Park Slope School Principal Cleared of Communist Organizing

Aug 31, 17 Park Slope School Principal Cleared of Communist Organizing

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Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate high school has been absolved of accusations made against her contending that she was organizing and hosting on-campus Communist meetings. Officials of the Department of Education announced last week that after extensive investigation into the allegations, Ms. Bloomberg is completely clear of any wrongdoing related to the claims. The Office of Special Investigations did find Bloomberg guilty of other, unrelated infractions of minor rules. Michael Aciman, department spokesman, said that “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken” for her failure to get permission from the parents of students to show a documentary at school; to hire a substitute teacher without the proper authorization; and to offer a history class to fulfill a required government credit without getting permission. Bloomberg says the original accusations originated with an employee with something against her, stating that: “The DOE has admitted that they initiated an investigation against me based on allegations from a completely unreliable source,” she said. “Nonetheless, while finding the allegations of Communist organizing to be patently false, they are still threatening disciplinary action based on minor bureaucratic complaints from the same discredited source. Any disciplinary action is simple retaliation for our defense of our students, their civil rights and our advocacy for integration.” Jeanne Miller, Bloomberg’s lawyer, said that the claims the DOE brought against Bloomberg were wrong and are the equivalent of harassment. “They felt like they had to find something because they had fought so hard to do this investigation,” Mirer said. “Her reputation as a professional has been hurt by what is clearly a retaliatory action.” Some parents and employees at the school have supported Bloomberg. The New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to lawyers at the DOE asking them to drop the investigation....

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Judge Says He Can’t Promise El Chapo’s Lawyers Will Get Paid

Aug 15, 17 Judge Says He Can’t Promise El Chapo’s Lawyers Will Get Paid

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US District Judge Brian Cogan did not make accused drug lord “El Chapo’s” lawyers feel reassured about their eventual compensation at Monday’s Brooklyn hearing. When the hearing commenced Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was seen waving to his wife and twin daughters, who were viewing the proceedings from the second row of the public seating in the courtroom. The judge then informed Guzman and his lawyers that the government could not promise that the drug lord’s assets would not be seized, thus depriving the lawyers of their compensation. El Chapo, who has twice staged dramatic prison breaks in Mexico, is being tried in Brooklyn for heading up a multi-billion-dollar international drug trafficking ring which carried out multiple murders and kidnappings. He was extradited from Mexico in January, and has been held in solitary confinement in a prison in lower Manhattan. His lawyers are worried that if the government seizes Guzman’s money, there will be nothing left to pay them. Among Guzman lawyers is Jeff Lichtman, who was able to successfully defend the son of mafia scion John Gotti. The government has said it wants to collect $14 billion in drug money from El Chapo. Guzman’s lawyers argued that they want to alleviate the taxpayer’s burden of having to pay the public defenders the court would appoint, but only if they know in advance they will be compensated. After the hearing and Judge Cogan’s ruling, Lichtman said he still wanted to find a way to defend his client, who pleaded not guilty to charges of running a drug trafficking cartel that laundered billions of dollars and committed murder and kidnapping. The hearing lasted 15 minutes during which El Chapo turned to look at his family several times, with clear emotion in his face. He is scheduled to spend some time with his family for the first time in seven months this...

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New York City U-Bahn bedarf dringender Reparaturen

