Morning Buzz | Fight for Life After BMW Sale Goes Bad

Snow, what a novel concept. A dusting to an inch Friday and Saturday. Also starring: black ice. Be careful.

The two men met through the Internet, fate and a fully loaded 2008 BMW M3 coupe with an eight-cylinder engine and an Interlagos blue metallic exterior. The owner, Akeem Ajimotokan, who worked in the procurement office at Columbia University, was asking $46,000.

The prospective buyer, identified on a bill of sale found inside the BMW as Barion A. Blake, a former convict with previous arrests for stealing BMWs, apparently had a different price in mind.

After a chain of bad events including a police car chase and a collision with a yellow cab, the BMW was found in Upper Manhattan with Mr. Ajimotokan tied up in the trunk, multiple stab wounds in his head and an ear partly severed. “The motive appears to be the robbery of a high-end car,” a police spokesman said. [NYT]

All Snow, All the Time

How snowy has it been? Peep the cool city snowfall graphic. And the regional one. Watch the slide show. And read the article that dares to ask the question, “Is New York the New Buffalo?” [NYT]

A 4-year-old and a 7-year-old in the Bronx collapsed from carbon monoxide poisoning when their mother left them in the back of an idling car to shovel her way out of a parking space; the girls were in fair condition at a hospital. [NYT]

Daniel J. Halloran III, the Queens city councilman who raised the increasingly cloudy allegations that a union slowdown left neighborhoods buried after the blizzard on Dec. 26, acknowledged that the investigation “is having a very hard time getting traction” after an appointment to testify before a grand jury (the hearing was canceled because of the snow). [NYT] An official from the city transportation department who Mr. Halloran identified as a whistle-blower has backed off his claims. [New York Post]

The meteorologically induced cancellation of Regents exams Thursday puts more pressure on students facing an already packed schedule of exams in June. [NYT]

A cabby whose taxi caught fire and exploded as he tried to get it unstuck in the snow was ticketed for blocking traffic when a tow truck took too long to clear the car from the path of the plows. [New York Post]

Car owners in Middle Village, Queens, have been using traffic cones, garbage cans and folding chairs to reserve parking spots that they have huffed and puffed to clear out. And they are not taking kindly to freeloaders who swoop in. [Daily News]


Suspensions in city schools more than doubled in the six years after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took control of public schools and as the city moved toward a zero-tolerance approach toward misbehavior, according to a report from the New York Civil Liberties Union. [NYT]

Brooklyn College rescinded a controversial professor’s appointment to teach a graduate course in Middle Eastern politics, saying he was unqualified. The professor, Moustafa Bayoumi, was in the news last year when a wealthy alumnus cut the college out of his will after learning that all incoming freshmen were assigned to read Mr. Bayoumi’s book “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America.” [NYT]

Crime & Public Safety

An immigrant detention center in Newark is being upgraded — with improved medical care, amenities and federal oversight — into a showcase for the Obama administration’s efforts to humanize the immigrant detention system. [NYT]

Clyde Haberman writes in the NYC column that the conviction of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is the latest verdict to show that federal courts have done a better job of punishing terrorists than military tribunals have.

A grand jury witness in the case of the so-called Dating-Game killer says he saw a Manhattan woman with the suspect just 48 hours before she vanished in 1977. [Daily News]

Police internal affairs investigators are investigating whether a smooth-talking career criminal impersonated a fire marshal and talked his way into two Police Department station houses, where he stole three handguns. [New York Post]

Government & Politics

A former Clinton administration lawyer nominated by President Obama to a federal judgeship in Manhattan could become the first openly gay federal judge. [NYT] This as a poll finds that more New Yorkers than ever support the legalization of gay marriage. [Daily News]

The governor is regularly mixing food and diplomacy at friendly receptions for state lawmakers at the Executive Mansion. [NYT]

Eight Democratic state senators from the city may be forced to renegotiate the pricey leases on their district offices or find cheaper digs by the tightfisted new Senate Republican majority. [Daily News]

Housing & Economy

Neediest Cases: On Staten Island, a social worker spends much of her busy time helping the newly needy from the middle class. [NYT]

City Sports

Amar’e Stoudemire makes the (All-Star starting) team, the Knicks beat the Heat, and Brian Cashman raises his profile. [NYT]

Food & Drink

Fed-up waiters and dishwashers at the iconic Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park have been secretly audio-taping their bosses. [Daily News]

What’s the best egg-and-cheese-on-an-everything-bagel sandwich in New York City? That question, and others, answered. [NYT]

People & Neighborhoods

Jon Stewart, who used his television pulpit to push for federal money for the health care of first responders at ground zero, was appointed to the board of the 9/11 museum. [NYT]

The city’s only remaining indoor roller rink, which opened in Staten Island in 2007, says business is booming, in defiance of local and national trends. [NYT]

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