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September 2011 Archives

Police Negligence Claimed In Long Island Pharmacy Murder

In June, David Laffer allegedly killed four people in the Long Island pharmacy murder. Families of two of the victims are now suing the Suffolk County police department claiming that police negligence was partially responsible for the deaths.

On Father's Day, David Laffer strolled into Haven Pharmacy in Medford. Security cameras caught him shooting and killing two store employees and two customers in cold blood in an apparent robbery of the painkiller oxycodone. Laffer and his wife were later arrested and it is believed that they orchestrated the robbery due to an addiction to the painkillers.

Good News for Mets in Wilpon Madoff Lawsuit

The owner of the New York Mets got some good news as a federal judge in Manhattan dismissed nine out of the 11 counts against him in the $1 billion Wilpon Madoff lawsuit.

Fred Wilpon, the owner of the Mets, is being sued by the bankruptcy trustee who is recovering funds from the victims of Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, reports the New York Post. The trustee says that Wilpon pocketed $300 million from his investments with Madoff and ignored the obvious fraud that allowed such great returns.

OnStar Privacy 'Invasion' Irks Chuck Schumer

You've probably seen the commercial for OnStar, the one where someone gets into a car accident and OnStar sends someone to the accident scene automatically to render assistance. OnStar is able to provide this service because it basically tracks everywhere you go, as well as your driving patterns and accidents, with a GPS device.

But while there are obvious benefits to OnStar, there are also concerns over OnStar privacy. This is especially a concern as the company acknowledged that it tracks (and may sell) information relating to where you drive, how fast you go, and even whether you wear a safety belt, reports the New York Daily News. This includes ex-customers who've canceled their OnStar service.

Bicycle Pedestrian Accidents a Greater Concern

A new study by Hunter College shows that bicycle pedestrian accidents are a greater concern than previously thought. In New York City, more than 500 pedestrians each year are injured badly enough after getting struck by a bicycle to require a hospital visit.

While 500 serious injuries may pale in comparison to the number of pedestrian injuries caused by cars in the city, the number is surprisingly high for researchers, reports The New York Times. Only two years ago, an analysis of different data showed just a little over 1,000 hospital-inducing bike/pedestrian accidents for the whole country.

17 Injured in Harlem Scaffold Collapse

Seventeen people were injured in a Harlem scaffold collapse. The accident happened at about 9:25 a.m. when the scaffold built around a building scheduled to be demolished at West 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard collapsed onto a crowded city bus.

The scaffold was erected on a five-story brick building at 301 West 125th Street, reports The New York Times. At the time of the accident, there was work being done on the elevator shaft of the building causing bricks to fall onto the scaffolding. It’s believed that this may have led to the collapse.

Did the 9/11 Terror Attacks Kill Gloria Knight in 2004?

Gloria Knight, a retired bartender and great-grandmother, died in 2004 — three years after the attacks on the World Trade Center. Now her family wants her to be recategorized as a September 11 victim so that they can be reimbursed for her healthcare costs and receive a $250,000 payout given to 9/11 victims.

On September 11, 2001, the then 72-year-old Knight went downtown to Worth Street to pick up a new pair of eyeglasses, reports the New York Post. Knight was near the towers when they came crashing down and fled on foot across the Manhattan Bridge when the dust storm hit.

Suing a Dead Person, Estate of Joseph Brooks on Hook for Rape?

Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks may have ended his own life along with his criminal troubles. But that doesn't mean he's off the hook completely. Bringing up the issue of suing a dead person, one woman who alleged that Brooks raped her on the casting couch has sued Brooks' estate for $5 million.

In 2008, the unidentified woman said that she was sexually assaulted by Brooks. Apparently, she was one of many young women that the 73-year-old Brooks allegedly lured into his Manhattan apartment with promises of movie roles. But instead of movie roles, the elderly man reportedly jumped the girls and sexually assaulted or raped them.

Walk/Don't Walk Sign Accident Trial Begins

There are about 100,000 walk/don't walk signs in New York City. You know, those signs that light up yellow when it is safe to cross the street, or red when it's not safe. You probably never thought these signs themselves could be dangerous, but that's exactly what former Brooklyn resident Rebecca Gomez is claiming.

Gomez was severely injured in 2005 when a metal walk/don't walk sign dislodged from a pole in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and crashed on top of her, reports the New York Post. Gomez says that she suffered severe back injuries that forced her to leave her job and eventually relocate out of New York.

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Lawsuit: Woman Wants $5 Million for Fall

Barbara Sandler visited Bobby Flay's Union Square restaurant, Mesa Grill, hoping for a nice meal. Instead, she says she left with severe injuries and brain damage. So celebrity chef Bobby Flay has been sued, as Sandler has brought a Mesa Grill lawsuit seeking $5 million for her injuries.

Sandler, a 77-year-old retiree, fell down a short flight of stairs while eating at Flay's restaurant, reports the New York Post. The restaurant has an elevated front dining area, and that is where the woman apparently fell. The retiree had to spend two months in a hospital to recover from her injuries and she claims to suffer from brain damage.

'Art Scam?' David Benrimon Fine Art Sued for Sending Half Statue

Not all of us will be subject to an art scam quite like Hamilton Art who allegedly ordered a 500,000 euro (roughly $650,000) 220-centimeter-high statue from David Benrimon Fine Art, but was reportedly sent a 120-centimeter-high statue instead. However, there are lessons everyone can learn from this incident.

Hamilton Art, based on the Isle of Man, allegedly ordered a 220-centimeter tall version of Igor Mitoraj's "Sonno Gronde" statue in 2008, reports the New York Post. Instead of sending what Hamilton Art thought they ordered, David Benrimon, the Manhattan-based art dealer, sent a statue only half the size, at 120-centimters tall.

U.S. Open Weather Dangers?

Imagine running around at full speed while swinging a graphite racket with all your might. Now imagine doing that on slick surfaces in the rain. That's what the world's top tennis players had to deal with Wednesday claiming that officials set aside U.S. Open weather dangers to force the tournament through.

Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick were just some of the big names forced to play matches despite falling rain, reports the New York Post. And none of them were too happy about it, later complaining that the event organizers were more concerned with protecting tournament profits than protecting players.

Man Falls Out of Bus in New York, Dies

How many different ways can you die from a bus accident in New York? First, you had to watch out for sleepy drivers. Then you had to watch out for faulty equipment. Now man falls out of a bus in New York dies while the bus sped down the New York thoroughfare.

Brian Bauer, 29, was leaving the Turning Stone Casino on Sunday in a bus, reports the Associated Press. While the bus traveled on the New York State Thruway, Bauer apparently fell out of the moving bus through an emergency exit. Another vehicle then struck Bauer and he was killed.

Skinnygirl Margarita Toxic? Whole Foods Dumps Bethenny Frankel

Is the Skinnygirl Margarita toxic? Whole Foods seems to think so, dropping Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel’s spirit brand.

The healthy margarita drink pushed by Frankel claims to be the “margarita you can trust” with “all natural ingredients” and “no preservatives,” reports the New York Post. However, Skinnygirl Margarita may also want to include potentially “carcinogenic” as one of its taglines.

Muslim Garb Prompts Fight at Playland in New York

Playland in New York was forced to choose between protecting the physical safety of its visitors or protecting their religious sensitivities.

The Muslim American Society of New York planned a trip for approximately 3,000 of its members to the Westchester County amusement park to celebrate the end of Ramadan. However, after some female visitors were told they could not wear their Muslim garb onto rides, a fight broke out between the visitors and park employees, reports The New York Times.