Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spoke on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, in his role as co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, to lobby for a bill being proposed by Representative Carolyn McCarthy that aims to close loopholes permitting convicted criminals, drug abusers and the mentally ill to buy guns without background checks. “The vast majority of Americans agree about what should be done,” the mayor said. Read all about it on The Caucus. »
It is unlikely that many people knew both of the police officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend, but that was irrelevant in the planning of their funerals, scheduled for Friday — in part by accident and in part by design — to accommodate the many officers who are expected to attend both.
They were killed several hours and more than 30 miles apart from each other, men serving two different police agencies. Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, 40, of the Nassau County force was fatally shot about 8:25 p.m. on Saturday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer after both responded to calls of a deranged man who was killed while lunging at officers with knives in his home in Massapequa Park. The shooting, called a tragic case of mistaken identity, remains under investigation.
In Brooklyn, Officer Alain Schaberger, 42, of the New York City force was killed early Sunday morning when a man he was arresting, George Villanueva, 42, pushed him over a railing to fall on a landing, breaking his neck.
But the two men will be eulogized in funerals in close proximity Friday, owing in part to chance and in part to the behind-the-scenes coordination of the departments they served. The day of mourning calls to mind the seemingly endless, back-to-back funerals for fallen officers and firefighters in the days and weeks that followed Sept. 11, 2001.
Officer Schaberger’s funeral will begin at Frederick J. Chapey & Sons Funeral Home in East Islip at 9:30 a.m. Officer Breitkopf’s funeral will take place at St. Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church in Selden at 12:30 p.m., three hours later.
The first funeral was originally set to begin at 10 a.m., and the second at noon, but then someone realized they were only about half an hour’s drive from each other, said James Carver, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association. So the time of each funeral was moved 30 minutes.
“So that people could do both,” Mr. Carver said.
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In order for your promotional items to have the most effect then, you need to strengthen your brand and ensure that when people see your company logo they are filled with positive thoughts. When they see your promotional gifts they will be reminded of their previous dealings with you, of adverts they’ve seen of yours, of heresy and generally their impression of your brand. It’s your job through ensuring that your company always provides the best service and the best products, and through taking care of your business ethic and your PR, that you ensure that your brand is well viewed.
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However one difficulty with this plight is the fact that although our combinations of clothes and trinkets will be unique to us, and will display our taste, they are at the end of the day most usually manufactured. This means that there are countless examples of them in circulation which leaves them far less unique than you might hope. At the same time it limits the expression you can make and it’s not really your work or your designs you are showing.
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Jeremy Mage hefted the guitar onto his left knee, ran his left hand up the fret board and inclined his chin over the instrument, twisting the nuts and strumming until the six strings were tuned. He straightened up, looked out at the crowd — now was the time when a guitarist would likely call for a throat-moistening beer. “Can you bring that little yellow box over here?” he asked the crowd, pointing to a box of tissues, his eyes already damp. “I’m going to need it.”
Around two dozen musicians gathered on Monday night in the crumbling West Village apartment for an evening that was part memorial, part jam session. Last Wednesday, the apartment’s owner, Jack Hardy, a folk musician, died of lung cancer, leaving a gaping hole in the lives of artists who considered him to be the torchbearer of a uniquely downtown sound, fostered by these Monday night peer song critiquing sessions held weekly in his home for over 30 years.
As per the last three decades, the evening began with a pasta dinner: Kirk Siee, a bandmate, stirred puttanesca sauce bubbling in a cast iron pan on the small stove, which shared space with a claw-footed bathtub in the tenement-style kitchen. A small side bowl of gluten-free penne and a plate of sautéed jalapeño peppers sat on the rickety table like the ceremonial cup for Elijah. They were for Mr. Hardy in a sense, who late in life he had become intolerant of wheat, and considered no meal complete without a fiery accompaniment.
At 8 p.m., in the living room presided over by Mr. Hardy’s green velvet jacket, which hung on the wall and featured in the many performance photos that lined the room, the group raised mismatched glasses of wine to their folk hero. And, as every Monday, they began to pass a lone guitar around the circle, each person singing a rough but nuanced original song, which per house rules was fresh, penned no more than a week ago. “Song on the floor,” they blurted out each time the guitar was tuned and the singer primed, mimicking Mr. Hardy’s raspy voice and signature phrase.
“He took the movement by the scruff of the neck and made it go,” said David Massengill, a bandmate. “He kept poetry alive.”
For two hours they sang of Jack of Hearts, Mr. Hardy’s stage name; the playing card was tacked to the front door, as well as tattooed on Mr. Siee’s arm. “Who’ll gather us in like the lost tribe we are?” sang Paul Sachs, barely able to contain his emotion. When he got to the chorus, what he actually sang was “Sing your song for every man,” but no one heard it that way.
“I thought you said, ‘Sing your song forever, man,’ Chris Fuller said from across the room. Heads nodded. “I liked it better that way.”
