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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Brooklyn woman slashed in throat by friend's ex-boyfriend dies of injuries

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 A Brooklyn woman whose throat was slashed by her friend’s deranged ex-boyfriend has died, police said Wednesday.

Larysa Saad, 42, was taken off life support at Coney Island Hospital on Tuesday — 10 days after police say Ruslan Baimov ripped her throat open during a bloody attack in Seagate. Family members plan to donate Saad’s organs, police said.

Saad’s ex-husband wanted to keep her alive, hoping she would recover, her landlord Joseph Nikosevic said.

She was making tea in her friend’s apartment on Neptune Ave. when Baimov pushed in an air conditioner and climbed through an open window just before midnight on Oct. 28, police said.

Saad’s friend had recently broken up with Baimov, 40, who lives in the same building on an upper floor.

“It's so sad,” Nikosevic, 64, said. "You should never help anybody. You seen what happens? She lost her life."

Baimov slit Saad’s throat and then stabbed and raped his ex-girlfriend — all while the woman’s 11-year-old daughter hid in a bedroom, authorities said. He then allegedly held the two women hostage for hours, alternating between kissing his wounded former paramour and threatening to kill her.

Saad remained on the ground in a pool of her own blood, gurgling and gasping for air, her 42-year-old friend told the Daily News.

Baimov left the apartment about four hours after he broke in. Saad was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where she was put on a respirator.

Baimov is charged with attempted murder and rape.

He was ordered held without bail following his arraignment on Oct. 31.

The Brooklyn District Attorney will most likely increase the charges to murder at Baimov’s next court appearance, sources said. 
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JPMorgan Chase giving job seekers skills to bank on

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 A big bank is opening its vault to fund a series of workforce development programs to assist job seekers and study what training is needed to land good gigs.

JPMorgan Chase this year has given more than $20 million to New York City nonprofits and researchers to cover a host of initiatives, including a recently announced plan to help teens obtain key job skills.

“Our workforce strategy is about helping people move into middle-skilled jobs,” said Jennie Sparandara, the bank’s vice president of global philanthropy.

The jobs are mainly in the health care and technology fields, she said. They typically require training beyond a high school degree, though applicants are fine without a bachelor’s degree, the workplace research has found.

“Despite the fact that many people are looking for work, these jobs often go wanting,” she said.

In May, the bank announced it was giving $6 million to four local nonprofit organizations as part of its national New Skills for Youth program.

The initiative is designed to give teens in the South Bronx skills they need for jobs in health care, transportation logistics and distribution, and information technology.

“It’s going well,” Sparandara said. “It’s exciting to see it supporting new work. There’s that kind of startup feeling.”

But it is not just about job training.

The bank is also financially supporting research into the job market to identify where positions exist and what kind of training they require.

“We invest in labor market research to help make those connections clearer,” Sparandara said. “We are looking to understand what skills people have been able to build and how they helped.”

Those studies are being done by academics at the NYC Labor Market Information Service, which is part of the City University of New York.

Bank philanthropy executives are constantly looking for unique ways to help students from low-income neighborhoods.

This month, the bank announced grants to support MyPath programs in New York City and Newark, N.J., to help give young people the opportunity to achieve financial health.

The MyPath Savings model is integrated into local youth employment and workforce programs. They teach students how to bank, use direct deposit to meet personal savings goals and build financial confidence as they earn their first paycheck.

MyPath also provides technical assistance, training and materials to youth employment programs and credit unions to develop local partnerships.

Also this month, the bank teamed up with the New York Knicks in support of the organization BUILD, which provides experiential learning through entrepreneurship for youths in need.

The bank is partnering with BUILD to provide different business platforms to city high school students from seven schools, throughout the school year. These include brainstorming sessions, pitch presentations and budgetary issues. The students will also hear from Chase executives and Knicks players.
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Gap Inc. opening a ‘Door’ for teens to build job skills

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 For Neila Charles, the road to success runs through the Gap.

The 18-year-old Brooklynite landed an internship and then a job with the clothing retailer through This Way Ahead, a youth workforce initiative that also helps cover her college costs.

