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Feb 11, 2013

Dogs begin march to fame in New York dog show

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Hundreds of America’s
best-kept and well-behaved dogs paraded before judges and an
adoring public on Monday in the 137th annual Westminster Kennel
Club Dog Show, where Labrador lovers longed for an upset victory
for Best of Show.

Judges were picking the best in the hound, toy, non-sporting
and herding groups on Monday. The best of the sporting, working
and terrier groups were to be picked on Tuesday evening, before
the winner of each of the seven groups goes forward to compete
for Best in Show.

Feb 11, 2013

Designers take some risks in menswear at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Designers livened up fall and
winter 2013 menswear at New York Fashion Week with a few
experimental touches in the otherwise staid world of men’s
clothing.

A bold show came from Duckie Brown, one of the hundreds of
designers showing at the official Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at
Manhattan’s Lincoln Center and venues elsewhere in the city.

Feb 11, 2013

Labrador lovers hope for upset at Westminster dog show

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 2,700 dogs are converging on New York City for the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, including at least 50 Labrador retrievers who can only be hoping for an historic upset.

Each year, members of the Labrador-loving public tend to have only two questions for Thomas Bradley, the show’s chairman.

Feb 6, 2013

Bloody fake Metrocards a pitch for NY subway speed limits

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Transit union workers plan to hand out seemingly blood-spattered counterfeit subway passes to New York City commuters on Thursday to draw attention to safety proposals they say could reduce the number of people killed by trains.

The campaign follows two widely reported cases in December when commuters were pushed onto the tracks and killed by oncoming trains.

Feb 1, 2013

Koch film opens on day of former New York City mayor’s death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Ed Koch once joked that days on which his name did not appear in the newspaper were days without news.

And so it seemed fitting that Koch’s death on Friday at age 88 came on the very day that “Koch,” a documentary that traces his three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989, opened in two Manhattan theaters.

Feb 1, 2013

Koch film opens on day of former NYC mayor’s death

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Former New York Mayor Ed Koch
once joked that days on which his name did not appear in the
newspaper were days without news.

And so it seemed fitting that Koch’s death on Friday at age
88 came on the very day that “Koch,” a documentary that traces
his three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989, opened in two
Manhattan theaters.

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.