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Morning Brief: October 24

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Quoth the raven, evermore, it seems. New York birdwatchers are noting the return of the common raven to the city. The American crow population (crows and ravens are different, but similar, species) experienced a sharp decline in the early 2000s following an outbreak of the West Nile Virus. That left the fish crow as the predominant species of black bird in the city. But now the ravens are back. Experts have spotted nests in the Forest Park neighborhood of Queens, at the Bush Terminal Piers Park on the Brooklyn waterfront, and at the Co-op City housing development in the Bronx. Ponder that if you're ever feeling weak and weary on a midnight dreary (NY Times).

NEED TO KNOW

  • Plans To Send Heavier Weapons to Syrian Rebels Hit a Roadblock (The Washington Post)
  • Man Arrested at Clinton Campaign Event in Charlotte, NC (NY Daily News)
  • Woman Arrested for Trying to Light a Molotov Cocktail in Times Square (ABC7)
  • Mexican Model Found After Disappearing from her Brooklyn Apartment (NY Daily News)
  • MTA Bus Driver Arrested After Financial District Collision (DNAinfo)

SPORTS

Yesterday: On Sunday, The Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes, 3 to 2. The Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild, 6 to 3. And on Saturday, the Jersey Devils also beat the Wild, 2 to 1. In baseball, the Chicago Cubs beat the LA Dodgers, 5 to nothing. It's been 71 years since the Cubs have won the National League. And in soccer, the NYC FC beat the Columbus Crew SC today, 4 to 1.

Today: Basketball season starts this week. On Tuesday, the Knicks face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Brooklyn Nets take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, in hockey the Rangers face the Boston Bruins, and the Islanders take on the Montreal Canadiens. The New Jersey Devils play the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. 

WEATHER

Sweater weather today. It'll be sunny with a high of 61. Tonight it should get down to 43 with clear skies.

ON STAGE TONIGHT

  • Deerhunter @ Webster Hall
  • Jamestown Revival & Jonny Fritz @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • Roy Haynes @ Blue Note New York
  • Jon Paris @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grille
  • Dizzy Gillespie All Stars @ Blue Note Jazz Club

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On this day in 1901, Annie Edison Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. In total, the schoolteacher's journey took about 20 minutes. She was 63 years old.

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