“I would say the program actually drastically changed my life,” Charles told the Daily News. “I love the company and I’m learning about people. It’s an amazing opportunity to have. It’s perfect for me.”

The Borough of Manhattan Community College student was busy with her high school work and her dance studies at the Door, a SoHo-based “center of alternatives,” when she learned about the program.

“I’d never had much experience with a real job,” she said. “It wasn’t my first job, but it was my best job.”

The program was launched two years ago with teens like Charles in mind. Students receive both training in workplace skills and spend time at a Gap Boot Camp before they’re placed in paid internships at Gap Inc. retail outlets: Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic.

So far, so good, says Julie Shapiro, executive director of the Door.

“The program is designed to be a first-job experience, so young people who have not worked before can test out a first job,” Shapiro said. “The retail training covers everything from time management to professionalism to resumes and interview skills to customer service.”

The Door helped 334 young people land internships in the last year, with 85% completing their 10-week internships and 70% landing jobs afterward. Similar numbers are expected for 2017.

“It’s a very good way to get your foot in the door,” said Shapiro. “We’ve also found it’s really helpful to get young people in starting their careers — and achieving academic success.”

In addition to “This Way Ahead,” the Door provides 10,000 city youths with assistance in everything from reproductive health to homework help.

The program actually dates to 2007, and currently operates in 14 other cities — including three in England. By 2020, the company expects to hit 10,000 participants in its effort to help teens, many from low-income families.

“The company wanted to do something good for the communities where the stores are located,” explained Shapiro.

Charles wound up landing a job at a Gap outlet in the Financial District before moving to a second position at a new franchise store in Times Square.

“I learned through the program about the importance of having a résumé, who to write a cover letter, and overall learning how to talk to people and being patient,” she recounted.

“And they absolutely taught me the customer is always right.”

The employee is OK, too: Charles proudly recalls selling 23 Gap gift cards in her first 10 weeks on the job.

“That’s impossible!” she said. “It was really good. Amazing.”
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CUNY preps students to meet evolving biz needs like cybersecurity

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 Top news headlines are today’s help-wanted ads, as front-page issues spawn new needs for old skills and new ways to do old jobs.

Career trends have emerged because of new and growing problems that are as diverse as cybersecurity and the opioid crisis, said Angie Kamath, a dean for continuing education and workforce development at the City University of New York.

Kamath recently attended a meeting that focused on sprawling cybersecurity issues raised by hackers, from Russians infiltrating U.S. elections to identity thieves raiding Equifax.

“Cybersecurity is not just about the technical kind of IT that is part technology and part cybersecurity, but is also about nontechnical roles that are around risk management and understanding vulnerabilities in the system,” Kamath said.

“There are a lot of skill areas that are new and emerging” to address these issues, Kamath said, and CUNY is developing programs to recruit, train and place New Yorkers in jobs based on “analyzing cybersecurity and assessing threats.”

This will open career opportunities across many sectors in the regional and national economies, she said, because “understanding risk and data is very much something that touches every industry.”

New York City’s dynamic and diverse economy demands a robust workforce, and CUNY has endeavored to position itself as a major piece of the city’s job development network.

Parsing career trends is one way the university determines what the workplace will demand. Responding to business needs is an even larger part of the effort.

“We listen to industry, craft a new curriculum, and help people get recruited and trained successfully to be able to then get a job,” Kamath said.

“I think there are definitely new trends as industries evolve and mature, or grow,” she said. “We see a lot more interest in things like data analytics.

“ ... How do you scale the competency to manage large reams of data to be able to analyze it, to be able to write compliance reports, or to analyze new markets, or understand trends?” added Kamath.

“There are new competencies and skills that are very much affecting all industries,” she said, and CUNY has developed programs “to train students to work with data, to analyze data” to fill those needs.

CUNY TechWorks is a federally funded program, begun this year, that offers skill-based training in web design, software development and IT system administration. CUNY also offers a database-management training program in partnership with Infor, a New York-based business software company.

CUNY responded to community health needs to create a program this year focused on the opioid abuse crisis, training an initial 40 “certified recovery peer advocates” to work with recovering abusers, Kamath said.

