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Dec 6, 2012

Juror appointment delays verdict reading in New York bus crash trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A jury reached a verdict on Thursday in the manslaughter trial of bus driver Ophadell Williams, charged in the deadly Bronx crash that killed 15 people, but in a highly unusual move he will not learn his fate until Friday.

In a decision that lawyers for both sides called unprecedented in their long careers, Judge Troy Webber in State Supreme Court in the Bronx borough of New York City ordered an overnight delay in revealing the verdict because of a juror scheduling conflict.

Dec 6, 2012

Juror appointment delays verdict reading in NY bus crash trial

NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A jury reached a verdict on
Thursday in the manslaughter trial of bus driver Ophadell
Williams, charged in the deadly Bronx crash that killed 15
people, but in a highly unusual move he will not learn his fate
until Friday.

In a decision that lawyers for both sides called
unprecedented in their long careers, Judge Troy Webber in State
Supreme Court in the Bronx borough of New York City ordered an
overnight delay in revealing the verdict because of a juror
scheduling conflict.

Nov 29, 2012

Thousands touched by photograph of New York cop helping shoeless man

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A photograph of a New York City police officer crouching by a shoeless panhandler to give him a new pair of boots on a cold night in Times Square has drawn a deluge of praise after it was published on the police department’s Facebook page this week.

By Thursday afternoon, nearly 394,000 people had clicked a button on the department’s Facebook page to indicate that they “liked” the photograph. Tens of thousands left comments, most praising Officer Lawrence DePrimo for his charitable deed.

Nov 29, 2012

New York trial of model who killed, castrated Portuguese reporter nears end

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A young model was either insane, or a calculating, quick-thinking murderer who feigned mental illness when he killed and castrated his lover, a prominent Portuguese journalist, in their New York hotel room last year, a jury heard on Wednesday.

No one disputes that Renato Seabra, 22, killed Carlos Castro, 65, in January 2011. Seabra pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to a charge of second degree murder, and his trial reached closing arguments at Manhattan criminal court.

Nov 29, 2012

NY trial of model who killed, castrated Portuguese reporter nears end

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A young model was either
insane, or a calculating, quick-thinking murderer who feigned
mental illness when he killed and castrated his lover, a
prominent Portuguese journalist, in their New York hotel room
last year, a jury heard on Wednesday.

No one disputes that Renato Seabra, 22, killed Carlos
Castro, 65, in January 2011. Seabra pleaded not guilty by reason
of insanity to a charge of second degree murder, and his trial
reached closing arguments at Manhattan criminal court.

Nov 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day marked with parades, feasts in wake of Sandy

NEW YORK, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Americans celebrated
Thanksgiving by cheering parades and cooking sumptuous feasts,
some sharing the bounty at East Coast emergency shelters to say
thanks for what they still had after Superstorm Sandy caused
widespread damage throughout the region.

“We’re trying to do it Pilgrim style,” said Louis DeCarolis,
51, roasting a turkey in a fire pit marked by an American flag
and dug into the front yard of his son’s home in Rockaway Beach,
Queens, that lost power when it was flooded by the deadly storm.

Nov 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day parade in NY lifts spirits in wake of Sandy

NEW YORK, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Millions of people lined the
streets of New York on Thursday to watch the 86th Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade, the largest event held in the city
since Superstorm Sandy caused widespread damage throughout the
region.

Giant helium balloons hovering over the parade lifted
spirits in the wake of the deadly storm that flooded homes and
businesses in New York and New Jersey last month.

Nov 22, 2012

After Sandy damage, insurance adjusters may bring more bad news

Nov 23 (Reuters) – After another day of pumping out their
swampy, moldy houses, neighbors in Breezy Point in New York City
huddled at the quaint generator-powered firehouse Wednesday
night, stamping their feet to stay warm. Neighbors picked at
food from tin cans and sipped soups from Styrofoam cups as they
lamented the growing holes in a safety net they thought they
had: homeowner’s insurance.

“They’re covering five shingles and a piece of gutter, and
that’s it,” says Kathleen Valentine, a fire alarm dispatcher who
spent the night of Superstorm Sandy working while her house
filled with water and dead fish. Her insurance agent from
Narragansett Bay Insurance Company said her policy would pay
only for wind damage. She is still waiting for someone from the
federal flood insurance program to show up.

Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Parade aims to lift New York spirits after Sandy

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Giant helium balloons rose
above the treetops along New York’s Central Park on Wednesday
ahead of the 86th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the largest
public event so far in a city still recovering from Superstorm
Sandy.

The parade that typically draws 3.5 million spectators and
50 million television viewers will follow a new route this year,
skipping Times Square entirely – to the chagrin of business
owners there. Instead, the procession will head down Sixth
Avenue, also known as the Avenue of the Americas, before
culminating at Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street.

Nov 18, 2012

Big city slowly returns to bright lights after Sandy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Few thought it would take quite so long to fully restore the dimmed lights of the famed skyline of New York City’s Financial District.

At last, however, firms displaced by the flooding and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy seem ready to return downtown, if a little warier of the rivers and sea that surrounds them.