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Morning Brief: November 19

by Jeff Coltin
Mets field

Peter Bond, flickr

The Mets are going to some serious lengths to create some offense—or maybe, more modest lengths? In any case, right field fence is being moved in anywhere from 3 to 11 feet for next season. And General Manager Sandy Alderson thinks it’ll help the hitters psychologically as they swing for the fences. The Post reports that the new dimensions would mean 17 more Mets home runs last year, based on where balls landed.

Judge Scolds NYC Tower Jumpers, Won't Toss Case

by Associated Press, Jennifer Peltz
1 WTC

Anthony Quintano, flickr

Three extreme-skydiving enthusiasts showed "inexcusable self-indulgence" by parachuting off the 1 World Trade Center tower, a judge said Tuesday in declining to toss out the felony case against them.
 
The decision puts James Brady, Marko Markovich, Andrew Rossig and their alleged lookout, Kyle Hartwell, on track for a January trial over the September 2013 stunt, which raised questions about security at one of the most protected sites in the country.

Morning Brief: November 18

by Jeff Coltin
Mickey in Times Square

ChrisGampat, flickr

By Disney lore, today’s Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday, having debuted in the cartoon short Steamboat Willie on this day in 1928. Anybody who’s walked through Times Square recently knows Mickey is still alive and well—there is almost always one or more costumed Mickeys looking for tips. Those characters have been all over the news this year as the City Council weighs a bill that would require the characters to carry licenses. If some advocates have their way, Mickey will spend his 86th year speaking out against it on the steps of City Hall.

Morning Brief: November 18

by Jeff Coltin
Mickey in Times Square

ChrisGampat, flickr

By Disney lore, today’s Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday, having debuted in the cartoon short Steamboat Willie on this day in 1928. Anybody who’s walked through Times Square recently knows Mickey is still alive and well—there is almost always one or more costumed Mickeys looking for tips. Those characters have been all over the news this year as the City Council weighs a bill that would require the characters to carry licenses. If some advocates have their way, Mickey will spend his 86th year speaking out against it on the steps of City Hall.

Doctor Recovers From Ebola, Leaves NYC Hospital

by Associated Press, Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz
Bellevue Hospital

Jim.henderson, wikimedia

An emergency room physician who has recovered from Ebola said Tuesday as he left the hospital that he was living proof that early detection and isolation can stop the spread of the deadly virus, and he called for a better focus at the center of the outbreak in West Africa.

Probe Finds Poor Security at New York City's Rikers Island

by Associated Press
Rikers Island

satanslaundromat, Flickr 

Water bottles filled with vodka that go uninspected. Lunch boxes packed with drugs allowed to bypass X-ray machines. Razor blades and other objects waved on through, even when they set off metal detectors.

   Gaping security holes at the city's Rikers Island jail allowed guards and other staffers to easily smuggle in all manner of contraband - including heroin, marijuana, booze and weapons - to the inmates they are supposed to be watching, city investigators found.

Bratton Names Training Head as First NYPD Deputy

by Associated Press
NYPD squad car.

Andre Gustavo Stumpf, Flickr 

The head of training at the New York Police Department who served two presidents and has a history of working on civil rights was named the NYPD's second in command Wednesday after the chief named to the job abruptly quit.

   Benjamin Tucker, a retired NYPD officer and lawyer, is revamping the department's use of force training and is uniquely qualified for the job of first deputy commissioner, Commissioner William Bratton said. The job entails handling both community and police relations, he said.

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