“The way that we very often come up with new programs is really talking to industry and understanding what industry needs, and designing new programs that meet those needs,” she said.

“In this case, we worked very closely with community health clinics, with hospitals, as well as with local doctors’ and clinicians’ offices. ...They came up with this idea to develop this brand-new curriculum.”

CUNY focuses its workforce development efforts in 10 major sectors: technology, health care, finance/insurance, hospitality, nonprofits, civic/government, energy/industrial, business operations (sales and marketing), life sciences and arts/cultural.

Even long-established industries see the need to change how they function, Kamath said.

“As areas evolve and time goes on, I think the skill sets might be similar, but the applications have evolved to be more specific” to newer, current needs, she said.
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Bronx creep who pimped 12, 13-year-old girls hit with 8-year prison sentence

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 A Bronx child sex trafficker will serve eight years behind bars after pimping out a pair of young girls online, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Miguel Benitez, 29, used to advertise two girls, ages 12 and 13, then had an accomplice drive them to Bronx hotels and other spots to have sex with johns, prosecutors said.

One of the girls was a runaway. Benitez met them on the streets, and roped them into his sex trafficking scheme, a law enforcement source said.

Benitez — who's already served prison time after a 2012 assault and drug dealing conviction — was sentenced Wednesday, one month after pleading guilty to attempted sex trafficking. He also was ordered to serve to five years of post-release supervision and register as a sex offender.

"The defendant preyed on vulnerable young girls, treating them as a commodity and profiting from their degradation," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. "Now he will serve eight years in prison for ruining the lives of these children."

His accomplice, Desheen Evans, 35, of Brooklyn drove the girls to two Bronx hotels, renting rooms in her name, prosecutors said.

Evans, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy, was sentenced to two-and-two-thirds to eight years in prison in May.
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Brooklyn school under fire for not calling cops after attempted sex assault in locker room

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 Bullies at a Brooklyn school tried to sexually assault a freshman in the boys’ locker room — and the school never told cops, police sources said.

Authorities are looking into the possibility there are more victims at the It Takes a Village Academy and the city Department of Education has ousted the school’s principal, Marina Vinitskaya.

The 14-year-old victim told investigators a group of boys had been targeting him in the locker room after gym class since the beginning of the school year.

The horrifying harassment reached new levels on Friday, the teen said.

The tormentors pinned the boy to a wall and tried to stick their fingers into his buttocks, sources said.

The teen told school administrators, who suspended the alleged attackers, sources said.

But police were never alerted.

When the boy’s shocked mom learned on Monday that the East Flatbush school hadn’t called cops, she did herself, sources said.

Police “should have been called right away. There’s no grey area,” one source told the Daily News.

Four more boys have come forward to say they were groped and police are working on the number of attackers, sources say.

So far no one has been arrested.

An Education Department spokeswoman called the claims “deeply troubling” and said the department is working closely with police.

Vinitskaya didn’t respond to a request for comment. She’s been reassigned pending the investigation.

The failure to notify authorities happened while bullying reports across the city are on the rise.

This year, 81% of students reported being bullied, according to a DOE survey.

Bullying allegedly led to bloodshed in the Bronx earlier this fall.

High school junior Matthew McCree, 15, was killed and another student was injured in a knifing at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation on Sept. 27.

The suspected stabber Abel Cedeno, 18, who is bisexual, told the Daily News in a jailhouse interview that he had been bullied because of his sexuality since middle school and simply snapped.

Last month, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced new anti-bullying programs worth $8 million.

DOE officials wouldn’t say if any of the new programs were in use at It Takes a Village, which is part of the Tilden high School Complex.
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Teen’s death puzzles cops after body found behind Brooklyn apartment building

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 An 18-year-old college student from Harlem was found dead behind a Brooklyn apartment building, and neither investigators nor his mom know who — or what — killed him.

A porter discovered Amadou Abakar’s body about 4:30 p.m. Sunday while cleaning an alley leading to the rear courtyard of the Bedford-Stuyvesant building, police sources said Wednesday.

