State Senator Carl Kruger may not care much for gay rights, but he’s pulling his weight on animal rights issues.
Kruger sponsored a bill in the State Senate that would make illegal “canned shoots” – fenced-in hunting facilities where shooters pay to kill animals that are not wild. The bill is being touted by the Humane Society as a step forward in stopping the unfair slaying of animals.
According to the Legislative Gazette, the Humane Society says so-called hunters use the rigged shoots to obtain trophy-size animals to decorate their homes with. Animals are often raised by private breeders, they say, and make no effort to escape because of previous human contact. On the society’s website they write that “lions raised as pets who end up at canned hunt facilities would lick the hands of hunters before being shot. In another widely reported case, a ram stood still as arrows were repeatedly shot at the defenseless animal.” Which begs the question, who the hell would go from having their hand licked by a lion to shooting it in the freakin’ face?
The nut that sent Congressman Anthony Weiner an envelope full of powder hailed from the Sheepshead Bay area, officials said. Investigators on the case tracked the letter’s postal history back to the 11235 area code, which includes Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach. But they’re still searching for the culprit that sent the envelope complete with a block-lettered, unsigned tirade about the congressman’s pro-health care reform vote.
The letter was received by Weiner’s Kew Gardens, Queens, office on March 25. Its arrival spurred a two-day decontamination for staffers until the powder was proved to be a simple antacid. Weiner described it as a harrowing experience for his local office workers. “The people who work for me are not political operachiks, they’re basically government workers who don’t get paid a great deal and don’t spend their time debating health care,” he told Courier-Life. “In my opinion, sending terrorizing letters to my community offices is not anything resembling free speech.”
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Bay Improvement Group is inviting the community out for a night of celebration in honor of those making a difference in the neighborhood. The annual BIG Oscar Awards Dinner for Distinguished Community Service is kicking off on April 21 at Il Fornetto Restaurant (2902 Emmons Avenue). This year’s honorees are Lt. Tate Hunt of FDNY Ladder 166, Engine 318, Capt. Georgios Mastrokostas of the 61st Precinct, and Chae Pil Kang, the owner of Knapp Street Deli who is an ongoing sponsor of BIG events.
The four course dinner will also have a live DJ, dancing, and raffles. Buying tickets in advance can save you a few bucks, so RSVP before April 20.
Where: Il Fornetto, 2902 Emmons Avenue
When: April 21 at 7 p.m.
Cost: $40(advance) / $50(door)
Contact: (718) 646-9206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An unfortunate pit bull attack left a 3-year-old’s face mangled after the dog became agitated during a family dispute on Saturday. The boy, Elliot Korenblyum, whose family lives on 86th Street near Avenue W in Gravesend, was in serious but stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center after the attack on Saturday. The dog’s teeth tore into the boy’s face, causing him to undergo two hours of reconstructive surgery at the hospital. “I was coming in from church, and I heard the lady yelling for help,” one neighbor told the NY Post. “The [flesh] was hanging in three big pieces . . . The baby looked terrible.” The dog, described by the neighbor as a “good dog,” is at Brooklyn’s Animal Care and Control facility, being observed for rabies. The dog, named Gucci, could be put down or returned to the family.
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Lara Turkish Cuisine is now open at 2255 Emmons Avenue. The location was previously Bay Shish Kebab, which we reported closed back in early March. At the time, the neighbors at Emmons Bagels told us they were just renovating, but obviously they didn’t know what they were talking about. Thankfully, they make good bagels, so we’ll let it slide this time.
Reader nolastname spotted this car on East 29th Street between Avenue W and Avenue V. That’s just a few blocks from this car last week that was stripped to nothing but its wheels. Seems like a match made in heaven to us…
Oh, and note the license plate, which reads “DRTYMIKE.” Your thoughts?
Apparently, Friday’s photos hit a nerve with some readers, and beach photos are all the rage now. Here’s a set sent to me by reader Elina N., who would also like to introduce her dog, Rusty, to the neighborhood. Just like Sheepshead, he bites.
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Facebook readers got a sneak peak at these photos I took during a bike ride to Coney Island.
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We’ve heard complaints throughout the city about NYPD officers sometimes, well, blowing off residents’ concerns. We were delighted to tell you last week about how a resident successfully got some personal attention from the 61st Precinct’s Captain Mastrokostas.
But Marwan Mohemed didn’t have the patience to go up the ladder. So after officers told the 22-year-old that they couldn’t help him in his request for public assistance, but that he’d need to see a social worker, Mohemed left, came back, dropped to the floor and yelled “Allah!” repeatedly. Oh, and he was wrapped in a wire that police thought might be related to explosives.
The wire turned out to be an extension cord he was using as a belt, which police discovered after subduing him. Less brave souls than Brooklyn’s finest scrambled to escape.
Mohemed was determined to not have any terrorist involvement. Police charged him with disorderly conduct and released him without bail. Coney Island Hospital admitted him for psychiatric observation.
No information is available about whether or not he got the public assistance he was seeking.
[via Daily News]