Jul 24, 17 New York City U-Bahn bedarf dringender Reparaturen

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Zunehmende Probleme haben den zerfallenden Zustand des weiten U-Bahn-Systems von New York City offenbart, eines Systems, das auf viele Arten das Kreislaufsystem ist, das die Stadt am Leben hält. Das letzte Ereignis umfasste eine Entgleisung nah der Haltestelle Brighton Beach gegen 9:00 Uhr letzten Freitag. Zum Glück wurden keine Verletzungen berichtet, als ein Satz Räder auf dem zweiten Wagen von den Schienen fiel. Ein anderer Zug kam, um die Passagiere abzuholen, aber der Dienst auf den B- und Q-Linien war während der viel befahrenen morgendlichen Pendlerstunden ernsthaft gestört. Diese Entgleisung folgte dem Ereignis in Manhattan, das Verletzungen bei über 20 Menschen verursachte. Andere Systemstörungen haben den Dienst beeinträchtigt oder Schaden verursacht, wie Signalprobleme in Manhattan, ein Feuer auf den U-Bahn-Gleisen im oberen Manhattan, das neun Menschen ins Krankenhaus schickte, und ein Zug in Queens mit mechanischen Problemen. Die Interimsdirektorin der Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Veronique Hakim, sagte, dass die Entgleisung von Brooklyn untersucht wurde, aber es war nicht sofort klar, was das Ereignis verursachte. Es waren circa 135 Menschen an Bord, was als “leichte Last” für den Zug galt. Fr. Hakim entschuldigte sich für das Ereignis vom Freitag: “Es tut uns leid, dass dies heute Morgen geschah,” sagte Fr. Hakim. Wer tatsächlich verantwortlich ist für die allgemeine Instandhaltung des U-Bahn-Systems, scheint unklar zu sein. Joseph J. Lhota, Vorsitzender der MTA, drängte Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio, die notwendigen Reparaturen am alternden System durchzuführen. Hr. Lhota sagte, er habe einen Vorschlag für Notfälle, der bald veröffentlicht werde, der besagt, dass die Stadt und der Staat die Verantwortung übernehmen müssten und die Gelder für die Reparaturen zur Verfügung stellen müssten. Hr. Lhota ist sich mit Gouverneur Andrew M. Cuomo einig, der den Bürgermeister von New York dafür ermahnte, nicht die Verantwortung für das U-Bahn-System übernommen zu haben, das der Stadt gehört. Die Unterstützer des Verkehrsbetriebes haben eine andere Meinung, die besagt, dass der Gouverneur die Verantwortung übernehmen muss, da er die MTA kontrolliert, indem er den Vorsitzenden auswählt und selbst mehr und mehr an den Aktivitäten der Agentur...

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New York City Subway in Urgent Need of Repairs

Jul 24, 17 New York City Subway in Urgent Need of Repairs

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Mounting problems have revealed the decaying state of the vast New York City subway system, a system that in many ways is the circulatory system keeping the city alive. The most recent incident involved a derailment near the Brighton Beach station at around 9am last Friday. Luckily no injuries were reported when one set of wheels on the second car fell off the rails. Another train came to collect the passengers, but service was seriously disrupted on the B and Q lines during the busy morning commute hours. This derailment came on the heels of June’s incident in Manhattan which caused injuries to over 20 people. Other system malfunctions have interfered with service or caused harm, such as signal problems in Manhattan, a fire on the subway tracks in upper Manhattan, sending nine people to the hospital, and a train in Queens with mechanical issues. Interim director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Veronique Hakim, said that the Brooklyn derailment was being investigated, but it was not immediately clear what caused the incident. There were about 135 people on board, considered a “light load” for the train. Ms. Hakim apologized for Friday’s incident: “We are sorry this occurred this morning,” Ms. Hakim said. Who is actually responsible for the general upkeep of the subway system seems to be unclear. Joseph J. Lhota, chairman of the MTA, urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to make the necessary repairs to the aging system. Mr. Lhota said he has an emergency proposal to be released soon, saying that the city and the state must take responsibility and provide the funding for the repairs. Mr. Lhota agrees with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who admonished the New York mayor for not taking responsibility for the subway system that is owned by the city. Transit authority supporters have a different view, saying that the Governor needs to take responsibility, since he controls the MTA by selecting the chairman and involving himself more and more in the agency’s...