Tuesday will be bright and chilly, with highs reaching just under 50 and winds around five miles an hour. Rain is likely later in the evening, continuing on Wednesday.
Discount tour buses transport millions of passengers a year, but the federal government has little control over who gets behind the wheel. Seat belts are not required for passenger seats, and regulators in Washington often depend on handwritten logbooks to determine whether drivers are working with too little sleep.
The low-cost buses make up one of the country’s fastest-growing forms of mass transportation, but regulation has remained lax, politicians and safety advocates charged Monday, as the death toll from the gruesome bus crash in the Bronx over the weekend rose to 15.
The federal regulator that enforces the regulations requires buses to maintain basic safety guidelines and restricts drivers to 10 hours behind the wheel within a 15-hour work day. Rules are enforced through random roadside inspections, often carried out by state officials, and checkups at destinations popular with chartered buses, like amusement parks and casinos.
Prospective drivers need only obtain a commercial driver’s license, issued at the state level — essentially granting bus companies the freedom to hire whomever they choose. This might explain how Ophadell Williams, the driver of the bus that crashed, got the job despite convictions for manslaughter and forgery. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News, The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, paid subscription required.)
A tour bus crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike Monday night, killing two people, including the driver, the New Jersey State Police said. [NYT] The bus, operated by Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., drove into the median, through a guardrail and into an overpass while headed South, the police said. (Also see The New York Post and The Daily News.)
Crime & Public Safety
Nassau County police officers who witnessed the fatal shooting of a fellow officer last weekend said that the victim was wearing his badge and that they did not hear the officer who shot him identify himself or yell anything before firing, the president of the Nassau police union said Monday. However, someone seems to have yelled something: officers have said that a civilian at the chaotic scene — possibly a retired New York City police sergeant — was heard yelling “Gun! Gun!” or words to that effect just before Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf, who was in plain clothes and carrying a rifle, was shot on Saturday night. [NYT] (Also see The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, paid subscription required.)
George Villanueva was arraigned on Sunday in Brooklyn Criminal Court on charges that he pushed a veteran New York police officer, Alain Schaberger, over a railing to his death after officer Schaberger arrived to arrest him in the latest in a 12-year string of domestic abuse charges that seem to have presaged the killing. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News and The New York Post.)
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, the first former detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to be tried in the civilian system, has avoided being sent to the so-called Supermax prison, where the nation’s most notorious terrorists are typically held, a Bureau of Prisons Web site shows. [NYT]
A Bronx man injected his wife with a poisonous liquid, causing her to lapse into a coma, then drank it himself and later died, the police said. [Wall Street Journal, paid subscription required]
Witnesses said party crashers at a Queens birthday yelled anti-gay slurs before attacking a teenager on Saturday. [Daily News] He died on Monday at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
Government & Politics
State Senator Carl Kruger’s first day back in Albany after he surrendered to federal prosecutors on public corruption charges was understandably awkward. Mr. Kruger, who spent most of his career avoiding the spotlight, found himself the focus of uncomfortable attention but maintained that he had returned to do his job. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News.)
Jack Ahern, the president of New York City’s main labor federation, said Monday that he was resigning because of “personal differences” with other union leaders. [NYT]
Schools & Foster Care
New York City is no longer allowed to keep troubled foster-care children in psychiatric hospitals after doctors have recommended their release, and must closely adhere to laws that require such children to be placed in the least restrictive setting possible, after reaching a settlement agreement in federal court last week. [NYT]
A Manhattan woman has sued a $19,000-a-year preschool her daughter attended, arguing that the program failed to adequately prepare her daughter for the test required to enter New York City’s hypercompetitive private school system. [NYT] (Also see The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, paid subscription required.)
Department of Education data indicates that more than a third of New York City students who entered first grade in 2003 as English language learners could not pass an English-language proficiency test last year, when they were in the seventh grade. [Wall Street Journal]
Housing & Economy
Cobble Hill Towers, an affordable housing oasis adjacent to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, is transforming into condominiums. Some tenants are excited by the opportunity to buy in a desirable neighborhood, while others have soured on the buying process, Christine Haughney writes in the Appraisal. [NYT]
A state judge on Long Island has upheld the takeover of Nassau County’s finances by a fiscal control board, rejecting the county’s contention that the action by the board was an unconstitutional overreach. [NYT]
People & Neighborhoods
Some fans of the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal dream of treasure waiting to be salvaged under the polluted waves. [NYT]
In its postwar prosperity, Japan is unaccustomed to relying on the kindness of strangers. So aid-averse was Japan in the past that after an earthquake killed more than 6,000 people in Kobe in 1995, the Japanese government rejected most international offers of help. But Motoatsu Sakurai, president of the Japan Society, said in the NYC column that he and other Japanese people in the city were actively seeking aid following the disaster there. [NYT]
The venerable National Arts Club said that its longtime president, who is also a bird fancier, would take a vacation, in the wake of reports linking him to dozens of dead finches found in Gramercy Park. [NYT]
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