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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

A-Rod HRs help, hurt Yankees

For Alex Rodriguez, there are just moneyball milestones ahead now. Home runs larded with achievement — but also uncomfortable bonus checks and even more uncomfortable questions. Rodriguez hit homer No. 630 yesterday as part of the Yankees’ thorough 5-0 home-opening defeat of the Angels. That tied him with Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time list. Those in front of him now need nothing more than first names: Willie, Babe, Hank and Barry. Read More: New York Post

Pharmacy slaying brings flashback to last year’s Long Island massacre

As he was held at gunpoint and forced to lay face down on the floor of an East Harlem drugstore, grisly scenes from last year’s Long Island pharmacy massacre flashed through his mind. Quick-thinking Alex Cary, the manager of the RX Center Pharmacy on East 119th Street, was able to trigger a panic button moments after two gun-toting thugs burst into his store Thursday. “I was scared!” said Cary. “He was pointing a gun at us . . . and just then, you know what flashed through my mind? The Long Island pharmacy massacre.” Read More: New York Post

Wall falls on 2 boys

Two boys were injured last night when a cinderblock wall in their Brooklyn back yard collapsed on them, authorities and family members said. The boys, cousins William Arango, 11, and Nathyiz Figueroa, 10, were playing behind their Willoughby Avenue home in Bushwick about 7 p.m. when they lost their ball over the wall. When they went to retrieve the ball, they came into contact with the 7-foot wall, which divides their yard from the house next door. Read More: New York Post

Queens Students Test All Circuits Ahead Of Nat’l Robot Battle

The days were long but the payoff was a slamdunk. The Technotics Team 1635 from Newtown High School in Elmhurst won the “Rebound Rumble” competition last month at FIRST Robotics Regionals at the Javits Center, beating out 66 other teams. The victory was sweet for a school slated for an overhaul as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “turnaround” plan. But the students are focused on something more immediate and hope to bring home top honors at the FIRST Robotics Nationals taking place in St Louis at the end of this month. Read More: NY1


Avella Hopes Legislation Will Reduce City’s Tax On Gasoline

Senator Tony Avella announced plans Friday for new legislation that he hopes will help curb city sales tax on gasoline. Read More & Watch the Video: NY1


Secret Service prostitute scandal: 12 of Obama’s agents sent home from Colombia amid allegations at least one was found with hooker

A dozen Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Obama in Colombia were sent home amid allegations that at least one of them was found cavorting with prostitutes. The bawdy bodyguards were relieved of duty because of accusations involving sex workers in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of a summit of more than 30 world leaders, the Associated Press reported. Read More: Daily News


Mayor Bloomberg says wage bill supported by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would make city like U.S.S.R.

Mayor Bloomberg Friday said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s proposed Living Wage Bill amounts to communism — and vowed it will bring on a legal battle if passed. “The last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR and that didn’t work out so well,” the mayor said during his regular appearance on the John Gambling Show on WOR radio. Read More: Daily News