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Jan 29, 2013

Dolphin that died in New York canal was old and sick, exam shows

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A dolphin that died in a polluted New York canal last week was old and sick, and the toxic waters where it spent its final hours played little, if any, role in its demise, a biologist who examined the dolphin’s carcass said on Tuesday.

The male common dolphin had not eaten in some time even before swimming a mile inland up Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, where it was discovered on Friday morning, said Kimberly Durham, the biologist who performed the necropsy.

Jan 26, 2013

Struggling dolphin dies in polluted New York City canal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A distressed dolphin died on Friday after wandering into a notoriously polluted New York City canal, according to a marine research group that was monitoring the animal.

The animal, a common dolphin, died in the shallow waters of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, said Valentina Sherlock, an employee at The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, whose biologists were keeping watch over the dolphin on behalf of police and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Jan 25, 2013

By the subway, not the sea: Dolphin found in New York City canal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A distressed dolphin was found mired in a notoriously polluted New York City canal on Friday, police said, where it was being observed by biologists who warned it may not survive its visit to Brooklyn.

The animal, a common dolphin, appeared to be disoriented in the shallow waters of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal and seemed to be struggling to avoid getting stuck in the canal’s muddy floor, said Mendy Garron, a marine mammals response coordinator from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jan 24, 2013

US cold snap torments those still without heat after Sandy

NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Arctic air hovering over parts
of the United States on Thursday made life miserable for New
Yorkers still without heat months after superstorm Sandy and
just plain weird for Pennsylvanians shoveling snow created by a
nuclear power plant’s released steam.

The latest in a string of frigid days, from the Northeast to
Midwest, plunged the mercury to 29 below zero Fahrenheit (minus
34 Celsius) in Ely, Minnesota, according to the National Weather
Service. And that’s with no wind chill. The stunningly low
number was recorded under calm skies near Minnesota’s border
with Canada, the weather service said.

Jan 24, 2013

U.S. cold snap even worse for those still without heat after Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Arctic air hovering over the United States on Thursday made life miserable for New Yorkers still without heat months after Superstorm Sandy and just plain weird for Pennsylvanians shovelling snow tied to a nuclear power plant’s steam release.

The latest in a string of frigid days, from the Northeast to Midwest, plunged the mercury to 29 below zero Fahrenheit (minus 34 Celsius) in Ely, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. And that’s with no wind child – the stunningly low number was recorded under calm skies near Minnesota’s border with Canada, NWS said.

Jan 24, 2013

Cold snap even worse for those still without heat after Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Arctic air hovering over the United States on Thursday made life miserable for New Yorkers still without heat months after Superstorm Sandy and just plain weird for Pennsylvanians shoveling snow tied to a nuclear power plant’s steam release.

The latest in a string of frigid days, from the Northeast to Midwest, plunged the mercury to 29 below zero Fahrenheit (minus 34 Celsius) in Ely, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. And that’s with no wind child – the stunningly low number was recorded under calm skies near Minnesota’s border with Canada, NWS said.

Jan 22, 2013

Orthodox Jewish therapist gets 103 years in prison for sex abuse

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor was sentenced to 103 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing a young female patient over three years in the insular Brooklyn community where they lived.

Nechemya Weberman, who was convicted last month of sexual conduct against a child, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child, faced up to 117 years behind bars at his sentencing.

Jan 20, 2013

Hundreds attend NYC memorial for Internet activist Aaron Swartz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who committed suicide last week, gathered in New York to remember the computer prodigy on Saturday, with some calling for changes in the criminal justice system they blame for his death.

Swartz, who at 14 helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and believed the fruits of academic research and other information should be freely available to all, was found dead a week ago in his Brooklyn apartment.

Jan 16, 2013

New York City school bus drivers go on strike

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) – For the first time in 34 years,
New York City bus drivers went on strike, stranding up to
152,000 students in the nation’s largest public school system on
sleet-soaked Wednesday morning.

“Take a Hike, Kid!” reads the front page of Wednesday’s New
York Post, beside a picture of a glum young student with his
thumb raised, hitch-hiker style.

Jan 15, 2013

NY City giant soda ban gives three-month grace period for fines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large sugary drinks that will be banned, city officials said on Tuesday.

The board of the city’s Department of Health passed the ban, the first of its kind in the nation, in September, arguing that excessive soda drinking was a significant cause of obesity and other health problems.