City Island Issues

Category

NYC SLASHINGS

Problem

Dozens of random slashing incidents have residents of The Big Apple seeing red. NYPD officials are losing the battle with a double digit spike in knife assaults so far this year, blaming copycats, gang initiations and hordes of mentally ill homeless people.

The latest victim was stabbed this morning and the medley includes a 71-year-old grandma riding a D train, a 16-year-old Chinese exchange student walking to school in Queens, and a 30-year-old bus commuter in Brooklyn.

FIGHTING FOR LA CLIPPERS

News

A couple of boxing superstars are reportedly interested in purchasing Los Angeles Clippers.

Just hours following an announcement issued by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to ban owner Donald Sterling for life, he said he would urge league owners to force Sterling to sell the team.

De La Hoya and Mayweather, have both told reporters they are serious about making a bid for the LA Clippers.

Robocall rights and wrongs

Problem

Automatically dialed telephone calls with recorded messages, known as robo-calls, annoy most everyone of those individuals with landlines.

How do we stop those annoying robo-calls?`: http://youtu.be/h7fMZgEV-Bs via @YouTube

Federal and state laws forbid certain automated calls, and violators could be fined. However, you should learn what types of calls are allowed under the law before taking steps to stop ones that aren't.

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

EXTREMIST NETWORK GROWS
17K people from 90 countries in Syria and Iraq to wage holy war for the Islamic State of death and destruction.

CLEANING A MASSIVE OIL SPILL
Over 100K gallons of crude are raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a 9 mile spill off the California coast.

US AND CUBA OPENING EMBASSIES
American flag may soon be raised on Cuban soil and vice-versa as diplomats finalize a deal to reopen embassies.

QUESTIONING NSA SURVEILLANCE
US government's collection of Americans' phone records come with House-Senate disagreements and FBI warning.

MOTOWN LOSING FROWN

ANOTHER TEACHER KILLED

News

Police officials in Massachusetts have linked a 14-year-old high-school student to the murder of math teacher 24 year old Colleen Ritzer through video surveillance and his own words.

HS freshman Philip Chism was charged as an adult for first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail in Salem, Massachusetts.

A criminal complaint states authorities "learned from an interview of the juvenile suspect and video surveillance recovered at the school" that the suspect assaulted and killed Ritzer and then dumped her body.

NEWS HEADLINES

News

Best new movies streaming on Netflix - Newsday http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/best-new-movies-streaming-on...

John Henson, son of Muppets creator, dies in NY (from @AP) http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268764/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=LC8hWSA1

Florida jury convicts man of attempted murder in loud music murder trial http://reut.rs/1gN5FjF

POLITICO ‏@politico
Teachers unions face moment of truth http://politi.co/19s7Swy

He is the amazing J. Oshie, who in Sochi has become the # 1 American man for USA fans after his nail biting victorious hockey triumph.
The Remarkable One-Man Show Called T. J. Oshie http://nyti.ms/1dxhdst

Bronx Polar Bears swim in frigid Long Island Sound http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york

MEDIA CAMP PAIN

Other

One of my dear family members asked for my comments, Following this divisive election and after watching the media coverage, I will share the following...

It must be difficult to be a parent of young and impressionable kids during these difficult times. Like me, most of us are parents to adults, but some have been blessed with young grandkids.

We've taught our children ‘Don’t be a bully.’ Don’t be a bigot.’ ‘Study, be prepared.’ Respect your elders, the handicapped, and so many others... etc.

EXECUTIONS ARE US

News

Three individuals have been executed in the United State of America is the past 24 hours. More today? We've come a long way since the old days, or have we?

There had been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection. That soon changed, with three convicted killers executed in the span of about 24 hours.

NYCrumbling

Problem

While constant building tragedies used to be rare in The Big Apple, NYC aging infrastructure will increasingly be responsible for disasters, disruptions and deficits. Officials mow estimate that billions are needed. So why has so little been accomplished?

SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Issue

The annoying sounds of leaf-blowers on our streets and sidewalks, the thump of loud music coming from our community center, or the out of control screaming heard outside your low life neighbor's home may all be considered a fact of our suburban life to some, but many others have become mad as hell and don't necessarily want to listen to anymore of these and other UN-necessary sounds, which are often heard from dawn to dusk.