There was bruising on his forehead and knuckles, and he had a hemorrhage inside his skull, but the city Medical Examiner ruled the injuries did not suggest a deadly level of force. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

Abakar’s cell phone and wallet were found next to his body and money remained in his pocket, sources said. Police are looking for a man who may have been at the scene, but he has not been ruled a suspect.

she has no idea why he was in Brooklyn.

“I don’t know why my soon took off to Brooklyn,” she said. “How he got to Brooklyn, I don’t know.”

Police believe Abakar had died as much as several hours before he was found at the building on Rochester Ave. near Lincoln Place.

“I stood here for two hours looking at him, thinking, that could've been my son," said Lindale Craddock, 56.

Craddock had been in the rear of the building earlier that morning, but spotted nothing.

“When I went back around 4:30 to remove the garbage I saw him lying there,” he said. “I thought maybe he passed out or something. I had no idea he was dead.

"I tried to make contact to see if he was all right and then I realized he wasn't breathing.”

Abakar lived miles away in the Drew-Hamilton Houses in Harlem, and graduated high school at 16. He was a student at Hostos Community College and worked in construction, his family said.

“He was a good kid,” his mother said. “He just took the test to become a fireman.”

Cops are looking into the possibility that his death is linked to a January shooting in the Bronx. He and another man were fighting over a gun when it went off, striking his opponent in the hand. Abakar was busted a month later but the case was later dismissed, sources said.

Donna Larry, who lived in the same building as Abakar and dreamed of marrying him one day, said she will always remember him.

“He was perfect,” said Larry, 19. “He loved everybody. Everybody loved him. Simple as that.”
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Bronx man's arrest in fatal shooting of pal is payback for suing cops: lawyer

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 A Bronx man accused of fatally shooting his best friend — who happened to be his co-plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NYPD — calls the case a frameup.

Salim Wilson, 25, is charged with killing Julio Velasquez, 24, at the McKinley Houses on E. 161st St. in Morrisania on Aug. 29.

Wilson’s lawyer says her client’s arrest is the result of payback because he is suing cops from the local precinct.

“The family feels this is again another situation that the 42nd Precinct is trying to get back at him,” Florio said.

Wilson and Velasquez filed a lawsuit against NYPD Detectives David Terrell and Daniel Brady in July, claiming the cops pressured the witnesses who helped get them arrested in a murder they said they did not commit.

Velasquez and Wilson spent more than two years in jail, awaiting prosecution in the Jan. 31, 2014, murder of Darin Capehart.

On Aug. 29, Julio Velasquez was fatally shot on the eighth floor of a McKinley Houses building in the Bronx.

The cases against them were dismissed on Sept. 6, 2016.

Wilson was charged in Velasquez’s death on Monday and pleaded not guilty to killing his pal during his arraignment in Bronx criminal court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors allege Wilson shot Velasquez during a fight.

The two men were arguing over the potential windfall they were expecting from their lawsuit against Terrell and Brady, according to Terrell’s attorney Eric Sanders.

Velasquez and Wilson received a “pre-settlement funding” payout from the Brooklyn-based company LawCash, which provides financial assistance for those with pending lawsuits.

“The argument was over the money,” Sanders said. “We knew about that months ago. There's evidence that (Wilson) did it.”

"Unfortunately these guys are involved in crimes… and it's all coming to fruition now," Sanders said.

Florio rejected allegations that the two men were brawling over money — and said her client has cooperated with police before his arrest.

“I believe my son was framed,” said Wilson’s mother Regina Wilson. “I don't believe my son did this. My son is not a murderer.”

“(My son and Velasquez were) like brothers,” she said. “The cops are trying to bring him down. My son is innocent and the 42nd (Precinct) is full of dirty cops.”

The arrest left Velazquez’s mother, Leticia Palacios, confused.

“I didn't think he'd want to do that to my son because he used to be like family to us. He used to call me ‘mom,’” said the 62-year-old mom, who claims Wilson never visited her home after her son’s death.

“He used to call my son ‘brother.’ I'm shocked right now because I (didn't) think he'd want to do this to my son.”

