Another Nobel for Bronx Science, This One in Chemistry

The Bronx High School of Science has churned out slightly more than its share of Nobel Prize winners in physics over the years: seven, going back to 1972, more than any high school in the country.

But the public school had never been able to boast a Nobel in chemistry until today, when Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz, class of ’59 and a professor at Duke University‘s medical center, was one of two American scientists awarded the prize for their work figuring out how the human body’s cells respond to external signals — for example, speeding the heart when danger approaches.

As the school noted on its Facebook page, “Bronx Science has now surpassed Australia and has tied with Norway, which also has eight Nobel Laureates.”

Dr. Lefkowitz told The Times the big news would force him to postpone a much-needed haircut.

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Atlas Shrugged II and why you should watch it

On Friday, Atlas Shrugged Part II comes out in theaters, only 25 days before the elections. The dystopia presented in the movie is parallel to the problems facing America today: high energy prices, high taxes, the government trying to intervene in the private sector, and citizens who don’t completely understand what exactly is happening to America. This sounds like today.

But the book was published in 1957, so the problems facing America are not something which just happened recently. The fact that Ayn Rand’s prophecy appears to becoming true makes the movie even more interesting in these times.The movie’s premise: in dystopia America, the wealthy are demonized as not paying their “fair share”, innovation is discouraged and actually made criminal, fuel prices are skyrocketing, America does not appear to be very secure in terms of defense, and it appears as though politicians are manic about gaining power for themselves. Yet, those who work hard and value sacrifice, hard work, and the entrepreneurial spirit, have to essentially disappear from America and founded their own society somewhere in a hidden location of North America, where free-market principles reign and the successful are not chastised for not “contributing” more to the welfare state. The ending includes the answer to the question: Who is John Galt?

We at CRI think this movie has the potential to be a big hit, especially with those who value liberty and freedom and do not want to see either extinguished under the boot of government. Four theaters in Delaware and one in Salisbury will show the movie: you may check out our Facebook page to see which ones will carry this inspiring movie.

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A Musician’s Economics

Dear Diary:

From the School for Strings on West 54th Street, a petite mom and her daughter exit. The girl has a child-size violin case slung over one shoulder, while mom has a full-size cello case strapped to her back.

Suddenly, I spot a pair of dollar bills lying on the sidewalk between us, as does a smartly dressed woman coming from the opposite direction. Assuming they belong to the string players, she scoops up the money and calls back to them, “Did you drop these?” The viola-lugging mom turns quickly, shakes her head, and keeps walking.

I continue behind mom and daughter and hear the following exchange:
Daughter: “How do you know the money wasn’t yours?”
Mom: “It was already on the sidewalk when we walked by.”
Daughter: “It was?” (Mom nods.) “So if you saw it, why didn’t you pick it up?”
Mom: “With this thing on my back, I don’t bend over for anything less than a five.”


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Debate’s Winner? One Costume Got a Big Bounce

As soon as Sarafina Panasside heard Mitt Romney say last week that he would end the federal subsidy for PBS, she knew it: the Big Bird bounce was going to change Halloween season.

“Sure enough,” said Ms. Panasside, 31, a cashier at theHalloween Adventure costume shop near Union Square, “three people came in and bought the costumes when I came in the next day.”

As costume shops across New York prepare for Halloween, Big Bird — singled out by Mr. Romney during the presidential debate last week as the embodiment of wasteful federal spending — is the flavor of the moment.

Several shops, including Halloween Adventure, said Tuesday that after the Obama campaign rushed out an ad mocking Mr. Romney as demonizing Big Bird, they had sold out, and were ordering more. Other shops that did not stock the costume said that people had been asking for it.

At the Ricky’s on West 34th Street, Jonathan Caraballo said some customers had asked for the full-body suits but did not seem particularly interested in the partial version that lacks feet and leaves the wearer’s face exposed.

Nationally, at Disguise Costumes in Poway, Calif., officially licensed manufacturer of Sesame Street costumes, Maddie Gerety, the product manager, said there had been a big spike in Big Bird sales — particularly in the adult male size.

Big Bird’s bosses at “Sesame Street” seem unamused. The nonprofit group behind the PBS show has asked the Obama campaign to stop using Big Bird in its political advertising.

But Ms. Panasside is happy to stir the pot.

“My last customer called 20 minutes ago and asked if I had Big Bird,” she said. “And I said, ‘No, Mitt Romney took them all.’”

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Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of Soccer Coach Flees to Mexico, Police Say

The man suspected in the slashing murder of a British soccer coach on West 14th Street over the weekend has fled the country for Mexico, the police said Wednesday.

The suspect, Orlando Orea, 32, also known as Orlando Gutierrez, left Tuesday morning on an Aero Mexico flight from Kennedy International Airport, the police said.

The killing may have grown out of a fight in a bar, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Tuesday. But the motivation for the deadly attack was still not known, he said.

“We believe there was a fight in the bar,” Mr. Kelly told reporters, “but we don’t believe at this time that the victim was involved with the perpetrator at the bar.”

Michael Jones, a 25-year-old youth soccer coach from Liverpool, died from stab wounds to the neck and torso following a violent confrontation at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the police have said.

The police released surveillance video of a suspect in the killing, a dark-haired, pony-tailed young man in what looked like a leather jacket who could be seen walking slowly from the scene, near a guitar store on the north side of 14th street west of Fifth Avenue.

In an interview, a friend said that Mr. Jones was not the type to start a bar fight. “He wasn’t a confrontational person,” said Craig Hutchinson, 30, a fellow coach at the youth soccer program of the New York Red Bulls, a major-league soccer team. “That’s why it’s been a bit of a mystery as to what could have motivated it.”