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In Brooklyn hergestellte Kunst schmückt Lieferwagen von Peabody

Jul 17, 17 In Brooklyn hergestellte Kunst schmückt Lieferwagen von Peabody

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Als Teil eines Projekts, das lokale Künstler feiert, werden die Lieferwagen der Marke Peapod mit fünf ausgewählten Kunstwerken bedeckt sein, die die Stadt verschönern, während sie den ganzen Sommer Bestellungen von New Yorkern durch die Metro-Gegend erfüllen. Peapod ist der größte Online-Lebensmittelhändler des Landes, mit mehr als 40 Millionen gelieferten Bestellungen. Die Kunstwerke, die die Seiten seiner Lieferwagen dekorieren werden, sind die Gewinner eines offenen Kunstwettbewerbs, dessen Thema die Feier von Brooklyn war. Das Projekt wurde im April eingeführt, um “die blühende Gemeinde von Künstlern, Feinschmeckern und anderen von Brooklyn zu feiern.” Peabody sagte, das Ziel des Projektes war, und ist, mehr mit den Gemeinden involviert zu werden, die Peabody bedient. “Wir führten diesen Wettbewerb ein, um unseren Kunden aus Brooklyn zu danken und die Gemeinde zu feiern,” sagte Jennifer Carr-Smith, Präsidentin von Peapod. “Die Einreichungen übertrafen unsere Erwartungen und fingen wirklich den Geist der dynamischen Nachbarschaften von Brooklyn und die Leidenschaft von Peapod für frische Nahrung und ausgezeichneten Service ein. Wir hoffen, dass die New Yorker es genießen werden, die farbigen Designs auf ihren Straßen zu sehen, und dass sie weiterhin Peapod in ihren Heimen willkommen heißen.” Der Wettbewerb begann zum ersten Mal 2015, zurückgehend zu den Ursprüngen der Firma. Drei der Gewinner sind aus Brooklyn, und jeder Gewinner erhält eine Geschenkkarte im Wert von 750 $, um Lebensmittel zu kaufen. “Unser Geschäft ist die Lieferung von frischen Lebensmitteln, Bequemlichkeit und kreative Mahlzeitenlösungen,” sagte Carr-Smith. “Aber es ist wirklich so viel mehr als das – wir möchten mit unseren Kunden in ihren einzigartigen Gemeinden feiern. Was gibt es für einen besseren Weg, um Brooklyn dafür zu danken, uns willkommen zu heißen, als uns mit seiner blühenden Kunstgemeinde zu verbinden, um ihre Kreativität mit der ganzen Stadt zu teilen. Wir wissen, dass der große Talentpool in Brooklyn und durch die Märkte von Peapod manch unglaubliches Kunstwerk schaffen wird, das auf unseren Lieferwagen dargestellt wird.” Peabody hatte 200 Abholorte in 24 Märkten, die u.a. folgende umfassen: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New...

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Brooklyn-Made Art Adorns Peabody Delivery Trucks

Jul 17, 17 Brooklyn-Made Art Adorns Peabody Delivery Trucks

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As part of a project celebrating local artists, Stop and Shop’s Peapod brand delivery trucks will be covered with five selected pieces of art, beautifying the city while fulfilling orders of New Yorkers across the metro area all summer. Peapod is the country’s largest online grocer, with more than 40 million orders delivered. The artworks that will be decorating the sides of their delivery trucks are the winners of an open art competition whose theme was the celebration of Brooklyn. The project was launched back in April to “celebrate Brooklyn’s thriving community of artists, foodies and more.” Peabody said the goal of the project was, and is, to get more involved with the communities that Peabody serves. “We launched this competition to thank our Brooklyn customers and celebrate the community,” said Jennifer Carr-Smith, Peapod President. “The submissions exceeded our expectations and truly captured the spirit of Brooklyn’s dynamic neighborhoods and Peapod’s passion for fresh food and excellent service. We hope New Yorkers will enjoy seeing the colorful designs on their streets and will continue to welcome Peapod into their homes.” The competition was first begun in 2015, going back to the origins of the company. Three of the winners are from Brooklyn, and each winner receives a $750 gift card to purchase groceries. “Our business is about delivering affordable fresh groceries, convenience, and creative meal solutions,” Carr-Smith said. “But it’s really so much more than that – we want to celebrate with our customers in their unique communities. What better way to thank Brooklyn for welcoming us than to connect with its thriving art community to share their creativity with the entire city. We know the wide pool of talent in Brooklyn and across Peapod’s markets will create some incredible artwork to be featured on our trucks.” Peabody had 200 pick-up locations in 24 markets which include: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, and...

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