“What goes around comes around,” she said. “He’s going to pay.”
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Man assaults Jewish boy in Brooklyn, bias ruled out as motive: cops

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 Police have ruled out bias as a motive after a 10-year-old Hasidic Jewish boy was assaulted in Brooklyn, cops said Monday.

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigated the Sunday incident after police received reports that the attacker told the boy, “I hate Jews – give me your money!”

But further investigation revealed that the attacker – who escaped empty-handed – didn’t yell any anti-Semitic slurs, cops said Monday night. The victim was treated for minor injuries.

Police said the boy was walking home at about 8 p.m. when he was confronted on Harrison Ave. near Walton St. in Williamsburg.

The suspect, a light-skinned black male believed to be about 18, came up to the boy on a scooter, then shoved him to the ground, kicking him twice in the left leg, police said. He then rode off on the scooter.

Police said he has a Caesar haircut, wore a dark blue sweatshirt and carried a black bag.
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Jury in 5 Pointz trial to decide if developer should pay up for destroying works at Queens graffiti mecca

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 A jury is set to decide whether works at the onetime graffiti mecca 5 Pointz count as federally-protected art — and if a real estate developer needs to pay up for their destruction.

After about three weeks of trial, lawyers for 21 aerosol artists and developer Jerry Wolkoff made their final pitches to Brooklyn federal jurors on Monday.

The artists insist Wolkoff violated the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects art of “recognized stature” and open the door for damages when the works are destroyed. There's never been any jury trial under the 1990 law, according to one expert.

Wolkoff had the Long Island City spot's murals and pieces whitewashed overnight in November 2013 as he planned to put up rental towers at the location.

“The whitewash was a senseless and malicious act,” Eric Baum, the attorney for the artists, told jurors. He said his clients never got the proper notice they needed to preserve their creations.

Wolkoff's lawyer, David Ebert, insisted the artists knew they didn't have a permanent exhibit at 5 Pointz: “There was no secret this thing is coming down.”

He acknowledged 5 Pointz was “a great place” and the whitewash was “devastating” to some. But under the terms of the law, it “doesn't translate to you have to give me money,” Ebert said.

Whatever the jury verdict may be, it's not the last word on the groundbreaking case.

Last week, the sides agreed the jury's rulings would be advisory, according to a transcript from Friday. Judge Frederic Block said jurors “can decide all the issues and then I will make the decision.”
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Girlfriend of man slain by off-duty cop in road rage feud says the law is slanted toward police

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 The woman with Delrawn Small last year when he was gunned down by an off-duty police officer during a road rage episode said the shooter would have been convicted of murder if he wasn’t a cop.

“They’re getting away with too much and it’s unacceptable,” said Small’s girlfriend, Zaquanna Albert, hours after the cop, Wayne Isaacs was cleared by a Brooklyn jury of murder and manslaughter charges.

“I just hope that some changes are being done before my son gets older -- because he is a black boy in America.”

But Albert said she doesn’t believe justice was denied because Small, like the cop who killed him, was black. She said Isaac got off because Isaac is blue.

Albert, 37, was in the car, a Kia, with Small on July 4, 2016 when Small confronted Isaacs at a red light in East New York after a traffic skirmish along Atlantic Avenue shortly after the cop’s 4 p.m.-midnight shift had ended.

Surveillance video captured Small exiting his vehicle when both had reached a red light. Seconds later, the cop is seen shooting the victim from inside his vehicle.

“It’s heartbreaking.” Albert said of the verdict. “I should have known he was a police officer because he wasn’t arrested immediately.”

Albert said she has no idea how she will ever make sense of Small’s death or the verdict to the couple’s now 1-year-old son.

“What am I gonna say? I don’t know,” she said, welling up with tears. “This is like heartbreaking for me to explain to my son — heartbreaking for his other children — I can’t believe it. The facts were not used in this case, I don’t think. Seeing Wayne Isaacs walk out that courtroom with his family. My son is gonna start school ... when daddy and son day comes — my son doesn’t have a dad,” she said.

Despite the outcome, Albert said she was pleased with the work of the attorney general’s office, which was prosecuting its first case under a 2015 executive order by Gov. Cuomo charging with the duty of acting as a special prosecutor when unarmed victims are killed by cops.

