

Power line from Quebec to Astoria draws mixed reviews

A proposal to create a $2.2 billion power transmission line to bring wind and hydroelectric power from Quebec to Astoria is pitting environmentalists and against each another and creating some unusual alliances. The Champlain Hudson Power Express project would bring up to 1,000 megawatts of Canadian power into the city through a roughly 333-mile underground, and at times underwater, cable. Read More: Daily News

 

Judge clears crane magnate James Lomma of manslaughter in deaths

Manhattan crane czar James Lomma was acquitted Thursday of the deaths of two hardhats who were killed when one of his giant machines collapsed on them. Lomma, who was charged with manslaughter in the deadly May 2008 accident at an E. 91st St. construction site, sat stoically as Judge Daniel Conviser handed down his verdict in Manhattan Supreme Court. Lomma faced up to 15 years in prison for the deaths of Donald Leo, 30, and Ramadan Kurtaj, 27. The two were killed when the crane cab plunged 200 feet down into the street. Read More: Daily News

 

Knicks’ Lin beats Lakers’ Bryant in NBA jersey sales

Jeremy Lin outsold Kobe Bryant in official jersey sales over the past year, the NBA revealed Thursday, despite the Knicks phenom only emerging to prominence in February. Fans rushed to get the former undrafted D-Leaguer’s name on their back at an unprecedented rate when “Linsanity” took hold little more than two months ago as his breakthrough performances captured global attention. The mass demand meant only Bulls guard Derrick Rose sold more jerseys than Lin last year. It is the first time the Chicago star, who was boosted by last season’s MVP title, has topped the annual list. Read More: New York Post

Camera catches prostitute accused of stealing $500K worth of diamonds

This is the savvy prostitute who allegedly swiped half a million dollars worth of uncut diamonds from a hapless gem trader — caught on surveillance video as she made her barefoot getaway from a Manhattan hotel, police say. Erika Cooper, 34 — a k a Bianca Williams — is now the target of an NYPD manhunt for allegedly pulling off the April 17 heist at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where she waited until her john Kurt Kaiser fell asleep before she fled with his loot. Her big mistake was giving Kaiser her real phone number, which cops have used to identify her and dig up mug shots from an earlier prostitution bust, a police source said. Read More: New York Post