Massive Sinkhole Sucks Down Road in Sunset Park

Aug 11, 15 Massive Sinkhole Sucks Down Road in Sunset Park

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Last Tuesday a street collapsed in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, creating a 30 foot wide and 15 foot deep sinkhole. The massive pit prevented cars from turning at the intersection of 64th Steet and Fifth Avenue, making some residents annoyed. “This has ruined our whole day,” said Maria Cruz, 28, with the help of her 9-year-old son Michael, who was translating from his mother’s Spanish to the reporter’s English. “We have no water for eight hours. We can’t use our car — it is stuck here. The collapse occurred at 7am, and was caused by a leaking water main, which weakened the ground under the roadway. Utility companies were called to check the gas lines for any leaks, and water to the neighboring apartment buildings was turned off. Representatives from the DEP plan to first fill in the gaping hole with emergency filler dirt so the hole does not worsen. At a later stage they will remove the dirt and properly repair the street. Victor Gomez, a resident who lives nearby, expressed the feelings of many in the area: “Thank God no cars or pedestrians were near the hole when it blew up,” he...

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Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

Jul 13, 15 Woman Harassed by Robo-calls Awarded $229K in Damages

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A Manhattan federal judge ruled in favor of Araceli King, saying that she was harassed by Time Warner Cable in an illegal manner. According to the law suit brought by Irving, Texas resident King, Time Warner Cable continuously left messages on her cell phone via robot to the tune of 153 automated calls in less than a year. The communications company was looking for a former customer, Luiz Perez, who at one time had King’s number, but no longer did. King informed Time Warner of their mistake, making it as clear as possible during a seven-minute discussion she had with an employee of Time Warner, to no avail. After the discussion the automated phone calls continued unabated, totaling 74 additional calls after King’s suit to end them. US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein awarded King triple damages totaling $229,000 in total, or $1,500 per call. Hellerstein said that a “responsible business” would have tried harder to find Perez. Especially after March 2014, when King had already sued Time Warner, the judge said it was “incredible” to believe that Time Warner did not know she objected, which is their claim. Time Warner Cable claims it is not liable under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act since it believed it was calling Perez, who did agree to the calls. The TCP Act was enacted to limit robocall and telemarketing abuses. The automated calls made to King were part of an “interactive voice response” system that calls late-paying customers automatically. “Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system,” Hellerstein wrote. He added that the last 74 calls made by TWC to King were “particularly egregious violations of the TCPA and indicate that TWC simply did not take this lawsuit seriously.” A trial has been set for July 27. Spokeswoman for the New York based TWC, Susan Leepson said that the company is...

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Robert Simons & Bill McGlashan in Final Negotiations with Jackie Chan

In exciting news for STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan, they are in final negotiations with Jackie Chan to star in the action thriller “The Foreigner.” Shooting is expected to start in October and the script is supposed to be based on Stephen Leather’s novel “The Chinaman,” published in 1992. The story focuses on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who wants to hunt down a group of Irish terrorists that killed his daughter. STX was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and TPG managing partner Bill McGlashan with the goal of producing projects in the $10-80 million range. This area is virtually vacant in the studios, as they favor making massive superhero movies. STX hopes to release as many as 15 films each year by 2017. They have already lined up projects that include Matthew McConaughey (“The Free State of Jones”) and Julia Roberts (“The Secret in Their Eyes”). For this venture with Jackie Chan, David Marconi wrote the adaptation. Chan, of course, brings a slew of credits with him including being in more than 150 films since the 1960s. STX Entertainment with Robert Simons and Bill McGlashan has already lined up financial backing from venture capital firm and co-founder TPG, Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital and investors Gigo Pritzker and Beau Wrigley. They also have backing from China’s Huayi...

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Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

May 18, 15 Lindsay Lohan in Fort Greene Doing Community Service

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In order for Lindsay Lohan to avoid about 6 months in jail for reckless driving, she will need to spend 115 hours doing community service before May 28 comes around. Lucky for the children at the Duffield Children’s Center in Fort Greene, Lohan started clocking those hours last Wednesday, bringing warm smiles to many of the children’s faces. Lohan was supposed to begin her hours on Tuesday, but for reasons that are not entirely clear she did not show up that day, but she did arrive first thing Wednesday morning. There is speculation that Lohan was trying her best to avoid the paparazzi, and even sent conflicting messages about what state in the US she was in on Monday. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s dad, is not worried about his daughter’s tardiness. “I don’t care what anyone else says. She’s back and she’s started with the process. She’ll get it done,” he said. Moms whose children Lohan will be caring for do not seem to be worried about Lohan’s irresponsible driving. One mom of twin girls, age 5, is accepting of Lohan in the Center. “It’s not a real big issue. People make mistakes. It’s not really a big concern for me,” she said. “If she’s going to interact with the kids, maybe she should talk about the positives of her negative situation,” said another mom of a 3-year-old Duffield student. “Everybody has their ups and downs and we all do things to get ourselves in...

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Call of Nature Leads to Arrest in Subway

May 10, 15 Call of Nature Leads to Arrest in Subway

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Lixence Exavier, 28, was just minding his own business at the Franklin Avenue Station in Brooklyn when he had a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate. If only he remembered that he was also illegally carrying a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson M&P handgun and nine hollow point bullets, (oops) perhaps he would have held it in a little bit longer. At least until he was out of the visual range of alert NYPD Officer Jacobo Rosario. When Rosario noticed Exavier doing his business at 12:03 am on Thursday morning, he went over to investigate. A quick pat down revealed the handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants, and the bullets in his pocket. It turns out Exavier has a record with the police, for driving-related offenses. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal trespass, (he went to relieve himself in an off-limits area of the subway station,) and for violating a local law prohibiting public urination. New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has come out strongly against the decriminalization of public urination, as well as other so-called “quality of life” crimes. If supporters of decimalization, such as City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, were to get their way, police would not be able to arrest offenders or ask for their IDs when issuing tickets. Until these “quality of life” crimes are indeed decriminalized, we suggest would-be armed robbers at least pee at home, or drink less beer, before embarking on their criminal... Super takläggning i Sverige

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Earthquake Shakes Brooklyn Friends of Two Missing Trekkers in Nepal

Apr 26, 15 Earthquake Shakes Brooklyn Friends of Two Missing Trekkers in Nepal

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Two friends, Danny Cole, 39, and Mendy Losh, 38, have their friends and family in Brooklyn praying for their safety after devastating earthquake in Nepal. The pair are both originally from Crown Heights although Losh now lives in Los Angeles. The two travel together every year, usually with a third friend, Zevi Steinhauser, 39, who could not accompany his friends this year to Mount Everest. “I wrote (them), ‘Be careful and stay safe,’ That was the last I heard,” said Steinhauser. “I just came back from praying.” It is thought that Cole and Losh were hiking up to the Everest base camp at the time the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday. It is feared that close to 4,000 people were killed in the disaster. The shaking caused avalanches on the frozen mountain that have claimed the lives of at least 19 people, three of them Americans. Zalman Schriber, Cole’s brother-in-law, is acting as a spokesman for the family. He said that relatives were concentrating on the search and have contacted a Rabbi in Nepal who is doing whatever he can to try and locate Cole and Losh. “He’s exceptionally nice, he’s always willing to help anyone,” said Schriber, 25. “He’s very diligent. He worked his way through college with a family. If Danny sees this I hope he’s safe. We’re praying for you and can’t wait to hear from...

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