“The NYPD needs some systematic changes to be done,” Albert said. “It’s too much.”
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Retired cop beaten, robbed of gun after intervening in Lower East Side scuffle

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 A retired police officer who intervened in a shady scuffle outside his friend's Lower East Side bodega was beaten up and robbed of his gun, police said Sunday.

The ex-cop was visiting his buddy at the Chinese Hispanic Grocery on Eldridge St. near Broome St. about 5 a.m. Saturday morning when he noticed a suspicious struggle outside the store.

The disturbance — likely an attempted robbery — spilled from the street into the bodega. The retired cop identified himself, scaring off most of the punks.

But one who stayed engaged the ex-cop in a fight, kicking and punching him, authorities said. During the struggle, the cop's unloaded gun fell out of its holster. His attacker kicked it away, then snatched it and ran off, police said.

EMS took the retired officer to Woodhull Medical Center for body pain and cuts on his face, officials said.

Cops were still searching for the suspect on Sunday.
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Man jumps to death off Trump International Hotel and Tower roof

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 A man jumped to his death Sunday morning from the roof of Trump International Hotel and Tower, just off Central Park, police said.

Emergency personnel removed the body Kyle Mulrooney around 8 a.m., about two hours after the 41-year-old man plunged 44 stories, witnesses said.

Mulrooney’s family has an apartment in the building at 1 Central Park West, near W. 61st St. The luxury hotel and apartment building is about a mile from President Trump’s New York City offices and triplex apartment in Trump Tower on Fifth Ave.

Mulrooney landed just behind the hotel marquee in the front courtyard of the property, not far from the sidewalk, at about 6:10 a.m. and was declared dead at the scene, authorities and witnesses said.

Police continue to investigate the death, but they said there were no early signs of foul play.

Mulrooney has a history of schizophrenia, cops said. His mother saw him before he went to sleep the night before his death, and was told of the tragedy in the morning. Mulrooney’s father was on his way back to New York from Florida on Sunday.
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Body found floating in Hudson River near Greenwich Village

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 The body of a 38-year-old man was found floating in the Hudson River on Sunday morning, authorities said.

Police responding to a 911 call about the body found the man in the river off Jane St. in Greenwich Village at about 9:30 a.m., cops said.

NYPD Harbor Patrol officers transported the fully clothed man to Pier 51, according to authorities.

Police have not released the man’s name. The city Medical Examiner will determine his cause of death.
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Heart patient, 91, pumped for NYC marathon, reveals long running career kept her healthy

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A team of volunteers running in Sunday’s marathon have a special place in the heart of one homebound senior.

Joanie Rowland, 91, trained for and ran her first marathon at age 65 in an effort to stay healthy. For 20 years, the elite athlete stayed one beat ahead of heart problems, including arrhythmia, clots and clogged arteries. She enjoyed a running career that would make most racers a quarter of her age jealous.

“My heart got me into running, and it also removed me from running,” she said.

At her last race, at age 84, Rowland collapsed at the finish line — but still won the race for her age group. “Which I thought was very funny,” she said.

Since then, she has endured multiple strokes, open heart surgery, malignant melanoma and a brain tumor.

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Rowland, who has a history of heart problems, will be with this year's NYC marathon runners in spirit cheering them on from home.
Due to peripheral artery disease, Rowland has trouble getting around and spends most of her time at her Midtown apartment. She relies on Citymeals on Wheels to provide most of her meals.

“Right now it’s almost essential,” she said of the service. “I am feeling excruciating pain with every step I take.”

But with the help of Citymeals, Rowland says, she keeps her head up.

“Because I’m more homebound than I’ve ever been in my life, I’m very confined,” she said. “Being visited by the volunteers gives me such a lift.”

The Juilliard School grad and grandmother spent her life as a conductor, pianist and singer. “Music was my life’s work,” she said.

But running was her passion.

Rowland’s medals and trophies line a shelf above her beloved Steinway piano in her rent-controlled Central Park South pad.