Mr. Hutchinson said that Mr. Jones, who lived in an apartment in West Harrison, N.Y., with other coaches, planned to stay in the United States “for the long haul” after coming here in 2008 to teach children to play soccer. “They’re going to have to break it to their kids that they’re not going to see Coach Mike any more,” he said.

Mr. Hutchinson said he had been trying to meet up with Mr. Jones when both were out on Saturday, but as the night stretched into early Sunday morning they did not succeed in doing so.

At one point, Mr. Jones ended up in a Chelsea restaurant and bar called the Park, on 10th Avenue, the police said. Mr. Kelly said it did not appear that the fight had occurred there, and declined to name the bar where the police suspect an altercation related to the murder may have taken place.

Mr. Jones was walking east on 14th Street shortly before the confrontation, friends said. The police said surveillance video showed the two men apart, then coming together — close enough to have a conversation — before the attack. It was not clear from the video whether the two men said anything to each another just before the attack, according to Mr. Kelly.

“We don’t know if they had an argument,” Mr. Kelly said. “There is some discussion about whether or not a woman was possibly involved with the perpetrator here. There may have been a discussion with a woman that he met in the bar.”

Mr. Jones had a girlfriend who lived in the East Village, and it appeared that he was heading in the direction of her apartment when he was killed.

Mr. Kelly said the police were not dismissing the idea that the attack was the result of mistaken identity.

“We’re not ruling that out,” he said. “I guess it’s still a possibility.”

Joseph Goldstein and Wendy Ruderman contributed reporting.

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For Post-Debate Halloween, a Big Bird Bounce

As soon as Sarafina Panasside heard Mitt Romney say last week that he would kill funding for PBS, she knew it: the Big Bird bounce was going to change Halloween season.

“Sure enough,” said Ms. Panasside, 31, a cashier at the Halloween Adventure costume shop near Union Square, “three people came in and bought the costumes when I came in the next day.”

As costume shops across New York City prepare for Halloween, Big Bird – singled out by Mr. Romney during the presidential debate last week as the embodiment of wasteful federal spending – is the flavor of the moment.

Several shops, including Halloween Adventure, said Tuesday that after the Obama campaign rushed out an ad mocking Mr. Romney as demonizing Big Bird, they had sold out, and were ordering more. Other shops that did not stock the costume said that people had been asking for it.

At the Ricky’s on West 34th Street, not too far from Times Square’s many tip-seeking Elmos, Jonathan Caraballo said that some customers had asked for the full-body suits, but did not seem particularly interested in the partial version that lacks feet and leaves the wearer’s face exposed.

Nationally, at Disguise Costumes in Poway, Calif., officially licensed manufacturer of Sesame Street costumes, Maddie Gerety, the product manager, said there has been a big spike in Big Bird sales – particularly in the adult male size.

Strong sales or no, Big Bird’s bosses at Sesame Street seem unamused. The nonprofit behind the PBS show has asked the Obama campaign to stop using Big Bird in its political advertising.

But Ms. Panasside is happy to stir the pot.

“My last customer called 20 minutes ago and asked if I had Big Bird,” she said. “And I said, ‘No, Mitt Romney took them all.’”

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Fatal Stabbing of Soccer Coach May Have Stemmed From Bar Fight, Police Say

The slashing murder of a British soccer coach on West 14th Street over the weekend may have grown out of a fight in a bar, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Tuesday. But the motivation for the deadly attack was still not known, he said.

“We believe there was a fight in the bar,” Mr. Kelly told reporters, “but we don’t believe at this time that the victim was involved with the perpetrator at the bar.”

Michael Jones, a 25-year-old youth soccer coach from Liverpool, died from stab wounds to the neck and torso following a violent confrontation at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the police have said.

The police released surveillance video of a suspect in the killing, a dark-haired, pony-tailed young man in what looked like a leather jacket who could be seen walking slowly from the scene, near a guitar store on the north side of 14th street west of Fifth Avenue.

In an interview, a friend said that Mr. Jones was not the type to start a bar fight. “He wasn’t a confrontational person,” said Craig Hutchinson, 30, a fellow coach at the youth soccer program of the New York Red Bulls, a major-league soccer team. “That’s why it’s been a bit of a mystery as to what could have motivated it.”

Mr. Hutchinson said that Mr. Jones, who lived in an apartment in West Harrison, N.Y., with other coaches, planned to stay in the United States “for the long haul” after coming here in 2008 to teach children to play soccer. “They’re going to have to break it to their kids that they’re not going to see Coach Mike any more,” he said.

Mr. Hutchinson said he had been trying to meet up with Mr. Jones when both were out on Saturday, but as the night stretched into early Sunday morning they did not succeed in doing so.

At one point, Mr. Jones ended up in a Chelsea restaurant and bar called The Park, on 10th Avenue, the police said. Mr. Kelly said it did not appear that the fight had occurred there, and declined to name the bar where the police suspect an altercation related to the murder may have taken place.

Mr. Jones was walking East on 14th Street shortly before the confrontation, friends said. The police said surveillance video showed the two men apart, then coming together — close enough to have a conversation — before the attack. It was not clear from the video whether the two men said anything to one another just before the attack, according to Mr. Kelly.

“We don’t know if they had an argument,” Mr. Kelly said. “There is some discussion about whether or not a woman was possibly involved with the perpetrator here. There may have been a discussion with a woman that he met in the bar.”

Mr. Jones had a girlfriend who lived in the East Village, and it appeared that he was heading in the direction of her apartment when he was killed.

Mr. Kelly said the police were not dismissing the idea that the attack was the result of mistaken identity.

“We’re not ruling that out,” he said. “I guess it’s still a possibility.”

Wendy Ruderman contributed reporting.

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