NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – A Chinese recycling tycoon who
has been angling to buy the New York Times Co aims to
throw feasts for 1,000 homeless Americans, starting with a lunch
for 250 in New York City’s Central Park next week, where he also
plans to perform a song.
Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling
business before becoming a well-known philanthropist in China,
took out advertisements in the New York Times and the Wall
Street Journal on Monday inviting “poor and destitute Americans”
to the lunch at the park’s Loeb Boathouse.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s fire department will now respond to all reports of leaking gas, according to a report released by the city on Wednesday, a move that comes three months after a gas explosion leveled two buildings in Harlem and killed eight people.
The new arrangement, which will route all gas leak reports through the 911 system, is intended to improve response times.
June 14 (Reuters) – Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose
soulful, androgynous voice won him the admiration of the likes
of Ray Charles and Lou Reed before he found a wider audience
later in life, has died at age 88, his wife said on Saturday.
Scott died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas on Thursday as
a result of cardiac arrest following a period of illness, his
wife, Jeannie Scott, said in a telephone interview.
NEW YORK, June 14 (Reuters) – A man trying to row across the
Atlantic from New York to a Scottish island was rescued during a
storm early on Saturday by a U.S. Coast Guard team who plucked
him from choppy waters off Long Island, an official with the
Niall Iain Macdonald, 39, of Scotland was about 50 nautical
miles from the coast when he sent out a distress call by
satellite phone saying he had been injured, the Coast Guard said
in a statement.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police have charged a man in the weekend stabbing of two children, one of them fatally, in the elevator of a Brooklyn housing project, officials said.
Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was charged on Thursday evening with murder in the death of Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and attempted murder in the stabbing of Mikayla Capers, 7, along with assault and various weapon and graffiti charges, according to police.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Transgender people born in New York state, with the exception of New York City, will no longer have to prove that they have had sex-reassignment surgery to change the sex marked on their birth certificate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office said on Thursday.
About 100 people a year seek to change the sex on their birth certificate in New York state, according to the office of the governor, who is a Democrat. New York City has a separate records system from the rest of the state and still requires proof of surgery for such a change.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than five months after he was sworn in as mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio is leaving behind his modest Brooklyn home and moving to Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence, his wife announced in a blog post on Monday.
Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s wife, wrote that a sewing machine table that used to belong to her mother would be among the first items moved to the 18th-century mansion in Manhattan that hugs the East River.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A retired police officer strangled his wife during a fight and left her body on the floor of their bedroom for several days in central New York, authorities said on Monday.
A worried friend had reported to the police that Kathleen Wilkinson had not been seen in several days, prompting a deputy to visit her home in the town of Malta on Sunday, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said.
BUNKERVILLE Nevada (Reuters) – When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.
Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the tortoises. But, one by one, they slowly gave up and disappeared.
BUNKERVILLE, Nevada, May 30 (Reuters) – When the U.S.
government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered
species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of
Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.
Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when
the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching
families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to
stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the
tortoises. But, one by one, they slowly gave up and disappeared.