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The lifelong New Yorker has lived in all five boroughs. Coincidentally, her path in life has roughly mimicked the sequence of the marathon. Born on Staten Island, she lived in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and then Manhattan.

On Sunday, Rowland’s heart will be with a group of five runners from Citymeals on Wheels as they follow that same course, competing in the New York City Marathon. The teammates have raised more than $3,000 each and have helped deliver meals to seniors just like Rowland. The crew of volunteers will cross the finish line not far from Rowland’s home, where the spunky senior will be cheering them on.
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ISIS-loving man suspected in deadly NYC terror attack is ‘pretend Muslim,' says pal

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The ISIS-inspired New Jersey man accused in the deadly Halloween terror attack was more of a “pretend Muslim,” a friend told the FBI.

Mokhammadzokir Kadirov, 32, was grilled for about four hours Friday by FBI agents investigating the murders of eight people in lower Manhattan, according to The New York Times.

Kadirov was, like terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan — and the pair met three years ago in Florida. They moved to New Jersey, where Saipov found an apartment in Paterson.

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Saipov's friend said he was more of a "pretend Muslim" during a grilling session with FBI agents.

The Times reported that Kadirov felt his friend wasn’t interested in the teachings of Uzbek religious leaders, and that Saipov asked questions indicating a dearth of knowledge about Islam.

The suspect’s sister told CNN Saipov was planning a return to his homeland before he used a truck to mow down cyclists and pedestrians on a Hudson River bike path on Oct. 31.
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Teen boy shot dead after bullets pierced his midsection at Brooklyn home

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A teenager was fatally shot in front of his Brooklyn home Saturday night, police said.

Clayton Hemingway was riddled with bullets in front of his apartment building in the Linden Houses on Wortman Ave. near Van Siclen Ave. in East New York around 7 p.m., cops said.

The 16-year-old was shot multiple times in the midsection, according to authorities.

Medics rushed the boy to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition but he succumbed to his injuries hours later, police said.

Cops closed off the building’s entrance as they investigated the slaying.

Police were still searching for the boy’s murderer late Saturday.
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SEE IT: Robbers bolting out of dead man's Bronx home with pile of clothes

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A Bronx father was robbed after he was killed inside his apartment, police said Saturday.

Raul Melendez was shot in the head and chest inside his Bronx Blvd. building by E. 224th St. in Williams bridge around 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to authorities.

Video released by cops Saturday shows the two suspects, hoods pulled low over their faces, running out of the front door; one with a pile of clothes in his hands.

The pair ransacked the duds from Melendez’s apartment after he was murdered, cops said.

The 22-year-old man became a father just two weeks ago, friends said.
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Man found dead in Brooklyn building fire was strangled before blaze began

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 A 66-year-old man found dead in a Brooklyn fire was strangled before the blaze started, police announced Friday.

Firefighters found Alvin Thomas dead in two feet of water in the basement of the building on Chauncey St. near Saratoga Ave. in Bushwick about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30. The two-family home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, cops said.

Thomas was found dressed only in his boxer shorts laying on his side. His burned body was bound and an electrical wire was wrapped around his neck, sources said Friday.

An autopsy later revealed that he died of ligature strangulation and a subdural hematoma.

Someone deliberately set the fire using gasoline as an accelerant, the FDNY Fire Marshal’s office told police. There are no arrests.
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Mourners pack Bronx vigil to remember mom slashed to death in apartment

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 Hundreds of mourners gathered in the courtyard of a Bronx building to hold a candlelight vigil for a young mom who was murdered and left with her toddler son.

Friends and co-workers of Zoila Feliz described her as deeply devoted to her 2-year-old boy.

“She never had a bad day,” her former co-worker Ricardo Lugo, 44, said. “I’ll always remember how loyal she was, all she ever talked about was her son.”

Feliz, 22, was found by her mother with her throat slashed and her son crying next to her Wednesday – the boy’s second birthday.

Her ex-boyfriend, Darrin Rose, was arrested Thursday for the killing and has been charged with murder, police said.

He is accused of slashing her neck and stabbing her in the stomach during an argument in her Soundview apartment.
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